Organizational Behaviour and Leadership

  • Online delivery
  • eClass
  • 39 hour course, no prerequisites

Exam­ines the­o­ries of indi­vid­ual behav­iour and lead­er­ship with­in local gov­ern­ment orga­ni­za­tions. In par­tic­u­lar, the focus will be on man­age­ment in the pub­lic sec­tor, the­o­ries of lead­er­ship, council/​staff roles and rela­tion­ships, the struc­tures and cul­ture of local gov­ern­ment orga­ni­za­tions, notions of moti­va­tion in the pub­lic sec­tor, the empow­er­ment of staff, and orga­ni­za­tion­al change.

Course at a glance
  • Aimed at individuals interested in moving into higher level responsibilities in the local government field; our student body includes municipal government employees in planning, corporate services, economic development, operations, finance, and more.
  • Fully online asynchronous course, accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
  • Participate in online discussions with peers from all over Canada and expand your professional network.
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Apply the theoretical foundations of Organization Behaviour to case studies and real-life situations in your work or voluntary organizations in a way that improves employee engagement, team and organizational performance.
  • Use learned theory, and other course materials, to assess and improve the focus, supervision, and leadership of groups, teams, and individuals in organizations.
  • Determine the tools and systems of organizational behaviour which best apply to specific situations and desired outcomes.
  • Consider, assess, and apply organizational behaviour while attaining and sustaining the desired outcomes and objectives of the organization, team, group, or individuals.
  • Identify and address ineffective practices and techniques in the management of change and conflict.
  • Consider the relationships between leadership, managerial, and supervisory approaches, and how specific changes or activities may be improved by organizational behaviour.
Take note:

  • A textbook is required for this course; details will be provided in the course syllabus.
  • Additional learning materials are provided through eClass.
  • This is one of five core courses required for the NACLAA Level I certificate.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.


Course duration
Jan 11, 2021Apr 9, 2021
Asyn­chro­nous online learning, eClass

39 hours of instruction

In asynchronous online courses, students are expected to move through the course material at the same pace as their peers, but there are no real-time virtual classroom sessions to attend. All components of this type of course are accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool. for­mat details

Patrick Hartling

Your Instructor

Patrick Hartling




Organizational Behaviour: Concepts...

8 edition

ISBN 9780136199595

Class info
  • 39 course hours in total
  • Cost assistance: May be eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant and the Canada Training Benefit. (view all)
    Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages (groups of 4 or more) are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at for pre­ferred pricing.
  • Open for registration until January 11, 2021. Register at least one week before the course start date to secure your spot. If space is available you may register until the day the course starts.
Currently counts towards

* If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

You can register for and take a course without applying and enrolling into the program.

We recommend that you apply to the program as soon as possible to lock in your course requirements as they are subject to change.

Looking for different course dates?

New course schedules are released each June and November.

  • Offered now
  • Online delivery
  • 39 hour course, no prerequisites

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