Students challenging MDS 410 come from a variety of experiential backgrounds, including HR, law enforcement, food service, industry, military, education, and nonprofit administration, to name just a few. It’s a versatile course that embraces a lot of different leadership styles, so many experiential learning backgrounds apply.
Typically, students have success in this challenge when they’ve been in leadership roles for a number of years, and especially when they have put in self-study and professional development to become good leaders.
What this course is (and is not) about
Case Studies in Leadership leads students through an in-depth study of different types of leadership. It uses case studies of well-known leaders to illustrate and illuminate leadership styles and put those styles in context with each other. It leads students through theoretical understandings of leadership, and it asks students to reflect on their own leadership style based on the case studies and readings in leadership theory. In other words, the course combines academic theory and real-world examples to help students understand their leadership style so they can grow as leaders after the class.
The course is not a step-by-step guide to becoming a leader for someone with little to no experience in managerial or leadership positions. It’s not just a self-reflection on your leadership experiences. It’s not purely a study of famous leaders.
To do well in this challenge, students weave academic terminology and theory from the textbook and other resources into their own stories about leadership experiences. They also link their artifacts in the Supporting Documentation to the Course Outcomes very clearly.
While the above is intended to help guide you through thinking about the course and how to frame your experience to challenge it, what follows below is the official language from the MDS 410 syllabus. You need to address the following course outcomes, and if the reviewers request an interview, be ready with answers to the questions below.
Use these Course Objectives to shape your Learning Narrative and help you in selecting and requesting Supporting Documentation. You may also think of sections to add to your PLA resume by using these Outcomes as a guide.
Case Studies in Leadership introduces and analyzes effective leadership styles. Leadership practices and models are applied to case studies. Through various forms of reading, writing, presentations, video and/or multi-media, students will apply theories to assess their own leadership style and identify styles of popular companies/people. Completion of LEAD 325 is recommended. PREREQ: Admitted to MDS or BAS program or declared a leadership certificate with upper-division standing or PERM/INST.
|● Assess the current status of your personal leadership practice inventory and identify areas to improve using application in real-world situations.
● Utilize research perspectives on leadership to analyze traits, behaviors, and relationships that leaders possess.
● Learn how leaders shape organizational culture and values and how a leader facilitates change.
● Utilize the language of leadership as described by Kouzes and Posner. This shared language will support your analysis.
|● Utilize journaling as a writing tool to impact your leadership practice.
● Understand and communicate what it means to be a leader.
● Use your own experiences to articulate the validity of current and past leadership research.
● Evaluate and implement effective and respectful communication strategies using written, verbal, electronic, and other appropriate technologies.
● Gather academically substantive information to support analysis of leadership practices in the language of Kouzes and Posner.
|● Understand and communicate what it means to be an exemplary leader.
● Evaluate and implement effective and respectful communication strategies using verbal, electronic, and other appropriate technologies.
● Demonstrate effective oral communication skills.
● Demonstrate critical thinking by applying what you’ve learned to personal experience and your leadership goals.
MDS 410 Demonstration of Learning Questions
|What artifact(s) can you provide to demonstrate your experience in the content of this course?|
|How are your personal leadership practices related to your personal and professional goals?|
|Tell me about different types of leadership styles you know of.|
|Tell me about opportunities you’ve had to intentionally practice leadership skills.|
|Tell me about leaders or role models who have informed your leadership practice.|
|Describe how technology skills and research techniques enhance one another. Provide me with a few specific examples of this relationship?|