MG 440 Complex Organizations
S1B 2008 BL
Onick, Robert L.
Senior Instructor of Social Psychology/Adjunct Faculty
M.Ed. in Secondary Curriculum and InstructionM.Ed. in Educational PsychologyCertification at the Secondary Level in Sociology
To be negotiated as needed
To be arranged or negotiated by phone
January 11 - February 29, 2008
5:00 - 10:00 P.M.
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Educational Philosophy: Lectures, presentations, and discussions will be used as well as structured experiential activities for students. Student presentations and possible interviews will be integrated throughout the course. Since an experiential, student-centered learning approach will be utilized, authentic performance assessments will be incorporated in alignment with the principles of change (CBAM--Concerns-Based Adoption Model for Change). Activities will focus on mastering higher order critical thinking skills and problem-solving techniques. Additionally, an emphasis will be placed on examining organizational activities and mechanisms as they relate to and align with essential organizational and sociological theories and principles.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Readings and Journal Reaction Sheets/Synthesis Papers (5 - 6 per semester--150 points each, then averaged at the end of the semester for a maximum of 150 points)
Essay Questions/Applications (2 - 3 exams per semester--150 points each, then averaged at the end of the semester for a maximum of 150 points)
Demonstration of Negotiated Course Agreements (assessed twice per semester and averaged for a maximum of 100 points)
Class Activity Reaction Sheets (optional for extra credit only)
A. The comprehensive final exam is worth 30% of the semester grade, the core assessment is worth 20%, journal reaction sheets/synthesis papers, essay questions/applications, class participation, and negotiated course agreements will make up the remaining 50%.
B. Students will communicate their intentions in writing to the class instructor as to the quantity of reaction sheets/synthesis papers and these will be binding unless renegotiated by both parties during the course of the term or at the end of the term.
C. Students will also be asked to personally evaluate their achievements in the course based on the stated course objectives and on the evidence of record from the above categories.
D. Course grades will be determined equally from the instructor's assessments of students' performance and students' self-evaluations, with the exception of the core assessment and comprehensive final exam.
Individual written assignments to be graded will be assessed points on the basis of completeness, accuracy and validity. Points for class participation will be determined according to the degree to which students complete their class presentations; actively engage in small group, experiential activities; and participate in large group discussions of class content material within this complex organization.
Final Letter Grade Assessments:
A--900 - 1000 points
B--800 - 899 points
C--700 - 799 points
D--600 - 699 points
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.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Students and instructor will negotiate and agree on a set of mutually workable ground rules during the first weeks of the course.
A. Readings and Journal Reaction Sheets/Synthesis Papers: Read all material, both text readings and class handouts, in advance of assigned dates. Examine the material carefully in terms of the personal meaning it holds for you. Assignments correspond directly and support planned class activities and provide a background for understanding and realizing what is taking place. Assessment of readings (for grading purposes) will be done by periodic examination of reaction sheets entered in the student's journal. Examination of journal entries by the instructor will take place two or three times during the course; however entries from the readings are to be made each week (weeks 3 - 7).
NOTE: After reading assigned material, and in advance of assigned dates, write a concise two-page analysis for one chapter from the assigned readings each week. The two-page reaction sheets are to be dated and entered in the student's journal on the appropriate dates assigned. The "summary" will go on the front side of the first page while the student's personal reactions to the readings are to be written on the front side of the second page.
B. Class Activities Reaction Sheets: Reaction sheets may be entered in the journal (for grading purposes) on a weekly basis which summarize the previous week's classroom activities and your personal reactions to the activities. These reaction sheets would be in addition to the reading reaction sheets. These are not required and may be negotiated by individual students. The format is the same as reaction sheets to the assigned readings.
C. Essay Questions/Applications: Questions pertaining to class activities and assigned readings will be distributed to students on three occasions during the course. The number of questions on these exams will range from 3 to 7 for each distribution. Assessment will be based on the student's ability to recreate personal and interpersonal experiences from class activities and personal interpretation of the content material.
D. Core Assessment: Although this project will be due the 7th week, the organization, planning, and collaborating will occur in a continuous process beginning in the 3rd week.
E. Class Participation: Since the course focuses on people and since all sessions will involve experiential activities and exercises involving class participants, active and consistent attendance and participation is needed from all students enrolling in the course. Assessment will be based on the instructor's observation of student performance and will be communicated and negotiated with each student during the course of the class and again at the end of the course.
F. Negotiated Course Agreements: Once the course ground rules have been negotiated, students will be assessed a grade by the instructor based on the extent to which the negotiated agreements have been actualized, demonstrated, and performed. Students will assess the degree to which they have done what they agreed to dothroughout the course.
Tentative Class Schedule:
Week 1: ( January 11, 2008)
Introduction to Course/Syllabus/Handouts/Organizations
Creating a Context for the Course as a Complex Organization
Negotiating the Syllabus for the Course/Organizational Theories
Negotiations of Class Ground Rules for the Course as a Complex Organization
Readings: Handouts/Chapters 1, 2, & 3
Class Discussion of Handouts/Readings
Continuation/Completion of the Negotiation of Class Ground Rules/Syllabus
Assignments of Research Abstract/Reaction Sheets/Synthesis Papers (Weekly Schedule)
Experiential Activity on Organizational Activities/Tasks/Purpose
Experiential Activities on Sociological Perspectives of Complex Organizations
Week 3 (January 25, 2008)
Readings: Chapters 4, 5, & 6
Class Discussion of Readings (Open System Design Elements)
Experiential Activity on Complexity in Organizational Relationships
Experiential Activity with Case (Orientation/Organizing)
Collection of 1st Set of Reaction Sheets/Synthesis Papers
Assignment of 1st Set of Essay Questions
Week 4 (February 1, 2008)
Readings: Chapters 7, 8, & 9
Class Discussion of Readings (Internal Design Elements)
Experiential Activity on Organizational Norms/Values/Culture/Division of Labor/Resources
Collection of 1st Set of Essay Questions
Experiential Activity with Case (Planning)
Readings: Chapter 10 (Case Study TBA)
Class Discussion of Readings (Culture and Ethics)
Experiential Activity with Case (Collaboration)
Experiential Activity on Organizational Principles
Collection of 2nd Set of Reaction Sheets/Synthesis Papers
Week 6 (February 15, 2008)
Readings: Chapter 11 (Case Study TBA)
Class Discussion of Readings (Innovation, Adoption, Change)
Experiential Activity on Organizational Processes and Politics
Readings: Chapter 12 (Case Study TBA)
Class Discussion of Readings (Decision-making/Problem-solving Processes)
Collection of 3rd Set of Reaction Sheets/Synthesis Papers
Assignment of 3rd Set of Essay Questions
Core Assessment of Comprehensive Case (written during class)
Week 8 (February 29, 2008)
Collection of 3rd Set of Essay Questions
Final Course "Completing" Activity as an Organization
NOTE: Extra credit is optional and can be negotiated individually from week-to-week with the instructor. It is not a requirement for the course and is intended to be fun, enlightening, and "risking" in nature. It would involve the case studies within the course text.
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Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-881. Students will be expected to be in class on time according to the negotiated times given.
2. Students are to give maximum possible notice should they be unable to attend as agreed. If they are unable to attend, they will communicate their intentions to the instructor and complete missing assignments prior to the next class meeting.
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