The Bachelor of Science in Business in Organizational Leadership program consists of 40 courses. Each online course is six weeks in length, and the program can be completed one course at a time. The time it takes to complete the program is dependent on the number of transfer credits awarded upon enrollment.
Available credit hour breakdown:
- General Education: 36 Credit Hours
- Christian Worldview: 12 Credit Hours
- General Electives: 24 Credit Hours
- Major Core: 48 Credit Hours
Bachelor's in Organizational Leadership Major Core
►Professionalism and Human Performance (3 credits)
This course provides students with an understanding of the professional (soft) skills required for academic and career success. Emphasis is on critical thinking, communication (written and oral), research, teambuilding, and leadership skills development. Other topics include time management, computer proficiency, and developing presentation skills.
►Principles of Management (3 credits)
Types of managerial functions necessary for organizational operation are explored. The course is built around the topics of planning, organizing, directing, controlling and decision-making.
►Computer Applications in Business (3 credits)
This course is designed to provide an interactive environment for learning the fundamental functions of the most popular commercial applications software, including word processing, spreadsheet, database management, and presentations. This course meets the need of future business people, managers, and a generally well-informed using public.
►Theories in Leadership (3 credits)
In this module, several theories will be explored that attempt to explain what leadership is and how to apply it to key areas, such as influencing individual behavior, group or team performance, and change. Additionally, the module will examine sources of power, motivational theory, and conflict resolution strategies.
►Conflict Resolution and Negotiation (3 credits)
This course exposes students to the nature of conflict within organizations and the various forms of employable conflict resolution techniques. Emphasis is given to overcoming positional or contentious strategies while building collaboration and offering choices. Focus is placed on understanding the interdependence of groups within the system and the cohesion necessary for organizational effectiveness.
►Personal Values and Organizational Ethics (3 credits)
Through this course, students have the opportunity to investigate the interplay between personal values and professional ethics. Several major ethical theories are reviewed. Learners will be challenged to identify and articulate personal values. In addition learners will investigate business ethics, focusing on the application of personal values to the workplace.
►Organizational Behavior and Leadership (3 credits)
This course examines the psychological and sociological variables associated with the behavior of individuals in a group or organizational setting. Students will be challenged to recognize personal styles of interaction and the effects of those styles in organizational settings.
►Human Resource Management (3 credits)
Adult learners explore the values and perceptions of selected groups affecting social and economic life through an analysis of policies and practices of recruitment, selection, training, development and compensation of employees. Special attention is given to Equal Opportunity and Office of Safety and Health Administration legislation through a series of case studies and simulations.
►Business Law (3 credits)
Business Law studies the history, background, sources and influences of modern-day law as it pertains to the business activities of individuals, corporations and other legal entities. As a part of this module particular emphasis will be placed upon the laws governing contracts, creditors’ rights, secured transactions, bankruptcy, agency, partnerships and corporations. Today’s managers need to understand the basic legal concepts to avoid costly courtroom problems and other legal issues.
►Effective Personal and Organization Communication (3 credits)
This course investigates communication and relationships in creating a productive work environment. Effectiveness in personal and social relationships is also covered through readings and exercises involving non-verbal communication, constructive feedback, dealing with anger, and resolving conflict.
►Research and Applied Statistics (3 credits)
Problem analysis and evaluation techniques are presented. Adult learners are shown methods for defining, researching, analyzing, and evaluating a problem in their work or vocational environments that they have selected for an independent study project. Specific statistical information covered in the course includes identifying and measuring objectives, collecting data, working with significance levels, and analyzing variance and constructing questionnaires.
►Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3)
A survey of the applications of psychology in industry, the course topics include personnel selection, training, and performance appraisal; organizational psychology and job design; human engineering of the industrial workplace; and issues of employee motivation, morale, safety and health. An emphasis is placed on the application of psychological principles to the understanding of organizational effects on individual and group behavior.
►Strategic Planning (3 credits)
This course introduces adult learners to various management planning models and techniques and applies these to business cases. It stresses the concepts of strategic planning and strategic management.
►Studies in Christian Management Capstone (3 credits)
The student will have the opportunity to read a variety of contemporary authors writing on effective management and leadership, participate as part of a study team, and prepare and present his/her own philosophy of management and leadership.
►Social Psychology (3 credits)
Social Psychology focuses on how individuals are influenced by other people and how that affects behavior, attitudes, perceptions, emotions and thoughts.
►Applied Research Project (3 credits)
The Applied Research Project is a major research effort designed to enhance knowledge in an area related to one’s work or community and provide research skills to assist in effective decision-making. Students complete a research project related to their employment environment. Statistical analysis concepts and methods assist students identify a topic, collect data and measure results. A college faculty member monitors students' progress, and an on-site contact makes certain students devote at least 200 clock hours to the project. An oral report of initial findings is given by each student in this term.