BAAS in Organizational Leadership

Donna Smith (Director)
Location: Young Education North Building, Suite 224, 903.468.3320
BAAS in Organizational Leadership Web Site: http://tamuc.edu/tab

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) in Organizational Leadership degree at Texas A&M University-Commerce is a competency-based program that prepares innovative leaders for employment in an increasingly technological and global society. This program provides opportunities for you to receive credit for what you know and can do, allows you to accelerate completion of your degree, and because it is fully online, you are able to plan your study schedule around the rest of your day to complete the coursework.

* The Correspondence and Extension Courses degree requirement is not applicable to the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree with major in Organizational Leadership.

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) in Organizational Leadership degree at Texas A&M University -Commerce is a competency-based program that prepares innovative leaders for employment in an increasingly technological and global society. This program provides opportunities for you to receive credit for what you know and can do, allows you to accelerate completion of your degree, and because it is fully online, you are able to plan your study schedule around the rest of your day to complete the coursework.

Organizational Leadership

Core Curriculum Courses
See the Core Curriculum Requirements42
Professional Development Electives48
Applied Major Courses30
Issues in Organizational Leadership
Data Driven Decision Making I
Behavior, Ethics, Leadership I
Data Driven Decision Making II
Behavior, Ethics, Leadership II
Leadership Theory I
Leading Change
Leadership Theory II
Capstone I
Capstone II
Total Hours120

ORGL 100 - CBE - Orientation
Hours: 0

ORGL 101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
Hours: 3
In order to understand the application and function of the criminal justice program used within the United States, one needs to realize what constitutes a criminal offense, how crime is measured and monitored throughout this country, and the various types of theories of crime causation. During this course, students will research and review these three elements and then put each one of them in perspective by looking at the different avenues possible for corrections and the responsibilities of the courts. Finally, students will examine the current issues and challenges facing the justice system and what changes the future of criminal justice might hold.

ORGL 111 - Critical Thinking
Hours: 3
Critical thinking is a necessary skill for anyone to be able to problem solve including making clear decisions and conclusions. This course dissects the components of arguments and helps students interpret them based on their own perspectives. The students are introduced to the processes of logical reasoning to interpret arguments and learn how to evaluate the quality of reasoning behind arguments, interpretations, and/or beliefs.

ORGL 126 - Computer Information Systems
Hours: 3
In this course, students examine how an information system (IS) can manage a business' processes and organization, as well as the factors that can influence a business selection of their IS. Students also study how databases are used in business to collect data, the different methodologies used to develop an IS, its functional systems, and the fundamentals of communication and networking within a system and among multiple systems. Students also evaluate the Internet's impact on the use of IS in organizations. Finally, students study the variety of roles and responsibilities within an IS department and the role of management, as well as ethical considerations and how an organization must protect itself against system threats.

ORGL 130 - Introduction to Organizations
Hours: 3
This competency course examines the key components that make up the organizational environment. Students explore how organizations operate internally by looking at various concepts and functions such as ethics and determining what is right for an organization and its structure.

ORGL 145 - Customer Service
Hours: 1
This course will help prepare students for providing customer service in a variety of workplace situations

ORGL 197 - Special Topic
Hours: 1-4
Special Topics. One to four semester hours. Organized class. May be repeated when topics vary.

ORGL 201 - Supervision
Hours: 3
This course builds students’ understanding of supervising through real-life concepts, examples, and practice so they can apply what they’ve learned effectively on the job. The responsibilities and demands of a supervisor are ever changing as our workforce becomes more diverse in terms of race, gender, and ethnic background. This course teaches students how to adjust the challenges of technological change – and how to help their subordinates adapt. It gives students an overview of an increasingly competitive marketplace, resultant corporate restructuring, and workflow redesign.

ORGL 225 - Record Keeping for Leaders
Hours: 3
This competency course explores the foundational knowledge of record keeping, including recording transactions, understanding financial statements and long-term liabilities, cash flow and financial statement analysis, and other budgeting tools that impact decision making.

ORGL 231 - Macroeconomics
Hours: 3
Macroeconomic thought can help students make sense of the real-world economy that nearly everyone else participates in by explaining the flow of economic activity, fluctuations in the business cycle, investment and saving decisions, and government policy actions. The focus in this course is on applying macroeconomic thought to the real world and examining contemporary examples that demonstrate the relevance of macroeconomic concepts.

ORGL 232 - Microeconomics
Hours: 3
Microeconomic thought can help students make sense of the real-world economy by demonstrating how others make economic choices and how those choices interact to produce predictable, though often changing, outcomes in the real economy. The focus in this course is on applying microeconomic concepts and principles to the real world and examining contemporary examples that demonstrate the relevance of microeconomics for understanding the functioning of the real economy.

ORGL 297 - Special Topic
Hours: 1-4
Special Topics. One to four semester hours. Organized class. May be repeated when topics vary.

ORGL 302 - Statistics
Hours: 3
Statistics provide valuable information to us in our everyday lives. We are exposed to statistics in some form or another on a daily basis. Research studies and political topics presented by news sources often include statistics. Statistics about industries and the behavior of consumers shape the outlook and operational decisions of businesses. By learning the concepts of statistics and how you can evaluate data statistically, you obtain information that you can use to make informed decisions.

ORGL 305 - Organizational Behavior
Hours: 3
This course first examines organizational theory and application. Students then explore the business environment through organizational structures and their behavioral characteristics. These include management issues, ethical issues, challenges and effective communication, leadership, power, and management, the design of the organization, the impact of that design, and the impact of an organization's culture. From the knowledge gained from this course, students can confidently address the management issues presented and lead organizations towards success.

ORGL 336 - Organizational Communication
Hours: 3
This competency course focuses on how organizations communicate with multiple audiences and examines the function and structure of communication in both formal and informal situations.

ORGL 337 - Dynamics of Organizations
Hours: 3
This competency course first examines organizational theory and application. Students then explore environment through organizational structures and their behavioral characteristics. These include management issues, ethical issues, challenges and effective communication, leadership, power, and management, the design of the organization, the impact of that design, and the impact of an organization's culture.

ORGL 338 - Talent Leadership
Hours: 3
This competency course explores the different roles that the HR department plays in organizations and the skills needed to accomplish day-to-day activities of HR personnel.

ORGL 339 - Legal Issues in Organizations
Hours: 3
This competency course will explore legal issues in organizations including torts, crimes, intellectual property, contracts, negotiable instruments, agency, employment, as well as the law with respect to ethics and social responsibility, government regulation, personal property, real property, and international trade.

ORGL 346 - Financial Performance in Organizations
Hours: 3
This competency course explores the foundational knowledge of leading organizations to improved financial performance, including key language and terminology, and the application of the various financial tools that impact financial decision making.

ORGL 347 - Research Methods
Hours: 3
This course introduces the fundamentals of qualitative research methods, which include finding an original research question, assessing appropriate methods of data collection, recording data, and drawing reliable conclusions about the research questions through a research project. By practicing a systematic approach to conducting qualitative research, students can extend the same systematic approach to any type of research encountered.

ORGL 389 - Independent Study
Hours: 1-4
Special Topics. One to four semester hours.

ORGL 397 - Special Topic
Hours: 1-4
Special Topics. One to four semester hours. Organized class. May be repeated when topics vary.

ORGL 422 - Project Leadership
Hours: 3
This competency course explores leadership’s responsibility for conceiving, designing, implementing and managing the organization's overall objectives, culture, and environment as part of the project management process. Within this context, the course primarily focuses on understanding project management, aligning project management with the organization, project management oversight, projects as capital investments, globalization and resources optimization.

ORGL 431 - Developing Globally Competent Leaders
Hours: 3
This competency course dissects the components of global competence and helps students to interpret them in relation to the critical role of leadership. Students are introduced to a wide variety of resources that have been shown to improve levels of global competence. Upon completion of the course, students are expected to better interpret and understand their own strengths and development areas that may benefit from further study and attention.

ORGL 432 - Environmental Regulation & Compliance
Hours: 3
In this competency course, students will gain an overview of the environmental laws enacted by Congress and of the subsequent environmental regulations established by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). Students will also gain an understanding of how to keep abreast of regulatory changes and how to navigate through and locate among the vast maze-like array of regulations those that are specific to an organization.

ORGL 433 - Power & Politics in Organizations
Hours: 3
This competency course explores the sources of power in organizations and the circumstances that lead to its attainment and effective use.

ORGL 434 - Resource Development
Hours: 3
This competency course will explore important resource development issues facing non-profit organizations including grant writing and fundraising.

ORGL 435 - Leading High Performance Teams
Hours: 3
This competency course explores the necessary skills, techniques and frameworks leaders need to build and effectively lead a high-performance team.

ORGL 440 - Organizational Strategies
Hours: 3
This competency course focuses on the specifics of organizational strategies and provides a framework for formulating successful and adaptive strategies in an increasingly complex world economy.

ORGL 489 - Independent Study
Hours: 1-4
Special Topics. One to four semester hours.

ORGL 497 - Special Topic
Hours: 1-4
Special Topics. One to four semester hours. Organized class. May be repeated when topics vary.

ORGL 3311 - Issues in Organizational Leadership
Hours: 3
This course offers an overview of issues related to organizational leadership, including the definition of organizations, theories of leadership, and the characteristics and behaviors of leaders as well as varying contexts under which leaders must perform.

ORGL 3321 - Data Driven Decision Making I
Hours: 3
This course examines the role of quantitative data in managerial and entrepreneurial decision-making. The course draws upon quantitative tools and analyses from several disciplines, especially, statistics, economics, accounting, and finance. The course study demonstrates the usefulness of these tools and analyses in providing optimal technical options in decision-making situations. The emphasis of the courses is on the interpretation and translation of data into information for the benefit of internal and external consumers. Prerequisites: ORGL 3311 or ORGL 3311 concurrent enrollment.

ORGL 3322 - Behavior, Ethics, Leadership I
Hours: 3
This course provides an examination of ethics in the workplace and the role of organizational leaders in fostering ethical behavior. Case studies, discussion, self-assessment exercises and reading assignments explore the basic frameworks of ethical dealings and moral leadership. Students will demonstrate a competency in critical thinking skills to both identify and remedy ethical issues typically encountered in organizational settings and interactions. Prerequisites: ORGL 3311 or ORGL 3311 concurrent enrollment.

ORGL 3331 - Data Driven Decision Making II
Hours: 3
This course examines the role of quantitative data in managerial and entrepreneurial decision-making. The course draws upon quantitative tools and analyses from several disciplines, especially, statistics, economics, accounting, and finance. The course study demonstrates the usefulness of these tools and analyses in providing optimal technical options in decision-making situations. The emphasis of the courses is on the interpretation and translation of data into information for the benefit of internal and external consumers. Prerequisites: ORGL 3321 or ORGL 3321 concurent enrollment.

ORGL 3332 - Behavior, Ethics, Leadership II
Hours: 3
This course provides an examination of ethics in the workplace and the role of organizational leaders in fostering ethical behavior. Case studies, discussion, self-assessment exercises and reading assignments explore the basic frameworks of ethical dealings and moral leadership. Students will demonstrate a competency in critical thinking skills to both identify and remedy ethical issues typicall encountered in organizational settings and interactions. Prerequisites: ORGL 3322 or ORGL 3322 concurrent enrollment.

ORGL 4341 - Leadership Theory I
Hours: 3
This course focuses on the principles and practice of management in an organizational setting. The course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills that can be used to analyze organizational processes and address challenges inherent in managing organizations, operations, and projects. Management theory is applied to practical problems in planning, organizing, leading, and controlling workplace situations and business activities. Prerequisites: ORGL 3331 or ORGL 3331 concurrent enrollment and ORGL 3332 or ORGL 3332 concurrent enrollment.

ORGL 4342 - Leadership Theory II
Hours: 3
This course focuses on the principles and practice of management in an organizational setting. The course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills that can be used to analyze organizational processes and address challenges inherent in managing organizations, operations, and projects. Management theory is applied to practical problems in planning, organizing, leading, and controlling workplace situations and business activities. Prerequisites: ORGL 4341 or ORGL 4341 concurrent enrollment and ORGL 4343 or ORGL 4343 concurrent enrollment.

ORGL 4343 - Leading Change
Hours: 3
This course offers in-depth analysis of prevalent issues related to organizational change. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: recognize and describe organizational change in varied organizations, explain and demonstrate behaviors/characteristics to establish credibility and legitimacy as a change agent and recognize the current dynamic social, political, and cultural environment for change and its potential impact on contemporary organizations. Prerequisites: ORGL 3331, ORGL 3332 and ORGL 4341 concurrent enrollment.

ORGL 4352 - Capstone I
Hours: 3
This course requires an analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of the student's knowledge and skills including academic performance, teamwork experience, and workplace experience. Using current information, technology and resources the student will construct a professional profile. Students use problem-solving skills to analyze, evaluate and recommend an implementation plan addressing an organizational leadership issue or problem. A main factor in evaluating student performance is the input from multiple stakeholders including employers and faculty. Prerequisites: Departmental approval required.

ORGL 4361 - Capstone II
Hours: 3
This course requires an analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of the student's knowledge and skills including academic performance, teamwork experience, and workplace experience. Using current information, technology and resources the student will construct a professional profile. Students use problem-solving skills to analyze, evaluate and recommend an implementation plan addressing an organizational leadership issue or problem. A main factor in evaluating student performance is the input from multiple stakeholders including employers and faculty. Prerequisites: ORGL 4352 or ORGL 4352 concurrent enrollment.

Robert Brown
Assistant Professional Track Faculty
B.S., M.A., Texas A & M University-Commerce

George Swindell
Assistant Professional Track Faculty
B.S., M.S., Texas A&M University-Commerce