Leadership and Change

Subject BUSA90172 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

September, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 21-Sep-2015
Teaching Period 28-Sep-2015 to 03-Dec-2015
Assessment Period End 11-Dec-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 22-Sep-2015
Census Date 09-Oct-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 13-Nov-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Subject Overview:

Leadership & Change explores the role of leaders and the process of leadership in impacting and influencing organisational performance. In today’s leaner and flatter organisations, leaders require much more than just the authority associated with their position to be effective. The aim of this course is to examine the theory and practice of how leaders and leadership make a difference, with the explicit goal of having students reflect on their own leadership challenges and capabilities. Three themes underpin the subject content, process and assessment: 1. personal reflection is the basis for growth, learning and development as a leader; 2. learning comes from experience, and experiential activities and insights from the “here and now”; and 3. leadership involves questioning premises and initiating new directions rather than just implementing pre-determined trajectories.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate theories and concepts of leadership
  • Identify individual leaderships values, strengths and weaknesses
  • Have insight into interpersonal and group dynamics, being able to intervene to improve overall group learning about leadership
  • Apply insights and ideas about leadership, power and change in the group context
  • Practice various influencing and mobilising strategies to adopt in current and future leadership work
  • Improve capacity to inspire and lead others by clarifying how personal values and purpose are linked to leadership
  • Develop a sustainable development plan for personal leadership including identifying self-care strategies for managing stress and work

  • In-class experiential activities (20%)
    • Lecturer, peer and self-assessed
    • Throughout subject
  • Individual reflection (10%)
    • 800 words
    • Beginning of subject
  • Individual assignment - leadership profile (30%)
    • 2,000 words
    • Midway through subject
  • Individual personal leadership extended essay (40%)
    • 2,800 words
    • End of subject
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Master of Business Administration
Master of Business Administration
Master of Marketing
Master of Marketing

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