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North Idaho College • Coeur d'Alene • Social & Behavioral Sciences • Sociology

Student Leadership Development SOSC-102

  • Spring 2013
  • Section 01
  • 2 Credits
  • 08/27/2012 to 12/20/2012
  • Modified 01/13/2014

Contact Information

Instructor: Heather Erikson

 Office: SUB ASNIC

  Phone: 665-5459

 Email: [email protected]

 Office Hours: By appointment

Meeting Times

Wednesday 3:00PM - 05:00PM      

Online Once Weekly (At your convience, log into Blackboard to complete your journal/discussion activity.)  


This course is designed to prepare students for their role as leaders on campus. Strengths-based curriculum will help students identify their personal strengths in order to increase proficiency and confidence as leaders. Experiential learning activities will be used to develop leadership styles, communication skills, diversity awareness and etiquette. Students will learn how these skills are an essential part of competent leadership on campus and in the community. Lecture: 2 hours per week


Required Reading

Individual StrengthsQuest Summary.

Text:  StrengthsQuest: Discover and Develop Your Strengths in Academics, Career, and Beyond

Donald O. Clifton (Author), Edward "Chip" Anderson (Author)    

*Do not purchase a used book! The book has a unique code you will need to take an assessment.   


Course Outcomes & Assessment

By the end of the semester, the student should be able to:


1.            Communicate effectively with small and large groups using presentation and communication styles that play to each student’s individual strengths.  This will be demonstrated through multiple experiential activities and reflective class discussions geared toward effective communication. 

2.            Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to effectively interact with others in a variety of dynamic situations.  This will be demonstrated through multiple experiential activities and reflective class discussion geared toward developing and applying critical thinking abilities.

3.            Display an understanding of their strengths and how to apply those strengths to their work as a student leader.  This will be demonstrated through the StrengthsFinder assessment and strengths-based assignments.

4.            Display an understanding of leadership concepts and the ability to apply these concepts to their work as a student leader.  This will be demonstrated through experiential class activities and strengths-based assignments geared toward improving and practicing leadership skills.

5.            Gain increased self-confidence as leaders and effective communicators.  This will be assessed in student journals and class discussion and will take place throughout the course, after new skills are learned in each of the above outcome areas.



Course Activities and Grading

This course is highly interactive and requires that students participate in class activities and reflective discussions.  Student participation is not simply showing up for class.  Students are expected to thoughtfully contribute to and engage in all activities.    


Late Work

Assignments turned in late will result in the loss of one letter grade for that assignment.


Assignments & Grading Scale                                                      Points Possible

  1. StrengthsFinder                                                                           100
  2. Strengths      (final) Activity                                                          100
  3. Leadership      Activity                                                                  100
  4. Reflective      Journals                                                                  100
  5. Class Participation                                                                       200
  6. Volunteer     Participation                                                             200
  7. Campus Particpation (4 events, 50 pts for each)                            200                                                             

                                                                                                1000 total points


A= 940-1000 pts.                         C= 730-769 pts.

A-= 900-939 pts.                         C-= 700-729 pts.

B+= 870-899 pts.                         D+= 670=699 pts.

B = 830-869 pts.                         D= 630-669 pts.

B-= 800-829 pts.                         D-= 600-629 pts.

C+= 770-799 pts.                         F= 0-599 pts.


Course Policies

Policies and Classroom Expectations


Attendance and Participation:  Students are expected to attend and participate in all class meetings.  Any unexcused absence will result in a loss of one letter grade. 


Americans With Disabilities Act: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, NIC provides services and accommodations to students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional, physical, mobility, visual or hearing disabilities.  For more information, please contact The Center For Educational Access in the College Skills Center, LKH 135, 769-5947 as well as us.


Behavior:  Students are expected to demonstrate responsible and respectful behavior at all times.  No cell phones or pagers are allowed in class. 


Assignments Details        


  1. StrengthsFinder       Due the 2nd class period.                                                                                      

Take StrengthsFinder assignment online, print results. Read text of five strengths.

Understand personal strengths characteristics; know your themes be ready to discuss results in class.


  1. Strengths      Activity                                                                                          End of Class

Pick a topic to teach the class about utilizing your strengths. Lead class to understand
or learn your topic, and then relate your activity and teaching method to your strengths.


  1. Leadership Activity                                                                              Sign up for Date

Plan, lead, and debrief a leadership activity, “energizer” or “icebreaker”.

Provide an electronic write up of your activity, including: instructions, supplies
needed, debrief instructions and source used.


  1. Reflective      Journal                                      Weekly by Tuesday

Weekly electronic journal emailed. Topic emailed Monday after class.

The Journals are meant to be a reflection. I will respond back to you and sometimes ask you to go deeper into the reflection. The initial answer and the response count into your grade.


  1. Participation

Part 1: Attendance is an obvious requirement to participation; please plan on being in class. If you have to miss class please make arrangements with me to make up the discussions and participation. If you are sick…STAY HOME!!! Otherwise, come to class prepared with the day’s topic, offer opinions and questions readily.

Part 2: Service/Volunteering
Project notification due: by third week of class.
Paper Due: End of Class

Volunteer with a local non-profit, a minimum of 6 hours. This should be with a local non-profit organization that you do not already volunteer with regularly. Check and for ideas of where to volunteer.

Write a paper (approximately 500 words) about your experience. Include a description of the work you did, how you utilized all five of your strengths, how you were able to engage in leadership. You may also include a description of how leadership was displayed by others.

Part 3: Campus Participation

Participate in four campus events, submit a brief description and how leadership was displayed.


Example Schedule

WEEK 1: 

  • Introductions/Syllabus
  • Activity Schedule
  • StrengthsFinder Assessment
  • Leadership Overview

WEEK 2: 

  • Leadership Activity
  • StrengthsFinder (Taken Prior to Class)
  • Quality Challenge

WEEK 3: 

  • Leadership Activity
  • Developing Strengths in Leadership
  • Strengths Activities

WEEK 4: 

  • Leadership Activity
  • Leading and debriefing Activities
  • Developing Strengths in Leadership
  • Etiquette

WEEK 5: 

  • Leadership Activity
  • Problem Solving
  • Leadership Activity
  • Intro to Diversity   

WEEK 7: 

  • Leadership Activity
  • Diversity Activity

WEEK 8: 

  • Field Trip

Week 9:    

  • Communication
  • NIC Resources 

Week 10: 

  • Strengths and Leadership Activity

Week 11: 

  • Strengths and Leadership Activity



Additional Items

Division Policies

For a complete explanation of the North Idaho College Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity please ferfer to Policy 5.06 & Procedure 5.06.01: 

Academic Dishonesty
Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North Idaho College. These violations include the following:

Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study in any academic exercise.
Fabrication: falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic exercise.
Plagiarism: knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own in an academic exercise.
Violation of Intellectual Property: stealing, altering, or destroying the academic work of other members of the community or the educational resources,materials, or official documents of the college. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: knowingly helping another to attempt to violate any provisions of this policy.

Student Responsibility
As outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, all North Idaho College students have both rights and responsibilities: Please access www.nic.ferpa.StudentCode/index.htm for complete information that pertains to this subject.

North Idaho College, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, provides both services and accommodations to students who meet the guidelines provided in these acts.  For a complete description, please see:

Please contact the North Idaho College Center for Educational Access in Seiter Hall, Room 100 for assistance.  Phone:  208-769-5947

To withdraw from all courses a student must obtain a college withdrawal form from the Registrar's Office, secure the signatures of those persons indicated on the form, and return the form to the Registrar's office. No student may withdraw from the college after the final date of withdrawal from courses except for compelling and extraordinary reasons. In such circumstances a student must petition the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee for late withdrawal from college using the college withdrawal form available in the Registrar's Office.


For complete information regarding student withdrawals, please see the North Idaho College Policy 5.04.01: 

Institutional Policies

Student Code of Conduct

The Student Code of Conduct applies to any student enrolled at North Idaho College.  This includes, but is not limited to, face-to-face classes and Internet classes.

Student Responsibilities

As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.

Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access. 

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester.


By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.

If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.


Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes:

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure:

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid.  See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy:

Additional withdrawal information:


An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length).  Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury.  Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session.  If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency.  The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.

All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session.  If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.

Discrimination and Harassment

North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind.  For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, Edminster Student Union Building, (208) 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, (208) 769-3304) for employee issues.

Institutional Statement

DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT:  By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You will be dropped from classes if payment is not received by  5 p.m. Pacific Time on the third day of the semester. Students on the waitlist will be given the option to register for classes after students are dropped for non-payment.

REMOVAL FROM CLASS FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  Attendance is based on your participation in this class. Failure to attend may result in your being removed from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. You are responsible for confirming the accuracy of your attendance record.