Organizational Behaviour (Revision 16)
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Area of Study: Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)
Télé-université du Québec equivalency: ADM 1013
Centre: Faculty of Business
ORGB 364 has a Challenge for Credit option.
This course serves as an introduction to the field of organizational behaviour (OB) and provides a foundation for other OB courses offered in the Faculty of Business. It covers a wide breadth of theories and applications dealing with such topics as perception, motivation, decision making, team dynamics, negotiation, conflict management, leadership, and organizational culture. Twelve lessons, covering twelve chapters in the textbook, are presented in a logical order to create a sense of progression for the learner. Each lesson builds upon previous lessons by starting at the individual level, then moving on to a team level, and finally adopting an organization-wide level of analysis.
The goal of this course is to help you develop a conceptual understanding of OB theories and provide you with skills to put those ideas and theories into practice. Key techniques and processes designed to improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness are fully examined from the perspective of management, workers, and society at large.
ORGB 364 consists of 12 lessons:
- Lesson 1: Introduction to the Field of Organizational Behaviour
- Lesson 2: Individual Behaviour, Personality, and Values
- Lesson 3: Perceiving Ourselves and Others in Organizations
- Lesson 4: Workplace Emotions, Attitudes, and Stress
- Lesson 5: Foundations of Employee Motivation
- Lesson 6: Applied Performance Practices
- Lesson 7: Decision Making and Creativity
- Lesson 8: Team Dynamics
- Lesson 9: Communicating in Organizations
- Lesson 10: Conflict and Negotiation in the Workplace
- Lesson 11: Leadership in Organizational Settings
- Lesson 12: Organizational Culture
To obtain credit for ORGB 364, you must achieve a mark of at least 50 percent on the final examination and a composite course mark of at least D (50 percent). Any unsubmitted assignments will receive a grade of 0. The composite mark is weighted as follows:
|Activity||Credit Weight||When to Complete|
|Assignment 1||15% of final mark||After Lesson 4|
|Assignment 2||15% of final mark||After Lesson 8|
|Assignment 3||20% of final mark||After Lesson 12|
|Final Examination||50% of final mark||After Assignment 3|
|Total||100% of final mark|
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
McShane, S. L., Steen, S. L., & Tasa, K. (2015). Canadian organizational behaviour (9th ed.). Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson. This course presents material from chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, and 14.
A print version of the eText can sometimes be purchased from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.
All other learning resources will be available online.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 16, August 22, 2016.
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Updated May 17 2017 by Student & Academic Services