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Foundations of Effective Leadership (MBS598)

Organisational Unit Business
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: AW6-internal
Description This unit locates Leadership within the strategy process and distinguishes leadership from management. Traditional theories of leadership are introduced but are not focused on. Instead the unit delves deeply into leadership as a capability that an organisation needs to develop. It relies heavily on the Sloan Distributed Leadership Model and draws on Ronald Heifetz's work on Adaptive Leadership.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Distinguish between leadership and management
2. Explain, interrelate and apply the four capabilities of sensemaking, relating, visioning and inventing
3. Explain the principles of leading adaptive work and the difference between technical and adaptive challenges
4. Through group work, to be conversant in applying key concepts to analyse and evaluate situations you find yourself in
5. With the help of your group, gain awareness of your own leadership capabilities through constructive reflective practises
Timetabled Learning Activities Up to 24 contact hours plus personal study including online, up to a total of 150 hours.
Unit Learning Experiences The unit is delivered using blended learning design features with core unit materials provided in a digital format followed up by small class knowledge application and skills development. This is enhanced by self-directed learning to further develop skills and application of knowledge to practical and current issues.
Other Learning Experiences Non-timetabled learning experiences are particularly important in this 3-point unit. The unit reading, preparation of assessment items and other out-of-class tasks involve independent, guided scholarship and the application of knowledge and skills with high level personal autonomy and accountability (important AQF Level 9 learning outcomes).
Assessment Assessments are structured to cover two domains and serve to function as outlined. The first domain is Application, with assessments scaffolded, with the formative leading to summative. The second is Awareness, which is also scaffolded into formative leading to summative.
Learning Journal, Formative, 30%
Presentation Formative, 30%
Reflective Analysis, Summative, 40%
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed MBS671/MBS6711/MBS6712/MBS687 Effective Leadership may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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