Courses | Organizational Learning and Performance

Courses | Organizational Learning and Performance

Organizational Learning and Performance

Courses - Master of Arts

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OLP 6791 – Masters Seminar in Organizational Learning and Performance (1 credit)

This course is the first step in completing the capstone. Student will choose a topic for their capstone and develop a literature review and project definition. When the literature review and the project definition are approved by the instructor, the student can begin working on the capstone. This course and OLP 6792 are typically taken in consecutive semesters.

OLP 6792 – Capstone Seminar in Organizational Learning and Performance (2 credits)

This course provides students a final opportunity to demonstrate competency in the integrate and application of organizational learning and performance theory. It entails the development of a Capstone Project that results in the creation of a product, such as a research report, a needs assessment report, a curriculum design and/or an evaluation study report. The Capstone Project is typically completed as the last program requirement, as its product embodies the knowledge and skills developed during the program’s course work.

Prerequisites: Students must have completed all but one of their required courses in their Master of Arts in Leadership for Organizational Learning and Performance prior to registering for this course.

EMR 5400 - Fundamentals of Evaluation, Measurement, and Research (3 credits)

This course is designed to develop skills in the fundamentals of evaluation, measurement, and research. The course will introduce participants to many of the essential components necessary to conduct and interpret social science research. Topics include philosophy of science, finding and formulating research problems and questions, literature reviews and searches, basic concepts in measurement, sampling, ethical treatment of human subjects and qualitative and quantitative research methods and designs, and program evaluation. During the course, each participant is expected to prepare a research proposal which will contain extensive literature review and methods sections.

EDLD 6020 - Educational Leadership, Systems and Change (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to educational leadership and leadership theory and practice. It provides the foundation for leadership in educational programs and institutions. Students will be required to demonstrate an understanding of transformational leadership and other leadership theories, effective communication and problem solving, motivation and decision-making, organizational change and renewal, and consensus building and conflict resolution.

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OLP 6400 - Principles of Human Resources Development (3 credits)

The course provides an overview of the Human Resources Development (HRD) function in an organization. This includes the role of the HRD professional, the nature of HRD structure and function, and the planning and operation of HRD. Special emphasis in the course is devoted to analysis of the HRD function in any organization to identify those elements and characteristics of HRD associated with successful, state-of-the-art and worthwhile operations. These include, but are not limited to:  respect for diversity, commitment to individual growth and development, and connections of individual goals with organizational outcomes.  The course is a prerequisite for all OLP masters students, and a good choice for any other person who wishes to gain a critical understanding of the HRD function including; organizational development, training and development, and career development.

EDLD 6650 – Adult Learning Principles and Practices (3 credits)

This course is designed to help students discover how principles and theories of adult learning can be applies to create effective learning and training outcomes in formal and informal settings across multiple organizational contexts. Students will explore conditions, both internal (age, gender, race/ethnicity, life situation, experience, physical ability) and external (workplace or educational setting, distance, family obligations, other commitments) to the learner, which are known to affect learning outcomes. In addition, alternative methods, strategies, and technologies that increase instructional effectiveness for diverse students, and in various learning situations and circumstances will be explored.

OLP 6410 - Fundamentals of Needs Analysis (3 credits)

The purpose of the course is to provide students an opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully conduct needs assessments.  Students study a model of the essential functions and organizational variables that are critical to understanding how organizations work. This provides the foundational knowledge and contextual awareness for organizational needs assessments that are worthwhile and beneficial. The course content includes the study of theory and practice in a widely applicable approach to needs assessments.  Students learn practical tools, methods, and processes of needs analysis work. The practice of needs assessment is diverse and adaptive; therefore no single best method or simplistic step by step approach is endorsed.

OLP 6430 – Project Management/ Change Management (3 credits)

This is a course in the fundamentals of project management and organizational change for HRD professionals.  Students will learn the basic concepts of project management and be proficient in the use of project management tools, including project scope and definition, work-breakdown structure, workflow analysis and scheduling, project budgeting, project controls, and risk-management.  However, the course emphasis is on managing Organizational Learning and Performance projects rather than capitol “brick and mortar” projects.  A strong emphasis is on the role of project leaders with respect to personal and professional effectiveness, internal consulting and project team leadership. 

OLP 6440 - Organizational Effectiveness and Learning (3 credits)

This is an online course that examines the role of learning as a primary element of effective organizations. Students study the systems, models, and characteristics of effective organizations and the influence of dialog and learning.  Special attention is given to the study of organizations as adaptive systems that encompass multiple diverse elements (racial, ethnic, gender, generational, physical), and the roles of leaders, individuals, and teams in harnessing these diverse employees to improve organizational effectiveness.  Major topics of the course include contrasting models of organizational learning, strategy, and leadership.

EMR 6420 – Program Evaluation (3 credits)

The course will provide a comprehensive review of relevant theoretical and methodological knowledge related to program evaluation. Also the course will focus on specific skills that are relevant and often used in conducting program evaluations. Group work, weekly written assignments, and course projects will provide opportunities to apply knowledge and skills. Each class meeting will be divided into a few distinct components/segments that will allow us to switch between diverse activities and learning modalities, e.g., lecture, student-led discussion, group work, and occasional skill-building activities. Critical thinking and writing skills are essential for success in this course. These are some of the most important skills.


Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
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