Organizational Analysis and Problem Solving – EDUC 745

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

Course Description

An introduction to the nature and management of educational organizations. Integrates major theoretical perspectives with special focus on applying such theories to both better understand and more effectively resolve organizational problems.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

The Educational Leadership Program is designed to provide individuals with the concepts, skills, and knowledge necessary to think critically and to positively contribute to the field of education. Recognizing organizational behavior is a complex phenomenon requiring multiple perspectives to understand the nature of organizational life, properly situate problems, and develop viable solutions. The participants in the class will use metaphoric lenses to explore relevant research, theories, and literature related to the philosophies and theories of organizational behavior.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of four different theoretical conceptions of organizational life.
    2. Describe an existing unit of an educational organization in terms of its organizational behavior.
    3. Evaluate an existing unit of an educational organization’s behavior using multiple organizational metaphors.
    4. Diagnose the roots of an organizational problem and develop a workable action plan.
    5. Assess all theories, methods, and assumptions through the lens of Scripture.

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 (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be a minimum of 250 words and a maximum of 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to 3 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 125–150 words in length. (MLO: A, B, E )

Group Discussion Board Forums (6)

For this collaborative discussion board, the instructor will place the candidate into a group at the beginning of the course. The candidate is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 250 words and a maximum of 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to 3 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 125–150 words in length. (MLO: A, B, E)

Case Study

The candidate will write 8 papers between 2 and 7 pages addressing various issues within the Case Study. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)