{ALED 340 Survey of Leadership Theory}

College: Agriculture and Life Science
Department: Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications
Type: C
Status: Approved

Proposer: Lori Moore
Number: 5-1295
Email: llmoore@tamu.edu



We recommend that ALED 340 Survey of Leadership Theory be certified as a communications (C) course for four academic years (1/14 to 1/18). We have reviewed a representative syllabus and have determined that the course meets or exceeds the following criteria:


  1. Percentage of final grade based on writing quality: 35%
  2. Course content appropriate to the major
  3. Total number of words: 1750
  4. Total minutes of oral performance: 5 minutes
  5. Instructor to student ratio for one section: 1:26


Since original certification, the course was changed to require a minimum of 1750 words and 5 minutes of oral communication. The writing component now accounts for 25% of the overall grade and the communication component accounts for 15% of the overall grade. The course is taught by an instructor and Graduate Assistant Teachers, who meet with the course instructor weekly to review material taught in lecture and lab as well as course assignments and rubrics. Students write an analysis of a leader, complete a theory into practice paper, and participate in a group presentation that is conducted so that each student has at least 5 minutes to present. For feedback, students are encouraged to submit drafts for feedback prior to the due date. They conduct a peer review of one writing assignment either in lab the week prior to the due date or through the on-line anonymous peer review process. Instructors provide comments on presentation slides/outlines/notes prior to the oral presentation. Many of the lab sessions include additional in-class draft workshops. Students are also encouraged to visit the writing center. In-class workshops include instruction on issues like APA style and other writing issues.

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