Course Overview and Syllabus
Fall 2014 / 5
Units / Online Format
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which is near the Forum building on campus in Cupertino, CA.
(PST). Fridays, online.
purpose of this
course is to introduce the student to the complex
challenges of leadership. The student will learn different
techniques to build successful relationships in a culturally diverse
world. The ultimate goal is to develop effectiveness in
leadership situations. This multimedia online course uses
to help students analyze and evaluate different leadership styles.
By the end of the course,
student should be able to:
contrast and demonstrate leadership behaviors.
2. Distinguish the
roles, interaction and impact of the leader, the follower, and the
situation in the leadership model.
Textbook: Peter G.
Northouse, Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practice,
2nd ed., Sage Publications, 2012. ISBN: 9781412989527.
Since this online course does not have lectures, it is essential
that you get our inexpensive, softcover textbook. We are using an
older edition (2nd), which should be more affordable for you. To
save some money, there is also a rental option available at Chegg.com, or used copies on Amazon.com, and at the campus bookstore.
- Technology: The
technology is required in order to access the course materials.
(Note that all these external links open in new windows.)
will need a computer
with broadband access
to the Internet. Remember, if you don't have
broadband but can come to
campus periodically, you can use the Library West Computer Lab, in the
basement of the Learning Center West building, to watch
- You must
have a current
view the web-based course materials (Firefox
is recommended). You also need to allow
need to download Flash
view some of the videos
and practice quizzes. (Most people already have this
review course materials, you will
need Microsoft Office applications like Powerpoint and Word, or
download the free Powerpoint
- You will also need
the free Acrobat Reader to view PDF
- Download the free
program PDFcreator in order to create PDF
files that you can submit to Catalyst for weekly assignments.
This program is very reliable and easy to use, but if you
have another that can print files as PDFs, that would be okay as well.
also need a personal
email address in
order to receive important course announcements. As soon as the course
starts, you should receive an email welcome message from the
instructor. If that does not occur, you may need to decrease the
security on your email or empty your email account (if it is full).
These proactive measures will ensure that you receive all
important reminders from your instructor. If you
have an email address, you may obtain a free one by following the
on my web site under Tools,
Tips and Resources.
- Reading and
Each week you will have approximately one chapter and some
to master. There will be several videos or audio podcasts and
a PowerPoint presentation to review as well. You should do assigned
reading first, and
associated multimedia materials.
week there is some type of online practice quiz or puzzle
of the lessons. The practice is provided to help you determine
well you understand the material, and to help you prepare for the
exams. You may use these quizzes as
times as you like and your score is not recorded in my grade book.
However, you will receive 3 points for trying the quiz and
submitting documentation of your initial score
into Catalyst before the
posted deadline that week. This
is a timeliness incentive for students to keep up with the reading
and material review. You may miss one practice without penalty.
There will be 4 exams to test you on the material you have
The questions will contain similar content to issues explored in the
practice quizzes, readings, videos and
discussion assignments. These tests will be timed, so you will need to
be competent in course concepts to complete them. You will
have the time to look up many answers in the textbook.
- Exam 1
points) covers textbook chapters 1, 2, and 3, and associated materials.
is due by 11:55
PM PST the Monday ending Week 3.
for exact dates.)
- Exam 2
points) covers textbook chapters 4, 5, and 6, and associated materials.
is due by 11:55
PM PST the Monday ending Week 6.
- Exam 3
points) covers textbook chapters 7, 8, and 9, and associated materials.
is due by 11:55
PM PST the Monday ending Week 9.
points) covers textbook chapters 10, 11, and associated materials, and major concepts from
throughout the course. It is due by 11:55
on the Thursday of Week 12.
week you will be
contribute to your choice
of class discussions. (Note
that students will not get credit
more than one choice each week. The instructor is looking for
quantity.) The discussion forums
you to demonstrate your
understanding of course concepts and learn from the experiences of your
assignments are varied, they involve tasks such as web
research, video discussion, or role
grades in the discussion forum will be evaluated according to the
Discussion Rubric provided in the table below. The instructor may ask
you follow-up questions that allow you to improve upon your initial
answer. Students who post late will not be given a choice of discussion topics.
Written Assignments: On exam weeks, we will have
a short written assignment in lieu of a discussion. Most of
these assignments involve doing a self-assessment questionnaire and
reflecting on the results. These assignments will be graded
completeness, timeliness, and professionalism, as described in the
Discussion Rubric above. You will be able to turn these in
up to two weeks late for reduced credit, but unlike the discussions,
may not be improved once graded.
Credit: In the middle of the quarter, there will
also be an opportunity to submit a professional report for up to 10
points of extra credit. This paper will be a "Gap Analysis"
in which you will gather feedback on your leadership traits from
several others to compare with a self-assessment. The Gap
Analysis will also provide a list of practical actions that you will
take to address any deficiencies in your leadership. This report will be graded for
completeness and professionalism, as described in the
Discussion Rubric above. Extra
Credit Reports will not be accepted after
the due date under any circumstances..
||Course Orientation; What
||Leadership as a Trait or
as a Process
||Leadership Styles; Exam 1
||Concern for Tasks and
||Creating a Vision; Exam 2
||Setting the Tone
||Fostering Diversity and
||Handling Conflict; Exam 3
are many ways that you can demonstrate your understanding of course
concepts in this class. Here are some
ways that you can boost your performance. I welcome your
the quizzes each week to identify areas in the
text to study, and to identify topics
that are likely to appear on exams. Make certain to review
textbook for the questions you missed.
- Schedule your
complete tasks on time. For instance, quizzes completed on
worth 3 points. Those completed late are still helpful for review,
but do not
earn you any points.
when you don't understand the answer to one of the practice
questions, or post a question in the "Student Café"
and ask another student to help.
to be one of the
first few students to answer the discussion group topic, so that you
don't have the pressure of reading 30 posts and coming up with
you don't receive 9
or 10 points on the discussion group, go back to that earlier week's
posting to see if your instructor posted a response.
group postings may be improved to gain
additional points (although any late penalties will remain). Please
email me to let me know that you have improved your posting so that I
can re-evaluate it. You may
improve or submit late discussions (or written assignments) for two
weeks after the due
date. No improvements or late entries will be accepted after the Monday
the final exam.
the Optional Extra Credit Gap Analysis Report if you are struggling in
who plagiarize, submit the work of others as their own, or cheat on
exams will (at minimum) receive a failing grade on that assignment and
be reported to college authorities. Serious cases will receive a
failing grade in the class and be reported to college
authorities. Ignorance is not an acceptable excuse in a
classroom. If you are uncertain what is acceptable behavior, refer to
the Student Handbook on Academic
Dropping the Class:
The instructor will
drop students who
have not logged on and completed an assignment by the due date during
first two weeks, and those who
have missed an exam deadline (and did not email regarding an
emergency) in the first 8 weeks of the class. Other
than that, students
are responsible to drop the course. If you mean to drop the course
but do not complete the transaction yourself, you can expect to see a
for the course on your transcript! Students may drop online
through the portal.
Weights (Excluding Extra Credit)
Doing 10 of the 11
practice quizzes and puzzles
before the posted deadlines
|11 weekly assignments (Discussions,
self-assessments, & other written assignments)
(Extra Credit GAP Analysis is not included here)
|293 to 300
(no C- grade)
||Email me Mondays through
Fridays. (24 hour turnaround is typical except over the
Site URL: http://catalysthelp.deanza.edu/
of the video materials in this multimedia course have close captioning
transcripts available. If you need a different type of
accommodation, please let your instructor know at the start of the
quarter. De Anza offers many support services to assist
with their needs.
you have a
disability-related need for reasonable academic accommodations or
services in this course, provide me with a
Test Accommodation Verification Form (also known as a
from Disability Support Services (DSS) or the Educational Diagnostic
Center (EDC). Students are expected to give five days notice of the
need for accommodations. Students with disabilities can obtain a TAV
form from their DSS counselor (864-8753 DSS main number) or EDC advisor
(864-8839 EDC main number)."
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