Academic Catalog

2020-2021 Edition

ORGS • Organizational Studies

ORGS 300 · Dynamics of Group Behavior   3 Credits

Students examine group behavior and how group functioning affects organizational effectiveness. Emphasis is placed on the principles of group dynamics, problem solving, decision-making, diagnosis and resolution of conflict, and managing meetings.

Formerly: BSOL 301.

ORGS 310 · Adult Development and Learning Assessment   3 Credits

Students examine adult development and learning theory, including how adults think, act and behave in the workplace. Students conduct assessments to be able to understand the adult development cycle, learning styles, and how temperaments impact the workplace. A strengths-based orientation toward workforce development is explored. Students are also introduced to the process of identifying sources of life and work experience that might be applicable to earning college credit through “flexible learning pathways.”

Formerly: BSOL 302.

ORGS 320 · Introduction to Research Methodology   3 Credits

Students learn the purpose and value of research as a problem- solving tool in organizations. Approaches for identifying, analyzing, and researching organizational problems are emphasized as students select and review an appropriate organizational problem for their applied research projects.

Formerly: BSOL 303.

ORGS 330 · Managerial Finance   3 Credits

This course provides leaders with essential financial knowledge to aid in the strategic decision-making process. Leaders develop the skills necessary to set long and short-term financial goals and metrics to measure the financial success and health of an organization. Leaders learn how to utilize standard financial ratios and financial statement analysis to set the financial course for an organization.

Students cannot earn credit for both ORGS 330 and BUSN 320. Formerly: LEAD 330.

ORGS 340 · Managerial Communication   3 Credits

Refinement of both written and oral presentation skills. Clear and concise presentation of ideas, reports, and proposals is the primary goal of this course.

Formerly: BSOL 307.

ORGS 350 · Leadership Ethics   3 Credits

Investigation of the significant impact ethics and worldviews have in the workplace through the lens of biblical perspective. Students develop an integrated approach to business for the common good to formulate responses about ethical and worldview aspects of current professional and social issues. Students consider multiple ethical and worldview perspectives to gain an awareness of navigating a multi-faith oriented workplace.

Formerly: BSOL 308, LEAD 360.

ORGS 360 · Organizational Analysis   3 Credits

This course analyzes the organization in relation to competitors in the global industry. Leaders evaluate the driving forces of the industry and develop key strategies to provide the organization with a competitive advantage. Leaders forecast technological and environmental changes and implement initiates enabling organizations to positively leverage the changes.

Formerly: BSOL 304, LEAD 365.

ORGS 400 · Leading Disruptive Innovation   3 Credits

Survey of the shifting trends and emerging issues in organizations in which leaders are challenged to innovate. Students consider the implications of sustainability of an organization's societal, environmental, and financial footprint. Students examine contemporary relevant case studies to develop innovative solutions to lead actual or imagined organizations, focusing on proactive strategies.

Formerly: BSOL 405, LEAD 400.

ORGS 410 · Data-Driven Decision Making I   3 Credits

Introduction to the principles of conducting secondary research by creating a literature review related to an organizational problem. This consists of critically evaluating secondary research (validity, relevance, and credibility). Students also evaluate strategies for effectively organizing a literature review and synthesize research findings to inform data-driven decision making.

Formerly: BSOL 401.

ORGS 411 · Data-Driven Decision Making II   3 Credits

Conducting research using business databases in order to identify data that informs an organizational problem. Students evaluate research findings and apply decision-making models in order to reach evidence-based conclusions. Students effectively present research findings and rationale to stakeholders, proposing a data-driven solution to the organizational problem.

Prerequisite: ORGS 410. Formerly: BSOL 402.

ORGS 420 · Human Resource Strategy   3 Credits

This course introduces adult students to many of the key components of human resources (HR) in organizations, such as workforce planning, recruitment, selection, staffing, performance evaluation, training, compensation, and other issues. The leader’s perspective in relation to HR functions is the primary focus in this course.

Formerly: LEAD 420.

ORGS 430 · Introduction to Data Analysis   3 Credits

Students explore how quantitative and qualitative data analysis contributes to making decisions and solving organizational problems. Basic methods of summarizing, analyzing, and presenting secondary research data are explored. Students interpret and communicate findings as a rationale for making organizationally impactful decisions.

Formerly: BSOL 408.

ORGS 440 · Diversity in the Workplace   3 Credits

Barriers that inhibit diversity from thriving in the workplace. As a result of learning more about key ethnic and social groups, students become better equipped to contribute to initiatives that promote diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. Students appraise cultural intelligence and strategies for strengthening their leadership competency.

Formerly: BSOL 409.

ORGS 450 · Theory and Practice of Leadership   3 Credits

An evaluative review of the major theories and practices of leadership studies, which include leaders in various sectors. Students explore the history, structure, behavior, development, and dynamics of successful and aberrant leaders.

Students cannot earn credit for both ORGS 450 and BUSN 460. Formerly: BSOL 410, LEAD 320.

ORGS 460 · Leadership and Change   3 Credits

This course explores the essential aspects of transformational leadership and examines tools used by transformational leaders to conduct business in today’s rapidly changing environment. Students study leadership and change as well as strategies for developing others. There are emphases on principles of servant leadership and Christian leadership and development of a personal leadership philosophy.

Formerly: BSOL 413.

ORGS 470 · Emotional Intelligence & Leaders   3 Credits

Social interaction processes and human behavior is studied from the concept of emotional intelligence, as it focuses on intrapersonal and interpersonal attributes of the leader. The positive juxtaposition of authentic leadership, emotional intelligence, and emotional contagion are explored as well.

Formerly: LEAD 440.