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Online · School of Business · Graduate Business

Leading Organizational Change
BUSI-504

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/30/2020

Course Description

Students in this course will study the impact of change on an organization and stakeholders and the dynamics of change in order to lead organizational change efforts. The course reviews the literature for the best practices relating to organizational change and organizational learning.

Requisites

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

This course directly supports the Mission and Aims of Liberty University's Statement of Purpose. The primary objective of this course is to provide and equip graduate business students with tools to develop and diagnose issues regarding organizational design in theory and in practice.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Integrate biblical concepts with the concepts of change.
  2. Analyze the behavioral aspects of change.
  3. Delineate effective change.
  4. Explore the tasks associated with change.
  5. Discuss change process theory.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchases

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (current edition). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Spector, B. (2013). Implementing organizational change: Theory into practice. (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. ISBN: 9780132729840.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Word
    5. A Bible

(Microsoft Office is available at a special discount to Liberty University students.)

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

The student will complete 4 Discussion Board Forums throughout the course. For each forum, the student will research and write about articles related to a specific term, post that information in a new thread, and then provide feedback to the threads of at least 3 other classmates. All threads posted should include a biblical perspective with scripture included. Threads must be 400–500 words in length and replies must be approximately 300 words in length.

Case Studies (4)

The student will complete 4 Case Studies. The student will read the assigned case discussions at the end of the chapter and use the questions as a guideline for each submission. All Case Studies should include an introductory and concluding paragraph, as well as headings. All Case Studies should include a biblical perspective with scripture included relevant to the topics covered in the Case Study scenario. Case Studies 1–3 will be in current APA format, 4–5 pages in length, not including the cover page, abstract, or reference pages. The final Case Study will be comprehensive and will be in current APA format, 8–10 pages in length, not including the cover page, abstract, or reference pages.

Quizzes (4)

The student will take 4 timed, open-book/open-note quizzes in this course. Each quiz will consist of 50 multiple-choice questions covering the required readings and must be completed in 90 minutes.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (4 at 75 pts ea)

300

Case Studies (3 at 100 pts ea)

300

Case Study 4

200

Quiz 1

(chs. 1–2)

50

Quiz 2

(chs. 3–4)

50

Quiz 3

(chs. 5–6)

50

Quiz 4

(chs. 7–8)

50

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

BUSI 504

Textbook: Spector, Implementing Organizational Change: Theory into Practice (2013).

Module/

Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Spector: chs. 1–2

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

10

0

75

2

Spector: ch. 2 Case Discussion

1 presentation

Case Study 1

Quiz 1

100

50

3

Spector: chs. 3–4

1 presentation

DB Forum 2

75

4

Spector: ch. 4 Case Discussion

1 presentation

Case Study 2

Quiz 2

100

50

5

Spector: chs. 5–6

1 presentation

DB Forum 3

75

6

Spector: ch. 6 Case Discussion

1 presentation

Case Study 3

Quiz 3

100

50

7

Spector: chs. 7–8

Spector: ch. 8 Case Discussion

2 presentations

Case Study 4

200

8

Spector: ch. 8

DB Forum 4

Quiz 4

75

50

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Module/Weeks 1-7 begin on Monday and end at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday. Module/Week 8 begins on Monday and ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.