Organizational Behavior

Course Number: BUSADMIN 5530
Course Name: Organizational Behavior (Online)
Course Description:    Organizations, in and of themselves, do not behave, the people within them do. This course will give students a comprehensive view of organizational theory and behavior by studying individual and group behaviors and how these interrelate with the organization's structure, systems, and goals.
Prerequisites:    None
Level: Graduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online
Program: Master of Science in Project Management
Master of Science in Organizational Change Leadership

Registration Instructions

NOTE: The information below is representative of the course and is subject to change.  The specific details of the course will be available in the Desire2Learn course instance for the course in which a student registers.

Additional Information

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Apply theory to application, thereby demonstrating an understanding of the theoretical knowledge base of organizational behavior.
  • Analyze how individual and group behaviors act as building blocks to organizational behavior.
  • Analyze team behavior and its effect on productivity.
  • Articulate the importance of organizational behavior in the management of an organization.
  • Research and analyze aspects of organizational behavior.
  • Communicate and interact with team members.
  • Have an increased understanding of APA and Refworks tools, and other resources.

Unit Descriptions

Unit 1: Introduction to Organizational Behavior
As we begin the class, this first “mini-unit” will serve as an introduction to each other, to the online environment, and to organizational behavior. As we begin our study of organizational behavior, we look first to the past. We will explore how the field of organizational behavior developed. In addition, we will develop an understanding of the functions and roles of managers so that we can better appreciate the impact of environmental forces on the organization.

Unit 2: Individual Behavior in the Organization
Now we need to explore how individual behavior affects the organization. Individuals, of course, lay the groundwork for team and system behavior, so it is logical for us to begin here. Individuals are very complex beings and their behavior is not easily understood. One place to begin the process of understanding individual behavior is by understanding our own behaviors!

Unit 3: Group Behavior in the Organization
Now that we understand how individual behaviors influence the organization, we are ready to examine how a collection of people affect the functioning of an organization. We will find that individual perspectives combined with organizational idiosyncrasies make analysis difficult!

Unit 4: The Organization as a Structure
Our final unit focuses on the organization as a system. Behavior can be strongly influenced by the way in which a company is organized. Reporting relationships, levels of hierarchy, formality of process all can influence how people and teams conduct themselves. You will get a chance to discover how companies you are familiar with influence your work life.

Grading Information

Final grades are determined by the total number of points earned based on the following scale:

Unit Written Activities (1 @ 20 pts., 3 @ 30 pts. each) 110 points
Unit Team Activities (4 @ 25 pts. each) 100 points
Lesson Assignments (12 @ 15 pts. each) 180 points
Unit Exams ( 1 @ 50 pts., 3 @ 75 pts. each) 275 points
Team Evaluations (4 @ 25 pts. each) 100 points
Total Undergraduate: 765 points
Graduate Paper Milestones (5 @ 5 pts. each) 25 points
Graduate Project 250 points
Total: 1,040

Grading Scale
A 95% - 100%
A- 90% - 94%
B+ 87% - 89%
B 84% - 86%
B- 80% - 82%
C+ 77% - 79%
C 74% - 76%
C- 70% - 72%
D+ 67% - 69%
D 64% - 66%
D- 60% - 63%
F 0% - 59%


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