Subject NRMT90017 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

February, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 25-Jan-2016
Teaching Period 08-Feb-2016 to 12-Feb-2016
Assessment Period End 29-Mar-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 27-Jan-2016
Census Date 12-Feb-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 04-Mar-2016

The teaching period for this subject is an intensive one-week program involving high profile industry leaders and mentors as presenters, held at the University of Melbourne. Pre-reading will be required prior.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 9.00 am - 5.00 pm Mon - Fri during the intensive teaching period
Total Time Commitment:

145 hours. Students will be required to attend the one-week intensive teaching period and also to commit extra time after for the follow-up assignment work. Students will be required to undertake some reading requirements during the pre-teaching period of this subject.


Permission of Subject Coordinator.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

To maximize rewards from undertaking this subject and to enable effective participation, students should have five years' experience in a working environment.

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.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Assoc Prof Ruth Nettle


Email: ranettle@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

Agri-organisations rely on organisational leadership as the basis for meeting the challenges of the industry sector and managing a dynamic workplace. Managers require an understanding of the leadership implications of the trends, issues and constraints relevant to their sector.
This subject focuses on the leadership role of managers in small, medium or large organisations involved in the agricultural value chain (e.g. on-farm, in food and fibre processing, professional services, government, or R&D organisations). This includes the traditional role of management, and consideration of different leadership models and current theories of leadership and leadership development for the modern organisation. The subject examines the leaders role related to:

  • Organisational culture and values
  • Social responsibilities and ethics
  • Managing change, creativity and innovation

Students are encouraged to explore their own perceptions and experiences of leadership, and apply these to real-life work examples in agri-organisation contexts.
This subject will cover:

  • Management versus leadership, the study of management and leadership, theories of leadership, leadership styles
  • Trends, constraints and factors influencing management practice in agribusiness organisations. Organisational values, culture and environment. The global environment
  • Followership, place-based leadership, gender and power in leadership, leading teams
  • Organisational social responsibility and ethical behaviour
  • Leadership and change, transformational leadership qualities, change management
  • Models of leadership development in organisations and in agriculture
  • Case studies of leadership in agri-organisations

Learning Outcomes:

The objective of this subject is to extend the participant's ability to:

  • Understand the role of leaders and managers
  • Assess theories of management and leadership
  • Identify and interpret the trends, issues and constraints affecting leadership practice in organisations across agri-organisations
  • Understand the importance of leadership succession
  • More effectively practice leadership in a range or organisational settings
  • Group presentations, 750 word summary and copy of PowerPoint presentation, due during the intensive teaching period worth 20%
  • A two-hour written examination, due at the end of the intensive teaching period worth 30%
  • One 2500 word individual assignment due at the end of March worth 50%

Prescribed Texts:

Daft, R. and Pirola-Merlo, A. (2009). The Leadership Experience: First Asia Pacific Edition. Cengage Learning: Melbourne. ISBN: 9780170134835.

Recommended Texts:

A reading pack will be available on the LMS prior to the residential week and will be available as a hard copy on the first day.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • A profound respect for truth, intellectual and professional integrity, and the ethics of scholarship
  • Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning
  • An ability to derive, interpret and analyse social, technical or economic information from primary and other sources
  • Awareness of an ability to utilise appropriate communication technology
  • Capacity for creativity and innovation, through the application of skills and knowledge
  • Ability to integrate information across a relevant discipline to solve problems in applied situations
  • Highly developed written communication skills to allow informed dialogue with individuals and groups from industry, government and the community
  • Highly developed oral communication skills to allow informed dialogue and liaison with individuals and groups from industry, government and the community
  • Appreciation of social and cultural diversity from a regional to a global context
  • Ability to participate effectively as a member of a team
  • Ability to plan work, use time effectively and manage small projects
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Sciences
Graduate Diploma in Agribusiness for Veterinarians
Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Sciences
Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Professional Leadership and Management
Master of Agribusiness
Master of Agribusiness (Coursework)
Master of Agricultural Science
Master of Animal Science
Master of Food and Packaging Innovation
Master of Forest Ecosystem Science
Master of Urban Horticulture
Postgraduate Diploma in Agricultural Science
Postgraduate Diploma in Food Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point (A) Master of Agricultural Sciences
100 Point (B) Master of Agricultural Sciences
150 Point Master of Agricultural Sciences
200 Point Master of Agricultural Sciences
Agribusiness Specialisation
Climate Change
Climate Change
Education and Social Change
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

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