AGS 200 - Food and Agriculture Problem Solving - Behavioral Applications
This capstone course will utilize an organizational behavior approach for understanding behavior in the workplace to better manage change within food and agriculturally related organizations. This course is intended for those who want to develop the tools for understanding, analyzing and accounting for the work behaviors of individuals and groups. It will use a combination of team building exercises, self-assessment inventories, and case analysis to develop insights that facilitate self-knowledge and teamwork in a dynamic global environment. Topics covered will include, but not be limited to, teamwork and team processes, personality and values, conflict resolution, organizational politics, leadership, motivation, communications, decision making and accountability.
Prerequisites: ENG 101 and any two of: AGS 101, AGS 110, or AGS 150, or permission of instructor.
Course Learning Outcomes
1. Apply principles of ethics and social responsibility to issues related to food and agriculture production, food sanitation, or food safety.
2. Compare methods of motivating individuals in organizations.
3. Evaluate decision making tools and models used in scenario planning for the food and agriculture industries.
4. Evaluate decision making tools and models used in scenario planning for the food and agriculture industries..
5. Discuss the benefits and limitations of teams.
6. Discuss how team development processes influence team effectiveness.
7. Use the case method to produce alternative solutions or new approaches to current problems in the food and agriculture industries.
8. Relate organizational change models to the adoption of new technologies and processes in the food and agriculture industries.
9. Self assess one or more of the following: time management skills, communication style, personality, values, needs, conflict negotiation style, preferred leadership style, preferred organizational culture and teamwork skills.
10. Create a group presentation to solve a business problem in the food and agriculture industries.
Course Offered Fall, Spring