CA504 SpecTps in CommArts/Leadership:

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CA 504 SpecTps:  Public Leadership Initiative


S1P 2013 MC


Dr. Joan E. Aitken


Professor, Arts and Communication


BA Communication Theory
MA Curriculum & Leadership;  MA Speech
EdD Higher Education & Communication

Office Location

Distance (Eastern time)

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone

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Class Days

Online only

Class Time




Credit Hours


Textbook, Schedule, and Reading Assignments

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Course Description:


Public Leadership Initiative (Spring 1 and Fall 1)

This course is designed to help students who need a particular required course for graduation, but are unable to take the course during the regular offering, so they need take the course as an independent study. The purpose of this course is to provide you with a structured, yet independent, approach to learning knowledge, skills, and values required in the Master of Arts in Communication Leadership (MACL) program.

You can take this course twice, if you enroll in CA504 with different names. You can use Public Leadership Initiative to waive ONE required course and Public Relations Initiative to waive ONE required course, for a total of two courses in the two semesters leading to graduation (CA 501, 505, 516, 517, 520, 529, 670). Both courses are called "initiative" because in many ways this is an independent study course, which requires significant student initiative.


This group approach has advantages over typical face-to-face independent courses, particularly for online distance learning students.

  1. By grouping students in different courses, you can have discussions about course content with other students and bounce ideas off an audience.

  2. Your weekly dropbox assignment will be fundamentally the same for all students, so you practice some pragmatic public relations skills that you can use in your employment.

  3. You also have the advantage of a structured course that operates like other online courses, so you know what to expect.

  4. Because the materials are drawn together, you can access content for all 8 weeks directly on the Internet via this page

  5. By having all independent study students together, your professor can approach teaching as she would in one of the MACL required courses.

  6. You will be treated like a student in a regular online course, with clear expectations about what you need to do each week for assignments.

You can only receive a required course waiver (course substitution credit) from the Program Director, Dr. Noe. So you will need to receive his approval BEFORE enrolling in the course. Then, week 8, send Dr. Noe your formal written request for the substitution credit waiving the specific required course (make sure you attach your core assessment proving you've meet the specific courses' learning objectives).

Class Assessment:

Core Assessment

Dropbox Weekly Assignments for Public Leadership Initiative




Late Submission of Course Materials:

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

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 2012-2013 Graduate Catalog Page 21-22


Plagiarism is 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 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 21

Attendance Policy:

Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools. Park University 2012-2013 Graduate Catalog Page 26

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: .


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