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Psychology 267 - Organizational Behavior (Spring, 2024)

LOCATION & TIME: 5th Period MWF, Room A-203 SMC

INSTRUCTOR:

Frank T. McAndrew

OFFICE: SMC E-131

PHONE: Ext. 7525

E-MAIL: fmcandre@knox.edu.

 

TEXTBOOK:
Organizational Behavior by Robbins & Judge (18th Ed., 2019)  – ISBN: 978-0-13-4729329

In addition to the above text, there are a number of outside readings (“OR”) that are downloadable from this web page.  These readings are listed at the end of the syllabus.

PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT WRITING POLICY

TIPS FOR DOING WELL IN THIS COURSE (or any course!)

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COURSE DESCRIPTION & GRADING:
The format for the classes in this course will be primarily lecture and discussion, with many in-class activities.  Some of these class activities will be assigned as projects that you will be graded on; some of them will simply be learning exercises that you engage in as part of the classroom experience.  Your final grade will be the average of your scores on four tests and three papers/projects. 

 

No make up tests will be given without prior permission and a very good excuse.  The tests will be based on the textbook, the outside readings, and class lectures.  The last test will not be a comprehensive final exam.  THE PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT WRITING POLICY WILL BE APPLIED TO ALL WRITTEN PROJECTS.  A copy of the psychology department writing policy can be viewed HERE

As a guide for grading, use the following percentages:

(A = 93-100%)
(A- = 90-92%)
(B+ = 88-89%)
(B = 83-87%)
(B-=80-82%)
(C+=78-79%)
(C = 73-77%)
(D+=68-69%)
(D = 63-67%)
(D-=60-62%)
(F = anything < 60%)

LEARNING GOALS:

Your learning will be assessed by the quality of the written work that you hand in and your performance on the tests and quizzes.   Every course that you take is designed to help you acquire knowledge and skills.  The departmental learning goals & competencies assessed in this course include the following:

1) Understand the basic theoretical approaches and classic empirical findings of psychology.
 
2) Effectively communicate with clear, grammatically-correct writing.

3) Demonstrate an empathic understanding of people of diverse abilities, experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives

Goal # 1 listed above will be assessed via the tests & quizzes.


Goals# 2 & 3, & 4 will be assessed via the class projects & activities

SCHEDULE OF READINGS AND ASSIGNMENTS

Wednesday, March 27 - What Is Organizational Behavior?              Chapter 1

 

Friday, March 29 - Diversity & Legal Issues in Organizations     Chapter 2; OR#1 & 2     

 

Monday, April 1 - Diversity & Legal Issues in Organizations      Chapter 2; OR#1 & 2     

                                                                                                     

Wednesday, April 3 – Individual Differences & Career Choice   Chapters 4 & 5; OR#3

 

PROJECT #1: Holland’s Vocational Preference Inventory

(Due Date: Wednesday, April 17)

 

Friday, April 5 – Emotions, Values, & Personality                      Chapters 4 & 5; OR#4

 

Monday, April 8 – Emotions, Values, & Personality                   Chapters 4 & 5; OR#4

 

TEST #1 (Wednesday, April 10) – Chapters 1, 2, 4, 5; OR #1, 2, 3, 4

 

Friday, April 12 – Organizational Structure, Culture, & Change

                                                                 Chapters 15, 16, & pp. 623-641. OR#5, 6, & 7

 

Monday, April 15 – Organizational Structure, Culture, & Change

                                                                 Chapters 15, 16, & pp. 623-641. OR#5, 6, & 7

 

PROJECT #2: Organizational Culture (Due Date: Monday, May 6)

 

Wednesday, April 17 – Communication: Interpersonal and Organizational   

                                     PROJECT #1 IS DUE                                  Chapter 11; OR#8

 

Friday, April 19 – Communication: Interpersonal and Organizational Chapter 11; OR#8

 

Monday, April 22 – Communication: Interpersonal and Organizational Chapter 11; OR#8

 

TEST #2 (Wednesday, April 24) – Chapters 11, 15, 16, pp. 623-641; OR #5, 6, 7, 8

 

Friday, April 26 – Work Teams & Team Building              Chapters 9 & 10; OR#9 & 10

 

Monday, April 29 – Group Dynamics                                 Chapters 9 & 10; OR#9 & 10

 

Wednesday, May 1 ­– Group Dynamics                               Chapters 9 & 10; OR#9 & 10

 

Friday, May 3 – Decision Making & Creativity                           Chapter 6; OR #11

 

Monday, May 6 – Decision Making & Creativity                         Chapter 6; OR #11

Monday, May 6 – PROJECT # 2 IS DUE

 

TEST #3 (Wednesday, May 8) – Chapters 6, 9, 10; OR #9, 10, 11

 

Friday, May 10 – Leadership and Management Style    Chapter 12; OR#12, 13, 14, & 15

 

Monday, May 13 – Leadership and Management Style  Chapter 12; OR#12, 13, 14, & 15

 

Wednesday, May 15 – Leadership and Management Style

                                                                                      Chapter 12; OR#12, 13, 14, & 15

 

PROJECT #3: Understanding Your Leadership Style

(Due Date: Friday, May 24)

 

Friday, May 17 – Power, Politics, Conflict, & Negotiation            Chapters 13 & 14

 

Friday, May 17 – Power, Politics, Conflict, & Negotiation            Chapters 13 & 14

 

Monday, May 20 – Job Satisfaction                                     Chapter 3; OR#16, 17, & 18

 

Wednesday, May 22 – Job Satisfaction                                Chapter 3; OR#16, 17, & 18

 

Friday, May 24 – Job Stress – PROJECT #3 IS DUE      pp. 641-654; OR#19, 20, & 21

 

Monday, May 27 – Job Stress                                            pp. 641-654; OR#19, 20, & 21

 

Wednesday, May 29 – CATCH-UP DAY

 

TEST #4 (During scheduled final exam period)

                 – Chapters 3, 12, 13, 14; pp. 641-654 

                 –OR #12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

CLASS PROJECTS FOR PSYCHOLOGY 267

 

Project #1 - Holland's Vocational Preference Inventory (Due Date: Wednesday, April 17)

Dr. John L. Holland has created a very influential instrument for helping individuals to explore what occupations might be good for them to pursue.  His instrument is known as The Vocational Preference Inventory (VPI). In your first written assignment, you will be doing a self-assessment of your occupational interests by using a shortened, online version of Holland's VPI. After analyzing the results of your occupational interests, you will write a reflective essay in which you discuss your reactions to your assessment.

CLICK HERE to download the instructions for this assignment.

CLICK HERE to access the website where you will assess your vocational interests.

Project #2 - Organizational Culture (Due Date: Monday, May 6)
“Organizational Culture” refers to the perceptions of an organization that are widely shared by its members, and it is the perception of the organization on seven key characteristics that distinguish it from other, similar organizations.  You will reflect on an organization that you currently belong to (or have been a member of in the past few years) by assessing it on the Organization Culture Questionnaire.  You will write an essay in which you analyze and describe the culture of this organization.

Project #3 - Understanding Your Leadership Style (Due Date: Friday, May 24)
We will be spending a fair bit of time learning about leadership in this course.  As we do so, you will assess your own leadership style by filling out five different leadership scales designed to assess leadership style from five different theoretical perspectives.  You will also fill out a scale that will assess your preferred style for dealing with conflict.  You will write a reflective essay in which you analyze your own personal style of leadership.  In your essay, identify which one of the leadership scale(s) seemed to be the best at helping you think about your leadership style and explain why you think that is the case.  Also, describe how your style of dealing with conflict might affect the way you would manage people. Describe what you think your leadership style is, and identify the situations in which you think you would perform best as a leader.  Finally, discuss whether the results of the various leadership scales confirmed things that you already believed about yourself or whether they are at odds with your self-perception of yourself as a leader. 

To see copies of the PPT slides that were used in the lectures for this course, click on the picture of the overhead projector.

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