USQ Logo
The current and official versions of the course specifications are available on the web at
Please consult the web for updates that may occur during the year.

MGT8037 Leading Teams to Success

Semester 2, 2021 Online
Short Description: Leading Teams to Success
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: Retha Wiesner

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


This course explores cutting edge developments in team leadership, enabling participants to confidently lead any team they are likely to encounter in modern organisations to successful outcomes. Team-based structures are becoming more common as traditional hierarchical organisations are transitioning to flatter structures to allow more flexibility in perspectives and decision-making. Modern teams can be made up of peers or subordinates, with a diverse range of people, personalities, functions and capabilities, and can be in-house, global or virtual. Subsequently team leadership is an essential skill for managers at all levels of an organisation. Recent research suggests that future leaders will require a broader skillset than previously expected. Inspiring leaders require “soft” skills that develop trust in not just the team but the organisation, responsibility for their own work and that of their team, a shared understanding of how their work and the work of the team fits in to the greater goals of the business and an overall positive team climate that leads to better collaboration, communication and problem-solving. This course takes an innovative approach to developing the team leadership skills required by examining team leadership theory alongside contemporary issues, case studies and application exercises.

This course accordingly seeks to answer some fundamental questions:
1) What does it take to be an inspirational team leader?
2) How does the type of team, its structure and content, impact on team leadership?
3) What can you do to develop your team leadership skills in order to lead all types of teams to successful outcomes?


This course critically examines the changing nature of teams within organisations through past and present perspectives on team leadership. The course pays specific attention to leading diverse and cross-functional teams addressing the specific complexities and challenges of these through critical review, activities and case studies. More contemporary issues such as the emergence of virtual teams and shared leadership allows participants to challenge their thinking and anticipate future leadership trends. This course takes an innovate approach to developing and assessing participants' overall team leadership skills through the lens of the "soft" skills that lead to improved collaboration, communication and problem-solving. As these "soft" skills are not as readily apparent or measurable as other more technical skills, participants gain not only skills but also credentials to support their leadership goals. It is envisaged that this approach to the team will augment other leadership approaches offered across the program of study.


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

  1. acquire cognitive knowledge of past and present team leadership theories and practice;
  2. critically review the team leadership theories that help build successful teams in a variety of contexts;
  3. reflect on your own experiences in teams in relation to the leadership techniques examined;
  4. communicate the value of team leadership skills within a given context;
  5. apply a range of team leadership skills to real world problems.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Team leadership theories past and present 20.00
2. Content perspectives of developing team leadership skills 30.00
3. Specific issues in team leadership contexts 30.00
4. Applied processes for team leadership development 20.00

Text and Materials

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. (

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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 Expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 85.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 40 23 Aug 2021
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 60 18 Oct 2021

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:
    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:
    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:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  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 8 November 2021