PSLI Curriculum  


The following is an outline of the curriculum and basic content of the Public Safety Leadership Institute, which was established and approved by Mercer University. 

·         The program consists of six (6) forty (40) hour components for a total of 240 instructional hours.  The six (6) components consist of the following:
  • ORGL 310: Foundations of Leadership in Modern Organizations

  • ORGL 320: Leadership and Human Behavior in Organizations

  • ORGL 335: Contemporary Issues: A Leadership Perspective

  • ORGL 340: Human Resource Issues in Organizations

  • ORGL 350: Values, Ethics, and Leadership Practice

  • ORGL 475: Advanced Leadership Philosophy & Practice

Credit and non-credit certificate options are available.  The PSLI program is approved for eighteen (18) semester hours of credit.  If participants desire academic credit, they must officially apply for admission to Mercer University's Regional Academic Centers Criminal Justice program.  Participants who select the non-credit certificate program option will qualify for 24 continuing education units (CEUs)

Initially, each forty (40) hour program module will be conducted during a one-week period ot time. An additional one-day seminar will be held the fourth Saturday after each module. The seminar experience will consist of a group project, which encompasses the material from the prior week's module.

The program will be conducted at Mercer University's Atlanta Campus and will primarily encompass those jurisdictions within the metropolitan Atlanta area. 

The fee for each program module is $498.00 (The total program investment is $2,994.00 ).  This fee does not include the cost of any textbooks which will be required.

The Public Safety Leadership Institute of Mercer University is committed to quality leadership education and will continue to maintain the high level of int
egrity and educational excellence which has been the hallmark of Mercer Unviersity for the past 175 years.


 ORGL/CRJS 410:   Foundations of Modern Leadership in Modern Organization


Examines the type of leadership that is required to create and maintain high levels of excellence in organizations.  Students will examine these concepts from  individual, interpersonal, group, and organizational points of view.  Students will gain a better understanding of their own leadership style and are encouraged to develop a leadership action plan.


Students will demonstrate the ability to discuss and understand the following issues of Foundations of Leadership In A Modern Organization in a substantive way:

  • The definition of leadership and the differences between managing and leading.
  • The nature of leadership and its importance for organizations.
  • The principal contingency models of leadership and the situational factors, which establish a leaders' effectiveness.
  • The personal characteristics which are associated with effective leaders.
  • The overall effectiveness of transactional and transformational leaders and their impact upon their followers and the organization.
  • The development of effective leaders and a self-leadership culture within an organization.

ORGL/CRJS 420:   Leadership and Human Behavior in Organizations


This course focuses on the concepts that provide a foundation for the understanding of the individual, interpersonal and group behavior within the context of an organization.  There will be special emphasis on typical interpersonal and leadership relationships.  Its primary aim is the creation and maintenance of high levels of excellence in the area of communications within the organization.  Students will examine these concepts from an individual, interpersonal, group and organizational perspectives.  Students will have a better understanding of their own leadership style and are encouraged to develop an action plan, which will be aimed at enhancing communication within the organization.


The student will demonstrate the ability to discuss and understand the following issues of Leadership and Human Behavior in Organizations in a substantive way:

  • The effects of organizational behavior on the leader and organizational performance.
  • Alternative models of organizational behavior and their effects on personal and organizational performances.
  • The nature, operation and impact of social systems within organizations.
  • How various motivational theories and models influence human behavior and organizational effectiveness.
  • The importance of informal and formal groups within organizations.
  • The nature of attitudes and their impact on job satisfaction.
  • The life cycle of a team, characteristics of effective teams and potential challenges to team effectiveness.
  • The processes of leadership decision-making and the overall impact that these processes have upon the stress and performance levels within an organization.


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