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ODV 600 Leadership Development
The primary objective of the course is to provide a developmental opportunity for students to be more effective and intentional as leaders. Based on the finding that increased self-awareness is key to leadership effectiveness, students will be exposed to a variety of assessments and experiences including personality assessment, 360-degree feedback, and coaching in order to increase their capacity to lead effectively. Grading is Pass/Fail.
3 Credit Hours

ODV 605 Introduction to Organization Development

This course provides an overview of organizational development, including its history, ethics, literature, and the principal behavioral theories on which it is based. Analysis of the consultation process includes the skills and techniques involved in entry, contracting, organizational scanning, and preliminary diagnosis, as well as such individual and intra-group interventions coaching, process consultation, teaming, and behavior modeling.
3 Credit Hours

ODV 610 Organizational System Change
Building on ODEV 625, this advanced graduate seminar explores cutting-edge practices and findings in the field of organization development. Students participate in an applied OD effort that includes data collection, analysis, and client feedback. Special attention will be paid to the impact of emerging trends such as innovation and complexity theory on best practices in change management. (Prerequisite: ODV 605)
3 Credit Hours

ODV 615 Business Acumen
This course introduces the "language of business" by providing the basic concepts, principles and analytical techniques in financial management. Topics include formulating financial objectives, short-term financial analysis, financial forecasting and planning. Special attention is paid to the individual, group, and organizational dynamics of decision making in finance and accounting. * May be taught as a hybrid course in some semesters. A hybrid course is taught through a combination of online resources and in class sessions. 
3 Credit Hours 

ODV 620 Interpersonal & Group Dynamics
This course focuses on the study of the form, process and function of small groups with particular emphasis on work teams in the contemporary organization. A variety of theories and models are explored and applied. Students are expected to explore there use of self in the context of groups as well as groups at a behavioral level.
3 Credit Hours

ODV 625 Introduction to Coaching Theories and Application
This course examines organizational coaching and surveys the foundational disciplines on which the practice of organizational coaching is based, applicable theories and methods. Coaching will be explored as an intervention and developmental technology. Students are introduced to the practice of coaching and coaching conversation models as well as coaching-related skills including contracting, listening, questioning, designing actions, planning and goal setting, and managing progress and accountability.
3 Credit Hours

ODV 630 Research Methods
This course serves as an introduction to graduate study in OD and provides students with a foundation for scholarly research. This course introduces students to applied research methods, statistics, quantitative and qualitative analyses. Special focus is given to research methods utilized in the social sciences which provide a fuller description and understanding of human behavior and dynamics of change in organizational life. 3 Credit Hours

ODV 675 Capstone Practicum in Organization Development  
The capstone course is the culmination of the program. The research and writing intensive course requires, through applied research, the integration of the major theories and principles from each of the preceding courses so that the student creates a defining perspective of the entire program of study. The preparation of an integrative project based on an applied field experience is required. (Prerequisites: ODV 600, ODV 605, ODV 610, ODV 615, ODV 620, ODV 625, ODV 630)
6 Credit Hours 


ODV 632 Conflict Management
The purpose of this course is to examine the nature of conflict and to better understand the impact that it has on our lives. Starting with the premise that conflict is a natural part of everyday life, the goal of the course is to assist you in identifying and analyzing your conflict management style and in developing an action plan for improving your negotiation skills and for managing conflict.
3 Credit Hours 

ODV 634 Advanced Coaching Theories

A survey of advanced and contemporary theories in the study of organizational coaching and of the leading scholars who have made important contributions to the field. Topics will include formal and informal coaching relationships; internal and external practices; and advance coaching-related skill development. Students will develop coaching skills through in-class and out-of-class practice. (Prerequisite: ODV 625)
3 Credit Hours

ODV 636 Coaching Practicum
This course provides the opportunity for students to engage in applied coaching efforts in the field. Working independently with a client, students will provide an intensive coaching consultation. This applied field experience is a supervised practicum. (Prerequisites: ODV 625 and ODV 634) 
3 Credit Hours

ODV 638 Entrepreneurship
This course examines the nature of the entrepreneur and the entrepreneurial process, as well as the critical ingredients in success and failure. The course explores the skills, concepts, and knowledge relevant to creating and funding a new venture. Considerable attention is given to the screening and evaluation of ideas and new business opportunities. The capabilities gained in this course apply to potential entrepreneurs interested in starting a new business, those interested in taking over an existing business, and those interested in incorporating an entrepreneurial approach in established businesses.
3 Credit Hours

ODV 642 Personality Assessment for Work
This course is a laboratory in the choice, administration, and interpretation of tests as an aid in selecting and optimizing individuals for the work force. A wide varety of personality tests will be administered to all class participants, including assessments of behavioral traits, mental  abilities, physical characteristics, values, competencies, and key result areas. Issues to be considered include testdesign and construction, validity and reliability, criteria for choosing a test, face-to-face versus online administration, cross-cultural and translation factors, ethics, legality, and basic personality theory. All will be integrated with the Human Resources Optimization (HRO) model of personnel management.
3 Credit Hours

ODV 644 Management Consulting
This course introduces the concepts, methods, skilss, and attitudes required for effective consultation in organizations, both from an internal and external role. Beyond a mere knowledge base, the course is designed to develop skill in dialogue and consulting, with a particular emphasis on attitude  development through the application of the Action Research and Process Consultation models in an ethical context. Additional focus is on issues of practice development and management, such as client identification, marketing, partnering, contracting, and client relationship management. 3 Credit Hours

ODV 646 Transformational Change
Transformational Change provides an experience of intensive leadership development focused on the individual becoming a more fully integrated person. Using a highly experiential approach, the course utilizes personality and leadership assessments, reflective papers and journaling to create a platform for transformational change. Special emphasis is placed on building personal resiliency with a focus on moving towards self-actualization and growth by identifying and managing an individual's unique leadership "shadow."
3 Credit Hours

ODV 648 Creative Connections
This hands-on course will draw on community resources to explore the nature and universality of creativity, methods for cultivating individual creativity, and organizational frameworks for creative problem-solving. Everyone is creative, but not everyone has explored his/her creativity or made connections between individual creative interests and a business career. In an environment of rapid change, leaders must be able to find connections between seemingly disparate fields and functions and to critically assess options.
3 Credit Hours

ODV 652 International Experience
During this course, students participate in a "hands-on" OD effort in collaboration with an international OD program in a country or countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, or North America. Course requirements include attendance at pre-trip seminars and completion of all course assignments after the conclusion of the travel experience.
3 Credit Hours

ODV 654 Independent Study in Organization Development
This course requires independent reading and investigation of literature relevant to a specific topic or area of business. Students must complete and have approved a proposal for an Independent Study on a form available in the graduate programs office prior to registration for this course. Repeatable for a total of 6 hours. 
1, 2, or 3 Credit Hours

ODV 670 Topics in Organization Development
Special topics courses will be offered on a regular basis. Although the course offerings will vary by term, possible topics include Management Consulting, Organizational Resiliency, Business Continuity and Organizational Responses to Disruptive Change. Repeatable for a total of 9 hours.
3 Credit Hours

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