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©2016 ===Professor Rahul Chauhan ===All rights reserved. 1 Course Syllabus MGT 6345: Seminar in Leadership Professor: Rahul Chauhan, PhD Fall 2016 Class Days/Times/Location: Online Office Location: CC 228B Office Hours: Tuesday/Wednesday from 2pm-6pm and Thursday from 12pm-4pm Office Phone: 806-651-4001 Email: rchauhan@wtamu.edu Social Media: Keep up with the latest happenings of your COB on Facebook: www.facebook.com/wtamucob and Twitter, #WTAMUCOB Terms of Use A student's continued enrollment in this course signifies acknowledgment of and agreement with the statements, disclaimers, policies, and procedures outlined within this syllabus and elsewhere in the WTClass environment. This Syllabus is a dynamic document. Elements of the course structure (e.g., dates and topics covered, but not policies) may be changed at the discretion of the professor. WTAMU College of Business Mission Statement The mission of the College of Business is to provide high quality undergraduate and graduate business education with a global perspective and ethical awareness. We accomplish this through emphasis on excellence in teaching, which is strengthened by faculty scholarship and supported by professional service. Learning Objectives of the WTAMU College of Business Programs The College of Business (COB) at West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) seeks to prepare students in the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Professional Accounting (MPA), and the Master of Science, Finance and Economics (MSFE) degree programs for careers in business and to foster their professional growth and advancement via key learning goals and objectives. The learning objectives of the College of Business are as follows: Leadership Communication Critical Thinking Business Integration Core Business Knowledge Global Business Environment Business Ethics and Corporate Governance
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Course Syllabus

MGT 6345: Seminar in Leadership

Professor: Rahul Chauhan, PhD

Fall 2016

Class Days/Times/Location: Online

Office Location: CC 228B

Office Hours: Tuesday/Wednesday from 2pm-6pm and Thursday from 12pm-4pm

Office Phone: 806-651-4001

Email: rchauhan@wtamu.edu

Social Media: Keep up with the latest happenings of your COB on Facebook:

www.facebook.com/wtamucob and Twitter, #WTAMUCOB

Terms of Use

A student's continued enrollment in this course signifies acknowledgment of and agreement with the

statements, disclaimers, policies, and procedures outlined within this syllabus and elsewhere in the

WTClass environment. This Syllabus is a dynamic document. Elements of the course structure (e.g., dates

and topics covered, but not policies) may be changed at the discretion of the professor.

WTAMU College of Business Mission Statement

The mission of the College of Business is to provide high quality undergraduate and graduate business

education with a global perspective and ethical awareness. We accomplish this through emphasis on

excellence in teaching, which is strengthened by faculty scholarship and supported by professional

service.

Learning Objectives of the WTAMU College of Business Programs

The College of Business (COB) at West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) seeks to prepare students in

the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of

Professional Accounting (MPA), and the Master of Science, Finance and Economics (MSFE) degree

programs for careers in business and to foster their professional growth and advancement via key learning

goals and objectives.

The learning objectives of the College of Business are as follows:

Leadership

Communication

Critical Thinking

Business Integration

Core Business Knowledge

Global Business Environment

Business Ethics and Corporate Governance

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Course Description

MGT 6345: Seminar in Leadership

This course is designed as a series of lectures, activities, directed readings, and applied projects that focus

on key issues in leadership underlying leadership in government, industry, and society. Throughout the

course, we will cover a variety of approaches to leadership and management, examining topics such as

leadership skills, leading changes in organizations, leader-follower relationships, and leadership tactics.

This course will take the theoretical aspects of leadership and relate them to real situations.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should:

1. Possess the ability to identify and critique leadership styles based on various theories discussed,

including the ability to evaluate the ethical implications of leadership decisions

2. Understand the strengths and weaknesses of various leadership styles based on context including

the cultural environment in which leaders operate.

3. Gain an understanding of what makes a good leader

4. Learn about leader-follower relationships

5. Identify dysfunctional organizations and propose strategies for change

6. Design a personal model of leadership and identify strengths and weaknesses associated with

individual leadership style

7. Propose leadership interventions in the case of dysfunctional or irrational individuals and/or

organizations, including developing effective goal-setting plans for yourself and for other people.

8. Refine communication of ideas, writing, and critical thinking skills, engaging in effective self

leadership

Course Materials

Mandatory: Northouse, P. G. (2016). Leadership: Theory and Practice (7th ed.) Thousand Oaks, CA:

Sage Publications, Inc. ISBN: 978-1483317533

Map from COB Learning Objectives to Specific Course Objectives

Course Learning Objective Maps to COB Learning Goals

1 1, 3, 4, 5, 7

2 1, 4, 5, 6

3 1, 5

4 1, 2

5 7

6 1, 3, 4

7 1, 2

8 1, 2

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Course Grading Policies

The final grade will be determined as follows:

Assignment Description Value Due Date

Discussion Posts Post an original response to the prompt for each chapter and reply to at least one other students post

20 points per chapter 20 x 10 Chapters = 200

points total

200 points

Original Post due by Saturday before 11pm,

Reply Post due by Monday before 11pm

CST

Assignment Varies weekly 50 points per chapter 50 x 10 Chapters = 500

points total

500 points Due by Monday before 11pm CST

Mid-term Exam An exam covering approximately half of the course’s content

One mid-term exam worth a total of 100

points

100 points Opens Friday at 12am (10/7), Closes the following Monday

(10/10) at 11pm CST

Comprehensive Final Exam

A comprehensive final exam covering the content of this course

One comprehensive final exam worth a total

of 200 total points

200 points Opens Friday (11/18) at 12am and Closes Monday (11/21) at

11pm CST

Total

Every 10 points are equal to 1% of your total (and final) grade in this course

1000 possible points

Extra Credit Varies Varies Varies

Course Delivery This course is conducted completely online (including tests). I am well aware that many of you are

working adults with real lives both within and outside of the workplace and that this class is only one

component of that. For this reason, I have made the class very straightforward and repetitive in terms of

due dates, assignment types, etc. Assignments and activities will be listed on the course website on the

WTClass course management system. It is important that you keep up with this class (i.e., checking

WTClass regularly, posting on the discussion boards, and noting due dates for assignments and exams). It

is easy to forget about online classes, but be forewarned that I will not accept late work. Due dates

should not be seen as a goal, but rather as the last possible opportunity to earn credit. In other words, you

should aim to complete your work well before the deadline, not ON the deadline. This will make your life

Points Letter Grade

900-1000 A

800-899 B

700-799 C

600-699 D

Less than 600 F

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much easier and there will be plenty of time to finish assignments. There is no excuse for forgetting about

assignments or tests! Furthermore, it is also your responsibility to ensure that your assignments have

successfully posted onto the WTClass server. All assignment due dates are in Central Standard Time

(CST). We will all enjoy the course more if we stay on top of the schedule.

Readings: Most reading material will come from the textbook. So, you must actually read the textbook

to successfully complete this class. We will cover approximately one chapters from your text per week.

Refer to the schedule below for reading assignments. Other materials may be posted on WTClass

throughout the semester, including empirical research reports, popular press articles, and supplemental

chapters for which you are also responsible for

PowerPoint Lectures: Students are also expected to read the PowerPoint lectures each week. They

will often contain information that is not in your text, and they will not always cover everything from

your text. You will be primarily responsible for the material in the text though the material on the

PowerPoint lectures will be useful. Of course, there will be some overlap between the PowerPoint

lectures and the text material, but it will not be 100%.

Graded Items

Each week, you will be expected to complete two graded activities including (1) weekly discussion board

original post and reply and (2) a weekly assignment for each chapter assigned. Your third graded items

are two exams which include a mid-term and a comprehensive final exam. This course is designed around

a point system. Each student starts with zero (0) points and will have the opportunity to earn points by

completing these activities throughout the course. A maximum of 1000 points will be available. It is

extremely important to note that all graded items are to be found under the “Lessons” tab, under the

respective module’s folder. Please do not rely on automatic alerts from the WTClass/Blackboard system

as I have no direct control over those features.

1. Weekly Discussion Board Posts: One discussion question will be posted on a weekly basis on

WTClass for each chapter assigned. These questions are designed to get you to think more critically about

course content. They also allow you to share your opinions with your classmates and share, compare, and

contrast your workplace experiences and settings. Each week, you will be required to respond to these

questions by participating in an online discussion board on WTClass. Your participation will consist of

an original post and at least two replies to another student’s post – for a total of three postings for

each chapter assigned (one original, two reply). Both the original post and the reply must be

substantive (e.g., more than just “I agree” or “This is interesting”). Therefore, you must read what other

students have posted so you don’t say essentially the same thing (Hint: It’s easier to be original if you’re

one of the first to post, so this is another good reason not to wait until the last minute). Responses that are

in agreement with previous posts must build on or extend the position or view, not just repeat. A good

guideline (though not a strict requirement) for the discussion boards is that original posts and comments

should be a couple paragraphs of substantive contribution to discussion. Quotes from and references to

other sources may be used, but you must add your own substantive comments beyond the reference/quote.

Remember that this is a DISCUSSION board; the point is to get a real discussion going. This is an

important aspect of the class, and it helps me know you are keeping up and engaging in the class. It is also

important to note that I generally do not intervene in student discussions unless I feel the conversation is

getting too far off track or in the wrong direction. In order to facilitate your participation, extra credit

may be given to students engaging in in-depth discussions (e.g., responding to others comments, engaging

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in a “back and forth” series of comments). Over time, these points can really add up. You are also

required to read approximately half of the posts made by other students (approximately 25). Failure to

do so will result in points docked from your discussion post grade (the amount of time spent on each post

is recorded for the instructors). Discussion board activity is worth a total of 200 points (20 points for each

pair of original post and response comment). Discussion board questions will be made available on

Tuesdays. Please see the schedule provided below for weekly discussion post due dates. In general, your

original posts should be completed by Saturday before 11pm CST for each week, and your reply post

should be completed by Monday before 11pm CST for each week. Credit will not be given for late

posts.

Specific Requirements for Posting/Commenting:

For your original posts (1 per chapter) you must:

Read the topics/questions we have posted for the week

Post your original responses to our topics/questions. Incorporate concepts from the text and

PowerPoint presentations or other relevant sources. Please cite any sources used.

This may require you to post a link to an article on the discussion board and discuss what you

have posted.

If posting an article, briefly summarize the real-world issue and how it relates to relevant course

concepts.

Write in a professional manner. Use proper spelling and grammar to express full thoughts and

avoid short hand (i.e., do not write in slang or as if it is an informal Facebook post).

For your reply posts (2 per chapter) you must:

Comment on at least one person’s post

Commenting more than once is encouraged and may result in extra credit points

Comments must be substantive. “I agree” or “great post” will not receive any points

While there is no required length, comments should be long enough to meaningfully contribute to

the discussion.

Write in a professional and grammatically correct manner. Avoid short hand (i.e., do not write

like your texts or Facebook posts).

Grading for Discussion Board Activity:

Discussion board posts and comments will be graded primarily based on meeting the requirements listed

above (e.g., citing textbook, using an appropriate source, providing comments) and content. Content will

be evaluated with regard to relevance to course material as well as accuracy and depth of

posts/comments. Although grammar etc. will not be a primary concern, points will be deducted for very

poor writing.

Be considerate and appropriate when using the discussion board. It is neither a public forum nor a

limited public forum. I have the right to remove any message for the purposes of saving space, focusing

attention of students on relevant materials, and avoiding material inappropriate for the classroom. On this

last note, with freedom comes responsibility. Please keep in mind, as you contribute to the discussion

board, that not everyone comes from the same background, or shares the same values and ideals. Please

be appropriate (professional) and considerate of others. If you have any questions on this matter, contact

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me for clarification. Discussion of political events or leaders may occasionally be appropriate, but please

avoid partisan politics.

2. Assignments: Assignments pertaining to the current topic will be administered on a weekly basis for

each chapter assigned. These are designed to help students keep up with and apply the material. The

nature of each assignment may vary. For instance, you may be asked to read a case scenario and apply

concepts learned within the class to analyze and respond to the scenario or to complete a quiz covering

the content of a chapter. You may also be asked to relate course material to current events or personal

experiences, or to design a study intended to assess a topic of interest relevant to leadership. Finding and

discussing real world examples of course concepts should make the class more understandable, relevant,

and interesting. All assignments are due by Monday at 11pm CST.

Grading for Assignments:

Assignments will be graded based on several factors. Although content will vary by assignment,

responses will be evaluated based on overall quality (i.e., relevance to course material as well as accuracy

and thoroughness of response), sophistication of writing style (i.e., correct spelling and grammar), and

incorporation of the text and PPT slides within responses. These assignments should be a minimum of 2

pages (not including heading) with standard formatting in length (12-point Times New Roman, double-

spaced with 1-inch margins) and should be uploaded in PDF format. Uploading in PDF format allows

me to grade them considerably faster and therefore give you feedback at an expedited rate. Points may be

deducted for assignments uploaded in any other format beyond PDF, so please be certain to upload your

assignments appropriately. These assignments are worth a total of 500 points (50 points per assignment).

Please avoid MLA headings and formatting, as this will result in docked points. APA is preferred for this

course but not strictly required.

3. Exams: There will be two (2) exams, including the comprehensive final, covering material from the

textbook as well as PowerPoint lectures and discussions. These exams combine to total 300 points (100

points for the mid-term and 200 points for the final exam). To keep things as simple and straightforward

on your end, all exams will primarily be multiple choice (though this may be subject to change depending

on how the course progresses). I understand that many of you are currently working and have time-

intense responsibilities. To accommodate for this, all exams will be open from Friday at 12am to the

following Monday at 11pm CST to provide you with a massive window to accommodate the necessary

flexibility in your scheduling. You will have a designated amount of time to complete each exam, starting

from the time you open them. Exams must be completed in one sitting. The exams are open-note and

open-book, but must be taken individually without any assistance from others. It is important to note

that technical support is generally unavailable on weekends, so please take this factor into account when

taking your exams. Tools built into WTClass will be extensively utilized to assure that students are not

engaging in academic misconduct. Any students caught cheating on the exams will receive a zero and be

subject to the appropriate consequences as indicated by the university. I highly

recommend that you study for the exams as you would for a closed book test, as you will not have enough

time to look everything up. It is critical to note that the exams are rather difficult in this course, and

require a thorough understanding of the course material in order for you to succeed on them.

**Note: Exams will be automatically submitted for grading 1 minute after the time limit, regardless of

your progress, so be sure to keep track of your time on the exam clock. Additionally, no make-ups will be

scheduled for exams**

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Extra Credit: Students have an opportunity to earn extra credit in this course. These opportunities may

consist of extra credit writing assignments, participation in instructor approved research studies, or other

miscellaneous opportunities should they arise. For instance, if you email me via the Blackboard server

before 11:59pm on the first Monday of this course stating that you read the syllabus, you will receive 5

(approx. have a percentage) extra credit points to be added to your final course grade.

Course Calendar

Date Topics

8/29 Introduction: The Nature of Leadership (Ch. 1)

9/5

Trait Approach (Ch. 2)

9/12 Skills Approach (Ch. 3)

9/19

Behavioral Approach (Ch. 4)

9/26 Situational Approach (Ch. 5)

10/3

First Exam over Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Opens Friday, 10/7 at

12am and closes Monday, 10/10 at 11pm CST

10/10 Path-Goal Theory (Ch. 6)

10/17 Leader-Member Exchange Theory (Ch. 7)

10/24 Transformational Leadership (Ch. 8)

10/31 Authentic Leadership (Ch. 9)

11/7 Adaptive Leadership (Ch. 11) **Note this is not Chapter 10)**

11/14 Leadership Gaps (Instructor Materials, Not in Text) **Note: There are no

required discussion board activities or assignments for this topic**

Comprehensive Final Exam over ALL CHAPTERS COVERED.

Opens Friday, 11/18 at 12am and closes Monday, 11/21 at 11pm CST

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Related Policies

Deadlines: NO LATE WORK will be accepted in this course. Exceptions will be made only for

serious illness or emergency and then only after discussion with the instructor. Please contact the

instructor by email if an emergency situation occurs. I am absolutely serious about accepting late work

in this class. No excuses please! If you are involved in university sponsored activities, please make

arrangements to turn your work in EARLY, not late. Contact me with any due date conflicts and we will

work out an arrangement – AT LEAST TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE. Also, please have your faculty

sponsor e-mail me regarding the issue. The reason I am so strict on this policy is because you are allowed

ample time and opportunity to complete each assignment; as there is generally a window of at least two

days for each.

Communications: Since this is an online course, I will often send announcements and reminders via

email in an attempt to maximize instructor impact. I will use both WTClass and your university email

address for such communication. IT IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL THAT YOU CHECK BOTH

EMAIL ACCOUNTS! For all initial communications, I will almost always use WTClass to

communicate with you all. However, if you message me I may either reply via your university email

account OR WTclass, hence why it is very important to check both accounts, especially if you are

awaiting a reply. This is because I try to respond as soon as possible, and if I respond from my phone the

message will only reach your university email account. The best way to contact me is through e-mail.

Although I answer e-mail regularly (and relatively quickly) on weekdays, I may respond to it less

frequently on weekends and holidays. During those times, you can expect an answer to your e-mail within

24-48 hours. There may be times during the semester when I do not have access to email. I will be sure to

notify students if such situations occur.

Formatting: All assignments should be submitted in .pdf format in roughly APA format and a standard

font style/size (e.g. Times New Roman size 12 font, single or double-spaced). Points will be deducted for

papers submitted in MLA format so absolutely no MLA formatting! Please try and save all written

documents in .pdf format (as opposed to Microsoft Word format) before uploading them onto the

appropriate chapter dropbox as this will save me considerable time when grading your assignments. This

in turn will allow me to provide you with rapid feedback as I will be able to get through reading each of

your assignments much more efficient and consequently provide you with your grade on the assignment

along with individual feedback much faster. I am not particularly harsh on grammar, but if it impedes my

ability to read your submissions in an efficient manner due to incorrect formatting, spelling, or grammar

then points may be docked as appropriate.

Grade Appeals: If you have a concern about a grade that you receive on any assignment in this class you

are invited to submit a written appeal within one week of receiving the grade in question. This appeal

should outline your specific concerns with the grade and the evidence you have to support why it should

be changed. I will consider your written appeal and schedule time to talk to you regarding the grade. Any

discrepancies that are not addressed in a timely manner will not be considered for modification later in the

course. For example, if you present an issue to me at the end of the semester from months ago, I will not

consider your issue as it is well past the one-week window mentioned above. Lastly, please do not ask me

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to calculate your grade for you. I have made the grading formula quite simple and as such you should

very easily be able to calculate your own course grade.

Final Grades: It is also important to note that as the instructor of this course I have the final say in the

letter grade you receive, whether it is above, below, or in correspondence with your calculated score in

the class. This helps to compensate for mitigating factors that may occur throughout the class. Diligently

completed each chapter’s corresponding assignments, scoring decent on the exams, reaching out to me

with any issues that you are facing in advance, and taking advantage of the extra credit assignments when

applicable; these factors will all act to positively impact your actual final letter grade in the course.

If you would like to meet in person to discuss any aspect of the course, please email me with your

availability and we can schedule a meeting.

Important Dates for Fall 2016 Semester

First Day of Classes: Monday, August 29

Last day to Add or Register: Thursday, September 1

Last day to drop or withdraw: Wednesday, September 14

Last Day of Classes: Tuesday, November 22

WTAMU COB Student Code of Ethics Each student enrolled in COB courses accepts personal responsibility to uphold and defend academic

integrity and to promote an atmosphere in which all individuals may flourish. The COB Student Code of

Ethics strives to set a standard of honest behavior that reflects well on students, the COB and West Texas

A&M University. All students enrolled in business courses are expected to follow the explicit behaviors

detailed in the Student Code of Ethics.

Code of Ethics

Do not use notes, texts, solution manuals, or other aids for a quiz or exam without instructor

authorization.

Do not copy the work of others and/or allow others to view your answers or copy your work

during a quiz, exam, or on homework assignments.

Do not allow other parties to assist in the completion of your quiz, exam, homework, paper, or

project when not permitted.

Do not work with other students on projects or assignments without authorization from the

course instructor.

Properly cite and specifically credit the source of text, graphic, and web materials in papers,

projects, or other assignments.

Do not forge the signature of an instructor, advisor, dean, or another student.

Provide truthful information for class absences when asking faculty for excused absences or

for a make-up for a quiz, exam, or homework.

Provide truthful information on your resume including work history, academic performance,

leadership activities, and membership in student organizations.

Respect the property, personal rights, and learning environment of all members of the

academic community.

Live up to the highest ethical standards in all academic and professional endeavors.

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Students violating the Student Code of Ethics will be reported to the Dean’s office and are subject to

penalties described in the West Texas A&M University Code of Student Life, which may include

suspension from the University. In addition, a violator of the Student Code of Ethics may become

ineligible for participation in student organizations sponsored by the COB and for recognition for College

academic honors, awards, and scholarships.

COB Student Resources Link The COB has developed a Student Resources repository (e.g., APA writing style information, business

core reviews, facilities, and other helpful supplements), which can be found on the COB Website.

Additionally, WTAMU has developed an Academic Study Skills information site to assist students (e.g.,

study habits, supplemental instruction, tutoring, writing and math skills), which can be found on the

WTAMU Website. For WTAMU Writing Center information (for students needing writing assistance,

guidance, and feedback), please visit their website.

COB Communications Component Students earning a BBA degree must complete at least one course with a communications component as

part of the business core requirements. The COB communications component is a requirement in the

following courses: ACCT 4373 (Accounting Communications), BUSI 4333 (Cross-Cultural Issues in

Business Communications), BUSI 4350 (Current Issues in Management Communications), BUSI 4380

(Conflict Resolution and Negotiation), BUSI 4382 (Emerging Media Law), CIDM 3320 (Digital

Collaboration and Communication), ECON 4370 (Economics of Health Care), FIN 3350 (Personal

Financial Planning), FIN 4320 (Investments), FIN 4321 (Portfolio Theory), MGT 3335 (Organizational

Behavior), MGT 4380 (Conflict Resolution and Negotiation), and MKT 3342 (Consumer Behavior).

Students in a communications component course are explicitly required to demonstrate knowledge of

communication skills. Specific objectives may include but are not limited to the following concepts put

forth by the National Business Education Association: (1) ability to organize a written and an oral

message coherently and effectively, (2) ability to use technology for communication, (3) ability to

research a topic, prepare a report, and present the findings to all organizational levels, and (4) ability to

demonstrate critical-thinking skills. Specific course requirements and the role of the communications

component with respect to student grading policy are at the discretion of the course instructor of record.

Student Travel Opportunities In multiple business courses, there may be opportunities for student travel supplemented by student fees.

If you have an interest in such opportunities as they become available, please notify a faculty member.

Dropping/Repeating the Course Should a student decide to drop the course, it is the student’s responsibility to be aware of the final drop

dates and adhere to the WTAMU Add/Drop policy. Any student participating in the course after the

WTAMU posted drop date will be considered active and a grade will be administered at the end of the

course for that student. Students are charged a fee for any course attempted for a third or subsequent time

at WTAMU other than a non-degree credit developmental course or exempted courses.

Scholastic Dishonesty It is the responsibility of students and instructors to help maintain scholastic integrity at the University by

refusing to participate in or tolerate scholastic dishonesty. Commission of any of the following acts shall

constitute scholastic dishonesty. This listing is not exclusive of any other acts that may reasonably be said

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to constitute scholastic dishonesty: acquiring or providing information for any assigned work or

examination from any unauthorized source; informing any person or persons of the contents of any

examination prior to the time the examination is given in subsequent sections of the course or as a

makeup; plagiarism; submission of a paper or project that is substantially the same for two courses unless

expressly authorized by the instructor to do so; submission of a paper or project prepared by another

student as your own. You are responsible for being familiar with the University's Academic Integrity

Code, as well as the COB Student Code of Ethics listed in this document.

Academic Integrity

All work must be completed individually unless otherwise stated. Commission of any of the following

acts shall constitute scholastic dishonesty: acquiring or providing information for any assigned work or

examination from any unauthorized source; informing any person or persons of the contents of any

examination prior to the time the exam is given in any subsequent sections of the course or as a makeup;

plagiarism; submission of a paper or project that is substantially the same for two courses unless

expressly authorized by the instructor to do so. For more information, see the Code of Student Life.

Viewpoints/External Websites Disclaimer The views expressed in this document, web-based course materials, and/or classroom presentations and

discussions are those of the professor and do not necessarily represent the views of West Texas A&M

University, its faculty and staff, or its students. Views expressed by students are likewise those of the

person making such statements. It is understood and expected that each individual within this course will

respect and allow individual difference of opinion.

Neither the professor, the COB, nor WTAMU are responsible for the content of external websites

discussed in the classroom and/or linked to via online course materials, emails, message boards, or other

means. Referred websites are for illustrative purposes only, and are neither warranted nor endorsed by the

professor, COB, or WTAMU. Web pages change frequently, as does domain name ownership. While

every effort is made to ensure proper referencing, it is possible that students may on occasion find

materials to be objectionable for reasons beyond our control.

Acceptable Student Behavior Classroom behavior should not interfere with the instructor’s ability to conduct the class or the ability of

other students to learn from the instructional program (Code of Student Life). Unacceptable or disruptive

behavior will not be tolerated. Students engaging in unacceptable behavior may be instructed to leave the

classroom. Inappropriate behavior may result in disciplinary action or referral to the University’s

Behavioral Intervention Team. This prohibition applies to all instructional forums, including electronic,

classroom, labs, discussion groups, field trips, etc.

Technology Requirements All technological requirements for the successful completion of this course are the responsibility of the

student, including access to a working computer and or to a device with secure broadband Internet

connection, data storage and retrieval, and state-of-the-art security. The student is responsible for all

technological problems not related to WTAMU, including but not limited to equipment failures, power

outages, and Internet breakdowns. Furthermore, students are responsible for all necessary technical and

operational skills for completing this course, and for being familiar with WTClass (the Blackboard

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Learning System) both in a general sense and in a specific sense as pertaining to this course and any

materials stored within. The professor is not responsible for any technical matters related to WTClass.

Students must contact WTClass if they have problems accessing and/or using the WTClass environment.

Physical or Educational Access - ADA Statement West Texas A&M University seeks to provide reasonable accommodations for all qualified persons with

disabilities. This University will adhere to all applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and

guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford equal educational

opportunity. It is the student's responsibility to register with Student Disability Services (SDS) and to

contact faculty members in a timely fashion to arrange for suitable accommodations. Contact

Information: Student Success Center, CC 106; www.wtamu.edu/disability; phone 806-651-2335.

Title IX Statement

West Texas A&M University is committed to providing a learning, working and living environment that

promotes personal integrity, civility, and mutual respect in an environment free of sexual misconduct and

discrimination. Title IX makes it clear that violence and harassment based on sex and gender are Civil

Rights offenses subject to the same kinds of accountability and the same kinds of support applied to

offenses against other protected categories such as race, national origin, etc. Harassment is not acceptable.

If you or someone you know has been harassed or assaulted, you can find the appropriate resources here:

WTAMU Title IX Coordinator Becky Lopez – Kilgore Research Center 147, or call 806.651.3199

WTAMU Counseling Services – Classroom Center 116, or call 806.651.2340

WTAMU Police Department – 806.651.2300, or dial 911

24-hour Crisis Hotline – 800.273.8255, or 806.359.6699, or 800.692.4039

https://www.notalone.gov/

For more information, see the Code of Student Life.

WT Attendance Policy for Core Curriculum Classes

For the purposes of learning assessment and strategic planning, all students enrolled in Core Curriculum

or developmental courses at West Texas A&M University must swipe their Buff Gold cards through the

card reader installed in the classroom/lab for each class/lab meeting.

Evacuation Statement If you receive notice to evacuate the building, please evacuate promptly but in an orderly manner.

Evacuation routes are posted in various locations indicating all exits, outside assemble area, location of

fire extinguishers, fire alarm pull stations and emergency telephone numbers (651.5000 or 911). In the

event an evacuation is necessary; evacuate immediately do not use elevators; take all personal belongings

with you; report to outside assembly area and wait for further information; students needing assistance in

the evacuation process should bring this to the attention of the instructor at the beginning of the semester.

Copyright All original content in this document, all web-based course materials (be they text, audio, and/or video),

and/or classroom presentations are subject to copyright provisions. No distribution without the express

written consent of the author. Students are prohibited from selling (or being paid for taking) notes during

this course to or by any person or commercial firm without the express written permission of the

professor.

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* Syllabus template approved by COB Curriculum Committee May 2016. Annual review of the syllabus

is a formal part of the COB continuous improvement process.