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ODEV 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

ODEV 604 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

ODEV 625 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

ODEV 626 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: ODEV 625. 3 Credit Hours

ODEV 640 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

ODEV 645 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: ODEV 640. 3 Credit Hours

ODEV 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. Prerequisite: ODEV 600, ODEV 601, ODEV 602, ODEV 625, ODEV 626, ODEV 640. 6 Credit Hours

ODEV 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

ODEV 650 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. Prerequisite: ODEV 640 and ODEV 645. 3 Credit Hours

ODEV 665 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

ODEV 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. 3 Credit Hours

ODEV 672 Applied Research Methods and Statistics 
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 

ODEV 680 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. This course may be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours. 1, 2, or 3 Credit Hours

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