Applied Leadership Studies Course Descriptions

LS 130 Foundations of Experiential Leadership
2 hours

This course examines contemporary and historical leadership theories and practices that have effectively instilled change in education, behavior, and societal perspective. Students will explore personal leadership styles through an experiential educational philosophy that identifies avenues for critical analysis by exploring necessary conditions and considerations in modeling effective leadership strategy and decision making processes. All students will complete a personal leadership profile referencing course discussions, lectures, readings, guest speakers, and case studies covered in the class. This course is designed to provide an introductory overview of measurable principles that relate to purpose and action of effective leadership.

LS 132 Principles of Team Dynamics
2 hours

This course is designed to examine leadership dynamics related to team engagement, oversight, development, and influence. Students in this course will explore how both leader and team member awareness of competency levels (perceived and actual) directly relate to individual performance and team contribution. Through class dialogue, readings, research, and numerous case study analyses of well-known leaders, this class takes an in-depth look at leadership effectiveness and evaluation considerations for determining team leader effectiveness. Topics including relational skill development, varying leadership models, diversity, the educational art of teaching, ethical principles, collaboration, and styles of communication will be discussed from the perspective of improving the performance of a team.

LS 225 Organizational Leadership: Theory and Practice
2 hours
Fulfills: Skl

This course will examine how an adventure education discipline can enhance thoughtful leadership practice that influences learning, teaching, goal setting, interpersonal dynamics, success, failure, and risk benefit factors. Through scholarly literature and experience-based referencing, the evolution of adventure education will be explored and evaluated to compare and contrast how action-based learning models develop leadership styles, life-skills, and perceived competency. Students in this course will utilize adventure disciplines that include initiative games, outdoor activities, and a variety of interactional experiences to enhance course discussion with application to program design, technical skills, and liability for “ground level” adventure education programming. Students who complete this course will be prepared to facilitate experiential challenge and play activities in compliance with ACCT (Association of Challenge Course Technology) standards. No climbing to height is required in this class.

LS 226 Ropes/Challenge Course Programming: Theory and Practice
2 hours
Fulfills: Skl

This course will examine how an adventure education discipline can enhance thoughtful leadership practices that influence learning, teaching, goal setting, interpersonal dynamics, success, failure, and risk benefit factors. Through scholarly literature and experience-based referencing, the evolution of adventure education will be explored and evaluated to compare and contrast how action-based learning models develop leadership styles, life-skills, and perceived competency. Students in this course will utilize the adventure discipline of ropes/challenge course training and experience to facilitate course discussion with application to program design, technical skills, and liability. Students who complete this course will be prepared to pursue entry level testing for ACCT (Association of Challenge Course Technology) challenge course certification.

LS 375 Directed Readings
1,2,4 hours

An opportunity to pursue a specialized area of the discipline for which course offerings are limited by following a prescribed reading list under the direction of a faculty member.

LS 380 Internship
1,2,4 hours
Graded credit/no credit.

Supervised on-or off-campus work situations in public or private organizations.

LS 420 Practicum I: Leadership in Action
1 hour
Prerequisites: LS 130, LS 225 or 226, COMS 130; Prereq/Coreq LS 380 (2 hour min.)

This practicum provides students with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a working environment of their choice. Students will be encouraged to pursue a primary internship experience (prerequisite or co-requisite) in a professionally focused opportunity that directly complements their major discipline of study. The blending of life-skills with discipline-specific knowledge is a fundamental learning objective of this practicum. Details regarding scheduling, assignments, and final paper requirements directly relating leadership theory and analysis to the internship experience will be provided to students by the faculty supervisor.

LS 450 Practicum II: Action Based Research: Leadership Capstone
1 hour
Prerequisites: LS 130, LS 225 or 226, COMS 130; Prereq/Coreq LS 380 (2 hour min.)

This practicum provides students with an opportunity to evaluate the execution of leadership principles, planning, and action at a working environment of their choice. Students will be encouraged to pursue a second internship experience in a professionally focused environment that directly complements their major discipline of study. Students in the internship will have the opportunity to design and implement a leadership-focused action research study. As a capstone experience, this practicum incorporates an instructional method where site and faculty supervisors guide the student through an inquiry process where potential for improvement is identified, a plan or project is designed and implemented, final evaluation is analyzed, and a summative research paper on the process is written. A final presentation is required.