Organizational Diversity Courses
ORG 5010 Survey of Organizational Development & Leadership I
This is the first of two survey courses designed to assist students with master's degrees in areas other than I/O psychology, organizational development, leadership, or a related field to prepare for the doctorate in organizational development and leadership. Survey I covers an introduction to the following topics: Industrial/Organizational Psychology, research methods, job analysis, employee selection, assessment, training and development, and performance appraisal. This course is the first of two survey courses in this preparation process.
ORG 5011 Survey of Organizational Development & Leadership II
This is the second of two survey courses in I/O Psychology designed to provide the foundation doctoral study in organizational development and leadership. Survey II covers an introduction to the following topics: motivation, learning, job satisfaction and commitment, stress management, organizational behaviors, groups and teams, and leadership.
ORG 7519 History & Systems of Industrial & Organizational Psychology
The course will provide an overview of the key events and accomplishments that have played an important role in the historical evolution of industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology and the systems that form the basis of the discipline. A review of the history of I/O psychology introduces several important distinctions that define the discipline and theoretical models and perspectives that trace the evolution of theory and practice. The learning activities emphasize the dichotomy between the science and applications of I/O psychology. The course will trace the development of the field from three different perspectives (1) objectives for research and practice in the field, (2) basic methodological orientation of practitioners and (3) the systems and research-based foundations that form the basis of professional practice in I/O psychology.
ORG 8530 Influence, Motivation & Persuasion in the Workplace
This advanced graduate seminar explores theories of motivating adult performance in the workplace. The exploration includes theories and application of methods for leaders to influence and persuade others in ways that motivate and engage them in their work and their organization's mission. Prerequisite: 30 semester hours of graduate work in organizational leadership, clinical or counseling psychology, or the equivalent.
ORG 7500 Diversity in the Workplace
This course is a systematic study of multi-cultural issues in the workplace, emphasizing respect for diversity of people and families, particularly with regard to matters of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, and sexual orientation. Specific ethnic groups are studied in regard to family relations and cultural impacts on workplace behaviors. Attention is given to ethnocentrism and racism in society and traditional culture-bound organizational human resources approaches. Through this course, students better understand themselves (including expectations and biases toward others based on their ethnic families of origin. Positive and negative feelings about ethnicity are also explored.
ORG 8511 Advanced Topics in Performance Management
This course takes a broad perspective on the theory and strategic application of performance management systems design and implementation, with an emphasis on the more complex issues and questions associated with these advanced systems. This advanced course explores strategic issues and best practices in employee engagement, leadership development, succession planning, evaluative performance feedback, and compensation models. The ways that the changing nature of work and changing demographics in the business world are influencing performance management systems are examined, including globalization, generational differences, multinational operations and cross-cultural issues. Based on current theories and applications for performance management systems, students explore current literature and case examples to implement and support organizational development and increased organizational effectiveness.
ORG 8510 Advanced Seminar: Leading Organizational Change
This seminar examines cutting edge trends in organizational change, the current global business climate, forces driving change, and issues related to positioning organizations for the future. The topics selected will connect change with culture, existing organizational strategies, and the process of change in future directions. Major case study examples of organizational change are included in the learning process.
ORG 8518 Professional & Business Ethics in Organizational Leadership*
This advanced seminar examines enduring issues in business and professional ethics, in addition to the application of proven approaches to ethical professional practice and organizational operations to contemporary organizational environments and issues.
ORG 7410 Research Design & Methods - Qualitative
Readings and exercises in this course emphasize design, analysis, and research concepts most appropriate to investigating intangibles and common data in psychological modeling. Techniques of methodological design related to observational, evaluative, systemic, psycho-historical, phenomenological, heuristic, mythic, and case methods are emphasized. Other course topics include data collection, reliability, validity, data summary and analysis, data reporting, influences on response rate, techniques of survey sampling (mail, questionnaire, and telephone surveys), and semi-structured interview schedules. Research issues of protection of human subjects, privacy, and confidentiality are also addressed. Students are supervised and share experiences gained while preparing to develop, administer, and analyze qualitative research projects. Emphasis is placed on the role that qualitative methodologies play in the world of research.
ORG 7400 Research Design & Methods - Quantitative
This course extends a student's knowledge of the principles and procedures involved in complex behavioral sciences research. The goal is to provide the student with an educational experience that allows him or her to become an informed consumer of scholarly psychological research. The course also prepares the student to conduct advanced research. Topics include philosophy of science, advanced research methods, and analysis of variance.
ORG 7402 Advanced Tests & Measurements
This course involves the advanced study of the theory and practice of psychological measurement. Students review and apply the concepts of measurement (levels of measurement, variables, and validity and reliability of instruments and measurement procedures), and basic principles of statistics (descriptive statistics, univariate inferential statistics for comparisons of sample means, correlation, and regression), as a basis for exploring the proper use of tests and measurements in psychological research. Students will explore published research based on psychometric instruments and other measurement methodologies, and design a quantitative research proposal in an area of interest, which may include dissertation related research.
ORG 7101 Assessment Tools for Organizational Leadership*
This course involves the study of the theory and practice of objective personality assessment and its application to executive coaching and organizational leadership. The course focuses on how objective personality assessment is used to provide insights into readiness for leadership and management roles. Primary emphasis is on those published instruments and inventories commonly used in executive coaching, organizational leadership assessment and organizational development, including instruments such as: FIRO-B, Social Style Profile, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, CPI 260, Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode, Campbell Leadership Index, Workplace Big Five, Change Style Indicator, Campbell Organizational Survey, and Conflicts Dynamics Profile. (All of the above will not necessarily be included in each session of the course; instructors will select representative examples from classes of instruments.)
ORG 7415 Advanced Statistics
This course emphasizes inferential statistical concepts related to methods most appropriate to data and theories in psychology. The focus is on a quantitative approach to the concepts and methods of statistical inference. Topics include hypothesis testing, probability, multiple correlation and regression, t-tests, nonparametric tests, Analysis of Variance, Analysis of Covariance, and Multivariate Analysis of Variance. Research design issues are addressed, with a focus on selecting data analysis techniques to appropriately address research questions and apply the concepts covered to various psychological problems and real life situations. Emphasis is on developing skills in interpreting statistical results presented in research articles.
ORG 7701 Theoretical Foundations for Diversity Work
This course will review the theoretical underpinnings for diversity work in the United States. Students will consider the implications of different models and explore what diversity means as a developing field. The course explores multi-disciplinary scholars, practitioners and theorists (academic, public policy, organizational, and others) to formulate discussion, analysis and experiment in the concept of diversity as a framework for organizational success.
ORG 7715 Social Aspects of Diversity
In this advanced class in diversity, students will take a deeper look into the impact that privilege, stereotypes, bias and language have on individuals, teams and organizations. Students will review the history of the civil rights in the United States and its impact on organizational structure with an emphasis on marginalization, privilege, and structural inequality from a political and organizational framework. Students will then apply this to personal and professional setting to gain skills for addressing these issues individually and systemically in organizations.
ORG 8270 Diversity & Inclusion - Research in Action
In this course, students will conduct an action research project to help select the appropriate interventions related to diversity and inclusion. It is critical that when designing plans, students understand the role that different solutions have toward meeting organizational goals. Students will first begin by defining diversity and inclusion and how the definitions relate to organizational solutions. Then, they will explore approaches that organizations may take to assess and evaluate their needs, and to plan and then execute the appropriate response to support the organizational strategy. Topics will include: learning and development, training, communications, event planning, and community relations.
ORG 7705 Advanced Topics in Cross-Cultural Communications*
This course in cross-cultural communication will focus on the natural tensions that exist when conducting business globally. Within a framework of transnational business and global economics, students will address contemporary concerns that apply to strategic alliances and the management of the globally diverse organization. Topics covered include the achievements of global leaders, characteristics of leaders, leading across cultures, leading change and relationship between leaders and followers.
ORG 8520 Coaching for High Performance
Students in this course are familiarized with the current literature and ethics of executive coaching. In addition, the course trains students in effective methods of organizational coaching: helping managers and other executives transform themselves in areas where they are ineffective, reshape their values, communicate more effectively in the workplace, and challenge them to achieve higher levels of performance. Because this is a two tiered process, students also learn to train leaders in organizations to coach direct reports, peers, and superiors to enhance their growth and development and thus impact the entire organization in a positive way.
ORG 7710 Cross-Functional Diversity Alignment
Promoting an organizational environment that fosters diversity requires aligning to and with organizational values, missions and visions. This course provides an overview of the organizational system including the design, control, and improvement of business systems. Topics include operations strategy, marketing and public relations, the legal landscape, principles of measuring organizational results, quality management, affirmative action and its role with Human Resources, as well as supplier diversity management.
ORG 8770 Doctoral Capstone Seminar (4 credits)
This seminar provides students the opportunity to apply what they have learned in their curriculum to highly realistic case studies related to their fields of specialization for the doctorate. Through discussions among students and the instructor, students will review, analyze and evaluate case studies emphasizing the practice of the content in their curriculum. The course will involve the analysis and evaluation of one or more case studies. Students will contemplate complex ques-tions posed by their instructor, reply to those questions, respond to other students’ analyses and evaluations, and receive faculty feedback. Each student will submit a final assignment on each case, involving his or her critical thinking on the core issues presented in the case and the presentation and defense of an approach to addressing those core issues. Prerequisite: completion (including approved credits trans¬ferred) of all coursework required in the student’s doctoral curriculum.
ORG 8910 Dissertation Planning I (1 credit)
In this course students begin the drafting of their dissertation under the supervision of the instructor. Students working individually on their own dissertation drafts focus on the description of their topic, refinement of their research questions, and outlining their review of the literature with feedback and recommendations for revisions from their instructor. (Final approval of these drafts of portions of the dissertation rests with the student’s individual dissertation committees, as described in the current University of the Rockies Dissertation Handbook, as revised from time to time. Following the procedures outlined in the Handbook, students may form their committees before, during or after their enrollment and completion of Dissertation Planning I and II.) Prerequisite: Doctoral Capstone Seminar.
ORG 8912 Dissertation Planning II (1 credit)
In this course students continue the drafting of their dissertation begun in Dissertation Planning I under the supervision of the instructor. Students working individually on their own dissertation drafts focus on further refinement of the description of their topic, the final draft wording of their research questions, and beginning to write their review of the literature and research methodology with feedback and recommendations for revisions from their instructor. Students will exchange research concepts and proposed approaches about their research methodology with other students proposing similar methods (qualitative, quantitative, mixed, etc.). (Final approval of these drafts of portions of the dissertation rests with the student’s individual dissertation committees, as described in the current University of the Rockies Dissertation Handbook, as revised from time to time. Following the procedures outlined in the Handbook, students may form their committees before, during or after their enrollment and completion of Dissertation Planning I and II.) Prerequisite: completion of all required coursework and Dissertation Planning I.
ORG 8990 Dissertation (5 credits)**
Students writing a dissertation must complete a total of 5 credits by registering for five consecutive terms of dissertation credit, one credit per term. Dissertations are written per the policies, practices, and procedures in the Dissertation Handbook.
Total Credits 68
* This course may not be transferred in as it contains a weekend in-residence requirement in Denver (Friday midday to Sunday midday). Dates will be published in advance. Travel and related expenses are the responsibility of the student. However, these costs are included within the Federal Financial Aid Cost of Attendance.
** As a requirement for graduation from University of the Rockies with a degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), each student must complete and successfully defend a dissertation. The purpose of the Dissertation is to ensure that the student has mastered the ability to pursue a systematic investigation, which examines significant issues or problems in applied psychology. The Dissertation requirement is also designed to contribute to the student's knowledge, skills, and research expertise in psychology. Students choose a topic that addresses carefully chosen research questions that the student then investigates with quantitative or qualitative research, with a meta-analysis, or with a program design or program evaluation. Prerequisites, timelines for completion, and attendance requirements for Dissertation, as well as a detailed explanation of each step in the process, are described in the Dissertation Handbook.