PA562 Administrative Leadership

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PA 562 Administrative Leadership


S2P 2010 GSD


Nesbitt, Jack


Senior Instructor/Adjunct Faculty


MA in Public Admin, Penn State

Daytime Phone

(816) 356-7272


Semester Dates

15 March-8 May 2010

Class Days

Monday evenings

Class Time

5:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Credit Hours



Author: Kouzes and Posner Title: The Leadership Challenge Edition: 4th Publisher: Jossey-Bass
ISBN: 978-0-7879-8492-2 (paper)

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Have access to a style manual for use in writing academic papers.  One I like is: Author:  Turabian, Kate L. Title:  A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. Edition:  6th edition. ISBN#:  0-226-81627-3 paper.

Bill Gilbert, This City, This Man: The Cookingham Era in Kansas City, ICMA, 1978 (out of print).  Most area libraries have copies.  

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information

Course Description:
Discusses leadership in organizations, problem solving techniques and communication, coordination, and human relation skills required for managerial success. Topics covered include principles and practices of management functions such as planning, organizing, motivating, and controlling.

Educational Philosophy:
We learn about leadership by observing the practices of leaders.  The class will use written material, films and examples of contemporary leaders to make these observations.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the complexities of leadership in organizations, and how leadership may be similar and different in public organizations, private firms, and nonprofits organizations
  2. Compare and contrast leadership, management and supervision
  3. List the Five Practices of Leadership devised by James Kouzes and Barry Posner, and provide examples of each
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the distinctions between leaders and managers, and between leaders and celebrities
  5. Describe what leaders do in organizations.
  6. Develop a focused view of leadership.
  7. Describe the role of credibility and vision in successful leadership
  8. Demonstrate knowledge of successful contemporary leaders and their practices.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe the complexities of leadership in organizations.
  2. Compare leadership, management and supervision, detailing what distinguishes one from the others.
  3. Distinguish between leaders and managers, and leaders and celebrities.
  4. Describe the role of credibility and vision in successful leadership.
  5. Present a critical analysis of the practices of contemporary leaders.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
The term grade will be based on points earned from written assignments:  leadership film reports, leadership research papers and a written final exam.


100 Points Distributed as Follows:
10 Pts, Answers to Questions on Kouzes and Posner(Week 1)
10 Pts, Answers to Questions on Kouzes and Posner (Week 2)
10 Pts, Leadership Film Report (Week 3)
10 Pts, Leadership Film Report (Week 4)
15 Pts, L. Perry Cookingham Assignment (Week 5)
25 Pts, Research Paper (Week 7)
20 Pts, Final Exam (Week 8) .
A = 91+ points
B = 81-90 points
C = 71-80 points
D = 61-70 points
Failure to complete the final exam in a timely fashion automatically means a grade of F in the course.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Plan ahead.  I deduct 20% of the assignment point value for each day of tardiness.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Be professional.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week Assignment
1 Answers to Questions on Kouzes and Posner (Week 1)
2 Answers to Questions on Kouzes and Posner (Week 2)
3 Leadership Film Report (Week 3)
4 Leadership Film Report (Week 4)
5 L. Perry Cookingham Assignment (Week 5)
6 Research Week
7 Research Paper (Week 7)
8 Final Exam (Week 8)

Academic Honesty:
As a learning community, the University upholds the highest standards of academic integrity in all its academic activities, by faculty, staff, administrators and students. Academic integrity involves much more than respecting intellectual property rights. It lies at the heart of learning, creativity, and the core values of the University. Those who learn, teach, write, publish, present, or exhibit creative works are advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of academic integrity and make every effort to avoid possible offenses against it, knowingly or unknowingly. Park University 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 31


Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct.  Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 31-32

Attendance Policy:

Professors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences for two successive weeks, without approved excuse, will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Executive Director for the Graduate School, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 35
Always provide me with advance information on an upcoming class absence.  Email is fine.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .

4.  MPA Policy - Academic Honesty,doc.

MPA Student Writing November 2006

3.1 PA 562 Leadership Research Paper Writing.doc

1.5 Sample Cover Page.doc

9.  Mike Wallace video.doc

6.2a  Leadership Film Assignments

6.0  K&P Questions for Weeks 1 and 2

L. P. Cookingham Assignment

L. P. Cookingham Assignment


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