Effective: Late Fall 8-Week, 2018/2019

MGMT 360: Organizational Theory

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  Course Description

Examination of the foundations, theories, models and literature for designing effective organizations. Extensive library research and case work required. 

Prerequisite: MGMT 330

Proctored Exams: None



  Textbooks

As part of TruitionSM, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below.

Required

  •  Daft, R. L. Organization Theory and Design. 12th ed, Cengage, 2016.  eText

Bookstore Information

Visit https://www.ccis.edu/bookstore.aspx for details.

eText Information

If a course uses an eText, (see Textbook information above) the book will be available directly in Desire2Learn (D2L) and through the VitalSource eText reader the Friday before the session begins, if registered for courses prior to that date.  Students will have a VitalSource account created for them using their CougarMail email address. Upon first login to VitalSource, students may need to verify their account and update their VitalSource password.  More information about how to use the VitalSource platform, including offline access to eTexts, can be found in D2L.  Students that would like to order an optional print-on-demand copy of eligible eTexts can do so through the VitalSource bookshelf at an additional cost.  Once orders are placed, it can take approximately five to seven business days for students to receive their print-on-demand books.

Physical Course Materials Information

Students enrolled in courses that require physical materials will receive these materials automatically at the address on file with Columbia College.  Delivery date of physical materials is dependent on registration date and shipping location.  Please refer to confirmation emails sent from Ed Map for more details on shipping status.

Returns: Students who drop a course with physical course materials will be responsible for returning those items to Ed Map within 30 days of receipt of the order.  More specific information on how to do so will be included in the package received from Ed Map.  See here for Ed Map's return policy. Failure to return physical items from a dropped course will result in a charge to the student account for all unreturned items.

Note: Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials.

  Course Overview

This course will introduce you to the characteristics of organizations and organizational systems as well as an overview of strategic management frameworks for determining strategic action. Numerous examples will be provided to aid you with your understanding of organizational theory and its value in today’s ever-changing environment. Strategic approaches and technological/operational processes will also be discussed. Models for decision-making will be presented to help guide decision-makers in high velocity environments. Numerous conflict resolution tactics will be discussed along with other useful management tools that you can utilize to enhance productivity within your organization.

  Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.

  Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe organizational structure and design.
  2. Differentiate between classic and modern structural designs.
  3. Apply a contingency approach to the management of real organizations.
  4. Explain the change process and its effects on organizational structure and strategic decision-making.
  5. Prepare written and oral case studies examining a variety of organizational structure issues.
  6. Demonstrate understanding of effect of external environments, culture, and organizational life cycle on business strategies.

  Grading

Grading Scale

Grade Points Percent
A 900-1000 90-100%
B 800-899 80-89%
C 700-799 70-79%
D 600-699 60-69%
F 0-599 0-59%

Grade Weights

Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (14) 250 25%
Company Profile Assignment (1) 50 5%
Case Studies (2) 300 30%
Exams (2) 400 40%
Total 1000 100%

  Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1

Assignment Points Due
Introduction Discussion 5 Thursday
Discussion 1: Video Topic 15 Thursday/Sunday
Company Profile Assignment 50 Sunday

Week 2

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 2: Chapter Topic 25 Thursday/Sunday
Discussion 3: Video Topic 15

Week 3

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4: Chapter Topic 25 Thursday/Sunday
Discussion 5: Video Topic 15

Week 4

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6: Video Topic 15 Thursday/Sunday
Case Study 1 150 Sunday
Midterm Exam 200

Week 5

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7: Chapter Topic 25 Thursday/Sunday
Discussion 8: Video Topic 15

Week 6

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 9: Chapter Topic 25 Thursday/Sunday
Discussion 10: Video Topic 15

Week 7

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 11: Chapter Topic 25 Thursday/Sunday
Discussion 12: Video Topic 15

Week 8

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 13: Video Topic 15 Thursday/Saturday
Case Study 2 150 Saturday
Final Exam 200
Total Points: 1000

  Assignment Overview

Discussions

There are graded discussion assignments each week, plus an additional, introductory post in Week 1 worth 5 points. Initial Posts for all discussions are due on Thursday of the week assigned, and two responses are due by Sunday (Saturday in week 8) in order to earn the maximum number of points. Discussion topics are comprised of 2 to 4 questions for each topic. They require a comprehensive analysis (3-4 paragraphs) of the question/s to demonstrate that you have a full understanding of the concepts being presented.

There are two types of discussion questions presented in this course. Some questions relate to chapter topics; some are video assignments that relate to the case studies that are due in weeks four and eight.

Chapter Topics Specifics

Chapter Topics require at least three in-text citations (with quotes, MLA format). You may reference your textbook to support your discussions or cite other scholarly work or nationally recognized news sources as you wish. Chapter Topics are worth 25 points, with 20 points possible for initial posts and 5 points possible for responses. You are required to complete Chapter Topics in Weeks 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7.

Users must post before reading and replying to other posts.

Video Topics Specifics

No references are required for Video Discussion topics.

Video Discussions are worth 15 points, with 10 points possible for initial posts and 5 points possible for responses. You must complete Video Topics every week (including Weeks 4 & 8).

Users must post before reading and replying to other posts.

Company Profile Assignment

You will be required to complete a company profile assignment (5-6 paragraphs) designed to get you thinking about the issues related to organizational theory before we dive into the case studies presented in the course. You will have the opportunity to provide (in your own words) a definition of the term organization, summarize your own organization, and outline some specifics regarding the organization’s structural design and approaches you see for improvement. Specifically, I want you to address issues like the morale within the organization and the effectiveness of leadership to promote a positive culture and promote strong values within the company.

The assignment will be due on Sunday of Week 1.

Your paper should be double-spaced, 12-point font, and one inch margins. Be sure to include the following:

Part One: In your own words, define an organization.

Part Two: Provide a summary (5-6 paragraphs) of your organization including the following information. You may use an organization you are currently in or one you worked with in the past*:

  • Where you work, company type, and industry. For example: “I work at XYZ company. We operate a prominent Physical Therapy business. I serve the company as a consultant. My duties include…”
  • Identify the structural design of your organization and explain its purpose.
  • Explain the primary differences between an organic and a mechanistic organization design. Which type of organization do you think would be easier to manage?  Why?
  • Identify the structure of your organization (mechanistic or organic) and explain why that structure is utilized (why is it effective/ineffective)?
  • What effectiveness approach do you believe is best for the organization? Why? 
  • Explain whether it is an Open or Closed System.

*If you are having trouble selecting a workplace or organization you have been involved in, please contact your instructor to determine a potential company for you to research for this assignment.

Case Studies

During this course, you will be required to complete two case study assignments. The case studies will focus on two large organizations (Costco and IKEA). You will have the opportunity to examine each of the organizations in detail and describe some of the factors that drive the organization, including company values, culture, technological practices, and its response to innovation. The first case study will be due by Sunday of week four and the final case study will be due by Saturday of Week 8.

Both case studies must contain the following:

  • A synopsis.
  • A description of the design and structure of the organization.
  • An examination of the culture of the organization and an outline of the company values.
  • A description of what motivates the employees. (Motivational Practices)
  • An analysis of environmental concerns surrounding the organization.A review of the organization’s practices concerning social responsibility.
  • An assessment of how the company is a learning organization.
  • A conclusion that summarizes your main points.

Additionally, Case Study 2 must include: 

  • An evaluation of the organization’s technological practices.
  • A description of the innovative qualities and indicators for change.
  • Issues you identify regarding power, conflict, control, and political stance.

These Case Studies must be between 5-7 pages in length (using MLA style), double-spaced, 12 point, and one inch margins.

In addition to references to the textbook, you must include at least three (3) quality outside references (library, web, etc.) to support your case study. Please include a properly formatted MLA Works Cited page at the end of each Case Study. (But no Title Page is required)

Case Study #1: Costco is due by Sunday, 11:59 PM CT in Week 4.

Case Study #2: IKEA is due by Saturday, 11:59 PM CT in Week 8.

Each case study is worth 150 points.

Exams

There will be two non-proctored examinations. Each exam will be comprised of 40 multiple choice and true/false questions, worth a total of 200 points; there will be a one hour time limit for each exam. The midterm covers Chapters 1-7 and the final covers Chapter 8-13.

Each exam will be available at 12:01 AM CT of Wednesday of the week it is assigned. The midterm must be completed by Sunday, 11:59 PM CT of Week Four, and the final exam must be completed by Saturday, 11:59 PM CT of Week 8.

The results of each exam will be available immediately after the exam is submitted. Only scores and questions answered incorrectly will be shown. Incorrect answers will only be shown for 10 minutes after the exam is submitted.

  Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Readings

Daft: Chapter 1
Daft: Chapter 2

Video

Management Tutorial: Pick the Right kind of Management Style. [Available within the Weekly Instructional Material]

Introduction Discussion

Please post a brief description of yourself with any information you would like to share.

Next, I want you to tell me your impression of Organizational Theory before we jump into the week. How would you describe Organizational Theory? How is it used? How could you use it in your workplace.

Discussion 1: Video Topic

First, watch Management Tutorial: Pick the Right kind of Management Style.

Next, respond to the following question:

Based on the information outlined in the video, describe in three to four paragraphs what kind of manager you believe you are. Why do you feel you are that type of manager?

Even if you are not currently managing others in your current position, based on your interactions (either in school or in the work place), how would you categorize yourself?

Your initial post is due Thursday by 11:59 p.m. CT, and two responses are due Sunday by 11:59 p.m. CT.

Company Profile Assignment

You are required to complete a company profile assignment (5-6 paragraphs) designed to get you thinking about the issues related to organizational theory before we dive into the case studies presented in the course. You will have the opportunity to provide (in your own words) a definition of the term organization, summarize your own organization, and outline some specifics regarding the organization’s structural design and approaches you see for improvement. Specifically, I want you to address issues like the morale within the organization and the effectiveness of leadership to promote a positive culture and promote strong values within the company. 

The assignment will be due on Sunday of Week 1. 

Your paper should be double-spaced, 12-point font, and one inch margins. Be sure to include the following: 

Part One: In your own words, define an Organization. 

Part Two: Provide a summary (5-6 paragraphs) of your organization including the following information. You may use an organization you are currently in or one you worked with in the past*:

  • Where you work, company type, and industry. For example: “I work at XYZ company. We operate a prominent Physical Therapy business. I serve the company as a consultant. My duties include…”
  • Identify the structural design of your organization and explain its purpose.
  • Explain the primary differences between an organic and a mechanistic organization design. Which type of organization do you think would be easier to manage?  Why?
  • Identify the structure of your organization (mechanistic or organic) and explain why that structure is utilized (why is it effective/ineffective)?
  • What effectiveness approach do you believe is best for the organization? Why? 
  • Explain whether it is an Open or Closed System.

*If you are having trouble selecting a workplace or organization you have been involved in, please contact your instructor to determine a potential company for you to research for this assignment.

Readings

Daft: Chapter 3
Daft: Chapter 4
Daft: Case for Analysis - Chapter 3: “The Aquarius Advertising Agency."

Video

Costco Founder and CEO. [Available within the Weekly Instructional Material]

Discussion 2: Chapter Topic

For this discussion, you must first read the Case for Analysis: “The Aquarius Advertising Agency” found on Page 133, Chapter 2 of your textbook. Then, respond to the following questions:

Part #1.
Analyze Aquarius with respect to the five contextual variables. How would you describe the environment, goals, culture, size, and technology from Aquarius?

Part #2.
Design a new organizational structure that takes into consideration the contextual variables in the case, Aquarius Advertising Agency, and the information flows. For instance, what did the organization do well? Why would you make changes to the structure? Share your description of this new organizational structure to the discussion board.

Part #3.
Would a matrix structure be feasible for Aquarius? Do you agree with its assessments? Why or why not?

When responding to your peers, consider the following: How is their new organizational structure different from your own? Are than any contextual variable or flows that they missed?

Chapter Topics require at least three in-text citations (with quotes, MLA format). You may reference your textbook to support your discussions or cite other scholarly work or nationally recognized news sources as you wish.

Your initial post is due Thursday by 11:59 p.m. CT, and two responses are due Sunday by 11:59 p.m. CT.

Discussion 3: Video Topic

First, watch the video Costco Founder and CEO.

After watching the video, outline in 3-4 paragraphs your observations regarding the design, structure and values of the organization. Details are important. I expect you to create some synergy and promote discussion on the topic.

You will be able to utilize the information you garner in your Case Studies. Hopefully, many of the ideas you generate will be sources of information for your exam as well.

Your initial post is due Thursday by 11:59 p.m. CT, and two responses are due Sunday by 11:59 p.m. CT.

Readings

Daft: Chapter 5
Daft: Chapter 6
Daft: Case for Analysis - Chapter 6: “TopDog Software."

Video

What is Costco Culture? [Available within the Weekly Instructional Material]

Discussion 4: Chapter Topic

For this discussion, you must first read the Case for Analysis: “TopDog Software” found on Page 248, Chapter 6 of your textbook. Then, respond to the following questions:

Part #1.
What are the arguments for and against TopDog going international?

Part #2.
If TopDog does decide to go international, should it open its own offices to foreign partners, license its products to foreign distributors, or follow some other method?

Respond to at least two of your peers, assessing their analysis recommendations for TopDog. Would you have made the same recommendation? Why or why not?

Chapter Topics require at least three in-text citations (with quotes, MLA format). You may reference your textbook to support your discussions or cite other scholarly work or nationally recognized news sources as you wish.

Your initial post is due Thursday by 11:59 p.m. CT, and two responses are due Sunday by 11:59 p.m. CT.

Discussion 5: Video Topic

First, watch the video What is Costco Culture?.

After viewing the video, in 3-4 paragraphs describe the culture of COSTCO and how it relates to your organization. Be specific. For instance, compare and contrast the culture between your organization and COSTCO’s. Is your organization’s culture effective? (Why/Why not?) What kind of culture would you categorize it as?

You may want to go back and view the video from Week 2 to give you some more ideas.

Brevity on this topic is not your friend. I want YOU to create an opportunity for discussion among your classmates.

Your initial post is due Thursday by 11:59 p.m. CT, and two responses are due Sunday by 11:59 p.m. CT.

Readings

Daft: Chapter 7

Daft: Integrated Case 8.0: “Costco, Join the Club.”

Video

How to Lead Change Management [Available within the Weekly Instructional Material]

Discussion 6: Video Topic

First, watch the video How to Lead Change Management, which provides insightful information regarding change and culture.

Now, respond to the following questions, but do not read ahead to next week’s chapters:

Part #1
What are your ideas concerning the video, and do you think the processes identified clearly match the objectives?

Part #2
Does the information identified have value to you or your organization? Why/Why not?

Part #3
What could you do to influence change within your organization, and how does its culture influence change management leadership?

Your initial post is due Thursday by 11:59 p.m. CT, and two responses are due Sunday by 11:59 p.m. CT.

Case Study 1

Your first case study will focus on Costco. In the last four weeks, you have had the opportunity to examine this organization in detail and describe some of the factors that drive the organization, including company values, culture, technological practices and their response to innovation. 

In addition to drawing upon your Video Topic discussions, be sure to read the Integrated Case 8.0: “Costco; Join the Club” found on page 605 of your textbook.

Your case study must be between 5-7 pages in length (using MLA style), double-spaced, 12 point, and one inch margins. 

This case study must contain the following:

  • A synopsis.
  • A description of the design and structure of the organization.
  • An examination of the culture of the organization and an outline of the company values.
  • A description of what motivates the employees. (Motivational Practices)
  • An analysis of environmental concerns surrounding the organization.
  • A review of the organization’s practices concerning social responsibility.
  • An assessment of how the company is a learning organization.
  • A conclusion that summarizes your main points.

In addition to references to the textbook, you must include at least three (3) quality outside references (library, web, etc.) to support your case study. Please include a properly formatted MLA Works Cited page at the end of each Case Study. (But no Title Page is required)

Case Study #1: Costco is due by Sunday, 11:59 PM CT in Week 4.

This case study is worth 150 points

Midterm Exam

This exam covers Weeks 1-4 and Chapters 1-7.

This exam is comprised of 40 multiple choice questions, worth a total of 200 points; there will be a one hour time limit for this exam.

This exam will be available at 12:01 AM CT of Wednesday of the week it is assigned. It must be completed by Sunday, 11:59 PM CT of Week Four.

Readings

Daft: Chapter 8
Daft: Chapter 9
Daft: Case for Analysis - Chapter 8: “Is Anybody Listening?"

Video

IKEA Culture [Available within the Weekly Instructional Material]

Discussion 7: Chapter Topic

For this discussion, you must first analyze the Case for Analysis: “Is Anybody Listening?” found on Page 337, Chapter 8 of your textbook. Then, respond to the following questions:

Part #1
How could the feedback control model be used in this situation?

Part #2
What type of information was most misunderstood between the different layers of management? What tools could be used for decision-making?

Respond to at least two of your peers, assessing their analyses. Did you mention different tools that could have been utilized by the different layers of management? Would your implementation of the feedback control model match theirs?

Chapter Topics require at least three in-text citations (with quotes, MLA format). You may reference your textbook to support your discussions or cite other scholarly work or nationally recognized news sources as you wish.

Your initial post is due Thursday by 11:59 p.m. CT, and two responses are due Sunday by 11:59 p.m. CT.

Discussion 8: Video Topic

First, watch the video IKEA Culture.

After watching the video, outline in 3-4 paragraphs your observations regarding the design, structure and culture of the organization. Why did the culture evolve? What influences affected the cultural change (demographics, etc.?) What changes would you expect to see as IKEA moves to a different location?

Remember, details are important. I expect for you to create some synergy and promote discussion on the topic. This information will become invaluable as we progress throughout the course—and especially for your final Case Study.

Your initial post is due Thursday by 11:59 p.m. CT, and two responses are due Sunday by 11:59 p.m. CT.

Readings

Daft: Chapter 10
Daft: Chapter 11
Daft: Case for Analysis - Chapter 10: “The Boys Versus Corporate"

Video

Working at IKEA [Available within the Weekly Instructional Material]

Discussion 9: Chapter Topic

For this discussion, you must first analyze the Case for Analysis: “The Boys Versus Corporate” found on Page 415, Chapter 10 of your textbook. Then, respond to the following questions:

Part #1
Describe the culture for race car drivers.

Part #2
How does NASCAR show social responsibility?

Remember to explain your responses in detail and support your findings.

Chapter Topics require at least three in-text citations (with quotes, MLA format). You may reference your textbook to support your discussions or cite other scholarly work or nationally recognized news sources as you wish.

Your initial post is due Thursday by 11:59 p.m. CT, and two responses are due Sunday by 11:59 p.m. CT.

Discussion 10: Video Topic

First, watch the video Working at IKEA.

After watching the video, outline in 3-4 paragraphs your observations regarding the relationships between the culture and values of the organization.

How do they relate to the strategic plans and impact cultural change, organizational values, and diversity? Can you relate (your organization/ business, life experiences) to some of the processes that IKEA is utilizing to develop and promote their industry?

Remember, details are important. Look at all the aspects that affect the IKEA organization regarding change and its impact on productivity.

Your initial post is due Thursday by 11:59 p.m. CT, and two responses are due Sunday by 11:59 p.m. CT.

Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Readings

Daft: Chapter 12
Daft: Case for Analysis - Chapter 12: “Medici Mediterranean Restaurant"

Video

The IKEA Group, A Great Place to Work. [Available within the Weekly Instructional Material]

Discussion 11: Chapter Topic

For this discussion, you must first analyze the Case for Analysis: “Medici Mediterranean Restaurant” found on Page 505, Chapter 12 of your textbook. Then, respond to the following questions:

Part #1
The initial problem was how Alissa would manage locations almost an hour apart while maintaining the level of quality and service customers expected. Does this problem require a routine or non-routine decision? Explain your answer.

Part #2
What kind of decision led Alissa to hire Guido? Based on your observations, what would you do/have done if you were in Alissa’s position?

Remember to explain your responses in detail and support your findings.

Chapter Topics require at least three in-text citations (with quotes, MLA format). You may reference your textbook to support your discussions or cite other scholarly work or nationally recognized news sources as you wish.

Your initial post is due Thursday by 11:59 p.m. CT, and two responses are due Sunday by 11:59 p.m. CT.

Discussion 12: Video Topic

First, watch the video The IKEA Group, A Great Place to Work.

After watching the video, outline in 3-4 paragraphs your observations regarding innovation, change and decision-making processes and approaches you observed. What are some of the design essentials identified? Can you identify some of those same design essentials within your organization?

Remember, details are important. Look at all the aspects that affect the IKEA organization regarding change and its impact on productivity.

Your initial post is due Thursday by 11:59 p.m. CT, and two responses are due Sunday by 11:59 p.m. CT.

Readings

Daft: Chapter 13
Daft: Integrated Case 3.0: “IKEA: Scandinavian Style.”

Video

How to Lead Change Management [Available within the Weekly Instructional Material]

Discussion 13: Video Topic

Go back and review the video How to Lead Change Management.

Now, think back to your discussion thread post in Week 4. Now that you have had a chance to learn about the other issues in the second half of the course, how are your ideas regarding change and culture different?

Part #1
How can the information that you learned improve/influence your decisions?

Part #2
How can it affect your actions and reactions in your business environment and your personal life?

Your initial post is due Thursday by 11:59 p.m. CT, and two responses are due Sunday by 11:59 p.m. CT.

Case Study 2

Your second case study will focus on IKEA. In the last four weeks, you have had the opportunity to examine this organization in detail and describe some of the factors that drive the organization, including company values, culture, technological practices and their response to innovation. 

In addition to drawing upon your Video Topic discussions, be sure to read the Integrated Case 3.0: “IKEA: Scandinavian Style” found on page 572 of your textbook.

Your case study must be between 5-7 pages in length (using MLA style), double-spaced, 12 point, and one inch margins. 

This case study must contain the following:

  • A synopsis.
  • A description of the design and structure of the organization.
  • An examination of the culture of the organization and an outline of the company values.
  • A description of what motivates the employees. (Motivational Practices)
  • An analysis of environmental concerns surrounding the organization.
  • A review of the organization’s practices concerning social responsibility.
  • An assessment of how the company is a learning organization.
  • A conclusion that summarizes your main points.

In addition to the aforementioned criteria, be sure to address the following:

  • An evaluation of the organization’s technological practices.
  • A description of the innovative qualities and indicators for change. 
  • Issues you identify regarding power, conflict, control, and political stance.

In addition to references to the textbook, you must include at least three (3) quality outside references (library, web, etc.) to support your case study. Please include a properly formatted MLA Works Cited page at the end of each Case Study. (But no Title Page is required)

Case Study #2: IKEA is due by Saturday, 11:59 PM CT in Week 8.

This case study is worth 150 points

Final Exam

This exam covers Weeks 5-8 and Chapters 8-13.

This exam is comprised of 40 multiple choice questions, worth a total of 200 points; there will be a one hour time limit for this exam.

This exam will be available at 12:01 AM CT of Wednesday of the week it is assigned. It must be completed by Saturday, 11:59 PM CT of Week Eight. 

  Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a cumulative process that begins with the first college learning opportunity. Students are responsible for knowing the Academic Integrity policy and procedures and may not use ignorance of either as an excuse for academic misconduct. Columbia College recognizes that the vast majority of students at Columbia College maintain high ethical academic standards; however, failure to abide by the prohibitions listed herein is considered academic misconduct and may result in disciplinary action, a failing grade on the assignment, and/or a grade of "F" for the course.

Additionally, all required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Columbia College is committed to creating a learning environment that meets the needs of its diverse student body. If you anticipate or experience any barriers to learning, communicate your concerns with the instructor. In addition to speaking with the instructor, the following resources are available to ensure an opportunity to learn in an inclusive environment that values mutual respect.

  • For students with disabilities/conditions who are experiencing barriers to learning or assessment, contact the Student Accessibility Resources office at (573) 875-7626 or sar@ccis.edu to discuss a range of options to removing barriers in the course, including accommodations.
  • For students who are experiencing conflict which is impacting their educational environment, contact the Office of Student Conduct at studentconduct@ccis.edu or (573) 875-7877.
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Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts unless under extenuating circumstances with instructor approval.

No late exams except under extenuating circumstances with instructor approval.

Case Study 1 and the Company Profile Assignment will be accepted up to one week after the due date with an automatic grade reduction of 20%.

Final Case Studies will not be accepted late unless under extenuating circumstances with instructor approval.

 

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

  Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. If you have technical problems with the VitalSource eText reader, please contact VitalSource. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.