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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - EDA7193
Tracking Number - 2120

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive -
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: SCNS approved 4/7/09

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2008-07-02
  2. Department: Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
  3. College: ED
  4. Budget Account Number: 173500
  5. Contact Person: Darlene Bruner
  6. Phone: 9746039
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: EDA
  9. Number: 7193
  10. Full Title: Organizational Leadership & Systems Theory
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Organizational Leadership
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: Master's degree in Educational Leadership or related field
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: The course examines K12 educational systems through the theoretical frameworks of organizational learning and change applying problem-based approaches that emphasize socio-political and local, state, and federal influences.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: We live our lives in arenas of formal organizations. Indeed, we swim daily in organizations, even starting our lives in one and ending it in another. Consequently, it is imperative that we study organizations, how they are formed, how they affect each of
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? The course would become part of the Ed. D. program for Educational Leadership & Policy Studies.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Fall 2006, 2007
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Degree in Educational Leadership or related field; experience in leading organizations
  29. Objectives: To K12 educational systems using the theoretical frameworks of: *organizational learning and change

    *applying problem-based approaches emphasizing socio-political context

    *study the climate, culture, diversity, and equity within organizations

    *examine local, state, and federal influences on organizations

  30. Learning Outcomes: Analyze Organizational and Systems Theory and Processes:

    Students will demonstrate understanding of and capacity to:

    a. Define the concept of organization, systems thinking, and change in K12 educational leadership and policy analysis.

    b. Develop a change strategy with collaborative practices and processes to accomplish using practical applications of organizational, systems and change theories.

    c. Apply a systems perspective, viewing schools as interactive internal systems operating within external environments.

    d. Define and apply the general characteristics of internal and external social systems as they apply to school settings.

    e. Explore alternative views and theoretical explanations of organizational function and change such as critical and feminist theories as well as chaos theory and quantum physics.

    f. Define and create organizational climate and culture.

    g. Assess the construction and multiplicity of leadership roles in social systems.

    Examining the Socio-political Context of Organizations:

    Students will demonstrate understanding of and capacity to:

    a. Act with a reasoned understanding of major historical, philosophical, ethical, social and economic influences affecting education in a democratic society.

    b. Analyze community and district power structures, and identify major opinion leaders and their influence on school cultures, information systems, programs, and related factors.

    c. Communicate effectively with various cultural, ethnic, racial, and special interest groups in the community.

    a. Involve family and community in organizational assessment and change such as policy development, program planning, and assessment processes.

    b. Interpret student and family conditions affecting learning by collaborating with community agencies to integrate health, social, and other support services for students.

    d. Articulate the district's or school's vision, mission and priorities to the community and media, and build systemic support for district or school priorities and programs

    Apply Decision Making and Problem Solving Strategies:

    Students will demonstrate understanding of and capacity to:

    a. Frame, analyze, and resolve problems using appropriate problem solving techniques, case analysis, and decision making skills.

    b. Analyze and develop solutions for problems that are sensitive to moral and ethical implications of options, strategies, and potential for systemic change.

  31. Major Topics: Analyze Organizational and Systems Theory and Processes

    Examining the Socio-political Context of Organizations

    Apply Decision Making and Problem Solving Strategies

  32. Textbooks: Bolman, L. G., & Deal, T. F. (2003). Reframing organizations: Artistry, choice and leadership (3rd ed). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

    Meier, D. (2002). In Schools We Trust. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy:
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests:
  36. Attendance Policy:
  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
  38. Program This Course Supports:
  39. Course Concurrence Information:

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