I. Course Description: This course explores leadership from a communication perspective. It examines topics such as leadership styles, leading change, influencing others, emotional intelligence, burnout, and engagement.
Prerequisite: Junior, senior, or graduate standing.
While not formal prerequisites, this course will be more
beneficial to you if you have had an upper-division class in organizational
communication (such as COM 32400 or 57400) or persuasion (such as COM 31800 or 51800).and an
intermediate course in writing research papers (such as ENG
W233 or one of the other courses that satisfies the Arts and
Sciences second writing course requirement).
Course Goals: Upon
completing this course, you should be able to:
1) display understanding of the communicative nature of leadership;
2) demonstrate an awareness of your own leadership communication choices;
3) apply relevant theories to the leadership communication behavior of yourself and others; and
4) evaluate the usefulness of some of these theories in organizational life.
IV. Portfolio Requirement for
Communication Majors: If you major in either or both of
Interpersonal and Organizational Communication or Media and
Public Communication via the 2009-2010 bulletin or a later
bulletin, or in Communication via the 2014-2015 bulletin or
a later bulletin, you will be required to create a portfolio
as part of the sequence of required portfolio classes: COM
12000, COM 30800, and either COM 48000 or COM 49900.
In COM 42300 you will create work product that can be used
as evidence for student learning objectives for that
portfolio. Parts of the assignments you write for this
class can be used as evidence for the following student
- Explain communication
concepts and theories relevant to their major
- Explain, apply, and evaluate the processes involved in productive conflict in the contexts relevant to their major
- Demonstrate the ability to be a critically engaged citizen
- Evaluate interpersonal and/or group interactions
- Communicate competently (effectively, appropriately, ethically) interpersonally and/or in groups
V. Course Tools:• Links to required readings and other important course information will be e-mailed to course participants. Reading guides and other important information will be posted to the course web site. Accordingly, you are required to have an e-mail account and access to the World Wide Web. It is expected that your e-mail account will not be set to block e-mail from me as spam and that you will check this account regularly.
VI. Course Assignments: This course will be
graded on a 1000 point scale, as follows:
What I could do/What I
will do/What I did (120 points) - A
brief paper about a choice you could (or will, or have,
made) to enact leadership in an area where you are not yet
a leader in a well-written, detailed, typed and stapled
three to five page essay.. This assignment will be
introduced and described in more detail in class. as
indicated on the Course Schedule. You are responsible for
keeping a copy of each assignment you submit.
papers (2 at
150 points each = 240 300
points) Each response paper assignment will ask you to
respond to specific questions applying the course material
to your own experience in a well-written, detailed, typed
and stapled three
to five page essay. The response papers will each be
assigned as indicated on the Course Schedule. You are
responsible for keeping a copy of each assignment you submit.
150 points) . The leader analysis assignment
will ask you to interview a person known for their
leadership skills on their approach to leadership and to
analyze what you learn from this interview in terns of
course material in a well-written, detailed, typed
and stapled three to five
page essay.. This assignment will be
introduced and described in more detail in class. as indicated on the Course
are responsible for keeping a copy of each assignment you
150 points) .The conflict analysis
assignment will ask you to apply the course material to
a conflict you have been part of in a well-written,
detailed, typed and stapled three to five page essay. This assignment will be
introduced and described in more detail in class. as indicated on
the Course Schedule. You
are responsible for keeping a copy of each assignment you
• Take home final exam (300 points). The exam will ask you to apply and analyze material from lecture, class discussions and the readings. You are responsible for keeping a copy of each assignment you submit.
• Class contributions (100 points)
You are expected to attend class. Beyond mere
attendance, though, this is a participatory course.
Your productive contributions
to class discussions and activities are important. In
addition, brief homework assignments beyond the readings
will be assigned. This portion of your grade reflects
my assessment of your participation in class discussions and
activities and brief homework assignments. Each unexcused absence
will reduce your grade for this component by 10 points. 11 or more
unexcused absences will result in a grade of F for the
that is required here is that you account for yourself for
each class period, as follows: 1) If you know in advance you
won’t be able to attend a given class, you should let me
know the reason in advance, preferably by e-mail as that
provides us with a written record. 2) In emergency
situations where you can’t tell me in advance of your
absence, it’s your responsibility to account for those
absences as soon as possible afterward and in no event more
than two weeks afterward. 3) I reserve the right to not
excuse an absence if I believe you're abusing the
privilege. 4) If you arrive to class after I have
taken attendance, it’s your responsibility to see me after
class to insure that I have recorded your presence. 5)
Leaving class early without permission shall constitute an
unexcused absence. 6) Use of a cell phone in class for any
purpose without express prior permission from the instructor
shall constitute an unexcused absence.
As Professor Carr used to say on his syllabi, “if caught
cheating or plagiarizing, a student will receive no credit for
the assignment and/or an ‘F’ for the course. Any instances of
academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean and Vice
Chancellor and may result in expulsion from the University.
Most instances of academic dishonesty result from a
combination of the last-minute rush, poor judgment and a lack
of familiarity with academic propriety. Consult the instructor
well in advance of an assignment due date to clarify your
XI. Incompletes: A grade of incomplete will
only be given in compliance with IPFW’s policy on incomplete
grades as set forth in Section 6.4 of the IPFW Academic
Regulations, available online at <http://www.ipfw.edu/committees/senate/regulations/grades.html>
and then only under extraordinary circumstances. If such
circumstances arise, please let me know and we will discuss
whether an incomplete is appropriate.
XII. New Student Success Procedures:
Beginning Fall 2015 the university instituted new procedures
for students who want to withdraw from classes and for
students who are on academic probation. All the details
can be seen at:<http://users.ipfw.edu/mallini/advnews/success-july2015>
XIII. Campus Services:• Services For Students With Disabilities, Walb Student Union 113, 481-6657, <http://www.ipfw.edu/disabilities/>, provides specialized academic support services and other assistance to persons with qualifying disability conditions. You become eligible for those services in this class only after you deliver your SSD Accommodation Letter to me.
• The Writing Center, Kettler Hall G19, 481-5740,
provides one-on-one assistance with writing, both in person
and online. There are also links to valuable writing
resources on their web page.
• Centers for Academic Success and Achievement (CASA),
Kettler Hall G19, 481-5740, <http://www.ipfw.edu/casa/>,
provides tutoring by appointment and other forms of learning
• Information Technology Services, Kettler Hall 206, 481-6030 <http://www.ipfw.edu/offices/its/help/>, provides student e-mail accounts and web space and administers the student computing labs. Valuable computing help is available on their web site and by telephone.
• The Learning Community, 2041 Reed Road (Cor. State), 424-8852, <https://thelearningcommunityfw.com/>, provides childcare services for students.
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