Fundamentals of Leadership - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Simulation and Reflection (30%) , Assignment 2 - Case Study Analysis (35%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 3,950.00
International 4,200.00

Introduce MBA students to contemporary leadership theory and practice, including emergent leadership theories, ethics and governance, cross-cultural leadership and the role leaders play in building sustainable organisations. The focus is on the challenges leaders face in global organisations. Unit content is responsive to the increased complexity and rapid pace of contemporary society which demands higher, more ethical and more innovative levels of leadership. A multidimensional approach is adopted to critically analyse leaders and leadership, which includes doing, seeing, talking, reading and writing about leadership. Activities require students to integrate and synthesize these five leadership activities to demonstrate the development of theory from practice and practice into theory.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the foundations of leadership theory and practice,
  2. critically analyse leaders and leadership,
  3. evaluate leadership theories and their application within a range of challenges in global organisations,
  4. evaluate contemporary leadership theory and practice and integrate this into a personal leadership development framework.
  • Assignment 1 — Simulation and Reflection (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Case Study Analysis (35%)
  • Assignment 3 — Critical Evaluation (35%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to leadership: Why studying leadership matters
2The foundations of leadership development: knowledge, practice and values
3Defining Leadership & Management
4Tensions between theory and practice
5The Evolution of Leadership Theory: Charismatic, Values/Ethical, Transformational, Servant, Democratic, Situational, Authoritative
6Leadership Practice: HBR Team Leadership Simulation; Key team / people leadership capabilities
7Power / Influence and Decision Making
8Systemic Leadership: Networks, Systems thinking, Futures, Strategic leadership, Complexity
9Leadership Development: Strategies and interfaces, Personal Leadership Development Reflection, Leadership Panel from industry, Team Presentations
10Defining Leadership & Management
11Tensions between theory and practice
12The Evolution of Leadership Theory: Charismatic, Values/Ethical, Transformational, Servant, Democratic, Situational, Authoritative

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
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