Leadership


                 Federation Business School

Course Title:   Leadership
Course Code:  BUMGT5970

Description of the course for handbook entry: This course involves a comprehensive examination of leadership in Australia and internationally. Students study individual, group and organisational issues, specifically in terms of current and traditional leadership models and paradigms; gender, ethical, and strategic issues; and the relationships between leadership and performance, group dynamics, and organisational culture.
Program Level:

Level of course in Program
AQF Level(s) of Program

5
6
7
8
9
10
Introductory






Intermediate




X

Advanced







Course Content:

• Introduction: prepare a personal definition of leadership
• Leadership: Definitions, models and classical schools of thought
• Nature or nurture; are leaders born or made?
• Values and ethics
• Leadership and gender
• Leadership and organisational culture
• International approaches to leadership
• Leadership development
• Public and not-for-profit leadership
• Dysfunctional leadership
• Leadership trends

Values:
Students completing this course will value:
·              The importance of different perspectives of leading and leadership.
·              The significance of leadership within the organisational context.
·              The magnitude and role of the international importance of leadership.
·              The benefits of socially responsible leadership.

Graduate attributes:
FedUni graduate attributes statement. To have graduates with knowledge, skills and competence that enable them to stand out as critical, creative and enquiring learners who are capable, flexible and work ready, and responsible, ethical and engaged citizens.

Describe how this course develops these:

Graduate Attribute
Brief Description
Low Focus
Medium Focus
High Focus
 Knowledge, skills and competence
Understanding one’s own leadership style in context of leadership research and theory.


X
– Critical, creative and enquiring learners
Gaining of knowledge and confidence in one’s own leadership capabilities.


X
 Capable, flexible and work ready
Becoming cognisant of one’s own leaderships roles in the work place and attendant responsibilities.


X
 Responsible, ethical and engaged citizens
Becoming aware of the international and cultural dimensions associated with leadership.


X

Learning Task and Assessment:

At the University a PASS is usually achieved at 50%.
Students are strongly advised to attempt ALL assessment tasks. Students who do not submit a task(s) or fail a task(s) in the semester will be identified as a ‘student at risk’ of unsatisfactory academic progress (outlined in the School Handbooks) and will be directed to the School’s Intervention Program. Students who encounter difficulties or who are otherwise concerned regarding their progress should consult their lecturer.
Assessment criteria set out the details by which performance in each task will be judged. This information will give a clear and explicit understanding of the expected standards to be achieved relative to the marks awarded.

Learning outcomes assessed
Assessment Task
Assessment Type
1.
K1, K3,K4
S1, S2, S3, S4

Students will be asked to analyse an aspect of leadership.
Essay

2
K1, K2, K3, K4
S1,S3, S4

Student write an essay that discussed the challenges of leading today and how we might improve our approaches to leadership development
Essay
3
K4
S3, S4, S5
A1, A2
Students keep a reflective journal that contributes to a report that outlines how the unit has shaped ideas and developed skills useful for learning and leading in the future
Report based on reflective journal

Assessment criteria set out the details by which your performance in each task will be judged. This information will give you a clear and explicit understanding of the standards you are expected to achieve relative to the marks awarded.
High Distinction (HD) An excellent piece of work. You have fulfilled the criteria of a distinction and beyond. Your work introduces new concepts, makes extensive and useful applications. Your answer has moved beyond the information given, extended the topic and challenged the reader.

Distinction (D) Your work fulfils the criteria of a credit but to a higher standard - argues well, articulate, convincing, and well supported with research. Your answer shows comprehension of the whole situation and implications in an organisation.

Credit (C) You have moved beyond a pass standard by showing evidence of wider reading and a higher level of understanding and analysis. Your answer focuses on several relevant issues.
Pass  (P) A reasonable attempt to cover the reading. Demonstrates some level of understanding, but poor analysis. A "pass" grade means you have adequately covered the topic.

Fail  (MN) There is little or no evidence of research. You have not addressed the topic adequately, you have used irrelevant information and you clearly have not understood the issues relevant to the topic.

Assessment Task 1:    The Leadership Context essay

Weight    20%
Length    1500 words

Details of task

Consider the roles and situations, and the leadership behaviours that might be required, in the table below. Choose two of these and write up to 750 words (per topic) on how leadership might be exercised and what are the contextual factors that are relevant. 

The topic

By the CEO of a multinational firm
Leading an inner city street gang
Conducting a symphony orchestra
By a sports coach
In an emergency rescue squad
In a Hollywood film cast and crew
In a hospital emergency room
By a Prime Minister/President
On a battlefield
By a social worker in an aged care home
By a diplomat
By a prison guard
By a supervisor on a construction site
In a sales presentation
After an earthquake
During a meeting where a person is informed he/she has been fired.
In a heart-to-heart talk among close friends.
In a rock group
By a maitre d’ in a restaurant
In a fundraising campaign



Assessment Task 2:  Essay: The challenge of leadership today?

Weight     40%
Length     3000 words

“The life of a modern-day leader clearly is not easy. Inside their organizations, they need to lead and motivate a diversified group of people, work across organizational boundaries, improve efficiency, and achieve growth. Externally, they face a complex and globalized environment; they have to manage the requirements of government, keep up with competitors, and meet the expectations of other stakeholders. And within this global environment, there are many cultural considerations leaders must face to be effective. They must work across cultural boundaries and alongside others who, at times, are very different from them and have different ways of getting work completed”

Gentry W.A, Eckert, R.H, Stawiski SA, and Zhao S (2016) Center For Creative Leadership, “The Challenges Leaders Face Around the World More Similar than Different” p3


There is a copy of this white paper on Moodle.

You are to write an essay where you discuss what you consider to be the major challenges of leadership in today’s world. 
Your essay needs to show evidence of reading widely on this topic. You must consider the following questions:
1.    What are the challenges of leading an organisation in today’s world?
2.    What needs to change in the way we frame and understand leadership if we are to meet the challenges of leading in such complex and uncertain times?
3.    What would be your main recommendations for improving the quality of leadership development programs? Comment on how your recommendations would help to address some of the limitations of approaches used to date to develop both leaders and leadership.

Assessment Task 3: Reflective Journal and Report

Weight     40%
Length     3000 words

Effective leadership is central to leading and managing an organisation at all levels.  Reflection is increasingly being recognised as an important tool to “cultivate on-the-job learning conditions” (Seibert 1999, p.201).

Reflection is a critical aspect of an authentic learning environment (Herrington, 2012; Herrington, Reeves, & Oliver, 2010; Lombardi, 2007).

You are required to keep a journal over the course of the semester that outlines how your understanding of the topic of leaders and leadership has been shaped by your participation in the course.

Your task is to produce a report that describes your growth, or journey, showing how your reading, participation in on-line work and reflection have shaped your view of what leadership is and isn’t. It can incorporate any reflections you may have noted during, or following, a class.

You will need to:
1.    Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which reflection is defined and understood academically
2.    Describe how the various class activities have shaped your understanding of yourself and others and the effect this is having on your capacity to lead, as well as to follow.
3.    You must in some way connect or relate your reflection to the readings assigned throughout the course.  You must reference at least 10 academic articles as well as making use of the textbooks on the topic of leadership. These references must be cited correctly.
4.    Describe other experiences that you consider relevant to describing how your thoughts, ideas and views of leading and leadership have emerged, or remained constant, for example, any work place experience such as a restructure, change of manager, or significant change that affected your employer, or your employment, or your life circumstances generally.

Sequence:

As semesters and contact hours vary between teaching locations, delivery is usually scheduled across three hours a week for 12 weeks. As the University offers many programs in a variety of formats please contact local lecturers for further information about the schedule.
Please note that the sequence and content of lectures and tutorials may need to be changed and the following information should be used as a guide only.
Week
Topics
Reading
1
Definitions and significance of leadership

See Topics 1 on Moodle
2
Leadership characteristics and behaviours


See Topics 2 on Moodle
3
Theories of leadership
Assessment Task 1: The Leadership Context essay
Due Sunday Week 3 via Moodle

 See Topic 3 on Moodle
4
Contemporary models of leadership
See Topic 4 on Moodle
5

Organisational Culture and Leadership

See Topic 5 on Moodle
6
Leading teams
See Topic 6 on Moodle
7
Leading change
Assessment Task 2:
Essay: The challenge of leadership today?
Due Sunday Week 7 via Moodle



See Topics 7 on Moodle
8
Leadership and Ethical Considerations

  See topics 8 on Moodle
9
Leadership trends – Gender issues, international leadership etc

See Topic 9 on Moodle
10
Power and Leadership

See Topic 10 on Moodle
11
Leadership Development

See Topic 11 on Moodle
12
Reflection:
Assessment Task 3: Reflective Journal and Report
Due Sunday Week 12 via Moodle



Adopted Reference Style:

Australian Psychological Association (APA) 6th ed. (2010)

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