Sport, Fitness, and Wellness Management Courses
PSY 7512 Psychology of Leadership
The course will provide an overview of the key events and accomplishments that have played an important role in the historical evolution of the psychology of leadership and the systems that form the basis of the discipline. A review of the history of organizational psychology introduces several important distinctions that define the discipline, and theoretical models and perspectives that trace the evolution of theory and practice. The learning activities emphasize the dichotomy between the science and applications of organizational psychology and leadership. The course approaches the psychology of leadership from three different perspectives 1) objectives for research and practice in the field, 2) basic methodological orientation of practitioners and 3) the systems and research-based foundations that form the basis of organizational psychology and the psychology of leadership.
ORG 8530 Influence, Motivation & Persuasion in the Workplace
This advanced graduate seminar explores theories of motivating adult performance in the workplace. The exploration includes theories and application of methods for leaders to influence and persuade others in ways that motivate and engage them in their work and their organization's mission.
ORG 7500 Diversity in the Workplace
This course is a systematic study of multi-cultural issues in the workplace, emphasizing respect for diversity of people and families, particularly with regard to matters of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, and sexual orientation. Specific ethnic groups are studied in regard to family relations and cultural impacts on workplace behaviors. Attention is given to ethnocentrism and racism in society and traditional culture-bound organizational human resources approaches. Through this course, students better understand themselves including expectations and biases toward others based on their ethnic families of origin. Positive and negative feelings about ethnicity are also explored.
ORG 8511 Advanced Topics in Performance Management
This course takes a broad perspective on the theory and strategic application of performance management systems design and implementation, with an emphasis on the more complex issues and questions associated with these advanced systems. This advanced course explores strategic issues and best practices in employee engagement, leadership development, succession planning, evaluative performance feedback, and compensation models. The ways that the changing nature of work and changing demographics in the business world are influencing performance management systems are examined, including globalization, generational differences, multinational operations and cross-cultural issues. Based on current theories and applications for performance management systems, students explore current literature and case examples to implement and support organizational development and increased organizational effectiveness.
ORG 8510 Advanced Seminar: Leading Organizational Change
This seminar examines cutting edge trends in organizational change, the current global business climate, forces driving change, and issues related to positioning organizations for the future. The topics selected will connect change with culture, existing organizational strategies, and the process of change in future directions. Major case study examples of organizational change are included in the learning process.
ORG 8518 Professional & Business Ethics in Organizational Leadership
This advanced seminar examines enduring issues in business and professional ethics and applying proven approaches to ethical professional practice and organizational operations to contemporary organizational environments and issues.
RES 7410 Research Design & Methods - Qualitative
This course involves the advanced study of research design, in general, and the qualitative inquiry, in particular, that can be used in addressing research questions. The epistemological assumptions underlying the qualitative methodology will be explored as students become familiar with the philosophical issues underlying how we know what we know. The ability to choose a researchable topic and create associated research questions will be emphasized. Students will become familiar with a variety of approaches including ethnography, grounded theory, phenomenology, narrative, participatory action research, and case study. A variety of common data collection methods will be studied, such as observation, interviews, surveys, and historical document collection. Validation and reliability standards, as well as evaluation criteria for qualitative approaches will be addressed. Students will be required to complete training on ethics in research, as well as complete a qualitative research proposal in an area of interest, which may include dissertation related research.
RES 7400 Research Design & Methods - Quantitative
This course involves the advanced study of research design, and the quantitative methods that can be used in addressing research questions. Students will gain experience developing their own research ideas and learning how to select and apply appropriate research designs to test those ideas. Through the process of critiquing research articles, students will also learn how to evaluate which research designs would be appropriate to test various areas of inquire, as well as how to communicate the methods and results of particular quantitative studies. Students will be required to complete a training on ethics in research, as well as complete a quantitative research proposal in an area of interest, which may include dissertation related research.
RES 7402 Advanced Tests & Measurements
This course involves the advanced study of the theory and practice of psychological measurement. Students review and apply the concepts of measurement (levels of measurement, variables, and validity and reliability of instruments and measurement procedures), and basic principles of statistics (descriptive statistics, univariate inferential statistics for comparisons of sample means, correlation, and regression), as a basis for exploring the proper use of tests and measurements in psychological research. Students will explore published research based on psychometric instruments and other measurement methodologies, and design a quantitative research proposal in an area of interest, which may include dissertation related research.
ORG 7101 Assessment Tools for Organizational Leadership
This course involves the study of the theory and practice of objective personality assessment and its application to executive coaching and organizational leadership. The course focuses on how objective personality assessment is used to provide insights into readiness for leadership and management roles. Primary emphasis is on those published instruments and inventories commonly used in executive coaching, organizational leadership assessment and organizational development, including instruments such as: FIRO-B, Social Style Profile, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, CPI 260, Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode, Campbell Leadership Index, Workplace Big Five, Change Style Indicator, Campbell Organizational Survey, and Conflicts Dynamics Profile. (All of the above will not necessarily be included in each session of the course; instructors will select representative examples from classes of instruments.)
RES 7415 Advanced Statistics
This course emphasizes inferential statistical concepts related to methods most appropriate to data and theories. The focus is on a quantitative approach to the concepts and methods of statistical inference. Topics include hypothesis testing, probability, multiple correlation and regression, t-tests, Analysis of Variance, Analysis of Covariance, and Multivariate Analysis of Variance, and nonparametric tests. Research design issues are addressed, with a focus on selecting data analysis techniques to appropriately address research questions and apply the concepts covered to various research problems and real life situations. Emphasis is on developing skills for interpreting statistical results presented in research articles.
ORG 7525 Issues & Methods in Market Research
This advanced workshop explores current techniques in mass market and Internet market research, with an emphasis on state of the art methods and issues facing practitioners. The course explores the social psychology of creating and supplying demand for products and services, by applying qualitative and quantitative research methods in both traditional retail and business distribution channels as well as through the Internet. Topics include market segmentation, product feature targeting, packaging, pricing, bundling, and placement, as well as advertising through direct mail, email, Internet, electronic mass media, and print media.
ORG 8001 Sport Funding & Finance for the Sport, Fitness, & Wellness Manager
This course emphasizes the use of specific financial management and fundraising concepts for the sport, fitness, and wellness professional. Topics related to financial management include basic fundamentals of financing a sport, fitness, or wellness operation. The challenges that face the sport, fitness, and wellness professional are also examined, as these are different compared to other segments in the field of management. Modifications in the funding of sport will be emphasized, as well as an examination of the varied funding sources afforded to the sport, fitness, and wellness manager today. Lastly, an examination of recent research in these areas is offered for the student.
ORG 8003 Law & Personnel Management for the Sport, Fitness, & Wellness Manager
This course examines the significance of legal concepts, fundamentals of human resource management (HRM), and the importance of each in the successful operation and advancement of the sport, fitness and wellness operation. Selected topics will have an emphasis on developing the student who will lead or manage a sport, fitness, and wellness organization. A comprehensive overview of legal and personnel concepts are examined, such as tort, contract law, constitutional law, risk management and liability issues, and ethical approaches in human resource measurement and evaluation. Lastly, an examination of recent research in these areas if offered for the student.
ORG 8005 Group & Team Dynamics in Sport, Fitness, & Wellness
This course, through the emphasis on theory and practice, examines how each member of a group can maximize their performance to better themselves and their team, ultimately leading to more cohesive groups and high-performing teams. The factors influencing the process and outcomes of group and team efforts are discussed in-depth, providing the student with a stronger understanding of how leadership dynamics can influence the group as a whole to accomplish the task at hand.
ORG 8010 Organizational Burnout in Sport, Fitness & Wellness
This course provides an overview of the construct of burnout, the development of employee burnout and how this affects the organizational system. Interventions for reducing employee burnout are discussed as well as strategies to prevent workplace burnout. The specific component of athlete burnout is addressed as well as the relationship between burnout and employee engagement.
ORG 8522 Transformational Leadership, Coaching Top Level Executives
Many major companies have made coaching and leadership development a core part of executive development. This course takes the next step in examining the theories of leadership with emphasis on linking theory and practice to create effective organizational leaders.
ORG 8770 Doctoral Capstone Seminar* (4 credits)
This seminar provides students the opportunity to apply what they have learned in their curriculum to highly realistic case studies related to their fields of specialization for the doctorate. Through discussions among students and the instructor, students will review, analyze and evaluate case studies emphasizing the practice of the content in their curriculum. The course will involve the analysis and evaluation of one or more case studies. Students will contemplate complex questions posed by their instructor, reply to those questions, respond to other students’ analyses and evaluations, and receive faculty feedback. Each student will submit a final assignment on each case, involving his or her critical thinking on the core issues presented in the case and the presentation and defense of an approach to addressing those core issues. Prerequisite: completion (including approved credits transferred) of all coursework required in the student’s doctoral curriculum.
RES 8910 Dissertation Planning I
In this course students begin drafting their dissertation under instructor supervision. Students working individually on their dissertation drafts focus on the description of their topic, refinement of their research questions, and outlining their review of literature with feedback and recommendations for revisions from their instructor. (Final approval of these drafts of portions of the dissertation rests with the student’s individual dissertation committees, as described in the current University of the Rockies Dissertation Handbook, as revised from time to time. Following the procedures outlined in the Handbook, students may form their committees before, during, or after their enrollment and completion of Dissertation Planning I and II.) Prerequisite: Doctoral Capstone Seminar.
RES 8912 Dissertation Planning II
In this course, students continue drafting their dissertation under instructor supervision. Students working individually on their dissertation drafts focus on the description of their topic, refinement of their research questions, and outlining their review of the literature with feedback and recommendations for revisions from their instructor. Final approval of these drafts of portions of the dissertation rests with the student's individual dissertation committees, as described in the current University of the Rockies dissertation Handbook, as revised from time to time. Following the procedures outlined in the Handbook, students may form their committees before, during or after their enrollment and completion of Dissertation Planning I and II. Prerequisite: completion of all required coursework and Dissertation Planning I.
RES 8990 Dissertation (1 credit per term, 5 terms)**
Students writing a dissertation must complete a total of 5 credits by registering for five consecutive terms of dissertation credit, one credit per term. Dissertations are written per the policies, practices and procedures in the Dissertation Handbook.
Total Credits 62
*This course may not be transferred in.
**As a requirement for graduation from University of the Rockies with a degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), each student must complete and successfully defend a dissertation. The purpose of the Dissertation is to ensure that the student has mastered the ability to pursue a systematic investigation, which examines significant issues or problems in applied psychology. The Dissertation requirement is also designed to contribute to the student's knowledge, skills, and research expertise in psychology. Students choose a topic that addresses carefully chosen research questions that the student then investigates with quantitative or qualitative research, with a meta-analysis, or with a program design or program evaluation. Prerequisites, timelines for completion, and attendance requirements for Dissertation, as well as a detailed explanation of each step in the process, are described in the Dissertation Handbook.