Course Code and Title: LDR 502 Leadership and the New Science

Course Code and Title: LDR 502 Leadership and the New Science

Course Description: This course provides a wide-view background of the relationship between scientific thinking, research processes and design, leadership and organizational life. Seminar members will explore the implications of the “new sciences” of quantum theory, fractal and chaos theory, information and field theory, and theories of change on our ideas and practices of leadership in organizations. Seminar members will also review fundamentals of the scientific research process and will focus on the use of qualitative and quantitative research methods as an appropriate response to understanding how and why organizations and leadership within them function as they do

Topic: Literature Review

Learning Objective(s)

· Understand the difference between an annotated bibliography and a formal literature review

· Formalize the final project for the research

· Examine the process of identifying a formal research question

· Create an annotated bibliography to support the research

Reading Assignment(s):

· Read Creswell:

· Chapter 1: The Selection of a Research Approach

· Chapter 2: Review of the Literature

· Chapter 7: Research Questions

Description of Homework Assignment(s) (all students)Final Project Topic and Annotated Bibliography

For this assignment, you are to submit Draft Topic for your final project. You are also to complete an Annotated Bibliography on articles that support your topic direction. It should also include at least five reliable sources. The submission needs to be in APA format. Follow the Annotated Bibliography sample in the NEWS FORUM area titled “Annotated Bibliography Example”.

Note: you will need 20 peer reviewed sources for the entire project and 3 citations for each portion of the assignment

Topic: Introduction, Problem Statement and Significance elements of Research

Learning Objective(s)

· Understand the elements of the introduction, problem statement and significance portions of a research project

· Examine the necessity of the alignment between the introduction, problem statement and significance portions of a research project

· Formalize the final project topic and research questions

Reading Assignment(s):

· Read Creswell:

· Chapter 5: Introduction

· Chapter 6: Purpose Statement

Description of Homework Assignment(s) (all students)Final Project Topic and Research Questions

For this assignment, you are to submit your final project topic, the Research Question(s) and your final project shell. For the shell, follow the example in the NEWS FORUM area titled “Final Paper Shell”.

Other Notes and/or Activities: n/a

Topic: Research Methods Part I

Reading Assignment(s):

· Read Creswell:

· Chapter 8: Quantitative Methods

· Chapter 9: Qualitative Methods

Description of Homework Assignment(s) (all students)Introduction, Problem Statement and Significance elements of Research

For this assignment, you are to submit your Introduction, Problem Statement, Purpose Statement, Significance, Definition of Terms, Delimitations and Assumptions sections of the research project.

Please make sure you are following APA format and submit this in the Final Paper Shell you created in Week three.

Other Notes and/or Activities: n/a

Topic: Research Methods Part II

Learning Objective(s)

· Analyze the elements required for successful mixed methodologies

· Understand the various data collection techniques utilized in mixed methodologies

· Examine various literature to identify potential methodology strategies for the chosen research project

· Create a draft of a formal literature review to support the chosen research topic

Reading Assignment(s):

· Read Creswell:

· Chapter 10: Mixed Methods

Description of Homework Assignment(s) (All students) : Literature Review Part I

For this assignment, you are to use your annotated bibliography assignment from week two and transition it into a literature review. The literature review is an analysis and synthesis of the research that has already been done on your topic or related topics. You must utilize subheadings and at least 8 reliable sources and correct APA formatting for citations and references. You need to use scholarly, peer reviewed journals for your review (5-6 pages). Please submit this in the Final Paper Shell you created in Week three

Other Notes and/or Activities: n/a

Topic: Theory Building Research

Learning Objective(s)

· Identify the advantages of using quantitative, qualitative and mixed methodologies

· Review the use and role of theory in research

· Complete a formal literature review to support the chosen research topic

Reading Assignment(s):

· Read Creswell:

· Chapter 3: Use of Theory

Description of Homework Assignment(s) (All students)Literature Review Part II

For this assignment, you are to submit your final literature review that must be in APA format (8-10 pages) and have a minimum of 20 sources. Please submit this in the Final Paper Shell you created in Week three.

Note: you will need 20 sources in your final project

Other Notes and/or Activities: n/a

Topic: Ethics in Research

Learning Objective(s)

· Understand the need for utilizing ethical approaches in research

· Examine the institutional review board (IRB) concepts

· Identify ethical issues associated with a research problem, questions, data collection, analysis and interpretation of the data

· Create the conclusion and recommendation sections of the research project

Reading Assignment(s):

· Read Creswell:

· Chapter 4: Writing Strategies & Ethical Considerations

Description of Homework Assignment(s) (All Students): Conclusion & Recommendations

For this assignment, you are to submit your Research findings, Conclusion and Recommendations (4-5 pages). Please submit this in the Final Paper Shell you created in Week three

Other Notes and/or Activities: n/a

Topic: Final Project Review

Learning Objective(s)

· Complete the final research project

· Provide a reflection discussion on the course and learning concepts

Reading Assignment(s): N/A

Description of Homework Assignment(s) (All Students)Final Project

Submit your Final Project per the guidelines in the “Final Paper Shell” outline provided in week three:

· Utilize the outline that you created in your week three assignment

· Final paper must include all sections

· Paper must be in APA format

· You must have a minimum of 20 reliable sources—more for a better grade

Other Notes and/or Activities: n/a


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