1 PRLC 1810: Ethical Leadership Course Syllabus Fall Semester 2013 Course Introduction - This is a three- credit course. - There are 15 weeks in the course, and one week of Fall and Thanksgiving Break. - This course starts August 27, 2013 and ends December 12, Course Description PRLC 1810 introduces students to the fundamental principles of leadership, ethics, and critical thinking that should establish the foundation of their subsequent PLC program, academic, and personal development. Students should gain an understanding of themselves and how they might collaborate and interact with, and lead others. Students should gain experience in making arguments and presenting their positions verbally and in writing. Students should be able to appreciate the symbiotic relationship between leadership, personal ethical reasoning, and critical thinking. Course Objectives At the end of this course, students should be able to: 1. Think critically, make a reasoned and research- based argument, and engage with the arguments of others. 2. Articulate the foundations of their own moral and ethical reasoning. 3. Discuss, apply, and integrate various leadership and management concepts and practices. 4. Begin to demonstrate creativity in their approaches to thinking and leading. 5. Communicate effectively verbally, in writing, and through various other mediums. Instructor Professor Steve Dinauer Office: Norlin S425 / Phone: Office Hours: If my office door is open, I am available to discuss the course or any other matter, but realize that my schedule may not support giving you all the time needed at that moment. Making an appointment with me ensures availability. Class Advisors: Students will be assigned to a small group led by a Class Advisor (CA). Your CA will provide their contact information to you, as well as how they plan to conduct their office hours or otherwise make themselves available to you for meeting and consultation. Required Texts and Materials Crusius, T., & Channel, C. (2011). The aims of argument: A text and reader (7th ed.). New York: McGraw- Hill. Mahfuz, N. (2000). Akhentaten, dweller in truth. New York: Anchor Books. (Note: This book should be read by early November) Komives, S., Lucas, N., & McMahon, T. (2007). Exploring leadership (2d ed.). San Francisco: Jossey- Bass. (NOTE: this book will be used again in for PRLC 1820 in the Spring 2014)
2 Course Requirements Presidents Leadership Class Graded s and Requirements / Project Preparation and Participation Reading Quizzes (D2L) Who Am I, 1.0 Paper Critical Thinking Module Paper Ethical Module Paper Group Project with Presentation Total or Team Frequency of Percentage for each Percentage of Total Grade Objective(s) Addressed by Ongoing - 15% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (Due as noted in by- class schedule) (Due 10 Sept) (Due 4 Oct) (Due 1 Nov) Team (Due in December as noted in by- class schedule) 10 designated weeks; 10 questions per D2L quiz 1% 10% 1 10% 10% 2, 4, % 20% 1, 4, % 20% 1, 2, 4, % 25% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 100% Graded s Descriptions Note: All grades are awarded by the Professor. Your CA will make a recommendation on any graded assignments, but Professor Dinauer is the final grading authority. Preparation and Participation: Preparing and participating are semester- long endeavors with qualitative and quantitative elements that will be assessed in recitation by your CA who will in turn make a recommendation to the Professor. The total points available are 100, which are then factored into the total course grade at 15%. In addition to completing the required readings, preparing means, for example, that when you are pre- assigned a reading or case study for a subsequent class, you come prepared to present. For participating, a good baseline (a grade of B) for each student to consider is to provide at least one relevant, critically derived, and original contribution during each recitation. Relevancy and Quality are more important than quantity. Reading Quizzes: There will be 10 reading quizzes throughout the semester that you will complete on D2L. Each quiz will have 10 questions worth one point apiece for a total of 100 points for the semester, which will then be factored into the total course grade at 10%. Reading quizzes are for individual effort and not to be done as a group or in any other collaborative manner. Failure to follow these instructions could be considered a violation of the CU Honor Code. Written s ( Who Am I, 1.0, Critical Thinking Module Paper, Ethical Module Paper): Details on these assignments will be provided in class. The module papers will be 5-7
3 pages in length. All written assignments are graded on a 100- point scale and will then be factored into the final course grade according to the percentages detailed in the chart above. Group Project with Presentation: Details on this assignment will be provided in class. Your CA will assign you to a 5-6 person team from your recitation group. There are written and presentation components to this assignment. There will be a peer- assessment element to the presentation. The entirety of the project is graded on a 100- point scale, which is then factored into the total course grade at 25%. Each team member gets the same grade. COURSE SPECIFIC GRADING POLICIES Each student is expected to: 1. Complete readings and research in advance of each week. 2. Consistently demonstrate professionalism in your interactions with peers and faculty. 3. Produce high quality, original work that properly cites the words and ideas of others. 4. Uphold your personal integrity and that of the CU Honor Code. 5. Accept feedback and suggestions with an open mind, taking time to reflect, and then using what you have learned to further improve your performance in future assignments. 6. Notify your professor and your CA immediately if you confront a personal situation that puts you at risk of submitting a late assignment. 7. Honor the rule that "everything written or said within the classroom stays within the classroom as it pertains to those times when personal issues might be used or discussed. Consider all Guest Speakers comments to be not for attribution, i.e., you cannot cite their comments nor can you relay them to others (e.g., via Facebook, Twitter, etc.) without a Guest Speaker s express and deliberate permission. GRADING SCALE A 93% to 100% B- 80% to 82.9% D+ 67% to 69.9% A- 90% to 92.9% C+ 77% to 79.9% D 63% to 66.9% B+ 87% to 89.9% C 73% to 76.9% D- 60% to 62.9% B 83% to 86.9% C- 70% to 72.9% F Below 60% Late Work and Re- do s: Missing deadlines is not acceptable without prior approval from your CA and Professor Dinauer consistent with CU policies. Prior is as soon as you feel your circumstances will result in late work, and at least a day before the assignment s due date. Late work that hasn t been pre- approved will not be graded. Late work that has been approved can be penalized grade points appropriate to the situation and at the discretion of the instructor. There will be no re- do s accepted on any assignment. Extra Credit: A limited number of extra credit opportunities may be offered. These will normally involve your voluntary attendance at a relevant university event such as a university- wide or departmental guest speaker on leadership, ethics, etc. To receive credit, you must stay for the entire event and submit a BRIEF written synopsis (1-2 pages typed) of the speaker s key points and articulate the most important or significant thing that you learned from the lecture. Your written work will be graded on a scale of 1 to 10 points for both content and grammar. To receive credit, the written work must be submitted within 7 days of the event to your CA, who will then review it and forward it to Professor Dinauer with a recommendation. Each extra credit opportunity will be worth a maximum of 10 points, and each student can attend no more than two events for extra credit for a possible total of 20 extra credit points. Any earned extra credit points are added to the Reading Quiz point total.
4 NON- GRADED COURSE AND OTHER PLC PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS StrengthsQuest Assessment: Students will complete the online StrengthsQuest assessment by 22 October. Additional information will be given in class. Meeting with the PLC Program Staff, the PLC Director, and your CA 1. Each student will schedule separate 10- minute introductory meetings with Jessie and Jake, to be completed by 30 September. 2. Each student will schedule a 10 minute- introductory meeting with Steve Dinauer, to be completed by 30 September. 3. Your CA will provide you direction on when and how they want to have an initial meeting with each of their recitation members. First- Year PLC Program Requirements 1. Students will sign and date the PLC Code of Conduct and Academic Code Agreement within their copy of the PLC Student Handbook. The completion of this requirement will be checked upon during your individual meeting with Jessie Kasynski. 2. Students will sign up and attend at least one Experiential Weekend in the first semester. This requirement includes attending, participating, and completing of all written work associated with the trip. The PLC staff point of contact is Jake Davis. Weekend themes and dates will be detailed after the semester begins. 3. Students will attend one of the 'Take PLC Home' ambassador training events where they will be given the digital presentation and recruitment materials. All students are highly encouraged to present 'Take PLC Home' during their Thanksgiving or Winter Break at their home high schools. The Recruitment & Selection Fellows and Jessie Kasynski will document your completion of this requirement. Training dates are TBA. Course and PLC Policies Attire for Tuesday Lectures and for Thursday Guest Speakers is Business Attire as detailed in your Student Handbook. Your CA will more fully explain PLC s attire expectations for the lectures, guest speakers, and recitation periods. Our approach to attire is based upon the axiom In order to act the part, one must look the part. Attendance at every class session is mandatory and expected. Absences are to be arranged with your CA prior to the class session. Subsequent make- up work may be assigned accordingly. An excused absence is at the sole discretion of the CA and the instructor. Unexcused absences will directly impact your course grade with the deduction of 5 points from the total Participation grade for each instance. Being tardy to lecture or recitation will result in the loss of 1 point per occurrence from the total Participation grade. Preparation is expected. This course begins your journey as critical thinkers and ethical leaders. Your understanding of leadership, and of personal and professional ethical standards will be challenged and developed. The goals of the course warrant and demand thorough preparation and enthusiastic participation. Your preparation and knowledge of the subject material are critical to our discussion- based format. Showing up for class without being properly prepared and with hopes of just getting by, or keeping a low profile, will not work. It is important that you read each session s objectives and complete the assigned reading prior to attending class. Failure to do so will become evident during lecture and recitation, and may result in a lower Preparation and Participation grade.
5 Conduct in this seminar will be professional, and based upon treating each other with dignity and respect. The instructor acts as a facilitator to ensure discussions remain pertinent to the subject matter and that the interaction among students remains on a professional level. Thorough preparation and participation are critical to success, but so are demonstrated respect and consideration for your classmates views and opinions. Inappropriate behavior or conduct will not be tolerated and can result in dismissal from the course. The classroom behavior of all students should be collegiate, courteous, and respectful. Students are free to interject and question, even without waiting for direct recognition from the instructor (i.e. raising hand and being called upon), so long as the interjection is not unduly disruptive. Both students and the instructor will police classroom behavior. Respect the right of others to present their viewpoints. Discussions of controversial subject matter will arise in class. Your candid opinions, and critically thought and communicated arguments and counter- arguments are required to meet this course s objectives. However, a remark intended to offend classmates, or slurs that target race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status will not be tolerated. And while students are encouraged to be equanimous regarding the viewpoints of others, when remarks create a hostile classroom environment, the dialogue suffers. A simple standard will be applied to controversial remarks: Was the intent of the remark to enrich and enhance the dialogue, or was it intended to intimidate or denigrate? Critique the argument or idea; do not attack the person expressing the idea. Revealing sensitive personal information is never a requirement for this course. If you feel that the in- class dialogue or an assignment is forcing you to reveal information you want to keep private, please bring this to the attention of Professor Dinauer and/or your CA. While the course will necessarily push you to think critically, and to reconsider or revalidate your preconceived notions and biases, we do not intend nor should you feel required to go beyond your own personal comfort level in revealing information of a personal nature as it might pertain to the course s subject matter. Audio and/or video recording of any portion of class is prohibited except when approved to accommodate a disability in accordance with CU Boulder policy. Distractions such as ringing cell phones, eating, chewing gum, using smart phones, tablets, notebooks or laptops to web surf or text, and wearing sunglasses that inhibit interpersonal dialogue are prohibited. Desire2Learn: There are assigned readings posted to Desire2Learn ( D2L ). D2L also will be updated periodically throughout the semester with important information regarding this course. As a result, students shall log- on to D2L for assigned readings and the reading quizzes, and also at least once a week to check for any course updates. Also, written assignments will be submitted to your CA using D2L. I may also advise students to check D2L at specific times as the course requires. A link to D2L may be found within your mycuinfo homepage: CU Learning Resources: CU Boulder has world- class learning resources available to its students such as writing and math labs, academic strategy seminars, etc. Please feel free to approach Professor Dinauer, the professional staff, or your CA if you are struggling in this class or in any other class on campus, and we will help you identify the appropriate learning resources. Also, the CAs can recommend to me that we assign you to a learning resource such as a writing lab. If I concur, you might be directed to a specific learning resource, e.g., Before you turn in your next paper, you are required to submit a draft to the writing lab, and show your CA proof of doing so. Even high- achieving PLC students sometimes need assistance, so lean on us and give us the chance to help.
6 CU Policies Classroom Behavior: Students and faculty each have responsibility for maintaining an appropriate learning environment. Those who fail to adhere to such behavioral standards may be subject to discipline. Professional courtesy and sensitivity are especially important with respect to individuals and topics dealing with differences of race, color, culture, religion, creed, politics, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and gender expression, age, disability, and nationalities. Class rosters are provided to the instructor with the student's legal name. The CAs and I will gladly honor your request to address you by an alternate name or gender pronoun. Please advise me of this preference early in the semester so that I may make appropriate changes to my records. See policies at and at Discrimination and Harassment: The University of Colorado at Boulder Discrimination and Harassment Policy and Procedures, the University of Colorado Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures, and the University of Colorado Conflict of Interest in Cases of Amorous Relationships policy apply to all students, staff, and faculty. Any student, staff, or faculty member who believes s/he has been the subject of sexual harassment or discrimination or harassment based upon race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status should contact the Office of Discrimination and Harassment (ODH) at or the Office of Student Conduct (OSC) at Information about the ODH, the above referenced policies, and the campus resources available to assist individuals regarding discrimination or harassment can be obtained at Honor Code: All students of the University of Colorado at Boulder are responsible for knowing and adhering to the academic integrity policy of this institution. Violations of this policy may include: cheating, plagiarism, aid of academic dishonesty, fabrication, lying, bribery, and threatening behavior. All incidents of academic misconduct shall be reported to the Honor Code Council ). Students who are found to be in violation of the academic integrity policy will be subject to both academic sanctions from the faculty member and non- academic sanctions (including but not limited to university probation, suspension, or expulsion). Other information on the Honor Code can be found at and at Disability: If you qualify for accommodations because of a disability, please submit to e a letter from Disability Services in a timely manner so that your needs can be addressed. Disability Services determines accommodations based on documented disabilities. Contact: , Center for Community N200, and If you have a temporary medical condition or injury, see guidelines at Disability Services letters for students with disabilities indicate legally mandated reasonable accommodations. The syllabus statements and answers to Frequently Asked Questions can be found at Religious Observances: Campus policy regarding religious observances requires that faculty make every effort to deal reasonably and fairly with all students who, because of religious obligations, have conflicts with scheduled exams, assignments or required attendance. In this class,
7 the student is responsible to inform the instructor, Colonel Dinauer, at least two weeks in advance of the conflict to request special accommodation. Note, in order to accommodate the student, assignments or exams might be required to be due in advance of the dates listed in this syllabus. See full details at Course Hours and Schedule of s COURSE HOURS Tuesdays: 6:00pm 8:00pm (HALE 230, expect where noted for 3 December) Thursday: Thursday class hours include (1) sessions where the entire class will meet at 6:00pm- 8:00pm in rooms to be designated in Wolfe Law, and (2) sessions where you will meet with only your recitation group. Review the By- class schedule carefully. SCHEDULE OF ASSIGNMENTS Refer to the By- Class Schedule The schedule and assignments may be modified and republished, as required.