Organizational Behavior I – BUSI 240

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 05/19/2022

Course Description

This introductory course in organizational behavior integrates the management and behavioral principles, techniques, and concepts associated with the productivity of organizational resources. It focuses on human behavior in organizations and is primarily concerned with improving organizational efficiency and effectiveness through increased understanding of the behavior of people at work.

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

Rationale

Part of being successful in the workplace is knowing how to work with people. As part of the Liberty University Online Business program, this course equips the student with managerial and behavioral skills so that he or she can successfully contribute to the efficiency and effectiveness of business organizations.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe applied performance practices and stress management.
  2. Examine decision-making and creativity.
  3. Explore the foundations of team dynamics, including high performance team development and communicating in teams and organizations.
  4. Contrast power and influence in organizations, including conflict and negotiations in the workplace.
  5. Analyze organizational structure and design, including the dynamics of organizational culture and major issues in organizational change.
  6. Integrate biblical principles within the field of organizational behavior.

Foundational Skills Learning Outcomes (FSLO): Social and Scientific Inquiry (SSI)

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SSI 1: Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of social and/or natural sciences on the world in which we live.

SSI 2: Demonstrate a biblical understanding of human behavior within various social structures.

SSI 3: Apply solutions for a social and/or scientific dilemma experienced in society.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings in Connect LearnSmart 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 (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will complete several self-assessments and select one to discuss. The student must complete the 4 assessments before posting the initial thread. The student will be required to write a thread of at least 250 words on the key term, complete with page references and specifics to document the response. The thread will then be submitted to the Discussion Thread. Correct use of English and grammar are required.

Additionally, the student will be required to submit a substantive written reply of at least 100 words to at least 2 other classmates’ threads.

Connect Homework Assignments (8)

The student will be assigned homework to complete in Connect. The homework will consist of LearnSmart assignments. Links to the LearnSmart assignments have been provided in each Module: Week.

Research Project: Key Term Assignment

The student will select a key term from McShane & Von Gilinow: Chapters 2—13 and fully explore the topic. The student will then write a paper of at least 1,000 words, but not to exceed 1,250 words in addition to a title page, abstract, and reference page.  The project must demonstrate course-related knowledge with supporting documentation from two peer-reviewed articles, the textbook, and the Bible.

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned Module: Week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice questions, and have a time limit of 50 minutes.