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MGT8037 Team Leadership

Semester 2, 2012 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business and Law
School or Department : School of Management and Marketing
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Cec Pedersen
Moderator: Ray Hingst

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 The course leader will use the Moodle Study Desk forums to make announcements about the course. Students are required to actively monitor course discussion forums on the Moodle Study Desk on a regular [minimum twice weekly] basis and contribute appropriately.


This course is designed to fulfil two purposes. It is first and foremost intended to equip business leaders and managers with a mix of theory and practical tips to assist them to lead teams and groups in their organisations. The practice relevant content in the course comes from the recommended text, which has plenty of workplace related content on topics including: communication within groups and teams, systems and group development theories as tools to help you think about groups and teams, shared and vertical forms of group/team leadership, managing group and team meetings, decision-making and problem solving, power and conflict in groups/teams and technology and virtual groups/teams. To balance the hands-on feel of the text, the written assessment required in this course will afford students the opportunity to become familiar with their personal professional framework team leadership. This framework refers to the mixture of theory, personal insights and experience that students draw upon when enacting a group/team leadership role.


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

  1. demonstrate understanding of a broad range of introductory concepts related to teams, groups, leadership and group/team leadership
  2. reflect on their experiences of group/team leadership and the associated theory
  3. research and articulate their personal, professional ‘framework for practice’ as a team leader
  4. use their team/group framework for practice to develop a response to an applied group/team leadership scenario.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introductory concepts: introduction to groups and teams 15.00
2. Introductory concepts: introduction to leadership 15.00
3. Introductory concepts: shared/distributed leadership 10.00
4. Types and or levels of group/team leadership: executive versus front line teams/groups 10.00
5. Types and or levels of group/team leadership: leading virtual teams/groups 10.00
6. Types and or levels of group/team leadership: leading diverse teams/groups 10.00
7. Issues: group/team meetings, decision-making and problem solving 10.00
8. Issues: power and conflict in groups/teams 10.00
9. Issues: sustaining teams 10.00

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). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Rothwell, JD 2012, In mixed company: communication in small groups, 8th edn, Wadsworth Cengage Learning, Boston, Massachusetts.

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.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 50.00
Directed Study 80.00
Private Study 35.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
2-HOUR EXAMINATION 40 40 End S2 (see note 1)

  1. The examination is scheduled to be held in the end-of-semester examination period. Students will be advised of the official examination date after the timetable has been finalised.

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 will be an open examination. Candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during 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

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 assignment 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) Students who do not have regular access to postal services or who are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner to negotiate such special arrangements. (v) 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. 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

  3. Course weightings: Course weightings of topics should not be interpreted as applying to the number of marks allocated to questions testing those topics in the assignments.

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