Organizational Behavior and Development – PSYC 640

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 06/07/2022

Course Description

Discussion of organization theories and organizational change. Consideration also given to group structure and processes. (Crosslisted with MSPS 646)

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.
  5. Apply a biblical worldview to the organizational behavior and development field.

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 Course Overview.

Self-Assessment Assignments (4)

The student will complete 4 self-assessment assignments in Cengage MindTap, read the results report, and use the information for the discussion assignments. (MLOs: A, B, C, E)

Discussions (4)

After completing the the assigned self-assessment assignment, the student will create a discussion thread using information gained from the report to discuss how it relates to the workplace. The student will also discuss a research study that used a similar scale, answer [an] applied question[s], and discuss how this is relevant from a biblical worldview perspective. The thread must be a minimum of 400 words and use at least 4 different citations in current APA format. In addition, the student is required to reply to at least 2 classmates' thread. Each reply must be a minimum of 100 words and use at least one citation in current APA format. (MLOs: A, B, C, D, E)

You Make the Decision Assignments (8)

The student will complete a You Make the Decision Assignment in their Cengage MindTap account for each Module: Week of the course. Each You Make the Decision Assignment 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. (MLOs: A, B, C, D)

Quizzes (8)

There will be 6 quizzes that cover the assigned textbook reading. Each quiz will cover the textbook reading for the assigned Module: Week. These quizzes contain 30 true/false and multiple-choice questions, are open-book/open-notes, have a 45-minute time limit. (MLOs: A, B, C, D)

There is 1 quiz assigned that covers textbook readings from previous Modules: Weeks. This quiz contains 4 essay questions, is open-book/open-notes and has a 2-hour time limit. (MLOs: A, B, C, D, E)

There is 1 quiz assigned that covers textbook readings and presentations from all Modules: Weeks. This quiz contains 50 multiple choice questions, is open-book/open-notes and has a 50 minute time limit. (MLOs: A, B, C, D, E)