Teaching

Undergraduate Courses Taught at Memorial University

B3310 – Introduction to Organizational Behaviour

While an understanding of accounting, finance, marketing, and strategy are necessary for a successful career in business, being able to manage, lead, and motivate the people and teams within an organization is crucial.  No man is an island, and unless you plan to live your days on a deserted island, chances are you will be working with, for, and leading other people.  The primary objective of this course is to understand how individuals and groups behave within organizations. Specifically, organizational behaviour examines how individuals and groups engage, react, and interact with others in organizations. These behaviours are influenced by the attitudes, values, and beliefs of the individual, as well as circumstances within the organization. In this course, we will draw on theories of social psychology to understand how and why individuals and groups behave the way they do and how it impacts organizations. In this course, we will cover topics such as motivation, personality, employee attitudes, decision-making, leadership, and negotiation.

Over the duration of this course, we will examine some of the key aspects of organizational behaviour. We will draw on course readings, lectures, cases, and experiential exercises to examine the frameworks from social sciences that are fundamental to understanding organizational processes and teach you how to apply these frameworks to a variety of particular situations. My goals are that when you leave this class, not only do you understand the fundamentals of theory and research in organizational behaviour, but you also know how to apply much of these evidence-based findings to your own working environment.

 

B4320 – Introduction to Human Resources Management

This course will provide an introduction to Human Resources Management (HRM). It provides a basic overview of the activities in a human resources department - key topics include job analysis, recruiting and selecting, performance management, training, legal issues, diversity, compensation and benefits. It reviews the role of Human Resources in contributing to the well being of the total enterprise. In short, the objectives of this course are:

  • To familiarize students with the concepts and practices of HRM

  • To provide students with an appreciation of how the literature and case studies on HRM can be applied effectively in the workplace in the interest of multiple stakeholders

  • To engage students in on-going problem identification, critical-analytical thinking and problem solving

  • To provide opportunities for students to improve their interpersonal skills, through on-going discussions within and across teams

 

 

 

B6054 – Leading and Managing Effective Team.

 

This course provides the tools required to understand the design, management, and leadership of teams in organizational settings. Students will engage in a series of experiential exercises and applied learning opportunities to examine the structure and dynamics of teams with an aim to understand team building, team dynamics, team diversity, and managing team conflict. This course is designed to complement the technical and diagnostic skills learned in other business courses and will provide students with the opportunity to develop the analytic and interpersonal skills needed to manage groups effectively.

Learning objectives:

  • Students will learn the theoretical underpinnings of social psychology and management concerning how teams operate in organization.

  • Students will engage in applied learning opportunities to reinforce their knowledge, through both experiential exercises and an in-depth study of an intact work team.

  • The knowledge gained in the course is reinforced through students’ own applied experience of working in a student team throughout this course where they are asked to engage in continuous reflection.

Graduate Courses Taught at Memorial University

B9043 – Team Building and Diversity

The ability to work effectively with team members is crucial to individual functioning and promotion within organizations and this course is dedicated to understanding the design, management, and leadership of teams in organizational settings. The purpose of this course is to understand the theory and processes of team behavior so that employees and leaders can successfully work with teams.  This course examines the structure and dynamics of teams with a goal of understanding team-building, team dynamics, diversity, and managing team conflict.

A core component to working effectively in teams is understanding diversity and how to maximize the benefits of working in diverse teams while minimizing the complications. This course will therefore cover topics related to diversity and how to make diversity an advantage in your work teams.

This course is designed to complement the technical and diagnostic skills learned in other courses at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Leaders need analytic as well as interpersonal skills to effectively manage groups and benefit from diversity. This course will provide students with the opportunity to develop these skills in experiential and applied ways.

B8509 – Leadership within a social enterprise

The course will focus on leadership competencies needed for effectiveness in a social enterprise context. Students will be encouraged to reflect on and develop these personal leadership competencies based on current theoretical frameworks. The application of skill development both within the classroom setting and beyond will be encouraged through experiential learning and applied assignments.

 

To facilitate discussion, students must read the assigned material and complete any in-class and web-based exercises before coming to class. Students should also bring the text and any other required readings with them to class. It is critical for you to be prepared for the in-class portion of the course, and to participate in discussions as well.