1 Outline Overview Course Description Leadership is key to the future of individuals, organizations, communities, and nations. Many organizations in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors are moving away from traditional management functions toward models of people/participant/employee empowerment based on various Leadership models. HROB*2010: Foundations of Leadership is intended to support you in further understanding and preparing for Leadership roles, situations, experiences, and/or research. Using an integrated approach to studying Leadership, this foundation course explores Leadership theories, the application to Leadership and current issues, as well as critical and self-reflection on one's own Leadership qualities. The course utilizes a wide range of adult learning methodologies to provide an opportunity for students to further enhance and apply their knowledge of Leadership, while practicing the skills necessary for effective Leadership and engaging in the subject of Leadership with others. Course Overview Leadership means many things to many people. While everyone seems to have their own view of what leadership is and why it is important, ideas about leadership have been the subject of great debate by philosophers throughout the ages and, more recently, the focus of inquiry by scholars in the management and organization literature. This course, however, isn t only about managerial leadership it s about leadership in all aspects of life. While we use much literature from the management field, we apply these ideas to a variety of settings and people. Our goal is that you will find here ideas and tools that will help you understand, reflect on and develop your own leadership.
2 Course Outcomes By the end of this course, you will be able to: Explain the development of current and historical leadership theories and concepts through discussions and content quizzes. Apply leadership theories and concepts to real-life and/or simulated situations and/or persons through discussions, activities and group work. Analyze and critically reflect on your own leadership experiences and expectations through a personal leadership portfolio, activities and discussions Create a Personal Leadership Portfolio (PLP) that allows you to critically reflect upon and assess your leadership development to date, as well as opportunities for future development
3 Your Instructor Casey Cosgrove Video Coming Soon
4 Course Materials and Resources Recommended Textbook Leadership Theory and Practice 6th Edition Northouse P Western Michigan University, Michigan: Sage Publications. The purpose of the course textbook is to provide you with a variety of information and materials to support you in the development of your understanding of Leadership, from the perspective of both theory and application. Leadership Theory and Practice analyzes the important Leadership theories, giving specific attention to how each theoretical approach can be applied in real-world organizations (and those specifically in a North American and/or European context). The text is a useful resource for exploring how Leadership theory can inform and direct the way Leadership is practiced. The Text can be purchased at either of these locations: 1. University of Guelph Bookstore 2. Co-op Bookstore
5 Course Topics In this course you will explore the following topics: Unit 01: Introduction to Foundations of Leadership Unit 02: Trait Approaches to Leadership Unit 03: Skill Approaches to Leadership Unit 04: Style Approaches to Leadership Units 05 & 06: Situational and Contingency Approaches to Leadership Unit 07: Transformational Approaches to Leadership Unit 08: Servant Leadership Unit 09: Team Leadership Unit 10: Leadership Ethics Unit 11: Gender and Leadership Unit 12: Wrap-up Note: The schedule of learning activities may require modification from time to time. Any changes will be announced in class and/or in the News section of the Courselink site. Note: The Final Examination schedule can be found on the Office of Registrarial Services website according to Semester.
6 Communication with the Course Instructor The best way to reach me is by at I check my regularly. You can reasonably expect a response from me within 24/48 hours, weekends and holidays excepted. I may also communicate with you via your central account <uoguelph.ca> from time to time. You are required to check this account on a regular basis. Please be advised that I will not edit my mailing list to your gmail/hotmail/yahoo etc. account anyone can set up an account under any name they wish in these domains and thus your privacy would not be assured if I responded to s.
7 Course Philosophy and Approach The teaching methods in this course include lecture slides available online as well as discussion questions, articles and case studies. This multiplicity of methods allows students to: 1. Test their understanding of theories and concepts presented in the readings. 2. Use theories and concepts to analyze and solve actual problems in organizations. 3. Develop skills in communicating ideas; in developing and presenting arguments, in listening to and understanding others, and in challenging others views in a way that advances everyone s understanding. 4. Learn to think independently, since each student must choose the theories or conceptual frameworks that best fit with the issues and problems in the case at hand. In this course, the role of the professor focuses on stimulating and guiding student discussion. I will review theoretical concepts, but will also ask questions and encourage you to challenge and support different points of view in discussion.
8 Course Expectations The expectations are as follows: 1. On-line Attendance: You are expected to be on-line frequently accessing the resources available and contributing to the discussion questions. 2. Preparation: You are expected to read assigned material in advance and to be fully prepared for class discussions online. Unsupported opinion will not substitute for informed discussion. Adequate preparation is the only way to avoid embarrassment. Course Elements Units The course is designed around unit weeks. Each unit is seven (7) days in length, except Unit 01. The start of each unit week is Monday; the end of each unit week is Sunday, Midnight (Eastern Time). Due Dates The due date for each Activity and Assignment varies and is identified on the Schedule page. It is your responsibility to determine the due dates and associated requirements. Time The course is designed to incorporate approximately 6.5 hours of Activities and Assignments each week. Instructor s Role The role of the Instructor is to facilitate the process of exploring the Foundations of Leadership, rather than teach you the course. The Activities and Assignments are designed to support your engagement in and exploration of the course content. Throughout the course, the Instructor will work in a coaching capacity to support you in your learning process. As noted at the start of each Unit, be sure to check the course Home Page News on a regular basis for updates and key information from the Instructor. You can contact the Instructor by posting a note in the course Q&A (See Discussions > Ask your Instructor) when your issue, question, or concern is about a matter that may also be relevant to others in the course. Alternatively, and when the issue is more individual or personal in nature, the Instructor directly. Although the Instructor may be available at other times, you can be certain that the Instructor will follow up with you within 24/48 hours, Monday through Friday, unless otherwise indicated. Moreover, there may be times at which it is more effective to connect using a different method (e.g., telephone). In such cases, contact the Instructor first by in order to arrange an alternative means of communicating. The Instructor s role is to support you in your learning process, not to do your work for you. Exercise Self-Leadership by trying to address an issue yourself or with the assistance of other class members, when it is appropriate to do so, before contacting the Instructor (e.g., review the Outline and Schedule page before contacting the Instructor to confirm an Assignment Due Date).
9 Course Evaluation The following table illustrates how your final grades will be calculated: Evaluation Overview Assignment Due Date Weight Personal Leadership Portfolio (25%) 1 Leadership Learning Objectives - Part I (5%) 2 Leadership Learning Objectives - Part II (5%) Weekly Online Course Contributions & Assignments (15%) 1 Unit 01: What Leadership Means to Me (5%) 2 Unit 12: What Leadership Means to Me Now (5%) Week 12 Week 1 Week 12 35% Per Schedule 25% Group Project Week 8 30% Online Quizzes (Best 5 of 2% each Per Schedule 10% Total 100% Details on the evaluations appear in the Assignments link in the top navigation bar. For specific Due Dates please check the Schedule link in the top navigation bar.
10 Discussions Areas The following Discussion Areas will be available to you in this Course: 1. Questions for the Instructor 2. Use this Discussion for course-related inquiries. I will always read this Discussion. This is where you go to ask me questions. If you have an emergency or something personal to discuss refer to the contact information in the Problems, Questions and Comments section of the outline. Please do not me if it is a general inquiry. Use the Discussion area to post general queries. If you do send me an that I consider to be one that others may benefit from, then I will redirect your query to the course website. 3. Housekeeping 4. This is where information that is too long, complex or needs to be available over the longer term is posted. There will usually be a note in the News section of the course Homepage when something is added here. 5. Group Discussions 6. Use these Discussions to collaborate with your group members as explained below. 7. Group Introductions (Week 1): Here you will introduce yourself to your group. Introduce yourself stating your name and what name you usually go by. Explain what you hope to learn by taking this course, your program of study, perhaps your career aspirations, and what your current job is at the moment (or summer job you held), as well as anything else that you are comfortable sharing. Here are some suggestions for writing good posts for group discussion purposes and for dealing with conflicts.
11 Guest Speakers From time to time the instructor may introduce a Guest Speaker with relevant credentials who will provide material related to the topic for the unit. This may include such items as a journal article, popular press article, an original artifact such as a recorded video or podcast, a case study or other item intended to stimulate exchanges between learners and / or between the learners and the Guest Speaker. When this occurs it will be announced in the NEWS tool of the course home page in advance along with the procedures and process for participation. This will be an optional activity that, while ungraded, will likely contribute to and enhance the learners knowledge of the topic.
12 eportfolio Option Course participants have the option of using the eportfolio tool to upload, organize and share their course artifacts including their Personal Leadership Portfolio. D2L s eportfolio is a personal portfolio tool for storing, organizing, reflecting on and sharing items that represent your learning. You can include documents, graphics, audio files, videos, presentations, course work, etc. to demonstrate your improvement or mastery in a certain area. You decide what items you want to include in your portfolio, how you want to organize them, and who you want to share them with. When you share items with your peers, mentors, potential employers, etc. you can give them permission to view items, edit items, see or add comments and see or add assessments depending on what type of feedback you want. eportfolio is available through the link at the top of My Home page. Directions for use are available through the Courselink Help also at the top of the My Home page.
13 Technical Requirements You are expected to have an understanding of Internet and basics. You will be navigating and searching the Internet and corresponding with others in your class using web-based Discussion and . Please ensure that your computer system meets the Minimum Requirements. If you do not have these technical requirements, consider either upgrading your personal computer, or using a machine on campus. Trying to use someone else s computer for the course may prove to be frustrating and difficult. Please follow this quick System Check to determine if you have the right setup. (Results will be displayed in a new browser window).
14 Distance Education and Open Learning Program Handbooks Degree Credit Students: Please ensure that you have reviewed the DE Handbook. In particular, ensure that you review the sections that pertain to Assignment Submissions and Returns, Online Quizzes or Tests and Final Examinations. Open Learning Program Students: Please ensure that you have reviewed the Open Learning program Handbook for the specific procedures and policies related to your studies through Open Learning and Educational Support. Communication Degree Credit Students: As per university regulations, all students are required to check their uoguelph.ca account regularly: is the official route of communication between the University and its students. Open Learning Program Students without a University of Guelph account: Check your account (the account you provided upon registration) regularly for important communications, as this is the primary conduit by which the Open Learning and Educational Support will notify you of events, deadlines, announcements or any other official information. When You Cannot Meet Course Requirements Degree Credit Students: When you find yourself unable to meet an in-course requirement due to illness or compassionate reasons, please advise your course instructor in writing, with your name, ID number and contact. See the Undergraduate Calendar for information on regulations and procedures for Academic Consideration. Open Learning Program Students: Please refer to the Open Learning program Handbook. Drop Date Degree Credit Students: The last date to drop one-semester courses, without academic penalty, is indicated in the Schedule section of this course website. See the Undergraduate Calendar for regulations and procedures for Dropping Courses. Open Learning Program Students: Please refer to the Open Learning program Handbook. Copies of Assignments
15 Keep paper and/or other reliable back-up copies of all assignments: you may be asked to resubmit work at any time. Accessibility Degree Credit Students: The University of Guelph is committed to creating a barrier-free environment. Providing services for students is a shared responsibility among students, faculty and administrators. This relationship is based on respect of individual rights, the dignity of the individual and the University community's shared commitment to an open and supportive learning environment. Students requiring service or accommodation, whether due to an identified, ongoing disability or a short-term disability should contact the Student Accessibility Services as soon as possible. For more information, contact SAS at ext or or see the website: Student Accessibility Services. Open Learning Program Students: Students with disabilities requiring special accommodation for tests during the semester or for final exams shall contact the Open Learning and Educational Support Program Counsellor at before the end of the first week of classes to ensure that appropriate support can be arranged. If contact is not made by this time, support may be delayed. Students will be asked to provide documentation from a health professional or from their home institution. Please note all information provided is held in confidence. Academic Misconduct The University of Guelph is committed to upholding the highest standards of academic integrity and it is the responsibility of all members of the University community faculty, staff, and students to be aware of what constitutes academic misconduct and to do as much as possible to prevent academic offences from occurring. University of Guelph students have the responsibility of abiding by the University's policy on academic misconduct regardless of their location of study; faculty, staff and students have the responsibility of supporting an environment that discourages misconduct. Students need to remain aware that instructors have access to and the right to use electronic and other means of detection. Please note: Whether or not a student intended to commit academic misconduct is not relevant for a finding of guilt. Hurried or careless submission of assignments does not excuse students from responsibility for verifying the academic integrity of their work before submitting it. Students who are in any doubt as to whether an action on their part could be construed as an academic offence should consult with a faculty member or faculty advisor. The Academic Misconduct Policy is detailed in the Undergraduate Calendar. Acceptable Use The University of Guelph has an Acceptable Use Policy, which you are expected to adhere to. Copyright Notice All content within this course is copyright protected. Third party copyrighted materials (such as book
16 chapters and articles) have either been licensed for use in this course, or have been copied under an exception or limitation in Canadian Copyright law. The fair dealing exemption in Canada's Copyright Act permits students to reproduce short excerpts from copyright-protected materials for purposes such as research, education, private study, criticism and review, with proper attribution. Any other copying, communicating, or distribution of any content provided in this course, except as permitted by law, may be an infringement of copyright if done without proper license or the consent of the copyright owner. Examples of infringing uses of copyrighted works would include uploading materials to a commercial third party web site, or making paper or electronic reproductions of all, or a substantial part, of works such as textbooks for commercial purposes. Students who upload to CourseLink copyrighted materials such as book chapters, journal articles, or materials taken from the Internet, must ensure that they comply with Canadian Copyright law or with the terms of the University s electronic resource licenses. For more information about students rights and obligations with respect to copyrighted works, see Fair Dealing Guidance for Students. Grades The assignment of grades at the University of Guelph is based on clearly defined standards, which are published in the Undergraduate Calendar for the benefit of faculty and students. Grading System In courses, which comprise a part of the student's program, standings will be reported according to the following schedule of grades: Letter Grade Percentage A A A B B B C C C D D D F 0-49
17 Statement of Students Academic Responsibilities Degree Credit Students: Your success as a student depends above all on your own response to the opportunities and responsibilities that the university environment provides. The University of Guelph is committed to supporting you in your intellectual development and responding to your individual needs. To this end, a broad network of advising, counselling, and support services is provided to assist you in meeting your personal and academic goals. For more information on your responsibilities as a student, see Statement of Students Academic Responsibilities. Open Learning Program Students: Your success as a student depends, above all, on your own response to the opportunities and responsibilities that the university environment provides. Open Learning and Educational Support is committed to supporting you in your intellectual development and responding to your individual needs. For more information on your responsibilities as a student, see Statement of Students Academic Responsibilities. Plagiarism Detection Software Students should be aware that faculty have the right to use software to aid in the detection of plagiarism or copying and to examine students orally on submitted work. For students found guilty of academic misconduct, serious penalties, up to and including suspension or expulsion from the University can be imposed. Recording of Materials Presentations which are made in relation to course work including lectures cannot be recorded or copied without the permission of the presenter, whether the instructor, a classmate or guest lecturer. Material recorded with permission is restricted to use for that course unless further permission is granted. Religious Holidays Should a student need to miss scheduled tests, mid-term examinations, final examinations, or requirements to attend classes and participate in laboratories for religious reasons, please advise the instructor within two weeks of the distribution of this course outline so that alternate arrangements can be made. Resources Degree Credit Students: The Academic Calendars are the source of information about the University of Guelph s procedures,
18 policies and regulations, which apply to undergraduate, graduate and diploma programs. See Academic Calendars. Open Learning Program Students: The Open Learning program Handbook is the source for information about policies and regulations.
19 Contact Information for Comments and Questions Course Help Instructor Casey Cosgrove Technical Help Distance Education Technical Support Open Learning and Educational Support University of Guelph (519) ext Toll Free (Can & US) Room 211, Day Hall Distance Education Information Open Learning and Educational Support University of Guelph x (fax) Room 160, Johnston Hall Created on :56 PM