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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "MGT 310"
COURSE NAME: "Organizational Behavior "
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2020
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Ieva Jakobsone Bellomi
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MW 11:30-12:50 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: MGT 301
OFFICE HOURS: by appointment before or after class

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
The course examines the disciplinary foundations of organizational behavior, the major conceptual models that purport to explain organizational behavior, the methods used to study organizations,  and the trends in the field. Content is based on basic concepts of motivation, control, change, and team building, as well as the development of effective relationships in a diverse work environment. Note: this course is intensive in that students are asked to write individual papers, work in groups to formulate plans to resolve real life situations as described in various case studies, and present their recommendations to the assembled class.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:

The course shall focus on three main components of Organizational Behavior social science: individual, group and structure, and their interplay in creating a positive and efficient workplace.
The course shall be focused on topics and lectures, complemented by case studies, videos, analysis of relevant literature readings and group work.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

- The development of interpersonal, communication and conceptual skills

- The development of specific technical skills

- The development of an understanding of the close links between organizational behavior concepts and skills with problems and issues actually faced by individuals, teams, and organizations

- The development of abilities and skills to diagnose and deal with ethical dilemmas and issues

- The development of knowledge and skills for positively dealing with culturally diverse individuals and groups in work settings

- The development of an understanding and appreciation of organizational behavior issues and problems across cultures

TEXTBOOK:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Organizational BehaviorStephen P.Robbins, Mary Coulter, David A.DeCenzoMcGraw-Hill Education13: 978-1-292-25923-9  
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
Warm up quizMultiple choice questions on the topics studied and covered in the class10%
Group ProjectResearch project on the topic of Organizational Behavior 30%
Final Exam Multiple choice and essay questions studied and covered in the class25%
Mid-term examMultiple choice and essay questions studied and covered in the class25%
Class attendance and participationActive, high quality contribution to the class discussions10%

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for t
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Attendence concurs in the evaluation of the class participation grade component and  a maximum  of three unexcused absenses are permitted. 
ACADEMIC HONESTY
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.

SCHEDULE

ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR MGT 310 FALL 2020 PROF. I. JAKOBSONE BELLOMI
Textbook: ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR 18TH EDITION STEPHEN P.ROBBINS, TIMOTHY A.JUDGE PEARSON ISBN 10:1-292-25923-X ISBN 13: 978-1-292-25923-9
SYLLABUS (tentative)
week no topic readings class activities (tentative, depending on the time); students should read the cases and documents before the class to be ready to discuss the issues
ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR
W1 Introducions; Introduction to the Course; Understanding what is and the Importance of Organizational Behavior Chapter 1  
Understanding what is and the Importance of Organizational Behavior CONT. Chapter 1 Experiental Exercise I AM A TEAM LEADER ... (page 68); Ethical Dilemma THERE'S A DRONE IN YOUR SOUP (page 69)
THE INDIVIDUAL
W2 Diversity in Organization Chapter 2 Myth or Science BALD IS BETTER (page 83); 
Diversity in Organization CONT. Chapter 2 Point/Counterpoint AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PROGRAMS HAVE OUTLIVED THEIR USEFULNESS (page 98); Case Incident 1 CAN ORGANIZATIONS TRAIN DIVERSITY? (page 100-101)
W3 Attitutes and Job Satisfaction Chapter 3 Point/Counterpoint EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEE LOYALTY IS AN OUTDATED CONCEPT (page 127)
Attitutes and Job Satisfaction CONT. Chapter 3 Ethical Dilemma TELL-ALL WEBSITES (page 129)
W4 Personality and Values Chapter 4 Case Incident 1 ON THE COSTS OF BEING NICE (page 163)
WARM UP' TEST (MULTIPE CHOICE QUESTIONS AND ESSAY QUESTIONS, 25 mins.max.); Personality and Values CONT. Chapter 4  
Personality and Values: Cultural Aspects CONT. Chapter 4 Ethical Dilemma PERSONAL VALUES AND ETHICS IN THE WORKPLACE (page 162)
W5 Perception and Individual Decision Making Chapter 5 Myth or Science ALL STEREOTYPES ARE NEGATIVE (page 180)
Perception and Individual Decision Making CONT. Chapter 5 Experiental Exercise MAFIA (pages 200-201); Case Incident 2 HOW DO EMPLOYEES JUSTIFY CYBERLOAFING? (page 202-203)
THE GROUP
W6 Foundations of Group Behavior Chapter 9 Point/Counterpoint DIVERSE WORK GROUPS ARE SMARTER AND MORE INNOVATIVE (page 345); Ethical Dilemma IT'S OBVIOUS; THEY'RE CHINESE. (page 348)
Foundations of Group Behavior and Creating Effective Teams Chapter 9, Chapter 10 (pages 363-377) Case Incident 1 TRUSTING SOMEONE YOU CAN'T SEE (pages 380-381)
W7 Power and Politics; REVIEW FOR THE MID-TERM EXAM Chapter 11  
MID-TERM EXAM (MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS AND ESSAY QUESTIONS)    
W8 Communication Chapter 12 Myth or Science TODAY, WRITING SKILLS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAT SPEAKING SKILLS (page 437)
Comunication CONT.; Cultural Differences in Communication Chapter 12 Point/Counterpoint WE SHOULD USE EMPLOYEES' SOCIAL MEDA PRESENCE (page 452); Case Incident 1 DO MEN AND WOMEN SPEAK THE SAME LANGUAGE? (page 455)
W9 Leadership Chapter 13 Experiental Exercise WHAT'S IN A LEADER? (pages 492-493)
Leadership CONT. Cultural Differences in Leadership Chapter 13 Ethical Dilemma INNOCENT, BUT WHAT ABOUT TRUST? (page 493)
W10 Foundation of Organization Structure  Chapter 14 Experiental Exercise THE SANDWICH SHOP (pages 530-531); Case Incident KUUKI: READING THE ATMOSPHERE (page 532)
PROJECT UPDATE SESSION: the groups are expected to prepare 10-15 mins. ppp progress report on the project: PART 1; Foundations of Organization Structure CONT. Chapter 14
THE ORGANIZATION SYSTEM
W11 Organizational Culture  Chapter 15 Experiental Exercise CREATING A GREEN CULTURE (pages 568-569)
Organizational Culture CONT. Chapter 15 Case Incident 2 ACTIVE CULTURES (pages 570-571)
W12 Human Resources Policies and Practices  Chapter 16 Experiental Exercise RESPONDING TO EMPLOYEES' REQUESTS OF FLEXIBILITY (pages 609-610)
W13 Organizational Change and Stress Management Chapter 17 Experiental Exercise MAKING EMPLOYEES LESS RESISTANT TO CHANGE (pages 653-654)
Organizational Change and Stress Management CONT. Chapter 17 Case Incident 1 SPRUCING UP WALMART (page 655)
W14 Wrap Up Lecture; REVIEW FOR THE FINAL EXAM    
FINAL EXAM    
W15 GROUP PRESENTATIONS ON PROJECTS: PART 2  (the groups are expected to prepare 20-25 mins. ppp on AWARENESS CAMPAIGN)