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Course SummaryThis Organizational Behavior Syllabus Resource & Lesson Plans course is a fully developed resource to help you organize and teach organizational behavior. You can easily adapt the video lessons, transcripts, and quizzes to take full advantage of the comprehensive and engaging material we offer. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.
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You can use this organizational behavior course as a template for designing and implementing your course. Here are the key components of the course and how you can use them:
- Chapters - Each chapter covers a unit of organizational behavior, from an overview of the field and its history, to occupational choice and cultural differences in global business. Use these chapters as mile markers as you map out your course. We recommend planning to spend a week on each chapter, but you can always allocate the chapters according to the length of your specific organizational behavior course.
- Lessons - Within each chapter are video lessons that further break down topics into bite-sized chunks. These lessons cover single topics like the levels of management or types of positional power. Each one is often appropriate for a single class.
- Key Terms - Within each lesson are key terms. These are emphasized on screen and in the transcript. As you develop your syllabus, these key terms help you focus on the most important learning objectives. For example, the lesson on motivation theory includes key terms like needs-based theory of motivation, behavior-based theory of motivation, primary needs and secondary needs.
As you work on your organizational behavior lesson plans, save time by incorporating video lessons from this resource. Here's how:
- Introduce Topics - Your students will be in the right mindset for understanding topics like bargaining strategies for conflict resolution if you begin class with a short video. It can be a jumping-off point for a lecture, group activity or class discussion.
- Break Up Lectures - The video format, which often includes animation, helps students visualize topics like the Affective Events Theory and how companies can become learning organizations.
- Assign For Homework - Each lesson in the course, from attributional bias in the workplace to computer-mediated communication, can be assigned to your students as homework.
Each video lesson includes a complete transcript. You can utilize these transcripts in several ways:
- Lecture Notes - Do you need a guide as you plan a lecture, such as one on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or types of organizational designs? The transcripts cover each topic in depth, with key terms highlighted for quick reference.
- Student Reading - Perhaps you'd like your students to learn about workplace stress management techniques, but you don't have class time available. Assign the transcript as extra reading.
- Study Tools - When it's time for a unit exam on groups and work teams, you can point your students to the transcripts on types of groups, social identity theory, stages of group development, roles of group members, characteristics of effective work teams and the difference between groups and teams.
Each video lesson has a corresponding quiz. Here's how to use the quizzes:
- Homework - Assign a quiz to your students as homework. You'll receive an email with the results, which enables you to verify they've completed the assignment and that they've understood the material. Questions cover everything from the Six Sigma philosophy to key facts, like the four functions of managers.
- Tests - You can meld the material in the quizzes into your own student assessments, saving you valuable time. Need a few questions on workplace ethics? There are plenty!
- Discussions - Jump-start a discussion with questions like: Why is it important for employers to encourage a positive life/work balance for their employees?
Below is a sketch of the organizational behavior syllabus modeled on a 26-week course. This sample can be adapted based on your course schedule. Navigate the chapters and lessons for more detail.
|Week||Unit||Sample of Topics Covered|
|Week 1||The Evolution of Organizational Behavior||Definition and history of organizational behavior, the relationship of the human relations movement to organizational behavior, ways to study behavior, positive organizational scholarship|
|Week 2||Management and Organizational Behavior||Tiers of management, management functions, skills needed by good managers|
|Week 3||Foundations of Individual Behavior||Individual diversity, self-esteem, self-monitoring, Hofstede's Cultural Dimensions Theory|
|Week 4||Personality and Behavior in Organizations||Definition of personality, how to use traits to predict behavior in the workplace, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Type A and Type B personalities|
|Week 5||Emotions and Moods in the Workplace||Differences between mood and emotion, the role of emotion in the workplace, emotional intelligence|
|Week 6||Attitudes and Values in the Workplace||Definition of values, attitude and cognitive dissonance and how they influence workplace behavior, major job attitudes, job satisfaction|
|Week 7||Ethics in the Workplace||Business ethics, the ethical climate in an organization, types of workplace discrimination, affirmative action|
|Week 8||Perception and Attribution||Ways individuals judge others, attribution theory, how various cultural perceptions can influence organizational behavior|
|Week 9||Learning in the Workplace||Review classical and operant conditioning, social learning and shaping and how they relate to organizational behavior|
|Week 10||Employee Motivation||Various theories of management, employee productivity, motivational theories, employee empowerment|
|Week 11||Individual Decision Making in Organizations||The rational decision making model, the leader participation model, common biases or errors in decision making|
|Week 12||Workforce Diversity||Types of diversity, such as gender and cultural, and how organizations manage diversity|
|Week 13||Organizational Communication in Business||The process and function of communication, methods of communication by managers, formal communication channels and casual communication in an organization|
|Week 14||Groups and Work Teams||Types of groups, social identity theory, stages of group development, characteristics of effective teams|
|Week 15||Group Decision Making||Pros and cons of group decision making, the concept of group think, group polarization, cultural and ethical considerations in group decision making|
|Week 16||Conflict in the Workplace||Types of workplace conflict, functional and dysfunctional conflict, conflict resolution strategies, mediation|
|Week 17||Leadership in Organizational Behavior||The role of leaders, types of positional and personal power, influence tactics|
|Week 18||Leadership Theory||Situational control, the Hersey-Blanchard Model of Situational Leadership, path-goal theory, attribution theory of leadership|
|Week 19||Leadership Styles in Organizational Behavior||Types of leaders, including task-oriented, people-oriented, transformational, servant and transactional, leadership styles|
|Week 20||Organizational Structure and Design||Definition of organizational structure, factors that influence organizational design, types of organizational designs, downsizing|
|Week 21||Job Design||Fixed procedures to improve productivity, social information processing, the job characteristics model, design to encourage job enrichment for employees|
|Week 22||Organizational Culture||Definition of organizational culture, subcultures in organizations, employee socialization, institutionalization|
|Week 23||Organizational Change and Organizational Behavior||Planned and unplanned change, how to overcome resistance to change, action research to execute organizational change|
|Week 24||Managing Workplace Stress||Causes of stress, its consequences, individual and organizational approaches to coping with stress|
|Week 25||Career Management||Occupational choice, job previews, career stages|
|Week 26||Global Implications of Organizational Behavior||Job satisfaction in other countries, emotions in other cultures, cultural differences when negotiating, ways to achieve globalization of an organization, challenges of globalization|
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