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Course Descriptions

OML 311 Group Dynamics     3 credits

Students study group behavior and development, especially focusing on relationships of groups within organizations.  Students examine organizational complexity, learn to analyze group and individual decision making techniques, determine various roles within organizational groups, and identify decision making skills and effective collaborative styles for efficient group management.

OML 315 Personal Leadership: Assessment and Application     3 credits

Students critically examine life experiences within the context of a learning model, identify personal and professional traits and skills, and evaluate personal strengths and weaknesses.  This foundation is used to develop learning strategies, identify and understand the implementation of personal goals, and anticipate professional opportunities.

OML 321 Systems Management     3 credits

This course provides an overview of systems management and systems thinking in organizations with an emphasis on identifying patterns and relationships within the system as a whole.  Systems concepts are used to discuss the analysis of organizations, facilitation of change, and solutions to organizational problems.

OML 326 Research Methodologies     4 credits

Basic research methodologies are explored in the context of organizational management.  Professional research articles are evaluated and analyzed with an emphasis on reading and understanding research. Basic statistical terms and concepts are taught and analyzed. Students also focus on the writing tasks of the research process. Many assignments dovetail with the synthesis project.

OML 330 Interpersonal and Organizational Communication     2 credits

Students examine communication and other interpersonal relationship skills essential for creating a productive work environment. Organizational communication and relationships are studied through readings and exercises that explore non-verbal communication, constructive feedback, and conflict resolution. Students research and develop a model for effective communication.

OML 340 Applied Synthesis Project I     3 credits

Students learn professional presentation skills and then combine research and theory to develop individualized synthesis projects which examine research problems and answer a particular research question that has specific application in their occupation or avocation. This project is completed more independently than the other courses, synthesizing information from the rest of the program. Students learn significant skills in research and writing, project management, written and oral presentations, and demonstrate skills in applying theoretical constructs to concrete applications. This mid-program course expects that chapters 1-3 of the written project will be turned in for a grade and an oral presentation will provide the instructor and other classmates with a summary and overview of the project and the work completed up to that time.

OML 360 Financial Decision Making     3 credits

Students explore major concepts of corporate finance within an organizational context, including basic accounting terms, budgeting, time value of money, and global considerations. Students learn to use standard financial tools to make business assessments and financial decisions important for managers in any organization. 

OML 410 Organizational Behavior     4 credits

Organizational Behavior is an interdisciplinary field of study and practice that investigates the impact of individuals, groups, structure, and environment on work organizations. Students examine motivation, decision-making, organizational structure, and processes that shape organizational analysis and change management.  Case studies are a primary element of learning.

OML 415 Biblical Christianity for Thoughtful People     4 credits

Students study selected Old and New Testament texts and explore the historical Biblical perspective of Christianity in the context of grace and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Students learn how religious issues have been addressed and incorporated in different eras of history. Students learn how Christianity has shaped elements of culture and organizational life, how Biblical principles can shape individuals for strong leadership roles, and how to better understand Christians in the workplace within a Judeo-Christian culture.

OML 420 Diversity and Global Issues     3 credits

Students use literature, interviews, and class discussion to explore the values, beliefs, customs, and perceptions represented in various kinds of diversity affecting social and economic life. Students explore the obligations and implications of equal opportunity in organizations while they develop organizational strategies to benefit from diversity in the U.S. and abroad.

OML 425 Management and Organizational Leadership     3 credits

Students examine management and leadership theories and their application to individual and group functioning in work/home situations.  The key elements of Management explored are: Planning, Organizing, Leadership, and Controlling (Accountability).  Management and supervision styles and techniques are analyzed to understand the potential solutions to current organizational problems. 

OML 430 Innovative Marketing     3 credits

The five Ps of marketing--place, price, product, promotion, and people--are at the center of this course. Students will examine the building blocks of the five P’s within the context of understanding and researching the customer’s needs and wants.

OML 435 Philosophy of Values and Ethics     3 credits

Students examine issues of accountability in government and business regarding human rights and ethics through readings, classroom discussions, and debates. Students develop a system for making ethical decisions in their personal lives as well as in public and employment situations. Both ethical theory and personal values are explored.

OML 440 Applied Synthesis Project II     3 credits

This is the culmination of the synthesis project that has been developed throughout the program (see OMC 340).  Students submit their complete written Synthesis Project and give a formal presentation of the project’s content to the instructor and the cohort.

OML 450 Organizational Policy and Strategy     4 credits

Organizational Policy and Strategy is the capstone course in this curriculum. This course explores how leaders make effective decisions that shape organizational policy and strategy. Students will synthesize the material from most of their other modules in this class. The class depends heavily upon a variety of simulations and analysis papers





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