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MGT2007 Leadership

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: Leadership
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Business
Student contribution band : Band 4
ASCED code : 080307 - Organisation Management
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Gerard Betros

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


We live in a world where the range of local, national and international issues confronting our global community is increasingly complex and diverse, creating a great need around the world to find innovative ways of doing business. Leaders and potential leaders need to ensure they can develop the necessary skills to lead their followers in an effective and sustainable way in this complex environment. Leadership is no longer reserved for the executive echelon of management and a new challenge for business is to develop leadership skills in all managers, supervisors, professionals and technical experts so that the impetus for innovation exists throughout all levels of the organisation. Business graduates therefore need to recognise and understand the skills needed to lead. This course exposes students to the dynamics related to leadership and the exploration of being a leader in a changing world. The successful completion of this course will lay a sound foundation for enhanced leadership by developing the relevant knowledge and skills students require to apply appropriate leadership principles, practices and behaviour in their lives and within an organisational context.


This course commences with an examination of relevant theoretical and research perspectives on the nature and importance of leadership, after which, a study is made of various types, styles and approaches to leadership. These leadership styles and approaches 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. Students have the opportunity to analyse and evaluate contrasting leadership styles to develop their critical thinking and communication skills through academic writing. The course content contains a blend of theory, research and practical perspectives and applications.


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

  1. explore the nature, approaches to, and various styles of leadership and their significance in developing creativity and innovation;
  2. determine the efficacy of various leadership styles and approaches and communicate that in a professional manner to a range of audiences;
  3. think critically about what constitutes ethical and effective leadership in the civic and organizational domains;
  4. develop ethical research and enquiry skills and advanced level written communication skills.


Description Weighting(%)
1. The nature, traits and characteristics and styles of leaders 20.00
2. Traditional approaches of leadership 15.00
3. Power, politics, influence and ethics of leadership 15.00
4. Developing leadership within the organisation 20.00
5. Communication and conflict resolution skills 20.00
6. International and culturally diverse aspects of leadership 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). (

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DuBrin, AJ 2016, Leadership: research findings, practice, and skills, 8th edn, Cengage Learning, Boston, Massachusetts.
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 2017, The leadership experience, 7th edn, South-Western Cengage Learning, Mason, Ohio.
Gentilin, D 2016, The origins of ethical failures: lessons for leaders, Routledge, New York.
Parker, C & Stone, B 2003, Developing management skills for leadership, Pearson, Essex, United Kingdom.
Yukl, G 2019, Leadership in organizations, 9th edn, Pearson Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 50.00
Directed Study 60.00
Online Participation 26.00
Private Study 29.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 100 50 11 May 2021 (see note 1)
OPEN EXAM - TAKE HOME 100 50 End S1 (see note 2)

  1. Students are required to submit their assignment electronically. No hard copies will be accepted.
  2. This will be a take home exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are: To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

    Requirements after S1, 2021:
    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:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are: To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

    Requirements after S1, 2021:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are: An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

    Requirements after S1, 2021:
    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:
    Normally Deferred and Supplementary Examinations are held in the next Examination period. In S1 2021 selected courses will pilot an early Deferred and Supplementary Examination period held within 30 business days of results release. The list of courses involved can be found at

  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. 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

Date printed 18 June 2021