Master of Arts in Organizational Development and Leadership

Master of Arts in Organizational Development and Leadership


(All courses are 3 credits and are listed in the recommended sequence.)

ORG 6504 Leadership & Management
This course is an overview of essential principles and current issues in leadership and management theory and practice. Students explore the evolutionary progress of leadership and management theories and practices from early in the industrial age to the present. Students learn to distinguish effective management and leadership practices for different organizations and operating environments. This class will examine systematic approaches to leadership in the context of organizational culture and interpersonal factors such as leadership ethics, organizational mission, individual motivation, leadership power, organizational strategy, and team performance.

ORG 6523 Teams in Organizations
In this course students explore the dynamics of highly functioning teams and their role in improving performance and increasing cross-functional collaboration in organizations. Students analyze the fundamental building blocks of effective teams in organizations, including behaviors of effective team members, factors that distinguish effective problem solving by teams, how organizational cultures influence team effectiveness, and the vital dimensions of team leadership. The course explores the life cycle of a team, including how leaders effectively form teams and optimize performance at different stages of the life cycle.

ORG 6503 Organizational Theories & Systems
This course explores the theories of human organizations and how they function and the factors that influence the structure, design, operation, and performance of individuals in complex organizations. The emphasis is on integrating theory and concepts from the behavioral and social sciences as a basis for understanding human behavior within organizations.

ORG 6506 Leading Organizational Change
This course focuses on the principles and techniques associated with leading organizations through the change process. Included is a discussion of why organizations need to change in the current business and organizational environment. In addition, a process model of how best to bring about change serves as the core schema for the class sessions. To complement the "macro" or organizational approach to creating change, we also examine a "micro" viewpoint, addressing how to encourage individuals to change. Along these lines, we spend some time exploring the parallels between the organizational change process and how this discipline might inform how we change ourselves, and perhaps individuals. Finally, we draw some connections between the function of change and the role of leadership.

ORG 6534 Human Resources Management
This course will focus on the evolving role of human resource management (HRM), which emphasizes its strategic importance to organizational effectiveness. The course also explores the systems-oriented view of HRM integral current best practices. Students will examine the impact of trends and changes in the external environment on the design and implementation of organizational HRM strategies and practices. Topics include recruitment, selection, retention, compensation, benefits, training, development, employee engagement, and succession planning.

ORG 5100 Assessment - Tests & Measurements
This course involves the study of the theory and practice of psychological measurement. The focus is on the process of measuring and differentiating variables of psychological interest. Students explore basic concepts of measurement and the principles of test construction. The course familiarizes the prospective professional psychologist with the common tests used in psychological and educational practice. These include intellectual, aptitude, and achievement tests; interest inventories; personality tests; and social measures.

ORG 6405 Applied Research Methods
This course involves the study of research design, and the quantitative and qualitative methods that can be used in addressing research questions. Students will be introduced to social scientific inquiry and the research design process, as well as some of the most common quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Through the process of critiquing research articles, students will learn how to determine the appropriate use of research design, recognize errors and biases in conducting research, and communicate the methods and results of particular studies. Cross-listed as and equivalent to PSY 6405.

ORG 6512 Training & Development
This course examines the role of training and development initiatives as tools for change at the individual, team, and organizational levels. Students will also explore training and development systems designed to have an ongoing impact on organizational performance. The course explores the variety of methodologies, techniques, settings, and approaches to training and development including curriculum design and various training delivery modalities. The practical issues related to designing training and development initiatives that target specific organizational strategies will be discussed, based on established principles of adult learning. Topics include aligning training and development initiatives to business strategy, facilitating training programs, and evaluating the impact those programs have on individual, team, and organizational performance.

ORG 6505 Diagnosing Organizations
This course explores qualitative and quantitative research methods and data analysis that leaders and consultants use in organizations with particular attention to interview and observation. An understanding of organizational structure and organizational life-cycle development is provided. The course also examines how leaders in organizations can mediate high performance and learning through project team development, communication, collaboration, and individual and group conversation-based assessment.

ORG 5520 Social Psychology
This course is an overview of the theories of social psychology. It helps the student explore how other people affect the feelings, thoughts, perceptions, and behaviors of an individual. Constructs of social psychology, such as social influence, social thinking, and attitude formation are examined in reference to social/psychological research.

ORG 6520 Professional Ethics, Standards of Practice & Law *
This course is a study of the ethical and legal issues confronting organizational leadership. Topics related to discrimination and anti-harassment, personnel selection procedures, standards for psychological testing, and social media will be explored. Students will learn principles of ethical decision-making and corporate social responsibility as well as explore the impact that major ethical and legal dilemmas create for organizations. Students will master the importance of non-discrimination and anti-harassment legal principles including affirmative action, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, as well as the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972 through the study of laws and relevant court decisions. Students will also master the current code of ethics of the American Psychological Association and other relevant professional code of ethics. Students will further master essential consumer protection principles.

ORG 6511 Introduction to Human Performance Management
This course focuses on improving performance from the individual level, to teams, and overall organizational performance. Students explore influences upon individuals' performance in organizations, with an emphasis on the strategic and tactical decisions required to deploy human resources effectively. This course includes systematic themes, models, and theories for making decisions related to recruitment, selection, training, development, placement, and retention. Students also learn the basics of conducting job analysis and performance evaluation, as well as how to recommend solutions to organizational leaders in business terms. Topics include legal, ethical, and diversity issues related to employee selection, performance measurement and evaluation and progressive sanctions.

ORG 6522 Fundamentals of Coaching
This course will examine and analyze essential constructs and practices of effective executive coaching. It will focus on cutting edge executive coaching models, various coaching orientations, tools, and techniques of effective coaching. Students will get practice in basic skills in coaching such as establishing rapport and purpose, effective listening skills, giving effective feedback, and goal setting. The course also explores legal and ethical issues in the application and practice of executive coaching.

Comprehensive Exam

*This course may not be transferred in.

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