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Supplemental Course Descriptions

Students will be required to take one supplemental course (3 credits). This course will be
offered as part of the fourth term of each cohort. The specific course will be determined
by the College based upon scheduling considerations.

LDS500 Leadership Power and Service 3 Credits
What is the formula for a great leader? It depends who you ask; who you are; and the
circumstances in which you find yourself. This class is designed to enable students to
examine their own leadership style and behaviors, while allowing them to consider various
contingencies and situational factors present in most organizations. It will provide guidance
in helping students evaluate the capabilities and motivations of followers and other leaders.
Since leadership is not practiced in a vacuum, it presents these matters in the context of
culture, diversity, and global issues. Topics covered in this class are: differences between
leadership and management, tasks and relationship orientation, strategic and tactical
approaches. This course also critiques the interconnection between ethics, power, and service
as well as the relationship between leaders and followers and the environment where the
leadership process takes place.

LDS510 Decision Making 3 Credits
Leaders spend the entirety of their days making decisions. Many decisions are routine in
nature; others are unique and/or critical. Solutions to problems may require consideration of
past experiences, deeper mental engagement with the present, and/or predictions of the
future. This class takes a duel approach to decision making and risk aversion. This course
will teach you how to make sound decisions, through evidence-based solutions, logic, best
practices. It will also examine the cognitive processes involved in decision making, including
intuition, association, and judgement. Other topics include information overload, biases, group
decision making, ethical decision making, decision framing, and System 1/System 2 thinking.

LDS520 Leadership Communications 3 Credits
By recognizing the importance of words, actions, and message delivery, students will
learn and practice how to increase their impact, performance, and effectiveness. This
course introduces key elements of professional, technical and persuasive written/oral
communication and will help to build tools, improve techniques, and enhance the leader’s
skills to communicate persuasively and lead effectively. It includes the concepts of purpose
and audience, tone and style, persuasion and influence. It also involves formal/informal
communication, crisis management, information literacy, ethical communication, and oral/
writing styles. Through these topics, students will get insights to communicate positively
with different audiences, enhance intercultural communication, and be aware of biases,
interferences, and miscommunication.

LDS530 The Psychology of Leadership 3 Credits
Who are you? This is not a trite question with a simple answer. Really, who are you? In order
to practice effective leadership, an individual must truly understand his/her habits, beliefs,
attitudes and expectations. In addition, great leaders not only understand themselves, they
also understand the goals, aspirations, and motivations of followers and peers. This class will
guide you through a journey of self-awareness and self-regulation. It borrows from the latest
findings in cognitive and social science research and applies it to leadership studies. This class
derives from the fields of psychological, sociological, and cultural anthropology and delves into
topics such as personality, motivation, team development, perceptions, and goal setting.

LDS540 Strategic Leadership and Planning 3 Credits
Leaders must view a company differently than others in the organization. Leaders are
responsible for developing the direction of the company and then communicating that vision
in a way that inspires and motivates. Many leaders have trouble separating themselves from
“the weeds” and maintaining their big picture view of the organization. This class will teach
you how to plan and visualize at the appropriate level, while staying true to the values and
purpose of the organization. Topics covered will be strategic planning, business/organizational
models, vision model framework, one page strategic plan, competitive assessment, disruptive
innovation, and internal / external assessment.

LDS550 Operations Leadership 3 Credits
The course explores the world of business operations throughout the company from the
perspective of a leader. An effective sales leader, for example, must comprehend the
manufacturing intricacies and delivery logistics for the solutions they sell. An operations
leader, on the other hand, must understand LEAN principles and the latest methodologies for
Total Quality Control. Demands for business process re-engineering, superior quality, better
customer service, time-based competition and procurement improvements demonstrate that
effective and efficient leadership of the operations function is vital. Topics include business
process analysis, and improvement, TQM, LEAN principles, AGILE, Six-Sigma, the Baldridge
excellence framework, sustainable change, and supply-chain management.

LDS560 Human Resource Leadership 3 Credits
Human Resource Management is a delicate, yet an essential connection between teams,
the organizational strategy, and business success. The responsibilities of the HR department
are diverse and demanding, with the immense task of attracting and retaining top talent,
while juggling budgetary constraints. A leader should elevate the Human Resource activities
to its relevant place of importance in the organization to meet these challenges, enhance
engagement, and gauging employee potential. This course will cover such topics as talent
acquisition, organizational development, and employee performance to create institutions that
promote organizational learning, knowledge management, and a culture of innovation.


LDS570 Information Technology Leadership 3 Credits
Leaders must understand and be prepared to lead and/or work alongside IT professionals.
All strategy is affected by technology; therefore, it is imperative that any successful and
promotable business leader can relate to the technology strategy and functionality in their
company. This program is not meant to make an IT specialist out of every leader, but to make
him/her confident in resolving IT issues and working with IT staff to make better decisions
and deliver better process change. This IT management course will help you to optimize your
role in the use of essential technology, cybersecurity strategy, IT investments, and human
technology sustainability for competitive advantage.

LDS580 Financial Leadership 3 Credits
Business leaders need to understand and speak the language of finance in order to assess
their company’s health, interact with financial managers, and communicate financial strategy
to the masses. No matter what area of the company you lead, you must be capable of
digesting, assessing, and making intelligent decisions based on financial data. This course
will help leaders identify the requisite data required for decision-making, utilize methods
for analyzing usable financial figures, and create information to make effective financial
determinations. Topics covered in this course include financial success formulas/key
performance indicators (KPI’s), the interactions between finance and functional areas,
the interpretation of financial statements, capital decision formulas, ratio analysis, and
budgeting activities.

LDS590 Business Development Leadership 3 Credits
Business development is generating sustainable increases in profitable revenue. Growing
a business is no longer just about understanding the fundamentals of marketing or using
aggressive sales. Instead, successful businesses focus on sustainable, predictable,
and profitable systems through the coordinated efforts of product line managers, the
marketing department, and the sales force, each contributing their own unique talents to
business growth. As a leader, you must understand the complex inner-workings of these
diverse activities. Business Development starts with a high-level strategy created by the
strategic planning of the company. Then it breaks down into three primary areas: product
management, marketing, and sales. Great leaders know the difference between business
growth and scaling their companies.

ORG600 Principles of Supervision 3 credits
The course provides an overview to the practical roles and duties of the supervisor. Emphasis
will be placed on the development of leadership skills, managerial functions and organizational
practices. Course topics will include the development of individual employees and teams,
decision making, human relations, the selection and evaluation of employees, issues of safety
and employee motivation.

ORG615 Employment Law for Managers 3 credits
This course reviews federal and state labor and employment legislation such as; Title VII
of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, American Disabilities Act, Family Medical Leave Act, the
Fair Labor Standards Act and the 2008 amendments. An overview of the fundamentals
of administrative law, regulatory control, laws and issues in employment, property,
contracts and ethical issues, will be discussed in the content for supervisors
and managers.

ORG620 Budgeting and Finance for Managers 3 credits
This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of general accounting and
budgeting practices. Students develop financial skills and budgeting principles and review
topics which include basic financial concepts and accounting, organizational financial planning,
various types of budgeting, the budget development process, budget forecasting, financial
accountability and risk assessment.

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