Leadership Development: Practical Applications (11:607:486)

Fall 2016 Syllabus



Open To

Sophomores and above

SEBS School Requirement

Fulfills Junior/Senior Colloquium

Course Delivery

Fully online via eCollege

Course Description

3 Credits. Much is written about the relationship of leadership to management. Management is frequently viewed as coping with complexity, whereas leadership is about coping with change (Kotter, 1998). Certainly leaders and managers require similar skill sets. But one may be a leader without being a manager. Whether you are looking to be a better leader within the workplace or aspiring to a higher level of leadership, individuals need to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to influence and motivate others. This course provides a bridge between theory and practice, which helps to prepare students for working with and leading others. Theoretical underpinnings, leadership models, styles and skills of leadership are reviewed. These skills and capacities are essential to future team and formally assigned leadership roles in the workplace. Students develop skills in networking, problem solving, public speaking and influence.

Course Learning Objectives

As a result of this course, students will:

  1. Define leadership and describe the contrast between leadership and the function of management.
  2. Demonstrate basic understanding through assessment, critically evaluate and describe leadership theories and practice.
  3. List the contributions of various leadership theories and models to leadership practice and effectiveness.
  4. Assess their personal leadership styles and competencies, identify leadership strengths and developmental areas, and design a personal leadership development plan.
  5. Demonstrate leadership skills for networking and informational interviewing.
  6. Demonstrate leadership skills in communication, problem solving and influencing others (threaded discussion).
  7. Demonstrate verbal communication skills.

Required Text

Leadership Theory and Practice, Seventh Edition, Peter Northouse, 2016, SAGE Publications, Inc.

Course Requirements

  • Assigned Readings
  • Online Graded Threaded Discussions (8)—including small group activities
  • Quizzes (2)
  • Leadership Approach and Film Analysis Paper
  • Networking and Leader Interview Paper
  • Personal Leadership Profile

Assigned Readings: Readings are from the required text listed above. Each week you will be expected to read all the assigned materials and to be prepared to participate in online discussions as described in the Weekly Content tabs (Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, etc.). The readings associated with each chapter are meant to provide an overview of the weekly course topics, facilitate online discussions and contribute to the development of your personal leadership profile.

Online Threaded Discussion: Throughout the semester, you will be required to contribute to online discussions. There will be 8 graded threaded discussions for the semester. After completing the weekly assigned readings, you will be required to respond to online discussion questions and activities drawn from the readings as well as respond to your peers in the threaded discussion forums. You will also be divided into smaller groups to facilitate more in-depth discussions and provide you with the opportunity to assume a leadership role. The specific discussion questions will be indicated in the Threaded Discussion tab of Weekly Content sections. It is expected that you will participate fully by addressing the questions assigned to you and acknowledging the responses of others when responding to threaded discussion questions.

Overall, the threaded discussions allow students to discuss weekly course topics and weekly assigned readings as well as practice leadership skills and competencies. This includes sharing your thoughts, knowledge about the discussion topic(s), related experiences, the outcomes of your self-assessment, and insights about what you have learned from the contributions of others.

As part of the discussion, it is important that you incorporate the readings and provide constructive responses regarding the ongoing conversation. The objective of the threaded discussion is not to just repeat what other students have said, but to add something new to the ongoing discussions. These discussions allow the professor to understand whether you comprehend and can apply the course content. In responding to online questions or discussions, please reference course materials, quote or paraphrase from the text, provide your opinions, respectfully agree or disagree with the text or classmates, expand on the ideas of others, and present a new perspective regarding discussion topic. When you are citing, quoting, or paraphrasing additional source materials, make sure references are included. Your online contributions and peer responses should be A MINIMUM of 100 words in length. Proper grammar and word usage are also required.

Your contributions to the online discussions will be graded for quality, i.e., your ability to critically evaluate the question/information you are discussing. Review the Online Threaded Discussion Protocol for more information about how to provide quality responses and how your responses will be graded.

Quizzes: During the course there will be 2 quizzes, each covering a specific chapter of the text. The quizzes are meant to test your basic understanding of material covered in the textbook. ExamGuard will be used and you may need to downloaded (or updated) before taking your first quiz. Each quiz will consist of 10 multiple-choice questions. Study notes are available and can be reviewed before taking the quiz.

Leadership Approach and Film Analysis Paper: You will have the opportunity to watch a film presenting a specific approach to leadership. From the portrayal of leadership in the film, you will critically analyze the approach, incorporate what you have learned about the approach from Northouse (2016), contrast the approach with other leadership approaches described by Northouse, compare with your approach to leadership, and reflect upon what you have learned about yourself from the your critical analysis of the film. The paper will include referencing the film and text using APA or MLA publication style, information about these styles are available on the course website.

Networking and Leader Interview Paper: This assignment will help you to learn from the "real world" experience of a leader. You will be asked at the beginning of the semester to identify and schedule an appointment to interview/converse with a leader. This can be a person that you already know (not a close relative) or an individual that you identify from University Career Services–Student-Alumni Career Connections. You will be required to record or keep accurate notes of your interview/conversation and to evaluate what you have learned from your interaction relevant to the course content in a paper, thus applying your classroom learning.

Personal Leadership Profile: This assignment will give you the opportunity to assess your leadership competencies from the various approaches discussed in Northouse (2016) as well as your strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement. Each week you will complete one or more leadership assessments, reflect upon the readings and your experiences that help to confirm (or not) your results. Your profile paper will include your assessment results, experiences, actions that you will take to improve your areas of weakness (activities, new learning…) and how you see your leadership.

Basis for Grading

Requirement Points Percentage of Grade
Assigned Readings and Threaded Discussions 240 points (24%)
Quizzes 60 points (6%)
Leadership Approach and Film Analysis Paper 200 points (20%)
Networking and Leader Interview Paper 250 points (25%)
Personal Leadership Profile 250 points (25%)
Total 1000 points  
Course Requirements Corresponding Course Learning Objectives(s)
Threaded Discussions (including small group activities) 1-4, 6
Quizzes 2
Leadership Approach and Film Analysis Paper 1, 2, 3, 4
Networking & Leader Interview Paper 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
Personal Leadership Profile 4, 7

Grading Scale

A = 900–1000
B+ = 850–900
B = 800–850
C+ = 750–800
C = 700–750
D = 600–700
F = 600 and below

Academic Integrity

As an academic community dedicated to the creation, dissemination, and application of knowledge, Rutgers University is committed to fostering an intellectual and ethical environment based on the principles of academic integrity. Academic integrity is essential to the success of the University's educational and research missions, and violations of academic integrity constitute serious offenses against the entire academic community. This academic integrity policy is designed to guide students as they prepare assignments, take examinations, and perform the work necessary to complete their degree requirements.

Students are required to adhere to the professional standards outlined in the Rutgers University policies on academic integrity, which are available at Policy on Academic Integrity and at: Office of Student Judicial Affairs, http://academicintegrity.rutgers.edu/integrity.shtml. More information about Academic Integrity at Rutgers University is available at http://academicintegrity.rutgers.edu/academic-integrity-at-rutgers.

Online Participation Policy

Students are expected to actively participate in online course activities as indicated in the course materials in a timely manner. This will enhance this unique learning experience for all students and contribute to the development of a learning community, where everyone learns from each other. It is expected that students will participate a minimum of 2 days each week in the threaded discussion as well as take quizzes, and check and post assignments by the required due dates.

Accessibility at Rutgers

Rutgers University welcomes students with disabilities into all of the University's educational programs. In order to receive consideration for reasonable accommodations, a student with a disability must contact the appropriate disability services office at the campus where you are officially enrolled, participate in an intake interview and provide documentation. For a the full explanation of the process, go to Documentation Guidelines. If the documentation supports your request for reasonable accommodations, your campus's disability services office will provide you with a Letter of Accommodation. Please share this letter with your instructors and discuss the accommodations with them as early in your courses as possible. To begin this process, please complete the registration form on the ODS website.

Weekly Course Outline

Week 1 (9/6–9/12): Course Overview & Requirements

  • Familiarize yourself with the eCollege platform
  • Read online Course Materials
  • Participate in the Online Threaded Discussion #1 (not graded)

Week 2 (9/13–9/19): Introduction and the Trait Approach to Leadership

  • Read Northouse, Chapters 1 & 2
  • Complete the Leadership Trait Questionnaire
  • Participate in the Online Threaded Discussion #2

Week 3 (9/20–9/26): Skills Approach to Leadership/Behavioral Approach to Leadership

  • Read Northouse, Chapters 3 & 4
  • Complete the Skills Inventory and Leadership Behavior Questionnaire
  • Participate in the Online Threaded Discussion #3

Week 4 (9/27–10/3): Situational Leadership

  • Read Northouse, Chapter 5
  • Complete the Situational Leadership Questionnaire
  • Participate in the Online Threaded Discussion #4
  • Leader Identification and Initial Contact due-Networking and Leader Interview Paper

Week 5 (10/4–10/10): Leadership Approach and Film Analysis Paper

  • Leadership Approach and Film Analysis Paper Due

Week 6 (10/11—10/17): Path-Goal Theory

  • Read Northouse, Chapter 6
  • Complete the Path-Goal Leadership Questionnaire
  • Take Quiz 1
  • Leader Appointment deadline—Networking and Leader Interview Paper

Week 7 (10/18–10/24): Leadership-Member Exchange Theory/Transformational Leadership

  • Read Northouse, Chapters 7 & 8
  • Complete the LMX 7 Questionnaire and Sample Items From the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ) Form 5X-Short
  • Participate in the Online Threaded Discussion #5

Week 8 (10/25–10/31): Authentic Leadership

  • Read Northouse, Chapter 9
  • Complete the Authentic Leadership Self-Assessment Questionnaire
  • Participate in the Online Threaded Discussion #6
  • Leader Interview completed (with notes and/or recording)—Networking and Leader Interview Paper

Week 9 (11/1–11/7): Networking and Leader Interview Paper

  • Networking and Leader Interview Paper Due

Week 10 (11/8–11/14): Team Leadership

  • Read, Northouse, Chapter 14
  • Complete the Team Excellence and Collaborative Team Leader Questionnaire
  • Take Quiz 2

Week 11 (11/15–11/21): Servant Leadership/Leadership Ethics

  • Read Northouse, Chapters 10 & 13
  • Complete the Servant Leadership Questionnaire and Perceived Leader Integrity Scale
  • Participate in the Online Threaded Discussion #7

Week 12: (11/22–11/28) Gender and Leadership/Culture and Leadership

  • Read Northouse, Chapters 15 & 16 • Complete the Gender-Leader Implicit Association Test- AND Dimensions of Culture Questionnaire
  • Participate in the Online Threaded Discussion #8

Week 13: (11/29–12/5) Personal Leadership Profile

  • Personal Leadership Profile Paper due

Week 14 (12/6–12/12) : Personal Leadership Profile Discussion/ Conclusion: Resources to Help You After Graduation

  • Personal Leadership Profile--Audio Summary Presentations due (Extra Credit)
  • Particpate in the Online Threaded Discussion #9

Note: Changes to the syllabus may be made to the course during the semester and will be communicated to students through email or Course Announcements.