Career Skills Module: Organizational Leadership

Part I

  • ORG 101:Managing Organizations (3 credits): This course provides an introduction to the management of organizations. Students will learn about organizational structures, the history of management, and the tasks, roles, and responsibilities of managers. Planning, organizing, directing, and controlling the management process will also be discussed. Critical and ethical thinking will be emphasized throughout this course.


  • ORG 302: Behaviors in Organizations (3 credits): 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.


  • ORG 321: Issues in Leadership (Prerequisite: ORG 302; 3 credits): 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.


Part II 

(Prerequisite: Organizational Leadership Career Skills Module Part I)

  • ORG 301: Managing Human Resources (3 credits): 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.


  • ORG 322: Leadership in the Global Workplace(Prerequisite: ORG 100 or ORG 101 or ORG 301 or ORG 302; 3 credits): A leader’s ability to approach diversity from a perspective that can use individual differences to empower followers is becoming increasingly important in the global workplace. This course introduces students to the changing role of leadership within multicultural and multinational organizations while identifying the leadership skills necessary for preparing organizations for success in globally diverse environments.


  • ORG 421: Strategic Leadership & Innovation(Prerequisite: ORG 321 or ORG 322; 3 credits): 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.