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LDSP 3000 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

LDSP 3000 - Leadership Development

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course is designed to increase students’ knowledge base about leadership and leadership skills through the review of leadership principles and theories. It also looks over the assessment of leaders in action, and the examination of effective leadership skills.

Course Outcomes:
  1. To provide students the opportunity to enhance their understanding of leadership theories, concepts, contexts, competencies, and practice through engagement and reflection
  2. Students will synthesize ideas and practices into meaningful concepts and theories.
  3. Student will utilize probing questions and wide-ranging discussion to interpret and analyze leadership theory. 
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:


Course Topics:
  • Understand the complexity of the study of leadership · Evaluate and discuss various leadership theories
  • Identify effective leadership practices
  • Assess and enhance skills for effective leadership
  • Define personal leadership 
Specific Course Requirements:

Formatting documents and assignments:

All assignments should be double spaced. Under course expectations there is a link to an example of how to set up your paper for reflective journals and assignments without citations.

If a citation and bibliography is required or necessary for any assignment the student should follow APA style guidelines. 

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:

Additional Leadership Literature forwarded throughout the course.
A list of additional texts will be provided and students will choose one additional book from the list. 

Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

All assignments, projects, and assessments will be administered and submitted online. No proctoring required. 

Grading Procedures:

In each module there are specific instructions about the assignments associated with that module. These details are provided under the Assessments, Reading and Content of each module. The general assignments and assessments are listed below:

Self-Reflection Module Exercises (1 per module 20 pts. each) 100 pts.
Leadership Essays (4 @ 25 pts. each) 100 pts.
Discussion Board Summary Paper 100 pts. 
Self-Reflection Journal 200 pts.
Midterm Exam 200 pts.
Final Exam 300 pts. 

Grading Scale:
895-1000 pointsA
795-894 pointsB
695-794 pointsC
595-694 pointsD
Below 595 pointsF


Assignments and Projects:
  • Modules will be made available for viewing on Mondays. Please check the Calendar and the assignment Drop Box for assignment due dates. Each Module contains lecture notes as well as power point presentation. Both should be viewed.
    • Case Analysis and Reflection Papers: Descriptions of these will be placed under each module.
  • Leadership Portfolio: The description of this assignment can be found under “Course Expectations”
  • You must notify your instructor if you find you cannot submit your assignment(s) by the posted due date. Failure to contact your instructor will result in the grade of zero. It is your responsibility to make the necessary arrangements with the instructor.

Course Organization and Schedule:
Modules with corresponding chapters:

Note: weeks begin on Monday morning 12 a.m. and conclude on Sunday 11:59 p.m. If an assignment is due during a specific week it will be due by Sunday of that week at 11:59 a.m. or earlier, unless otherwise specified in the description of the assignment. 

Note: The “time” within the course is Central Standard Time. 

Class Participation:
  • Students are required to participate in all interactive aspects of the course.
  • Students are expected to communicate with the instructor on a regular basis and check the course discussion board, email and calendar frequently for announcements.
  • Students must actively participate in threaded discussion events.
  • Students must complete all readings and assignments on time. Late assignments are NOT accepted. 
Late Policy:

It is expected that students will review materials and complete assignments in a timely manner. 

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on July 12, 2021