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201S Leadership and Motivation

Class Syllabus


Learning Objectives
Class Organization and Grading
Grading Policies
Textbook Information
Reading Ahead

Introduction --- $405 for members, $490 for non-members.. Book Not Included

Leadership is one of the most important skills a construction supervisor can master. 

Leadership can be learned.  While some people are natural born leaders, the rest of us  have to learn how to be good leaders. 

Motivation is a subject of extreme importance to anyone who supervises people.   Motivated workers are happier, more productive, more satisfied with their job and more willing to put forth extra effort.  The leader who truly understands human motivation will find much success in this industry.

Each class is 10 weeks and on average a student can expect to spend 3-5 hours per class.


Learning objectives:

By the end of this class you should:

  1. Use various styles of leadership and determine what type of leadership behavior is appropriate for the situation.
  2. Know the basics of the "science" of human motivation including the theories of Maslow and Hertzberg.
  3. Be able to apply basic management skills, ideas and principles that will be allow you to function more efficiently as a construction supervisor.
  4. Be able to lead by setting goals, by communicating openly and by setting a good example.
  5. Be able to coach your workers to obtain the desired results.
  6. Be able to get commitment from your workers and maintain control of your work crews.


Class Organization and Grading

The following table lists the learning modules, the maximum value in points a student can receive within each module, and the time in which the modules must be finished.  Each week you will have online class discussions (15 points) and a quiz (10 points). 


Point Value By End of Week
0. Student Orientation 0 Before start
1.Dollars and Sense of People in Construction 25 1
2. The Role of the Construction Supervisor 25 2
3. Helping People Perform Better 25 3
4.Motivation 25 4
5. Leading Others 25 5
6. You Get What You Expect 25 6
7. Positive Feedback 25 7
8.Training and Orienting Crew Members 25 8
9.Teams and Team Building 25 9
10.Leadership Skills in Action 25 10
Total Points


It is important that the student keep up with the class and not fall behind.   Course modules will be made available to students on Sunday of each week.  Class work must be completed before the following Monday.  Students will not be able to work ahead of the class although reading assignments will be made available in advance.   Actual dates that modules will become available will be posted in advance on the course calendar.


Grading Policies

Graded assignments will consist of one quiz for each module and participation in at least two class discussions.   Each quiz will count 10 points and class discussions will count 15 points per module.  Students should provide at least 3 contributions to the class discussions each week to gain the maximum points. Students learn more and learn better when they discuss the topic at hand.  For that reason, I consider the regular weekly discussions to be even more important than the weekly quizzes.

Grades will be posted on a weekly basis.  You will have full access to your grade sheet so you will be able to keep track of how you are doing at all times.

Your overall grade in the course will be determined by the total number of points you have accumulated on quizzes and assignments.   The grading scale is as follows:

  • A  225 to 250 points

  • B  200 to 224 points

  • C  175 to 199 points

  • D 150 to 174 points

  • Anything less will be considered an F or an unauthorized withdrawal from the course.

You will be given more information about the grading and other course matters in the Orientation Module.


The Textbook

The textbook for this class is Unit 1, Leadership and Motivation (S) 6th Edition, Participants Manual

Textbook ordering information can be found at this link.

The cost of each textbook is approximately $156 plus shipping and handling.  If you order a used book be sure you are getting the correct edition.

Allow at least 5 working days between ordering the book and receiving it by the least expensive shipping.  Foreign students should allow at least 2 to 3 weeks for delivery. You can have your book delivered more quickly by paying more for the shipping.


Reading Ahead

This table details the reading assignments for the entire course.  This will give you opportunity to read ahead and get a jump on upcoming modules.


Reading Assignment Start Date
0. Student Orientation None Optional/ Week 1
1.Dollars and Sense of People in Construction Read Unit 1 Week 1
2. The Role of the Construction Supervisor Read Unit 2, Week 2
3. Helping People Perform Better Read Unit 3 Week 3
4.Motivation Read Unit 4 Week 4
5.Leading Others Read Unit 5 Week 5
6.You Get What You Expect Read Unit 6 Week 6
7. Positive Feedback Read Unit 7 Week 7
8.Training and Orienting Crew Members Read Unit 8 Week 8
9.Teams and Team Building Read Unit 9 Week 9
10.Leadership Skills in Action Read Unit 10 Week 10



WITHDRAWAL POLICY: You may withdraw from a course by sending an email to  Non-attendance or notifying the instructor does not constitute officially dropping or withdrawing from a course. Students who stop attending courses without officially dropping will receive a grade of U (unauthorized withdrawal) in the class. Refunds are not automatic. NO refunds are due unless the course is officially dropped within stated guidelines in the refund schedule. Please type your name in the text box agreeing to the withdrawal policy.


Refund Schedule

a. Withdrawal postmarked at least one working day before the first day of class – total fee less a $20 handling fee.

b. Refund requests postmarked on or after the first day and no later than two weeks after the first day of class will be refunded 65% of the fee, after which time there is no refund.





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