Master of Arts in Organizational Development and Leadership

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Sport, Fitness, and Wellness Management Courses

(All courses are 3 credits)


ORG 6499 Cultural Diversity & Individual Differences
This course provides a systematic review of the wide range of cultures and individual differences and the ways in which cultural mores, ethnocentrism, and factors such as matters of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, customs and cultures impact behavior of the individual themselves and of those around them. Through this course, students will better understand themselves and others, in terms of perceptions and behaviors.

ORG 6504 Leadership & Management
This course is an overview of essential principles and current issues in leadership and management theory and practice. Students explore the evolutionary progress of leadership and management theories and practices from early in the industrial age to the present. Students learn to distinguish effective management and leadership practices for different organizations and operating environments. This class will examine systematic approaches to leadership in the context of organizational culture and interpersonal factors such as leadership ethics, organizational mission, individual motivation, leadership power, organizational strategy, and team performance.

ORG 6523 Teams in Organizations
In this course students explore the dynamics of highly functioning teams and their role in improving performance and increasing cross-functional collaboration in organizations. Students analyze the fundamental building blocks of effective teams in organizations, including behaviors of effective team members, factors that distinguish effective problem solving by teams, how organizational cultures influence team effectiveness, and the vital dimensions of team leadership. The course explores the life cycle of a team, including how leaders effectively form teams and optimize performance at different stages of the life cycle.

ORG 6503 Organizational Theories & Systems
This course explores the theories of human organizations and how they function and the factors that influence the structure, design, operation, and performance of individuals in complex organizations. The emphasis is on integrating theory and concepts from the behavioral and social sciences as a basis for understanding human behavior within organizations.

ORG 6534 Human Resources Management
This course will focus on the evolving role of human resource management (HRM), which emphasizes its strategic importance to organizational effectiveness. The course also explores the systems-oriented view of HRM integral current best practices. Students will examine the impact of trends and changes in the external environment on the design and implementation of organizational HRM strategies and practices. Topics include recruitment, selection, retention, compensation, benefits, training, development, employee engagement, and succession planning.

RES 5240 Applied Research Methods
This course involves the study of research design, and the quantitative and qualitative methods that can be used in addressing research questions. Students will be introduced to social scientific inquiry and the research design process, as well as some of the most common quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Through the process of critiquing research articles, students will learn how to determine the appropriate use of research design, recognize errors and biases in conducting research, and communicate the methods and results of particular studies.

ORG 6740 Sports, Fitness, & Wellness Management
This course emphasizes the significance of administration/management theory for the sport, fitness, and wellness manager. It examines important influences in management philosophy, as well as modern management theories practiced in the sports, fitness, and wellness industry. Effective leadership and management principles are emphasized, as well as the importance of governance, human resources, problem solving, planning, organizing, leading, and evaluating within this field.

ORG 6742 Fundraising & Financial Concepts in Sport, Fitness, & Wellness Management
This course stresses the use of sound methods and practices in financial management and fundraising in the field of sport, fitness, and wellness management. Topics related to financial management include basic financial concepts, systems, and strategic budgeting. Fundraising concepts include sourcing funding through traditional promotional strategies, solicitation and sales techniques, philanthropic giving, and the management of specific fundraising events. The distinct issues that make financing sport, fitness, and wellness unique in comparison to other types of business are also examined.

ORG 6745 Marketing in Sport, Fitness, & Wellness
This course examines the marketing concepts as they relate to organizations that function within the sports, fitness and wellness industry as well as provides an overview of the historical perspectives of marketed sporting events. Topics covered in this course include branding, athletic endorsements, corporate sponsorships, market research and consumer behavior as well as social issues in sport-related advertising.

ORG 6747 Facilities Management in Sport, Fitness, & Wellness
This course examines the fundamental theories, standards, and recommendations for developing, planning, constructing, and managing various venues in sports, fitness, and wellness. Included in the course are essential topics related to planning for events and tournaments, facility design/construction, program development, facility scheduling, staff and security planning, crowd control, fiscal control, law and risk management, facility marketing, facility maintenance, and box office/concession management. The course combines theoretical and practical opportunities to help students gain a background of its importance for success in the industry of sport, fitness, and wellness.

ORG 6750 Legal Concepts & Personnel Leadership in Sport, Fitness, & Wellness
This course examines legal concepts and trends, and additional areas of human resource management (HRM) pertaining to performance evaluation and development in the field of sport, fitness and wellness management. Additionally, this course emphasizes specific legal matters, such as workplace discrimination and anti-trust issues.

ORG 6520 Professional Ethics, Standards of Practice and Law
This course is a study of the ethical and legal issues confronting organizational leadership. Topics related to discrimination and anti-harassment, personnel selection procedures, standards for psychological testing, and social media will be explored. Students will learn principles of ethical decision-making and corporate social responsibility as well as explore the impact that major ethical and legal dilemmas create for organizations. Students will master the importance of non-discrimination and anti-harassment legal principles including affirmative action, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, as well as the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972 through the study of laws and relevant court decisions. Students will also master the current code of ethics of the American Psychological Association and other relevant professional code of ethics. Students will further master essential consumer protection principles.

ORG 6506 Leading Organizational Change*
This course focuses on the principles and techniques associated with leading organizations through the change process. Included is a discussion of why organizations need to change in the current business and organizational environment. In addition, a process model of how best to bring about change serves as the core schema for the class sessions. To complement the "macro" or organizational approach to creating change, we also examine a "micro" viewpoint, addressing how to encourage individuals to change. Along these lines, we spend some time exploring the parallels between the organizational change process and how this discipline might inform how we change ourselves, and perhaps individuals. Finally, we draw some connections between the function of change and the role of leadership. Prerequisite: completion of all required coursework.

Total Credits 39

*This course may not be transferred in.

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