Course Content and Outcome Guide for BA 285

Course Number:
BA 285
Course Title:
Human Relations-Organizations
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Course Description

Explores interactions in organizations by examining human perceptions, communications, small group dynamics and leadership. Includes dynamics of change, cultural diversity, substance abuse, work stress, ethics and social responsibility, and the challenges of globalization. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115, and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Credit will be acceptable as required and/or elective for Portland Community College's Business Administration Certificate or Degree Programs.  This course may be transferable to four-year colleges and universities.

Intended Outcomes for the course


Course Activities and Design

Activities may vary by instructor and may include lectures, discussions,
and student team endeavors.  Students may be required to complete written
or oral assignments, case studies or projects which will provide practical
application of human relations principles.  Supplementary films/videos and
guest speakers may also be utilized.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

A letter grade is issued for this course.  At the beginning of the course, the instructor will detail the methods used to evaluate student progress and the criteria for assigning a course grade.  The methods may include one or more of the following tools: examinations, quizzes, out-of-class assignments, team activities, attendance, participation, and written/oral case studies/projects.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Understand the value of persons in an organization
Summarize organization behavior background, needs, and decision making
Explain the factors involved in human perception
Describe the elements of and need for communication skills
Identify and explain the dynamics of small groups
Discuss the elements of leadership (motivation, techniques, and quality
Understand the challenges facing organizations
Discuss the effects of change in an organization
Explain the issues of cultural diversity in the workplace
Describe the challenges faced by disabled and older workers in an
Discuss the problems of substance abuse
Identify issues of organizational health, ethics and globalization
Discuss ways persons can control stress
Explain employee discipline and the right to privacy
Describe business ethic standards in today's society
Identify the areas of organizational social responsibility
Discuss the opportunities and challenges facing organizations in a
  global economy