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MGT8055 Leadership Project 1

Semester 1, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Business
Student contribution band : Band 4
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022


Examiner: Peter Murray


Pre-requisite: MGT8033 and MGT8038 and MGT8037 and MGT8048


Leadership project 1 requires students to reflect on the know-how and know-why of leadership theory by applying relevant leadership knowledge learned in the program to real-life practical problems. Students will apply theory learned to practical experiences in places of work by nominating a specific leadership challenge, issue or problem. Working independently, or as part of a leadership team if required, they will conduct an investigation and problem/needs analysis of the leadership challenge, problem or issue. They will develop and test a number of work-based solutions to solve the leadership issues identified and will be required to develop relevant media such as a visual presentation to communicate various solutions to a range of audiences. Leadership project 1 is based on the application of knowledge and skills applied in practical settings and requires students to understand and comprehend an integrated volume of knowledge related to different leadership approaches.

In this course, students will learn that different theoretical approaches do not always work in practice. Through selecting a number of different leadership challenges, problems and issues, students will use the know-how and know-why of different theoretical constructs to help them solve and recreate quite difficult complex problems within the workplace. They will work either independently or in teams to critically reflect on why different problems and issues cannot be resolved. Students will learn that simply being a leader is not enough in such environments by identifying the limitations of their own leadership style. Here, students are expected to transform their learning by being exposed to different contexts and why context-specific solutions are not always easy. Through a combination of the theory-to-practice nexus, a range of learning experiences will help students to assess their own competencies and learning shortcomings by learning how to be become an adaptive leader.

Course learning outcomes

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

  1. Draw together a complex body of literature in leadership and define its meaning;
  2. Synthesise and contrast the know-how and know-why of different leadership theories;
  3. Make an evidence based choice between a range of leadership theory and apply leadership solutions to practical problems;
  4. Communicate how a leadership solution can be explained within a context of abstract facts;
  5. Critically reflect on the most appropriate leadership style that embodies a set of adaptive practices.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Theories of Leadership Identified and Explained 40.00
2. Theory Application in Practice 40.00
3. Critical reflection of Adaptive Practices 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Northouse, P.G 2019, Leadership: Theory and Practice, Sage Edge, London.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Description Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Date printed 27 June 2022