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HR 422 Organizational Development and Change
Murdock, Ralph


Course #: HR 422
Course Title: Organizational Development and Change
Term Dates: 28 Oct – 20 Nov 2004
Class Times: Fridays, 4:30 – 9:30 pm; Sat: 9:30 – 12:00
Instructor: Ralph Murdock
Telephone: 442-3969 (wk); 779-3433 (hm)
Email: ralph.murdock@ihc.com

I. Course Description

This course will provide the student with an understanding of the basic theories and techniques of organizational development. We will focus on practical information regarding the design management and control of organizational development programs in business, public sector and social services organizations.

II. Goals of the Course

To provide the student with an understanding of organizational development and change by studying the theories, principles and practices of organizational development.

III. Learning Objectives

- Define and describe organizational development and change
- Identify the history of organizational development
- Understand how values, beliefs and assumptions effect an organization
- Develop assessment applications to diagnose an organization
- Recall the different theories of organizational development
- Understand the advantages and disadvantages of different assessment tools
- Describe the different types of interventions
- Describe the pro and cons of the different types of interventions

IV. Course Arrangements

Students will be required to participate in the following: lectures, discussions, role-playing, community interviews, quizzes, presentations, papers, and examinations.

V. Course Requirements

Students are required to be prepared for all assigned material prior to class and are expected to be prepared to participate in classroom discussions. Pop quizzes will be based on the reading assignments and class discussions. Students will present a chapter of the book to the class during weeks two, three and four. The presentation will be: 20 – 30 minutes in length, PowerPoint. (handouts preferred) Half of their score will come from the class members average assessment of the presentation…the other half of the score will come from the instructor. Two pop quizzes will have 10 questions each. A final exam will be given in class during week four. Questions will be taken from the text and class lectures. Test questions may be true/false, multiple choice, matching, and fill in the blank.




VI. Course Text

Organizational Development & Change, 7th Edition, Cummings and Worley, Southwestern College Learning, 2001

VII. Class Participation and Attendance

Students are expected to attend all classes and be on time. Attendance and class participation are critical to your success. Each student must contribute significantly to in-class analysis and discussion of the chapters and questions. Roll will be taken each class meeting. Only classes missed for legitimate reasons and coordinated with instructor will be excused. (It’s important to understand that with the reduced schedule, class attendance is very important and any absences must have extremely good justification.) Students are still responsible for assigned work…participation will still count during a students’ absence. Students are expected to attend any Saturday field trips as discussed/planned in class.

VIII. Class Policies

Plagiarism in any form is not tolerated. If it is determined by the instructor that dishonesty has occurred, the student(s) involved will normally be given an immediate grade of “F” and dropped from the remainder of the course. All assignments are due at the beginning of class on the due date (refer to section X of this syllabus). Late assignments will automatically lose 15% credit for each week the assignment is late.

IX. Grading

100 – 90% A
89 – 80% B
79 – 70% C
69 – 60% D
59% and below F

Assignment Possible Points
Pop Quizzes 40
Presentation 200
Class Participation 40
Attendance 20
Final Exam 100
TOTAL 400

X. Class Schedule

Date Required Reading Assignment Due
Oct 28/29: Chapters 1 – 6 n/a
Nov 5/6: Chapters 7 – 12 Quiz/Student Presentations
Nov 12/13: Chapters 13 – 18 Quiz/Student Presentations
Nov 19/20: Chapters 19 – 23 Final Exam/Paper/Student Presentations