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Leadership Theory
BUSI-503

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

This course broadly surveys the body of leadership literature with heavy emphasis on the major practical theories. All leadership theories are evaluated in the light of biblical reasoning.

Requisites

Prerequisite

BUSI 502

Rationale

Understanding leadership theory means that one must understand how to build and maintain trust, how to communicate a vision, and how to achieve shared goals. Applying the various concepts of leadership theory will equip any leader with essential tools that enable success in a professional setting.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the primary leadership theories and how these concepts can be applied in organizations.
  2. Recognize the similarities and differences between various leadership theories.
  3. Integrate biblical principles within the context of effective leadership.
  4. Write concise, well-documented, logical argumentation in current APA format.
  5. Successfully lead a team project—successfully manage, plan, and organize group activities in a virtual environment.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchases 

Kouzes, J. M., & Posner, B. Z. (2017). The leadership challenge: How to make extraordinary things happen in organizations (6th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons Inc. ISBN: 9781119278962.

Northouse, P. G. (2019). Leadership: Theory and practice (8th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. ISBN: 9781506362311.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Recommended Resources

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Current ed.). Washington, DC: Author. IBSN: 9781433805615.

Goleman, D., Boyatzis, R., & McKee, A. (2013). Primal leadership: Unleashing the power of emotional intelligence (10th Anniversary ed.). Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press. ISBN: 9781422168035.

Kouzes, J. M. & Posner, B. Z. (eds.) (2004). Christian reflections on the leadership challenge. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. ISBN: 9780787983376.

Kouzes, J. M., & Posner, B. Z. (2013). Leadership practices inventory (LPI) self starter package (4th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. ISBN: 9781119397519.

Rost, J. C. (1993). Leadership for the twenty-first century. New York, NY: Praeger. ISBN: 9780275946104.

Senge, P. M. (2006). The fifth discipline: The art & practice of the learning organization (Rev. ed.). New York, NY: DoubleDay. ISBN: 9780385517256.

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Office

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must: be at least 300 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and incorporate at least 2 citations in current APA format. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 1 other classmates’ threads. The reply must be at least 200 words and must incorporate at least 1 citation in current APA format.

Case Study Collaboration Forum

For this collaborative discussion board, the student is required to collaborate with his/her assigned group to complete the Group Case Study Paper. The group will use this forum to assign parts of the work, ask questions, suggest ideas, and post drafts for group feedback. Each student will receive a participation grade based upon numerous and substantive commentaries, a minimum of 5 posts per student with the cumulative total of no less than 200 words, that contribute to the group’s work on the case study.

Case Study Response Forums (4)

For this collaborative discussion board, the student is required to post a response to the posted Group Case Study Paper for each of the other groups’ forums (this will be in the general discussion board area). Each response must be at least 300 words and incorporate at least 2 citations in current APA format. For the forum in which his/her group’s paper is discussed, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ posts. Each reply must be at least 200 words and must incorporate at least 1 citation in current APA format.

Group Case Study Paper

The student will collaborate with his/her assigned group to write a 2,500-word research-based case study paper in current APA format that focuses on the group’s assigned leadership topic. The paper must include at least 10 sources in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. The paper must be submitted through SafeAssign in addition to being posted to the corresponding Case Study Response Forum (this will be in the general discussion board area).

Leadership Profile (4)

The student will complete 4 Leadership Profiles. For each Leadership Profile, the student will complete the assigned questionnaires, reflect on his/her strengths and weaknesses, and then create an action plan for applying this information. Each Leadership Profile must be at least 300 words and must conform to current APA format.

Leadership Journal (2)

The student will submit 2 Leadership Journal entries. For each entry, the student will answer the assigned questions by providing explanations as well as relevant examples. Each Leadership Journal entry must be 350–400 words and must conform to current APA format.

Research Paper – Leaders from the Bible

The student will write a research-based paper of at least 2,000 words in current APA format that applies the leadership theories from the course to a leader from the Bible. The paper must include at least 8 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Quizzes (2)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 multiple-choice questions, and have a 60-minute time limit.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (2 at 50 pts ea)

100

Group Discussion Board Forum – Case Study

20

Case Study Response Forums (4 at 50 pts ea)

200

Group Case Study Paper

160

Leadership Profile (4 at 40 pts ea)

160

Leadership Journal (2 at 40 pts ea)

80

Research Paper – Leaders from the Bible

180

Quiz 1

(Modules 1–6)

50

Quiz 2

(Modules 7–8)

50

Total

1010

 

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

BUSI 503

Textbooks: Kouzes & Posner, The Leadership Challenge (2017).

Northouse, Leadership: Theory and Practice (2019).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Northouse: chs. 1–2

Bible Readings

1 presentations

1 video

1 website

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

Leadership Profile 1

10

0

50

40

2

Kouzes & Posner: chs. 1–4

Bible Readings

1 presentation

Group Case Study Collaboration Forum

Leadership Journal 1

20

40

3

Northouse: chs. 3–5

Bible Readings

1 presentation

Group Case Study Paper

Leadership Profile 2

160

40

4

Northouse: chs. 6–8

Bible Readings

1 presentation

Case Study Response Forum 1

Leadership Profile 3

50

40

5

Northouse: chs. 9, 12, 14

Bible Readings

1 presentation

Case Study Response Forum 2

Leadership Profile 4

50

40

6

Northouse: chs. 10–11

Bible Readings

1 presentation

Case Study Response Forum 3

Quiz 1

50

50

7

Kouzes & Posner: chs. 5–8

Bible Readings

1 presentation

Case Study Response Forum 4

Research Paper – Leaders from the Bible

50

180

8

Kouzes & Posner: chs. 9–13

Bible Readings

1 presentation

DB Forum 2

Leadership Journal 2

Quiz 2

50

40

50

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Module/Week 1-7 begins on Monday and ends on Sunday at 11:59 p.m. (ET). Modules/Week 8 begin on Monday and end at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.