Organizational Behavior

Course Details

Course Number: 3013  Section Number: 101

Fall 2010

Location: Dillard College of Business Administration

Classroom Number: 175

Days & Times:

MW 11:00-12:20

Course Attachments

Syllabus  syl-lm0622MWS-2010-Fall-MGMT3013-101-20100827-154011.doc


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Laura Martin   
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Course Objectives

General Learning Goals

Competency in speaking within common business scenarios
Students will practice their oral presentation skills in a major team project.

Competency in writing about common business scenarios
Students will write short papers on the next learning goal topic.

Students will demonstrate ethical reasoning skills within a business environment
Each chapter contains a section called “Ethical Dilemma” that will be the focus of discussion and/or be the topic for a short written paper.

Students will know how to use team building and collaboration to achieve group objectives
Team building and collaboration to achieve group objectives will be practiced during the
preparation stages and the group presentation.

Students will have an understanding of the influence of global and multicultural issues
on business activities
Global aspects relating to organizational culture is covered in a separate chapter in our text.


Course Expectations

Course Specific Learning Goals

• To be able to explain Organizational Behavior (OB) concepts in your own words
• To learn to think like a manager as you use OB theories to solve business problems
• To learn to understand the behavior of yourself and others around you through self-reflection and feedback
• To learn to relate OB theories to your own experiences
• To demonstrate the value of OB concepts by showing the importance of them with future behavior.

Grading Standards

Grading and Evaluation

Many different tools are used to test your degree of success at achieving the different learning goals. There are 4 exams and a quiz over each chapter of material. There are 2 individual projects: one oral presentation and one written paper. Finally, there is a group project with a peer evaluation that will have about 4 team members making a 10-15 minute presentation in class. Here is the breakdown of points in this class:

Exams 4 @ 100 points each = 400
Quizzes 18 @ 10 points each = 180
Individual speaking assignment = 100
Individual paper = 100
Group project
Presentation = 120
Paper = 120
Peer evaluation = 50
Total Available Points = 1070

Grades will be determined on the basis of the total points earned. Letter grades will be given according to the following scale:

A = 963-1070 points
B = 856-962 points
C = 749-855 points
D = 642-748 points
F = less than 642 points

Extra Credit
• You have two opportunities for extra credit. You may earn a total of 20 points. You can do two different philanthropic events, attend two different speaker presentations, or do one of each.
o Participate in a philanthropic or community service event
X Report graded-worth a maximum of 10 points
X The possibilities for participating in community service are endless-do something you enjoy doing. Minimum time commitment is 2 hours. After participating in the service event, write a report detailing reasons why participating in this event (or community service in general) will be good for your future career. Include in the report the location, date, time spent volunteering, and contact name and phone for the event organizer or coordinator who can verify your service. Proper length should be about 1 to 1.5 pages. Paper must be well written and professional. Due in the WebCT dropbox 11/22 at 8am.

o Attend an on-campus speaker’s presentation
X Report graded-worth a maximum of 10 points
X A good way to find out about these opportunities is through the postmaster announcements. After attending the presentation, write a report detailing at least three things that you learned by attending. Include in the report the location, date, and time of the presentation. ALL PRESENTATIONS MUST BE APPROVED BY ME-CONTACT ME ABOUT THE PRESENTATION BEFORE GOING TO BE SURE YOU CAN GET CREDIT. Proper length should be about 1 to 1.5 pages. Paper must be well written and professional. Due in the WebCT dropbox 11/22 at 8am.

Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Students are expected to attend all class meetings for this course, following the university attendance policy. (See Midwestern State University Undergraduate Catalog, Vol. LXXV, No. 2, p. 88). Each meeting of the class will run as scheduled. So as not to disturb the class, you are not to walk in and out of the classroom during the class hour except for an emergency. Cell phone activity (including texting) is prohibited.

Other Related Policies

a) If a student misses a regularly scheduled exam, the student must immediately notify the instructor of his/her intention to schedule a make-up exam. Make-up exams will be administered at the professor’s discretion, and the professor reserves the right to require documentation of reason for missing an exam.

b) Most of the class sessions will be discussion oriented with ample opportunity for students to provide input to those discussions. An important characteristic of business students is the ability to verbally communicate ideas and thoughts. Though no part of your grade is directly contingent on participation, everyone should be motivated to develop this characteristic since it is so important in business. Furthermore, if you have a question, please ask it!!

Other Policies

Academic Integrity

With regard to academic honesty, students are referred to the “Student Honor Creed” on p. 23 of Midwestern State University Undergraduate Catalog, Vol. LXXV, No. 2.
Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any student who plagiarizes on any written assignment will receive a 0 for the assignment and/or course and be referred to the Dean of Students for further disciplinary action.

Professional Conduct
Students in this course should behave in a professional manner at all times. This includes classroom conduct, group interactions, presentations, and correspondence with the instructor. E-mails to the instructor that are not professional will be returned unanswered.

Late Work
Late work is not accepted for any reason. Students have the opportunity to submit papers early. More details on assignment submission can be found in the Project Guidelines.

This is the website for the course. Students are expected to check this website for important course information, course documents, and correspondence from the instructor multiple times per week.

Americans with Disabilities Act

This class follows the guidelines suggested by the Center for Counseling and Disabilities Services for those students who qualify for disability services. See Midwestern State University Undergraduate Catalog, Vol. LXXV, No. 2, p. 26

There will be 4 non-cumulative exams in this course administered through WebCT. You will have 80 minutes to complete the exam. Exams will consist of multiple choice, true/false and short answer questions. You will have one attempt at the exam and no make ups are allowed. We will not hold class on exam days. You may take the exam anywhere, and any time between 8am and 8pm on exam day. You must complete your exam before 8pm, so plan your 80 allowed minutes accordingly. The final will be 120 minutes.

There are quizzes over the material we are studying on WebCT. Quizzes will close at 8am on the date listed. You have one 45 minute attempt to complete each ten question quiz. No makeup quizzes will be allowed.

File Submission
All files for this course will be submitted to WebCT. No e-mail submissions will be accepted. Directions for submitting course assignments (this includes papers and presentation files):
o Go to the Assignments tab on the left side of the screen. Click on the appropriate assignment. It should have two text boxes: one labeled Submission and the other labeled Add Comment. Between these two boxes is a small grey box that says Add Attachments. Click on this box and browse to select your presentation file on your computer.

o If this does not work, the IT department says that not having the proper Java configuration on your computer will cause problems uploading AND downloading. To check that your configuration is correct, go to:

o If you are still unable to upload your file, submit a problem report to IT (I cannot help with these issues). You can do this by going to
You should provide as much information as you can so that they can help you.

o Not being able to upload your work is not a reason for it to be late. There is a "Test Dropbox" that you can submit any file to so that you can ensure that your computer configuration is compatible with WebCT.

o There is a video demonstrating how to upload your files posted under Weblinks in WebCT.

Syllabus Change Policy

This syllabus is a general outline of material covered, learning goals, grading procedures and student performance requirements. Material covered, dates of tests, and percent of total grade may vary as necessitated by the pace material is covered and any unforeseen class interruptions such as weather cancelations, guest lectures, or instructor illness.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.