ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
OD 350 Introduction to Organizational Development
Course description: Organizations must change to survive in today’s rapidly changing global economy. From small family-owned businesses to billion-dollar corporations to non-profits, change is inevitable. This course introduces organizational development: the ability of organizations, large or small, to effectively, economically and strategically make changes to improve their “products.” The course explores the history, major trends, and ethical and professional issues in the organizational development field, while illustrating the OD practitioner’s analysis, data gathering, intervention processes and techniques, diagnosis and final recommended changes through readings, discussion postings, applied exercises, case studies and student research.
OD 360 Cultural Diversity: Ethnic and Racial Relations
This course familiarizes the student with the backgrounds and lifestyles of ethnic and racial minority groups within the United States. The emphasis is on the diversity within and the contributions made to our society by these groups. A variety of socio-cultural concepts (such as culture, race, ethnicity, cultural pluralism) and theories are covered to increase the student‘s knowledge, awareness of, and understanding of the American cultural mosaic.
OD 370 Economic Issues: Local to Global
The course introduces the forces, processes, and actors that shape economic globalization. This course will provide an introduction to the “economic way of thinking” and an understanding of the structure and function of a number of global institutions. We will examine several different schools of economic theory and thought, and learn several key economic concepts that will greatly aid in subsequent analysis; emphasis will be on macroeconomics, rather than microeconomics. We will also look at various economic phenomena and institutions that are prominent features of the US national economy and in the global economy.
The course will begin with a brief introduction to economics in general, focusing on the most fundamental concepts and introducing the major schools of economic thought. This will be follow by a general description of national economies including unemployment, inflations, and the role of money as well as topics crucial to the understanding of subjects such as NAFTA, the EU, and the IMF. Central globalization topics, such as currency and trade issues, will form the final module.
OD 380 Ethical Decision Making
This course will approach ethics first from a general perspective and then examine the application of ethical principles through a broad range of contemporary case studies. Ethical concepts relevant to decision-making in the workplace will be examined. These concepts, including Egoism, Utilitarianism, and Categorical Imperative will be analyzed and then applied throughout the course. In addition to examining ethics at the personal and interpersonal levels, students will explore ways to develop and promote an ethical culture at the departmental and organizational levels (Transformational Leadership). Students will conduct an “ethical audit” of an organization with which they are familiar. Students will present a case study in an impartial manner and facilitate a discussion of the case.
OD 390 Budgeting and Finance
This course introduces financial and managerial accounting for non-accounting majors. Areas of study include financial statement compilation and analysis, financial accounting concepts and principles, and managerial cost concepts and application. The focus of the course will be on gaining understanding of why accounting information is vital for survival of any organization.
Emphasis is on the use and interpretation of accounting data for decision-making purposes. It is designed to place the student in the shoes of the decision-maker, the manager.
OD 400 Social Responsibility and Sustainability
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) means that businesses and other organizations should be responsive to social problems in an increasingly interdependent global economy. The best “corporate citizens” use technical and social changes to treat employees like resources in a world where the gap between rich and poor widens daily. Sustainability focuses on organizational practices and policies, which protect the environment, build social equity, and improve employee work/life conditions while strategically and responsibly increasing profits and production. Case studies will illustrate pragmatic steps to achieve sustainability. Group projects will reinforce CSR and sustainability concepts and responsibilities of citizens –whether corporations, other organizations or individuals.
OD 410 Management Skills
Prerequisite: Junior Status
Management Skills is a course that combines theories, self-assessment, and application of behavioral skills that are essential to successful leadership in the contemporary workplace. Specifically, the course will focus on developing a principled managerial philosophy, honing the skills that organizations have indicated are most critical for (and often lacking in) managers. The course will also explore the development of effective personal and professional habits. Finally, perspectives of significant authors and organizational leaders will be examined.
OD 420 Human Resources
Case materials and contemporary theory are used to help define the role of the Human Resources Manager and develop the skills and perspectives necessary to function in this capacity. Topics will include employee training and development, selection, job evaluation, disciplinary cases, compensation programs, wage and salary administration, labor relations, federal regulation in the workplace, motivation, and safety and security.
OD 430 Management and Marketing
This course examines the essentials of Management and Marketing and explores their role in strategic planning. The entire strategic planning process will be explored in the context of contemporary management issues and cases. The course will also apply the decision-making models of management theory to the dynamic environment of marketing. Environmental scanning methods are studied as a basis for the determination of strategic planning within the corporate structure. The course incorporates case methodology into the comparison of new
opportunities with an organization’s resources.
OD 440 Nature of Work
Work, for many of us, is something we do, not something we think about. We may wonder whether our work is sufficiently stimulating, whether it brings in enough money, or whether it makes a difference in the grand scheme of things, but we don't often question what, in fact, work really is, and why we work in the first place. This course will examine these critical questions and others, taking a philosophical, historical, sociological, and practical look at the nature of work and its role in our lives today. Prerequisite: Completion of 21 credits of OD specialty courses.