General Course Information for LED420: Adaptive Leadership in Change

Course: LED420 - Adaptive Leadership in Change
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Course Description: Analysis of constant and continuous change in modern organizational environments. This class will provide students with the skills needed to recognize the potential impacts of change on their organizations, and to lead their organizations through the change process effectively. Students will develop skills in assessing organizational culture and learn to create the learning organization of the future.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify and discuss leadership styles that work well or less well in times of change when adaptive work is needed by the organization.
  • Compare and contrast the impact of slow, continuous change and rapid, discontinuous change on leadership of teams, groups and organizations.
  • Prepare a basic strategic plan to assist members of the organization to work effectively during sudden or unexpected change.
  • Evaluate ethical concerns for leadership within groups, teams and organizations.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of major leadership concepts in writing and orally using proper business communications techniques.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
    • Analyze ethical situations in the public sector.
    • Analyze the operations and procedures of public management and nonprofits.
    • Develop skills in managing a public sector or nonprofit organization.
    • Analyze and evaluate aspects of leadership in organizational culture and global environments.
    • Analyze negotiating styles of leaders and evaluate their effectiveness.
    • Analyze negotiating styles of leaders, and compare and contrast the concepts of leadership and power.
    • Apply appropriate technology to leadership decision making in organizations.
    • Communicate orally and in writing using proper business communication formats.
    • Communicate orally and in writing using proper business communication formats.
    • Compare and analyze strategies and frameworks used by leaders to initiate change in organizations.
    • Compare and analyze strategies and frameworks used by leaders to make decisions and initiate change within organizations.
    • Compare and contrast the concepts of leadership and power.
    • Evaluate the ethical implications of leadership decisions and strategies.
    • Evaluate the ethical implications of leadership decisions and strategies.
    • Identify challenges and advantages of diverse groups in organizations within a global environment.
    • Identify challenges and advantages of diverse groups in organizations.

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:

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

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:

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

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.

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.

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