University of Baltimore

Motivation / Satisfaction / Leadership
APPL 642.185 (3 credit hours) Spring 2018)

Instructor: Tom Mitchell, Ph.D. 410 837-5348

Schedule of dates and assignments - Overview:  

Date Session Activity  Northouse Chapter Sedalia 1st Federal Megalith
Jan31 1     1: Intro



Feb 7

2   Discuss Sedalia   2: Traits        
Feb 14 3     6: Skills      
Feb 21  4   Discuss 1st Fed     4: Behavioral      
Feb 28 5 Guest: Will Haller & Max White   5:Situational Reports  Due -


Mar 7 6 Discuss Megalith   6: Path-Goal      
Mar 14 7 Midterm Exam


Mar 21     Spring break  


Mar 28 Guest:   Greg Kowaleski / Scott Jones   7: LMX


Apr 4 9 Guest Lecturer: Kristi Grimes   10. Servant Ldrship      
Apr 11 10 Guest: Shelby Reichardt    13. Leadership Ethics    Reports Due  April 13  
Apr 18 11 Guest: Hanna Pillion   15. Gender and Ldr       
Apr 25 12 Guest: Kristin Reisinger & Katie Farr    8: Transformational      
May 2 13    16: Culture     Present  Reports Due
May 9 14 Final Exam Review         Present
May 16  15  Final Exam



Syllabus Resources:

I. Descriptive Information


Critical and in-depth examination of the research evidence for theories of leadership and job satisfaction. Using motivation as a central concept, students gain an understanding of how group dynamics and personal, environmental and cultural factors influence organizational behaviors. Students work in teams to solve performance-related problems presented in case studies. Lab fee may be required. Prerequisite: APPL 641 or approval of program director. This course is open only to the following majors: Applied Psychology or Certificate in Professional Counseling Studies. Other majors may take this course with departmental permission only.

II. Student Learning Outcomes: At the completion of the course the student will be able to:

                                                                     (1) Analyze causes for organizational behavior to develop effective ways to improve work performance.

(2) Discuss how group activity may facilitate or inhibit work performance.

(3) Work collaboratively with effectively with others to solve problems related to organizational behavior.

III. Class format: Assigned readings will be discussed. Ideas and conclusions generated from the discussions will be used by groups to solve problems presented in case studies. Case studies will be discussed in class and on Sakai 

IV Texts required:

V. Course requirements for each student:

* NOTE: Failure to submit the summaries and questions may result in a 10% grade decrement

                                   VI. Assessment:

  1. Exams: Two written exams (essay and short answer): midterm and final exam covering course content
  2. HBS case reports (instructions)
  3. Class participation to include Sakai article postings and in-class discussions

100%  TOTAL     Grade Scale:    90-100 A;    85-89 B+;    80-84 B;   75-79 C+;   70 C

NOTE: Attendance is not required but expected

Additional online syllabus Resources:

Session /  Date  / Chapters /  Case Activity / Readings (see also Bibliography at end)

(1)  Jan  31  Discussion of syllabus /   Harvard Business School cases            

            Northouse Chapter 1 Introduction 

(2)   Feb 7   Northouse Chapter 2 Trait Approach            

            -> Discuss Sedalia         

LOQ site (distribute LOQ questionnaire) 

(3)  Feb 14    Northouse Chapter 3 Skills Approach (P43)   

(4)  Feb 21    Northouse Chapter 4 Behavioral Approach (P71)    Article Questions            

     -> Discuss 1st Federal

(LOQ): Report results and discuss

     (JCM): Report results and discuss  

          Pink, D.  "More than a paycheck" WSJ 2-2-10   

  (5)  Feb 28     Northouse Chapter 5 Situational Approach
-> Case 1: Sedalia  Reports Due ***            

Guest Speaker: Will Haller, Max White, Consultants, FMP

Consulting Post-Graduate School - Careers and Consulting   Competency Modeling Worksheet

   bonus article (please do not read): WSJ (2/19/2008):  Modern Conundrum: When Work's Invisible, So Are Its Satisfactions   

 Motivation and Leadership from a Chinese  Perspective

(6)   Mar 7 Northouse Chapter 6 Path-Goal Theory          

        -> Discuss Megalith       

         ***Midterm Review***              

(7)   Mar 14     *** Midterm Exam ***  Northouse Chapters 1-6; Articles assigned     

Mar 21     *** Spring Break *****     

         PPT Presentation: Dennis Dulaney   (has the link to apply for an internship)

(8)   Mar 28      Northouse Chapter 7 Leader-Member Exchange 

                    Guest: Greg Kowalewski, Scott Jones, Grant Thornton, Inc.

              > Case 1: Sedalia Team Presentations     

(9)  April 4       Northouse Chapter 10: Servant Leadership 

Guest Lecturer: Kristi Grimes, Senior Consultant at Deloitte, Inc.                       

        Majority of U.S. Employees Not Engaged Despite Gains in 2014 Gallup Poll results

(10)  Apr 11       Northouse Chapter 13 Leadership Ethics     

> Case 2: 1st Federal  Reports Due: Friday 13th (revised date)

         Guest speaker: Shelby Reichardt, T. Rowe Price, intern -ODevelopment and Org Change Management (OD/OCM) PPT 
                                                   The New Rules of Talent Management HBR

      (NOTE: following articles not required for online discussion)

     Engage Employees and Boost Performance  HayGroup 2001 Article Question

    Peter Warr (2007). Jobs and Happiness. The Industrial Psychologist, 44, p. 19                                                                             

(11)  Apr 18            Northouse Chapter 15 Gender and Leadership       

 (12)  Apr 25   Northouse Chapter 8 Transfomational Leadership 

(13)  May 2     Northouse Chapter 16 Culture and Leadership   

> Case 2: 1st Federal Team Presentation 

      > Megalith Reports Due      

(14)  May 9   Review for Final Exam  Northouse Chapters 7-9; 14-16; Articles Assigned

-> Case 3: Megalith Team Presentation

(15) May 16     **** Final Exam *** 

Judge, T., et al. (2002). Job satisfaction: A cross-cultural review. Handbook of Industrial, Work and Organ Psych, V. 2
For reference only *** not required reading