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BUS 201 - Organizational Behavior - 3 Credits


This is a 16-week course. In this course, you will learn the knowledge and skills necessary to predict, understand, and influence human behavior in an organizational environment. The course emphasizes a variety of interdisciplinary theories, models, and strategies to use in problem solving.

You will learn by reading, researching, writing, and applying the concepts presented in the text.

What you learn in this course will benefit you by enhancing your ability to influence human behavior in an organization by recognizing behavioral patterns exhibited with the organization, developing an awareness of the importance of individual motivation and effective leadership, objectively applying behavior theories and models to influence human behavior, and predicting probable effects of behavioral decisions on the organization.

Prerequisite : The following are suggested skills that would assist you in being successful in this course:

    • Eligibility for (or completion of) English 111 or equivalent
    • Working knowledge of basic internet, email and Microsoft Word

    Please e-mail me, if you feel you lack any of these skills.




If you do well in this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the characteristics common to all organizations and explain why organizations come to exist.
  • Describe how situational factors and group structure (i.e. size and task) affect group process, satisfaction and productivity.
  • Describe what it is that people bring to organizations.
  • Discuss motivation and its importance as it relates to topics such as leadership, stress, job satisfaction, and conflict.
  • Describe the similarities and differences between individual and group decision making processes.
  • Describe the concepts of roles, norms, status and how they affect and are affected by the organization.
  • Describe the concepts of power and influence and discuss how these affect organizational effectiveness, decision-making, leadership, etc.
  • Describe the process of selection, placement, supervision and evaluation and discuss the role of managers in maintaining the performance of effective employees.
  • Describe the probable effects of behavioral decisions on an organization.



  Please note:

Possible Assignments Include: (Subject to change each semester. The actual assignments are available in the Syllabus in the Blackboard course site on the first day of classes.)

The number of points outlined for each assignment represents the maximum allowable points that will be awarded in terms of the quality, accuracy and promptness of each assignment. Failure to comply with these standards will result in a reduction of points.

Introduction and Plagairism Tutorial
OB Journal Entries (5 @ 40 points each)
3-Self Assessment Exercises
Writing Assignment
Quizzes (8 @ 10 points each)
5 Examinations

Grades Points
833+ points
740 -832
554 or fewer points



There are five (5) online proctored exams in this course. The exams are password protected, and must be taken in one of the five NVCC campus Testing Centers. Please do not click the exam link until you are in the testing center and ready to take the exam; otherwise you could be locked out of the exam when you get to the Testing Center.


ELI Policies and Procedures


Contacting the Instructor


I am here to help you succeed in this course. Occasionally questions or problems may arise. Here is how to contact me when they do:

BY EMAIL: tswetnam@nvcc.edu
or tswetnam@psych.org
BY TELEPHONE: 703-907-7305


Beginning the Course