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Academic Conduct, Leadership, and Ethics in Transportation (TL 789)

Instructors and Contact Information

Dr. Jill Hough, 410 Quentin Burdick Building
Phone: (701)231-8082
Email: jill.hough@ndsu.edu
Office hours: By appointment
Meeting time: Mondays 9:00-11:50 a.m.

Bulletin Description

This course focuses on leadership, ethics, and academic conduct in students' educational program, but then goes on to explore theories, concepts, and practices of leadership and ethics that students may apply to their career. Students will be exposed to irrefutable laws of leadership as well as principles for being a person of influence. They will learn theories of ethics and business ethics today focusing on transportation. They will learn how to identify ethical dilemmas and tools to assist in decision making. One outcome of the course is for students to develop and write their own personal code of conduct to apply in school and in their careers.

Course Objectives

The objective of this course is to expose students to academic conduct, principles in leadership, and theories and applications as they apply to ethics. There are ever increasing scandals in the business world and individuals are exposed to ethical dilemmas frequently. This course is designed to better equip students to become ethical leaders and help them to make more ethical decisions based upon theories and practice.

Evaluation Procedures and Criteria

Grades will be based on teh following:

Homework assignments25%
Online discussions / class participation10%
Final paper / project30%

The following scale will be used to assign letter grades.

Numerical ScoreLetter Grade
Below 60F


According to NDSU Policy 333, attendance in classes is expected. Class attendance is not a direct component of the course grade, but participation in class and online discussion boards accounts for 10% of the grade. Students unable to participate in class are expected to make up for it by participating in the online discussion boards. If you cannot attend a class, it is a courtesy to inform your instructor in advance if possible. Late assignments will have an automatic 10% deducted.

Course Schedule / Calendar of Events

Week 1Review Syllabus
Academic Conduct – What is it?
Ethics – What is it?
Leadership – What is it?
How are Academic Conduct, Leadership, and Ethics Related?
NDSU Student Code Ethics Resource Center Code of Conduct
Week 2Conduct Topics: Plagiarism – You must avoid it!
Exercises to avoid plagiarism
Other Conduct Topics...
Harvard Module, NDSU website
Week 3Personal values discussion and exercise
Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Chapters 1-11
Week 4Irrefutable Laws of Leadership21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Chapters 2-21
Week 5Online Quiz on Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
Leaders are People of Influence
Becoming a Person of Influence, Chapters 1-5
Week 6Leaders are People of InfluenceBecoming a Person of Influence, Chapters 6-10
Week 7Leadership Gold – Leaders need to knowLeadership Gold, Chapters 1-8
Week 8Midterm Exam (essay)
Week 9Leadership Gold – Lessons Every Leader Must KnowLeadership Gold, Chapters 9-17
Week 10Leadership Gold – More Lessons Every Leader Must know – Keep Learning to Keep LeadingLeadership Gold, Chapters 18-26
Week 11Online Quiz for Leadership Gold
Ethics and early philosophers – Plato / Aristotle / John Stuart Mill / Kant / Thomas Aquinas
Readings provided
Week 12Ethical Tests: Smell Test; Justice Test; Rights Test; Common Good Test; Character/Virtue Test (Online Quiz / MC)
Ethics 101
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics site
Ethics 101, all chapters
Week 13Business Ethics Social Networks
Corporate Social Responsibility;
Ethical Considerations in the Transportation Sector
Hypermobility Transport Ethics; Ethics in Price Discrimination (Homework – apply ethics tests to articles)
ERC Publication;
TRB article - Bitner 2010;
Khisty 2000
Week 14Generational Differences in Workplace Ethics (online discussion / short responses)
Ethics in the workplace (Transportation – Case Studies / Scenarios) (Homework – apply ethics tests to case studies)
ERC Publication
Week 15Ethics in Leadership – Level 5 LeaderJim Collins Good to Great, select chapters(provided)
Week 16Final Project Presentations - "My Ethical Code of Conduct"
Week 17Final Project Presentations - "My Ethical Code of Conduct"

Required Student Resources

Students must have access to a computer and the internet. The instructor's lecture notes will be made available. Additional references will be identified on the web.

Required books: 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, by John Maxwell; Leadership Gold, by John Maxwell; Becoming a Person of Influence, by John Maxwell; and Ethics 101, by John Maxwell; – additional handouts will be made available.

Disability Statement

Any students with disabilities or other special needs, who need special accommodations in this course are invited to share these concerns or requests with the instructor and contact the Disability Services Office as soon as possible.

Academic Honesty

The academic community is operated on the basis of honesty, integrity, and fair play. NDSU Policy 335: Code of Academic Responsibility and Conduct applies to cases in which cheating, plagiarism, or other academic misconduct have occurred in an instructional context. Students found guilty of academic misconduct are subject to penalties, up to and possibly including suspension and/or expulsion. Student academic misconduct records are maintained by the Office of Registration and Records. Informational resources about academic honesty for students and instructional staff members can be found at www.ndsu.edu/academichonesty

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