PS374 Organizational Psychology

for F2J 2007

Printer Friendly

Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.


PS 374 Organizational Psychology


F2J 2007 DN


Passamaneck, Linda J.


Adjunct Faculy


BS Psychology

Office Hours

by appointment

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

Oct 22 - Dec 16, 2007

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours


Hersey, Blanchard & Johnson, Management of Organizational Behavior,9th edition, Prentice Hall, 2007. ISBN: 10:  0131441396

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:


McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information

Course Description:
Examines theoretical and practical perspectives and experiences in the areas of motivation and human relations; individual behavior, small group behavior, intergroup behavior, organizational effectiveness, and organizational development. Lecture, discussion and cases are used. 3:0:3 Prerequisite: PS 101

Educational Philosophy:
In a free and democratic society, all persons should have access to quality educational opportunities, and these opportunities should include an understanding of ethics and our responsibilities to society.  The primary purpose of education is to help learners become critical thinkers, and to equip them with the skills an knowledge that will allow them to achieve their life goals.  Learning environments should be active, collaborative, and should address learners with varying learning styles.  We will have a classroom atmosphere of mutual respect that seeks to increase our understanding and shared appreciation of our individuality and differences. Learning activities must be relevant to learners and allow for the transfer of learning to other contexts that are meaningful to the learner.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Define your own personal leadership style.
  2. Identify the factors that lead to employee satisfaction.
Class Assessment:
Participation - Each of us will be a leader at some point in some situation in life.  Therefore, each student will be expected to provide insights and references to enhance the course discussion.  In addition to weekly contributions (10 points per week), each student will select a topical question (provided by the instructor) to research and present to the class (30 points).
Small Group Case Study Discussions - there will be 6 weekly case studies that you will review each week.  The case study will be related to the chapters for each week, and will provide an opportunity for you to apply what you are learning to "real-life" scenarios.
Weekly Quizzes - There will be 7 weekly quizzes that will help reinforce the concepts, facts, and theorists in the field of organizational behavior.
Individual Case Project - Each learner will select a case to work on from weeks 3-7.  The case study project will be due at the beginning of week 8.
Course Final - the course final will be the culmination of your learning from the term.  The final will be comprised of items designed to test your knowledge and understanding of organizational behavior, items that will ask you to apply your learning, analyze problems and develop solutions, and synthesize information from the text and other resources.


Assessment Points
In-Class Participation 110
Small Group Case Study Discussions 180
Weekly Quizzes 210
Individual Case Project 200
Course Final 300
Total 1000

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late assignments will carry a 10% deduction for every day it is late. All assignments are due by the beginning of the class period.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Failure to follow these rules of conduct may result in a reduction of your participation grade.

1. Students are expected to read chapters prior to class and to come prepared for each class.

2. Students are expected to arrive for class and be ready to get started at 5:30 pm on the day of class.

3. PirateMail ( is the official tool of communication for this class. All communication from the instructor will go to your PirateMail account.

4. Students are expected to communicate any questions or concerns to the instructor prior to the due date of any quizzes or homework that may be in question.
5.  All communications in this course should be conducted with professionalism and respect for your fellow learners in this course. You are expected to raise questions, provide constructive critiques, and use your critical thinking skills in class discussions. All this should occur with a respect for other's diverse opinions and backgrounds.

Preparation -

Success in this class is SIMPLE:

S - Students are expected to read all text and supplementary readings prior to  
      participating in the weekly discussions.
I -  Initiative is a characteristic of both successful students and successful people in
      world of work. If you need help, take initiative and contact me, or form a study
      group to review for tests.
M - Make homework a priority! Set aside time each week to complete your readings
      and complete homework assignments early in the week. If you wait until the day
      of class, if you have questions, you may not have a chance to get the help you
      need before the assignment is due.
P – Prepare to be challenged! This course will expect you to learn and try new
      computer applications, and to think about ways that you can apply your learning.
L - Learn and ask questions, ask questions, and ask more questions. The only way   
      to learn is to ask questions when you don't understand something, when you
      want more clarification, when you aren't sure, etc.
E – EXPLORE!!! The best way to learn about computers and software applications is
      to get hands-on and explore the different menus and options. Try different
      options out and see what effect they have.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 Chapter 1 - Introduction/Overview
Week 2 Chapter 2 & 3 - Motivation
Week 3 Chapter 4 - Introduction to Leadership
Week 4 Chapter 5 & 7 - Situational Leadership
Week 5 Chapter 6 & 11 - Effectiveness and Relationships
Week 6 Chapter 12 & 13 - Effectiveness and Communication
Week 7 Chapter 16 - Synthesis of Theory
Week 8 Final

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


This material is protected by copyright and can not be reused without author permission.

Last Updated:9/14/2007 9:23:22 PM