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Leadership in Practice - CDAE 295 OL1 - Course Syllabus

Leadership in Practice - CDAE 295 OL1 - Course Syllabus

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There is a growing fascination with the idea of leadership and how to become an effective leader. Looking at the theoretcial approaches to the topic provides a picture of a process that is sophisticated and complex. We will study leadership theory to learn how it can inform the practice of leadership. Organizations need to foster the development of both competent management and skilled leadership. During the course we will expand our understanding of these key terms (Mangement and Leaedership) and how to foster the development of them in an organizational setting. The focus will be on applying leadership theory, not personal practice learning how leadership can affect the changes that organizations face.
View Course: https://learn.uvm.edu/courselistfall/course.php?term=201209&crn=93565

There is a growing fascination with the idea of leadership and how to become an effective leader. Looking at the theoretcial approaches to the topic provides a picture of a process that is sophisticated and complex. We will study leadership theory to learn how it can inform the practice of leadership. Organizations need to foster the development of both competent management and skilled leadership. During the course we will expand our understanding of these key terms (Mangement and Leaedership) and how to foster the development of them in an organizational setting. The focus will be on applying leadership theory, not personal practice learning how leadership can affect the changes that organizations face.

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Syllabus for CDAE 295
 Leadership in Practice
 Course Number: 93458
Instructor: Ellen Rowe, Ed.D. Address: UVM Extension, 397 Railroad St., Suite 3 St. Johnsbury, VT 05819Phone: 800-545-8920 x360E-mail: Ellen.Rowe@uvm.edu  Office Hours: Usually on Tuesday mornings 8-10 am using Pronto. Appointments at othertimes can be arranged.
Course Overview:
There is a growing fascination with the idea of leadership and how to become an effectiveleader. Looking at the theoretical approaches to the topic provides a picture of a process thatis sophisticated and complex. We will study leadership theory to learn how it can inform thepractice of leadership. Organizations need to foster the development of both competentmanagement and skilled leadership. During the course we will expand our understanding of these key terms (management and leadership) and how to foster the development of them inan organizational setting. The focus will be on applying leadership theory into personalpractice learning how leadership can affect the changes that organizations face.
Course Objectives:
Students completing this course will come to bridge the gap of understanding between thesometimes simplistic popular approaches to leadership and the more theoretical approaches.Students will explore how leadership theory can inform and direct the way leadership ispracticed. Expected outcomes include:
 
Reflect upon identified leaders practice their leadership by comparison and contrast of the leadership styles.
 
 Analyze observed leadership practice to identify the theories applied by the leader beingobserved.
 
Critique your personal leadership style identifying strengths and challenging areas forfurther development.
 
Formulate a plan for continued growth and development of your skills and style as aleader.
Course Texts:
 Autry, J.A. (2004).
The Servant Leader: How to build a creative team, develop great morale, and improve bottom-line performance.
New York, NY: Three RiversPress.Northouse, P.G. ( 2010).
 Leadership: Theory and practice
(5th edition). ThousandOaks, CA: Sage Publications. Additional readings will be posted on the Blackboard course site in
Course Materials
or via the World Wide Web.
 
 
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Course Structure and Instructional Methods:
This course will be facilitated in a manner that requires extensive student participation
individually and in small groups through the use of Blackboard. Each week’s tasks will typically 
involve most if not all of the following: online discussion of required readings, reflections sharedin Journal entries, development of three course products, and a final exam. The major courseproducts will include a reflection on leadership interviews, small group presentation focused ona look at leadership, and the final paper incorporating leadership analysis and developmentplan. These are explained in more detail later in the document.
Course Policies
1.
 
 
 Assignment Due Dates: Due dates and times for readings and writing assignments arenoted in the syllabus. Unless explicitly negotiated with the instructor, all productsassigned are expected to be submitted on time.
 Five points will be docked for each daylate, beyond the deadline.
 3.
 
Class Participation: Building an engaged community of learners requires constantparticipation of all class members along with the instructor. This is especially true in anonline environment. Since this course is conducted as an interactive online community and involves application of course content within a web-based environment, it is criticalthat all students participate in the designated weekly activities, discussions and journalreflections.If you cannot participate in your weekly activities, discussion and journal reflections, youneed to contact the instructor as well as your small group members. Please note that it will be difficult to go back and discuss a topic if you miss a week of participation. Yourgroup will already have moved on to discuss new material.4.
 
Format for Writing Assignments and Papers: Unless otherwise noted, all papers should be typed, double spaced in a standard 12 point size and style font, left-justified with
margins 1” all around, and clearly presented an
d labeled with the following information atthe top left of the first page: Your Full Name, Assignment Description, Assignment DueDate, and Semester/Course. Subsequent pages should include your last name and thepage number at the top right; no cover pages please. Post assignments to the Blackboardfolder designated to hold these products.5.
 
Email Contact and Meetings with the Instructor: I will rely on regularly scheduled officehours for addressing course-related issues. The Announcement folder in Blackboard will be used for me to keep in touch with you throughout the course so be sure and check itregularly. I hope that you will set up appointments (phone calls or Pronto instantmessaging would work best for me) as needed to discuss other issues of concern to you in your professional development and exploration of future goals.
6.
 
Special Needs:
 If you require accommodations, please make this known to meas soon as possible.
 
 
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7.
 
Miscellaneous: (a) Graded papers and other products will be available for you as pdf documents attached to e-mail messages for one full year following the end of thissemester. (b) Please keep copies of your own assignments, and keep all graded papersand other comments and materials related to your performance for the duration of thesemester and until all final grades and other class-related concerns are addressed.
Course Requirements:
 
Online Participation:
Each week students will need to participate in discussions, journal reflection entries, and/or collaborative work using Discussion Board,Journal/Blog and Wiki features of Blackboard. These activities are key elements of thisonline course, therefore your participation is important.
 
Readings and Reflective Journaling:
On Wednesdays, you will need to post yourreflections to the assigned text readings by 8pm. You will need to post responses to groupmember Journal entries on or before 8pm on Fridays. Please note that your JournalGroup members may not have time to respond to your posting if you wait until late in the week.
 Do your part by posting on time.
Journal entries are designed as brief (less than 500 words) free writes reflecting on thereadings for the week. They will be useful in developing the outline of your
Leadership Analysis and Development Plan
throughout the semester.
Journal entries
would focus on a couple of questions:
 
 What is meaningful for you in the assigned readings?
 
 What clarifying questions do you have with concepts presented in the assignedreadings?
 
 What experiences have you had with the topics/information presented in theassigned readings? Share about those experiences and what you learned by theexperience.
Reflections
on the journal entries of others in small groupings would be in the form of questions helping the entry author to gain clarity/understanding. They might includecomments about what the reader found interesting about the Journal entry and a requestfor more information on a point of interest. These questions are meant to stimulatefurther thought and analysis by the author. Instructor will regularly submit reflections as well.
 
Course Products:
 
1.
 
Leadership Interviews
 written analysis
:
Interview 2 individuals who practice quality leadership from your perspective. You will then compare, contrast, and reflect on theirperspectives and your own perspective of leadership. Based on this reflection, you will write a 2-3 page letter to a colleague on the experience, thoughts and ideas intervieweesshared and how it related to the developing concept of your leadership. Plan to share thisletter with a small group of class members and to discuss insights you gained. Letter due
September 30, 2011
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