Organizational Behaviour (ORGB) 390
Managing Change (Revision 7)
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Before enrolling in Organization Behaviour 390, you should have work experience or educational background that provides you with a basic understanding of organizational terminology, roles of managers, and basic theories of communication, motivation, and leadership. If you do not have previous work experience or university level studies in administration, we recommend you complete Administration 232 and Organization Behaviour 326 before enrolling in Organization Behaviour 390.
If you have questions about how your work experience or education may relate to this course, contact the Course Coordinator.
Area of Study: Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)
Centre: Faculty of Business
ORGB 390 has a Challenge for Credit option.
Change processes are a natural part of evolution. However, the changes organizations face today and expect in the future present significant challenges. Managers assist organizational members in meeting both organizational and individual goals. With knowledge of the dynamics of change, managers can help individuals develop the resources and tools necessary to prepare for and move through change processes.
Since this course has been designed for those currently working in, or hoping to move into, a management position, the perspective of the manager/leader is woven throughout. Increasingly, as people work in teams where leadership is shared, managerial positions are de-emphasized. This course will benefit anyone interested in understanding the processes of change from both personal and organizational perspectives.
The course consists of the following nine units.
- Unit One: Dynamics of Change
- Unit Two: Managerial/Leadership Responsibilities
- Unit Three: Assessing Organizational Needs
- Unit Four: Collecting and Analyzing Information, and Providing Feedback
- Unit Five: Designing and Evaluating Interventions
- Unit Six: Human Process Interventions
- Unit Seven: Technostructural Interventions
- Unit Eight: Human Resource Management Interventions
- Unit Nine: Strategic Interventions
To receive credit for Organizational Behaviour 390, you must complete a project consisting of three assignments, and you must achieve a minimum grade of 50 percent on the final examination, and a minimum overall course grade of D (50 percent). You must submit all project assignments in order to receive a grade for the compilation of your project. The following chart describes the credit weight associated with each course requirement:
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Cummings, T. G., & Worley, C. G. (2014). Organization development & change (10th ed.). Mason, OH: South-Western College Publishing. ISBN 9781133190455
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, and 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 7, November 7, 2014.
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Updated April 03 2019 by Student & Academic Services