IDS 201 Leadership Development

Developmental Studies 



Catalog Course Description: IDS 201 on the development of leadership, including philosophy, moral /ethics, and individual ability /style. It is designed to increase students’ understanding of themselves and the theories and techniques of leadership and group processes by integrating theoretical concepts with the reality of application within a group setting.



Prerequisite(s):                      RDG 100/ENG 100

Credit Hours:                        3

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Department Chair: Darlene Anderson, Interim Chair




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Leadership Development Studies (4thedition), Phi Theta Kappa, (2006)   

3 ring binder




Additional Textbooks/Readings:    There may be additional readings assigned in this course.


Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:


1.                To develop a fundamental understanding of leadership and the skills displayed in effective leaders.


2.                   To identify personal leadership assumptions and philosophy, to enhance self awareness, and to articulate personal leadership values.


3.                   To demonstrate effective techniques and strategies for articulating a vision and setting goals.


4.                   To discuss the complexities inherent in ethical leadership.


5.                   To employ the processes involved in effective decision-making and conflict resolution.


6.                   To learn team-building strategies and engage in team-building activities.


7.                   To expand awareness of the concept of empowerment and methods leaders can use to initiate change.



Course Outcomes and Competencies:


Intended Course Outcome #1: Students will demonstrate the ability to identify personal leadership values.

Course Competency: Students will identify and describe leadership assumptions and philosophies from video clips.

Performance Measurement Instrument and Success criteria:  Students will meet this competency by scoring 75% or higher based on a standardized assessment rubric.


Course Attendance:         The quality of your learning experience in this class is determined by your active participation in the learning process. Therefore, it is important that you make every effort to attend every class.  Students are expected to attend all classes and are responsible for class work, homework, lecture notes, reading assignments, etc., whether or not you are present.


You are expected to attend all classes; there are not excused absences. You are responsible for all in-class work and assignments, even if you miss a class.


If you have extenuating circumstances, such as illness, you are allowed a certain number of absences, depending on the length of the term and the number of times the course meets per week:

·         14 week term- 6 absences if the class meets 3 times a week, 4 if it meets twice

·         10 or 12 week terms- 3 for 3 times a week, 2 for 2 times a week

·         7 or 5 week terms- 2 absences

·         If you exceed the number of absences you will be withdrawn from the course.


You are considered tardy if you miss up to 10 minutes of any portion of the class. You will be counted absent if you miss more than 10 minutes of any portion of the class. 3 tardies equal 1 absence.


If you arrive in class after your instructor has taken role and marked you absent, it is your responsibility, at the end of that class meeting, to request that the absence be changed to a tardy.  The instructor will not change the roll at a later date.  Instructors are not obligated to repeat information or allow students to make up missed work.


If you have questions about whether the college will close during inclement weather, check the MTC web site (, WIS-TV, and/or call the school (803-738-8324) for information.  It is possible that the college will close or reopen in the middle of a regular class time; if this occurs, and there will be at least 30 minutes of class time remaining, that class will meet as usual.


Students who are absent from class are responsible for assignments that were given during class. In addition, students who are absent when a test is given must make up that test upon return to school with an automatic 10% deduction from their test score.  No makeup tests are allowed after one week from the original test date. Only one make up test will be permitted.



***Please note the following: You are responsible for all material and announcements presented, whether you are present or absent. ***


Withdrawal:  Should the maximum allowable absences be exceeded prior to midterm, a "W" will be submitted to the registrar to be recorded on the student's transcript.  Should the maximum allowable absences be exceeded after midterm, a "W" will be submitted to the registrar if the student was passing the course at the time of withdrawal OR a "WF" will be submitted if the student was failing the course at the time of withdrawal.


Course Requirements

Textbooks/Course Materials:     


Leadership Development Studies (4thedition), Phi Theta Kappa, (2006)   

3 ring binder



Grading Scale: 


Class Participation                  20%

Research Project                    20%

Leadership Journal                  20%

Group Project                         20%

Quizzes/Homework                10%

Final Exam                             10%


90-100                                     A         Superior Performance

80-89                                       B         Above Average Performance

70-79                                       C         Average Performance

60-69                                       D         Poor Performance

0-59                                         F          Unacceptable Performance 




Class Participation: Class participation is expected and required. This is not a lecture course. It is a hands-on experiential course that requires your preparation and participation. You are expected to read all assignments before class in order to effectively participate in the day’s activities.


Project: Subject to instructor.


Leadership Journal:  Your journal entries and reflections will be turned in at various due dates in the semester. Your grade is based on the use of the types of entries required and the depth of thinking displayed in the entries. All journal entries must be a minimum of one page in length, double spaced, word-processed in 12 point font and labeled by entry type and date. Your completed journal must include a MINIMUM of 12 entries. Four types of entries MUST appear in the journal including:

A.      Responses to reading from the textbook

B.      Observations or analyses of a leader (on the news, in history, or in literature)

C.      Reaction to how you viewed an IDS 201 class activity or film; and

D.      How you have used a particular leadership technique


Group Project: In order to better clarify the dynamics of teamwork, initiative and problem solving, each student will be assigned to a group project. Each group will choose a famous leader or aspect of leadership. The group will be expected to prepare a written presentation as well as to make an oral group presentation about the life and leadership qualities which make that leader unique. You will receive a detailed handout describing what must be included in the written and oral presentation and due dates. 


Quizzes/Homework: Quizzes and homework will be given at the discretion of the instructor and will be based upon assigned readings and films viewed in class.


Final Exam: The final exam will allow the students to demonstrate their overall knowledge and application of the concepts discussed throughout the semester. The exam will take the format of either a written assignment or discussion/short answer based exam or presentation.




Items to consider:

A.         Incompletes are awarded only under extenuating circumstances, such as hospitalization, and require the permission of the instructor. All requests must be properly documented. Normally, the course work must be completed no later than the end of the following term.


B.         The instructor is not required to permit makeup work after the fact and may assign a grade of “0”. Submitting makeup work for grades may be permitted at the discretion of the instructor provided you make arrangements with your instructor prior to the due date of the assignment in question.


C.         You are responsible for making sure all work reaches the instructor. All assignments should be submitted directly to the instructor; if assignments are submitted in any other way, they must be clearly labeled with the instructor’s name.


Special Procedures:   None


Field Trips:    At the discretion of the instructor


Classroom Rules/Other:       Mastering skills requires regular attendance in class, consistent study of text material and class notes, and preparation of homework assignments.  Students are expected to be prepared for and participate in every class meeting. Students are expected to have all assignments completed by the due date.

You are in college.  You will be treated and respected as an adult.  It is a violation of the MTC Student Code to interfere with the learning process in the classroom.  Courteous, attentive behavior is expected at all times.  Disruptive behavior in any form will not be tolerated.  Students engaged in such behavior will be dismissed from class and subject to disciplinary procedures.

It is expected that all beepers and cellular telephones will be turned off or set to the silent mode during class. You may not receive or place telephone calls during class.

No I-pods, MP3 players, etc will be permitted in class.  A laptop computer is allowed only if the student uses it to take notes during class.

Be on time! It is inconsiderate to your classmates and disruptive to the class to arrive late.  Students are expected to be in their seats ready to start at the beginning of the class.  Leaving during class should only be in case of an emergency.  If you must leave early, please let the instructor know ahead of time.

Course Topic Outline/Course Calendar with Assignments:




Tentative Class Schedule

Special Note: The instructor maintains the academic freedom to make alterations (corrections/additions/deletions) to the course as necessary to facilitate the learning process.


Week One & Two: Unit 1- Developing a Personal Leadership Philosophy


Week Three: Unit 2- Leading By Serving


Week Four & Five: Unit 3 Understanding Ethical Leadership


Week Six: Unit 4- Articulating a Vision


Week Seven: Unit 5- Team Building


Week Eight: Unit 6-Leading with Goals


Week Nine: Unit 7- Making Decisions


Week Ten: Unit 8- Guiding Through Conflict


Week Eleven: Unit 9- Initiating Change


Week Twelve: Unit 10- Empowering Others


Week Thirteen: Unit 11- Exploring the History of Leadership Studies


Week Fourteen Projects/Presentations/Dialogue


College Policies and Expectations

Students are expected to read the MTC Student Handbook and abide by its policies.  Some of the more important policies that impact your academic work are below.  The Handbook is located on the web:

Copies of the handbook are also available at various locations on campus.  

Academic Integrity – The students of MTC have adopted the following Honor Code:

As a member of the Midlands Technical College community, I will adhere to the college’s Student Code. I will act honorably, responsibly, and with academic integrity and honesty. I will be responsible for my own academic work and will neither give nor receive unauthorized or unacknowledged aid. I will behave courteously to all members of the MTC community and its guests and will respect college property and the property of others.

The Student Code addresses what constitutes academic dishonesty. All forms of dishonesty including, but not limited to, cheating on tests, plagiarism, collusion and falsification, will result in discipline.


.   Copying from another student’s paper.

.   Using materials during a test not authorized by the person giving the test.

.   Collaborating with any other person during a test without permission.

.   Knowingly obtaining, using, buying, selling, transporting, or soliciting in whole or part the contents of any un-administered test.

.   Bribing any other person to obtain information about tests.

.   Substituting for another student, or permitting another student to substitute for oneself.

PLAGIARISM is taking another person’s work and using that work without giving the source credit in any assignment turned in for credit.  For more information, see Appendix I at the end of MTC Student Handbook. 

Campus Emergency Protocol:

.   Safety concerns or suspicious activities:   Call Campus Security at 7199 (on campus) or 738-7199 (cell phone or off campus).

.   Emergency:  Call Campus Security or local 911 immediately.

.   If a college-wide emergency occurs, the college will use a variety of methods to communicate additional information and instructions including the MTC Information Centers, campus loud speakers, MTC Alerts!, voice mail, email, college Intranet, and the MTC website homepage.  (Sign up for MTC Alerts! at

Inclement Weather Policy: In the event that weather conditions or other emergencies cause the closing or a delayed start of Midlands Technical College, announcements will be made over local radio and TV stations, on the MTC Web site, and on the college’s information line (803-738-8324).

.   Notices will be sent to students via Campus Cruiser Mail when applicable. Separate announcements may be made for day and evening classes as weather conditions change during the day.

.   If the college closing or reopening means that there is at least 30 minutes of a class remaining, plan to attend that class. For example, if the college opens at 10:00 a.m., in TTH, classes that normally meet at 8:00 a.m. will not meet, but classes beginning at 9:30 a.m. will meet. If the college closes at 8:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. classes will meet for their regular time, but 7:35 p.m. classes will not meet since there are fewer than 30 minutes remaining in class.

Student E-Mail Accounts:  All MTC students are assigned a college e-mail account upon admission to the college. This account is called “Campus Cruiser Mail.”  Follow the link on the Enrolled Students page or go to

.   Campus Cruiser Mail is the primary mode by which the college communicates with students. Students are responsible for checking their college e-mail on a regular basis for important information and announcements about registration, financial aid, cancelled classes, emergency announcements and other notices.

.   Students can use their college e-mail accounts to communicate with faculty, staff, fellow students, and others, on college-related activities.  In addition to e-mail, students can maintain  personal calendars and “tasks lists” through their Campus Cruiser e-mail account.

MTC Online:  The college conducts business with students and has many services and resources for students through MTC Online.  Follow the link on the Enrolled Students page or go to   

Student Evaluation of Instruction:  Toward the end of the semester, students will have the opportunity to evaluate this course. The confidential evaluation process is conducted through MTC Online using the individual student’s username and password. Announcements will be made during the term concerning how and when to complete the online evaluation. Students are encouraged to participate in this process.

Students Requiring Special Accommodations:

.   If special accommodations are needed for a student with a disability, the student should go to Counseling Services in the Student Center on Beltline or Airport Campus for assistance. Documentation regarding a specific disability is required in order for special arrangements to be made. Confidentiality of information received will be maintained. 

.   For more information, go to the Counseling and Career Services link on the Enrolled Students page. 

(Revised 07/10)