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MSLD 500 : Leadership Foundations in Research

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College of Business (WBUAD)
Leadership Foundations in Research
Students are introduced to several topics that are foundational to the Master of Science in Leadership Program. Topics include: critical thinking, fallacies, digital literacy tools, library research, and writing using the APA style manual. Additionally, students learn qualitative and quantitative research fundamentals and complete an action research project. Students are also introduced to the requirements for the Graduate Capstone ePortfolio.

The goal of this course is to provide a foundation for students to think, research, and communicate effectively about leadership. The course focuses on four areas: developing students as critical thinkers, introducing students to research methods and particularly action research methodology, familiarizing students with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, and introducing students to a process for organizing artifacts for their Graduate Capstone ePortfolios.

Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to:

1. Apply a model for critical thinking within a leadership context.

2. Identify, evaluate, and synthesize scholarly sources of leadership information.

3. Demonstrate mastery of the ability to properly cite and reference sources.

4. Conduct a small-scale action research project based on a leadership-focused topic.

5. Compose a formatted report using the rules provided in the current Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

6. Archive, organize, and label course artifacts for future development into an ePortfolio.

Located on the Daytona Beach Campus, the Jack R. Hunt Library is the primary library for all students of the Worldwide Campus. The Chief Academic Officer strongly recommends that every faculty member, where appropriate, require all students in his or her classes to access the Hunt Library or a comparable college-level local library for research. The results of this research can be used for class projects such as research papers, group discussion, or individual presentations. Students should feel comfortable with using the resources of the library. 

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Brookfield, S. (2008). Developing critical thinkers: Challenging adults to explore alternative ways of thinking and acting. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers. Chartrand, J. M. (2012). Now you're thinking: Change your thinking-- revolutionize your career-- transform your life. Upper Saddle River, NJ: FT Press. Chatham-Carpenter, A., Seawel, L., & Raschig, J. (2009). Avoiding the pitfalls: Current practices and recommendations for ePortfolios in higher education. Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 38(4), 437-456. doi: 10.2190/ET.38.4.e Kirby, G. R., & Goodpaster, J. R. (2007). Thinking: An interdisciplinary approach to critical and creative thought (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall. Greenwood, D. J., & Levin, M. (2007). Introduction to action research: Social research for social change (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA.: Sage Publications. McNiff, J. (2002). Action research for professional development: Concise advice for new action researchers. Retrieved from McNiff, J. (2010). Action research for professional development: Concise advice for new and experienced action researchers (New Revised ed.). Dorset, England: September Books. Paul, R., & Elder, L. (2012). Critical thinking: Tools for taking charge of your learning and your life (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.

Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
Input Grading Item100

Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Written and oral communications, aviation applications of subject matter, and computer skills are emphasized in each course offered throughout the Worldwide Campus.
1. Fallacies overview 2. Critical Thinking Model 3. Critical Thinking Assessment 4. Intellectual Perseverance 5. Action Research Methodology 6. Qualitative Research Methodology Overview 7. Quantitative Research Methodology Overview 8. Literature Review 9. Annotated Bibliography 10. Writing to Current APA Style 11. Scholarly Literature 12. Presentation Design 13. Mind Mapping 14. Journaling / Blogging 15. EPortfolio organization and content system
Dr. Daryl Watkins - 2/19/2015
Dr. Ed Knab - 2/19/2015
Dr. Wayne Harsha - 2/19/2015
Dr. Bobby McMasters - 2/19/2015
1-6 Master of Science in Leadership
1. Core leadership knowledge, competencies, skills, and behaviors. (Foundational)
2. Self-awareness as a leader and a scalable framework to evaluate, assess, and renew leadership competencies. (Personal Transformation and Mastery)
3. The capacities to coach, mentor, and engage the leadership capacities of others to create high-performance teams. (Group Transformation)
4. Tools, techniques, and theories to diagnose organizational issues, plan effective organizational interventions and evaluate the effectiveness of organizational transformation efforts. (Organizational Transformation and Development)
5. Portable ability to apply leadership concepts and practices at different organizational levels and within diverse functional or organizational environments. (Organizational Context)
6. Critical understanding of how to evaluate personal experiences, prior knowledge and coursework, and organizational events within a business and leadership context (Business Administration and Leadership Sense Making)
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