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HRPO 2307. WB Organizational Behavior
Spring 2014

"Being an effective organizational citizen and leader is the most important professional undertaking you can challenge yourself with." - Leigh L. Thompson

      

Instructor:  

Connie Nichols

E-mail:  

cnichols@odessa.edu

Office:  

Sedate Hall 208

Phone:  

432-335-6521


Instructor's Comments:   As a member of an organization you want to be effective. This course will help prepare you to make smart choices for yourself and for your organization.

Be sure to read and follow the course instructions found below. In order to successfully complete this course, you should:

  • allow plenty of time to do the assignments. The assignments are not designed to be done quickly. Set aside several hours each week to specifically work on this course.

  • pay close attention to the due date for each lesson. There are penalties for late work.

  • arrange to attend the Community Leadership Meetings discussed below early in the semester.

  • contact me at cnichols@odessa.edu any time during the semester with questions, comments, or other issues regarding this course. 

I look forward to hearing from you.

Course Schedule Course Expectations

    Grading Policy


Check Blackboard for a complete Syllabus

Course Description (Catalog Description) HRPO 2307 Organizational Behavior (52.1003) (3-0) 3 hours The analysis and application of organizational theory, group dynamics, motivation theory, leadership concepts, and the integration of interdisciplinary concepts from the behavioral sciences. Lab fee required. (ICOs 1, 2, 4, 5, 6) Prerequisite: None.

Required Text: Organizational Behavior, 2nd edition with Connect Plus Access Card by McShane/Von Glinow, McGraw-Hill, 2013 ISBN: 77801962  This book can be purchased from the Odessa College Bookstore or from various online sources.

Connect Website: http://connect.mcgraw-hill.com/class/c_nichols_spring_2014    Go to the website and click the "register now" button.  This is the unique address for HRPO 2307.W1C for spring 2014. All course work is to be completed on this Website.

Instructor's Office Hours:

 

Monday 

Tuesday 

Wednesday

Thursday


AM


9:00-12:00


9:00 – 10:00


9:00 - 12:00


9:00 – 10:00 


PM 

 
6:00 - 7:00


5:00-5:30 (City)

 
5:15-5:45

  

Friday:  8:30-9:00 or by appointment
 432-335-6521 - cnichols@odessa.edu

 


 Course Expectations: This is a college level course and you will, therefore, be expected to uphold established college standards as outlined below.  Your final grade will be based upon a combination of the following factors:

  1. Timeliness of lesson submissions

  2. Ability to relate and apply the concepts discussed in the course

  3. Scores on exams, projects, and other assignments

  4. Attendance of a minimum of 4 community leadership meetings*

  5. Score on final exam

The instructor's office hours and phone number are listed above.  Please do not hesitate to utilize this time to discuss any course-related topic.

Management students are encouraged to make an appointment with Connie Nichols or Sue Jones to discuss both academic and career goals toward the end of each long semester.

Departmental and Instructor Course Requirements, Evaluation Methods, and Grading PolicyThere are projects and/or assignments associated with this course as well as a Final Exam.  The assignments must be completed and submitted by the due date. Students are required to attend a minimum of 4 community leadership meetings during each semester. Check the calendar page located on the instructor's website for a list of organizations, meeting dates and times, and instructions.

All lessons (assignments) have due dates. Student should contact instructor regarding late assignments and arrangements made to submit late work. Points will be deducted for each day the assignment is late.  Each Lesson will have multiple assignments associated with a particular chapter in the book and your grade will be a compilation of the following categories:

1. Multiple Choice Questions    

20%

2. Essay/Short Answer Questions

20%

3. Case Studies

20%

4. Interactive Exercises

20%

5. Community Leadership Meetings

10%

6. Final Exam

10%

 *Each student enrolled in any Business Leadership class is required to attend 4 Community Leadership Meetings each semester.  You may find information regarding these meetings by clicking here.

Lessons will be available beginning the first day of class.  Lessons are completed online – all are interactive on the Connect Plus website. You may work on the assignments and save your progress; however, the lesson may only be submitted for grading once. 

The projected cutoff point for A’s, B’s, C’s, and D’s are based on a 90%, 80%, 70%, and 60%, respectively.  At the end of the semester these projected cutoff points will be adjusted (i.e. raised or lowered) in order to reflect the overall performance of the class.  Thus the actual grade will not be known with certainty until after the semester is over.

Student will receive an updated grade sheet weekly along with the graded lesson and any comments or suggestions regarding the work submitted.

The Odessa College Student Success Coaches will help you stay focused and on track to complete your educational goals.  If an instructor sees that you might need additional help or success coaching, he or she may submit a Retention Alert or a Starfish Alert.  A Student Success Coach will contact you to work toward a solution.

Information regarding withdrawals, dropping a class or receiving an incomplete can be found below.

Business Leadership students should be aware that a grade of a “C” or better is necessary to meet the degree or certificate requirements.

Student E-mail

Please access your Odessa College Student E-mail, by following the link to either set up or update your account: http://www.odessa.edu/gmail/.  Correspondence will be submitted using your Odessa College email as an alternative method to contact you with information regarding this course. For additional help and information regarding email, click here.

 Objective of the Business Leadership Department:  The primary object of the management program is to prepare each student for employment by providing skills training in critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, communication, self-management, and leadership.  The management program is not intended to serve as preparatory work toward a baccalaureate degree.  Students planning to pursue a four-year degree should consult the upper level institution of their choice regarding transferability of courses.

Department Web site:  http://www.odessa.edu/dept/management/


Assignment Schedule

Holidays: January 20, 2014 - M.L. King Jr. Day (College Closed)
March 10-16, 2014 - Spring Break (College Closed)
April 18, 2014 - Good Friday (College Closed)
Last Day to Drop: April 16, 2014
Graduation May 17, 2014

 

Lesson Schedule - Spring 2014

Lesson Number

Chapter

Due Date

Student Info

Student Information Sheet submitted

1/27

Lesson One

Chapter 1 – Introduction to the Field of Organizational Behavior
Chapter 2 – Individual Behavior, Personality, and Values

2-03

Lesson Two

Chapter 3 – Perceiving Ourselves and Others in Organizations

2-10

Lesson Three

Chapter 4 – Workplace Emotions, Attitudes, and Stress

2-17

Lesson Four

Chapter 5 – Employee Motivation

2-24

Lesson Five

Chapter 6- Decision Making and Creativity

3-03

Lesson Six

Chapter 7 – Team Dynamics
Chapter 8 – Communicating in Teams and Organizations

3-24

Lesson Seven

Chapter 9 – Power and Influence in the Workplace
Chapter 10 – Managing Workplace Conflict

3-31

Lesson Eight

Chapter 11 – Leadership in Organizational Settings

4-7

Lesson Nine

Chapter 12 – Designing Organizational Structures

4-14

Lesson Ten

Chapter 13 – Organizational Culture
Chapter 14 – Organizational Change

4-21

Final Exam

Final Essay

5-12

 

 Expectations for Engagement – Online Learning

To help make the web-based learning experience fulfilling and rewarding, the following Expectations for Engagement provide the parameters for reasonable engagement between students and instructors for the online learning environment. Students and instructors are welcome to exceed these requirements.

Reasonable Expectations of Engagement for Instructors

  1. As an instructor, I understand the importance of clear, timely communication with my students. In order to maintain sufficient communication, I will

    • provided my contact information at the beginning of the syllabus;

    • respond to all messages within 24 hours if received Monday through Thursday and within 48 hours if received Friday through Sunday; and,

    • notify students of any extended times that I will be unavailable and provide them with alternative contact information (for me or for my supervisor) in case of emergencies during the time I’m unavailable.

 

  1. As an instructor, I understand that my students will work to the best of their abilities to fulfill the course requirements. In order to help them in this area, I will

    • provide clear information about grading policies and assignment requirements in the course syllabus, and

    • communicate any changes to assignments and/or to the course calendar to students as quickly as possible.

  2. As an instructor, I understand that I need to provide regular, timely feedback to students about their performance in the course. To keep students informed about their progress, I will

    • post grades for discussion postings within one week of the discussion thread closing.

    • provide grades for major assignments within 2 weeks of the due date or at least 3 days before the next major assignment is due, whichever comes first.

 

Reasonable Expectations of Engagement for Students

  1. As a student, I understand that I am responsible for keeping up with the course. To help with this, I will

    • line up alternative computer and internet access in case my primary computer crashes or my internet services is unavailable;

    • recognize that the college provides free wi-fi and computer labs during regular campus hours to help me with accessing my course; and,

    • understand that my instructor does not have to accept my technical issues as a legitimate reason for late or missing work if my equipment or service is unreliable.

 

  1. As a student, I understand that it is my responsibility to communicate quickly with the instructor any issue or emergency that will impact my involvement with or performance in the class. This includes, but is not limited to

    • getting “kicked off” of the system during tests or quizzes;

    • having trouble submitting assignments; and

    • dealing with a traumatic personal event.

 

  1. As a student, I understand that it is my responsibility to understand course material and requirements and to keep up with the course calendar. While my instructor is available for help and clarification, I will

    • seek out help from my instructor and/or from tutors;

    • ask questions if I don’t understand; and,

    • access my course several times during the week to keep up with assignments and announcements.


Odessa College Policies

Tuition Discounts

The “First Course is Free” discount waives standard tuition and fees for the first 3 credit hours taken at Odessa College. The discount applies to high school graduates taking their first class at Odessa College as well as transfer students taking their first class at Odessa College.

The “Academic Progress Discount” provides a 10% tuition discount upon completion of 30 credit hours until reaching 45 credit hours. It provides a 20% discount upon completion of 45 credit hours until reaching 60 credit hours. Student must maintain a 2.0 GPA to remain eligible for the discount.

 

Academic Policies

Note that the OC Student Handbook states (page 32) that “[i]n cases of academic dishonesty, the instructor has the authority to impose appropriate scholastic penalties. Complaints or appeals of disciplinary sanctions may be filed in accordance with the college due process procedure. Copies of the college due process procedure are available in the office of The Director of Student Life (CC104).”

For more information on your rights and responsibilities as a student at Odessa College, please refer to the following: The 411 of OC: Student Handbook 2012-2013; Student Rights & Responsibilities http://www.odessa.edu/dept/studenthandbook/handbook.pdf 

 

Scholastic Dishonesty

Scholastic dishonesty shall constitute a violation of these rules and regulations and is punishable as prescribed by board policies. Scholastic dishonesty shall include, but not be limited to, cheating on a test, plagiarism and collusion.

"Cheating on a test" shall include:

  • Copying from another student's test paper

  • Using test materials not authorized by the person administering the test.

  • Collaborating with or seeking aid from another student during a test without permission from the test administrator.

  • Knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing or soliciting, in whole or in part, the contents of an unadministered test.

  • The unauthorized transporting or removal, in whole or in part, of the contents of the unadministered test.

  • Substituting for another student, or permitting another student to substitute for one's self, to take a test.

  • Bribing another person to obtain an unadministered test or information about an unadministered test.

  • "Plagiarism" shall be defined as the appropriating, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means another's work and the unacknowledged submission or incorporation of it in one's own written work.

  • "Collusion" shall be defined as the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing written work for fulfillment of course requirements. (Source: Odessa College Student Handbook 2012-2013, page 29-30)

 

Special Populations/Disability Services/Learning Assistance

Odessa College complies with Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If you have any special needs or issues pertaining to your access to and participation in this or any other class at Odessa College, please feel free to contact me to discuss your concerns. You may also call the Office of Disability services at 432-335-6861 to request assistance and accommodations.

Odessa College affirms that it will provide access to  programs, services and activities to qualified individuals with known disabilities as required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), unless doing so poses an undue hardship or fundamentally alters the nature of the program or activity Disabilities may include hearing, mobility or visual impairments as well as hidden disabilities such as chronic medical conditions  (arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disorders, lupus, seizure disorders, etc.), learning disabilities or psychiatric or emotional disabilities. A student who comes to Odessa College with diagnosed disabilities which may interfere with learning may receive accommodations when the student requests them and submits proper documentation of the diagnosis. A Request for Accommodations form and guidelines for beginning the request process are available in the OC Help Center or on the Odessa College web site at  http://www.odessa.edu/dept/counseling/disabilities/index.htm. The college strives to provide a complete and appropriate range of services for students with disabilities such as assistance with testing, registration, information on adaptive and assistive equipment, tutoring, assistance with access and accommodations for the classroom where appropriate. For information regarding services, students with disabilities should contact the Office of Disability Services in the OC Help Center located in Room 204 of the Student Union Building or call 432-335-6433. (Source: Odessa College Catalog of Courses 2012-2013, page 52)

 

Dropping a Course or Withdrawing from College

Students wishing to drop a non-developmental course may do so online using WebAdvisor, at the Wrangler Express, or Registrar’s Office. A student wishing to drop a developmental course or withdraw from college should obtain a drop or withdrawal form from the Wrangler Express or the Registrar’s Office. Students are encouraged to consult with instructors prior to dropping a class. Students may not completely withdraw from the college by use of the Web. Students must drop a class or withdraw from college before the official withdrawal date stated in the class schedule. Students who are part of the Armed Forces Reserves may withdraw with a full refund if the withdrawal is due to their being ordered into active duty. A copy of the student’s orders must be presented to the Registrar’s Office at the time of the withdrawal. For details, please contact the Office of the Registrar. No longer attending class does not automatically constitute withdrawal from that class, nor does a student’s notification to an instructor that the student wishes to be dropped. Failure of a student to complete the drop/withdrawal process will result in a grade of “F.” (Source: Odessa College Catalog of Courses 2012-2013, page 36)

 

Odessa College Policies

Tuition Discounts

The “First Course is Free” discount waives standard tuition and fees for the first 3 credit hours taken at Odessa College. The discount applies to high school graduates taking their first class at Odessa College as well as transfer students taking their first class at Odessa College.

The “Academic Progress Discount” provides a 10% tuition discount upon completion of 30 credit hours until reaching 45 credit hours. It provides a 20% discount upon completion of 45 credit hours until reaching 60 credit hours. Student must maintain a 2.0 GPA to remain eligible for the discount.

 

Academic Policies

Note that the OC Student Handbook states (page 32) that “[i]n cases of academic dishonesty, the instructor has the authority to impose appropriate scholastic penalties. Complaints or appeals of disciplinary sanctions may be filed in accordance with the college due process procedure. Copies of the college due process procedure are available in the office of The Director of Student Life (CC104).”

For more information on your rights and responsibilities as a student at Odessa College, please refer to the following: The 411 of OC: Student Handbook 2012-2013; Student Rights & Responsibilities http://www.odessa.edu/dept/studenthandbook/handbook.pdf 

 

Scholastic Dishonesty

Scholastic dishonesty shall constitute a violation of these rules and regulations and is punishable as prescribed by board policies. Scholastic dishonesty shall include, but not be limited to, cheating on a test, plagiarism and collusion.

"Cheating on a test" shall include:

  • Copying from another student's test paper

  • Using test materials not authorized by the person administering the test.

  • Collaborating with or seeking aid from another student during a test without permission from the test administrator.

  • Knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing or soliciting, in whole or in part, the contents of an unadministered test.

  • The unauthorized transporting or removal, in whole or in part, of the contents of the unadministered test.

  • Substituting for another student, or permitting another student to substitute for one's self, to take a test.

  • Bribing another person to obtain an unadministered test or information about an unadministered test.

  • "Plagiarism" shall be defined as the appropriating, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means another's work and the unacknowledged submission or incorporation of it in one's own written work.

  • "Collusion" shall be defined as the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing written work for fulfillment of course requirements. (Source: Odessa College Student Handbook 2012-2013, page 29-30)

 

Special Populations/Disability Services/Learning Assistance

Odessa College complies with Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If you have any special needs or issues pertaining to your access to and participation in this or any other class at Odessa College, please feel free to contact me to discuss your concerns. You may also call the Office of Disability services at 432-335-6861 to request assistance and accommodations.

Odessa College affirms that it will provide access to  programs, services and activities to qualified individuals with known disabilities as required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), unless doing so poses an undue hardship or fundamentally alters the nature of the program or activity Disabilities may include hearing, mobility or visual impairments as well as hidden disabilities such as chronic medical conditions  (arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disorders, lupus, seizure disorders, etc.), learning disabilities or psychiatric or emotional disabilities. A student who comes to Odessa College with diagnosed disabilities which may interfere with learning may receive accommodations when the student requests them and submits proper documentation of the diagnosis. A Request for Accommodations form and guidelines for beginning the request process are available in the OC Help Center or on the Odessa College web site at  http://www.odessa.edu/dept/counseling/disabilities/index.htm. The college strives to provide a complete and appropriate range of services for students with disabilities such as assistance with testing, registration, information on adaptive and assistive equipment, tutoring, assistance with access and accommodations for the classroom where appropriate. For information regarding services, students with disabilities should contact the Office of Disability Services in the OC Help Center located in Room 204 of the Student Union Building or call 432-335-6433. (Source: Odessa College Catalog of Courses 2012-2013, page 52)

 

Dropping a Course or Withdrawing from College

Students wishing to drop a non-developmental course may do so online using WebAdvisor, at the Wrangler Express, or Registrar’s Office. A student wishing to drop a developmental course or withdraw from college should obtain a drop or withdrawal form from the Wrangler Express or the Registrar’s Office. Students are encouraged to consult with instructors prior to dropping a class. Students may not completely withdraw from the college by use of the Web. Students must drop a class or withdraw from college before the official withdrawal date stated in the class schedule. Students who are part of the Armed Forces Reserves may withdraw with a full refund if the withdrawal is due to their being ordered into active duty. A copy of the student’s orders must be presented to the Registrar’s Office at the time of the withdrawal. For details, please contact the Office of the Registrar. No longer attending class does not automatically constitute withdrawal from that class, nor does a student’s notification to an instructor that the student wishes to be dropped. Failure of a student to complete the drop/withdrawal process will result in a grade of “F.” (Source: Odessa College Catalog of Courses 2012-2013, page 36)


Blackboard Support

I can’t log into my Blackboard Course, who do I contact?
Contact the Student Success Center: 432-335-6673 or online at https://www.odessa.edu/dept/ssc/helpdesk_form.htm. The SSC can provide you with your Blackboard login name. If you are not sure what your password is, they can reset your password.


I’m having a problem in my Blackboard Course, who do I contact?

For any problem that you have in your online course, always contact your Instructor first. Refer to the Instructor’s Contact Information area of the Syllabus for their preferred method of contact and the expected response time.


Additional Blackboard Help Resources:
Service Assistance Provided Available
Blackboard Help for Students Website with a searchable list of topics on how to navigate and use Blackboard for online courses. Online
Click here.
Blackboard On Demand
Learning Center for Students
This website provides an extensive list of short tutorial videos for student activities performed in Blackboard. Online
Click here.
Blackboard Collaborate:
 First Time Users
If you have never used Blackboard Collaborate before, this website provides a system requirements check, configuration instructions, and training and resources area. Online
Click here.
Blackboard Collaborate:
Essentials for Participants
This website provides essential information for Participants of Collaborate sessions. Any Collaborate user, whether first-time or experienced, would benefit from reviewing the information here. Online
Click here.

 

Student E-mail Support

How do I set up, access, or update my Odessa College Student E-mail account?
Go to this website and follow the directions on the page: http://www.odessa.edu/gmail/.

 

I can't access my student email! I forgot my password!
Contact the Student Success Center: 432-335-6673 or online at https://www.odessa.edu/dept/ssc/helpdesk_form.htm. They can provide you with assistance in accessing your student email (created by OC) and can also assist with resetting your student email password. Make sure to have your student ID number available!

 

Your Blackboard login name is associated with your OC created student email account. All Correspondence for this course will be submitted using your Odessa College student email address.

 

Support for Students with Disabilities

How do I contact the Office of Special Populations?

Main Number 432-335-6861
Campus Location SUB 204N in the Student Union Building
Email Becky Rivera-Weiss - brivera@odessa.edu
Website To find out more about services provided by the Special Populations office, please visit: http://www.odessa.edu/dept/counseling/disabilities/index.htm
 

Learning Resources Center (LRC; Library)

How do I contact the Learning Resource Center?
 
Main Number 432-335-6640
FAQ Service LibAnswers: http://libanswers.odessa.edu
Contact a Specific OC Librarian Pat Quintero at 432/335-6350 or pquintero@odessa.edu
Donna Clark at 432/335-6645 or dclark@odessa.edu
Carolyn Petersen at 432/335-6641 or
cpetersen@odessa.edu
LRC Services and Guidelines Website https://www.odessa.edu/dept/library/services/index.htm

 

Equipment and Services Provided:
The Murry H. Fly Learning Resources Center (LRC) supports the college's curriculum resulting in a primary emphasis on each student's individual study and research needs. The faculty and staff work with the LRC's Technical Services and Public Services Departments in choosing materials to support all college programs. More than 59,000 books, 50,000 electronic books, 350 current periodicals, 6,700 media holdings, eight newspapers, and 60 databases are available to enhance the educational process.

Equipment/Services Available Used For Available
Books, videos, CDs Research On Campus and Online
Specialized databases not available online for free Research On Campus and Online
Magazines, newspapers, & scholarly journals Research On Campus and Online
Computers Research & word processing On Campus
Selected textbooks for short-term use Course work On Campus
Trained staff Answer "where do I find?" On Campus and Online
Tutorials Tips for research strategies On Campus and Online
Photocopiers, VHS/DVD players, FAX service For course work On Campus
Quiet study areas For course work On Campus
 

Student Success Center (SSC) / AVID Center

How do I contact the Student Success Center?
Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins will be served as soon as possible.
 

Main Number 432-335-6673
Campus Location 1st floor of the Library
Website with Additional Help and Information http://www.odessa.edu/dept/ssc/
Live Online Assistance / Chat Click Here
(If no one is currently available, please put your email and question(s) in the appropriate areas of the form and hit ‘send.’ Your question(s) will be addressed as soon as an SSC staff member becomes available.)
 

Equipment and Services Provided:
The purpose of the Odessa College Student Success Center is to provide assistance to students in meeting their academic and career goals. The SSC strives to continually provide new and updated resources that will empower all Odessa College students to succeed at OC and beyond.

Equipment/Services Available Used For Available
Tutoring by CRLA & Avid trained tutors Understanding course work and motivation On Campus and Online
Click here for more information.
Student Information Seminars (SIS) Demo email, Blackboard and SSC resources On Campus and Online
Click here for more information.
Study Skills Tools needed to succeed On Campus and Online
Click here for more information.
Basic Technology To navigate classes, email, etc. On Campus and Online
Plato Web Practice for TEAS test and basic math, science, etc. On Campus and Online
Click here for more information.
Project T.I.E. Practice for GED/COMPASS On Campus and Online
Click here for more information.
Student Orientation/Tour Show individual students where their classes will be. SIS presentation On Campus
M.O.R.E. Mentoring Program Networking, tips to navigate college life successfully On Campus
Click here for more information.
Smart thinking Online tutoring service. Connect with an e-structor and interact with a live tutor. Online
Click here for more information.
 

Veterans Support

How do I contact the office for Veteran’s Outreach?

Main Number 432-335-6833
Campus Location 204M (Help Center) in the Student Union Building
Email Gloria Rangel - grangel@odessa.edu
Website To find out more about services provided by the Veteran’s Outreach office, please visit: http://www.odessa.edu/dept/counseling/veterans/index.htm

 


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