academics : Courses and Schedules
100 Introduction to Organizational Leadership (1 cr.)
Introduction and orientation to the Department of Organizational Leadership and Supervision and an overview of the supervision and personnel functions in the world of work.
252 Human Behavior in Organizations (3 cr.)
A survey of the concepts which provide a foundation for the understanding of individual and group behavior in organizations of work, with special emphasis on typical interpersonal and leadership relationships.
274 Applied Leadership (3 cr.)
Introduction to applied leadership in the context of organizational functions, structures, and operation.
284 Leadership Principles (3 cr.)
Mastery of the basic knowledge managers need to effectively lead individual employees. Includes primary measures of performance success, leadership strategies, core leadership actions, and a comprehensive theory that explains how the strategies and actions cause positive attitudes and increased performance.
299 Organizational Leadership and Supervision (1-3 cr.) P: OLS 252, OLS 274, or consent of instructor.
Hours and subject matter to be arranged by staff. May be repeated for up to six credits.
325 Meeting Management (3 cr.) P: SPCH S121 or consent of instructor.
An applications-oriented course in presenting technical information and conducting problem-solving and decision making meetings. Special emphasis on leading and facilitating interactive meetings, as well as structuring information for effective presentations.
331 Occupational Safety and Health (3 cr.) P: OLS 252 or consent of instructor.
A presentation of the aspects of occupational safety and health that are essential to the organizational leaders. Special emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of the economic, legal, and social factors related to providing a safe and healthy work environment.
345 Critical Thinking in Organizations (3 cr.) P: OLS 386 & 388; or consent of instructor.
This course focuses on systems thinking and the understanding of research design and measurement theory used in solving organizational and human resource development problems. The emphasis is on applied methodology rather than on statistical issues, with the intent of the student becoming an effective consumer of information. The students will learn how to report findings in a practical and influential manner. Includes the importance of knowledge management issues in organizations.
351 Innovation and Entrepreneurship (3 cr.)
An in-depth study of innovation in existing organizations as well as entrepreneurship in start-up businesses, franchises, family-owned firms, and other business formats.
362 Cooperative Education Program (3 cr.) P: OLS 252, 274; or consent of instructor.
Supervised work experience directed toward professional development in supervisory or related leadership positions. Rotational work-study periods planned and coordinated by department staff in conjunction with the student and the employing organization. (Fulfills OLS Experiential Requirement.)
364 Professional Development Program (3 cr.) P: OLS 386, 388; or consent of instructor.
A survey course covering many professional and personal facets relative to entering the work force upon graduation. Major areas addressed include résumé preparation, interviewing techniques, development of job-search plans, social skills, and analysis of career fields and opportunities.
375 Training Methods (3 cr.) P: OLS 386, 388; or consent of instructor.
Principles, practices, and methods of employee training. Introduction to systematic training program design, development, and evaluation. Emphasis is on the supervisor as a trainer.
376 Human Resource Issues (3 cr.) P: OLS 386, 388; or consent of instructor.
Analysis and discussion of selected case problems concerning typical leadership and human resource management situations faced by a supervisor/manager. Emphasis is directed toward developing the student's attitude, philosophy, analytical ability, and problem solving skills within the working environment.
378 Labor and Management Relations (3 cr.) P: OLS 386, 388; or consent of instructor.
An introduction to, and overview of, the fundamental concepts of labor relations, collective bargaining, and dispute resolution procedures. An international comparative analysis is used to assess some of the legal economic and political structures of labor relations.
386 Leadership for Organizational Change (3 cr.) P: OLS 252, 274; or consent of instructor.
Introduction to and overview of fundamental concepts of leading organizational change.
388 Leadership through Teams (3 cr.) P: OLS 252, 274; or consent of instructor.
Introduction of teams and dynamics that affect their performance.
440 Leading with Integrity (3 cr.) P: OLS 386, 388; or consent of instructor.
An investigation of ethical problems in business practice. Topics include personal morality in profit-oriented enterprise; codes of ethics; obligations to employees and other stakeholders; truth in advertising; whistle-blowing and company loyalty; regulation, self and government; the logic and future of capitalism. Emphasis on business law and legal impacts on ethical decision making.
450 Project Management for Organizational and Human Resource Development (3 cr.) P: OLS 386, 388; or consent of instructor.
An introduction to project management concepts and practices in the context of human resource development projects.
454 Gender and Diversity in Management (3 cr.) P: OLS 386, 388; or consent of instructor.
The work force of the future will represent multiple differences including gender, race, culture, ethnicity, physical abilities, and age. Following this broad-based perspective of diversity, this course will focus on using knowledge of diversity to develop the leadership potential of individuals in organizations.
456 Leadership in a Global Environment (3 cr.) P: OLS 386, 388; or consent of instructor.
Exploration of leadership strategies for organizations engaged in international business. Includes understanding of cultural differences and diverse business practices, and challenges of competing in a global marketplace.
467 Supervised Practicum (Class 1, 3 cr.) P: OLS 331, 375, 376, and consent of instructor. Credit awarded upon the completion of departmental approved project. (May be repeated for up to six credits.)
An instructor-directed practicum designed to combine University study with work experience directly related to the student's plan of study. Designed to be scheduled during a regular semester. (Fulfills OLS Experiential Requirement.)
474 Conference Leadership (3 cr.) P: OLS 386, 388; or consent of instructor.
Understanding the role of facilitating group discussion in business and industry conferences. Special emphasis on developing group facilitation skills.
476 Compensation Planing and Management (3 cr.) P: OLS 376 or consent of instructor.
Planning and implementation of a total compensation system, including job analysis, job evaluation, salary survey and analysis, benefits and development of a structured pay system. Includes behavioral implications and legal compliance issues.
477 Conflict Management (3 cr.) P: OLS 386, 388; or consent of instructor.
A study of the methods for dealing with intra-personal, inter-personal, and political disputes by means generally outside the traditional court system. Students will investigate the theoretical and practical aspects of conflict assessment, negotiation, problem solving, mediation and arbitration.
479 Staffing Organizations (3 cr.) P: OLS 386, 388; or consent of instructor.
An applications-oriented study of key concepts in staffing organizations, including principles and issues in conducting job analysis; preparing job descriptions/specifications; and screening/selecting employees. Special emphasis on the design, validation, and operation of high-volume staffing systems.
484 Leadership Strategies for Quality and Productivity (3 cr.) P: OLS 386, 388 and IT 342; or consent of instructor.
A study of how organizational leaders create an environment conducive to high levels of employee self-motivation, quality, and productivity. Actual case situations are used to illustrate the application of course consent.
487 Leadership Philosophy (3 cr.) P: OLS 386, 388; or consent of instructor.
A review of current managerial education and development theories and practices; discussion of fundamental social, economic, and political changes affecting business and the work of managing; implications of these changes for management development and continued growth.
488 Leadership for Lean Enterprise (3 cr.) P: OLS 484; or consent of instructor.
A study of how organizational leaders create an environment conducive to lean enterprise. Actual case studies of leadership techniques are used to illustrate the application of course content.
490 Individual Research Problems (1-3 cr.) P: Consent of instructor and department approval.
Supervised individual research on appropriate topics. (Fulfills OLS Experiential Requirement.)
491 Internship Program (1-3 cr.)
A practicum designed to combine University study with work experience directly related to the student's plan of study. (Fulfills OLS Experiential Requirement.)
574 Managerial Training and Development (3 cr.) P: OLS 375; or consent of instructor.
Review of current managerial education and development theories and practices; discussion of fundamental social, economic, and political changes affecting business and the work of managing; implications of these changes for individual manager development and continued growth.
577 Organizational and Administration of Training and Development (3 cr.) P: OLS 375, P or C: OLS 574; or consent of instructor.
The function and management of training and development in the world of work.
Most academic programs require a working knowledge of algebra. OLS courses previously carried the SPV prefix. CGT department courses previously carried the TG (Technical Graphics) prefix Following each course number and title, the number of hours of credit given for each course is indicated in parentheses. These abbreviations are also used in the descriptions:
"Recit." refers to a problem-solving, Recitation session. "P" refers to the course Prerequisite(s) (other courses that must be successfully completed prior to enrollment). "C" refers to the course Corequisite(s) (other courses which must be enrolled in during the same academic sessions). "R" refers to course Recommendation(s) prior to enrollment, but are not necessary for enrollment.
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