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Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Development

The purpose of the major in Organizational Development is to prepare students for challenges related to improving organizational effectiveness and efficiency by increasing the capacity for individuals, groups and organizations to adapt to change. This includes those interested in becoming OD practitioners, as well as those desiring to learn approaches for introducing new methods or practices in the workplace, and in helping organizations solve problems and achieve goals.

In addition to building a foundation in business/business management, and developing competencies in key OD activities, the student will develop important skills in critical thinking, problem solving, technology and business communication.

Major Requirements

Completion of 46 semester hours of UIW Core Curriculum

A. Business Courses (21 hours)

ACC 2311
Financial Accounting
Course Description

This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of financial accounting as prescribed by U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) as applied to transactions and events that affect business organizations. Students will examine the procedures and systems to accumulate, analyze, measure, and record financial transactions. Students will use recorded financial information to prepare a balance sheet, income statement, statement of cash flows, and statement of shareholders’ equity to communicate the business entity’s results of operations and financial position to users of financial information who are external to the company. Students will study the nature of assets, liabilities, and owners’ equity while learning to use reported financial information for purposes of making decisions about the company. Students will be exposed to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

BIS 2325
Business Information Processing
Course Description

Concepts, methods, and practice in the effective use of end-user productivity software and integration of desktop products. Students will learn to create and utilize intermediate level Microsoft Excel and Access. This course concentrates on providing the instructions needed for understanding of Excel spreadsheet and Access database, and how to use it as a tool for management decision-making, problem solving and to gain strategic advantage.

COMP 1301

MSC 3370
Statistical Analysis of Business
Course Description

Statistical Analysis of Business is as an introduction to statistical methodology, such as descriptive statistics, probability distributions, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing.  The course utilizes mathematical and statistical techniques in the analysis of managerial problems, the design of new and improved systems, and the implementation of results.

COMP 1301 and MATH 1304 or equivalent

MSC 3371
Models of Management Science
Course Description

Models of Management Science is an introduction and application of Management Science models used in the analysis of operational process. Course topics include: Optimization Models, Forecasting, Markov Analysis, Decision Theory, PERT/CPM Models, Inventory Analysis, and Queue Theory.

COMP 1301, MATH 1304 or equivalent, and MSC 3370

MGT 3340
Concepts and Functions of Management
Course Description

Introduction to the theories, concepts and functions of management. Topics include planning, organizing, leading, staffing, controlling, business and managerial ethics and decision making. Management concepts will be applied by analysis of available data and by seeking contemporary opportunities, issues and problem situations.

MGT 3354
Theories and Concepts of Personnel Management
Course Description

Theories and concepts used in managing business personnel. Topics include personnel planning, recruiting, selection, compensation, separation and retirement. Student will get a clear understanding of human resource management concepts, and the opportunity to develop skills important to the performance of human resource management activities.  Cognitive elements emphasized include Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, and Analysis.

Prerequisite: MGT 3340 and Junior Standing

MGT 4355
Organizational Behavior
Course Description

Presentation of theory and research in OB combined with experiential exercises to develop students’ ability to take responsibility for making and living with decisions about their behavior.  Awareness of the realities of organization interdependencies and their consequences for individuals.  Focus is on modifying behavior and predicting the effects upon productivity, satisfaction, and development of individuals as members of the business unit.

MGT 3340 and Junior Standing

B. Organizational Development Courses (24 hours)

ORGD 3340
Organizational Development
Course Description

This course presents the research, practice and ethics relevant to organizational development, including: consulting skills, tools and techniques for analyzing problems, developing, implementing and evaluating organizational development interventions, and ethical issues at each stage of the consulting process.

Prerequisite: BMGT 3340 and BMGT 3354

ORGD 3360
Teambuilding in Organizations
Course Description

This course presents the research and practice relevant to improving teamwork in organizations for permanent work groups, temporary project teams and virtual teams, for a variety of purposes, including: improving productivity, clarifying roles, resolving conflict and adapting to change.

ORGD 3340.

ORGD 3370
Total Quality Management
Course Description

This course presents the research and practice relevant to employee involvement programs, in particular, TQM, continuous improvement and six-sigma approaches to improving organizational processes, products and services.

ORGD 3395
Organizational Change
Course Description

This Course presents the theory and practice of organizational change, with a particular emphasis on implementing change successfully across a wide range of interventions and managing resistance to change.

ORGD 3340

ORGD 3390
Communication in Organizations
Course Description

This course presents the concept and practice of organizational communication, ranging from individual communication, to how structures and methods influence communication messages.

SPCH 2341 and ORGD 3340

ORGD 4330
Organizational Learning
Course Description

This course examines models, theories and practical application of the way an organization learns and adapts to internal and external change, including how to learn from experience, and how knowledge management enhances organizational effectiveness.

Prerequisite: ORGD 3340

ORGD 4350
Leadership in Organizations
Course Description

This course presents the research and practice relevant to leadership in organizations, including: theories of leadership, leadership styles, leadership roles and activities, and skills necessary for effective leadership.

ORGD 3340 and BMGT 4355. Cross-listed with HRES 4350.

ORGD 4380
Capstone in Organizational Development
Course Description

This is the final course for the BA in Organizational Development. It is an integrative, problem-solving course in which the expertise gained in the major are applied to organizational situations through actual project work or case studies.

Completion of all major requirement for the Bachelor of Arts in OD. Cross-listed with HRES 4380.

Free Elective Module

Hours as needed to meet the 120 total credits.

Total requirements must equal at least 120 credit hours to be eligible for graduation.


6 hours of the following:

ORGD 3340 Organizational Development
ORGD 4350 Leadership in Organizations

12 hours from the following:

ORGD 3360 Teambuilding in Organizations
ORGD 3370 Total Quality Management
ORGD 3390 Communications in Organizations
ORGD 3395 Organizational Change
ORGD 4330 Organizational Learning