Degree completion courses
Bluffton University operates on a semester calendar. All course credit is given in semester hours. The number of semester hours for each course is indicated in parentheses.
OMP 222 MODERNITY, THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE COMMON GOOD (3)
This survey course examines the last 500 years of Western history and literature by focusing on important historical and literary periods. The course charts changes in self understanding by examining challenges to the common good in the rise of individualism.
OMP 224 PERCEIVING THE ARTS IN THE WORLD AROUND US (3)
The primary goal of the course is to help students become more aware of the roles the arts have in our daily lives by providing perspectives of history, basic theory, and interaction with visual art, music and theatre. Students will then apply these concepts to comment critically on works of visual arts, music, and theatre. The manner in which the three content areas coexist, interact and influence each other is a theme of the course.
OMP 226 Humanities: Continuity and Change (3)
The course will be an introduction to the western Humanistic traditions: literature, history, art and philosophy. Through an examination of the humanities in their historical context, the students will grapple with some of life s recurring questions: What is truth? What is beauty? What is the well-lived life? The content will emphasize the manner by which the answers given to these questions reflect changes in their historical context or, in some cases, cause changes to the course of history. The pre-modern foundations of western artistic, ethical and religious values from the dawn Mesopotamian societies through the Italian Renaissance will provide a framework from which students can draw in future courses and beyond.
OMP 301 Group and Organizational Behavior (3)
A study of group behavior in the context of the larger organization. Emphasis is placed on understanding the impact of various internal processes and the broader organization environment on the outcome of the group work.
OMP 303 Organization Theory and Design
Students will be introduced to organizational theory and design concepts from a systems management perspective. Contextual and structural dimensions of an organization will be identified and explored. The role of organization mission and purpose statements will be examined. In addition, organization structure and the ways it influences organizational performance will be explored. Different types of structures discussed in the various readings will be used in classroom activities. The formal and informal sides of organizations will be investigated, and time will be spent discussing reward systems, innovation, power, leadership, in addition to other elements which interact with the structure(s). Students will discuss organization change relationships, change within an organization, and organizational analysis. The students will have opportunities to apply their analysis skills, learned concepts, and experiences using an integrated case study approach. Students will also learn how to use organizational problem solving tools such as force field analysis.
OMP 304 Principles of Management and Leadership (3)
Students examine motivational theory and its application to individual and group functioning in work situations. Leadership styles related to particular circumstances are analyzed. Negotiation is studied through reading and class practice with an analysis of the effect on productivity.
OMP 306 BUSINESS COMMUNICATION (3)
An introduction to the communication process with special attention given to building skills in listening, verbal and nonverbal communication, public speaking and written expression.
OMP 308 MANAGEMENT CONTROL SYSTEMS (3)
The primary objective of this course is an understanding of managerial accounting concepts and the way in which they impact the organization. Throughout the course, a simulated business will be used to illustrate these concepts and formulate an application of the material.
OMP 407 FAITH AND COMMUNITY (3)
The role of the Christian community in developing moral values and assisting in the decision-making process will be explored. Students learn to identify the historical and biblical roots of faith, articulate the claims of faith and analyze the role of faith in their lives.
OMP 409 PERSONAL VALUES AND BUSINESS ETHICS (3)
A course designed to explore the intricacies of business and personal ethics through the study of the basic philosophical theories of ethics. Theories are applied to current case studies of business and personal ethics situations.
OMP 410 LIVING IN THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY (3)
An interdisciplinary examination of issues concerning the economic, environmental and social sustainability of the global community. The aim of this course is to help students relate their own lives and actions and those of their organization to the global context and understand some implications of their global citizenship.
OMP 412 INDEPENDENT RESEARCH PROJECT (3)
Students combine research with practical implementation of theories and concepts and develop either a team or individual project. Students will be encouraged to work in teams focusing on service learning projects; however, an individual project focusing on a student s workplace may also be acceptable. The project will empirically examine a problem in a community-based organization or within a student s place of employment. Library research methods and resources are introduced to assist students in the development of this project. The team of students, or individual student, will present the results of their project in oral and written form in class and to the community-based organization where service learning occurred or to their employer.
OMP 413 LEADERSHIP IN NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS (3)
The course provides an overview of the growing nonprofit sector in American society and introduces the student to unique governance, accounting and management issues associated with the nonprofit sector.
OMP 414 ENTREPRENEURSHIP (3)
Entrepreneurship brings together, examines and develops the knowledge required to successfully organize, create and manage a business endeavor. The student will explore the feasibility of an idea through the use of a business plan with measured results.