Organization & Management Courses Summer 2007


MBA in Organizational & Environmental Sustainability
MS & MEd Programs


MBA in Organizational and Environmental Sustainability


OMG 541
Diversity in the Global Workforce

Competency Area: Collaboration and Group Dynamics
Required of and Restricted to matriculated MBA students.

This course will examine the impact of globalization on workforce diversity. Successfully working with diverse populations and understanding the dynamics of differences in organizations requires skills, personal assessment and reflection and a spirit of open-mindedness and acceptance. This course intends to help students develop competencies and improve skills in managing and working effectively in a global work force diagnosing and leading individuals and groups to acknowledge and capitalize on the creativity and richness of diversity. Pre-reading assignments for the course will be posted in the course conference in FirstClass by June 15.

Section A: TBA
Changed 04/16/07 to: Wendy Elliot
Times: Monday – Thursday, July 16 – 19,
1:00 – 4:30 pm
Maximum: 15
Credits: 1


OMG 535
Group Dynamics and Leadership I

Competency Area: Collaboration and Group Dynamics
Required of and Restricted to matriculated MBA students.

The course introduces students to elements of group dynamics and a conceptual model that matches leadership styles to stages of group development. Students work in teams throughout the course and use course concepts to analyze their in-class as well as professional experiences. Skills emphasized are group leadership and membership skills, group observation and feedback, facilitation, conflict management, and managing diversity in groups. Students will do additional readings and discussions in FirstClass. Pre-reading assignments for the course will be posted in the course conference in FirstClass by June 15.

Section A: Steve Guerriero & Donna Mellen
Times: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, July 13, 14 & 15, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Maximum: 15
Credits: 2


OMN 500
Principles of Sustainability in Complex Systems

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

This course will cover foundational scientific principles that govern all sustainable systems to give students the capacity to evaluate any action or policy regarding sustainability in a variety of complex systems – biological, ecological, environmental, organizational, social, political, or economic. Natural systems – biological, ecological, meteorological, and geological – at various spatial and temporal scales will be used to demonstrate the workings of these principles. We will also examine social systems at various scales in light of these principles. Students will do additional readings and discussions in FirstClass. Pre-reading assignments for the course will be posted in the course conference in FirstClass by June 15.

Section A: Tom Wessels
Times: Tuesday – Saturday, July 17 – 21,
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Maximum: 15
Credits: 2


MS & MEd Programs


OMD 648
Career Development

Competency Area: Self Development

Implicit in the idea of “career” is the notion of change. Our aspirations, visions, values, needs, knowledge, and skills shift over time. Yet we tend to respond primarily to the convenient opportunities that appear directly in front of us, rather than explore ourselves deeply for those values and desires that could guide us in making choices that truly fit and satisfy. This course will help participants to discover their values and aspirations and connect them to their “life phase” and “career anchors,” which they will have assessed as part of the course work. We will examine reasons for past career choices, and discover a rationale for future pathways. Each student must produce a personal strategic plan as verification for the course. Feedback is provided in a 1-2 hour face-to-face or telephone conversation between each student and the instructor. About three weeks prior to the course weekend, students will be asked to participate in an on-line discussion on various aspects of career development theory and practice.

Section K: Ed Tomey
Time: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, June 22, 23 & 24, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Maximum: 16
Credits: 2


OMSI 502
Critical Issues in Educational Leadership

Competency Area: School Law/School Issues
Required of and Priority to MEd Principal Certification students.

This course explores pressing educational concerns from the perspective of the building level administrator. Through lecture, group discussion, research, and presentations of issues, class members will explore and seek solutions to issues surrounding students, assessment and accountability, curriculum, teacher supervision and staff development, parent and community planning and the change process. Several working practices will be proffered including a “big picture” model, which may help prevent educational leaders from being overwhelmed. Students will do additional readings and discussions in FirstClass. Pre-course reading will be required.

Section K: John Carr
Time: Fridays & Saturdays, June 22 & 23 and
July 20 & 21, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Maximum: 18
Credits: 2


OMG 531
Diversity in the Workplace

Competency Area: Collaboration & Group Dynamics
Required of MS and MEd 1st Year Students.

Successfully managing diversity in organizations requires an understanding of the dynamics of difference, the skills to communicate effectively across differences, and the ability to self-monitor and model inclusive leadership. This course is intended to develop knowledge and competencies for working effectively in a diverse work environment. Students will explore their own values, beliefs, and biases related to diversity; examine issues of sameness and difference; and enhance diagnostic skills for analyzing diversity dynamics at the interpersonal, team, and organizational levels. Students must complete all required readings, submit pre-work and post-work online through FirstClass, and participate in class discussions and experiential activities.

Section K: Sunny Bradford
Time: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, June 29 & 30 and July 1, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Maximum: 24
Credits: 2


OMG 533
Group Dynamics & Leadership II

Competency Area: Collaboration & Group Dynamics
Prerequisite: OMG 535 Group Dynamics & Leadership I, or written permission of instructor attached to or on registration form.

This course is for students who have completed Group Dynamics and Leadership I and want an opportunity for focused skill development in group leadership and membership. Building on the framework presented in Group Dynamics I, students gain advanced experience in diagnosing group needs and matching leadership style to stage of group development. We focus on skills involved in providing appropriate levels of direction and support. These include: establishing team purpose, norms, goals, and roles; structuring and facilitating meetings; managing the task process; facilitating collaborative decision-making; acknowledging and addressing the emotions, personal styles, and needs of group members; managing conflict; and giving and receiving feedback. We give special attention to project teams and introduce a framework for project management. Students do additional reading and discussion in FirstClass, both prior to and following the class meeting.

Section K: Donna Mellen
Time: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, June 8, 9 & 10,
8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Maximum: 24
Credits: 2


OMR 619
Organizational Research & Evaluation Methods

Competency Area: Research & Information Design
Required of MS and MEd 1st Year Students.

This course is designed to introduce students to research and evaluation design and application. The course will begin by discussing the philosophical and epistemological foundations of inquiry and the rationale used for particular methodologies. The class will include analytical, interpretive, and action research methods, and their application to applied social/organizational research and evaluation. As a researcher, we will examine how we “come to know”, question, gather, analyze, and reflect on important data. It will provide participants with an opportunity to plan and organize upcoming research, evaluation or practicum projects. Pre-reading assignments for the course will be posted in the course conference in FirstClass.

Section K: Sarah Gates & Steve Guerriero
Time: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, June 1, 2 & 3,
8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Maximum: 24
Credits: 2


OMC 691
Practicum
Practicum Seminar

Competency Area: Purposeful Systemic Change
Restricted to matriculated MS and MEd students.
Required for MEd Principal Certification students only.

This is the beginning of the Practicum process. Under faculty guidance, students will discuss their proposed practicum projects, evaluate their experiences and consult with other students. The seminar is designed to help solve problems confronting students as their projects begin to unfold and to sharpen analytical and consulting skills. Faculty may schedule additional group or individual meetings during the semester.

Section K1: John Carr
Time: Thursdays, June 21 & July 19, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Maximum: 8
Credits: 2


OMSI 505
School Law for Administrators

Competency Area: School Law/School Issues
Required of and Priority to MEd Principal Certification students.

This course, taught in conjunction with OMSI 502, will be an introductory course in legal issues relating to education as viewed from an administrative perspective. Major themes will include governance, schools and the state, teacher and student rights and obligations, liability, and discrimination. Sample procedures for hiring, evaluation, and terminating employees will be provided. These and other issues will be explored from the unique perspective of the formal school leader (principal). Students will do additional readings and discussions in FirstClass. Some pre-course reading will be required.

Section K: John Carr
Time: Sundays, June 24 & July 22,
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Maximum: 18
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 July 10, 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 July 10th 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


OMS 528
Systems Theories & the Organizational Environment

Competency Area: Systems & Strategic Thinking
Required of MS and MEd Spring 2007 Enterers.

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 organizations and society. This course will also include material on the importance of individual cognitive development in the understanding and application of systems theories. The course will begin on Thursday, June 14 with a required two-hour telephone conference that will take place from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. There will be reading assignments prior to that telephone conference and additional reading, plus an assignment with online components prior to the first face-to-face class on July 14.

Section K: William Griffith
Time: Saturday & Sunday, July 14 & 15,
8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Maximum: 20
Credits: 2