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Organizational Analysis and Problem Solving
EDUC-745

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 02/04/2022

Course Description

An introduction to the nature and management of educational organizations. Integrates major theoretical perspectives with special focus on applying such theories to both better understand and more effectively resolve organizational problems.

Requisites

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

The Educational Leadership Program is designed to provide individuals with the concepts, skills, and knowledge necessary to think critically and to positively contribute to the field of education. Recognizing organizational behavior is a complex phenomenon requiring multiple perspectives to understand the nature of organizational life, properly situate problems, and develop viable solutions. The participants in the class will use metaphoric lenses to explore relevant research, theories, and literature related to the philosophies and theories of organizational behavior.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of four different theoretical conceptions of organizational life.
  2. Describe an existing unit of an educational organization in terms of its organizational behavior.
  3. Evaluate an existing unit of an educational organization’s behavior using multiple organizational metaphors.
  4. Diagnose the roots of an organizational problem and develop a workable action plan.
  5. Assess all theories, methods, and assumptions through the lens of Scripture.

Course Resources

Click on the following link to view the required resource(s) for the term in which you are registered: Liberty University Online Bookstore.

 Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Canvas recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Office

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (8)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be a minimum of 250 words and a maximum of 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to 3 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 125–150 words. (CLO: A, B, E )

Case Studies (8)

The candidate will write 8 papers between 2 and 7 pages addressing various issues within the Case Study. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussions (8 at 30 pts ea)

240

Case Study: Problem Proposal Assignment

80

Case Study: Structural Analysis Assignment

100

Case Study: Systems Analysis Assignment

100

Case Study: Cultural Analysis Assignment

100

Case Study: Political Analysis Assignment

100

Case Study: Diagnosing Problem Causes Assignment

100

Case Study: Developing an Action Plan Assignment

100

Case Study: Final Reflective Analysis Assignment

80

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussions, 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 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 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 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.

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.

Grading Scale

A 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.

Schedule

Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
Course Overview
Student Acknowledgements

Course Requirements Checklist

Advising Guide Acknowledgement

Module 1: Week 1
Learn

Read: 1 item

Watch: 1 item

Apply

Case Study: Problem Proposal Assignment 

Discussion: The Value of Lenses and Metaphors

Module 2: Week 2
Learn

Read: 4 items

Watch: 1 item

Apply

Case Study: Structural Analysis Assignment 

Discussion: Using the Structural Theories Lens

Module 3: Week 3
Learn

Read: 1 item

Watch: 3 items

Apply

Case Study: Systems Analysis Assignment 

Discussion: Using the Systems Theories Lens

Module 4: Week 4
Learn

Read: 5 items

Watch: 1 item

Apply

Case Study: Cultural Analysis Assignment 

Discussion: Using the Cultural Theories Lens 

Module 5: Week 5
Learn

Read: 5 items

Watch: 3 items

Apply

Case Study: Political Analysis Assignment 

Discussion: Using the Political Theories Lens

Module 6: Week 6
Learn

Read: 2 items

Watch: 1 item

Explore: 1 item

Apply

Case Study: Diagnosing Problem Causes Assignment

Discussion: A Biblical Perspective of Organizational Problems

Module 7: Week 7
Learn

Read: 2 items

Watch: 1 item

Apply

Case Study: Developing an Action Plan Assignment 

Discussion: A Biblical Perspective for Addressing Organizational Problems

Module 8: Week 8
Learn

Read: 1 item

Watch: 1 item

Apply

Case Study: Final Reflective Analysis Assignment 

Discussion: Strategies for Fostering Organization Change