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Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Department of Communication
COM 42300 – Leadership, Communication And Organizations  – Fall Semester 2016 – 3 credits
Section 01 –  Course Reference Number 13965    
  Tuesdays and Thursdays,  3:00-4:15 p.m. – Neff Hall 141

Instructor: Professor Irwin Mallin – Office: Neff Hall 230J
Office Hours: Posted at http://users.ipfw.edu/mallini/0ofchrs
Phone: 481-6553 – E- Mail: mallini@ipfw.edu  
Course Web Site: http://users.ipfw.edu/mallini

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.

II. 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).

III. 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 learning objectives:

- 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:

 Response papers (2 at 150 points each = 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 response paper.

Leader analysis  (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 Schedule. You are responsible for keeping a copy of each response paper.

Conflict analysis  (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 response paper.

• Take home final exam (300 points).  The exam will ask you to apply and analyze material from lecture, class discussions and the readings

• 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 course.  All 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.

VII. Grading Scale: A = 930-1000; A- = 900-929; B+ = 870=899; B = 830-869; B- = 800-829; C+ = 770-799; C = 730-769; C- = 700-729; D+ = 670-699; D = 630-669; D- = 600-629; F = 0-599.

 VIII. Late or Missing Assignments and Tests: In the absence of extreme circumstances, assignments will not be accepted after the date and time they are due, Failure to turn in an assignment will result in a grade of F for the course.

IX. Academic Integrity
: You are expected to be familiar with what constitutes academic misconduct in this course and at IPFW, and with what the penalties are for such conduct, as set forth in  parts II and III of the IPFW Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct, which is available online at <http://www.ipfw.edu/committees/senate/code/>.

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 responsibilities.”

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, <http://www.ipfw.edu/writing/>, 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 assistance

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 <http://www.tlckidsfirst.com/>, provides childcare services for students.

A variety of other student services are described on pages 75-83 the 2016-2017 IPFW Student Handbook.  You're encouraged to grab a paper copy on campus if you can.  Additionally, a PDF is available at

XIV. Course Contract: This document, together with assignments and other paper or electronic handouts you may receive from the instructor throughout the semester, explains some of the official course policies.  Please read it carefully.  If you have any questions, ask your instructor immediately.  Your continued enrollment in this course after the first week of class signifies that you understand these policies and agree to participate in this course according to them.

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