This course features provocative insights and practical solutions for understanding generational differences, resolving conflicts, and managing / teaching effectively in today’s age-diverse workplaces and classrooms.
Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:
· Compare characteristics of different generations in classrooms and workplaces.
· Suggest ways educators and managers can teach and work with members of different generations.
Each student should be prepared to participate fully in each of the online discussions. This means reading the assigned textbooks and bringing them into the discussion. The faculty will evaluate the quality, relevancy, and consistency of each student’s discussion board participation based on the following criteria:
§ Timeliness of posts.
§ Evidence of having read assignments and having made other preparations by familiarity with the issues and topics scheduled for discussion.
§ Evidence of critical thinking beyond the textbook assignments by contributions of relevant observations and applications from personal or professional experiences.
§ Overall quality and quantity of participation in discussions and activities.
§ Evidence of leadership skills and awareness of group dynamics through supportive behavior towards others such as encouraging discussion, healthy professional debate, and clarification of issues.
Students should review the PowerPoint presentation linked to the course website on Blackboard. The instructor will post questions on this discussion board on the designated date and students will have one week to post their responses.
See the Course Schedule at the end of the syllabus for due dates. This discussion board is graded.
Article Analyses & Discussion - 50%
There are many substantial and scholarly journal articles about generational issues in the workplace and in the classroom. Students may identify these articles by using a database search tool such as CINAHL or Academic Search Complete. This area of the discussion board is to provide a means for graduate level analysis and discussion of these articles. It should reinforce the content in the textbooks assigned for this course.
On the designated weeks, students will attach or post links to PDFs of two (2) substantial articles published in the past 5 years and related to generational issues in the workplace or the classroom. That same student will then facilitate the discussion during the following week. Students may not re-post an article already posted by a classmate.
All students and the instructor will read the posted articles and participate in these discussions. The discussions should center on how the members of the class think the articles support or do not support the information in the assigned textbook reading this summer. It is acceptable for students to write using personal pronouns for this assignment. Students should use appropriate APA format for in-text citations as they discuss and analyze the articles.
See the Course Schedule at the end of the syllabus for assigned weeks. This discussion board is graded.
Movie(s) or Book(s) Analysis Discussion – 20%
It is interesting (and sometimes surprising) to examine non-scholarly products from a scholarly perspective. Movies or books can portray social issues or themes in such dramatic or compelling ways that they leave a lasting impression.
Students should watch at least one (1) movie or read at least one (1) non-textbook and then post an analysis on this discussion board. It is acceptable for students to write using personal pronouns for this assignment. Students should use appropriate APA format for in-text citations as they discuss and analyze the movies or books. Caution: Students may find they must view more than one movie or read more than one book to find appropriate examples for this assignment. If students choose, they may analyze more than one movie or book.
The discussions should include:
Cohort Foundation Discussion 30%
Article Analyses Discussion 50%Movie or Book Analysis Discussion 20%
A = 100 - 90
B = 89 - 80
C = 79 - 70
D = 69 - 60
F = 69 and below
Due dates for discussion board participation are provided in Tentative Course Schedule at the end of this syllabus. Failure to comply with established due dates may result in a grade reduction.
This course extends over both summer sessions. The sessions start June 1 and end August 5, 2010. The last opportunity to drop this course with a grade of “W” is 4:00pm July 8, 2010. Refer to the Graduate Bulletin for details about receiving a grade of “Incomplete” in a course. In an emergency or extenuating circumstance, a student may request a grade of “Incomplete” in a course before grades are submitted. If the instructor grants the “Incomplete,” the student has until ninety (90) days after the beginning of the next long semester to complete the course requirements. If the student does not complete the course requirements within the deadline, the grade of “Incomplete” will automatically convert into a grade of “F.”
This is an online course and there are no mandatory sessions. However, the student should be vigilant in logging onto Blackboard for announcements and participation in the discussion board. Regular email checks will insure that messages to and from the instructor are received in a timely manner.
Unresolved issues related to this course should be first addressed between the student and the course instructor. If there is no resolution, students must follow this sequence:
MSRS Graduate Coordinator – Dr. Jeff Killion (940-397-4679)
Department Chair – Dr. Donna Lee Wright (940-397-4615)
College Dean – Dr. Susan Sportsman (940-397-4594)
Dean of Students – Dail Neely (940-397-6273)
Communication with the Professor:
Individual questions and concerns should be handled through an email directly to the professor using the email address at the top of this syllabus.
Throughout the semester, the professor may post announcements on Blackboard. Email is the preferred mode of communication. Students must use the MSU Student Email system. The professor will respond or at least acknowledge email messages from students within a maximum of five (5) business days when MSU is in session. Beyond standard university holidays and breaks, the professor will notify students of any extended periods of time when email contact is not practical (professional meetings, etc)
Students should include the course number (RADS 6003X31) in the subject line of the email and include his/her name in the body of the email.
In addition to the graded discussion board described later in this syllabus, this course will include UNGRADED Discussion Boards on Blackboard.
#1. Social Board – students are welcome to use this board to visit with one another
#2. Please Help Me Board - Students may post general questions they want the professor to answer on the Discussion Board and the professor will respond so that the entire class will benefit from the answers. Students should periodically check the discussion board periodically for course updates, etc.