BA-3361.

003: INTRODUCTION TO ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR, Fall 2008

Time: Monday 2.30 to 05:15 PM
Place: SOM 1.217 Instructor: Padmakumar Nair, SOM 4.208
Telephone: 972-883-6264

Email: padmakumar.nair@utdallas.edu Office hours: Mondays and Tuesdays 05.20 to 06.30 PM or by appointment INTRODUCTION A good knowledge of Organizational Behavior is important for all of us. This is because we all are members of different kinds of organizations. The smallest organization we belong to is our family! In this course we will look at organizational behavior mainly from a positive organizational psychology point of view. That means that we will focus our attention on creating, fostering and managing organizations in which people thrive and perform at their best. TEXT BOOK Organizational Behavior, 12th ed., Hellriegel and Slocum, South-Western. LEARNING OUTCOMES Students should be able to: 1) Describe team processes and explain the characteristics associated with effective team performance. 2) Apply ethical and value-related issues as they relate to human behavior in organizations to making ethical and responsible decisions. 3) Explain and apply major theoretical and scholarly approaches, empirical findings, and historical trends in Organizational Behavior. 4) Explain how diversity and multiculturalism affects the workplace environment and develop some strategies to bridge differences to capitalize on the benefits of multiculturalism. 5) Explain and apply the multicultural aspects and international dimensions of the societies and world in which we live and be familiar with knowledge and methods necessary to deal with related problems.

EXAMS, POP-QUIZZES and GRADING There will be THREE MULTIPLE CHOICE exams and a comprehensive make-up exam* at the end of the semester for the students who had missed one of the above three exams. All the exams will be in the class and you will be given 60 minutes to complete it. Please note that the exams are closed book and may not contain any bonus questions. Each exam counts for 25% of your final grade. * This exam will be comprehensive in nature and is mainly meant for those who had missed one of the three exams. Please note that you should get prior permission from me to sit for this comprehensive make-up exam! GRADING Exam I Exam II Exam III Pop-Quiz [September 29th 2008] [November 03rd 2008] [December 08th 2008]

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COURSE SCHEDULE (Tentative) Date Content Week 1 Chapters 2, 5, 6 and 4 08/25 (Introduction to OB, Individual Differences, Motivation and Learning & Behavior Change) MBTI administration (08/25) [Ms. Janie Shipman, Career Center] Week 2 (09/01) No class (Labor Day) Week 3 Chapters 2, 5, 6 and 4 09/08 (Introduction to OB, Individual Differences, Motivation and Learning & Behavior Change) Week 4 Chapters 2, 5, 6 and 4 09/15 (Introduction to OB, Individual Differences, Motivation and Learning & Behavior Change) MBTI Feedback (09/15) [Ms. Janie Shipman, Career Center] Week 5 Chapters 2, 5, 6 and 4 09/22 (Introduction to OB, Individual Differences, Motivation and Learning & Behavior Change) Week 6 (09/29) Exam I (09/29) Week 7 Chapters 3, 13, 1 and 15 10/06 (Perception & Attribution, Decision Making and Culture) Week 8 Chapters 3, 13, 1 and 15 10/13 (Perception & Attribution, Decision Making and Culture) Week 9 Chapters 3, 13, 1 and 15 10/20 (Perception & Attribution, Decision Making and Culture) Week 10 Chapters 3, 13, 1 and 15 10/27 (Perception & Attribution, Decision Making and Culture) Week 11 (11/03) Chapters 11, 9, 10, 8 and 12 (Developing Teams, Leading Effectively and Conflict & Communication) Movie 12 angry men Week 12 Exam II (11/10) 11/10 Week 13 Chapters 11, 9, 10, 8 and 12 11/17 (Developing Teams, Leading Effectively and Conflict & Communication) Week 14 Chapters 11, 9, 10, 8 and 12 11/24 (Developing Teams, Leading Effectively and Conflict & Communication) Movie Gandhi (part I) Week 15 Chapters 11, 9, 10, 8 and 12 12/01 (Developing Teams, Leading Effectively and Conflict & Communication) Week 16 (12/08) Exam III (12/08) & Comprehensive Make-Up Exam (only for those who missed one of the three exams)

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