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Rhode Island College


Randy L. DeSimone, Ph.D. Section 02 TTH 11:00am 12:20pm ALG 107

Spring 2011

Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Date 1/25 1/27 2/1 2/3 2/8 2/10 2/15 2/17 2/22 2/24 3/1 3/3 3/8 3/10 3/15 3/17 3/22 3/24 3/29 3/31 4/5 4/7 4/12 4/14 4/19 4/21 4/26 4/28 5/3 5/5 5/9 Chapter 5 5 5 5 4 4 6 6, 7 6, 7 8 8 9 9 9 9 13 14 14 14 12 11 Topic Intro to OB Self Concept Personality Attitudes Ability/Emotions Perception Perception/Attribution Motivation: Intro & Need Theories Motivation: Job Design & Expectancy Theory Motivation: Equity & Goal Setting Theories Motivation: Intrinsic &Reinforcement Theories Feedback & Rewards Motivation & Individual Behavior EXAM 1 SPRING BREAK SPRING BREAK Group Dynamics Group Dynamics Teams & Teamwork Teams & Teamwork Group Project Issues Power & Organizational Politics Leadership Leadership Leadership Communication Conflict Management & Negotiation Tying it All Together GROUP PRESENTATIONS GROUP PRESENTATIONS EXAM 2 Assignment

Assign Group Project Quiz 1 Group Project Plan Due Quiz 2

Do GP Interview this week?

GP Int Report Draft Due GP Analysis Draft Due Quiz 3 GP Rec Draft Due Group Project Final Draft Due Quiz 4

GP Reaction Form & GP Peer Evaluation Due by noon

The above outline may be modified by the professor during the semester should the need arise. Changes will be announced in class. Please read assigned chapters before class. Attendance and punctuality are expected. Class time may be used for lecture, discussion, exercises, presentations, etc. I call on students during class meetings. All written assignments are due at the beginning of class. Assignment Weights Exam 1 (E1) 25% Exam 2 (E2) 25% Quizzes (Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4 ) GP Reaction (GPR) 20% 5% Group Project (GP) 25%

Course Points = (E1*0.25)+(E2*0.25)+((Q1+Q2+Q3+Q4)/3) +(GP*0.25)+(GPR)

Rhode Island College


Randy L. DeSimone, Ph.D. Section 01 W 6:00pm 8:50pm ALG 107 Section 02 TTH 11:00am 12:20pm ALG 107

Spring 2011

Office: Alger 206 Phone &Voice Mail: 456-9533 e-mail: Office Hours: a) TTH 10:15am-11:00am, 1:15pm-1:45pm, & 3:30pm 4:00pm, b) W 5:30pm- 6:00pm; c) by appointment TEXTS 1) 10 Chapter Custom Text based on Kinicki, A., & Kreitner, R. (2010). Organizational Behavior: Key concepts, skills & best practices (4th ed.). New York: McGrawHill Irwin. (Required) Available at the RIC Campus Store. (note: The full 4th or 3rd edition of this text is OK, too) 2) Venolia, J. (2003). Write Right! (4th ed.). Ten Speed Press. (Suggested) PREREQUISITES: a) Foundations of Management (MGT 301) COURSE OUTLINE (see separate handout) OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE Content - The field of organizational behavior focuses on attempting to answer two questions: Why do people in organizations behave the way they do? How can we influence behavior to increase performance and goal attainment? This course draws upon research and theory from the behavioral sciences to provide some answers to these questions. From your participation in the course, you will:
Gain knowledge of OB theory, concepts, and research Learn to critically analyze and integrate OB theory, concepts, and research Apply OB theory, concepts, and research to understand behavior in organizations and make recommendations for action

Skills - College courses in an area like management should also help you develop the skills needed for success as a professional. Successful managers learn new things, think critically, and communicate clearly orally and in writing, solve problems, work well in and manage teams effectively, and apply and integrate concepts. The assignments, exams, and methods of teaching I use in this course will give you an opportunity to use and develop these skills. GRADING Your grade will be based on how well you perform on two exams, four quizzes, a group project (which includes a presentation), and a group project reaction assignment. Important dimensions of performance include demonstrating knowledge of the course content, approaching problems and material critically, applying OB ideas to solve problems, communicating ideas clearly, and using appropriate terminology. Your performance on these assignments will be weighted and combined into a course grade as follows: Exam 1 (E1) 25% Exam 2 (E2) 25% Group Project (GP) Quizzes (Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4) 25% 20% GP Reaction 5%

I grade on the basis of points earned; there will be no letter grade given on any individual assignment. The exams and group project will be graded on a 100 point scale, the quizzes on a 15 point scale, and the group project reaction on a 5 point scale. Your final grade will be based on the total course points you earn, computed as follows: Course Points = (E1*0.25)+(E2*0.25)+(( Q1+Q2+Q3+Q4)/3)+ (GP*0.25)+(GPR) Course points will be translated into a course grade as follows: A 92 to 100 A- 90 to 91.99 B+ 88 to 89.99 C+ 78 to 79.99 D+ 68 to 69.99 B 82 to 87.99 C 72 to 77.99 D 62 to 67.99 B- 80 to 81.99 C- 70 to 71.99 D- 60 to 61.99 F 0 to 59.99

Spring 2011 OB Syllabus ASSIGNMENTS

Exams -Exams will be cumulative and will be made up of short answer and essay items, and may (but likely wont)

include multiple choice items. Material from the text, assigned readings, class meetings, exercises, presentations, and other assigned sources is fair game on the exams. Exams must be completed within the designated time. Students who require special consideration (e.g., students who have a disability) must make prior arrangements with the professor. Requests for review of exam grading must be received within two weeks of return of the exam. After this date, no changes will be made in exam scoring.

Quizzes - Each of the quizzes will be comprised of short answer items, and may (but likely wont) include multiple

choice items. Quizzes will be given at the beginning of the class period and must be completed within the designated time. Please be on time on the day of a quiz: if you are late for a quiz, you will not be given extra time.

Group Project and Group Project Reaction -You will be expected to do a group project, which will involve working

with your peers outside of class and culminate with a paper and an oral presentation. The group project reaction will give you a chance to apply what you have learned about OB to your experience in doing the group project. Written assignments are due at the beginning of class on the due date. Handouts describing these assignments will be provided. ACADEMIC POLICIES

Make-ups - Make-up of exams, quizzes, and papers may be allowed at my discretion, but only under extremely

extenuating circumstances and only when I am informed in advance of the exam, quiz, or assignment due date. There will be no make-up of the presentation.

Attendance & Punctuality - Attendance and getting to class on time are expected. Students who are regularly late,

absent, and/or leave class before the end of the class meeting tend to perform poorly in this course. Please let me know if you can't make it to class. Attendance at all group presentations is mandatory; unexcused absence will result in a reduction of the students group presentation score. Details of the group presentation attendance policy will be explained on the presentation assignment handout.

Academic Honesty - Academic honesty is expected. Willful plagiarism, cheating and other forms of academic
dishonesty will result in failure of the course, in accordance with the RIC policy on academic honesty.

Contribution to the Class - I expect students to contribute to the class by:

attending class and being in class on time and staying in class for the entire class meeting being prepared for class asking questions, especially if something is unclear participating in class discussions and exercises taking initiative and performing their share of work on group assignments seeking help when needed behaving in a professional, courteous manner.

Students with a Disability - Federal law requires that the College make reasonable accommodations for students who have documented disabilities. Please inform me as soon as possible if you need accommodation for a disability. If you have any questions about the Colleges disability policy, please contact the Office of Student Life in
Craig Lee Hall.

Cell Phones & Other Personal Communication Devices To avoid disrupting class activities, please turn off your

cell phone, etc., before entering class. If there is some special circumstance that requires you to keep it on, please let me know and please turn off the ringer. No text messaging, web surfing, or emailing during class, please. AND FINALLY Behavioral science concepts can be challenging to learn and use. It is essential that you keep up with the material, think about the ideas we cover, and ask questions. I am here to help, but please don't wait until just before an exam or assignment due date to see me.