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General Course Information for LED604: Leading Change and Adaptation

Course: LED604 - Leading Change and Adaptation
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Course Description: Course topics will focus on the dynamics of change, organizational redesign, and the essential skills necessary for leaders to initiate corporate and organizational transformations. Resistance and acceptance of change initiatives, including the impact of organizational culture will be examined. Students will strengthen their leadership skills and strategies in order to initiate and implement change through problem-solving experiences across a broad range of organizational contexts.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Interpret factors associated with organizational change.
  • Analyze leadership initiatives on adaptive work in organizations.
  • Evaluate the efficacy of change strategies in problem solving situations.
  • Evaluate the impact of change factors on ethical decision-making.
  • Evaluate potential change factors in strategic planning.
  • Assess the impact of change initiatives on organizational culture.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP
    • Create frameworks to determine how decisions made might impact ethical culture, support sustainability practices and serve the organizational purpose.
    • Distinguish between multiple approaches to exercising leadership in order to harness collective talent, promote innovation and confront complex issues within organizations.
    • Distinguish between the functions of authority or power and the understanding of leadership and be able to apply diverse leadership skills, utilize frameworks in order to serve organizational purposes.
    • Identify quality scholarship and research and demonstrate the potential application of emerging leadership theory and knowledge to real world scenarios and simulations.
    • Integrate knowledge and skills from multiple disciplines in order to utilize critical thinking, synthesize information, manage conflict, and create collective problem solving capacity.
    • Interpret organizational dynamics, group dynamics and engage in systems thinking in order to promote the development of a learning organization capable of orchestrating conflict, creating innovation, and adaptation.
    • Utilize dialogue and other forms of inquiry with groups and teams in order to create collective problem solving and strategic plans.
    • Utilize emerging technology, presentation skills and communication both in face to face and virtual environments.
  • Master of Science in Innovative School Leadership
    • Analyze complex human phenomena such as resistance and anxiety and the ability to lead others in a process through the change process.
    • Analyze decision making frameworks in order to surface and develop ethical leadership and improve decision making skills.
    • Apply advanced negotiation and conflict resolution strategies to further an organization.
    • Develop team building and understand organizational dynamics including the use of the learning organization processes.
    • Examine competencies for leadership in globalization including emerging and future trends for business and education.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like: http://nu.libguides.com/citations

National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:

URL: http://www.nu.edu/library.

Contact the Library:

  • RefDesk@nu.edu
  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml

Ethics:
Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Technology:
Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Diversity:
Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

Civility:
As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures