Syllabus for MAN-376
Leadership Communication is an introduction to the study and practice of leadership from a communication perspective. The course focuses particularly on understanding leading as a symbolic process. Students examine communication concepts and skills that will increase their effectiveness as leaders in a variety of leadership contexts: small group, organization, community, and society. Students also learn how to deal with issues of culture, gender, and ethics, as well as how to handle crises and participate in leader development. The course provides the opportunity for students to assess their leadership communication styles, behavior, and skills as well as apply course concepts to real-world settings.
After successfully completing this course, you should be able to:
You will need the following textbook to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.
Leadership Communication is a three-credit online course, consisting of seven modules. Modules include: 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 and case analysis group activities and to complete writing assignments (Application/Analysis Papers and Self-Assessment Exercises), module quizzes, and a Final Project. See below for more details.
Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.
In addition to an ungraded Introductions Forum, Leadership Communication requires you to participate in weekly graded class discussions—in some weeks there are two topics and in others just one.
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.
Deadlines for posting responses to the discussion questions are given in the Course Calendar.
A rubric for discussions is available in the Evaluation Rubrics folder of the course website.
You will be assigned to a team that will analyze three cases from the text using chapter concepts.
Your team will work together to come up with answers to intermediate questions as well as a final question about each case study. The quality and accuracy of answers to the discussion questions will be evaluated. High-quality responses reflect careful thought, are thorough, and integrate chapter concepts into the analysis. Clarity of writing as well grammar, spelling, and punctuation will be factored into the grade for each case. (Instructions for completing this activity can be found in the individual activities.)
After submitting answers to the final case analysis, you will analyze and evaluate your team’s interaction over the course of the semester. In your analysis:
Your group process evaluation will be assessed on the quality of the description and the analysis of your team’s process, as well as on demonstration that leadership and group process concepts were applied. Clarity of writing, grammar, spelling, and punctuation will also be factored into the grade.
Taken together the three case analyses and the group process analysis will count for 20% of your final grade (5% each).
Leadership Communication has several types of writing assignments. Each of these is described more fully in the module areas of the course. However, they can be grouped into the following categories:
For the assignment topics and questions, see the modules of the course. Due dates for each assignment are listed in the Course Calendar.
Your answers to the assignment questions should be well developed and 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. 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.
Rubrics for all assignments are available within the respective assignment submission links.
Leadership Communication has seven quizzes, one for each module of the course.
There is no final exam in this course. There is, however, a Final Project. In addition to the modular activities just described, you will write an in-depth analysis of a leadership communication issue. The original case project will provide you with the opportunity to apply what you have learned to a real-world situation. (See the Course Calendar for the due date.) A full description of this project and guidelines for completing it are located in the Final Project section of the course website.
You are required to submit the final project in this course to Turnitin.com, an academic plagiarism prevention site, prior to submitting the project within your course space. You will receive immediate written feedback from Turnitin regarding writing style as well as a plagiarism gauge with tips for proper citations. You then have the opportunity to edit your assignment with this feedback in mind and resubmit it to Turnitin for additional checking. Once you are satisfied with the project, you are required to submit the Turnitin feedback (also known as the originality report) for the final version along with the project itself within the course space.
Read carefully the information found at the following link, as it will provide instructions for this requirement:
Turnitin FAQ Web Page
Details on accessing and using Turnitin may be found at the following link: Turnitin Details
This information can also be found within Using Turnitin for Assignments. You can locate this document in the topic list area of your course space.
Students please note: You have the option of submitting any of your assignments to Turnitin.com. Submit any additional assignments through the slots with the optional label. However, submitting other assignments is NOT a requirement and you should not submit originality reports for these assignments to your mentor.
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:
Note: Phase 1 of each case analysis is not graded but required.
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 course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).
To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:
Consider the following study tips for success:
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
Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.
Possible sanctions include:
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