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MGT2007 Leadership

Semester 1, 2013 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business and Law
School or Department : School of Management and Marketing
Version produced : 19 April 2014

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Staffing

Examiner: Ray Gordon
Moderator: Peter Murray

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.

Rationale

We live in a world where the breadth of local, national and international issues confronting our global community is both increasingly complex and diverse; this creates a great need around the world to find new and improved ways of doing business. Leaders and potential leaders need to ensure they have or can develop the necessary skills to lead their followers in an effective way in this complex environment. Followers can improve their effectiveness and their relationships with their leaders, through an increased understanding, appreciation, and recognition of the skills needed to lead. This course exposes the student to the dynamics related to leadership and being a leader in a changing world. The successful completion of this course will lay a good foundation for becoming a better leader by developing the relevant knowledge, understanding and skills pertaining to the utilisation and application of appropriate leadership principles, practices and behaviour in life in general, but in particular also in an organisational context.

Synopsis

After making a thorough study of relevant theoretical and research perspectives on the nature and importance of leadership, a study is made of various types and styles of and approaches to leadership. These include charismatic and transformational leadership as well as contingency and situational leadership. The roles, tasks and required attributes of leaders are also explored, as well as the interplay between leadership and a broad range of organisational dynamics. The studying of such themes is contextualised within the shift from the industrial to the knowledge and information era and strategic thinking as an integrating mechanism is therefore also explored. The course content contains a good blend of theory, research and practical perspectives and applications.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. describe the meaning, importance, and nature of leadership, including leadership roles
  2. identify personal attributes associated with effective leadership
  3. explain the relationship between ethics and leadership
  4. describe how leaders can use knowledge management, and develop a learning organisation
  5. compare and contrast various theories of leadership including charismatic, transformational, and contingency and situational theories of leadership
  6. understand how leaders use power and politics
  7. describe leaders' influence tactics
  8. understand how leaders foster teamwork, empower team members, and communicate
  9. explain leadership skills for motivation and coaching
  10. critically evaluate the relationships between creativity, innovation and management
  11. identify the social, environmental and cultural context of leadership
  12. demonstrate ethical research and enquiry skills and advanced level written communication skills by preparing and submitting written assignments that adhere to the norms of academic integrity
  13. demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills by comprehending and analysing the leadership literature and providing suitable responses in a suitable academic form
  14. demonstrate academic and professional literacy skills by understanding and applying relevant principles, concepts and theory.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. The nature of leadership 6.00
2. Traits, motives, and characteristics of leaders 6.00
3. Charismatic and transformational leadership 7.00
4. Leadership behaviours, attitudes and styles 7.00
5. Contingency and situational leadership 7.00
6. Leadership ethics and social responsibility 7.00
7. Power, politics, and leadership 6.00
8. Influence tacts of leaders 6.00
9. Developing teamwork 7.00
10. Motivation and coaching 7.00
11. Creativity, innovation and leadership 7.00
12. Communication and conflict resolution skills 7.00
13. Strategic leadership and knowledge management 7.00
14. International and culturally diverse aspects of leadership 7.00
15. Leadership development and succession 6.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2013&sem=01&subject1=MGT2007)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • Du Brin, AJ 2010, Leadership: research findings, practice, and skills, 6th edn, South-Western Cengage Learning, Mason, Ohio.
  • Moodle online access: All students are required to access the Moodle site for MGT2007 through UConnect. In particular, regular checking of the discussion board is required.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Bowman-Kestner, PB & Ray, L 2002, The conflict resolution training program participant's manual, Jossey-Bass Pfeiffer, San Francisco, California.
  • Daft, RL & Lane, P 2010, The leadership experience, 5th edn, South-Western Cengage Learning, Mason, Ohio.
  • Parker, C & Stone, B 2003, Developing management skills for leadership, Pearson, Essex, United Kingdom.
  • Yukl, G 2010, Leadership in organizations, 7th edn, Pearson Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
  • Moodle MGT2007 discussion groups.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 42.00
Directed Study 98.00
Private Study 20.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
QUIZZES 0 0 25 Feb 2013 (see note 1)
ESSAY 100 50 28 Apr 2013 (see note 2)
EXAM PART A (MULTI-CHOICE) 20 10 End S1 (see note 3)
EXAM PART B (WRITTEN) 60 40 End S1

NOTES
  1. Students will be provided with short quizzes to enable them to test their understanding. These quizzes DO NOT contribute to your overall mark. They are formative assessment and as such are for your practice and learning to build your knowledge of the content area of leadership.
  2. Students will be required to submit their essay through 'turnitin' prior to submitting their assignment through EASE.
  3. The examination is scheduled to be held in the end-of-semester examination period. Students will be advised of the official examination date for Exam (Parts A and B) after the timetable has been finalised. The total working time for Exam (Parts A and B) is 2 hours.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    If you are an international student in Australia, you are advised to attend all classes at your campus. For all other students, there are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval of the examiner, then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    This is a closed examination. Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. Assignments: (i) The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the examiner. (ii) Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within 24 hours if required by the examiner. (iii) In accordance with university policy, the examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances. (iv) In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the examiner's convenience.

  2. Course weightings: Course weightings of topics should not be interpreted as applying to the number of marks allocated to questions testing those topics in an examination paper. They merely reflect the amount of material in the text and not the importance of the topic areas.

  3. Referencing in assignments: Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access: Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.