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OEL 501: Learning Community (Graduate Level)

Course Description

This course will focus on establishing collaborative learning environments within an organization, including those in a global community. This course presents an analysis of the various leadership styles, focuses on the theoretical constructs for learning organization, and explor issues like diversity and moral and ethical dilemmas in leadership at the various organizational levels (individual, group, and organizational). This course provides students in a leadership role an opportunity to analyze, reflect on, and apply organizational principles, as well as other behaviors necessary to develop a learning organization. This is the first course to be taken by students enrolled in the Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership major. (3 credits)

Prerequisite

  • Formal admission into the Master’s in Organizational Effectiveness & Leadership program.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Apply various learning community theories and models to organizational dilemmas.
  2. Assess the influences of diversity on a learning community from interpersonal, group, and organizational behavior perspectives in making organizational decisions.
  3. Evaluate various leadership types and analyze the influences of leadership styles on the organization at various levels (individual, group, and organizational).
  4. Formulate a learning community based on the various theoretical characteristics.
  5. Assess the various pros and cons related to formulating a learning community.

Applicable Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

1. Assess and design learning communities in organizations.
2. Evaluate and formulate an individual leadership style.
3. Develop professional communication skills.
7. Design and implement organizational change processes.
8. Create strategies to support intercultural/global inter-relationships.
9. Develop strategies that support the advancement of organization's vision and mission.
13.Conduct research utilizing online sources and databases and write research papers that analyze and synthesize information and data gathered.

 

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Points

Discussion Questions (Non-Gradable): 1 Discussion Question @ 0 points each

0

Discussion Questions: 10 Discussion Questions @ 30 points each

300

Short Research Papers: 3 @ 100 points each

300

Application Papers: 2 @ 200 points each

400

Total Points

1,000

Required Textbooks

(Available through our https://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/vbm/vb_home.php?FVCUSNO=35478)

  • Northouse, Peter G. Leadership: Theory & Practice. 8th ed. Sage Publishing, 2019. ISBN-13: 978-1-5063-6231-1
  • Senge, Peter M. The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization. REV 06. Currency Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-0-385-51725-6

Supplemental Required Readings / Resources

  • Links to the supplemental readings and articles are provided in the course shells.

Course Schedule

Week

PLOs

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1

1

Topic: Introduction to the Learning Organization

  • Readings:
    • The Fifth Discipline - Part I & Part II (Pages 3-128)
    • Supplemental Reading - Chris Argyris: Theories of action, double-loop learning and organizational learning
  • Review Course Policies
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Discussion Question 1 (Non-gradable)
  • Gradable Assignment # 1: Discussion Question 2 (Gradable)

2

1

1

Topic: Disciplines of the Learning Organization

  • Readings:
    • The Fifth Discipline - Part III (Pages 129-257)
    • Supplemental Reading - Tseng: The Relationship Between Organizational Learning Practices and the Learning Organization
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Gradable Assignment # 2: Discussion Question 3
  • Gradable Assignment # 3: Short Research Paper # 1

3

1

1

Topic: Application of the Learning Organization

  • Readings:
    • The Fifth Discipline - Parts IV & V (Pages 258-382)
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Gradable Assignment # 4: Discussion Question 4
  • Gradable Assignment # 5: Discussion Question 5
  • Begin work on Application Paper # 1 due in Week 4

4

1,2,3,7,9

1,3,4

Topics: Leadership Traits, Skills & Behaviors

  • Readings:
    • Leadership - Chapter 2 Trait Approach
    • Leadership - Chapter 3 Skills Approach
    • Leadership - Chapter 4 Behavioral Approach
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Gradable Assignment # 6: Discussion Question 6
  • Gradable Assignment # 7: Application Paper # 1

5

1,2,8

2,3

Topic: Organizational Culture

  • Readings:
    • Leadership - Chapter 15 Gender & Leadership
    • Leadership - Chapter 16 Culture & Leadership
    • Supplemental Reading - Schein: Organizational Culture
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Gradable Assignment # 8: Discussion Question 7
  • Gradable Assignment # 9: Short Research Paper # 2

6

2

3

Topics: Leadership Approaches- Situational Approach & Path-Goal Theory

  • Readings:
    • Leadership - Chapter 5 Situational Approach
    • Leadership - Chapter 6 Path-Goal Theory
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Gradable Assignment # 10: Discussion Question 8
  • Gradable Assignment # 11: Short Research Paper # 3
  • Begin work on Application Paper # 2 due in Week 8

7

2

3

Topics: Leadership Approaches - Transformational, Authentic, & Servant Leadership

  • Readings:
    • Leadership - Chapter 8 Transformational Leadership
    • Leadership - Chapter 9 Authentic Leadership
    • Leadership - Chapter 10 Servant Leadership
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Gradable Assignment # 12: Discussion Question 9
  • Gradable Assignment # 13: Discussion Question 10
  • Continue work on Application Paper # 2 due in Week 8

8

1-3, 7-9, 13

1-5

Topics: Ethics & Course Wrap-up

  • Readings:
    • Leadership - Chapter 12 Followership
    • Leadership - Chapter 13 Leadership Ethics
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Gradable Assignment # 14: Discussion Question 11
  • Gradable Assignment # 15: Application Paper # 2
  • Complete Course Evaluation

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Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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