Organization Behavior ORGB 300

Spring 2001-2002

Course Syllabus

 

Term:             Spring 2001-2002

Instructors:     Lecture:   Dr. Frank Linnehan

 Sections:  Nihal Colakoglu, Dr. Chris Jelepis, and Jill Tolotta

Time:              Lectures:  Friday 2:00-3:50 PM 

 


Sections:

1

2

3

4

5

6

Monday
11:00-12:50

Wednesday
9:00-10:50

Wednesday
1:00-2:50

Thursday
12:30-2:20

Friday
9:00-10:50

Friday
11:00-12:50

C. Jelepis

J.Tolotta

J. Tolotta

C. Jelepis

N. Colakoglu

N. Colakoglu

 

 

For Dr. Linnehan:

Office Hours: Tuesday 2:00-3:30, Friday 11:00-12:00 and any time by appointment

Office:             Academic Building Room 314

Phone:             (215) 895-2122   FAX: (215) 895-2891

email:               linnehf@drexel.edu

Home Page:     Dr. Linnehan

Lebow:            Download lecture presentation files 

 

 

Required Course Materials :

 

 

Text: 

Robbins, S.P. (2001) Organizational Behavior 9th Edition Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Course Pack:

Chapter 5: Robbins, S.P. (2000) Managing Today 2nd Edition.  Upper Saddle River NJ:  Prentice Hall.   This may be purchased at the bookstore (front page: Planning Systems).   It is also in the Reserve Reading section of the library.

 

COURSE OVERVIEW

Through study and application, this course introduces you to the concepts and principles of organization behavior.   The course begins with an overview of behavior at the individual level through discussions of values, attitudes, emotions, personality, perception, and motivation.  These topics are addressed with a context of today’s business environment.   It then broadens its focus from this individual perspective to group behavior and, ultimately, to organizations.   Group process is discussed by studying the nature of groups, their evolution and individual roles within the group’s structure.   Organizational areas reviewed include structure, human resource management, work force diversity, strategy, culture and organizational change.

The course format is divided into large group lectures and small section classes.  Organizing the class this way allows for both consistency across sections and flexibility within each section.  As an organizational behavior class, this course presents material that will help you understand organizations and individual behavior.  Thus, it is seen as a foundation class that cuts across all disciplines.  

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

You are required to attend the weekly lectures and your section classes.  You should come to each class prepared with the session’s readings and your assignments completed.   Some class time each week will be devoted to group discussion, experiential exercises, self-assessments and lectures.   Your active participation in the class discussions and exercises is important as the quality and quantity of your contributions will affect your grade.  Please do not hesitate to ask questions, state your opinion, or talk about personal situations/recent events that directly relate to what we are discussing throughout the term.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

 

After completing this course, you should be able to:

Identify and define principles and theories of individual behavior (e.g., motivation, power, leadership, interpersonal communication).  Understand how these concepts can be used to enhance your skills and abilities to work with others.

Gain a deeper understanding of yourself through self-assessment and your interaction with others in the class.

Differentiate organizational structures, corporate cultures and strategies, as well as their influence on individual and group behavior.

Relate and/or apply these principles to your own activities in and outside of organizations.

Understand the challenges and opportunities of managing a work force that is becoming increasingly diverse.

 

GRADING

 

Grades are based on four criteria: (1) attendance at lecture classes, (2) exams given in the lecture class (3) section participation, attendance and (4) section assignments.

 

LECTURE REQUIREMENTS (210 points)

 

1.  EXAMS   (Total: 180 points)

There will be three exams given in lecture class. They will be based on both lecture and text material.   The exams are cumulative.   The first exam is worth 60 points toward your final grade, the second, 55 and the third, 65.

Exam schedule and material covered:

#1 April 19:  Text chapters:  1-7.   These chapters focus on individual behavior, its determinants and motivation.

#2 May 10:  Chapters: 8, 10, 11, 12 and 13.  This material begins to broaden the focus of the course.   It includes communication, team/group process, power, conflict and leadership and trust.  One topic from the first exam chapters will be included.

#3 Finals week:  Chapters 14, 16, 17, 18, and Appendix A in OB and Chapter 5 in Managing Today.  This is the macro perspective of organizations and includes topics such as the history of management thought, organizational structure, HR/EEO, strategic management, organizational culture and change. Two topics from the previous exams will be included.

Not taking an exam during the time scheduled time without a reason deemed appropriate by the instructor will result in a 5-point penalty per day.  The first 5 point deduction will be assessed if the exam is taken at any time after it is scheduled.   Proper documentation must be given to the instructor for any missed exam.  If you know you’re going to miss an exam, you must call your instructor to discuss the reason for the delay.

 

2. LECTURE ATTENDANCE (30 point maximum, 5 points for each lecture attended)

Attendance will be taken in each lecture on non-exam dates.  Students will receive 5 points for each lecture attended up to a total 30 points for the term.  

 

SECTION REQUIREMENTS  (180 total points)

1.         CLASS PARTICIPATION AND ATTENDANCE   

 

Your small class participation will be assessed by the instructor and based on your attendance, as well as the quantity and quality of your activity in classroom exercises and your comments throughout the term.

2.         ASSIGNMENTS

 

Section instructors have their own guidelines for each of their classes.  There are three written assignment requirements in each of the recitations.   You will receive specific guidelines for these assignments in your section class.

GRADING POLICY
Total points:   390

 

350 points and above

 

A

 

311 to 349 points

 

B

 

272 to 310 points

 

C

 

233 to 271 points

 

D

 

Less than 233 points

 

F

 

 

ACADEMIC HONESTY

Students are expected to conduct themselves responsibly and honestly. Any act of academic dishonesty will be subject to the University’s policy, as outlined in the Student Handbook.   Specifically, this policy (page 80, Student Handbook) reads:

“If an act of academic dishonesty is determined to have occurred, for a first offense, one of the following sanctions will be imposed, depending on the gravity of the offense:

Reduction of course grade

An “F” for the assignment or exam, or

Failure for the entire course with the inability to withdraw, or other action deemed appropriate by the faculty member”

 


Class Schedule Spring 01-02

 

       Week Beginning

 

SECTION

 

 

LECTURE

 

 Week 1             March 25

 

Reading

 

Introduction

 

 

March 29

What is OB?

Individual Behavior

Chapters 1 & 2 (OB)

 

 Week 2              April 1

 

Reading

 

Values & Attitudes

 

Chapter 3 (OB)

April 5

Personality & Emotions

 

Chapter 4 (OB)

 

 Week 3             April 8

 

 

Reading

 

Perception

Decision Making

 

Chapter 5 (OB)

 

April 12

Motivational Theory

 

Chapter 6 (OB)

  

  Week 4            April 15

Motivation Application

 

Chapter 7 (OB)

 

April 19

Exam 1

 

  Week 5            April 22

 

Reading

 

Communication

 

Chapter 10 (OB)

 

April 26

Team/Group Process

Chapter 8 (OB)

 

  Week 6             April 29

 

Reading

 

Power & Conflict

 

Chapters 12 & 13 (OB)

 

May 3

Leadership & Trust

Chapter 11 (OB)

 

  Week 7               May 6

 

Reading

 

Leadership & Trust

 

Chapter 11 (OB)

 

May 10

Exam 2

 

  Week 8             May 13

 

                            Reading

 

Organizational Structure

 

Chapter 14 (OB)

 

May 17

HR/EEO

Chapter 16 (OB)

   

   Week 9            May 20

 

Reading

 

History of Management Thought

Appendix A

 

May 24

Organizational Strategy

Chapter 5 (MT)

     

   Week 10          May 27

                           

                            Reading

 

Organization Culture

 

Chapter 17 (OB)

 

May 31

Organizational Change

Chapter 18 (OB)

 

Note:  The third exam will be given during finals week.  Before making any travel arrangements, please make sure there isn’t a conflict with your exam schedule.