Course Descriptions

View Master of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership course descriptions below.

Major Course Descriptions

Emphasis is placed on the contributions of the behavioral sciences toward understanding human behavior in organizations along several dimensions. Using a participative framework, students examine individual, group, and organizational issues relevant to today's changing workplace. Same as ORGD 7320. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

Course emphasizes the development of quantitative and qualitative organizational research and analysis techniques. Interviewing, participant observation, artifact analysis and principles of survey design, administration and evaluation represent a few of the techniques covered in this course as they relate to organizational assessment and problem solving. Students will become familiar with the concepts, principles, and techniques of research design, data collection, sampling, analysis and reporting. Students will also become familiar with the importance of ethical behavior as it relates to research activities. Students will develop the ability to produce and report descriptive statistics related to organizational survey assessment.

This course presents the fundamentals of organizational consulting, both as an internal and external consultant, including: the consulting process, tactic and strategies, client management, and ethics of consulting.

Course will provide an overview of the discipline of Organizational Development (OD), the phases of OD practice, and in-depth exploration of organizational entry/contracting, diagnosis of problems, and feedback of diagnostic results and action-planning. The ethics and values of the OD professional and self-assessment will be an integrative theme and experience during the semester.

Prerequisites: ORGD 6320 and ORGD 6330. Same as ORGD 7351.

This course builds on the Foundations of OD, with emphasis on developing and implementing OD interventions, as well as evaluating and sustaining the interventions. Interventions such as human resource development, team building, process improvement and restructuring are explored.

Prerequisites: ORGD 6351. Same as ORGD 7352.

This course presents different frameworks for understanding, implementing and leading organizational change efforts. Key challenges and common mistakes in the change process are highlighted, with best practices introduced to provide the student with the tools to lead small and large change initiatives.

This course explores the ethical framework of moral behavior and moral influence within which truly effective leadership is rooted. This course considers the normative theories of leadership, issues of character, the practice of ethical decision making, general ethical perspectives, leading effectively in times of ethical crisis, and creating an ethical organizational climate.

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of strategic leadership in the context of organizational development.

This project based course builds upon the knowledge, skills and abilities gained and developed in the core and concentration coursework and the student's employment experiences. Actual organizational issues are analyzed, discussed and possible strategies are evaluated and defended. Student projects are based on organizational issues that are consistent with the student's area of concentration.

PMBA 6309 is proposed as an elective course in EAP that replaces BMGT 6311. This course covers the fundamentals of human resource management from an applied perspective in support of a 9-hour specialization in Human Resource Management. Finally, a foundational human resource management course is a standard option for students interested in this specialization.