Syllabus for OML-620

ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP II


COURSE DESCRIPTION

Organizational Management and Leadership II focuses on how skills and abilities in leadership and management can be developed and applied by individuals in order to make a difference in organizations, communities, or societies.

The course looks first at exemplary leaders, both those who are well known and national or international in their scope (e.g., Robert Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Mohandas Gandhi) and those who are not well known (e.g., everyday people who have exercised moral leadership or community leadership), all with special consideration of the moral aspects of effective leadership in several different contexts. It then looks at how individuals can develop leadership and act with authenticity, integrity, and creativity, all with special consideration of exercising leadership as a “whole person” who must balance responsibilities to home, work, and community.

Ultimately, the course is intended to help students become more effective leaders in contexts where they currently serve or in contexts to which they aspire. The course is based in the belief that that leadership involves moral/ethical dimensions and that effective leadership equals good leadership; that is, that it includes service to others and to contexts beyond the self, as well as qualities such as authenticity and integrity.

Advisory: This course builds upon ORG-502 (Leadership and Management), although that course is not a prerequisite to OML-620. While there is some overlap in content between the two, OML-620 has a far greater emphasis on application and skill development than ORG-502.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

  1. Discuss qualities/characteristics of real leaders who have made a significant difference.
  2. Compare and contrast real leaders across different contexts and sectors.
  3. Assess the moral leadership of real leaders.
  4. Assess their own leadership in terms of acting with authenticity, integrity, and creativity.
  5. Discuss their own leadership in terms of self, work, home, and community.
  6. Develop a plan that addresses how they can make a significant difference as a leader.

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 Textbooks

  1. Coles, R. (2000). Lives of moral leadership. New York: Random House.

ISBN-13: 978-0-375-75835-5

  1. Friedman, S. D. (2008). Total leadership: Be a better leader, have a richer life. Boston: Harvard Business School Press.

ISBN-13: 978-1-4221-0328-9

Module Commentaries

Each module in this course includes commentary material. This material serves to supplement, clarify, summarize, or illustrate text material. Read these commentaries in addition to the text material and before you work on the activities in the module.

COURSE STRUCTURE

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

  1. Module 1:  Real Leaders: Moral, Intellectual, and Practical

  1. Module 2:  From Community Leadership to National Leadership

  1. Module 3:  Acting with Authenticity and Integrity

  1. Module 4:  Acting with Creativity

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written activities, and complete a final project. See below for more details.

Consult the course Calendar for due dates.

Discussion Forums

Within each module you will participate in two online class discussion forums. All discussion forums take place asynchronously on the class Discussion Board.

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 board 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. 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.

Located within the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course Web site is the rubric used to aid in the grading of all online discussions.

Written Assignments

Each module contains three types of assignments:

  1. Reflection Papers: Students will be required to respond to short reflection activities for each module. Responses will be one to two pages in length.

  1. Video Cases: Students will be required to submit responses to questions on one video per module. Responses will be one to two pages in length (250 to 500 words).

  1. Module Papers: Students will be required to submit written responses to topics designed to assess their learning across each of the four modules. Thus, they will write four papers, each three pages in length.

Located within the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course Web site are the rubrics used to aid in the grading of all written assignments.

  1. Reflection Paper
  2. Video Activity
  3. Module Paper

Final Project

Students will submit a final course paper (8-10 pages or 2000 to 2500 words) that outlines a plan as to how they can make a significant difference as a leader: at home, at work, and/or in the community.

Located within the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course Web site is the rubric used to aid in the grading of all final project.

Note about research: The use of Wikipedia or other online encyclopedias for graduate-level papers is inappropriate. Aside from the uneven quality of the information that may be found in these sources, the real issue is that the information presented in these sources is "already digested." Use of such sources is an unacceptable shortcut for the graduate student. Students gathering information from these sites are essentially obtaining analyses done by someone else, not doing the work themselves. Rather than exploring the literature on a subject, such students are merely using the words of others who have already taken this vital step in academic research. It is imperative that graduate students be able to search the more academically-oriented literature, sift through useful (and not so useful) information, analyze, synthesize, and report the results of their activities. All of these steps are bypassed if information is cited from an online site such as Wikipedia. To sum up: Using information summarized or annotated by someone else is an unacceptable shortcut for a graduate student.

GRADING AND EVALUATION

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

  1. Online discussions (4)—10 percent
  2. Reflection papers—15 percent
  3. Video case papers—15 percent
  4. Module papers—25 percent
  5. Final paper—35 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

B–

=

80–82

A–

=

90–92

C+

=

78–79

B+

=

88–89

C

=

73–77

B

=

83–87

F

=

Below 73

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or higher on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, discussion postings, projects, etc.). Graduate students must maintain a B average overall to remain in good academic standing.

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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