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Course Syllabus
Course Syllabus
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 4

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3 Credit Hours



Sidney Carter, Ed.D. Professor

Langston University

4205 N. Lincoln Boulevard

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105



Office Phone (405) 962 1620

Home Phone (405) 722 2506

Fax (405) 962 1621



Professor’s Phone (405) 962 1633

Professor’s e-mail





Foundations of Organizational Leadership and Personal Development.  Gardner, John; Jewler, A. Jerome; Barefoot, Betsy; Daft, Richard and Krause, Dr. Lois, Thomason 2008, ISBN; 0-49542648-6;;  WebCt  0495430250




This course is an introduction to the Organizational Leadership Bachelor of Science Program.  Essential components will include; overview of program expectations; principles of adult learning and leadership; resources for success including library, campus, online resources and mentoring relationships; personal wellness/stress and time management techniques; study and test-taking skills and basic computer skills for working in an online environment.








Oklahoma Competencies:



The following participation, exams discussions and assignments will meet all COMPETENCIES/STANDARDS/GOALS of this class.


Written Research/Oral Presentation:  The research paper will be submitted with correct grammar in Work format.  The paper must also be in proper APA format and readable font (12 pt.).  The paper will be graded on completeness, content focus, written presentation, and presentation.  In-dept instructions for completing the research paper is included in this syllabus under title Research Project Rubic Total Point = 100 points.


TOPIC ORGANIZATIONS:  Wal Mart, Home Depot, Microsoft, Cox Communications, Board of Veterans Appeals, Target, Wendy’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, or any other topic we discuss during the Course (Learning Strategies, Critical Thinking, Leadership Styles, Note Taking, Effective Speaking/ Writing, etc).


Exams:  Two timed, online, or in class open book exams will be given during the course of the semester.  The exams, worth 100 points each, will consist of true / false, multiple choice, and/or short answer questions.  (A maximum of 200 points can be acquired if both tests are taken).  70 minutes limit on each exam.  


End Chapter Assignment/Participation:  A minimum of three end of Chapter Assignment/Participations will be required during the course of the semester.  The exercises worth 25 points will consist of group and individual work.  Please refer to End Chapter Assignment/Participation rubic for additional grading details.  Total points = 25 points.


Participation:  These points will come from your Class participation and end Chapter assignments.  Total Points = 25 points. 


EVALUATION AND GRADING: Grade in Course will be based on the following


             Mid- Term Exam                                          100

             Final Exam                                                    100

             Research Paper                                              100

             End Chapter Assignments/Participation           

             Presentation of Research Paper    25/75        100 



Your grades are based on a grading scale with point breakdown listed below.


              360-400 points = A

              320-359 points = B

              280-319 points = C

              240-279 points = D              239 points and Below = F



Any student needing academic accommodations for a physical, mental or learning disability should contact the Dean of Student Services personally, within the first two weeks of the semester so that appropriate accommodations may be made.




Langston University, a land grant historically Black institution of higher learning, will continue its rich tradition of developing leaders from a diverse, multi-cultural student body through excellent teaching, research, community service and public and private sector partnerships.  As Langston University moves from Excellence to Greatness, it will be recognized for providing solutions to problems facing underserved populations in Oklahoma the nation, and the world.




1. Strong work and dedication

2. Passion for learning

3. Courage to have exemplary character

4. Excellence

5. Scholarly innovation and a commitment to scholarship

6. Appreciation of difference

7. Fiscal Accountability

8. Social responsibility

9. Commitment to fundamental human rights




Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated.  Any student caught cheating will receive a zero for that exam/paper and/or risk receiving an F for the assignment/course.  Plagiarism is defined as the use without proper acknowledgment of the ideas, phrases sentences or larger units of discourse taken from the work of another writer or speaker.


The American Heritage Dictionary defines plagiarism as “to steal and use  (the ideas of writing of another) as one’s own”.  In standard academic practices, this means if you copy any more than three consecutive works, written or spoken by another you must acknowledge the source of these works using a footnote and by either enclosing the words in quotation marks, or (if a longer quotation) uniformly indenting and single spacing the material, Correct citation method is APA style.




The following will apply too cases of academic dishonesty.   The instructor ordinarily has final authority over the grades given to students or the lowering of grades because of cheating or plagiarism.  If it is established by clear and convincing evidence that cheating or plagiarism has occurred.

  1. The instructor will take appropriate academic disciplinary action which may include the awarding of an “F” on the particular assignment or in the course
  2. The instructor will make a report of the incident and of action taken, if any, to the departmental chair, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Student Affairs, and the student.
  3. The Student Disciplinary committee may review the incident and impose conduct discipline, including probation and suspension.
  4. The student may, if he/she so desires, discuss the matter with the Student Disciplinary Committee and/or the Student Judicial Court.




All electronic devices (e.g. cell phones, pagers, palm pilots, beeper watches) are considered unnecessary distractions and are to be turned off and (with the exceptions of watches) concealed during that time.  Thus interacting with these devices during class will not be tolerated.  Instructor may make exceptions for instructional purposes.  A student who anticipates an emergency and expects to be contacted in class by an outside source must go directly through the emergency dispatch system identified on each of the respective campuses.  The emergency dispatcher will take the message and deliver it to the instructor. 


A student who fails to comply with this policy will be initially dismissed from the class and (per the Instructor’s discretion) may be counted absent.  Points may be deducted for work missed during that time.  A student who violates this policy a second time will be dropped from the course for disruptive behavior.  A student whose electronic device is activated during an exam will be dismissed from the class and denied the opportunity to complete or take that exam.  An instructor may elect not to grad that exam.




Langston University, in compliance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964, Executive Order 11246 as amended, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other federal laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age religion, handicap or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices or procedures.  This includes, but is not limited to admissions, employment, financial aid and educational services.



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Foundations of Leadership Research Project Rubic


Project Introduction & Thesis  2 % of the paper grade

  • Introduction brief with a thesis introduction to the rest of the project
  • Thesis should present how your research will be presented in a logical and organized manner


Research Topic Information  -  2 % of the paper grade

The paper should identifies/formulates, any problems, issues and trends for industry or  research company(s).

  • Accurately presents industry or requested company(s) History information and viewpoints
  • Has solid Leadership information with supporting evidence

The Development of the paper

  • Builds ideas on one another; the connection between ideas should be smooth.
  • Connect sentences & paragraphs logically with one another.

Support of the paper’s thesis

  • Offers substantial proof of the thesis in an orderly way.
  • Uses Leadership research and text book information to support the logical progression of ideas presented.


Readability  -  5% of the paper

The Introduction

  • Indicates how the paper is organized (thesis)

The body

  • Contains a complete presentation of information, discussion and support.

Each paragraph

  • Includes a topic sentence & develops one main idea
  • Develop paragraphs fully, 1-3 lines rarely make a paragraph.

The conclusion

  • Recaps the thesis statement and the paper’s main point
  • Presents a closing statement of the writer’s position.


Organization – 5% of the paper grade

The entire composition

  • Is logically organized


Grammar/Spelling/Mechanics – 5% of the paper

  • Is concise and free of grammatical mistakes


Format – 5% of the paper

  • Paper and bibliography set up in APA style
  • Integrate quoted material according to accepted form.

Oral Presentation – 75% of the paper grade

  • See Oral Presentation Rubic for additional information

Foundations of Leadership – Oral Presentation Rubic


Name________________________________                   Date_____________________





                                      Project Introduction             ______________________________


                                      Thesis                                   ______________________________




                                     History/current trends           ______________________________


                                     Discussion                             ______________________________                                                                                                  


                                     Support                                 ______________________________


                                     Thesis Proof                          ______________________________



                                      Sum presentation                  ______________________________



                                      O & A                                  ______________________________




                                     Business attire                       ______________________________



                                     Professional                           ______________________________


                                     Logical flow                          ______________________________


                                     Use note cards                       ______________________________


                                     Use Presentation                    ______________________________








Foundation of Leadership – End Chapter Assignment/Participation Rubric


End Chapter Assignment Participation: End Chapter Assignment participation is an important component of your educational experience.  Superior participation grades will be given to active students, those that exchange ideas in a thoughtful manner that reflect preparation as well as personal opinions, while exercising the courtesies due others. 


Your active participation is absolutely essential to your learning process.  You will be evaluated on criteria such as the following: (a) evidence of having read/understood the material, (b), attempts to relate text or lecture ideas on a personal level.


The purpose of the End Chapter Assignment is to provide you with interaction with your fellow classmates.   Read the questions, short assignment, exercise or case study; read what the text or lectures has to say about the topic, and then provide an answer based on the text, other sources you might use and your opinion.  I encourage you to add your opinion, but the overriding emphasis should be on what the text or other professional sources state.  Keep in mind that many of the questions have no absolute right or wrong answer, but you do need to explain your position in such a way as to convince readers that your position is valid.   Answer to the end chapter questions should be well thought-out.  In other words, everyone should participate in the formulation of your answers.



Since this is a subjective evaluation, I do not pin down the exact number of End Chapter Assignment/Exercises you will be asked to complete or participate in. and length per Exercise, but you should expect to complete at a minimum three exercises during this course.  However, just answering the End Chapter Assignment/Exercise Questions(s) and not interacting substantively will not earn you full credit for this portion of your course grade.


















End Chapter Assignment/Participation is worth 25 pts.  You will be evaluated on.



Requirements                   Excellent        Good           Fair               Poor           Fail  


Did discussion


Relate to reading



Support answers

With correct URLs,

Calculations, figures

&/or graphs

Analysis, discussion

& conclusions

Shown and correct

Response follows

English grammar

And spelling rules


Intelligently to an

Adequate amount of

Classmate’s postings                                                                                                                             

Total points                       25-20           19-15           14-12            11-10        10 pts             





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