There are no prerequisites for this course.
BYU Course Outcomes
- Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of the major areas of the psychology of leadership, including leadership as a trait or function; leadership styles (charismatic, transactional, transformational); contingency and situational leadership; ethics and responsibility; influence tactics; teamwork and team-building; motivation and coaching skills; creativity and innovation; communication, negotiation, and conflict resolution; strategic and tactical leadership; leadership development and succession planning.
- Students will learn to apply leadership theory to specific organizational situations.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Gain a thorough understanding of the meaning of leadership and followership
- Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of specific leadership theories
- Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of specific leadership development models
- Examine theories of follower motivation and engagement and their relationship to leadership processes
- Explore one’s own leadership qualities, strengths, and challenges via self assessment tools
- Explore varying contexts where leadership is found and their implications including gender, culture, and situations
- Analyze the ethical implications of leadership and the role of personal responsibility
- Examine the connection between leadership theory and practice in actual leadership situations
- Appreciate the leadership example of Jesus Christ
- Improve your own leadership awareness, ability, and confidence
You will need these materials as you work through the course:
- Northouse, P.G. (2007). Leadership: Theory and Practice (5th ed.). Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications. (The ISBN is 9781412974882.)
- Excerpts from A Summary of Divine-Centered Leadership, BYU Student Leadership Department (you can find a link to this document in lesson 16)
- Kimball, S.W. (1979, August). Jesus: The Perfect Leader. Ensign, 5.
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Approach to the Course
In this course there are several tools available to help you learn the material. I recommend taking the following approach to each lesson in this course:
- Lesson Introduction: First, read the lesson introduction. The lesson introduction will briefly introduce you to the material and set the stage for your learning.
- Pretest: Second, take the pretest to gain exposure to all of the content found in each lesson. By reading and answering each question, you will get a quick survey of the lesson’s material and a feel for how much you already know. In addition, after each question, I have provided detailed feedback that will give you an abridged version of the important material found in the chapter.
- Text: Next, read the chapter in the text associated with each lesson. This will provide detailed explanations for concepts introduced in the Lesson Introduction and Pretest.
- Quizzes: Do the Quizzes! The Quizzes serve three purposes. First, they allow you to judge how well you have learned the material from the text. Second, they serve as a preparation tool for exams. Third, they give you the opportunity to drill on the facts and definitions until you achieve mastery. The following information applies to Quizzes:.
- Quizzes contain as many questions as necessary to thoroughly cover the material from the text.
- Quizzes are not short; most quizzes include about 20–30 questions.
- Quizzes are open book and open note (though the more questions you can answer without having to look in the materials, the better prepared you are).
- There is no time limit on Quizzes.
- You do not need to complete each Quizzes in a single sitting.
- You may take Quizzes as many times as you like; the highest score will be your final grade for that quiz.
- You may take Quizzes at any time before exams.
- The exam questions are taken directly from the Quizzes question pool.
- Case Study: Next, apply what you have learned. Each lesson includes a case study that illustrates the concepts from the chapter and gives you an opportunity to use principles to solve problems or answer questions.
- Self-assessment: Each chapter includes a self-assessment related to the material. Self-assessments provide you with a fantastic opportunity to explore your personality, values, and beliefs in the context of what you are learning.
- Articulation Papers: Finally, articulation papers allow you to formulate your thoughts about the principles you are learning in this class and articulate them. This process helps to internalize the information and give it context. The following information applies to articulation papers.
- Both the case study and the self-assessment from each chapter are the subject of each articulation paper.
- You will dedicate approximately half of each articulation paper to the case study and approximately half to the self-assessment.
- Each case presents a scenario and a few discussion questions. In your articulation paper, answer the questions. Cases typically do not have one right answer, however, some answers are better than other answers and I will be looking for you to explain your point of view and make your points well.
- Self-assessments provide you with a fantastic opportunity to explore your personality, values, and beliefs. After completing the assessments, write what you have learned about yourself and its significance in your articulation paper.
- Articulation papers are more about meaningful introspection and less about covering all the material. Rather than lightly covering all aspects of the cases and evaluations, focus on 2-3 key points and explore them thoroughly.
- The lowest articulation paper score will be dropped. You will submit each paper only once; you may not “retake” them.
- Write 1-2 pages, using 12-point font (Times New Roman), double line spacing, and one-inch margins in your articulation paper.
- Articulation papers are each worth 20 points. I will use this rubric to evaluate them:
||Student attempts to discuss the case but displays a lack of understanding of the principles examined in the case. (3 points)
||Student displays a competent level of understanding of the principles examined in the case. (7 points)
||Student shows an exceptional level of understanding of the principles examined in the case. (8 points)
||Student attempts to indicate personal expoloration but shows a lack of self-discovery and articulation. (3 points)
||Student shows a competent level of self-discovery and articulation. (7 points)
||Student shows an exceptional level of self-discovery and articulation. (8 points)
||Student does not write sufficient amount of information, or does not follow formatting guidelines. Ideas are disjointed and poorly developed. (1 point)
||Student writes the appropriate amount of information and follows formatting guidelines. Spelling, grammar, and sentence structure are sound. Ideas are well formulated and flow smoothly. (3 points)
||Student writes the appropriate amount of information, follows formatting guidelines, and uses exceptional spelling, grammar, and sentence structure. Ideas are easy to follow and meaningful. (4 points)
Submitting Your Articulation Papers
To make sure that I can open and read your paper, please save it as a Word .DOC or .DOCX file.
Use the course number, your first and last name, and the assignment name for the filename. For example, PSYCH358_JaredChapman_Lesson2_AP.docx.
You will complete 15 open-book, computer-graded Quizzes, and 15 writing assignments.
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This course includes two exams, a midcourse exam and a final. Exams serve as a measure of your knowledge of the principles and models described in this course.
- Exams consist of a randomized, randomly selected subset of 100 questions taken from the Quizzes. If you are scoring consistently well on Quizzes, you will likely do well on exams.
- You may take Quizzes as many times as you need to help you prepare for exams; no other study guide will be provided.
- Exams are closed book and closed notes, but do not have a set time limit.
- Exams are proctored.
- Exams are not cumulative.
- Quizzes and the chapter text are the best indicators of exam content.
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Grading for this course consists of three types of gradable events, including Quizzes, papers, and exams. Grading will also incorporate plus and minus designations within the standard University grading scale. These are the percentages:
||Percentage of Course Grade
|Lesson Quizzes (15)
|Articulation Papers (15)
Your letter grade will be based on these percentages:
I am looking forward to seeing your responses and getting to know you!
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