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Generational Issues

Course Details

Course Number
RADS 6003
Section Number
RADS 6003
Summer I 2016
Days & Times


Dr. Kevin R. Clark (view Profile)


Publication Manual of the American Psychological A
Sticking Points: How to Get 4 Generations Working
Generations at Work: Managing the Clash of Boomers
Course Objectives

The student will:

  • Identify the various generational cohorts.
  • Compare characteristics of different generations in today’s classrooms and workplaces.
  • Suggest ways educators and managers can teach and lead members of different generations.
Course Expectations

The course features provocative insights and practical solutions for understanding generational differences, resolving conflicts, and managing/teaching effectively in today’s age-diverse workplaces and classrooms.

Grading Standards

Discussion Forum Facilitation


Movie/Book Critique




Directed Reading Quiz



Percentage Required










59 and below










Deadlines for submission of assignments are provided in this syllabus. Failure to comply with the established deadlines may result in a grade reduction. Assignment submissions will be considered complete and will be graded as such.

The last opportunity to drop this course with a grade of "W" is 4:00pm, CST, July 14, 2016.

Submission Format Policy

Discussion Forum Facilitation (40%)
For this assignment, students are required to facilitate a discussion forum on generational differences. Students will post their original discussion to the appropriate discussion board by the due date indicated on the course schedule in this syllabus. Students are expected to contribute to the discussion throughout the semester once the original post is submitted.

How students decide to facilitate the discussion is at their discretion as long as the focus is on generational issues. Students can choose to post a journal article and have peers reflect on the importance of acknowledging the different generations in the workplace; students can post a case study or a hypothetical situation and require peers to discuss strategies for leading and managing the different generations; or students can post a discussion question and have peers critically think how generational issues affect patient care or some other relevant issue in health care. Ultimately, you decide on the approach. Have fun and think outside of the box!

The main goal is to facilitate deep, rich discussions. A good strategy to employ is to end each discussion post with a question. This will promote effective facilitation and ensure deep, continued discussions.

Obviously, not only will students have to submit an original post and facilitate that discussion, but they will also be required to reply to their peers’ discussion forums. Plan accordingly and be prepared to fully participate in this discussion area often.

The instructor will evaluate the quality, relevancy, and consistency of each student’s participation based on the following criteria: timeliness of posts, evidence of thoroughly preparing the forum, consistent facilitation, and appropriate mechanical uses (spelling, grammar, punctuation, and APA). It is acceptable for students to write using personal pronouns and include their personal perspectives for this assignment. As needed, students should use appropriate APA format for in-text citations within the discussion posts.

Movie/Book Critique (30%)

It is interesting (and sometimes surprising) to examine non-scholarly products from a scholarly perspective. Movies or books can portray social issues or themes in such dramatic or compelling ways that they leave a lasting impression.


After watching a movie or reading a non-textbook (TV series is acceptable) and considering how it portrays generational issues, students will post a critique on the appropriate discussion board by the due date indicated on the course schedule in this syllabus. It is not mandatory to reply to the posts of peers for this assignment. The original post should include:


  • Brief summary of the story line or plot.
  • Description of how the movie or book supports or does not support the information presented in the course and assigned textbooks.
  • Explanation of why the student would/would not recommend this movie or book to someone who wants to learn more about generational issues.

The instructor will evaluate the critique based on the above criteria as well as mechanical issues (spelling, grammar, punctuation, and APA). It is acceptable for students to write using personal pronouns and share their personal perspectives for this assignment. As needed, students should use appropriate APA format for in-text citations within the critique.

Self-Reflection (20%)

Students will complete a short questionnaire that addresses the question: How Millennial are you? A link to the questionnaire is available within D2L. Students will take a screenshot of their results and write a self-reflection discussing how they feel about the results (are the results surprising, what stands out most, is this a good assessment tool, etc.). Students are encouraged to incorporate content from the generational textbooks into this reflection. The final reflection should be submitted to the appropriate dropbox by the due date indicated on the course schedule in this syllabus. This reflection should be formatted like previous course papers adhering to APA format, 6th edition. There is no length requirement for this assignment; however, students will be graded based on completion and thoughtfulness of reflection.


Generational Differences Quiz (10%)

Students will read a directed reading article on generational differences. The article is available within D2L. After reading the article, students will complete a short quiz within D2L covering content from the article. Students may use the article to answer the questions. The quiz format contains only multiple choice questions.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late Paper Policy

All assignments have due dates listed in the course schedule within this syllabus. Due dates are in place to keep students on target for the semester and allow for instructors to provide detailed, constructive feedback. Assignments not turned in on time will result in a "0" being assessed for that assignment. With that being said, the instructor understands students who are enrolled in the MSRS program tracks may be responsible for managing many employees/students and family matters. If a student needs any assistance regarding a deadline, the student must contact the instructor at least two (2) days before the due date to discuss the issue. "After the fact" will not be accepted and will result in a grade of "0." Emergencies (death, severe illness, etc.) occur; thus, students should contact the instructor as soon as possible to resolve any due date conflicts. Extensions will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

This is an online course, and there are no mandatory face-to-face sessions. However, the student should be vigilant in logging into D2L for announcements and discussion board participation. Regular email checks will ensure messages from the instructor are received in a timely manner.

Other Policies

Academic Dishonesty
RADS 6003 adheres to the MSU Code of Student Conduct. In particular, academic dishonesty, however small, creates a breach in academic integrity. A student's participation in this course comes with the expectation that his or her work will be completed in full observance of the MSU Code of Student Conduct. A student should consult the MSU Student Handbook for answers to any questions about the code.

Some components of RADS 6003 are designed to be highly interactive with students helping each other learn; however, all written assignments are designed to represent the efforts of each student individually and not to be shared. When students submit their efforts for grading, they are attesting they have abided by this rule.

By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a "limited right" in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The "limited right" shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student's work product in order to verify originality and authenticity and for educational purposes.

Special Needs
In accordance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, MSU endeavors to make responsible adjustments in its policies, practices, services, and facilities to ensure equal opportunity for qualified persons with disabilities to participate in all educational programs and activities.

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) provides information and assistance, arranges accommodations, and serves as a liaison for students, instructors, and staff. The ODS has assistive devices such as books on tape, recorders, and adaptive software which can be loaned to qualified individuals. A student/employee who seeks accommodations on the basis of disability must register with the ODS in the Counseling Center, Clark Student Center, Room 108. Documentation of disability from a competent professional is required.

Individuals with grievances related to discrimination or lack of accommodation on the basis of a disability are encouraged to resolve the problem directly with the area involved. If the matter remains unresolved, the ODS will provide advice and/or assistance. The grievance procedure may be found in the Student Handbook and Activities Calendar.

The Director of the Counseling Center serves as the ADA Coordinator and may be contacted at (940) 397.4618, TDD (940) 397.4515, or 3410 Taft Blvd., Clark Student Center, Room 108.

Administrative Process
Unresolved issues related to this course should be first addressed between the student and the course instructor. If there is no resolution, students must follow this sequence:

    Department Chair/Graduate Coordinator - Dr. Jeff Killion (940) 397.4679
    College Dean - Dr. James Johnston (940) 397.4594
    Dean of Students - Matthew Park (940) 397.7500

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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