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Behavior Course and Workshop (BSCI)

Behavior in Organizations Course

An important component to the start of your degree program at the Graziadio School is the "Behavior in Organizations" course.  In this course, you will learn how to view management issues through a behavioral science lens. The honing of written and verbal communication skills is also emphasized throughout the course.  

Personal and Leadership Development Workshop

In conjunction with the "Behavior in Organizations" course, the Personal and Leadership Development Workshop serves as an orientation to the experiential and team-based models of learning used at the Graziadio School.  The Behavior Workshop requires a weekend-long commitment (Friday evening through noon on Sunday).  In order to earn credit for the "Organizational Behavior" course, students must complete the Behavior Workshop.    

For students in the BSM program, the Behavior Workshop is a component of the Organizational Behavior course (BSCI 468). At the Master's level programs, the Behavior Workshop is a separate course (BSCI 650), which is taken in conjunction with the Behavior in Organizations course (BSCI 651). 

If a hotel stay is required, hotel information will be available in your Behavior in Organizations course (BSCI 468 or BSCI 650) within Sakai two weeks prior to the workshop.

Behavior Workshop FAQ's

 Do I have to attend the workshop?

Yes, the attendance and successful completion of the workshop is mandatory for you to continue the program.

 Where will the workshop be held?

Every effort is made to hold the workshop at a hotel that is located in close proximity to the campus in which the corresponding Organizational Behavior course takes place. Various factors-hotel availability, rates, faculty availability, etc.- can influence the workshop location, but it will typically not be more than an hour's drive from the campus.

 How long is the workshop?

You will begin on Friday evening, continue all day Saturday, and usually end by noon on Sunday.

 Where can I find details regarding my workshop location?

After you have been enrolled in the workshop, Pepperdine will reserve a hotel guest room on your behalf for Friday and Saturday night. A reservation confirmation will be sent to your Pepperdine student email account.

 What type of expenses will I be responsible for covering?

Students are responsible for covering the cost of the hotel guest room for two nights (Friday and Saturday), hotel parking (if applicable), certain meals, and any other incidentals. Upon checking into your hotel room, you will be required to provide a payment method for these expenses. Meals covered by Pepperdine during the workshop include dinner on Friday evening, breakfast and lunch on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday.

 If I live close to the hotel, can I go home?

No, the experience requires all students to remain on-site for the entire duration of the workshop.

 When do I make a reservation?

Unless otherwise told, sleeping room reservations for your workshop will be made on your behalf, for a single room. Your confirmation number will be sent to your Pepperdine email address, via Sakai, by Monday of the week of the workshop. You are required to provide the hotel with a credit card when you check-in.

 What if I am told that I have to make my own hotel room reservation?


If you are asked to make your own reservation, you must call the hotel and provide a credit card number and expiration date to create a new reservation. Each student, whether sharing a room or not, must provide this information. The hotel will NOT charge your credit card to make the reservation. You may designate a different payment method when you check-in and will only be charged when you check out. Should you drop the course, and fail to cancel your reservation, you will be charged. If you fail to make a reservation, you may not have a room at the hotel. Failure to secure a room in the hotel, or not attending the entire weekend for any reason, will require that you drop the Organizational Behavior course. Check Sakai for your e-room reservation instructions.