Organization & Management Courses Fall 2007

Course Descriptions (below)
MBA in Organizational and Environmental Sustainability
MS and MEd Programs – First Year Program
MS and MEd Programs – Second Year Program
MS and MEd Programs – Electives
Organization Development Certificate Program


Department of Organization & Management – MBA in Organizational and Environmental Sustainability


OMN 502
Earth Systems Science


Competency Area: Natural Systems
Required of and Priority to matriculated MBA students.

This course employs a systems approach to understanding the earth’s physical and biological environment by examining the critical components and processes of the earth’s systems. Understanding the interaction of these elements and their natural variability in space and time is critical for assessing rates, modes, and consequences of environmental change. Emphasis will be placed on humans and human systems (business/organizations/communities) as agents of change. Students should check the course conference on FirstClass for on-line assignments that may begin prior to the first class meeting.

Section A: Polly Chandler
Time: Saturdays, September 15, October 6 & 27, November 17 and December 8, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Maximum: 15
Credits: 3


OMFE 500
Economics I – Neo-Classical

Competency Area: Finance and Economics
Required of and Priority to matriculated MBA students.

This course provides students with a historical background and application of micro-economic principles as currently practiced with specific focus on how the market drives the efficient allocation and distribution of scarce or limited resources. The class prepares students for comparing and contrasting neo-classical and ecological economic models. Students may do additional readings and discussions, field or research projects, or case study analysis on-line. Students should check the course conference on FirstClass for on-line assignments that may begin prior to the first class meeting.

Section A: Jim Gruber

Time: Fridays, September 14, October 5 & 26,
November 16 and December 7,
1:00 – 5:00 pm
Maximum: 15
Credits: 2


OMFE 502
Managerial Accounting

Competency: Finance and Economics
Prerequisite: Students must have taken a prior Financial Accounting course.
Required of and Priority to matriculated MBA students.

Managers in organizations need a variety of financial and other sources of information for design, decision-making, implementing, and assessing the success of their operations. This course expands upon the standard notions of a single bottom line to include alternative measures, assessment, and information that provide a broader contextual understanding to managerial controls and success. Students should check the course conference on FirstClass for on-line assignments that may begin prior to the first class meeting.

Section A: Ed Guyot

Time: Sundays, September 16, October 7 & 28, November 18 and December 9,
8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Maximum: 15
Credits: 3


INSTRUCTOR ADDED

OMD 673
Self as Leader

Competency Area: Leadership and Self Development
Required of and restricted to matriculated MBA students.

This seminar focuses on developing effective leadership skills and behaviors. Through readings, dialogue groups, reflective writing, and assessment instruments, students will gain awareness and understanding of their current level of leadership competencies. They will develop an action plan to apply their learning experience to their career and professional goals. Students should check the course conference on FirstClass for on-line assignments that may begin prior to the first class meeting.

Section A: Steve Guerriero &amp Polly Chandler
Time: Fridays, September 14, October 5 & 26,
November 16 and December 7,
6:30 – 9:00 pm
Maximum: 15
Credits: 1


Department of Organization & Management – MS and MEd Programs – First Year Program


OMG 535
Group Dynamics & Leadership I

Competency Area: Collaboration & Group Dynamics (Required)

This course is designed specifically for first semester O&M students and focuses on group dynamics and leadership in work teams. The course introduces students to elements of group dynamics and to a model that matches leadership styles to stages of group development. Students work in teams throughout the course and use course concepts to analyze their experience. Skills emphasized will be useful for both group leaders and members and include: observing group dynamics and providing feedback, diagnosing stage of group development, matching leadership style to stage of development, working effectively with diversity, facilitating collaborative decision-making, and managing conflict. Students are expected to read The One Minute Manager Builds High Performing Teams, by Blanchard, Carew, and Parisi-Carew. Students may do additional readings and discussions, field or research projects, or case study analysis on-line.

Section K: Donna Mellen
Time: Saturdays & Sundays, September 15 & 16 and October 6 & 7, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Maximum: 24
Credits: 2


OMD 620
Leadership and Management Theory & Practice

Competency Area: Leadership & Self Development (Required)

This course will explore and evaluate models of leadership and management. Using a theoretical and developmental approach, the primary learning objective is to construct personal models of leading and managing in complex environments. Through a variety of readings, experiential activities, self assessment tools and cases, students will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge and skill base and better determine the most effective ways to influence and sustain their organizations. Students should check the course conference on FirstClass, for on-line assignments that will begin prior to the first class meeting.

Section K: Robbie Hertneky
Time: Saturdays, October 27 & November 17,
8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Maximum: 24
Credits: 1


INSTRUCTOR CHANGED

OMD 651
Professional Seminar

Competency Area: Leadership & Self Development (Required)

Professional Seminar provides a setting in which students and faculty offer consultation and support regarding issues students face in their educational, professional, and personal development. All students enrolled in Professional Seminar meet as a community, working together with faculty to develop a productive and inclusive learning group. Through assigned reading, reflective writing, dialogue and guided activities, students will focus on their professional goals and their learning goals for their master’s program. Students may do additional readings and discussions, field or research projects, or case study analysis on-line.

Section K: Donna Mellen

Time: Fridays, September 14, October 5 & 26,
November 16 and December 7,
6:30 – 9:00 pm
Maximum: 24
Credits: 1


OM 690
SIS: Supervised Independent Study

If you are planning an independent study, please register for an SIS on your registration form. However, an SIS contract must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by December 1, 2007 in order for it to appear on your schedule or transcript. Please be sure to specify on the contract if the SIS will be used to fulfill a competency area or serve as a required course substitute, or as an elective. Contracts received after the December 1st deadline will be returned to you for registration in a subsequent semester (additional costs may apply). Credits will not appear on your schedule until the SIS contract(s) has been submitted to the Registrar’s Office, thus affecting your enrollment status and perhaps your financial aid eligibility.

Credits: variable


INSTRUCTOR ADDED

OMS 528
Systems Theories & the Organizational Environment

Competency Area: Systems & Strategic Thinking (Required)

An historical and contemporary overview of systems theories will be presented. Emphasis will be placed on how these theories can be applied in assessing critical local and global environmental factors including social, scientific, ecological, political and economic trends that have a wide range of impact on our society and organizations. This course will also include material on the importance of individual cognitive development in the understanding and application of systems theories. There will be reading assignments prior to the first class and reading and online assignments between classes.

Section K: Steve Guerriero & Krista Katz

Time: Sundays, October 28 & November 18 and Saturday, December 8, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Maximum: 20
Credits: 2


Department of Organization & Management – MS and MEd Programs – Second Year Program


INSTRUCTOR ADDED
MEETING DATE CHANGED:

OMC 678
Change Models & Applications

Competency Area: Purposeful Systemic Change (Required)

For organizations to thrive in today’s complex and dynamic environment, organization leaders and managers increasingly need knowledge on how to engage organizational members in systemic change directed toward the fulfillment of clear and meaningful objectives that are understood and supported by a critical mass of people within the organization. Models for leading and facilitating planned short and long term change efforts at the group and organization level will be introduced, as well as ways of responding to unplanned change. The application of change theory and models will be addressed through a variety of means, including role play, simulation, case studies, class discussion, and through the use of on-line technology. Change strategies and methods will be evaluated for application and fit with the intended change outcomes, organization needs, and organization culture. Emphasis will be made on the emotional/social aspects of change and the use of effective collaborative processes in change, because most change efforts fall short with the human aspects of change and failure to include people in the process of change. Pre-course readings, assignments, and detailed syllabus will be available on FirstClass approximately three weeks before the first class meeting.

Section K: Robert Rue

Time: Sunday, September 16, October 6 & 27, November 17 and December 8,
8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Maximum: 24
Credits: 3


MEETING DATE CHANGED

OMF 561
Financial Management

Competency Area: Financial Management (Required)

This course will focus on developing budgets for organizations as well the uses of financial data by managers and school administrators. Students will examine the type of information that is needed by managers to assist in planning, decision-making and operational controls. They will develop a basic “financial literacy” and develop skills in areas such as budgeting and financial statement analysis. Students will also examine methods of enhancing revenue for their organization through grants and other fund-raising initiatives. Students will work in teams to pursue a case study on an organization of mutual interest. (Students on a principal certification track will conduct a case study of a school district or an elementary, middle or high school.) In addition, students will complete additional problems and work on a group project and presentation involving case-study analysis. Students should check the course folder two weeks before class for the syllabus and other information about the course.

Section K: Ed McCaul
Time: Saturday, September 15, October 7 & 28, November 18 and December 9, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Maximum: 24
Credits: 3


OMC 691
Practicum
Practicum Seminar

Competency Area: Purposeful Systemic Change (Required)
Restricted to matriculated O&M students.

Under faculty guidance, students doing practicum work will discuss their practicum projects, evaluate their experience and consult with other students. The seminar is designed to help solve problems confronting students as their projects unfold and to sharpen analytical and consulting skills.

Section K1: John Carr
Section K2: Bill Griffith
Section K3: Robbie Hertneky
Time: Fridays, September 14, October 5 & 26, November 16 and December 7, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Maximum: 8 per section
Credits: variable
(Practicum Seminar credited as part of Practicum)


OM 690
SIS: Supervised Independent Study

If you are planning an independent study, please register for an SIS on your registration form. However, an SIS contract must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by December 1, 2007 in order for it to appear on your schedule or transcript. Please be sure to specify on the contract if the SIS will be used to fulfill a competency area or serve as a required course substitute, or as an elective. Contracts received after the December 1st deadline will be returned to you for registration in a subsequent semester (additional costs may apply). Credits will not appear on your schedule until the SIS contract(s) has been submitted to the Registrar