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PDC5512 Leadership @ Work

Full Year, 2012 External Toowoomba
Units : 0.33
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: Retha Wiesner


Pre-requisite: For FBSC Group Students Only

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 <>.


In most work situations superior leadership is essential. Leadership is about working with and through other people, influencing behaviour and achieving worthwhile goals. This makes it very useful to develop a better understanding of what leadership entails and how leadership capabilities can be improved. In this course foundations are laid to develop the abilities to become a better leader in the context of the work environment. It will become clear that through superior leadership behaviour and dynamics, working people become the best source for enhancing competitive advantage.


In this course leadership is explored within the broader context of a changing world of work. The nature of and challenges related to leadership in the workplace are explored. This includes focusing on communication challenges in the modern-day organisation of the ICT-driven era. The essentials of group dynamics and developing better teams and enhancing team-work are also explored. Whenever two or more people work together we are bound to come across some conflict as well from time to time - and hence conflict and the management thereof are also investigated. As part hereof, the art of negotiation is also explored.


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

  1. analyse and apply various aspects pertaining to leaders and leadership behaviour in organisations, including the role of various leadership styles and communication
  2. evaluate how groups and teams develop and function, and how group dynamics affect performance
  3. critically analyse aspects related to conflict in the work context and apply different ways to manage it, including negotiation skills.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Leadership and communication 50.00
2. Groups, teams and team leadership 25.00
3. Managing conflict and the art of negotiation 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Wood, J, Zeffane, R, Fromholtz, M, Wiesner, R & Creed, A 2010, Organisational behaviour: core concepts and applications, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Queensland.

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
Directed Study 20.00
Private Study 20.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Not applicable.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    Not applicable.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Not applicable.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    Not applicable.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    Not applicable.

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable.

  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