Course Syllabus


This course incorporates organizational effectiveness at three levels: individual, group, and organizations. Students will examine these areas: motivation, team, group behavior, organizational design, structure, culture, communication, leadership, decision-making, and managing change. 

The overarching objective of this course is to help prepare each of us as disciple-leaders to fulfill better the mission of BYU-Idaho: “… to develop disciples of Jesus Christ who are leaders in their homes, the Church, and their communities.” As disciple leaders, we have the daunting, yet noble mission, of trying to become more like Him and to lead as He did. 

3 credits



No prerequisites

Required Resources

  • Access to a computer with Microsoft Word.
  • Computer with a camera for Zoom meetings.

Zoom allows you to hold a video conference with your team, record the meeting, and then make the recording available to your instructor. One of the most important learning activities you will participate in during this course will involve your Zoom sessions, so you must know how to carry out and record discussions using this service correctly. For additional help with Zoom, refer to the BYU-Idaho tutorial "How Do I Get Started with Zoom?"

Resource Title/Description
(books, software, etc.)
Author/Provider Ed./Vol. 13-Digit ISBN (if applicable)

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

(No charge to the students-free from the BYUI McKay Library)

Stephen R. Covey 25th 9781451639612

The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict

(No charge to the students-free from the BYUI McKay Library)

The Arbinger Institute 3rd  978-1-5230-8982-6


Course Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate proficient application of individual effectiveness principles and skills.
  2. Use organizational and team leadership principles to analyze and propose solutions to real-world problems.
  3. Practice and apply principles and skills of effective interpersonal and team communication.
  4. Apply each principle and skill in the contexts of work, home, church, and community.

Major Assignments

The table below is meant to help you see the relevance of each major assignment as it pertains to the course outcomes.

Major Assignment Description Course Outcome #
Discipleship Project Accountability project to improve yourself 1
Case Study Team Meetings Discuss weekly real-world situations 2
Leadership Project Service project to demonstrate leadership 3
Case Studies Case studies in a variety of situations 4

Weekly Patterns

The table below displays typical weekly activities, due dates, and activity descriptions. 

Due Date* Learning Model Activity Title
Midweek Prepare Study
Midweek Ponder and Prove Activity #1
End of Week Teach One Another  Case Study Team Meeting
End of Week Ponder and Prove Activity #1
End of Week Prove Elements of a Project

*Set your time zone within user preferences so the dates and times for course activities will display correctly for your time zone.

Learning Model

As with all of your other courses at BYU-Idaho, you will have the opportunity to develop intellectually and spiritually throughout this course. This course follows the BYU-Idaho Learning Model in the following manner:

  • Prepare: Study from the Leadership Toolkit workbook, leadership books, and case studies to learn sound organizational principles.
  • Teach One Another: Meaningfully participate in weekly team meetings to discuss case studies.
  • Ponder and Prove: Complete case study write-ups, activities, reflections, and long-term projects.



You can expect to receive grades and feedback within seven days of the due date for all assignments.


Please remember that you will need to devote 3–4 hours for every course credit or 9–12 hours weekly. It is your responsibility as a student to log into the class regularly, read assigned materials, and come to class discussion boards and team meetings prepared to participate in a meaningful way.

This course does require proficient writing skills for several major assignments like case study write-ups. If you need help with writing, reach out to the Writing Center.

Group Work

The group work will consist of weekly synchronous zoom meetings in a small team to discuss case studies. 

Late Work

As a sign of professionalism and respect, you should complete your work on time. However, your instructor has the discretion to accept late work or extend due dates as appropriate. 

Students may miss one assignment (activity assignment, paper assignment, report assignment or discussion board; not a case write-up, discipleship project, or leadership service project assignment) during the semester without receiving a 0 score on it. If students want to use this tender mercy at some point during the semester, it is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor and ask them to excuse a particular assignment. Be sure to provide the instructor with the lesson number and the name of the assignment the student would like excused.

Extra Credit

No extra credit will be available.

Grading Scale

Letter Grade Percent
A 100%–93%
A- 92%–90%
B+ 89%–87%
B 86%–83%
B- 82%–80%
C+ 79%–77%
C 76%–73%
C- 72%–70%
D+ 69%–67%
D 66%–63%
D- 62%–60%
F 59% and lower

University Policies

Students with Disabilities

Brigham Young University-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere that accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have a disability and require accommodations, please contact the Disability Services Office at (208) 496-9210 or visit their website and follow the Steps for Receiving Accommodations. Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with students and instructors by the Disability Services Office.

[This course may require synchronous meetings. OR This course includes required synchronous meetings.] If you are currently registered with the Disability Services Office and need an interpreter or transcriber for these meetings, please contact the deaf and hard of hearing coordinator at (208) 496-9219.

Other University Policies

Student Honor and Other Policies

Please read through the document called University Policies. It gives important information about the following topics:

  • Student Honor
    • Academic Honesty
    • Student Conduct
      • Sexual Harassment
  • Student with Disabilities
  • Complaints and Grievances
  • Copyright Notice

Go to the Student Resources module to review further resources and information.

Course Summary:

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