Organizational Behaviour (ORGB) 327

Leadership in Organizations (Revision 8)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online with eTextbook

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)

Prerequisite: None

Centre: Faculty of Business

ORGB 327 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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**Note: Students registering in grouped study mode are advised that there may be some differences in the evaluation and course materials information indicated below. To obtain the most up-to-date information, contact the Faculty of Business Student Support Centre at 1-800-468-6531.


This course deals with the concept of leadership in organizations. It is, in some respects, a specialized course suited for students who have completed ORGB 364, or another organizational behaviour course.

ORGB 327 is organized in three parts. The lessons are structured to present the concept of leadership at three levels: individual, team, and organization. The course balances discussion of various theories with their application in real world situations and introduces you to the lexicon of leadership studies and current theories. Throughout the course, the concept of leadership is discussed in the context of work organizations where leadership is required to resolve conflict, manage change, and influence organizational culture. The overall goal of this course is to help you develop a deeper understanding of the concept of leadership in organizations. It is hoped that such understanding will serve you in a practical way in your career.

ORGB 327 incorporates interactive self-guided exercises by which you can test your knowledge and acquire feedback.


  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Leaders and Leadership
  • Lesson 2: Leadership Traits and Behaviours
  • Lesson 3: Contingency Leadership Theories and Influencing
  • Lesson 4: Communication and Leader-Member/Follower Relations
  • Lesson 5: Team Leadership and Self-Managed Teams
  • Lesson 6: Organizational Leadership


To receive credit for ORGB 327, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least a D (50 percent), and a mark of at least D (50 percent) on the final examination. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1 15%
Assignment 2 15%
Assignment 3 20%
Final Exam 50%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Note: The final examination for this course must be taken online at an invigilated location. It is your responsibility to ensure a computer with an Internet connection and a current Web browser is available for your use at the invigilation centre.

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Lussier, R. N., & Achua, C. F. (2016). Leadership: Theory, application, & skill development (6th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning. ISBN 9781285866352

A print version of the eText may be available for purchase 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.

Other Resources

All other learning resources will be available online.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you 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 about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the ORGB 327 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least D (50 percent) on the examination.

Online Exam

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 8, November 5, 2015.

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