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MGT8038 Leadership Development

Semester 1, 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: Ray Gordon
Moderator: Heather Maguire

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 leadership of organisations is currently faced with challenges on many fronts. Many of these challenges relate to issues that are connected with exponential rates of change in different areas or hyper competition. This is new in the history of organisations and requires a new approach to leadership and leadership development. This course seeks to provide a new approach to leadership development that can harness the input of staff across the organisation.


This course is designed to allow current and/or prospective leaders in organisations to reflect on the nature of leadership and the development thereof in organisations, from theoretical as well as practical perspectives. Those enrolled in this course are challenged to apply analytical and critical thinking about what organisational leadership is all about and what concomitant challenges relate to developing the leadership capabilities of organisations. The focus is both on the leader and on leadership. Relevant theoretical perspectives and developments are explored and those enrolled are then also challenged to consider the actual organisational implications and relevance of these. Relevance and implications at the level of the individual are also not neglected. The second half of the course specifically focuses on content, process and context aspects related to leader and leadership development. This course can be regarded as the foundation course for the Leadership specialisation offered at postgraduate level through the Faculty of Business and Law.


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

  1. analyse and critically discuss different theoretical perspectives of leadership and relate these to the challenges faced by the managerial leaders of modern day organisations
  2. analyse and critically discuss leadership competencies and their relation to leadership effectiveness and the success of twenty-first century organisations
  3. analyse and critically discuss various issues regarding the processes and contextual variables related to leadership development and explain how to deal with the implications hereof in practice
  4. conduct research to find possible solutions to the problem
  5. critique more complex theory, concepts, and processes
  6. compose a piece of writing that adheres precisely to disciplinary or professional conventions
  7. evaluate and predict the impact of different cultural perspectives on norms and practices within their discipline
  8. approach tasks in novel or innovative ways.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Leadership theory 40.00
2. Content perspectives of leader development 20.00
3. Process and context issues in leadership development 40.00

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. (

  • DuBrin, AJ 2010, Leadership: research findings, practice, and skills, 6th edn, South-Western/Cengage Learning, Mason, Ohio.
  • Van Velsor, E, McCauley, CD & Ruderman, MN (eds) 2010, The Center for Creative Leadership: handbook of leadership development, 3rd edn, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, California.

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
ESSAY - LIT REVIEW & DIARY 100 50 16 Apr 2012

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:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  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. Prior to submission, you must process your assignments through 'Turn-it-in'. A submission tab is available in the discussion forum for each assignment on the MGT8038 study desk. You select the Turn-it-in hyperlink and attach your file for checking. Once it has been checked, a similarity index hyperlink will appear next to your document name. Click on this link and you can then download this file in PDF or HTML. This will provide you with similarity information and you can adjust your file as is needed before submitting your assignment for marking. Once you are happy with your assignment, it MUST be lodged electronically in Word format via the EASE system. You can access the EASE system via the course home page for MGT8038 in the study desk, accessible via UConnect. The assignment must be submitted by 11.59pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). No hard copies will be accepted. Students should note the penalties detailed in the assignment marking criteria for various breaches of USQ regulations such as plagiarism in its different forms. Students are advised to access the University link about communication skills located on the MGT8038 course home page to make sure that their writing skills are at an appropriate level. Where a word length is set for an assignment, then students must not exceed the word length by greater than 10% of the word limit. Where a student exceeds the word length by greater than 10% of the word limit, a penalty of 10% of the available marks for the assignment will apply.

  2. All assignments must be submitted in WORD format.

  3. 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

Other requirements

  1. Students are required to access the MGT8038 Intranet mail accessible via UConnect on a regular basis. This is the official communication centre for the course.

  2. 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

  3. All assignments must be submitted in Microsoft Word format. No hard copy assignments will be accepted and penalties will be applied.

  4. All written assessments are to be lodged electronically via the MGT8038 course Website in UConnect. Details on the actual procedure will be provided to students in the Introductory Book and also via the Study Desk in the MGT8038 course Website.