Syllabus for ORG-502
LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
In Leadership and Management in the Twenty-First Century students explore, expand, and improve their personal and practical approach to leadership and management. The course is designed to allow students to analyze major theories and models of leadership, evaluate the effectiveness of these theories in a practical context, and apply various leadership approaches through a case study format. Students also examine, model, and adapt their own personal style and ethics for real-world practical applications.
After completing this course, students should be able to:
CO1 Evaluate leading theories and models of leadership.
CO2 Analyze the role of the situation/context in leadership theory and practice.
CO3 Apply leading theories and models of leadership.
CO4 Integrate innovative leadership concepts to specific organizational or community settings.
CO5 Assess one’s own ethical orientation in relation to leadership.
CO6 Synthesize applicable models of leadership into personal approach.
CO7 Incorporate approaches to operationalizing a vision in a practical business or organizational context.
- Concept of leadership
- Trait perspective
- Assigned vs. emergent leadership
- The role of power in leadership
- Coercive leadership
- The skills approach to leadership
- The style approach to leadership
- Situational leadership
- Contingency theory
- Path-goal theory
- Leader-member exchange theory
- Transformational leadership
- Servant leadership
- Authentic leadership
- Team leadership
- Psychodynamic approach
- Women and leadership
- Culture and leadership
- Leadership ethics
- Best practices in leadership
You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.
- Northouse, P.G. (2013). Leadership: Theory and practice. 6th ed. (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.)
Journal Articles and Other Resources
This course also requires you to read several journal articles in each module. All of the articles are available through the databases in the myEdison portal. The module details page will indicate from which database each article may be obtained.
All other resources, such as videos and podcasts, will be linked within Module Details pages.
Leadership and Management in the Twenty-First Century is a three-credit online course, consisting of four modules. Modules include an overview, topics, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.
- Module 1: The Process of Leadership
- Module 2: Perspectives on Leadership: Context, Motivation, and Interaction
- Module 3: Transformational, Servant, Authentic, and Team Leadership
- Module 4: Gender, Culture, and Ethics
For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums and one synchronous event, complete written assignments, and complete a final project. See below for more details. Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.
In addition to an ungraded "Introductions" forum, Leadership and Management in the Twenty-First Century requires you to participate in 8 graded class discussions, two in each module.
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, and concepts 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.
Refer to the Evaluation Rubrics folder in the course website to view the Discussion Forum rubric for grading.
Foundations of Leadership has three written assignments. Each of these is described fully in the module details documents of the course. Your answers to the assignment questions should be well developed and should convey your understanding of the readings and concepts. They should also adequately answer the questions posed. If you need help in writing, take a look at The Writing Center: University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Also, formulate responses in your own words. Do not merely copy answers from your reading materials. When quoting or paraphrasing from the text or other sources, be sure to cite the source of information properly according to APA guidelines. See Documentation Help for some pointers. If you have further questions, your mentor will guide you in accordance with the correct style of documentation.
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.
Consult the Written Assignment Rubric located within the assignment link in Moodle for grading.
One synchronous event will be held in Edison Live!, our virtual meeting space during Module 3 (See the Course Calendar). During this live event, students will discuss leadership skills as specified in the module details. To access the event, click the Collaboration Space link in the Edison Live! section of the course site a few minutes before the designated time. Use the following link for directions and helpful videos about how to use the Edison Live! tool in Moodle.
Your mentor will work with the class to propose a time that works best and accommodates the majority.
This course does not have a midterm or a final examination. Instead, you will be required to write and submit a final project to your mentor. The paper will analyze your own approach to leadership and strategize an approach that will allow you to integrate best practices into a practical business or organizational context. Theories and models of leadership should be considered and evaluated.
A full description of the paper and the requirements for completing it are found in the Final Project area of the course site. Your final project should be well developed and convey your understanding of the readings and concepts. Your paper should be organized, coherent, and unified; it should also be free of spelling and grammatical errors. If you need help in writing such a paper, take a look at The Writing Center: University of Wisconsin-Madison.
If you have questions about the requirements of the paper, be sure to discuss them with your mentor well in advance of the final submission. Consult the Course Calendar for this paper's due date. It must be submitted by the last day of the semester. Refer to the Final Project Rubric located within the assignment link in Moodle for grading.
GRADING AND EVALUATION
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:
- Online discussions (8)—40 percent
- Written assignments (3)—24 percent
- Synchronous Event (Leadership Discussion)—12 percent
- Final project—24 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:
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:
- 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.
- Take the time to read the entire Online Student Handbook. The Handbook answers many questions about how to proceed through the course and how to get the most from your educational experience at Thomas Edison State University.
- 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.
- 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.
Consider the following study tips for success:
- 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, and posting discussions.
- Check Announcements regularly for new course information.
Thomas Edison State University is committed to maintaining academic quality, excellence, and honesty. The University expects all members of its community to share the commitment to academic integrity, an essential component of a quality academic experience.
Students at Thomas Edison State University 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.
All members of the University community are responsible for reviewing the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at www.tesu.edu.
Thomas Edison State University 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 University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:
- Gaining or providing unauthorized access to examinations or using unauthorized materials during exam administration
- Submitting credentials that are false or altered in any way
- Plagiarizing (including copying and pasting from the Internet without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources)
- Forgery, fabricating information or citations, or falsifying documents
- Submitting the work of another person in whole or in part as your own (including work obtained through document sharing sites, tutoring schools, term paper companies, or other sources)
- Submitting your own previously used assignments without prior permission from the mentor
- Facilitating acts of dishonesty by others (including making tests, papers, and other course assignments available to other students, either directly or through document sharing sites, tutoring schools, term paper companies, or other sources)
- Tampering with the academic work of other students
Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.
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
Disciplinary Process for Plagiarism
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:
- Lower or failing grade for an assignment
- Lower or failing grade for the course
- Rescinding credits
- Rescinding certificates or degrees
- Recording academic sanctions on the transcript
- Suspension from the University
- Dismissal from the University
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