Leading Change – BUSI 335

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A review of the concepts and practices of planning for and leading effective change. Students will evaluate personal and organizational approaches to change in order to identify requirements, plan and implement change.




Businesses experience a variety of change, and it is important that leaders know how to navigate their companies through challenges, crises, and change. The purpose of this course is to examine different techniques leaders can use to help organizations transition through these challenges.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Determine the steps required to lead change effectively.
  2. Describe theories and perspectives of organizational change.
  3. Identify challenges associated with organizational change.
  4. Propose strategies to implement successful organizational change.
  5. Integrate biblical principles within the field of leadership.

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. As a result, additional replies and/or longer threads are highly encouraged as this adds to the discussion. While writing must be in the third person, life examples are also encouraged.

Thread (4)

The student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. Each thread must contain a citation from at least 1 peer-reviewed article and 1 citation from 1 of the textbooks in current APA format.

Replies (4)

In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 3 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words and must contain at least 1 citation from either a peer-reviewed journal article or 1 of the textbooks in current APA format.

Case Studies (3)

During weeks 2, 4, & 6, students will be required to read the assigned textbook Case Study (noted on the Case Study Prompt attachment). Each Case Study must then be answered thoroughly via questions proposed by the instructor in current APA format including a title page; however, an abstract is not required (page length will vary based upon the Case Study requirements). The Case Study must include at least 2 peer-reviewed journal articles in addition to the course textbook and the Bible.

Faith and Leading Change Essay

Students will be required to write a 1,000-word research-based essay in current APA format that focuses on the integration of faith and leading change. The essay must include a title page and at least 2 peer-reviewed journal articles in addition to the course textbook and the Bible. The essay must also show at least 1 example of a leader who successfully navigated a company through a period of change and at least 1 example of a leader who did not successfully navigate a company through a period of change.

Connect Quizzes (4)

During weeks 1, 3, 5, & 7, students will be required to complete a quiz accessed on the Connect platform. Each timed quiz will consist of 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions. It is recommended that students review the chapter readings for the respective week prior to completing the quiz.


Each week, students will have the ability to spend extra time reading and studying a chapter (via LearnSmart on Connect) during its respective week. Each full completion of these LearnSmart assignments will be tallied as extra credit points at the end of the course. These assignments are not required.