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Master of Organizational Leadership


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MOL 501 Leadership Theory 3 credits, preferred first course
This course surveys contemporary theories of leadership. Students analyze and critically compare and contrast leadership theories for the purpose of identifying their relative strengths and weaknesses as practical leadership models and approaches. Course emphasizes connecting leadership theories and practices to leadership situations related to student experiences.

MOL 512 Assessing Leadership Skills 3 credits
This course examines how various aspects of character, values, purpose, balance and action are connected to essential leadership activities. Students will be challenged to examine how growing as a leader is based on their ability to grow as a person. Students will develop a profile of their leadership abilities through personal reflection as well as the completion of various self-assessment instruments.

MOL 515 Decision-Making and Leadership 3 credits
This course examines how leaders and organizations make decisions. Through the use of readings and case studies students should develop an understanding of organizational processes of decision-making in addition to a leader's personal decision-making ability. Critical thinking skills as they pertain to decision-making are closely examined.

MOL 529 Conflict Management 3 credits
This course seeks to uncover the theoretical understanding of the conflict process, the types of conflict, the conflict management styles and behaviors, the distinction between distributive and integrative conflict resolution attempts and types of intervention. The understanding of the theory is demonstrated through the construction of a personal case study of a significant work related conflict. Each week they will explore a different aspect of their conflict situation that is connected to the theo-retical material under consideration.

MOL 540 Strategic Communication in Organizations 3 credits
This course examines the role of communication as a strategic leadership function in organizations. Students are challenged to understand how communication creates awareness of organizational mission and facilitates interpersonal and group relationships in attaining organizational goals. Communication technologies and their impact on organizational effectiveness are surveyed.

MOL 557 Building Effective Teams 3 credits
This course will explore the theory and practice of group and team development. Participants will gain a basic understanding of team development within organizations and how and when to de-velop high-performance teams. Special emphasis will be on developing the knowledge, skills and abilities to facilitate groups and teams. A connection will be drawn between team building, communication and leadership.

MOL 621 Human Behavior in Organizations 3 credits
This course offers a study of the organization (for profit and non-profit) as a complex system: line and staff functions, administration/leadership styles, motivation and group dynamics and impact of each on the achievement of organizational goals.

MOL 625 Leading Organizational Change 3 credits
This class will blend background and learning from earlier courses on leadership with concepts and models of organizational change. The change process involves a series of steps that focuses on vision, implementation, change agents, and other components. This course provides insight into types of changes, impacting organizations and possible strategies to address those changes.

MOL 655 Political and Civic Leadership 3 credits
Addresses the essentials of political, civic, and community service as both a full-time and part-time endeavor. Topics include civic literacy citizen power, running for elected office, and organizing and managing political and charitable organizations. Examines community service as an essential part of successful leadership.

MOL 685 Human Resource Management 3 credits
Human Resource managements at the first-line and middle management levels of personnel administration. Forecasting employment needs, attracting and orienting personnel, legal aspects of personnel selections, performance appraisal, motivations training and development, salary and promotion policies, discipline, and labor relations.

MOL 701 Planning Strategically 3 credits
Reviews the traditional organizational process and then examines the organization from a strategic perspective. Students will learn how to apply a variety of tools and techniques for decision-making and will develop strategic approaches to management decisions. Encourages students to think strategically about organizations in increasingly diverse environments.

MOL 710 Ethics and Leadership 3 credits
This course examines ethical decision-making as it relates to leadership. Theoretical and practical applications of ethical principles as they relate to the organizational environment are examined.

MOL 715 Leadership Work Action 3 credits
The purpose of this course is for learners to put into practice the leadership knowledge and skills they have been mastering during their MOL studies. This will be done by researching, studying, planning, recommending, and leading/executing a change project at their place of employment - we call this a Work-Based Action Project. The Action Project needs to be a concreete action activity, not simply planning or analysis although those activities can be included. Focus should be on either strategic problems or opportunities for the Learner's organization - meaning the Project needs to have a direct impact on the goals of the unit or organization. Projects should look to involve something that has never been done before but which is currently failing, something where the solutions are not immediately obvious or that there is controversy over likely solutions. The Project should specify challenging but attainable goals. The class meets eight times over 16 weeks, generally four weekly meetings in a row and then four meetings spread out over the rest of the semester.
Prerequites: MOL 501, MOL 512 and completion of 21 credits before enrolling.

MOL 716 Leadership Research Paper 3 credits
This course, together with the work based action project class (MOL 715), functions as a capstone experience for the MOL program. Whereas the work based action project class emphasis is on the practical application of what has been learned in the program, this class is designed to help learners consolidate their grasp over the abstract and theoretical material they have covered in previous courses. The consolidation occurs in the form of a formal academic paper that addresses a contemporary issue in leadership studies. Learners are guided through a process to help them envision and develop a research project appropriate to leadership issues. They then receive assistance in generating the research material necessary to write a formal paper. In the third phase of the class, learners work in learner groups under faculity guidance to write and re-write their formal paper until it achieves the necessary level of academic quality. Finally, learners will make a formal presentation explaining their findings. The class meets eight times over 16 weeks.
Prerequsites: MOL 501, MOL 512, and completion of 30 credits before enrolling.

MOL 792 Special Topics 3 credits
Deals with specific topics not covered in regular course offerings. Course content to be agreed upon by the Program Director.