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Online · School of Behavioral Sciences · Psychology

Organizational Behavior and Development

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 02/03/2020

Course Description

Discussion of organization theories and organizational change. Consideration also given to group structure and processes.



PSYC 516 or PSYC 716


The purpose of this course is to give you both the skills and knowledge to be an effective organizational leader and influencer. It is not just your organizational knowledge and skill, but your individual skills and ability as a persuader, communicator, negotiator, and observer, that determine your success as an organizational leader. This course focuses on understanding the people, systems, and policies in organizations that influence organizational development, behavior, and change. This course also is designed to give you relevant theory, knowledge, and tangible skills to be effective in navigating and influencing real-world organizations. This course is the most practical or applied course in the I/O cognate.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Utilize major topics and subspecialties, including critical theory and research findings that have served to define organizational behavior and development.
  2. Increase understanding of the complicated systems of individual and group psychological processes involved in the world of work and how to interact with them.
  3. Connect both the basic and applied principles of industrial/organizational psychology to organizational behavior and development within organizations.
  4. Apply organizational behavior and development interventions to companies and evaluate their effectiveness.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchase

Robbins, Stephen & Judge, Timothy (2018). Organizational Behavior with MyManagementLab (18th ed.). Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall. ISBN: 9780134889313.

Disclaimer: The above resource provides 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 this resource.

Recommended Resources

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Current ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Robbins, Stephen & Judge, Timothy (2018). Organizational Behavior—MyManagementLab. Pearson. ISBN: 9780134731438.

Students please note: This is the standalone access code for the required text. Only purchase this resource if you would only like a digital copy of the text.

Additional Materials for Learning 

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

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 Module/Week 1.

Personal Assessment Inventory & Applications (4)

In 4 of the 8 modules/weeks, the student will take an assessment, read the report, and discuss how it relates to the workplace. The student will then discuss a research study that used the scale and answer [an] applied question[s] related to scale.

Management Lab Projects (8)

The student will complete a mini simulation project in his/her MyManagementLab account for each module/week. Each mini simulation project will include 10–15 questions, and will incorporate both activities and situations in which the student must apply the appropriate theory/knowledge/research to answer each question.

Midterm Exam

This exam will cover the content in Modules/Weeks 1–4. The exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 2 scenarios with individual questions per scenario, and have a 3-hour time limit.

Final Exam

This exam will cover the content in Modules/Weeks 5–8. The exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 3 scenarios with individual questions per scenario, and have a 3 hour time limit.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Personal Assessment Inventory & Applications (4 at 25 pts ea)


Management Lab Projects (8 at 50 pts ea)


Midterm Exam

(Modules 1–4)


Final Exam

(Modules 5–8)





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 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


PSYC 640

Textbook: Robbins & Judge, Organizational Behavior (18th ed., 2018).


Reading & Study




Robbins & Judge: chs. 1–2

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions


Management Lab Project 1






Robbins & Judge: chs. 3–4

1 presentation

Management Lab Project 2



Robbins & Judge: chs. 5–6

1 presentation


Management Lab Project 3




Robbins & Judge: chs. 7–8

1 presentation

Management Lab Project 4

Midterm Exam




Robbins & Judge: chs. 9–10

1 presentation


Management Lab Project 5




Robbins & Judge: chs. 11–12

1 presentation

Management Lab Project 6



Robbins & Judge: chs. 13–15

1 presentation


Management Lab Project 7




Robbins & Judge: chs. 16–18

1 presentation

Management Lab Project 8

Final Exam





PAIA = Personal Assessment Inventory & Application

NOTE: Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.