Psychology 311 Course Offerings

Course Outline

  • Department: Psychology
  • Prepared By: Psychology Department
  • Prepared Date: Fall 2017
  • Course Title: Organizational Behavior
  • Course Code: BUS/PSY 311
  • Credits: 3
  • Contact Hours: 45

Catalog Description

This upper-division course presents the concepts of organizational behavior and structure as well as topics relating to motivation content and process theories; group communications and dynamics; decision making; causes and resolutions of organizational conflicts; and factors pertaining to influence, power and politics in organizations. Note: Students cannot get credit for PSY 311 and 311W; PSY 311W can be used to fulfill the writing intensive requirement. Note: Offered at the discretion of the Psychology Department Prerequisite(s): BUS 109 or PSY 101. Credits: 3 (3,0)

Course Description

PSY 311W Organizational Behavior (Writing Intensive) This upper-division course presents the concepts of organizational behavior and structure as well as topics relating to motivation content and process theories; group communications and dynamics; decision making; causes and resolutions of organizational conflicts; and factors pertaining to influence, power, and politics in organizations. This is a writing-intensive course. Prerequisite(s): BUS 109 or PSY 101 and EGL 101 with a C or higher. (3,0) Credits: 3

Students will not get credit for both BUS311 and PSY311.

  • Required For: I/O Psychology Concentration of proposed BS Applied Psychology, and the course is required for the BS in Technical Communications
  • Elective For: AS Business Administration, B.S. Industrial Tech., B.S. Applied Psychology (Proposed).
  • Texts Currently in Use: Organizational Behavior,5th Edition, McShane and Von Glinow Organizational Behavior 16th Edition by Robbins and Judge, Prentice Hall.

BUS/PSY311 Behavioral Objectives

1. demonstrate knowledge of the history of the field of organizational behavior.

2. demonstrate understanding of the basic models of organizational structure.

3. demonstrate understanding of basic job design models.

4. demonstrate understanding of theories of employee motivation.

5. demonstrate understanding of causes of organizational stress and stress management techniques.

6. demonstrate understanding of organizational group formation and dynamics.

7. demonstrate understanding of organizational communication.

8. demonstrate understanding of organizational decision making.

9. demonstrate understanding of the causes, implications and resolution of organizational conflict.

10. demonstrate understanding of organizational leadership and power.

11. demonstrate knowledge of trends affecting the field of organizational behavior such as organizational change, technology and employment legislation.

PSY/BUS311

Organizational Behavior Outline

This upper-division course presents the concepts of organizational behavior and structure as well as topics relating to motivation content and process theories; group communications and dynamics; decision making; causes and resolutions of organizational conflicts; and factors pertaining to influence, power, and politics in organizations. (3, 0) 3 credits.

Instructional Methodologies: Lectures and case study analyses.

Topic Further Development
The Field of Organizational Behavior The historical roots and emergence of organizational behavior as a field of study.
Organizational Structure The structure of organizations will be explored with references to departmentation and coordination.
Division of Labor and Task Interdependence Division of labor concepts pertaining to task scope, specialization, and interdependence will be examined
Individual Behavior The basics of behavior learning and socialization; attitude formation and dynamics; personality; and perception and judgement will be introduced.
Motivation: Content Theories The human and organizational factors pertaining to the need, two-factor, and achievement/power content theories of motivation will be discussed.
Motivation: Process Theories The human and organizational factors pertaining to expectancy, equity, goal-setting, and reinforcement process theories of motivation will be discussed.
Stress The sources and consequences of stress and methods for stress management will be explored.
Group Formation, Development and Structure Group size, type, formation, and development will be studied. Particular reference will be made regarding these factors in relation to group structure and effectiveness.
Group Dynamics Concepts relating to group influence, behavior, cooperation and competition, and cohesiveness will be explored.
Communication The communication process and barriers to effectivcommunicationin will be examined.
Decision Making An overview of individual and group decision making concepts will be discussed.
Conflict in Organizations The nature, antecedents, and causes of organizational conflicts will be covered as well as methods for effectively managing this conflict.
Influence Power, and Politics in Organizations The role and strategies of influence, power, and politics in organizations will be studied.
Leadership Theories regarding the development and traits of leadership such as the continency and path-goal model will be explored.
Organizational Change Management practices regarding ways for structuring and coping with organizational change will be examined.
Trends in Organizational Behavior Issues relating to the internationalization of organizations as well as those of a social, economic, technological, and legal nature will be discussed.