3 Credit Hours



Instructor:  Ms. Patti Meglich-Sespico SPHR

Class Schedule: Tuesdays & Thursdays – 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.  Room BSA 117

Office Hours:  Tuesdays, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. & Thursdays 4:00 p.m.  – 5:00 p.m.

Text: Organizational Behavior, Kreitner and Kinicki, Sixth Edition, 2004.


Office:  BSA Building; Office A402; telephone extension 21164



Students will develop an understanding of workplace behavior and how it can help an organization to gain a valuable competitive advantage.  Results in the modern organization hinge on the ability to attract, develop, retain and motivate a diverse array of people.  The course material will give present and future managers the knowledge to succeed in the organization of the future and contribute to its growth and success.




Class Enrollment

Students have responsibility to ensure they are properly enrolled in classes.  You are advised to review your official class schedule during the first two weeks of the semester to ensure you are properly enrolled in this class and section.  Should you find an error in your class schedule, you have until Friday, September 5, 2003 to correct it with your advising office.  If registration errors are not corrected by this date and you continue to attend and participate in classes for which you are not officially enrolled, you are advised now that you will not receive a grade at the conclusion of the semester for any class in which you are not properly registered.  Students attending the course who do not have the proper prerequisite risk being deregistered from the class.


Standards of Conduct

Students are expected to comply with the guidelines on academic honesty as defined below.

Academic honesty: Cheating means to misrepresent the source, nature, or other conditions of your academic work (e.g., tests, papers, projects, assignments) so as to get undeserved credit.   In addition, it is considered cheating when one cooperates with someone else in any such misrepresentation.  The use of the intellectual property of others without giving them appropriate credit is a serious academic offense.  It is the University's policy that cheating or plagiarism result in receiving a failing grade for the work or course.  Repeat offenses result in dismissal from the University.


As this course prepares the student for a career in business, students are expected to plan their schedules to adequately prepare for exams and to submit assignments on a timely basis.




Absences from class will impact your educational experience.  Attendance in class provides the opportunity for each student to learn not only from the instructor and materials but also from other students.  Class participation is one component of your grade.  Therefore, if you are not in class, you will miss the opportunity to add to discussions, participate in group activities and to ask questions.


Should you miss a class, it is your responsibility to obtain the class notes and other information and handouts from another student.  The instructor will not provide copies of notes.


Due Dates

All written assignments must be submitted on or before the assigned due date.  LATE ASSIGNMENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. 


You are required to be present for all exams unless you have made PRIOR arrangements with the instructor.   Make-up exams will be granted solely at the Instructor’s discretion.  Any student granted a make-up exam will be docked 10 points on the exam score.


Professional Writing

All out-of-class written assignments must be submitted in typewritten form.  No handwritten assignments will be accepted.


Standards of proper English apply to all written assignments, and exams.  In addition to content; spelling, grammar and flow of ideas will be used to evaluate any written work product.


Class Participation

All students are expected and encouraged to participate in activities and discussions during class.  Learning is an active process and each student should feel free to add input and ask questions during class sessions.


Course Withdrawal

For Fall 2003, the course withdrawal deadline is Saturday, November 1, 2003.  Withdrawal before the deadline results in a "W" on the official transcript; after the deadline a grade must be calculated and reported.


Class Materials

All students are expected to read the assigned textbook as well as any articles assigned by the instructor.  Study aides are available for download at:  All students are encouraged to visit this website and utilize the online study materials.


WebCT is the main communication tool that I use.  Please check the site regularly.  All assignments will be posted on WebCT.  I will not copy and hand out assignments.  You are responsible for accessing course information from the website.  I use the e-mail feature of WebCT to correspond with students.  Please read your WebCT e-mail periodically.






Grading Criteria


Exams – 3@ 50-75 points each                       200 – 40%

Final Exam – 1@100 points each                    100 – 20%

Group Project – 1@75 points each                   75 – 15%

Research paper – 1 @75 points                        75 – 15%

Class Participation                                            50 – 10%

TOTAL                                                           500 – 100%




            A  =  450 – 500 points  (90%

            B  =  400 – 449 points  (80%)

            C  =  350 – 399 points  (70%)

            D  =  300 – 349 points  (60%)

            F  =  Below 300 points 


Note:  The three regular exams each cover 4 chapters.  The Final Exam will cover 4 chapters PLUS some material from the entire semester.




If you encounter difficulties and cannot see me during my scheduled office hours, please send me an e-mail or ask before or after class.  Believe it or not, your success in this course is our mutual objective.  If you need help, please don’t wait until it is too late.




Any student that needs additional assistance in understanding the course material is encouraged to speak with the instructor at the earliest possible time in the semester.  There are campus tutoring services, counseling services and other student aids.  Please take advantage of these services to help you succeed in your program.


Please advise the instructor PRIOR to any quizzes or exams if you have a disability and need special accommodation.  Students with disabilities:  In accordance with University policy, if you have a documented disability and require accommodations to obtain equal access in this course, please contact the instructor at the beginning of the semester or when given an assignment for which an accommodation is required.  Students with disabilities must verify their eligibility through the Office of Student Disability Services (SDS) in the Michael Schwartz Service Center (672-3391).



IMPORTANT DATES                                 


September 18 – Exam 1

October 14 – Exam 2

November 6 – Exam 3

November 18 – Research Paper due

December 9 – Final Exam





M&IS 34185 Section 001 – Fall Semester, 2003






Aug. 28

Course Introduction

Chapter 1: Organizational Behavior


Sep. 2

Sep. 4

Chapter 12: Group Dynamics

Chapter 13: Teams and Teamwork for 21st Century


Sep. 9

Sep. 11

Chapter 14: Managing Conflict and Negotiation

Group Meeting Day


Sep. 16

Sep. 18

Learning Module A: Ethics and Organizational Behavior

***** EXAM 1 ***** Chapters 1, 12, 13, 14


Sep. 23

Sep. 25

Chapter 5: Individual Differences

Chapter 5: Individual Differences


Sep. 30

Oct. 2

Chapter 2: Managing Diversity

Chapter 6: Values, Attitudes, Abilities & Job Satisfaction


Oct. 7

Oct. 9

Chapter 6: Values, Attitudes, Abilities & Job Satisfaction

Chapter 7: Social Perceptions and Attributions


Oct. 14

Oct. 16

***** EXAM 2 ***** Chapters 2, 5, 6, 7

Research/Reading Day


Oct. 21 

Oct. 23

Chapter 3: Organizational Culture

Chapter 4: International OB


Oct. 28

Oct. 30

Chapter 11: Individual and Group Decision Making

Chapter 11: Creativity


Nov. 4

Nov. 6

Chapter 15: Organizational Communication

***** EXAM 3 ***** Chapters 3, 4, 11, 15


Nov. 11

Nov. 13

Chapter 10: Improving Job Performance

Chapter 16: Influence Tactics, Empowerment and Politics


Nov. 18


Nov. 20

Chapter 18: Creating Effective Organizations

***** Research Paper Due *****

Chapter 19: Managing Change and Stress


Nov. 25


Nov. 27

To Be Announced – Check WebCT


***** Thanksgiving HOLIDAY *****


Dec. 2

Dec. 4

Chapters 8, 9, 17:  Motivation, Leadership

Last day of class - Review


Dec. 9

***** FINAL EXAM *****