Organizational Behavior – BMAL 500

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

This course discusses managerial competence in understanding the human output of organizations from the viewpoints of individual, group, and organizational systems levels. Emphasis is given to assessing one's personality and values and to applying course material to one's work environment. (Formerly BUSI 500)

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Without wise application of organizational behavior, no manager can consistently manage effectively or efficiently. Such knowledge and ability is foundational to the Master of Business Administration program. It should also be anticipated that many of the topics presented in this course will be studied in much greater depth in subsequent courses. It is presupposed that those who know organizational behavior best are those who first understand their behavior individually, in teams, and in organizational structures. This course does not utilize groups; it focuses on the student individually.

Course Assignment

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 the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 500–750 words and must include at least 4 scholarly sources and citations in current APA format. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads, and each reply must contain at least 2 scholarly sources and citations in current APA format. Each reply must be 200–250 words and must include an analysis of the classmate’s thread. If possible, the student must base the analysis on any experience from his/her own professional career. Replies must also integrate the assigned module/week’s required reading in a logical and relevant manner. Acceptable sources include peer-reviewed articles, at least 1 Scripture passage, and the textbook (either Type Talk at Work or Organizational Behavior). Scholarly resources can be no older than 5 years.

Projects (2)

The student will discuss his/her results of 2 free personality tests (Myers-Briggs and Jung). Each discussion will be a separate project completed in Connect. The student is required to include at least 5 scholarly sources no older than 5 years old. Specific resource possibilities are listed in each Blackboard instructions document. Each project must be at least 6 pages; the title page, abstract, and reference page do not count toward the overall page count. Each project must be completed in current APA format.

Research Paper

The student will provide a scholarly, peer-reviewed article in Module/Week 1 pertaining to theories in organizational behavior from the course. Upon approval from the instructor, the student will prepare the research paper according to the written instructions for Module/Week 7. The article must be current in research and no older than 5 years. Other specific resource possibilities are listed in the Blackboard instructions document. The research paper must be 8–10 pages; the title page, abstract, and reference page do not count toward the overall page count. The paper must be completed in current APA format.

Quizzes (6)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week. Each test will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple choice and true/false questions, and have a time limit of 50 minutes.