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Course Description:

The Leadership and Professionalism Course is an elective credit course intended to introduce Zewail City students to the basics of Leadership. The students get to review the major Leadership Theories, focusing on the Relational Leadership Model. The students are then taken into a journey of exploring self and others. The course, then, tackles some crucial topics in relation to leadership including: effective communication, group dynamics, decision making, problem-solving, conflict resolution and change. Finally, the LAP course helps students understand their role as change agents who can make a difference in the world around them .

Course Objectives:

By the end of this course, students should be able to:
  1. Identify and demonstrate knowledge of the major leadership theories
  2. Show understanding of the Relational Leadership Model and experiment with it when working in groups or teams
  3. Identify the differences between different personality traits and types
  4. Make use of the basics of communication skills as future leaders
  5. Understand how groups form and work
  6. Develop a good understanding of the decision-making process in relation to leadership
  7. Define problems and find suitable solutions as leaders or as members of groups
  8. Know how to resolve conflicts within groups
  9. Utilize motivation principles in leadership contexts
  10. Understand the nature of change and think of ways to lead change in order to make a difference

Grade Distribution:

  • 2 MCQ Quizzes 20 marks (10*2)
  • Self Profile 10 marks
  • Negotiation and Conflict Management Simulation 25 marks
  • Made to Stick Video 10 marks
  • Awareness project 25 marks
  • Final Reflection Paper 10 marks

Spring 2017 Weekly Plan


Week
Topic
Assessments/Assignments
Week 1
Week 1

Mon. 6/2/17
11:50 - 2:00
  • Orientation
  • Why leadership? + Intro. to Leadership (Truths and Myths)
  • Exploring the Meaning of Leader and Follower

Thurs.
9/2/17
11:50 - 12:50
  • Topic 1: Leadership Theories
a) Great Man Theories
b) Trait Theories
c) Behavioural Theories
  • Weekly Journal 1

Week 2

Mon. 13/2
d) Situational Theories
e) Contingency Theories
f) Reciprocal Theories

Thurs. 16/2
g) Relational Theories
  • The Relational Leadership Model
Being Purposeful (a)
Being Inclusive (b)
  • Weekly Journal 2
  • Leadership Theories Paper (due 23/2)

Week 3

Mon. 20/2
Being Empowering (c)
Being Ethical (d)
Being Process Oriented (e)
  • Quiz 1: Leadership Theories (In-Class)
Thurs. 23/2
  • Topic 2: Understanding yourself and Understanding Others
a) Personality Models
  • Weekly Journal 3

Week 4

Mon. 27/2
b) Disc Profile

Thurs. 2/3
c) Identifying your Strengths, Talents and Weaknesses
d) Your Values, Beliefs, Ethics, and Character
e) Identity
  • Weekly Journal 4
  • Self Profile Assignment (due 9/3)

Week 5

Mon. 6/3
  • Topic 3: Leadership and Communication
  1. Made to Stick
  • Made to Stick Video (due 20/3)
Thurs. 9/3
b) Basics of effective communication
c) Barriers to communication
  • Weekly Journal 5

Week 6

Mon. 13/3
d) The art of listening
e) Giving feedback
f) Dealing with stressful situations

Thurs. 16/3
g) Giving great presentations
  • Quiz 2: Personality Traits (In-Class)
  • Leadership Presentations (Due 27/3)
  • Weekly Journal 6

Week 7

Mon. 20/3
  • Topic 4: Leadership and Group Dynamics
a) Understanding Groups and group development
b) Group Dynamics and Group Roles

Thurs. 23/3
  • Topic 5: Group Decision Making and Groupthink
  • Weekly Journal 7

Week 8

Mon. 27/3
  • Presentations

Thurs. 30/3
  • Presentations
  • Weekly Journal 8

Week 9

Mon. 3/4
  • Topic 6: Negotiations and Conflict Management
  • Conflict Management Simulation (due 13/4)
Thurs. 6/4
  • Negotiations and Conflict Management Cont.
  • Weekly Journal 9

Week 10

Mon. 10/4
  • Topic 7: Leadership and Motivation
  • Awareness Campaign
  • Awareness Campaign (due week 13)
Thurs. 13/4
  • Conflict Management Simulation


Spring Break 16-20/4/2017
  • Weekly Journal 10

Week 11
Week 11

Mon. 24/4
  • Topic 8: Leadership and Innovation

Thurs.27/4
Feedback before the campaign week
  • Weekly Journal 11
Week 12
Mon.1/5 Labour Day
Week 12

Thurs. 4/5
  • Topic 9: Leadership and Change
  • Weekly Journal 12
Week 13
Week 13

Mon. 8/5
Thurs. 11/5
Campaign Week
  • Campaign - Peer Review

Week 14
Week 14

Mon. 15/5
Reflection Time
Final Reflection Paper
Thurs. 21/5
Thurs. 18/5



Assessment Plan:
  • 2 MCQ Quizzes: 20 marks (10 marks each)
  • Leadership Theories Paper (5 marks)
  • Self Profile:5 marks
  • Presentation: 10 marks
  • Made to Stick Video: 10 marks
  • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Simulation 15 marks
  • Awareness Campaign Project: 25 marks
  • Final Reflection Paper 10 (4+6) marks





















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