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Organizational Behavior in Business

Course Details

Course Number
MGMT 3013
Section Number
MGMT 3013
Fall 2011
Dillard College of Business Administration
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Tuesday/Thursday 8:00-9:20 am

Dr. Michael Mills (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives


Course Description                                                                                                              


A study of the behavior of people at work in all forms of organizations. Topics to be covered include the fundamentals both of organizations and of organizational behavior, including individual differences, attitudes, values, ethics, motivation, group dynamics, decision-making, conflict, power, change, stress, leadership, job design, and organization structure. Also includes the development of management theory, as well as international and technological management, and self-assessment.


Learning Goals


General Learning Goals


Competency in speaking within common business scenarios

Students will practice their oral presentation skills in a major team project. 



Competency in writing about common business scenarios

Students will write short papers on the next learning goal topic.


Students will demonstrate ethical reasoning skills within a business environment

Each chapter contains a section called “Ethical Dilemma” that will be the focus of discussion and/or be the topic for a short written paper.


 Students will know how to use team building and collaboration to achieve group objectives

            Team building and collaboration to achieve group objectives will be practiced during the

             preparation stages and the group presentation.


Students will have an understanding of the influence of global and multicultural issues

on business activities

Global aspects relating to organizational culture is covered in a separate chapter in our text.


Course Specific Learning Goals


  • To be able to explain Organizational Behavior (OB) concepts in your own words
  • To learn to think like a manager as you use OB theories to solve business problems
  • To learn to understand the behavior of yourself and others around you through self-reflection and feedback
  • To learn to relate OB theories to your own experiences
  • To demonstrate the value of OB concepts by showing the importance of them with future behavior.
Course Expectations


Course Prerequisite:

            Junior standing or above or consent of the chair.


Grading Standards


Grading and Evaluation


Many different tools are used to test your degree of success at achieving the different learning goals.  There are 4 exams and a quiz over each chapter of material.   There are 2 individual projects: 4 ethical dilemma case studies and one written paper.  Finally, there is a group project with a peer evaluation that will have about 4 team members making a 10-15 minute presentation in class.  Here is the breakdown of points in this class:

            Exams                        4 @ 100 points each                  = 400

            Quizzes                       18 @ 10 points each                  = 180

            Ethical Dilemma Situations    4 @ 25 points each    = 100

            Individual paper                                                                 = 100

            Group project

                   Presentation                                                                = 100

                   Peer evaluation                                                           =   50                        Total Available Points                                                                   = 930


Grades will be determined on the basis of the total points earned.  Letter grades will be given according to the following scale:


                        A = 837-930 points

                        B = 744-836 points

                        C = 651-743 points

                        D = 558-650 points

                        F = less than 558 points

Submission Format Policy


File Submission

All files for this course will be submitted to WebCT.  No e-mail submissions will be accepted.  Directions for submitting course assignments (this includes papers and presentation files):

  • Go to the Assignments tab on the left side of the screen. Click on the appropriate assignment. It should have two text boxes: one labeled Submission and the other labeled Add Comment. Between these two boxes is a small grey box that says Add Attachments. Click on this box and browse to select your presentation file on your computer.


  • If this does not work, the IT department says that not having the proper Java configuration on your computer will cause problems uploading AND downloading. To check that your configuration is correct, go to:


  • If you are still unable to upload your file, submit a problem report to IT (I cannot help with these issues). You can do this by going to
    You should provide as much information as you can so that they can help you.


  • Not being able to upload your work is not a reason for it to be late. There is a "Test Dropbox" that you can submit any file to so that you can ensure that your computer configuration is compatible with WebCT.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late Paper Policy


Late Work

Late work is not accepted for any reason.  Students have the opportunity to submit papers early.  More details on assignment submission can be found in the Project Guidelines.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

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Attendance Requirements

Attendance Policy:


Students are expected to attend all class meetings for this course, following the university attendance policy.  (See Midwestern State University Undergraduate Catalog, Vol. LXXV, No. 2, p. 88).  Each meeting of the class will run as scheduled.  So as not to disturb the class, you are not to walk in and out of the classroom during the class hour except for an emergency.  Cell phone activity (including texting) is prohibited. 

Other Policies


Other Related Policies


  1. If a student misses a regularly scheduled exam, the student must immediately notify the instructor of his/her intention to schedule a make-up exam.  Make-up exams will be administered at the professor’s discretion, and the professor reserves the right to require documentation of reason for missing an exam. 


  1. Most of the class sessions will be discussion oriented with ample opportunity for students to provide input to those discussions.   An important characteristic of business students is the ability to verbally communicate ideas and thoughts.  Though no part of your grade is directly contingent on participation, everyone should be motivated to develop this characteristic since it is so important in business.  Furthermore, if you have a question, please ask it!!
Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

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