Organizational Behavior Course Descriptions

Accelerated Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Behavior

ORBH 307     Adult Development and Assessment
Introduction to adult development theory, linking concepts to life experiences through a process of individual reflection. Classical and contemporary adult development theory are examined to provide paradigms for self-analysis and life assessment.
ORBH 301 Group and Organizational Behavior
The study of group behavior and how group functioning affects organizational effectiveness. Emphasis is placed upon decision-making and conflict resolution. Students develop strategies for efficient and productive group management and determine which tasks are best handled by groups or by individuals.
ORBH 304 Organizational Communications
Investigates the role of communication in creating a productive organizational environment. Aids students in developing and strengthening their communication skills by focusing on interpersonal, group, and presentation skills.
ENG 242 Writing for Applied Research

This course introduces students to the theoretical principles and practical applications of academic research with a focus on business. Students learn to form initial inquiry questions, locate and evaluate print and electronic sources, and summarize, paraphrase, and incorporate source material in written presentations using the APA citation format.

ORBH 303 Organizational Concepts
Students examine the formal and informal functions of organizations and analyze an agency or organization based upon a systems model. Students also explore and solve organizational problems using a step-by-step method. This analysis will be applied to students’ work-related Research Proposal.
ORBH 312 Introduction to Applied Research
This course introduces students to the research design process and hones analytical thinking skills. It includes one on-campus meeting devoted to library orientation, investigation of campus resources, and an introduction to the writing center. Students begin their research project with a literature review and receive assistance in establishing topics for their research proposal. Students create a research problem statement and consider basic research design elements.
ORBH 320 Introduction to Research and Analysis
An introduction to research and its tools with specific emphasis upon helping students complete the requirements of their Research Proposal. Content includes research design, descriptive and inferential statistics using Microsoft Excel. Students are given the opportunity to critique business research studies and to discuss managerial decision-making.
ORBH 390 Research Methodology

In this course students formulate a research problem statement, identify a hypothesis, propose a research design and suggest possible interventions and analysis. Provides students the opportunity to conduct a professional presentation on their own research topics.

CCS 341 Cultural Modes of Expression

An exploration of the nuances of intercultural expression for awareness and sensitivity needed for mutual understanding in international affairs. 

ORBH 382 Human Resource Issues
An analysis of the policies and procedures relating to recruitment, selection, training, development, and compensation of employees. Students explore the values and perceptions of selected groups and how these affect social and economic life. Special attention is paid to Equal Opportunity Employment and Safety and Health Administration legislation through a series of case studies and simulations.
ORBH 350 Psychometrics: Employee Selection and Development
Examines the uses of psychological testing in employee selection, placement, and career development. Topics include the use of specific instruments as well as interviewing skills. Legal and ethical issues on selection practices will be discussed.
ORBH 352 Performance Assessment and Motivation
Presentation of motivational practices in business and industry as well as current performance appraisal theories and practices. Contemporary theories of motivation are discussed including need, cognitive and reinforcement theories. Effects of job enrichment, goal setting, incentive systems, and worker participation are examined.
ORBH 354 Performance Development and Training
This course considers the role of training and development in today's business environment including: learning styles, needs assessment, learning objectives, instructional techniques and evaluation of training effectiveness.
THE 381* Foundations of Spiritual Freedom
This course explores the foundations of morality and adult spiritual formation. Through study of the Biblical roots of holiness, a focus on Christ as model, and an analysis of virtue, the student will come to know the path to authentic freedom.
ORBH 356 Identifying and Managing Employee Stress
This course helps to identify and manage stress factors which can impact employee health and productivity. It includes interpersonal relationships, time management, family crises, addiction issues, and the role of employee assistance programs.
ORBH 358 Conflict Resolution and Negotiation
Presents the diagnostic questions needed to understand a conflict and explores strategies available to manage the situation. Personal conflict management style will be identified and interpreted. Techniques for negotiation and mediation will be discussed.
PHI 384 Organizational Ethics
A study of ethical choices in organizations, accountability in government, respect for human rights, and responsibility for contemporary life choices. Ethical theories and personal values are examined through readings and analysis of situations in organizations.

*Note: IUOnline program students take THE 335 Christian Faith in Action