Organizational Behavior and Development – PSYC 640

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 11/13/2020

Course Description

Discussion of organization theories and organizational change. Consideration also given to group structure and processes.

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


The purpose of this course is to give you both the skills and knowledge to be an effective organizational leader and influencer. It is not just your organizational knowledge and skill, but your individual skills and ability as a persuader, communicator, negotiator, and observer, that determine your success as an organizational leader. This course focuses on understanding the people, systems, and policies in organizations that influence organizational development, behavior, and change. This course also is designed to give you relevant theory, knowledge, and tangible skills to be effective in navigating and influencing real-world organizations. This course is the most practical or applied course in the I/O cognate.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Utilize major topics and subspecialties, including critical theory and research findings that have served to define organizational behavior and development.
  2. Increase understanding of the complicated systems of individual and group psychological processes involved in the world of work and how to interact with them.
  3. Connect both the basic and applied principles of industrial/organizational psychology to organizational behavior and development within organizations.
  4. Apply organizational behavior and development interventions to companies and evaluate their effectiveness.

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.

Personal Assessment Inventory & Applications (4)

In 4 of the 8 modules/weeks, the student will take an assessment, read the report, and discuss how it relates to the workplace. The student will then discuss a research study that used the scale and answer [an] applied question[s] related to scale.

Management Lab Projects (8)

The student will complete a mini simulation project in his/her MyManagementLab account for each module/week. Each mini simulation project will include 10–15 questions, and will incorporate both activities and situations in which the student must apply the appropriate theory/knowledge/research to answer each question.

Midterm Exam

This exam will cover the content in Modules/Weeks 1–4. The exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 2 scenarios with individual questions per scenario, and have a 3-hour time limit.

Final Exam

This exam will cover the content in Modules/Weeks 5–8. The exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 3 scenarios with individual questions per scenario, and have a 3 hour time limit.