About the CCPS Associate of Science in Organizational Studies
This degree program is designed for adults who wish to assume leadership, supervisory and administrative roles within organizations. Coursework focuses on the behavioral and practical aspects of leading, motivating, and communicating with individuals in modern organizations.
Associate of Science in Organizational Studies
The Associate of Science in Organizational Studies requires a minimum of 21 credit hours.
An introduction to the theory of markets. The course will examine the determination of product and resource prices; the theory of the firm, the role of competition, the impact of monopoly, externalities and government regulation; international economic relations.
General introduction to, and analysis of, historical and current theories of leadership. Study of leadership process involving interaction of leaders and followers in organizational settings such as public/private, profit and nonprofit.
Leaders at all organizational levels need an understanding of what makes their organizations go—money! Whether it is a for-profit business or a "non-profit," the financial aspects of operation affect the company's ability to achieve goals and the leader's ability to make decisions. This course includes the "basics" of using various financial statements, cash management plans, capital budgets, ratios and other tools to assist the leader in directing the organization. In addition, pricing strategies, economic decision-making models, financing options and internal accountability will be considered. Finally, measurements of financial performance and requirements for validity of financial information will be discussed from the perspective of what the leader needs to know to function effectively and meet his/her financial responsibilities.
A broad background is essential for leaders in today's organizations. This course and its companion, Fundamentals of Leadership II, are intended to give dual credit students, AS and Bachelor degree candidates experience for the full range of issues faced by leaders at all levels. Principles of conflict resolution, various leadership theories, processes, functions, skills, styles and philosophies, as well as contemporary motivational methods will be considered. Elements of leading technology professionals and other specialists will also be included. Through class discussions and course materials, students will receive key aspects of generalist leadership to enable them to grasp and resolve organizational operations issues.
This course builds on material covered in LDST 260, Fundamentals of Leadership I, and provides dual credit, AS and Bachelor degree candidates an additional opportunity to explore issues applicable to leaders at all levels. Using leadership theories and methods to deal with group dynamics and other behavioral issues with an emphasis on the things effective managers and leaders do to ensure success, along with current contemporary issues such as discrimination, harassment, disabilities, benefits, and appearance in the workplace. An introduction to corporate social responsibility and the need for diversity and consideration of cultural differences in organizations will also be included. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, key legal issues and ethical principles of leadership will be covered. Through course materials and discussions, students will receive essential components of generalist leadership to equip them to excel in today’s organizations. Self- reflective discussion and writing will be included in the learning process.
It is strongly recommended that students have completed one year of high school algebra in order to be successful in this course. A course to acquaint the student with the basic ideas and language of statistics including such topics such as descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, basic experimental design, elementary probability, binomial and normal distributions, estimation and test of hypotheses, and analysis of variance.