Organizational Behaviour
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 42.0
Credit Value: 3.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Winter 2021
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: BUSM55055
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Canadian Institute of Manageme, Certified Payroll Manager, Change Management Leadership, Human Resource Management, Management Development Studies
Program Coordinator(s): Bruce Goldie
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Version: 20210118_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: Access to course materials and assignments will be available on Sheridan's Learning and Teaching Environment (SLATE). Students will need reliable access to a computer and the internet.

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Students gain insight into theories and research about management, organizational structure, and factors that influence behaviour in organizations essential to human resource management. Students study organizational structure, communication processes, motivation and conflict management as they develop an understanding of leadership and how to affect organizational change.

Program Context

Canadian Institute of Manageme Program Coordinator(s): N/A

Certified Payroll Manager Program Coordinator(s): N/A

Change Management Leadership Program Coordinator(s): N/A

Human Resource Management Program Coordinator(s): Bruce Goldie
This is a foundation course required for the Human Resources Management Certificate in the Faculty of Continuing and Professional Studies and is an HRPA approved equivalent which can be applied towards the HRPA program requirements for CHRM designation

Management Development Studies Program Coordinator(s): N/A

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to identify employee behavior, motivation, leadership theories, and other characteristics which influence team effectiveness within an organization.
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Explain the challenges of using theories and frameworks to predict how an organization will respond to individuals and groups.
  2. Compare key predictors of employee behavior such as; motivation, personality, perception, emotions, attitudes, values and their differences.
  3. Describe how various motivational and communication theories support organizational design, organizational decision-making and employee behavior.
  4. Examine the impact diversity, individual socialization, human rights and globalization, have on workplace dynamics.
  5. Analysis common organizational structures and leading indicators to determine which organizational structure is right for an organization.
  6. Compare elements of problem assessment and decision making processes within an organization.
  7. Identify approaches for improving solutions to conflict management, power, influence and workplace communication processes.
  8. Define various methods, approaches and techniques for building teamwork and leadership in an organization.
  9. Describe current techniques used to improve organizational effectiveness including how to deal with change.
  10. Describe a workplace assessment to determine the organizational climate and health of the organization.
  11. Describe the relationship between Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management.
  12. Examine human resource policies and how they influence the culture and structure of an organization.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: ONLINE
 Assigned Discussion Postings10.0%
 Reflective Journals + Assessments20.0%
 Team interactive Presentations30.0%
 Online Activities10.0%
 Final Exam, Online30.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
The final exam will be administered online. Students, who fail to submit work on time, or in the format requested, are subject to a late assignment penalty. The penalty is a 5% per day reduction in the value of the student's grade for up to ten business days (excludes weekends or holidays). After that point, the work is worth zero percent. Students, who are not able to submit assignments on time due to health or medical reasons, need to negotiate with the professor ahead of time or if that is not possible to submit documented explanation. Students are expected to keep a copy of assignments and/or working notes for each assignment until the grade has been received. The professor may ask for submission of the working notes at any time during the course. * A student must achieve a minimum grade of 60% on the final exam, in order to receive credit for this course.

Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS
 Individual Assignment15.0%
 Midterm Exam35.0%
 Group Assignment15.0%
 Final Exam35.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar
Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

  • Challenge Exam

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Print Instruction Mode Professor Applicable Student Group(s)
In-Class Multiple Professors Continuing Education Students - 14 session course
In-Class N/A Continuing Education Students - 7 week compressed course
Online Multiple Professors Online Continuing Education students

Sheridan Policies

All Sheridan policies can be viewed on the Sheridan policy website.

Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

Intellectual Property: Sheridan's Intellectual Property Policy generally applies such that students own their own work. Please be advised that students working with external research and/or industry collaborators may be asked to sign agreements that waive or modify their IP rights. Please refer to Sheridan's IP Policy and Procedure.

Respectful Behaviour: Sheridan is committed to provide a learning environment that supports academic achievement by respecting the dignity, self-esteem and fair treatment of every person engaged in the learning process. Behaviour which is inconsistent with this principle will not be tolerated. Details of Sheridan's policy on Harassment and Discrimination, Academic Integrity and other academic policies are available on the Sheridan policy website.

Accessible Learning: Accessible Learning coordinates academic accommodations for students with disabilities. For more information or to register, please see the Accessible Learning website (Statement added September 2016)

Course Outline Changes: The information contained in this Course Outline including but not limited to faculty and program information and course description is subject to change without notice. Any changes to course curriculum and/or assessment shall adhere to approved Sheridan protocol. Nothing in this Course Outline should be viewed as a representation, offer and/or warranty. Students are responsible for reading the Important Notice and Disclaimer which applies to Programs and Courses.

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