Leadership MSU

Course Details

Course Number: MWSU 1333  Section Number: 270

Spring 2012

Location: Dillard College of Business Administration

Classroom Number: 342

Days & Times:

Mondays from 6:00–8:50 P.M.

Course Attachments

Syllabus  2012.syllabus.pdf

Class Schedule  2012.schedule-20120327-152742.pdf


Rath, T. & Conchie, B. (2008) Strengths based lead  ISBN: 1595620257

MSU Faculty Member
Matthew Park   
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Course Objectives

Through this class, students are introduced to leadership concepts and develop an increased awareness of individual interests and abilities.  This class will rely heavily on student involvement and is designed to encourage challenging and stimulating interaction.  The primary belief upon which this class and the entire Leadership MSU program is based is that leaders are not born; they are made.  The skills and knowledge that contribute to effective leadership are teachable and learnable, and thus provide the premise for this course.

The course will focus on creating “hands-on” experiences, wherein students can develop an understanding of how to be a more effective, self-aware, and knowledgeable student leader.  The course requires active participation and fulfillment of class requirements.  The following represents major objectives of class activity:

  • An introduction to leadership theories, models, styles, and principles.
  • A development of both critical and creative thinking abilities
  • A greater understanding of group, organizational, and team dynamics.
  • An awareness of self in relation to leadership styles, abilities, strengths, weaknesses, etc.
  • An emphasis on both written and oral communication skills.

Course Topics:

Leadership characteristics, styles, & theories

Relational Leadership

The Leadership Challenge & Leadership Code

Social Change Model of Leadership Development

StrengthsQuest & Self-exploration

Critical and Creative Thinking Skills

Organization Theory & Group Dynamics

Conflict Resolution & Communication

Ethical Decision Making

Leadership in Film

Diversity & Leadership Across Cultures

Servant Leadership & Service Learning

Grading Standards

The basis for your final grade will be the average of your class projects, papers, presentations, exams, participation, and homework.  In other words, everything you do in and for class counts towards the final grade.  Grades are based on 100 points and will be as follows:  90-105 (A), 80-89 (B), 70-79 (C), 60-69 (D), and 59 and below (F).  There are 105 total points possible in the course.  No extra credit will be offered.

Midterm Exam = ___

Journals = 10

Service Learning Project = ___

Theory/Model Review = 10

Ethical Case Study = 10

Team Presentation = ___

Leadership Action Plan = 10

Final Exam = ___

Book Report/Improv. Plan = 10

Leadership Biography = 5

Homework = 5

Participation = ___

Final Exam5/7/2012  

Submission Format Policy

Unless otherwise instructed, all written work should be submitted in typed, double-spaced format using a serif or san-serif font (Arial/Times), size 12 or 14 point.  Duplex printing (front/back) is preferred to save paper.  Students must include their name on all assignment submissions. 


Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

All assigned work will be due on dates specified.  No late work will be accepted unless specific arrangements have been made with the instructor.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance is part of your grade.  Roll will be taken at the beginning of class.  Students are allowed 2 unexcused absences.  After 2, each absence will lower the final course grade by a half letter.  Tardiness is considered arriving to class after it has started.  Three tardies equates to one absence. A student with excessive absences may be dropped from the course.  See the 2011-12 MSU Student Handbook, page 43, for CLASS ATTENDANCE POLICY.

Other Policies

The use of cell phones (calls, texts, etc) is not permitted during class time, with the exception of during breaks.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.