CA490F Professional Learning ExperienceLeadership

for FA 2012

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CA 490 Professional Learning ExperienceLeadership


FA 2012 HOZ


Heckman, Caroline


Adjunct Faculty


ABD-Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, The University of Kansas
MA-College Student Personnel, Western Illinois University
BA-Political Science, Truman State University

Office Hours

MWF 9:30-11:00 & 1:00-3:00

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

August 20, 2012- December 7, 2012

Class Days


Class Time



CA 233

Credit Hours



No textbooks. Readings to be assigned and provided by instructor.

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Course Description:
CA490F; Professional Learning Experience-Leadership: Students will gain extensive leadership experience in organization settings, including nonprofit agencies, government and corporate environments. Student will spend three to six hours each week in these settings working to make meaningful change, while applying leadership theory to practice. Monthly class meetings will provide each student with a forum for processing his or her professional learning experience and relating them to the leadership minor course work. Additional readings and class discussion will help maximize the knowledge and practical skills gained through leadership experience. Because of the nature of the course it is offered in the 16-week format only. Prerequisite: CA233

Class Assessment:

1.     Class attendance, Participation, and Instructor Meeting--               15%

The class will meet four times during the course of the semester for 1.5 hours each session. Students are expected to complete all assigned readings prior to each class session and to participate in thoughtful and meaningful discussion during each class session. Due to the small number of class sessions for this course, more than one absence may constitute grounds for failure of the course. 

Two individual meetings with me: one during the first two weeks of the semester and one during finals week. The first meeting is an opportunity to overview your specific professional experience and the second is to review and evaluate your experience and gain student input into the final grade for the course.

2.     Reflective Journal--                                                                                    25%

Students will maintain a journal over the course of the semester. The journal should reflect on what you are learning about leadership at your field site, and how that relates to concepts of leadership learned in your coursework. The instructor will provide students with ideas on how to maintain a reflective journal as well as questions to answer within the journal as a way of keeping it focused on applications of coursework to a practical setting.

Journals will be turned in each class session. The journal will be a reflective summary of your thoughts, feelings, trepidations, accomplishments, interactions, personal growth, insights, challenges, etc. Journaling is most effective when done on a regular basisA good guideline is to journal after each experience at your professional site, or you might decide to journal after each interaction and allow time at the end of the week to reflect upon the experience to this point. Reflecting on leadership models and ‘theory to practice’ within the field experience should be part of the journal.

3.     On-site Supervisor Evaluation--                                                      10%

The student’s on-site supervisor will be asked to evaluate the student’s performance at the field location. The evaluation will provide feedback to the seminar instructor and the student in the areas of professionalism, communication, decision making, organization, understanding and awareness of cultural and ethical considerations in the field, resourcefulness and ability to execute goals.

4.     Student Evaluation--                                                                                   10%

Students will provide a self-reflective evaluation of their field experience, with specific attention to the experience itself and the degree to which personal learning objectives were met. Students will also be asked to evaluate their accomplishments in the same general areas as the on-site supervisor’s evaluation. 

5.     Final Paper—Core Assessment                                                                  40%

Students will submit a final paper at the conclusion of the field experience. Students will select a leadership model or theory which they think explains (or does not explain) the leadership dynamics in their field experience site. Students will apply their chosen theory to their site, attempting to connect the theory to a practical setting. Students will be asked to use the selected theory to develop ideas for how leadership could be improved or enhanced at their professional experience site.




60 points Attendance, In class participation, and instructor meetings

100 points Reflective Journal

40 points Site Supervisor Evaluation

40 points Student Evaluation

160 points Final Paper-Core Assessment

400 total points available

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Unexcused late material will not be accepted for a grade.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Course Schedule


Topic/Discussion Question

Assignment Due

Week 1 of semester

· Welcome/Introductions

· Course overview

· Why did you choose this professional experience site (or what are your plans for a site if one is not yet chosen), and what do you hope to learn?

·Overview of leadership

minor curriculum covered in CA 2** Intro to Leadership

·Review reading materials from CA233.

Week 5 of semester

· Developing an understanding of the field experience site

· What did you anticipate experiencing at your site, and how does this compare with reality?

· Reading Assignment #1

· Journal

Week 9 of semester

· Learning from the

internship site

· What are you gaining from your internship?

· Reading Assignment #2

· Journal

Week 14 of semester

· What we learned

· If you had to do it over, what would you do differently, if anything?

· Wrap-up

· Reading Assignment #3

· Journal

· Rough Draft of Final Paper due for Peer Review.

·Final Draft due into dropbox by 11:59pm on December 5

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

Disability Guidelines:
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