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1.0 Background information on BOD

1.1 Organisation Development (OD) Approach

The art and science of organization development (OD) has evolved from Action Science, National Training Laboratory, Appreciative Inquiry, Systems Theory, etc. OD is thus an attempt to influence the members of an organization to expand their candidness, and to take greater responsibility for their own actions.

Organizational development (OD) is a process used to develop healthy, high-performance, self-renewing organizations and successfully manage change and can be used at all levels of an organization. OD is an applied behavioural science.

This course is designed for those who are new to the field of OD, youth, matured students, entrepreneurs, academia, and leaders who want to transform their teams/organisations or those in training roles who are currently being asked to work with groups within their organizations, to improve performance or facilitate sustainable change.

The course will provide them with a foundational background in OD and introduce them to several OD tools, approaches, concepts and models for change. Students will also learn community development, social entrepreneurship, sustainable change mindset, transitional management, facilitation skills and how to lead successful organizational development interventions (consultancy).

1.2 Entry Requirements for BSc. Organisational Development (BOD)

The following are the standard requirement for students seeking admission into the Bachelor of Science (BOD) program at CCOD:

1. West African Examinations Council (WAEC) Examinations Category

a. Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE)

i. Applicant must have grade D or better in three (3) core subjects: English Language, Mathematics, Integrate Science or Social Studies)
ii. Any three elective subjects, preferably in the social sciences with an aggregate 24 or better in 6 subjects

b. West African School Certificate Examination (WASSCE)

i. Applicant must have grade C6 or better in three (3) core subjects: English Language, Mathematics, Integrate Science or Social Studies)
ii. Any three elective subjects, preferably in the social sciences with an aggregate 36 or better in 6 subjects

c. General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level

i. Passes in three (3) subjects (at least one pass should be grade D or better)
ii. Applicants must have had credit passes ( grade 6) in five GCE Ordinary Level subjects including English, Mathematics and a Science subjects or business

d. General Business Certificate Examination (ABCE)

i. Passes in three (3) subjects (at least one pass should be grade D or better)
ii. Applicants must have had credit passes in five (5) subjects including English, Mathematics and a Science subjects or social science in the General Business Certificate Examination (GBCE)

2. Mature Students

Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:

a) Be 25 years or above
b) Show proof of age with birth certificate or any legitimate national identity (ID),
c) Have passes in five G.C.E ‘O’ Levels subjects including English Language and Mathematics;
d) SSSCE/WASSCE holders must have passes in English Language and Mathematics, Integrated Science and three elective subjects;
e) Have five years post qualification working experience.
f) Mature Students’ candidates are expected to write and pass a selection examination and an interview to be conducted by the college (mandatory).
g) Diploma holders of community development (CD) or organization development (OD) and meet a-f above requirements are admitted into level 200 of the BOD.

3. Higher National Diploma (HND) Qualifications

i. HND and other Diploma applicants seeking admission into the Degree programmes should possess a First Class or Second Class (Upper and Lower) Division in the relevant area.
ii. The HND applicants would be admitted to level 300 and would be expected to pass a selection interview to be conducted by the college and with relevant OD certificate (s).
iii. The applicant must have acquired a 2-year post HND qualification working experience and in leadership position.
iv. Other Diploma qualification from elsewhere assessed to be equivalent to the HND may be similarly considered but MUST have OD and HR background.

4. Foreign Qualifications

All foreign qualification should be referred to the National Accreditation Board (NAB) for determination of equivalences and eligibility for admission to tertiary institutions in Ghana (National Accreditation Board Act, 2007 {Act 744 (2(2b)}). Note should be taken however that the American SAT, TOEEL etc. cannot in themselves be acceptable as entry qualifications into Ghanaian tertiary education institutions.

5. Professional and Other Entry Qualifications

All professional certificates in OD and any other qualifications beyond the ones specified above must be referred to the National Accreditation Board for the establishment of their equivalences, to determine their eligibility for admission to tertiary education institution- universities, university colleges, polytechnics, etc.

6. Degree in human resource (HR) entry

Applicant with who have degree in human resource (HR) from any recognized tertiary institutions in Ghana will have direct entry into level 300. A written examination and interview is required.

1.0 Background information about our MSc.(MOD) Program:

1.1 Brief summary of OD Approach

Organization development (OD) is a new field emerging in Africa as one of the best strategies in solving individual, teams, societal and organizational challenges using behaviour science and system approach. It is both an art and science developed from Action Research, National Training Appreciative Inquiry, and some Change Models. OD is thus a technique that seeks to influence the members of an organization to expand their candidness, and to take greater responsibility for their own actions.

OD is therefore, a process and an approach used to develop healthy, high-performing, self-renewing organizations and able to successfully manage change at all levels. It is an applied behavioural science that is concerned with the health of the organization, its effectiveness, the capacity to solve problems, the ability to adapt to transformational change, initiate self-renewal and the competency to create a high quality of life for its employees.

CCOD developed the MOD from the philosophy of experiential learning and facilitation of change practices, while using proven organizational development (OD) Client-centered interventions, guarantee of participants/students maximum benefits and clients absolute sustainability of the consulting efforts.

CCOD utilizes a set of comprehensive training instruments, concepts, models and approaches integrated with the Action-Research Methodology which is professionally client-centered, action-oriented and results-driven.

1.2: Target group

This course is designed purposely for those adults who are new or have basic knowledge in the field of OD: professional entrepreneurs (wishing to pursue an academic course in OD), executives/leaders who want to transform their teams/organizations to high performing status, those in training and development roles ( being asked to work with groups within their organizations or communities), the academia (institutions that wish to introduce OD to their faculties), leaders in the security sector, the extractive industry, the non-profit sector (NGOs/Religious groups) and young professionals who are planning to improve performance or facilitate change in their units, organizations or communities. Consultants can also take advantage.

The course will provide Target group with a background in OD and introduce them to several OD models to facilitate transformational change, organizational transitional management, staff development issues and to lead successful organizational development interventions that will result in effectiveness, efficiency, high performance and responsiveness to the needs of the employees and system improvement.

1.3: Program Objectives:

The programme intends to help participants acquire the necessary up-to-date organsational development knowledge and skills that are crucial for the effective transformation of all the four levels of the organization and supporting them to successfully apply their new competencies at work to improve organizational performance and results by linking the classroom to the workplace throughout the course.

1.4 Learning outcomes:

At the end of the proposed 2 years, students/participants should be able to:

1. Apply OD ethics in the workplace and in everyday life as a professional.

2. Apply OD approach and make a difference at the workplace by enhancing business success as well as community development.

3. Use OD Competencies (process consulting, interventional tools, models, approaches, etc) and able to apply these competencies to influence sustainable change and development in the field of practice (small and large systems).

4. Apply Action Research Model to help business growth and sustenance.

5. Apply Facilitation for change skills and how to grow business as well as carry out OD consultancy for service fee/income.

6. Students able to apply consulting skills to life-organization.

1.5: Major courses to learn and acquire practical skills:

By the end of each module, students/participants would have learnt the theory and practice of the following;

Module 1 (15 Credits)

1. Organisation Development (OD):Theory and Practice -3 credits

2. Philosophy -3 credits

3. Dynamic Team Building and Leadership Development -3 credits

4. Research methodology and Design -3 credits

5. Action Research Model and Practice -3 credits

Module 2 (11 Credits)

1. Facilitation Skill and Practice -2 credits

2. Statistics -3 credits

3. Organisation Analysis and System Design -3 credits

4. Strategic Planning Skills and Management -3 credits

Module 3 (10 Credits)

1. Organisational Behaviour Management -2 credits

2. OD Consulting Skills and Practice -3 credits

3. Organisational Psychology -2 credits

4. Executive Coaching -3 credits

Module 4 (12 Credits)

1. Mediation and Conflict Transformation Skills -3 credits

2. Project work (Thesis and Report) - 6 credits

3. Specialisation -3 credits (a. Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM) or b. Whole System Transformation (WST) or c. Appreciative Leadership development and Practice

Total credit hours for Masters of Science in OD (MOD) = 48 credits