Syllabus for LDR-419

NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP


COURSE DESCRIPTION

Nonprofit Leadership provides students with comprehensive knowledge and approach to nonprofit leadership and management. The course covers areas essential to effective leadership in today's nonprofit organization including governance, director and board responsibilities, social responsibility, strategic planning, fund development, financial accountability, human resource, and volunteer management. Woven through the course are the three key themes of social responsibility and leadership; multi-sector collaboration; and service and careers in the nonprofit sector. Coupled with traditional areas of nonprofit leadership and management, these themes create the innovative educational aspects of this course.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

By successfully completing the learning activities of the course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the role the nonprofit sector plays in today’s society.
  2. Identify strategic competencies needed to lead a nonprofit organization.
  3. Analyze and manage strengths and weaknesses in organizational systems to include financial resources.
  4. Identify roles and responsibilities of nonprofit boards and executives to include stakeholder versus shareholder governance models.
  5. Determine effective leadership competencies.
  6. Utilize methodologies for leading group change (e.g., Kotter’s 8-Step Model, Appreciative Inquiry, Question Thinking - Learner versus Judger Model, Whole System Strategic Planning, Future Search, and Balanced Scorecard).
  7. Synthesize the leadership and management fundamentals that cross all sectors: for-profit, nonprofit and governmental agencies.
  8. Apply the research of leading experts regarding nonprofit and for-profit relationships.
  9. Identify opportunities in the nonprofit sector for collaboration in business markets, social responsibility and community reinvestment efforts.

COURSE MATERIALS

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.


Required Textbook

  1. The Jossey-Bass Handbook of Nonprofit Leadership and Management, 3rd ed., edited by David O. Renz & Associates (San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2010)

ISBN-13: 978-0470392508

COURSE STRUCTURE

Nonprofit Leadership is a three-credit online course, consisting of four (4) modules. Modules include an overview, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles and sub-topics are listed below.

  1. Module 1:  Introduction to Nonprofit Sector

Nature, Function and Scope of The Nonprofit Sector

 Nonprofit Environment

Values, Ethics and Nonprofits

  1. Module 2:  Leading and Governance in the Nonprofit World

Social Sector Challenges and Leadership

 Governance and Leadership

 Leadership: Values, Mission, Ethics

  1. Module 3:  Fundamentals of Nonprofits, Society and Social Responsibility

 Fund Raising and Philanthropy

 Society and Social Responsibility – Does Leadership Make a Difference?

 Strategic Alliances and Collaborations

  1. Module 4:  Application of Foundations and Fundamentals

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The course requires you to complete eight (8) written assignments which includes an organizational analysis, an organizational financial analysis, and a PowerPoint presentation.  You are also required to participate in seven (7) graded online discussion forums and an ungraded "Introductions" forum in Module 1 of the course.  For your final paper, you are required to write a case study based research paper.

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

In addition to an ungraded "Introductions" forum in Module 1, Nonprofit Leadership requires you to participate in seven (7) graded discussion forums based on information from the textbook and journal articles.

Communication with the mentor and among fellow students is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online discussions involves two distinct activities: an initial response to a posted question (discussion thread) and subsequent comments on classmates' responses.

You will be evaluated both on the quality of your responses (i.e., your understanding of readings, concepts, and practices as demonstrated by well-articulated, critical thinking) and quantity of your participation (i.e., the number of times you participate meaningfully in the assigned forums). Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, professional, and respectful.

Meaningful participation in online discussions is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate, the reading, or your mentor, state and support your agreement or disagreement.

  1. Click link for an Evaluation Rubric.

Written Assignments

Nonprofit Leadership requires eight (8) written assignments which include an organizational analysis, an organizational financial analysis, and a PowerPoint presentation. Some assignments consist of essay questions based on associated chapters in the textbook and your personal reflection. Familiarize yourself with the written assignment questions before you begin each written assignment. Conversely, be sure to complete all relevant readings before answering the questions.

When you have completed all of the assigned readings for a written assignment, prepare your answers to the written assignment questions. These questions require critical thinking. Take the time to determine what you need to include to present a thoughtful, complete response that conveys your understanding of the course materials.

Formulate responses in your own words (do not merely copy answers from your reading materials); however, support the points you make with information from your course materials and from outside sources. Cite and document all sources of information with an appropriate reference.

Preparing and Submitting Assignments

Prepare your written assignments using whatever word processing program you have on your computer. Include your name at the top of the paper, as well as the course name and code and the semester and year in which you are enrolled.

Before submitting your first assignment, check with your mentor to determine whether your word processing software is compatible with your mentor's software. If so, you can submit your work as you prepared it. If not, save your assignment as a rich-text (.rtf) file, using the Save As command of your software program. Rich text retains basic formatting and can be read by any other word processing program.

Final Paper

You are required to write a final research paper based on the nonprofit selected for your initial Organizational Analysis. The objective of this case study based paper is to synthesize and integrate what you have learned so that you can readily draw upon it in your professional life.  You are encouraged to check the Final Paper area for more information about the final research paper and start to work on the paper as early as possible during the course.

GRADING AND EVALUATION

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

  1. Online discussions (7)—32 percent
  2. Written assignments (5)—18 percent
  3. Organization analysis—10 percent
  4. Organization financial analysis—5 percent
  5. Financial plan presentation—5 percent
  6. Final paper—30 percent

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:

A

=

93–100

C+

=

78–79

A–

=

90–92

C

=

73–77

B+

=

88–89

C–

=

70–72

B

=

83–87

D

=

60–69

B–

=

80–82

F

=

Below 60

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 nonarea of study course), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

  1. Read carefully the entire Syllabus, making sure that all aspects of the course are clear to you and that you have all the materials required for the course.

  1. Take the time to read the entire Online Student Handbook. The Handbook answers many questions about how to proceed through the course, how to schedule exams, and how to get the most from your educational experience at Thomas Edison State College.

  1. Arrange to take your examination(s) by following the instructions in this Syllabus and the Online Student Handbook.

  1. Familiarize yourself with the learning management systems environment—how to navigate it and what the various course areas contain. If you know what to expect as you navigate the course, you can better pace yourself and complete the work on time.

  1. If you are not familiar with Web-based learning be sure to review the processes for posting responses online and submitting activities before class begins.

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

  1. To stay on track throughout the course, begin each week by consulting the course Calendar. The Calendar provides an overview of the course and indicates due dates for submitting activities, posting discussions, and scheduling and taking examinations.

  1. Check Announcements regularly for new course information.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty takes the following forms:

  1. Cheating
  2. Plagiarizing (including copying and pasting from the Internet without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources)
  3. Fabricating information or citations
  4. Facilitating acts of dishonesty by others
  5. Unauthorized access to examinations or the use of unauthorized materials during exam administration
  6. Submitting the work of another person or work previously used without informing the mentor
  7. Tampering with the academic work of other students

Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College. Students who submit papers that are found to be plagiarized will receive an F on the plagiarized activity, may receive a grade of F for the course, and may face dismissal from the College.

A student who is charged with academic dishonesty will be given oral or written notice of the charge. If a mentor or College official believes the infraction is serious enough to warrant referral of the case to the academic dean, or if the mentor awards a final grade of F in the course because of the infraction, the student and the mentor will be afforded formal due process.

If a student is found cheating or using unauthorized materials on an examination, he or she will automatically receive a grade of F on that examination. Students who believe they have been falsely accused of academic dishonesty should seek redress through informal discussions with the mentor, through the office of the dean, or through an executive officer of Thomas Edison State College.

Plagiarism

Using someone else's work as your own is plagiarism. Although it may seem like simple dishonesty, plagiarism is against the law. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. 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, 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.

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