Colorado State University’s Organizational Performance and Change master’s degree is now being offered online, making it available to a broader audience of professionals seeking to improve performance through organizational and workplace learning and change management.
The program uses the latest research on organizational development, change management and performance improvement and provides relevant learning that enables students to make immediate, valuable impacts in their workplaces.
“This program takes students’ skills beyond designing and delivering workplace and organizational learning programs, and moves them toward becoming strategic business partners in their organizations,” said Thomas Chermack, CSU associate professor of organizational performance and change. “These skills give students the capacity to deliver custom improvement interventions that make teams, processes and organizations function more effectively.”
Students gain the skills and knowledge to tackle complex, ambiguous and ill-defined organizational problems that require critical, creative and reflective thinking. Through action-learning projects, they’ll use real organizational scenarios to develop potential solutions to compound problems involving human expertise, interaction and performance.
Course topics include:
• Human resource development
• Analyzing workplace issues
• Diagnosing the need for organizational change
• Planning and implementing change in organizations
• Enhancing performance systems
• Facilitating change
• Performance consulting
• Understanding and developing workplace expertise
• Developing and implementing workplace learning
• Implementing learning to improve performance
• Evaluating learning and performance improvement interventions
The curriculum also addresses emerging industry challenges and issues with two seminar courses for which content will vary based on current topics in the field.
Faculty use student-led group discussions, lectures, readings, research and writings in their courses. Assignments develop critical thinking skills through projects that are problem-focused, practically applied and theory-to-practice oriented. Students engage in projects and assignments that require the practical application of their learning to real workplace issues and challenges, giving them the opportunity to produce viable solutions for their employers and immediately increase their strategic acumen and credibility.
The Organizational Performance and Change Master of Education in the Education and Human Resource Studies program is now accepting applications for spring 2013. The OPC master’s program is in the School of Education in CSU’s College of Applied Human Sciences.
Those interested in learning more about the Organizational Performance and Change master’s program, visit http://www.online.colostate.edu/degrees/opc/. Contact Mike Macklin, OnlinePlus student services staff at (970) 491-7583 with specific questions.
Colorado State University OnlinePlus programs and educational opportunities, offered through the Division of Continuing Education, support the university’s land-grant mission by providing quality graduate and undergraduate degrees, professional development training, certificate programs, online credit and noncredit courses, and industry specific training online and at Learning Centers in Loveland, Denver, and Brighton.
For more information about Colorado State University OnlinePlus, visit www.online.colostate.edu or call (970) 491-5288.