Organizational Leadership & Communication:
Courses in Organizational Leadership & Communication are taught in sequence to maximize learning and allow the scaffolding of knowledge throughout the two year B.S. completion program.
OLC coursework includes:
**Please note course content and sequence is subject to change based on improvements to the program**
Organizational Leadership Courses
Exploring Business and Management
This course examines fundamental issues in the world of business and the practice of management. It is designed to be an interactive and lively experience that provides students with a theoretical background of how organizations work and the role of management in business. Some of the areas and issues that will be covered include: the role of managers, the history of managerial thought, planning and problem-solving, individual responsibility and the ever-changing world of business in a global environment. Students will be challenged to apply theoretical learning to their own experiences in business and organizations, and to look at organizations as integrated and dynamic systems.
Global Issues in Business and Society
This course examines the impact of major social, political and cultural forces on the global business environment and marketplace. Students will gain a better understanding of how society and social issues affect the business world, and vice versa. Ethical challenges, diversity issues, technology, environmental issues and social responsibility will also be examined.
Managing Human Resources
This course gives the student an overview of the broad subject of human resources management and an in-depth exposure to the key areas of this critical function. The most successful organizations know that human resources must operate at the strategic level, along with finance and law, the other core staff functions. The meaning of a strategic approach is explored in depth, providing a solid grounding in what management of human resources requires in today's diverse, litigious, downsizing-prone, tough, often controversial world of organizational life.
Behaviors in Organizations
The field of organizational behavior explores the operations, human resources and communication styles within business, community and other types of organizations. This course provides a foundation for understanding organizational behavior at the individual, group and organizational level. Students will examine current research, various theories, models and contemporary issues in the field to understand better the way that organizations work or don't work. Collaborative learning, through the application of theory to real life organizations will be emphasized in this course.
Issues in Leadership
This course examines both the theoretical and practical aspects of leadership focusing on the role of the leader within business and community organizations. Leadership will be examined from historical, cultural, ethical and psychological perspectives with an emphasis on the changing nature of effective leadership in a global business environment. Students will have an opportunity to examine and develop their own personal leadership styles and potentials through collaborative and experiential learning experiences.
Strategic Leadership & Innovation
Understanding where to look for new ideas, how to nurture them, and how they can be used to maintain a strategic advantage, is vital to the success of an organization. This course examines the need for strategic leadership as well as the relationship between creativity and innovation in the context of modern organizations. Students will learn how to initiate creativity in their organizations and how to recognize and overcome obstacles to the creative process.
An examination of the ways in which people communicate through verbal and nonverbal symbols, the processes by which the receiver interprets messages, the effects of communication upon relationships, and the environmental and cultural conditions that affect communication. Intrapersonal and interpersonal communication are studied as a means of helping the student improve his own skills and to provide a foundation in basic communication theory.
This course is concerned with communication processes within an organization. It focuses on the sending, the receiving and the interpreting of messages. Principles of downward, upward and lateral systems are investigated. Case studies are employed to illustrate typical problems that arise and the methodologies devised for successful resolutions to achieve effective communication.
Leadership Communication in Change and Conflict
This course explains the important role of communication in periods of conflict and change. Students will use readings about relevant theories, models, and historical examples to examine the dynamic relationships between leadership, communication, technology, information, culture, conflict and other variables that influence the behavior of organizations. Case studies and practical exercises will apply knowledge, suggest strategies and tactics for communicating with key external and internal audiences, and prepare students to lead organizations through change.
A course designed to cover the range of writing required in an organizational or corporate communication capacity including: organizational and strategic communication plans, case statements and feasibility studies, business letters and memos, policy and position papers, public presentation or testimony, and construction of media kits and briefing materials. In addition, students will be expected to develop and refine research skills including interviewing techniques. The principles of media writing will be stressed, including the application of the AP stylebook and other professional style standards.
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science Degree Completion Program Core Courses
Perspectives on Education
This course has been designed to enable adult students to reflect upon their life experiences within the context of new educational perspectives and goals. Selected readings in the philosophy of education are geared to issues of personal development in the educational experience, past and present. Through shared reflection and class discussion the students learn how to establish continuity between their past educational histories, formal and informal, and the program of studies they have selected. Class procedures are designed toward the development of collaborative modes of learning. This course is the first core requirement for the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science Degree Completion Program.
World Views and Values
This course aims to help students ask basic questions about the ultimate meaning of life, to take a comprehensive and holistic world view, and to articulate a coherent value system. The basic methodology for teaching the course is comparative and socioanalytic.
Perspectives on the Humanities
Recognizing that the role of the narrative is an integral part of all the human experience, this course explores the development of "story", the dynamic relationship between the "narrator", the "story" and the "reader" and looks at the use of the narrative as a tool for exploration in various areas of study - including psychology, sociology, anthropology, science, religious studies and history. Cultural perspectives and their impact on the development of narrative are also explored. This course will select and organize multicultural readings and other relevant materials in literature, psychology, anthropology and the arts to enable students to recognize, criticize and critically examine this dimension of narrative in their own quests for meaning in both personal and academic contexts.
Perspectives on Social Institutions
Self -understanding and the quest for personal and professional realization are mediated by a host of social and institutional forms, including the family, social class, the economy, schools and modern governmental and corporate structures. This course will select and organize readings and other relevant materials in sociology, political science and economics to enable students to analyze some contemporary institutional forms and to appreciate the dynamic interaction between such forms and the individual's personal experiences and areas of study.
Perspectives on Science and History
The adult quest for meaning and value assumes mature form in a grasp of the possibilities of the historical moment. This course will select and organize readings and other relevant materials in history, philosophy and the sciences to bring into focus the responsibilities and possibilities bestowed upon us by a particular configuration of historical circumstance and by the new knowledge generated in scientific inquiry.
Capping Experience (Research Seminar in Organizational Leadership and Communication)
Intended to provide students with the opportunity to consider significant contemporary issues from integrative interdisciplinary perspectives, students are given the opportunity to develop a written project that synthesizes theory and application within their area of study. The number of themes will be limited to allow depth of consideration and breadth of research.