MG365 Organizational Behavior

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MG 365 Organizational Behavior


F2FF 2008 FA


Burrill, Lanny


Assistant Professor


BS Military Science, USAFA
MS Management, Troy State University

Office Location

Education Center Classroom TBD

Office Hours

Tuesday - Thursday 1:30 - 5:00 PM and by appointment.

Daytime Phone


Other Phone

244-2020  Message only.


Semester Dates

20 October - 14 December 2008

Class Days


Class Time

1700 - 1940


MG 352.

Credit Hours


Hersey, Paul; Kenneth H. Blanchard, and Dewey E. Johnson, "Management of Organizational Behavior; Leading Human Resources." 9th Ed. Pearson - Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2001.

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Course Description:
(PS 374) 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. PREREQUISITE: MG 352. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

An organizational behavior class should stress application of the material learned to the real world of the organizations where the student lives and works. Students should be able to use this course to better understand the workings of their various organizations.  The assessment in the course will be based on applying the information learned to the real world.  The class will be taught using a combination of lecture and discussion of real situations plus completion and discussion of results of student projects.  Students are expected to read assigned material prior to scheduled classes.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Illustrate what a manager can do to diagnose and improve motivation. (Application)
  2. Differentiate between leadership and management and tell when each is appropriate in an organization. (Analysis)
  3. Assess the impact of Situational Leadership methods on organizational performance (Evaluation)
  4. Analyze the types of informal and formal communication in organizations (Analysis)
  5. Examine how effective teams are part of a competitive strategy (Analysis)
  6. Evaluate the skills necessary in conducting change processes within an organization (Evaluation)

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe the history of the discipline of organizational behavior.
  2. State the importance of the Hawthorne Studies to this field.
Core Assessment:

All Park University courses must include a core assessment that measures the course's Core Learning Outcomes. The purpose of this assessment is to determine if expectations have been met concerning mastery of learning outcomes across all instructional modalities. 

For this course, the core assessment is a Comprehensive Final Examination to be administered in all sections of MG 365. This exam is worth at least 30 percent of the student's final grade and will test students' mastery of the Core Learning Outcomes (as listed on this syllabus) through definitions, essay, and/or multiple choice questions. 

This core assessment is a CLOSED BOOK, CLOSED NOTES comprehensive examination that must be administered and proctored in the classroom and may not be given as a take-home examination. Students should not have access to the exam or its questions before it is administered. The duration of the exam can be no longer than two hours. 

No computers, or materials other than a writing instrument and a calculator without text functions and communication may be used for the exam; this applies to all students, regardless of whether the exam is for on-line or face-to-face students. Completion of the exam is strictly individual; students may not work in groups to complete the exam.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Students are required to attend class regularly and report absences ahead of time if possible.   Students will be involved in the discussion of each presentation.  Students will complete 3 to 5 quizzes.  The comprehensive final is not a take-home test.  The comprehensive final is a closed book and closed notes exam.  Students will complete a current event report on an article from a professional management journal.  Students will also complete two chapter application reports on how the information in two selected chapters applies to their organization or place of employment.  The course project is a report on the six most useful things learned from this course with an explanation of how the student will apply this information to their organization or another orgainzation with which the student is familiar.  The course project, current event and the chapter application reports will be oral and written presentations.

The course will be graded based on the following allocation;  Attendance & Participation 10 % or 100 points, current event 10 % or 100 points, “chapter applications” 10 % 100 points each for 20% or 200 points total, Course project 15% or 150 points, quizzes 15% or 150 points, final exam 30 % or 300 points,  Total scores of 90 to 100 % will be considered an A, 80 to 89 will receive a B, 70 to 79 will receive a C, 60 to 69 will receive a D.  Any score below 60 %/points will be failing. 

The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course in accordance with the weighting of the various requirements as stated in the syllabus.

All final exams in all School of Business and Management courses will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes. They will constitute 30% of the total course grade and will not be a take-home exam. They will be completed during the test week in the period designated by the registrar or by the Proctor in the case online courses. If calculators are allowed, they will not be multifunctional electronic devices that include features such as: phones, cameras, instant messaging, pagers, and so forth. Electronic Computers will not be allowed on final exams unless an exception is made by the Dean of the School of Business and Management.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late work will be automatically deducted 10% for each class period that it is late.  Simply informing the instructor that you will not be ready does not preclude this deduction.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

If a student knows in advance of an absence, they should discuss the absence and class schedule ahead of time.  Students are expected to have read the assigned material before class, and should have questions prepared ahead of time.  Students are expected to treat classmates with respect at all times.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 1                  Syllabus - Read Ch. 1 - 4         Complete class assignment schedule.
 2                  Read Ch. 5 - 8                         Current events 1 - 3, Ch. Report 2 - 4
 3                  Read Ch. 9 - 12                       Current events 4 - 6 Ch. Report 5 - 7
 4                  Read Ch. 13 -16                      Current events make up Ch. Reports 8 - 10
 5                  Reading make up                      Ch. Reports  11 - 13,   
 6                                                                  Ch. Reports 14 - 16, Course Projects 1 - 3
 7                 Review                                      Course Projects 4 - 6, Make up reports
 8                 Review                                      Make up reports      FINAL EXAM

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. 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".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
Assigned work will be due when the student returns from any absences.  Please inform instructor of any absences ASAP.

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: .

Additional Information:
If you are on T.A., and if you stop attending class, YOU MUST drop the class through the Education Center.  Failure to do so will result in the requirement of repaying the Air Force for the course.  The Instructor must drop you from the class after two weeks of unexcused absences, however, this will NOT save you from repayment for the course.  Any unexcused absence will preclude your opportunity of taking an incomplete and additional time to complete the course. 


CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Essay questions requiring synthesis, analysis, evaluation and application with a maximum value of 40 points  per question. Includes CLOs 1-6                                                                                                               
Nearly all organizational behavior processes are perfectly identified and related to outcomes.  Average of 35 points or more per essay question. Most organizational behavior processes are identified and related to outcomes.  Average of 25 to 35 points per essay question. Most organizational behavior processes and not correctly identified nor are they related to outcomes.  Average of 15 to 25 points per essay question. Few organizational behavior processes are recognized and none are related to outcomes.  Average of less than 15 points per essay question. 
Essay question responses demonstrate content and technical skill in  communicating.  Includes CLOs 1-6                                                                                                                                                     
Nearly all definitions and behavioral models described relate to the problem stated and lead to organizational behavior outcomes. Most definitions and behavioral models described relate to the problem stated and lead to organizational behavior outcomes. Most definitions and behavioral models described are incorrect or do not relate to the problem stated or lead to organizational behavior outcomes. Few definitions and behavioral models are correctly described and none  relate to the problem stated or lead to organizational behavior outcomes. 
Outcomes that examine recognition and use of organizational behavior descriptions, definitions, and concepts using multiple choice questions with a maximum score of 100 points.  Includes CLOs 1-6                                                        
Student demonstrates complete understanding of organizational behavior descriptions, definitions and concepts.  Score is 90 points or more. Student demonstrates   understanding of organizational behavior descriptions, definitions and concepts.  Score 70 to 89 points. Student demonstrates little   understanding of organizational behavior descriptions, definitions and concepts.  Score is 50 to 69 points. Student does not demonstrate an understanding of organizational behavior descriptions, definitions or concepts.  Score is less than 49 points. 


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