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HRM 821 - Organizational Behaviour C22 (Online)

Academic Credit Value:
3 units
Course Delivery Mode:
Hours of Study:
39 hours
Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Anti-requisite(s):
Instructor Name:
Mary Megali
Course Dates:
02/10/2020 - 05/03/2020

Required Course Materials:
N/A -- All course material will be available in Avenue to Learn
Optional Course Materials:
Course Description:
This course provides an overview of human behaviour in the workplace and its influence on organizational effectiveness. Topics include personality, perception, motivation, decision-making, team dynamics, communication, organizational politics, conflict, leadership, organizational design, and change.
Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  • Analyze how individual and group behaviours and traits affect organizational effectiveness.
  • Identify various theories of personality, perception, motivation, and emotions and their impact on
  • individual behaviour and organizational effectiveness.
  • Describe organizational communication processes and the strategies used to resolve conflicts and organizational politics.
  • Assess the impact of individual and group decision-making processes.
  • Explain how leadership and management styles influence organizational culture.
  • Analyze how the design of organizational structures impact employees.
  • Explain the critical role of managing change to ensure organizational success.
  • Demonstrate the skills, attitudes, and behaviours required to work and collaborate with people and develop personal management skills.
  • Apply the theoretical concepts/frameworks of organizational behaviour to real-life situations in the workplace.
Course Evaluation

The final grade is calculated based on the following components:

Quizzes: 30%
Assignment: Learning Journal - 20%
Group Case Study: 50%
Group Enrolment & Group Contract: 5%
Project Plan: 5%
Draft Report: 15%
Final Report: 25%

Course Survey/Evaluations
Students are required to provide feedback by completing course reaction/evaluation surveys.  Course evaluations are administered through an online resource.  Course instructors are not involved in the distribution or collection of course evaluations.  In all cases, students will remain anonymous.​

Course Format:

This course is designed to present the fundamental concepts and theories in organizational behaviour and promote the application to the workplace and professional practice. Course activities will include instructor presentations, required readings and experiential learning activities (i.e. case studies, group discussions, projects, etc.).
Assignment Submission:
Course assignments are submitted to the appropriate A2L Assignment folder by the specified due date
Late Coursework:
Late assignments will be subject to a 2% per day late penalty (includes weekends and holidays) for up to seven (7) days. After this date, no assignments will be accepted and a grade of zero (0) will be applied. Extensions for course work must be approved by the instructor before the due date (see Academic Regulations below), and will be granted for illness or emergencies only. Students may be asked to submit supporting documentation for an extension request.  

Policy & Procedures:

Academic Regulations (Attendance, Coursework, Tests/Exams):
In accordance with McMaster University’s General Academic Regulations, “it is imperative that students make every effort to meet the originally scheduled course requirements and it is a student’s responsibility to write examinations as scheduled.” Therefore, all students are expected to attend and complete the specific course requirements (i.e. attendance, assignments, and tests/exams) listed in the course outline on or by the date specified. Students who need to arrange for coursework accommodation, as a result of medical, personal or family reasons, must contact the course instructor within 48 hours of the originally scheduled due date. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Program Manager/Program Associate to discuss accommodations and procedures related to deferred tests and/or examinations within 48 hours of the originally scheduled test/exam, as per policy. Failure to contact the course instructor, in the case of missed coursework, or the Program Manager/Program Associate, in the case of a missed test/examination, within the specified 48 hour window will result in a grade of zero (0) on the coursework/exam and no further consideration will be granted.

*Note: Supporting documentation will be required but will not ensure approval of accommodation(s).
Academic Integrity
(Please note that CCE will adhere to a zero tolerance application policy)

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity. Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behavior can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: “Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty”), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university. It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:
1.  Plagiarism (e.g., the submission of work that is not one’s own for which other credit has been obtained).
2.  Improper collaboration in group work.
3.  Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.
Academic Accommodations:
Students with disabilities who require academic accommodations must contact the Student Accessibility Centre (SAS) to meet with an appropriate Disability Services Coordinator. To contact SAS, phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652, or email further information, consultMcMaster University’s Policy for Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
On-line Elements:
In this course, we will be using on-line elements, which may include email, Avenue to Learn, WebEX, and external web sites.  Students should be aware that, when they access the electronic components of this course, private information such as first and last names, user names for the McMaster e-mail accounts, and program affiliation may become apparent to all other students in the same course. The available information is dependent on the technology used. Continuation in this course will be deemed consent to this disclosure. If you have any questions or concerns about such disclosure please discuss this with the course instructor.
In this course, we will be using a web-based service ( to reveal plagiarism.  Students will be expected to submit their work electronically to so that it can be checked for academic dishonesty.  Students who do not wish to submit their work to must still submit a copy to the assigned Assignment folder and add a note in the comment section that they do not wish to have the paper scanned by Turnitin.  Those files will not be selected for submission.  No penalty will be assigned to a student who does not submit work to  All submitted work is subject to normal verification that standards of academic integrity have been upheld (e.g., on-line search, etc.).  To see the Policy, please go to
Course Changes:
The instructor reserves the right to modify elements of the course and will notify students accordingly.
Course Withdrawal Policy:

Policies related to dropping a course and course withdrawals are posted to the Centre for Continuing Education’s program webpage, FAQs & Policies (

Students withdraw from courses in MOSAIC's student center (do not send withdrawal request email to CCE).​

Grading Scale:
A+  = 90  -  100 %
= 85  -   89 %
A-  = 80  -   84 %
B+  = 77  -   79 %
= 73  -   76 %
B-  = 70  -   72 %
C+  = 67  -   69 %
= 63  -   66 %
C-  = 60  -   62 %
D+ = 57  -   59 %
D = 53  -   56 %
D-  = 50  -   52 % 
F = 0    -   49 %
Course Schedule:


Module 1: Introduction to Organizational Behaviour

Module 2: Perceptions, Personality, and Emotions in the Workplace

Module 3: Values, Ethics, Attitudes, and Diversity

Module 4: Employee Motivation

Module 5: Teams and Groups in the Workplace

Module 6: Organizational Communication

Module 7: Power Dynamics, Politics, and Conflict Management

Module 8: Organizational Culture and Approaches to Leadership

Module 9: Organizational Decision-Making

Module 10: Designing Organizational Structures and Managing Organizational Change