Online · School of Behavioral Sciences · Psychology
Organizational Behavior and Development
- Section 8WK
- 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
- Modified 02/03/2020
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:
- Utilize major topics and subspecialties, including critical theory and research findings that have served to define organizational behavior and development.
- Increase understanding of the complicated systems of individual and group psychological processes involved in the world of work and how to interact with them.
- Connect both the basic and applied principles of industrial/organizational psychology to organizational behavior and development within organizations.
- Apply organizational behavior and development interventions to companies and evaluate their effectiveness.
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.
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
- Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
- Internet access (broadband recommended)
- Blackboard recommended browsers
- Microsoft Word
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.
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.
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 Requirements Checklist
Personal Assessment Inventory & Applications (4 at 25 pts ea)
Management Lab Projects (8 at 50 pts ea)
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- 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.
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Textbook: Robbins & Judge, Organizational Behavior (18th ed., 2018).
Reading & Study
Robbins & Judge: chs. 1–2
Course Requirements Checklist
Management Lab Project 1
Robbins & Judge: chs. 3–4
Management Lab Project 2
Robbins & Judge: chs. 5–6
Management Lab Project 3
Robbins & Judge: chs. 7–8
Management Lab Project 4
Robbins & Judge: chs. 9–10
Management Lab Project 5
Robbins & Judge: chs. 11–12
Management Lab Project 6
Robbins & Judge: chs. 13–15
Management Lab Project 7
Robbins & Judge: chs. 16–18
Management Lab Project 8
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.