Syllabus for OML-630
CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN LEADERSHIP
Contemporary Issues in Leadership focuses on compelling issues in leadership theory and practice. It is intended to present students with some of the latest and most innovative thinking about leadership and to promote practical insights for leadership within work and community settings.
The course encourages students to look beyond embedded leadership ideas and practices and to consider leadership more broadly. Students cover the topics of leaders and followers (toxic leadership), men and women (gender in leadership), and individuals and teams (team leadership). Students are invited to rethink their orientation to leadership and human interaction and to apply their learning to a real-world setting.
Advisory: This course follows naturally from the foundations laid in OML-610 (Organizational Management and Leadership I) and in OML-620 (Leadership and Management II). The three courses together form a logical sequence that moves from a general exploration of theory and practice in OML-610, to a focus on leading and managing self in OML-620, and finally to a focus on contemporary leadership issues in OML-630. While these courses present a comprehensive look at management, OML-610 and OML-620 are not prerequisites for OML-630, which can be taken as an individual course that provides exploration and focus on contemporary leadership issues and practices.
Upon completion of the course, students 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.
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.
Contemporary Issues in Leadership is a three-credit online course, consisting of three modules. Modules include an overview, topics, 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 project. See below for more details.
Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.
Within each module you will participate in at least one online class discussion forum. 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. View the rubric for the discussion forums located in the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course website.
Each module has three types of assignments:
View the rubrics for these assignment located in the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course website.
Students will submit a final course paper (8-10 pages or 2000 to 2500 words) that explains how they can take what they have learned from the course and apply it in a current work or community setting. View the rubric for the final paper located in the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course website.
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.
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:
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.
To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:
Consider the following study tips for success:
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Please refer to the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the College Catalog and online at www.tesc.edu.
Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. 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, 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.”)
Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism
When to Quote and When to Paraphrase
Writing Assistance at Smarthinking
Originality Report Checking at Turnitin
First-time incidents of academic dishonesty concerning plagiarism may reflect ignorance of appropriate citation requirements. Mentors will make a good faith effort to address all first-time offenses that occur in courses. In these cases, the mentor may impose sanctions that serve as a learning exercise for the offender. These may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool including a lower grade when appropriate. The mentor will notify the student by e-mail. Decisions about the sanctions applied for subsequent plagiarism offenses or other violations will be made by the appropriate dean’s office, with the advice of the mentor or staff person who reported the violation. The student will be notified via certified mail of the decision. Options for sanctions include:
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