Course Number:
BA 285
Transcript Title:
Human Relations in Organizations
Jul 27, 2022
Jun 29, 2023
Total Credits:
Lecture Hours:
Lecture / Lab Hours:
Lab Hours:
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement:
Satisfies General Education requirement:
Grading Options
A-F, P/NP, Audit
Default Grading Options
Repeats available for credit:

IRW 115 or WR 115 equivalent placement; placement into MTH 65 or MTH 98


Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121 or WR 121Z and BA 101

Course Description

Explores interactions, challenges, and opportunities in organizations by examining individual and small group behavioral theories, motivational theories and strategies, and life-work balance considerations. Includes a review of issues and challenges of interfacing technology with employees. Explores various leadership styles, different methods for dealing with change and conflict resolution in the workplace. Prerequisites: IRW 115 or WR 115 or equivalent placement; placement into MTH 65 or MTH 98. Recommended prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121 or WR 121Z and BA 101. Audit available.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify various challenges and opportunities of managing a diverse workforce locally and globally.
  2. Apply individual and small group human behavioral theories and concepts in the workplace.
  3. Apply different motivational theories, reward strategies, and life-work balance considerations to improve individual and or group performance.
  4. Identify and implement strategies to address the challenges of interfacing technology and employees.
  5. Select between different leadership styles and management models in order to respond to a variety of situations.
  6. Select useful methodologies to deal with change-management and or conflict resolution in the workplace.

Suggested Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Class participation
  • Group projects
  • Small group work
  • Business Model or Business Game
  • Presentation(s)
  • Practice Set(s)
  • Case Study
  • Portfolio(s)
  • Research paper(s)
  • Book report(s)
  • Homework assignment(s)
  • Written paper
  • Quiz
  • Exam(s)

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues, and Skills):         

  • Understand the value of persons in an organization
  • Summarize organization behavior, background, needs, and or decision making
  • Explain some of the issues regarding cultural diversity in the workplace
  • Identify and explain the dynamics of small groups
  • Discuss the elements of leadership (motivation, techniques, and quality issues)
  • Discuss change in an organization
  • Explain employee discipline and the right to privacy
  • Discuss ways persons can control or manage stress
  • Discuss the opportunities and challenges facing organizations in a global economy