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Pepperdine | Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Curriculum for Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership and Learning

Course Schedule

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4
MSED 601 Critical Thinking and Communication (3) MSED 603 Ethics, Values, and Inclusion (3) MSOL 651 Managing Teams and Collaboration (3) MSOL 653 Organizational Management and Stewardship (3)
MSED 602 Virtual Learning, Collaboration and Transmedia (3) MSED 605 Applied Analytics and Data Visualization (3) MSOL 652 Organization Design and Culture (3) MSED 699 Capstone Integration Experience (3)
  MSED 606 Entrepreneurial Leadership for Innovation and Change (3) MSED 604 Program Design and Evaluation (3)  

Core Courses

 MSED 601 - Critical Thinking and Communication (3)

This course focuses on critical thinking and communication strategies to advance students' reasoning skills to develop well-thought-out, reasoned, clear, and concise oral and written communications and present them using transmedia. Students learn effective, engaging, and strategic use of interactive media; emerging and distributed technologies for storytelling; and how to convey well-articulated and powerful narratives.

 MSED 602 - Virtual Learning, Collaboration and Transmedia (3)

The course explores virtual and integrated learning technologies and their applications to learning organizations, learning communities, and educational settings. Future-ready technologies and techniques are applied for experiential, collaborative, social, and distributed learning. Students investigate virtual communication tools, integration of social media, virtual collaboration tools, digital storytelling, and their application to their professional and scholarly interests.

 MSED 603 - Ethics, Values and Inclusion (3)

This course introduces the student to the study of ethics as a basis for value clarification, decision making, and responsible leadership in inclusive organizations and communities. Elements of ethical leadership such as cultural proficiency, social justice, power, equity, and privilege are examined. Students investigate applications and practices relevant to their academic and professional interests.

 MSED 604 - Program Design and Evaluation (3)

The course focuses on analysis, design, development, implementation, and assessment of learning-based solutions to organizational challenges in a variety of learning organization environments including K–12, higher education, and private and public sectors. It introduces models and methods of learning theory and cognition and learning assessments as a response to identified needs and gaps in intended organizational results. Students will investigate applications and practices of learning design, cognition, and evaluation relevant to their academic and professional interests.

 MSED 605 - Applied Analytics and Data Visualization (3)

This course introduces students to various methods of applied data analysis with an emphasis on the analysis of quantitative data. Students will learn about modern forms of data gathering including the mining and extraction of big data. Students will also learn to report data using powerful statistical packages and the latest web-based visualization platforms. Last, students will learn the fundamentals of inferential statistical analysis. While basic statistical theory will be covered, the emphasis of the course will be on the development of empirical inquiries and the understanding, presentation, and communication of data in organizational, workplace, and educational contexts.

 MSED 606 - Entrepreneurial Leadership for Innovation and Change (3)

This course examines the role of the entrepreneurial leader in developing innovative solutions that align with personal and organizational mission, vision, and values. Focus is placed on how a leader shepherds sustainable change from ideation, to fruition, and to evolution without positional power. Students will explore methods and engage in processes to support innovation, adaptation, and learning and promote the endeavor by building coalitions and persuasive broad-based organizational support.

 MSED 699 - Capstone Integration Experience (3)

In collaboration with program faculty, students will engage in a culminating undertaking in the form of a scholarly paper, a learning/training program, or a technology-infused product design in which students apply academic, theoretical, and/or practitioner perspectives explored throughout the coursework. All projects must be grounded in literature relevant to students' degree programs and presented using advanced transmedia. The Capstone Integration Experience serves as one of the final program learning outcomes assessments.

Program-Specific Courses

 MSOL 651 Managing Teams and Collaboration (3)

This course focuses on the dynamics of teams in diverse organizations as well as best practices for and obstacles to their success. Essential theories, concepts, and practices in group dynamics in multicultural and global settings will be examined. This examination will include composition and functions of groups, trust and cohesion, decision making, cultural dimensions of groups, creativity and innovation, as well as virtual teams and networks.

 MSOL 652 Organization Design and Culture (3)

This course provides an introduction to the variety of theories and diverse models of organization design while applying impacts of culture on decision making and organizational effectiveness. Emphasis will be placed on applying organization development strategies to the culture in which one is working and the influences of shared values and group norms on how that organization "gets things done." Students will explore, adapt, and apply concepts from organization theory and culture while making linkages with national cultural contexts.

 MSOL 653 Organizational Management and Stewardship (3)

This course examines various elements and roles involved in managing and leading a learning organization in the context of stewardship. Management functions such as planning, organizing, developing talent, communication, motivation, local and global cultures, social responsibility, and tracking and maintaining quality will be discussed. The context of these examinations emphasizes valuing the collective progress of the organization over self-interest.


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