Syllabus for LDR-345
LEADING ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE
Leading Organizational Change builds on the ideas introduced in Foundations of Leadership (LDR-305), strengthening the framework of the practice of leadership. This course provides an in-depth exploration of the leader’s primary role in organizational change and develops skills and tools that can be put to use in real leadership practice. Each student will have the opportunity to examine and discuss the leader’s role, to consider how the leader can inform real or simulated change practice, and to reflect on how the leader plays a role in the success of any change initiative regardless of complexity. During this course the student engages in linking leadership theory used in Foundations of Leadership with the challenge of successfully navigating the process of implementing change initiatives.
Advisory: This course is best taken after LDR-305, Foundations of Leadership.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.
Leading Organizational Change is a three-credit online course, consisting of four modules. Modules include learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.
For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written activities, and complete a final paper. See below for more details.
Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.
This course requires you to participate in eight graded discussion forums. There are also one ungraded but required introduction forum in Module 1.
Online discussions provide an opportunity for you to interact with your classmates. During this aspect of the course, you respond to prompts that assist you in developing your ideas, you share those ideas with your classmates, and you comment on their posts. Discussion forum interactions promote development of a community of learners, critical thinking, and exploratory learning.
Please participate in online discussions as you would in constructive face-to-face discussions. You are expected to post well-reasoned and thoughtful reflections for each item, making reference, as appropriate, to your readings. Your original discussion post should be between 300 to 500 words.
You are also expected to reply to your classmates' posts in a respectful, professional, and courteous manner. You may, of course, post questions asking for clarification or further elucidation on a topic.
Online Discussion Grading Rubric.
You are required to complete four written assignments. Each written assignment is reflective in nature and you are required to explore the issues associated with topics covered in the modules and write a 3-5 page paper.
Written Assignment Rubric.
This course does not have a midterm or a final examination. Instead, you are required to complete a final project paper on leading organizational change. You may choose a topic that you find especially interesting surrounding the different aspects of leading organizational change. For complete guidelines and requirements of the final paper, please refer to the Final Project area of the course Web site.
The Final Paper Evaluation Rubric.
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:
All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:
To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).
To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:
Consider the following study tips for success:
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If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)
Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.
Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.
Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.
For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.
Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism
When to Quote and When to Paraphrase
Writing Assistance at Smarthinking
Originality Report Checking at Turnitin
Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.
If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.
If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.
Possible sanctions include:
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