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PS 374 Organizational Psychology
Conner, Rosalind G.


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

PS 374 Organizational Psychology

Semester

S2J 2008 PV

Faculty

Conner, Rosalind G.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

BA Psychology
Master's of Science in Management

Office Hours

By appointment only; call 816-309-8407

Daytime Phone

816-309-8407

E-Mail

rosalind.conner@park.edu

rosalind@rosalindconner.com

Semester Dates

March 18, 2008 - May 6, 2008

Class Days

--T----

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Prerequisites

PS 101, 3:0:3

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Psychology Applied to Work - text only
Author:  Paul M. Muchinsky
8th, 06
ISBN:  0-495-09323-8
Publisher:  Wadsworth, Inc.xs

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Course Description:
Study of the intrapersonal, interpersonal and group dynamics in organizational behavior, group problem solving, task functions and process functions, motivation and morale, models of organization and their psychosocial costs and benefits, including impact on the culture and the family. 3:0:3 Prerequisite: PS 101.

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator's education philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, quizzes, outside research. class discussions and presentations.  The facilitator will encourage 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 PS374. This exam is worth at least 20 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 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 online 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:
There will be quizzes, individual presentations using case studies and current event material, group presentations, interview conducted, written paper and a final exam.

Grading:

Final:  300 Points
Current Events: 100 Points
Interviews: 200 Points
Quizzes: 90 Points
Group Presentation: 200 Points
Written Paper:  110 Points
Total Points:  1000 Points
90-100% = A       60-69% = D
80-89% = B
70-79%= C

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Instructor is to be notified in advance.  This will be discussed in detail the first night of class.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Attendance will be taken at the beginning and end of each class.  Everyone is expected to participate in class. Instructor is not responsible for contacting absent students or providing items from missed classes.  Be prepared.  Computers do fail.  Bring back up copies of any presentation material.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 - Review Syllabus, all assignments will be reviewed, presentation groups will be determined.  Come prepared to discuss Chapters 1 - 3.
Week 2 - Be prepared to discuss Chapters 4 & 5, Current Event #1 due
Week 3 - Be prepared to discuss Chapters 6 - 8, Paper due
Week 4 - Two out of class assignments; one interviews; the second wil be discussed on the first night of class
Week 5 - Be prepared to discuss Chapters 9 & 10, Current Event #2 Due and Interviews will be presented
Week 6 - Be preapred to discuss Chapters 12 & 13, Current Event #3 Due
Week 7 - Current Event #4, Group Presentations
Week 8 - Final Exam
Changes to the syllabus; if made, will be announced at least one week prior.  The comprehensive final is a closed book, closed notes 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 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.

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 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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