Leadership for Change in Radiologic Sciences

Course Details

Course Number: RADS 5033  Section Number: 191

Fall 2012

Location: Bridwell Hall

Days & Times:

 Hybrid Distance Education

Course Attachments

RADS 5033 Leadership F12 Syllabus  5033 Syllabus12-20120925-144155.pdf


Publication Manual of the APA
American Psychological Association
  ISBN: ISBN: 978-1-4338-0561-5

Organizatuinal Behavior: Science, The Real World,
Nelson, DL & Quick JC
MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Donna Lee Wright   
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Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:


     Describe the roles of image, perception, and personality for leaders.

     Describe five power sources for leaders.

     Describe how political strategies can influence leadership.

     Critically evaluate and compare historical and current leadership theories and models.

     Describe models, barriers, and enhancements for leaders making good decisions.

     Describe how leaders can improve communication.

     Identify sources of conflict and describe strategies for managing conflict.

     Critically evaluate and compare motivation theories and models.

     Analyze the leadership style of a current leader in radiologic sciences.

     Critique a book related to leadership.

Course Expectations



Book Critique and Presentation - 30%

Each student will prepare a written critique of a book dealing with leadership. While the lengths (typically about 200 pages) and types of books (biographies, analyses of business principles) may vary, the goal is for students to learn something about leadership or one of the subtopics of this course (perception / personality, power / politics, decision-making, communication, managing conflict, or motivation).

Books must be approved.  Request for approved books will began the Monday after the first weekend on class. The written critique should be submitted electronically by the date indicated on the chart at the end of the syllabus.

Book Critique Guidelines: Maximum 20 Points

·         Key Points - Summarize the key points of the book. (3 points)

·         Correlation to Theories - Correlate the key points to one or more of the leadership theories mentioned in class or in the textbook. (10 points)

·         Personal Impact - Describe how reading this book will influence your work / career. (2 points)

·         Recommendations - Explain why you would or would not recommend this book to a colleague in a similar career situation. (2 points)

·         Writing Competence - Use appropriate graduate level writing skills (grammar, organization, APA Style, etc.) (3 points)

Students will also present information about their books to the rest of the class as a PPT five (5) slide presentation lasting 5 – 10 minutes.  Students must bring handouts of their slide presentations to share with their classmates.  Students should send their PPT presentations to the instructor before class day so they can be loaded on the classroom drive.  The following sections must be clearly labeled in the slide presentation:


Title Slide – (1 slide)

Key Points – (1 slide)

Correlation to Theories – (2 slides)      

Personal Impact & Recommendations – (1 slide)         




Leader Analysis - 30%


This exercise requires students to apply leadership theory to real situations and individuals.  Each student will select a leader with whom they have regular contact.  Individuals must agree to be analyzed and must be approved by the Instructor by the date on the chart at the end of the syllabus.


The student will keep an electronic journal (e-journal) as he or she observes, interviews, and analyzes this individual during the course.  The journal will provide anecdotal examples to accompany the analysis of the leader's leadership style and effectiveness.  An example of a format for the e-journal is available under "Course Content and Related Materials" in WebCT Course Site.


Guidelines for the written leader analysis are available under "Course Content and Related Materials" in WebCT Course Site.


The Leader Analysis and e-Journal are due by the dates on the chart at the end of the syllabus.




Take-Home Examination – 30%


The take-home examination questions will be distributed in class. Each student should submit their exams electronically as an email attachment, including the questions (italicized) and the answers (regular font). Use the standard MSU Cover Sheet.  The exam is due by the date on the chart at the end of the syllabus.




Class Participation - 10%


Preparation for the First Seminar Weekend - Read and be ready to discuss the following chapters of the textbook:


     Chapter 3 - Personality, Perception, & Attribution

     Chapter 8 - Communication

     Chapter 10 - Decision-Making by Individuals ...

     Chapter 11 - Power & Political Behavior

     Chapter 12 - Leadership & Followship



Preparation for the Second Seminar Weekend - Read and be ready to discuss the following chapters of the textbook:


     Chapter 4 - Attitudes, Values, and Ethics

     Chapter 5 – Motivation

     Chapter 7 - Stress & Well-Being

     Chapter 13 - Conflict at Work

     Chapter 17 - Career Management


Each student should be prepared to participate fully in class discussions and activities on each topic. This means that reading assignments and preparations have to be completed before seminar weekends.  The faculty will evaluate the quality, relevancy, and consistency of each student's class participation based on the following criteria:


  • Evidence of having read assignments and 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 verbal and nonverbal 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.

Grading Standards



     Written Book Critique                                    20%

     Class Presentation of Book Critique             10%

     e-Journal                                                      10%

     Written Leader Analysis                                20%

     Take-Home Examination                               30%

     Class Participation                                                   10%




Grade Scale:

                                                  A =  100 - 90

                                                  B =   89 - 80

                                                  C =  79 - 70

                                                  D  = 69 - 60

                                                  F  = 69 and below


Submission Format Policy

Assignments will be submitted electronically as an email attachment using the following guidelines:


     IBM compatible format (not MAC)

     Word 2003 or newer version

     Times New Roman or other typical legible font – not Courier (10 or 12 point for bulk of text)

     1" margins on all sides


If a student cannot meet these requirements for electronic submission, he or she should meet individually with the faculty member to make other suitable arrangements.

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

Deadlines for submission of assignments are provided in this syllabus. Failure to comply with established deadlines may result in a grade reduction.

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

Without exception, students MUST attend and participate in both graduate seminar weekends to receive credit for this course.

Other Policies

Administrative Process:

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: 


Graduate Coordinator – Dr. Jeff Killion (940-397-4679)

Department Chair – Dr. Donna Lee Wright (940-397-4615)

Interim College Dean – Dr. James Johnston (940-397-4594)

Dean of Students – Dail Neely (940-397-6273)


The last opportunity to drop this course with a grade of "W" is 4:00pm October 22, 2012.  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."



Honor System:


RADS 5033 adheres to the MSU Code of Conduct.  In particular, academic dishonesty, however small, creates a breach in academic integrity.  A student's participation in this course comes with the expectation that his or her work will be completed in full observance of the MSU Code of  Student Conduct.  A student should consult the MSU Student Handbook for answers to any questions about the code.


Many components of RADS 5033 are designed to be highly interactive with students helping each other learn.  Students are encouraged to take full advantage of many resources available including Internet sites, handouts and module notebooks, other textbooks and journals, faculty, and peers. This interactive collegial learning environment is conducive for life-long learning.


Specific components of RADS 5033 are designed to represent the efforts of each student individually and are NOT to be shared.  These components include the book critique, electronic journal, leader analysis, and take home examination, all of which are to be electronically submitted to the faculty. Students SHOULD NOT share their efforts in ANY WAY (including but not limited to discussion, electronic files, print copies, notes, etc).  The only exception to this rule, is during the final class presentations.


When students submit their efforts (book critique, electronic journal, leader analysis, and take home examination) for grading, they are attesting that they have abided by this rule.


By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a "limited right" in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course.  The "limited right" shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student's work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes.

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.