Course Details

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Fall 2017
Dillard College of Business Administration
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MWF 10:00-10:50am

Dr. Tina Johnson PhD (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

This course is designed to introduce students to leadership concepts and develop an increased awareness of individual interests and abilities. It relies heavily on student involvement and is designed to encourage challenging and stimulating student interaction. The theory and history of leadership as well as the conceptual skills required by leaders, including team building, collaboration, innovation, conflict resolution, communications, and problem solving are emphasized.   

            This course is titled “Leadership,” which can be viewed as the overarching theme of the course.  There is no required book, but there will be reading assignments will be made as the semester unfolds.

You will hear presentations from faculty members representing 10 different academic departments.  Each faculty member will discuss some aspect of Leadership from the perspective of the faculty member’s academic discipline.  The faculty presentations will begin the third week of class. 

In addition to studying Leadership, we’ll spend some time scattered throughout the semester focused on your transition to the University and into the Honors Program.  This will involve your completion of a personality inventory.

Grading Standards

Grades:          Your grade will be based on several items.

                        Three in-class Reflections*                                                     30%     9/25, 10/20, 11/20

                        Term Paper Abstract                                                               10%     11/10

                        Participation                                                                            10%     9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/6,

                                    (includes Readings/Campus Improvement)                            10/16, 11/8, 12/6

                        Term Paper                                                                              25%     12/06

                        Oral Presentation (and abstract)                                             25%     11/3, 11/29, 12/1, 12/4

*Your lowest Reflections grade will be replaced by the average of the other two.

Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

            Class Participation: Please come to class, and please arrive on time.  If you need to miss a class, arrive late, or leave early you should notify me in a timely fashion.  Attendance doesn’t directly count in your grade, but there are invariably students on the boundary between one letter grade and the next lower letter grade.  Attendance will be one of the deciding factors in those cases.  Starting with your 5th absence, you will write a 500 word essay on what took place during the last class meeting that you attended.  If this happens, you will be given approximately one week to write your essay.  Failure to turn in an assigned absence essay of sufficient quality in a timely fashion will result in the loss of one letter grade at the end of the semester.  With timely notification, it is possible for certain absences to not be included in this condition.  For example, participation in field trips for another class, missing class because of a music performance, or missing class because you are a varsity athlete attending a game. In addition, we will complete exercises, discussions and activities for which you will be graded on your in-class participation.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at