BMGT 365 Organizational Leadership

Course Description

Prerequisite: BMGT 364.

An exploration of the challenges to effective leadership and management that the contemporary manager faces in a rapidly changing environment.  Focus is on leadership styles and motivational techniques conducive to high performance in various organizational settings with a very diverse workforce. Topics include issues in the design of organizations, the corporate/organizational culture, the design and enrichment of jobs, and communication within organizations. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: BMGT 365, MGMT 300, MGST 310, or TEMN 310.

Course Introduction

Most people think of management and leadership as the same thing. But Leadership is much more than that.  Leadership is a process that begins by determining that there is an opportunity to satisfy an organizational need or want.  Resources are then planned, and decisions made to fulfill that need or want. This plan must include all of the characteristics of the organizational mission.

Course Objectives

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

  • Discuss the leadership theories and leader roles for workforce diversity, marketplace globalization, technology applications, and organizational innovation and change.
  • Relate the effects of performance on corporate strategy, culture, structure, and job design.
  • Assess the climate for high performance by communications and motivation approaches.
  • Explain the how, when, and where different styles of leadership affect organizational performance.
  • Summarize the complex processes and procedures leaders and managers need to follow to ensure quality, efficiency, and competitive advantage in the business environment.
  • Articulate a personal philosophy of leadership and leader behavior that demonstrates a thorough grasp of the course material.

Course Materials


  • Leadership:  Theory, Application, Skill Development, Robert N. Lussier & Christopher F. Achua, 2001, South-Western College Publishing
  • BMGT 365 CAT course CD-ROM

Overview of Lessons

Lesson Chapter Chapter Title
1 1 Definition of Leadership and Leadership Roles
2 1 Leadership Theory
3 2 Leadership Traits and Ethics
  1–2 Review of Module 1/Quiz 1 – Chapters 1–2
4 3 Leadership Behavior
5 3 Motivation
6 4 Communication
7 4 Coaching and Conflict Skills
  3–4 Review of Module 2/Quiz 2 – Chapters3–4
  1–4 MIDTERM EXAM – Chapters 1–4
8 5 Contingency Leadership Theories
9 6 Dyadic Relationahips, Followership, and Delegation
10 7 Leading Effective Teams
11 8 Self–Managed Teams
  5–8 Review of Module 3/Quiz 3 – Chapters 5–8
12 9 Communication: Interpersonal and Organizational
14 11 Human Motivation
15 11 Leadership
  9–11 Review of Module 4/Quiz 4 – Chapters 9–11
  5–11 FINAL EXAM – Chapters 5–11

Course Requirements

I hope your experience with Organizational Leadership will be rewarding and meaningful. This course is designed to help ensure your success. The learning system you will use as you work your way through Leadership: Theory, Application, and Skill Development has three components: a Student Notebook (located on the CD-ROM), a textbook, and a CD-ROM. Together they provide an integrated learning system. Completing the following requirements will facilitate your success in this course:

  1. Read through the Student Notebook carefully to be sure that you understand all course objectives, requirements, and assignments.
  2. Review the Learning objectives for each lesson in the Student Notebook.
  3. Complete all of the textbook reading assignments found in the Student Notebook.

    • Review the summary found at the end of each chapter. They are organized to reinforce the learning objectives stated at the beginning of each chapter.
    • Answer the review and discussion questions for each chapter.
    • Complete all of the skill development and self-assessment and concept application exercises. They are intended to help you apply the theories and concepts covered in the chapter.
  4. Complete the four quizzes, midterm, video case studies, and final examination.
  5. Watch the assigned videos found on the CAT Course CD-ROM.
  6. Review the PowerPoint slides to gain an understanding of key concepts.
  7. Complete the extra credit option. (optional)

Grading Information and Criteria

Four quizzes, a midterm exam, a final exam, and four case reports are required. You can earn additional points by completing the extra credit assignment.

Quizzes & Exams

The quizzes are open-book, and your exam folder includes Feedback Reports that will allow you to evaluate the results of your quizzes. Each quiz is worth a total of 30 points and consists of true/false, multiple choice, and short answer questions.

The midterm and final exam are CLOSED-BOOK and must be proctored by a Test Administrator. Each exam is worth a possible 100 points and will consist of true/false, multiple choice, matching, problem solving, and short answer questions. The questions will be similar to the quiz and study guide questions. All exam questions will be based on the course learning objectives. The midterm exam will cover Modules 1 and 2 (Student Notebook Lessons 1-7) and the final exam will cover Modules 3 and 4 (Student Notebook lessons 8-15).

Case reports and self assessments are worth up to 15 points each.  There are a variety of assignments to choose from.  You will be required to complete four.

Case Reports

  1. Listed below are the text and video cases for chapters 1, 3, 5, 9, 10, and 11.
  2. Select four out of the six cases.
  3. The readings for the text cases are located in the pages of the textbook indicated below.
  4. If you choose to select a video case, you may view the video located on the CD-ROM.  Each video is located in their specified chapter under the folder titled Videos (i.e. "Motivating for Performance: Valassis Communications" is found in the Videos folder of Chapter 3.) Review the Case Summary and Learning Objective on the page indicated below.
  5. Provide a summary introduction, overview of the situation, major problems, and answer the Critical Thinking questions.

*  See Appendix A for guidelines on writing a case report.

Lesson Chapter Type of Case Case Title Page(s)
2 1 Text Al Scott:  Wilson Sporting Goods 23
5 3 Video Motivating for Performance:  Valassis Communications (13:17) 101
8 5 Text Kim Rogers:  MOCON 195
12 9 Text Carlton Petersburg 364
13 10 Video The Vermont Teddy Bear Company (10:55) 407
15 11 Video (11-2) Culture in an Organization – W.B. Doner (12:00) 455

Grade Scale

Your final grade in Organizational Leadership will be determined by the following grade scale:

Each quiz is worth 30 points (x 4 quizzes) 120 points total
Each exam is worth 100 points (x 2 exams) 200 points total
Each Case Report is worth 15 points (x 4 cases) 60 points total

Total points possible (excluding extra credit): 380

Percent Points Grade
90-100% 336 to 380 A
80-89% 291 to 335 B
70-79% 246 to 290 C
60-69% 201 to 245 D
59% & below 200 & below F

Extra Credit Assignment

You will be allowed to complete extra credit assignments, which you will give to your Test Administrator at the time you take your final exam.  The extra credit assignment is worth up to 30 points toward your final grade.  Before completing the final exam, give your completed extra credit assignment to your Test Administrator.

Extra Credit assignment – Fiscal Fairy Tales/Skill Builder Exercise

You may choose two of the following fiscal fairy tale exercises as extra credit.  Each one is worth up to 15 points.  For the fiscal fairy tales, read the tale, and answer the questions. 

If you choose to complete the skill builder exercise in lesson 12, read the situation and select the appropriate decision-making style for each situation.

Lesson Fiscal Fairy Tale Title Chapter
8 Tortoise and the Harried 5
8 Snowed White 5
10 The Ugly Cash Cow 7
11 Gridilocks 8
Lesson Chapter Type of Case Case Title Page(s)
10 7 Skill Builder Deciding Which Leadership Decision–Making Style to Use 284–287

Practice Quizzes & Exams

You will have the opportunity to take a practice quiz or exam prior to taking the graded (proctored) quizzes and exams required by this course. This practice method is designed to help you prepare for the graded quizzes and exams. These quizzes are located in each chapter folder on your CD-ROM titled Review Quiz.

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