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Course Details

Course Details

Course Code: BUSN641 Course ID: 3910 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

A comparative analysis of the various theories, principles, and styles of leadership and how they apply to the management and governance challenges in nonprofits; complex organizations with a wide range of stakeholders and often fragile and fragmented financing.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the significance behind properly leading a nonprofit organization.
  • Learn the legal structures of nonprofit and charitable enterprise.
  • Learn how the nonprofit sector is legally structured and how mission related to leadership performance and service outcomes.
  • Better understand the nonprofits requirement to raise money and be fiscally responsible while planning, executing and controlling fundraising initiatives.
  • Learn proper planning and decision-making through careful management of employees, managers, paid staff, volunteers, etc.
  • Understand the need how to how legal requirements shape nonprofit governance and executive leadership decision making.
  • Know the legal and ethical responsibilities of nonprofit corporate directors and how the board of directors and key stakeholders effect leadership decisions.
  • Appreciate why ethical leadership behavior is critical in the nonprofit enterprise.
  • Learn how nonprofits govern themselves by using board of directors, advisory groups and other external sources.
  • Know how nonprofits divide work and how they organize themselves to accomplish their public service missions with executive decision oversight and board of director governance.

Describe how you will evaluate your students for each graded activity.

Reading Assignments:
As you enter this course there are five things you need to monitor. First, this syllabus will give you an overview of the flow of the course, the required readings, and the various assignments. Second, each week there are three things to do. The Lessons provide what would be similar to the lecture you might have from your professor in a classroom setting. It is important to read the lectures since they help place the material in context and elaborate on ideas or concepts.

Supplemental Readings: May be assigned during by the Instructor.

Forum Assignments:
There is a forum question for each week. You should try to post a reply to the forum question early in the week since that is where others in the class and you will communicate. You should also comment on, provide feedback to, and question postings from other students. The nonprofit sector is so diverse and there is so much to learn. Therefore, we all, including me, will learn from others in the class. But that only happens if we hear from you.
Your initial forum posts should be done early in the week to allow your classmates to comment on and discuss issues in this area. This enables class discussion and is an important part of your learning in a graduate course.

Homework Assignments:
Each week there is also a graded assignment that is linked to your grade book. I have posed a question and have asked that you respond with a more formal posting usually about 500 words to answer the question I have asked. These questions are meant to expand your thinking beyond what is in the reading material. Assignments may be posted at the very end of the week, however, they need to be posted prior to 11:55 p.m. EST on Sunday evening.

Exams/Quizzes: None.

Field Experience Assignments: None.

Research Paper Project:
The last item to bring to your attention is the research paper. It is due at the end of Week Seven. It is due before the last week because I want an opportunity to get feedback to you before the semester is completed. Instructions for the research paper are found both in the Syllabus and the Assignments sections of the course. The research paper requires research and should be started at the end of the first week. Eight weeks is not a long time to research and write a graduate-level paper.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you need any help. I see my role as a partner in your learning and I will be pleased to help you with course content or navigating the Sakai platform. I won't necessarily know you need help unless you tell me. Since these 8-week courses go so quickly, please don't let a problem linger. Consider this a team effort and we're both on the same team!

NameGrade %
Discussion Forums 25.00 %
Introduction Forum 3.13 %
Week 2 Forum 3.13 %
Week 3 Forum 3.13 %
Week 4 Forum 3.13 %
Week 5 Forum 3.13 %
Week 6 Forum 3.13 %
Week 7 Forum 3.13 %
Week 8 Forum 3.13 %
Research Paper 35.00 %
Research Paper - Due Week 7 35.00 %
Assignments 40.00 %
Week One Assignment 6.67 %
Week Two Assignment 6.67 %
Week Three Assignment 6.67 %
Week Four Assignment 6.67 %
Week Five Assignment 6.67 %
Week Eight Assignment 6.67 %

Additional Resources

Heyman, Darian R. Nonprofit Management 101 : A Complete and Practical Guide for Leaders and Professionals. ment

Web Sites

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Book Title:Performance Management for Government, Universities, Schools and NGOs : A practical and Informative Textbook for Managing Performancein service delivery-orientated organisations (Ebook available in the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info:Knowres Publishing
Author:Bussin, Mark
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.