Master of Arts in Organizational Development and Leadership

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Sport, Fitness, and Wellness Management Courses

(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.

ORG 6740 Sports, Fitness, & Wellness Management
This course emphasizes the significance of administration/management theory for the sport, fitness, and wellness manager. It examines important influences in management philosophy, as well as modern management theories practiced in the sports, fitness, and wellness industry. Effective leadership and management principles are emphasized, as well as the importance of governance, human resources, problem solving, planning, organizing, leading, and evaluating within this field.

ORG 6742 Fundraising & Financial Concepts in Sport, Fitness, & Wellness Management
This course stresses the use of sound methods and practices in financial management and fundraising in the field of sport, fitness, and wellness management. Topics related to financial management include basic financial concepts, systems, and strategic budgeting. Fundraising concepts include sourcing funding through traditional promotional strategies, solicitation and sales techniques, philanthropic giving, and the management of specific fundraising events. The distinct issues that make financing sport, fitness, and wellness unique in comparison to other types of business are also examined.

ORG 6745 Marketing in Sport, Fitness, & Wellness
This course examines the marketing concepts as they relate to organizations that function within the sports, fitness and wellness industry as well as provides an overview of the historical perspectives of marketed sporting events. Topics covered in this course include branding, athletic endorsements, corporate sponsorships, market research and consumer behavior as well as social issues in sport-related advertising.

ORG 6747 Facilities Management in Sport, Fitness, & Wellness
This course examines the fundamental theories, standards, and recommendations for developing, planning, constructing, and managing various venues in sports, fitness, and wellness. Included in the course are essential topics related to planning for events and tournaments, facility design/construction, program development, facility scheduling, staff and security planning, crowd control, fiscal control, law and risk management, facility marketing, facility maintenance, and box office/concession management. The course combines theoretical and practical opportunities to help students gain a background of its importance for success in the industry of sport, fitness, and wellness.

ORG 6750 Legal Concepts & Personnel Leadership in Sport, Fitness, & Wellness
This course examines legal concepts and trends, and additional areas of human resource management (HRM) pertaining to performance evaluation and development in the field of sport, fitness and wellness management. Additionally, this course emphasizes specific legal matters, such as workplace discrimination and anti-trust issues.

ORG 6752 Sociological Aspects & Ethical Issues in Sport, Fitness, & Wellness
This course addresses the relationship between sports and society, specifically how sport as an institution has and continues to influence society, how it acts as an agent of social change, and how it functions as a microcosm of society. Current ethical theories and trends are also examined.

Comprehensive Exam

Total Credits 39

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