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MG 365 Organizational Behavior
Beshears, Michelle L.


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.

Course

MG 365 Organizational Behavior

Semester

F1T 2007 DLD

Faculty

Beshears, Michelle L.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Master of Science Human Resource Development
Master of Science Criminology

Office Location

Online

Office Hours

10:00AM to 4:00PM

Daytime Phone

870-424-3221

Other Phone

870-405-4917

E-Mail

Michelle.Beshears@park.edu

Semester Dates

August 20, 2007 - October 14, 2007

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Management of Organizational Behavior, Leading Human Resources, 8th ed., by Paul Hersey, Kenneth H. Blanchard, Dewey E. Johnson. ISBN 0-13-017598-6

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

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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.   Prerequisite: <a href='index.aspx?Class=MG352'>MG352</a>.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
My educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. I will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Define the term “organizational behavior”.
  2. Identify two types of ability.
  3. Contrast terminal and instrumental values.
  4. Identify four employee responses to dissatisfaction.
  5. Identify and explain the factors that determine an individual's personality.
  6. Describe four styles of decision making.
  7. Outline the motivation process.
  8. Identify the benefits and disadvantages of cohesive groups
  9. Contrast teams with groups.
  10. Contrast leadership and management.
  11. Identify the five dimensions of trust.
  12. Describe the seven bases of power.
  13. Identify six elements that define an organization's structure.
  14. Clarify how culture is transmitted to employees.


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.

The Comprehensive Final Examination for courses must be passed with a grade of at least 60% in order to pass the course regardless of the student’s overall average in the course.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

The final course grade will be determined using the following measurements:

Homework Assignments/Group projects

Mid Term Exam

Comprehensive Examination

Instructor evaluation/class participation which is made up of the following factors: Posting your introduction to the conference during the first week of the course. Posting comments on the videos and other related activities in the discussion threads each week.

Team work - which includes joining/forming a team during week 1 and submitting the week 2 assignment with your team.

Having a completed, correct proctor form submitted by the end of week 4. There is a link to the proctor form provided below.

Attending class each week - meaning being active with your team. I ask each team leader to report if someone did not participate during a week because Park makes me report to it. Responding to my request for teammate evaluations during week 8.

Other course related activities.

Grading:

The work you do in this class is valued as follows:

Homework = 40% of grade or 400 out of 1000 points for the course

Mid Term Exam (3rd week) = 15% of grade or 150 out of 1000 points for the course

Comprehensive Examination (8th week) = 30% of grade or 300 out of 1000 points for the course (The final exam is closed book and closed note and is not a take home test.  It is a proctored exam.  Students must pass the final exam with 60% or better to pass the course.)

Instructor evaluation/class participation etc. = 15% of grade 150 out of 1000 points for the course

The final exam for all School of Business and Management courses must be passed with a grade of 60% or higher in order to pass the course regardless of the overall average.  The grade for students who pass the proctored final will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course.  The final exam must address only material which the student has been taught in class.

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 Associate Dean.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Each week's work must be completed by Midnight Central Standard Time (CST) on Sunday. Discussion (student classroom participation) work must be posted in the classroom not later than Sunday of the week assigned. I will not accept these via email. They must be posted in the classroom.  Late discussion thread postings will not be accepted.  Late group work will receive a 5 (five)-point penalty for each day late after the due date up to 7 days.  In addition, assignments not posted or completed after 7 days of their due date will not be scored and will receive the grade of zero. In addition, no work received after the last Saturday of the online term will be scored.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Policy #1: Communicate. If you are experiencing any confusion over course material, technical difficulties that are not being resolved and are preventing you from completing your assignments, or general questions about the course, let me know as soon as possible.  Note that if you wait until Sunday afternoon there is little chance of getting an answer before the assignment is due, so plan ahead.

Policy #2: Please post all questions of a general nature in the Office, Breakroom, or weekly discussion threads.  Posting them in the threaded discussion area will allow your fellow students to benefit from your questions.  And remember, there are no stupid/silly questions. We are all here to learn!

Policy 3#:   Comprehensive Examination A comprehensive examination must be taken in person at one of the Park College sites around the country or at an alternative location approved by the college and the instructor where Park College sites are not available. All Park sites are prepared to proctor exams and are the preferred choice. Unless you are more then two hours from a Park site, you are expected to use one of them to take your exam. (Exceptions will be carefully screened as per the directions I receive from the University. If your situation is exceptional, contact me before you submit your proctor form with details of your situation.) ·For these proctored examinations, photo identification is required. ·A proctor information form will be provided by Park at an address to be provided later. ·If you are unable to make arrangements with someone who meets these criteria, contact the instructor for acceptable alternatives. ·A proctor with email is much desired over one without email. Faxing and/or mailing are both relatively expensive, time consuming, and more prone to problems then email.

Policy #4:  Submission of Work: ·A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday 12:01 am MST and Sunday at 11:59 PM MST. The first week begins the first day of the term/semester. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed and successfully submitted by the posted due date. ·Create a back up file of every piece of work you submit for grading. This will ensure that a computer glitch or a glitch in cyberspace won't erase your efforts. ·When files are sent attached to an email, the files should be in either Microsoft Word, RTF, ASCII, txt, or PDF file formats.

Policy #5: Ground Rules for Online Communication & Participation ·General email: Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. When sending email other than assignments, you must identify yourself fully by name and class in all email sent to your instructor and/or other members of our class. ·Online threaded discussions: are public messages and all writings in this area will be viewable by the entire class or assigned group members. ·Online Instructor Response Policy:  Online Instructors will check email frequently and will respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours. ·Observation of "Netiquette": All your Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact.  Spelling and grammar are very important in an Online course.  What you put into an Online course reflects on your level of professionalism.  Here are a couple of Online references that discuss writing Online http://goto.intwg.com/ and netiquette http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html. ·Please check the Announcements area before you ask general course "housekeeping" questions (i.e. how do I submit assignment 3?).  If you don't see your question there, then please contact your instructor.  

Policy #6: What to do if you experience technical problems or have questions about the Online classroom.   ·If you experience computer difficulties (need help downloading a browser or plug-in, you need help logging into the course, or if you experience any errors or problems while in your Online course, click on the button in your Online Classroom, then click on the helpdesk menu item, and then fill out the form or call the helpdesk for assistance.   ·If the issue is preventing you from submitting or completing any coursework, contact your instructor immediately.

Policy #7: 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 American 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 the criteria for special assistance and Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1: Complete the WK 1 discussion, Groupwork and Team Assignment “Homework”  

 

Week 2: Complete the WK 2 discussion, Groupwork and Team Assignment “Homework”  

 

Week 3: Complete the WK 3 discussion, Groupwork and Team Assignment “Homework”  

 

Week 4: Complete Midterm. Complete the WK 4 discussion, Groupwork and Team Assignment “Homework”  

 

Week 5: Complete the WK 5 discussion, Groupwork and Team Assignment “Homework”  

 

Week 6: Complete the WK 6 discussion, Groupwork and Team Assignment “Homework”  

 

Week 7: Complete the WK 7 discussion, Groupwork and Team Assignment “Homework”  

 

Week 8: Complete Final Exam. Complete the WK 8 discussion, Groupwork and Team Assignment “Homework”(The final exam is closed book and closed note and is not a take home test. It is a proctored exam. Students must pass the final exam with 60% or better to pass the course.)  

 

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:
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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

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: http://www.park.edu/disability .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
Contrast leadership and management.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Describe more than two ways that leadership is different from management and explain how the actions of a leader may differ in a respective instances from those expected of a manager. Describes and explains at least two  differences between leadership and management Provides a description and/or explanation that is not accurate or is incomplete No answer or insignificant data. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
Clarify how culture is transmitted to employees.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Provides a thorough definition and explanation of more than three ways that culture is transmitted and assigns strength or importance to each method. Describes and explains at least three ways that culture is transmitted to employees. Provides a description and/or explanation of less than three ways culture is transmitted or an inaccurate description or explanation. No answer or insignificant data. 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
Identify the benefits and disadvantages of cohesive groups.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Identifies or lists more than three benefits and two disadvantages of cohesive groups, and thoroughly explains the effects of cohesive groups on the organization as a whole. Identifies or lists at least three benefits and two disadvantages of cohesive groups. Identifies less than three benefits or two disadvantages and/or incomplete or inaccurate data. No answer or insignificant data. 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
Define the term “organizational behavior”.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Defines the term “organizational behavior” in accordance with a specific text or author, compares the definition with other alternative sources, and describes instances in which each definition is appropriate. Defines the term “organizational behavior” in accordance with a specific text or author. Provides an inaccurate or incomplete definition. No answer or insignificant data. 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
Outline the motivation process.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Provides a step by step list of the motivation process and explains how motivation develops over a period of time. Provides a simple step by step list of the motivation process Provides an inaccurate or incomplete description or list of the process. No answer or insignificant data. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
Contrast teams with groups.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Describes and explains more than two differences between groups and teams. And explains the impact on the organization. Describes and explains at least two  differences between groups and teams. Provides an inaccurate or incomplete description or less than two differences. No answer or insignificant data 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
Identify six elements that define an organization's structure                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Identifies and describes the elements that define an organization's structure. Identifies by means of a simple list the elements that define an organization's structure. Provides an inaccurate or incomplete identification of six elements or less than six elements. No answer or insignificant data. 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
Describe four styles of decision making.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Describes the four styles of decision making and explains the impact on the organization by the use of each style. Describe four styles of decision making. Describes less than four styles of decision making, and/or inaccurately describes one or more styles. No answer or insignificant data. 

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