Human Organizational Learning (HOL)

Explanation of Course Numbers

  • Courses in the 1000s are primarily introductory undergraduate courses
  • Those in the 2000–4000s are upper-division undergraduate courses that can also be taken for graduate credit with permission and additional work
  • Those in the 6000s and 8000s are for master’s, doctoral, and professional-level students
  • The 6000s are open to advanced undergraduate students with approval of the instructor and the dean or advising office

HOL 0920. Continuing Research - Master's. 1 Credit.

HOL 0940. Cont. Res. - Doctoral. 1 Credit.

HOL 6100. Special Workshop. 1-12 Credits.

Topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for credit.

HOL 6101. Research and Independent Study. 1-3 Credits.

Preparation of an in-depth project under the guidance of a faculty member. The course is arranged individually with an instructor.

HOL 6700. Foundations of Human Resource Development. 3 Credits.

How individuals and groups learn and interact within organizations and how organizations function and learn. Motivation, group dynamics, systems theory, organizational culture, and change.

HOL 6701. Adult Learning. 3 Credits.

Premises and theories used to meet learning needs of adults. Overview of various learning theories and the impact of various stages of adult development on learners. Topics including self-directed learning, accommodating individual learning needs, and creation of effective learning techniques. Same as HDEV 6701.

HOL 6702. Organizational Change I. 3 Credits.

The assessment of organizational conditions, including collection and interpretation of information, operations, and problems (human, structural, and systemic). Course participants collect and analyze data to provide solutions to enhance organizational effectiveness.

HOL 6703. Organizational Change II. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the concepts, methods, and skills required for effective consultation in organizations, as either an internal or an external consultant. Meeting the human needs in organizations, while improving performance and productivity. Students undertake a consulting project in an organization.

HOL 6704. Leadership in Organizations. 3 Credits.

Developments in theory and research centered on organizational leadership. Emphasis on transformational leadership.

HOL 6705. Strategic Human Resource Development. 3 Credits.

Overview of systematic development of an organization’s capability to implement its strategy. Leading an organization through change, with an emphasis on HRD systems.

HOL 6706. Issues in Human Resource Development. 3 Credits.

Current issues and topics of importance in the field. Students gather data and analyze key topics associated with areas such as globalization, diversity in the workplace, organizational development, and ethics.

HOL 6707. Organizational Learning. 3 Credits.

Learning in an organizational context. Processes through which the organization as a system learns, unlearns, changes, and disseminates information. Organizational learning theories address the processes and barriers of gathering, using, developing, and retaining knowledge in organizations.

HOL 6720. Advanced Strategies for Adult Learning. 3 Credits.

Theoretical and practical strategies of adult learning in various settings, including corporate environments. Learning strategies, such as creative thinking and self-directed learning. Critical adult learning issues.

HOL 6721. Assessing the Impact of HRD Efforts. 3 Credits.

Knowledge and skills needed to evaluate the impact and return on investment of HRD efforts. Focus on how to plan and conduct systematic evaluations of HRD efforts, including the choice, development, and use of various tools for measuring individual, group, and organizational change.

HOL 6724. Increasing the Capacity to Learn. 3 Credits.

Identification of actions that can help increase the capacity to learn. Emphasis on experimental learning and critical reflection.

HOL 6725. Internship in Human Resource Development. 3-6 Credits.

Supervised experience in selected areas of human resource development and adult education. Admission by permission of instructor.

HOL 6742. Design of Adult Learning Interventions. 3 Credits.

Designing and implementing adult learning programs. Topics include instructional design techniques, designing effective programs, program planning and marketing techniques, and conducting needs assessments and evaluations of adult learning programs.

HOL 6743. Action Learning. 3 Credits.

Processes, principles, and skills necessary to participate in and lead both single- and multiple-problem action learning sets. The six dimensions of action learning; educational psychological, political, sociological, and management theories underlying action learning.

HOL 6744. Meaningful Workplaces. 3 Credits.

Characteristics of the humane organization and of meaningful work. Intrinsic motivation, work–life balance, and the workplace community.

HOL 6745. Technology and Human Resource Development. 3 Credits.

How technology can best be utilized in the HRD environment. Discussion of CBT, use of the Internet for instruction, and distance learning techniques.

HOL 6746. Work Groups and Teams in Organizations. 3 Credits.

Exploration of the nature of work groups and teams as they are utilized in organizational settings. Group and team dynamics, facilitating and leading skills, and group roles and culture.

HOL 6747. International and Multicultural Issues in Organizations. 3 Credits.

The impact of culture and globalization on U.S. and international human and organizational learning programs and practices. Adult learning and organizational change approaches that develop and utilize the synergy of a global workforce.

HOL 6998. Thesis Research. 3 Credits.

HOL 6999. Thesis Research. 3 Credits.

HOL 8100. Special Topics in Human and Organizational Learning - Doctoral Studies. 3 Credits.

Topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for credit.   (Fall, spring, and summer).

HOL 8101. Research and Independent Study. 1-3 Credits.

HOL 8700. Foundations of Human and Organizational Learning. 3 Credits.

The study of individuals and their interactions within an organizational context. Overview of key theories in leadership, systems theory, group dynamics, learning, organizational culture, and motivational theory. The use of research in human and organizational learning.

HOL 8701. Theory, Research, and Practice in Adult Learning and Development. 3 Credits.

Learning theories as applied to adults in individual and group learning transactions; effect of age on learning; psychological, physical, and social environments in adult education situations.

HOL 8702. Theory and Design of Organizational Diagnosis and Development. 3 Credits.

Focus on various paradigms through which organizations and their functions may be viewed; a variety of analytical models of organizations; techniques for assessing systems; application of analysis techniques.

HOL 8703. Human Systems Change. 3 Credits.

The classical and contemporary ideas related to social systems change; the relation of these ideas to current issues in organizations.

HOL 8704. Leadership Theory, Research, and Practice. 3 Credits.

HOL 8706. Interdisciplinary Readings in Human and Organizational Learning. 3 Credits.

Seminal works from various disciplines related to current research and practice.

HOL 8707. Advanced Organizational Learning. 3 Credits.

The psychological and sociological paradigms associated with the learning of a collective whole.

HOL 8720. Seminar: Applied Research in Human and Organizational Learning. 3 Credits.

Identification of initial constructs and theories that support the identified research interest, with a problem statement and critical analysis of research reports and review of research literature.

HOL 8721. Practicum in Human and Organizational Learning. 3-6 Credits.

HOL 8722. Seminar: Advanced Issues in Human and Organizational Learning. 1-12 Credits.

Forum in which candidates critically examine relevant classic and contemporary literature, with analysis and synthesis to defend their research questions and conceptual frameworks.

HOL 8723. Organizations and Strategy in Human Resource Systems. 3 Credits.

Overview of paradigms, theories, models, and constructs of organizations and strategy to understand organizations and their environments.

HOL 8741. Managerial and Organizational Cognition. 3 Credits.

The emerging field of collective cognition in organizations, including theoretical foundations and seminal and current literature on knowledge structures and their role in strategy formation, organizational change, and sensemaking.

HOL 8742. Work, Identity, and Adult Development. 3 Credits.

The influence of work on identity, intellectual and personality development, and other developmental attributes. Same as CNSL 8253/HDEV 8253.

HOL 8746. Work Groups and Teams in Organizations. 3 Credits.

Theoretical understanding and practical considerations of working with groups and teams. Group dynamics, facilitating and leading groups, and member roles. Group facilitation techniques across different group settings and environments.

HOL 8998. Predissertation Seminar. 3-6 Credits.

Platform for further development of the dissertation proposal.

HOL 8999. Dissertation Research. 3,6 Credits.

Prerequisite: HOL 8998.