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Human Relations - Organizations

Course Number: BA 285
Transcript Title: Human Relations-Organizations
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: September 25, 2013
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), audit


WR 115, RD 115, MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores

Course Description

Explores interactions in organizations by examining human perceptions, communications, small group dynamics and leadership. Includes dynamics of change, cultural diversity, substance abuse, work stress, ethics and social responsibility, and the challenges of globalization. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115, and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

A letter grade is issued for this course. At the beginning of the course, the instructor will detail the methods used to evaluate student progress and the criteria for assigning a course grade. The methods may include one or more of the following tools: examinations, quizzes, out-of-class assignments, team activities, attendance, participation, and written/oral case studies/projects.

Course Activities and Design

Activities may vary by instructor and may include lectures, discussions, and student team endeavors. Students may be required to complete written or oral assignments, case studies or projects which will provide practical application of human relations principles. Supplementary films/videos and guest speakers may also be utilized.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Understand the value of persons in an organization.
  • Summarize organization behavior, background, needs, and decision making.
  • Explain the factors involved in human perception.
  • Describe the elements of and need for communication skills.
  • Identify and explain the dynamics of small groups.
  • Discuss the elements of leadership (motivation, techniques, and quality issues).
  • Understand the challenges facing organizations.
  • Discuss the effects of change in an organization.
  • Explain the issues of cultural diversity in the workplace.
  • Describe the challenges faced by disabled and older workers in an organization.
  • Discuss the problems of substance abuse.
  • Identify issues of organizational health, ethics and globalization.
  • Discuss ways persons can control stress.
  • Explain employee discipline and the right to privacy.
  • Describe business ethic standards in today's society.
  • Identify the areas of organizational social responsibility.
  • Discuss the opportunities and challenges facing organizations in a global economy.