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Organizational Administration Courses

The Organizational Administration program consists of general education courses, pre-core block, and required core courses.

Coursework will help students can gain a better understanding of what it means to be a leader in today's marketplace.

The following list contains descriptions for the core courses and pre-core block.

Communication 214

Interpersonal Speech Communication (3 cr) (XC) (HU)

Examination and explanation of the components of interpersonal speech communication. Lectures, discussions, observations, and controlled experiences will enable the student to learn and apply relevant concepts and variables of human interaction in dyadic, face-to-face communication situations. Intercultural Communication focused. Credit cannot be received for both Communication 213 and Communication 214.

Communication 304 

Business and Professional Speaking (3 cr) 

An examination of the unique communication problems and practices in business and industry. Through investigation, case study and practical exercises students should understand and be able to participate effectively in a variety of communication experiences faced by managers in business and the professions. 

Prerequisite: Communication 118 or 236 or consent of instructor.


Communication 318

Intercultural Communication (3 cr) (ES)

An examination of cultural influences on human interaction in a variety of contexts. Theoretical and practical aspects of intercultural communication are explored. 

Prerequisite: Communication 118, 236 and 368 or consent of instructor.

Communication 380

Introduction to Organizational Communication Studies (3 cr)

The course explores the origins and usefulness of organizational communication theory through the examination and pragmatic application of those theories, concepts, and issues to adult learners' organizational experiences. A significant focus of the course will be having students gain knowledge for understanding and improving communication skills in a variety of settings by analyzing challenges commonly faced in today's organizations. Topics may include: decision making, organizational change, technology, globalization, emotion, assimilation, and other issues central to organizational communication. 

Prerequisites: Comm. 111 or Comm. 112 or consent of instructor.

English 309

Advanced Composition for Business (3 cr) (EN)

An advanced composition course for Business majors, designed to enhance proficiency in critical reading and thinking and in expository writing on issues relevant to business. Attention is also given to business communications such as correspondence, reports, and resumes. Required of Business majors. 

Prerequisite: 45 credits including WBIS 188, Eng. 101, 110, 202 or consent of department chair. Limit to 3 credits Advanced Comp per semester. English 309 may not be taken concurrently with English 302, 307, 310, 316, 317, 318, 321 or 389.


Liberal Studies 209

Introduction to Liberal Studies (3 cr)

Introduces the concepts related to self-directed, life-long learning with a focus on various types of thinking and writing skills through exposure to a broad range of academic subjects. Students will be introduced to the principles and processes involved in developing a learning portfolio, which will be required in their Capstone course. 

Prerequisites: WBIS 188, English 101, or department consent; also open only to students enrolled in Bachelor of Liberal Studies or Bachelor of Applied Studies.


Liberal Studies 270

Writing with Purpose (3 cr)

This course offers intensive instruction in (1) writing clear, coherent, correct, persuasive prose, (2) reading and thinking critically, and (3) conducting library research and/or interviews and integrating primary and secondary sources into your own texts. The focus will be on writing clearly and purposefully, developing individuals’ writing skills necessary for academic and professional success. Taught exclusively on-line, learners will be engaged in reading, analyzing, researching, thinking, writing, and re-writing to learn that everything written holds power to persuade, inform, or confuse by writing memos, reports, and essays. 

Prerequisites: WIBS 188, English 101 or department consent; also concurrent or prior enrollment Liberal Studies 209 or department consent.


Liberal Studies 300

Research and Report Writing in the Social Sciences (3 cr) 

The student gathers and analyzes data and puts the data into a readable narrative, thus strengthening skills essential to the world of business. A family history or portrait is the vehicle for furthering the skills of research, analysis and writing. This vehicle is examined in terms of cultural, economic, political and religious environments. Among other items, it also includes social patterns and mores, migration, genealogy and ethnicity.

Liberal Studies 302

The Web of the Future: Workplace Communication and Trends (3 cr) 

Examines the history, operation, economics, and applications of computer technology and its significance in contemporary life. Consideration is given to a careful description of present technology and what some of the main decisions are that must be made if humanity is to utilize and control this technology. 

Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior enrollment Liberal Studies 209 or department consent.




Liberal Studies 303

Ethnicity and Demography in Wisconsin (3 cr) (ES) (SS)

Examines the historical influence of varied ethnic settlements, cultural diversity, changing economic foundations, and population shifts upon the government and politics of Wisconsin with particular reference to the Fox Valley. 

Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 209 or department consent. Elective.


Liberal Studies 315

Managing People at Work (3 cr)

Examines the human resource management component of the management process. The course includes both theory and application related to effectively managing individuals in their work roles. Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 209 or department consent. Elective.



Liberal Studies 318

Ethics and Decision Making in Organizations (3 cr)

Analysis of the influences on decision making in a variety of organizational contexts and the impact on individuals and society. Students will investigate how culture, science and technology, religion, politics and the economy affect the decisions made at a variety of levels in organizations, and the effects of those decisions. Particular focus will be on the resolving ethical dilemmas which might result from value conflicts, such as between social and responsibility and financial interests. 

Prerequisites: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 325 or department consent.


Liberal Studies 319

Creating Presentations in the Virtual Workplace (3 cr)

This course offers guidance and examples on how to create effective online mediated presentations in a workplace which is increasingly dependent upon computer technology as a means to communicate globally. The course provides students with an understanding of effective presentation creation strategies utilizing story-telling techniques. In addition students will learn the use of new media techniques to optimize organizational, networked and web presentations. Students will create web-based new media web presentations utilizing graphics, animation, and integrated recorded speech. 

Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 209 or department consent.


Liberal Studies 325

Introduction to Organizational Administration (3 cr) 

The course provides the student an introduction to some recent and successful theories and practices of organizational administration, including communication basics, persuasion, critical and empathetic listening, leadership development, systems and strategic thinking, planning, programming and budgeting, cognitive complexity, leadership styles and development, total quality management, the improvement of human performance, and learning organizations. The student will also have an introduction to ethics, external affairs, and crisis planning and management. 

Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 209 or department consent.


Liberal Studies 335

Transformative Leadership (3 cr)

Transformative leadership is a creative, passionate, and authentic expression of service inspired by the leadership wisdom of Bennis, Drucker, Greanleaf, Hesselbein, Hooks, and Quinn.  In this course, learners will have the opportunity to identify and develop individually unique and effective leadership styles and approaches.  Through a combination of inventories, reflection, and experiential activities, learners will explore their passion and what constrains their leadership as well as how they impact and influence others. Learners also will observe and analyze the leadership styles of leaders with whom they associate. 

Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 230 or department consent.


Liberal Studies 405

Project Planning and Implementation (3 cr)

This course includes the “science” of initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing projects, following the proven structure developed by the internationally-recognized Project Management Institute. Topics also cover the “art” of time management, conflict resolution and effective communication and partnerships – methods and behaviors associated with successful projects.  This course uses a series of case studies, problems and papers designed to help students demonstrate their ability to apply course topics to business settings. 

Prerequisite: Liberal Studies 325 or department consent.


Liberal Studies 425

Senior Seminar in Organizational Administration (3 cr) 

Focuses the student's prior work, both on and off campus, on the applied and the theoretical basis of the organization, of leadership, and on the efforts of people within an organization. This seminar will, through reading, class lectures and discussions, applied research and presentations, in written and oral reports, seek understanding of the theories and operational definitions of organizations and leadership. The student will be able to analyze existing organizations for problems or opportunities in organizational operation, leadership, and team efforts. The student will be able to design plans, programs, strategies, tactics, and resource requirements to accomplish predetermined goals and objectives. The student will be required to convince his/her classmates of the validity of the findings and proposals. They will be evaluating each other's work and that evaluation will likewise be evaluated. 

Prerequisite: Department consent.


Liberal Studies 463

Budgeting & Bookkeeping for Program Managers (3 cr)

This course provides the students with an opportunity to learn the basics of budgeting and bookkeeping. The course of study will help prepare program and profit center managers to develop and manage their budgets and expenditures. They will also have the opportunity to learn to use accounting information and make monetary and financial decisions. The relationship between organizations, the national economy and monetary decisions will also be discussed. 

Prerequisites: PBIS 187, 188 or 189 or Math 109; also, Lib Stds 315, Lib Stds 325 or Pub Admin 362 or department consent.


Liberal Studies 466

Applied Data Gathering and Analysis (3 cr)

Using data effectively in the workplace: the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data for decision-making and problem solving within organizations. Topics include question posing, qualitative data gathering and analysis, qualitative data gathering and analysis, descriptive statistics, beginning inferential statistics, feasibility techniques, and process analysis. This course will use an extensive series of cases and problems and conclude with student projects that demonstrate an ability to take a problem from inquiry and data gathering, through analysis and solution identification, to formal presentation. 

Prerequisites: PBIS 187, 188 or 189 or Math 109; also Lib Stds 315 or Lib Stds 325 or Pub Admin 362 or department consent.


Philosophy 330 

Business and Ethics (3 cr) 

An examination of the ethical problems facing different aspects of American business such as the morality of a market economy, the social responsibility of corporations and the honesty of advertising. 

Prerequisites: Philosophy 101(Logic) or 105 (Ethics) or 106 (Honors Ethics) or 109 (Introduction to Philosophy) or 110 (Honors Introduction to Philosophy).


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