College of Professional and Continuing Studies
College of Professional and Continuing Studies
College of Professional and Continuing Studies
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College of Professional and Continuing Studies
Course Descriptions

COM 317: ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION (3 credits)
In addition to providing an introduction to contemporary research and theory about the communication in organizations, this course also focuses on contemporary issues in order to better understand the practices that contribute to organizational success and failure. Topics include: leadership communication, interviewing and the job search, organizational culture, and the impacts of globalization and technology.

ORL 201: INTRODUCTION TO ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP (3 credits)
This course will introduce students to the interdisciplinary field of organizational leadership, providing the framework within which other courses in the major will fit. Issues of diversity, leadership, and community will be covered, as well as the micro and macro aspects of organizations.

ORL 301: HUMAN RESOURCES LEADERSHIP (3 credits)
This course focuses on how human resources add value to the organization. It focuses on HR strategy aligned to business strategy to deliver value and improve organizational performance. Students will analyze their organization’s mission/vision and values. They will discuss external realities and people strategies designed to enable their organization to achieve its mission goals. Students will examine the design, delivery, and evaluation of human resources policies and programs.

ORL 303: WRITING FOR BUSINESS (3 credits)
By providing instruction in planning and executing effective business writing, this course helps students learn to write the documents required of them as professionals: letters, resumes, memos, proposals, abstracts, and reports.

ORL 304: LEADERSHIP SKILLS: UNDERSTANDING, ASSESSMENT, AND DEVELOPMENT (3 credits)
Students in this course will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the critical skills that are necessary to develop in order to support successful leadership in organizations. This course begins with the premise that the most fundamental skill is the skill of self-assessment. By partaking in a myriad of assessment activities, students will gain an understanding of their own personal assets and liabilities. Throughout the course, students will gain an understanding of the most important skills associated with leadership based on sound research. Students will have the opportunity to apply this theoretical knowledge by developing leadership development plans.

ORL 310: ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND CHANGE IN COMPLEX ADAPTIVE SYSTEMS (3 credits)
This course examines how change takes place within complex adaptive systems. It also examines the role of leadership and focuses on specific skills that are required to be an effective leader and agent of change in a complex adaptive system.

ORL 314: TEAM ANALYSIS AND LEADERSHIP SKILL DEVELOPMENT (3 credits)
Students in this course will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of current theories and thinking regarding teams and team development. This course will afford students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills in a team environment. Analysis and experience will be the foundation of the skill development.

ORL 320: ORGANIZATIONAL ASSESSMENT, DIAGNOSIS, INTERVENTION, AND EVALUATION (3 credits)
This course is an overview of the theories and strategies to diagnose and intervene within an organization to increase the effectiveness of the organization, including its employee performance. The course will provide opportunities for learners to practice the role of an organizational development consultant, including learning the interpersonal skills to develop the key business relationships necessary to influence decision makers within the organization. Since the field of organizational leadership (ORL) is dynamic, the course will leverage the latest books, articles, and ORL strategies. The course will require students to make presentations sharing their ORL analysis of an organization (either professional or personal affiliation) using the strategies and tools learned in the course.

ORL 401: SENIOR CAPSTONE PROJECT (3 credits)
The Capstone Project provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate and incorporate what they have learned throughout their course of study in organizational leadership at La Salle. It requires students to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned to address a specific real or invented organizational intervention of their own choosing. Students will be required to research and describe in detail the situation, analyze the environment, identify the stakeholders, and then develop a comprehensive and realistic approach to ensure that their intervention addresses the situation effectively.

PSY 225: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 credits)
A study of the research findings and theories dealing with the phenomena of social behavior. Focuses on individual behavior as it affects and is affected by the behavior of others.

PSY 230: INDUSTRIAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 credits)
A study of the application of psychological principles and theories to organizational settings. Topics examined include research methodology, employee selection and assessment, leadership, motivation, job satisfaction, and characteristics of the workplace that affect employee and organizational well-being.

SOC 233: WORK AND OCCUPATIONS (3 credits)
An analysis of the social organization of work in modern societies, including the concept of career, the development of professionalization, the nature of work-satisfaction, and the impact of bureaucratization. Special attention is given to occupational subcultures such as law, medicine, public service, the military, and education.