Curriculum Sequence

Course   Credits Weeks
MGT 510 Management and Leadership  4 7
MOL 522 Organizational Development and Behavior 4 7
MOL 623 Systems Thinking and the Learning Organization 4 7
MOL 624 Leadership Interactions: Teams, Coaches and Mentors 4 7
MOL 525 Finance for Leaders 4 7
MOL 626 Problem Solving and Decision Making 4 7
MOL 627 Diversity and Multi-Culturalism 4 7
MOL 628 Leading Change and Transformation 4 7
MOL 629 Leadership in an E-World 4 7
MOL 630 Organizational Leadership Capstone 4 7
Total   40 70

 

Course Descriptions

Course Credits Weeks
MGT 510 Management and Leadership 4 credits 7 weeks
This course focuses on the study of leadership in today’s organizations.  Students will analyze the difference between management and leadership, assessing the necessary integration of these two responsibilities. for the success of any organization.  The course includes an inventory of leadership behaviors and relationships, a personal assessment of emotional intelligence, and the examination of various leadership theories, traits, competencies, and relationships.   Students will also evaluate personal readiness for both online and graduate study.
 
MOL 522X Organizational Development and Behavior 4 credits 7 weeks
This course examines the broad range of behavioral science theory that describes organizational culture in today's organizations. Focusing on the role that organizational culture plays in building successful organizations, it examines various structures, designs, and models, as well as the role of ethical and values-based leadership. The importance of social skill, managerial intelligence, conflict resolution, and negotiation is discussed and students will analyze organizations relative to internal political systems.
 
MOL 623X Systems Thinking and the Learning Organization 4 credits 7 weeks
This course examines systems thinking and complexity theory as they relate to the concept of a learning organization. Through the lens of systems thinking, students will examine organizational complexity, problems, and conflicts. The course will articulate the principles, applications, and practices of a learning organization and its competitive advantage in a dynamic, changing, global context. It will also discuss the role leadership plays in an organization understanding itself and interacting in a certain environment.
 
MOL 624X Leadership Interactions: Teams, Coaches and Mentors 4 credits 7 weeks
This course examines the ways in which a leader influences the behavior of groups and individuals. Concentrating on the traits and behaviors of high performance teams, the course first focuses on team dynamics, exploring the reasons why teams execute better, learn faster, implement change more readily, and deliver quality products faster. Students will evaluate team leadership strategies for empowering and involving others, as well as models for transforming an organization into a team-based culture. Next, the course examines a leader's coaching and mentoring roles, including training and performance enhancement strategies. Students will develop strategies for improving individual and group performance.
 
MOL 525X Finance for Leaders 4 credits 7 weeks
This course provides the leader with the critical financial interpretation skills needed to understand the impact of financial performance within their organization, as well as the impact of their decisions. Topics covered include: an overview of financial statements, financial vocabulary and concepts, budgetary concepts, project analysis, and the financial assessment of the organization. This course will also apply technology tools in financial analysis, examine the effect of technology and ethics on the financial functions within an organization, and enable students to communicate more effectively with their financial counterparts.
 
MOL 626X Problem Solving and Decision Making 4 credits 7 weeks
This course explores various contemporary theories and practices for effective decision making in organizations, relying heavily on the use of case study methodology. Various models and frameworks for analyzing problems are examined in depth; significant focus is placed on the functions of the decision making model, the role of values in decision making, and the techniques of creative and innovative problem solving. Course work will include individual and group case studies, research of historical and current theories, and application of course concepts to workplace situations.
 
MOL 627X Diversity and Multi-Culturalism 4 credits 7 weeks
This course is designed to help students relate leadership concepts and skills to domestic issues of diversity and international cultural issues. The course will examine how organizations function with a diverse workforce and in a variety of international cultures. Course readings and activities explore the role of culture, values, ethics, and diverse legal/regulatory systems in shaping domestic and international management practices. The role of ethics, technology, and communication in cross-cultural interactions is examined in depth.
 
MOL 628X Leading Change and Transformation 4 credits 7 weeks
This course presents the major theories, models, and best practices related to leading change and transformation, including the purpose and focus of change. Topics include the contexts of change and transformation, organizational design and change, planning for change, and the impact of change on the formal structures, systems, and culture of organizations. The leader as change agent is emphasized, as well as strategies and techniques for leading effective change. Management and leadership best practices are reviewed, as well as the technology of change.
 
MOL 629X Leadership in an E-World 4 credits 7 weeks
This course provides an in-depth look at how technology tools and the Internet are impacting the way organizations and individuals lead, communicate, collaborate, share knowledge, and build ever-expanding communities of learning. Course activities focus on the global and ethical questions posed by today's e-world, as well as management best practices that foster effective use of technology. The course also addresses the issues of leading organizations through the process of change as new technologies are implemented and people strive to adapt.
 
MOL 630X Organizational Leadership Capstone 4 credits 7 weeks
This course concludes an extensive, long-term inquiry and formal study that integrates key learning components into an Individual Leadership Portfolio, a comprehensive case study, a final paper, and a group oral presentation. Introduced in MOL 521, the group project is conducted under the guidance of ALP faculty, is formally reviewed half way through the program, and is presented to the cohort as part of this course. Groups choose a specific leadership issue, research its development nationally and locally, and present a formal symposium to the class. Individuals assess their personal development as leaders, select areas for supplemental research, and develop a continuous learning plan.
 

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