Syllabus for ORG-502



Leadership and Management for the 21st Century offers students a comprehensive, relevant perspective on leadership and management. While the course provides grounding in important concepts, it also stresses application to professional and community settings. Students analyze concepts such as leading as an interactive process (involving the leader, the "followers," and the situation), managing with innovation and creativity, escaping from embedded practices, and embracing new managerial principles. This course provides students with contemporary empirical study of leadership and management as well as commentary, case histories, and multimedia presentations.


  1. Module 1: Leadership and the Role of the Leader

  1. Conceptions of leadership
  2. Myths about leadership
  3. The relationship between leadership and management
  4. An interactional framework for leadership
  5. Developing leadership through both education and experience
  6. Assessing and measuring leadership
  7. Power and influence in leadership
  8. Values in leadership
  9. Leadership traits
  10. Leadership behavior

  1. Module 2: Followers and the Situation

  1. Follower motivation; need theories of motivation
  2. Follower satisfaction; theories of job satisfaction
  3. The nature of groups
  4. The nature of teams
  5. Developing effective teams
  6. The historical context for leadership
  7. Organizational contextual factors affecting leadership
  8. Environmental contextual factors affecting leadership
  9. Leadership and organizational change

  1. Module 3: Leadership Skills

  1. Leadership skill development plan
  2. Communication
  3. Listening
  4. Assertiveness
  5. Managing stress
  6. Building technical competence
  7. Effective relationships with superiors and peers
  8. Building credibility
  9. Providing constructive feedback
  10. Punishment
  11. Delegating
  12. Team building
  13. Development planning
  14. Coaching
  15. Empowerment
  16. Setting goals
  17. Conducting meetings
  18. Managing conflict
  19. Negotiation
  20.  Problem solving
  21. Improving creativity
  22. Diagnosing performance problems

  1. Module 4: Looking Towards the Future of Management

  1. Importance of management innovation
  2. Moving from one management paradigm to another
  3. Creating a community of purpose
  4. Building innovative democracy
  5. Aiming for an evolutionary advantage
  6. Future-oriented principles of management
  7. Fringe elements of organizations as places to learn new concepts and practices
  8. Building the future of management


After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Analyze the role of the leader in leadership theory and practice.
  2. Explain the role of "followers" in leadership theory and practice.
  3. Evaluate the role of the situation/context in leadership theory and practice.
  4. Apply leadership concepts to specific organizational or community settings.
  5. Analyze key aspects of interactive leadership processes.
  6. Analyze how leaders utilize the leadership skills most frequently cited by scholars and practitioners.
  7. Compare and contrast leadership and management.
  8. Compare traditional management practices with future-oriented management orientation.
  9. Apply innovative management practices in specific organizational or community settings.
  10. Synthesize knowledge from course study with additional research to produce a paper.


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. Hughes, R., Ginnett, R., and Curphy, G. (2009). Leadership: Enhancing the Lessons of Experience, 6th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill/Irwin.

ISBN: 978-0-07-340504-9

(Access the textbook's Online Learning Center for chapter-specific content. Note: To access premium content, you will need to register.)

  1. Hamel, G and Breen, B. (2007) The Future of Management, Boston: Harvard Business School Press.

ISBN: 978-1-4221-0250-3


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

  1. Module 1: Leadership and the Role of the Leader

Course objectives covered in this module include objective 1, 4, 5, and 6

  1. Module 2: Followers and the Situation

Course objectives covered in this module include objectives 1 - 6

  1. Module 3: Leadership Skills

Course objectives covered in this module include objectives 4 and 6


  1. Module 4: Looking Toward the Future of Management

Course objectives covered in this module include objectives 7, 8, and 9



For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, 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.

Online Discussion Evaluation Rubric

Written Assignments

You are required to complete twelve (12) written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.

Each module contains three types of written assignments:

  1. Reflection Questions: These assignments require a relatively brief (one- to six-paragraph) reflection on a question.
  1. Reflection Question Evaluation Rubric
  1. Video Assignments: For each of these assignments you will watch a short video (10-12 minutes in length) and answer a question that links what you have seen in that video to module concepts.
  2. Module Papers: These assignments require the writing of a 3-4 page paper on a particular topic.
  1. Module Paper Evaluation Rubric

Final Paper

Your final assessment will be a paper that allows you to synthesize and demonstrate what you have learned in this course. Your paper should be 10-15 pages in length and should follow the guidelines provided in the assignment. Be sure to follow accepted research approaches and citation format (APA).

In researching the paper, you will consult at least two sources outside your textbooks. A full description of the project and its requirements is found in the Final Paper area of the course Web site.

Final Paper Evaluation Rubric


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

  1. Online discussions (8)—16 percent
  2. Reflection questions and video assignments (8)—16 percent
  3. Module papers (4)—28 percent
  4. Final paper—40 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:
























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.


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 assignments 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 assignments, posting discussions, and scheduling and taking examinations.

  1. Check Announcements regularly for new course information.


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 assignment, 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.


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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