Business Management And Leadership: Organizational Behavior

 Contact Information See detailed faculty information in Canvas.

 Course Description This course discusses managerial competence in understanding the human output of organizations from the viewpoints of individual, group, and organizational systems levels. Emphasis is given to assessing one’s personality and values and to applying course material to one’s work environment. (Formerly BUSI 500)

Requisites Prerequisites

ACCT 511 or BMAL 590 or BUSI 561 or Bus Cmn Pro Cpnt/27hr BUSI Req with a score of 3

 Rationale Without wise application of organizational behavior, no manager can consistently manage effectively or efficiently. Such knowledge and ability is foundational to the Master of Business Administration program. It should also be anticipated that many of the topics presented in this course will be studied in much greater depth in subsequent courses. It is presupposed that those who know organizational behavior best are those who first understand their behavior individually, in teams, and in organizational structures. This course does not utilize groups; it focuses on the student individually.

 Measurable Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

A. A. Discuss various frames of organizational behavior, including political, structural, and human resource systems. B. Examine the impact of individual behavior on organizations. C. Explain various aspects of group dynamics including communication, conflict, negotiation, contemporary issues, and politics. D. Relate insights gained through self-assessment to organizational behavior and management. E. Argue for the relevance of biblical truths to organizational behavior issues and concepts.

 Course Resources Required Resource Purchases

Kinicki, A., & Fugate, M. (2020). Organizational behavior: A practical, problem-solving approach plus Connect. McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 9781260075076. (This required resource has been provided in this course as an e-book). However, if the student prefers a physical copy of the book, he or she may purchase it through the Liberty University Online bookstore (, BNC Virtual. The purchase of the physical copy of the textbook is optional.

Online · School of Business · Graduate Business

Organizational Behavior BMAL-500 Fall B 2021 Section B04 08/23/2021 to 10/15/2021 Modified 08/12/2021

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Kroeger, O., Thuesen, J. M., & Rutledge, H. (2002). Type talk at work: How the 16 personality types determine your success on the job (Revised and Updated ed.). New York, NY: Dell Publishing. ISBN: 9780440509288.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Recommended Resource Purchase

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Current ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Additional Materials for Learning

A. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment B. Internet access (broadband recommended) C. Canvas recommended browsers (

computer-requirements-for-Canvas/ta-p/66) D. Microsoft Word

 Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4) Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 500–750 words and must include at least 4 scholarly sources and citations in current APA format. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads, and each reply must contain at least 2 scholarly sources and citations in current APA format. Each reply must be 200–250 words and must include an analysis of the classmate’s thread. If possible, the student must base the analysis on any experience from his/her own professional career. Replies must also integrate the assigned module/week’s required reading in a logical and relevant manner. Acceptable sources include peer-reviewed articles, at least 1 Scripture passage, and the textbook (either Type Talk at Work or Organizational Behavior). Scholarly resources can be no older than 5 years.

Projects (2) The student will discuss his/her results of 2 free personality tests (Myers-Briggs and Jung). Each discussion will be a separate project completed in Connect. The student is required to include at least 5 scholarly sources no older than 5 years old. Specific resource possibilities are listed in each Blackboard instructions document. Each project must be at least 6 pages; the title page, abstract, and reference page do not count toward the overall page count. Each project must be completed in current APA format.

Research Paper The student will provide a scholarly, peer-reviewed article in Module/Week 1 pertaining to theories in organizational behavior from the course. Upon approval from the instructor, the student will prepare the research paper according to the written instructions for Module/Week 7. The article must be current in research and no older than 5 years. Other specific resource possibilities are listed in the Blackboard instructions document. The research paper must be 8–10 pages; the title page, abstract, and reference page do not count toward the overall page count. The paper must be completed in current APA format.

Quizzes (6) Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week. Each test will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple choice and true/false questions, and have a time limit of 50 minutes.

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 Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussions (4 at 50 pts ea) 200

Projects (2 at 150 pts ea) 300

Research Paper 200

Quizzes (6 at 50pts ea) 300

Total 1010

 Course Policies Quizzes/Tests/Exams

For timed quizzes/tests/exams, the student is required to complete the quiz/test/exam within the assigned time. For the student who exceeds this time limit, a penalty of 1 point will be deducted for each minute, or part thereof, he/she exceeds the assigned time limit.

 Policies

Late Assignment Policy Course Assignments, including discussions, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction. 2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction. 3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special

circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

4. Group projects, including group discussion threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at for accommodations. Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition. For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit support/ ( Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy

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Course Attendance In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy ( Attendance& 34a39c97251b2%7C0%7C0%7C637315433613719138&sdata=%2BNBTsPOoXuHAPLflSQRugK7cRSuV6UyC7qD3agf3l2k%3D&res erved=0) can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs ( ac547056b5408d833029e1a%7Cbaf8218eb3024465a9934a39c97251b2%7C0%7C0%7C637315433613729132&sdata=DjjhMiRBh nF%2B2ZJUC8eBd1OdNb26S9ADukODYsilXlA%3D&reserved=0). Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance ( .edu%7Cd91431fa6ac547056b5408d833029e1a%7Cbaf8218eb3024465a9934a39c97251b2%7C0%7C0%7C63731543361372913 2&sdata=MoMvZdPfza69InuhVHMHAVgu59ZP0Fw45xJTu9PIBrU%3D&reserved=0)). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F

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For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

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 Schedule

When Topic Notes

Course Overview Student Acknowledgements Course Requirements Checklist

Technology Integration Set-Up Prepare: Register for Connect

Module 1: Week 1 Learn Read: 3 items

Watch: 1 item

Apply Quiz: Article Submission

Quiz: OB and Personality Traits

Quiz: Extra Credit – Graduate Level Business Program Assessment

Module 2: Week 2 Learn Read: 6 items

Watch: 1 item

Apply Textbook Project 1 Assignment

Quiz: Attitudes, Values, and Job Satisfaction

Module 3: Week 3 Learn Read: 3 items

Watch: 1 item

Apply Discussion: Motivation or Incentives

Quiz: Motivation and Decision Making

Module 4: Week 4 Learn Read: 3 items

Watch: 1 item

Apply Discussion: Whole Foods or Design Disaster

Quiz: Individual Behavior and Groups

Module 5: Week 5 Learn Read: 3 items

Watch: 1 item

Interact: 7 items

Apply Textbook Project 2 Assignment

Module 6: Week 6 Learn Read: 3 items

Watch: 1 item

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Apply Discussion: Empowerment or Leadership

Quiz: Leadership and Power

Module 7: Week 7 Learn Read: 2 items

Watch: 1 item

Apply Research Paper Assignment

Quiz: Conflict, Negotiation, Culture, and Structure

Module 8: Week 8 Learn Read: 2 items

Watch: 1 item

Apply Discussion: New AT&T or Not Us

When Topic Notes

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  • Organizational Behavior BMAL-500
    • Contact Information
    • Course Description
    • Rationale
    • Measurable Learning Outcomes
    • Course Resources
    • Course Assignments
      • Textbook readings and lecture presentations
      • Course Requirements Checklist
      • Discussions (4)
      • Projects (2)
      • Research Paper
      • Quizzes (6)
    • Course Grading
    • Course Policies
    • Policies
      • Late Assignment Policy
      • Disability Assistance
      • Course Attendance
      • Grading Scale
      • Add/Drop Policy
      • Honor Code
    • Schedule