Organizational Behavior

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Publish Date

02/21/2011 19:06:19

Organizational Behavior


Spring 2011
02/14/2011 - 05/15/2011

Course Information

Section 004
Distance Learning
Dawn Haley

Office Hours

  • M W
    10:30am - 11:30am
    NRG Campus, Room 1124

Course Requirements



HRPO 2307

Spring ’11 Semester




Fundamentals of human behavior within business organizations, organizational relationships, social considerations, and communication processes that affect motivation and human behavior in the business world.




Upon successful completion of this course the student should be able to explain organizational theory as it relates to management practices, employee relations, and structure of the organization to fit its environment and operation; analyze leadership styles and determine their effectiveness in employee situations; discuss experiences in managing and resolving organizational problems; describe the impact of corporate culture and atmosphere on employee behavior; and analyze team dynamics, and cultural diversity.





Organizational Behavior -11th Edition
John R. Schermerhorn, James G. Hunt, Richard N. Osborn,  and  Mary Uhl-Bien
John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Publisher 
ISBN # -  13978 -0-470-29441-3



This course is taught using the online course management system, Blackboard, and will utilize FaceBook for the majority of communication, including Discussion Groups.  Students in this course are required to have access to a personal computer with modem. This course is conducted entirely via internet and email.



The subject line for emails should read "HRPO 2307" or “Organizational Behavior”.  Please include your first and last name in the email. Please do not use nick names. Please do not expect me to know who you are from your email address. 





Exam #1   Chapters 1-4            20%                  Recommended Exam Completion Date:  March 5th

Exam #2   Chapters 5-9            20%                  Recommended Exam Completion Date:March 26th

Exam #3   Chapters 10-13          20%                  Recommended Exam Completion Date:  April 23rd

Exam #4   Chapters 14-17          20%                  Recommended Exam Completion Date:  May 14th

FaceBook Participation             20%                 







All tests will be given at the testing centers.  All exams are multiple-choice format.  Students will need to bring a pencil and scantron to the testing center for each exam.  Read and understand the assigned chapters, and you will do well on the exams. 


It is extremely rare for a student to be successful in this course once they get behind.  To ease your scheduling, I will post the week you should take the test to stay on schedule.  (see above)




Exams must be taken at one of the Austin Community College Testing Center locations.   Contact the Testing Centers for information on Testing Center locations, phone numbers, hours of operation, policies and other testing center information.




Students are required to create/maintain a Facebook profile for this course.  Students will submit a friend request to Professor Haley using the email:    DO THIS NOW!


Once connected to Professor Haley on Facebook, students will be invited to the Discussion Page. 


Each week, one or two “Discussion Questions” (DQs) will be posted to each Discussion Group.  Students are required to respond to each DQ with a quality response/comment.  Students may post more than once per DQ, however, quality participation is better than quantity!  Posts will be reviewed for content, relativity, and creativity. 





A          90-100%

B          80-89%

C          70-79%

D          60-69%

F          Below 60%




  1. Read the textbook
  2. Take exams as scheduled
  3. Participate in FaceBook Discussion Group to meet requirements.
  4. Contact your instructor if you have questions.




Per state law, effective spring 2006 any student taking a class for the third time or more may be charged an additional $60 per credit hour unless exempted. Visit the “Rule of Three” web site for additional information



Rule of 6 W’s – NEW

Per state law, students enrolling for the first time in fall 2007 or later at any Texas college or university may not withdraw (receive a W) from more than six courses during their undergraduate college career. Some exceptions for good cause could allow a student to withdraw from a course without having it count toward this limit. Students are encouraged to carefully select courses.



Policies for Incompletes and Withdrawal are as follows: 



Incomplete Policy:  An incomplete (I) will be granted to a student in rare circumstances. Generally, to receive a grade of I, a student must have completed all examinations and assignments to date, be passing, and have personal circumstances that prevent course completion that occur after the deadline to withdraw with a grade of W.

Withdrawal Policy:  It is the student’s responsibility to withdraw from a course.  Instructors are allowed to withdraw students for non-attendance and lack of academic progress but students must not rely on their instructor to withdraw them if they wish to withdraw.




You are responsible for all assigned readings and assignments


  • Students are strongly encouraged to contact the instructor for assistance whenever needed.  Refer to my contact info (email and phone) listed above.  I am here to help you succeed!


  • The material starts at a very easy level but quickly gets harder.  Remember as the semester progresses, things inevitably come up so keeping on pace will make your life much easier.


  • This is a demanding course and everyone must work hard to succeed.  The Facebook requirement will allow you to interact with your online classmates, as well as other students from my other classes as well…. (and, additionally(!), some of my former students who are serving as Student Facilitators in our Facebook page Discussion Groups). 



Students can significantly improve their chances of success by using the following tips:


  • Do not panic!  Although this is a demanding course, it is a procedural process to learn the material and if you put in the effort you will do fine.


  • Read all the textchapters carefully: Do anything you can to improve your reading skills.  You will spend much of your college and professional career reading and anything you can do to improve your ability is time well spent. 


  • After you read the material, take a breath and think how the material might apply to your world!  If something does not make sense make a note and ask a fellow student or your instructor to help you understand the concept. 


  • Ask questions! You are probably not the only one who has that question.  If you miss something, be able to explain to yourself or someone else why you missed the answer.  Again relate the information to your life.


  • The most important thing to remember about answering questions is to READ the Questions Carefully.  Make sure you understand what the question is asking.


  • Check my FaceBook page, your FaceBook Discussion Group page, and the Blackboard site regularly!


  • Get in a study group if possible.   Use Facebook to interact with other students. Work together and prepare for exams together.


  • Take advantage of the free help available at ACC and contact the instructor if you have any problems.


Free tutoring is available at all the major campuses:



If you are having any problems contact your instructor right away. 








“Each student is strongly encouraged to participate in class.  In any classroom situation that includes discussion and critical thinking, there are bound to be many differing viewpoints. These differences enhance the learning experience and create an atmosphere where students and instructors alike will be encouraged to think and learn. On sensitive and volatile topics, students may sometimes disagree not only with each other, but also with the instructor. It is expected that faculty and students will respect the views of others when expressed in classroom discussions.” (Student Handbook)




“Acts prohibited by the College for which discipline may be administered include scholastic dishonesty, including but not limited to cheating on an exam or quiz, plagiarizing, and unauthorized collaboration with another in preparing outside work. Academic work submitted by students shall be the result of their thought, research or self-expression. Academic work is defined as, but not limited to tests, quizzes, whether taken electronically or on paper; projects, either individual or group; classroom presentations, and homework”.  Penalties for scholastic dishonesty will depend upon the nature of the violation and may range from lowering a grade on one assignment to an F in the course and/or expulsion from this institution.” (Student Handbook)




“Classroom behavior should support and enhance learning. Behavior that disrupts the learning process will be dealt with appropriately, which may include having the student leave class for the rest of the day. In serious cases, disruptive behavior may lead to a student being withdrawn from the class. ACC’s policy on student discipline can be found in the Student Handbook.” (Student Handbook)




“Each ACC campus offers support services for students with documented physical or psychological disabilities. Students with disabilities must request reasonable accommodations through the Office for Students with disabilities on the campus where they expect to take the majority of their classes. Students are encouraged to do this three weeks before the start of the semester.” (Student Handbook)