PROJMGNT 7038OL - Leadership of Organisations

Online - Quadmester 1 - 2017

The objective of this course is to develop competencies in leadership in both traditional and complex organisations. The content includes: being aware of current leadership and management theories, including the bases of authority, transformational leadership, values based leadership, situational leadership and the role of emotional intelligence supporting leadership; having an understanding of the differences in personality types and the influence of the participant's personality type on their leadership style; having a basic knowledge of people management practices to align team performance with project outcomes within organisations with a range of different goals, values and stakeholders; and, understanding people management policies and programs and identifying organisational strategy and leading change. These theories are built on to develop competencies in leadership using appropriate techniques. This will include translation of concepts into behaviours such as managing feedback effectively, and encouraging motivation of staff.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PROJMGNT 7038OL
    Course Leadership of Organisations
    Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre
    Term Quadmester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Online
    Units 3
    Contact Approximately 4 hours per week over 10 weeks (interaction & preparation)
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment Assignments, quizzes
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Indra Gunawan

    Program Director Contact Details:
    Project Management
    Name: Associate Professor Indra Gunawan

    Teaching Staff:

    Term 1
    Name: Anama Morriss

    Short Bio:
    Anama Morriss is an experienced lecturer who is valued by her students for her depth of knowledge and concern about their understanding of the material she presents. As an independent consultant she focuses on human resources in the higher education and public sectors and has developed and delivered lively interactive leadership programs for managers and executives. Her focus is on translating theory and policy into effective daily practice. Her students value the insight and interaction offered in her course and consistently rate her teaching highly. Anama has valuable experience developing knowledge workers.

    She co-wrote online training modules for the Go8 Future Research Leaders Program and ECIC Leadership in Organisations. She also worked in Human Resources for 8 years in the University of Adelaide, one of the Australian Group of 8 Universities, and for 7 years in the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) building her expertise in workforce planning,performance management, organisation development and HR policy development.    An experienced speaker at national and international conferences, she is a registered psychologist, an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society, and an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Adelaide. Anama holds a Master of Policy and Administration degree.  With her family she produces fine Extra Virgin Olive Oil and she teachesTai Chi for peaceful enjoyment


    Term 3
    Dr Anton Jordaan

    Short Bio:
    Anton Jordaan was originally trained as an accountant and tax specialist.

    Five years after setting up an accounting and tax consultancy, he sold his shares to his partners and set out to establish, grow and harvest a number of business ventures in the education and training space.

    In subsequent years, one of his businesses was acquired by a stock exchange listed company; and a few years later his business was involved in an IPO. Following the IPO he served as a director of this newly listed company for 2 years.

    In addition to the strategic leadership and financial roles over the years, Anton has maintained an interest in education and training, and has 20 years teaching experience in tertiary, vocational and corporate education environments. He has delivered programs in Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Hong Kong, USA, UK, Netherlands, South Africa, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Canada and Australia.

    After attaining a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting, he completed an Honours degree in Accounting, a Master of Commerce degree in Business Management, a MBA degree, and a Master of Advanced Business Practice degree. He has completed a PhD in Entrepreneurship at The University of Adelaide. He is a member of CPA Australia.


    Phone: As I travel overseas often, email is my preferred method of contact.

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Monday 11-January to Sunday 20-March 2016
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

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

    1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the latest research and development of leadership theories and practice;
    2 Competently use research and professional practice tools for a range of contemporary leadership issues affecting commercial and government organisations;
    3 Develop confidence in leadership roles within organisations through an awareness of current leadership and management theories;
    4 Recognise their own and the personality profile of others, and how it affects leadership and the differences between leadership of the CEO and top-team and first-line supervisors;
    5 Develop competence in communication and engagement approaches, including recognition of emotional intelligence, connecting with staff, providing feedback, team management generally, recognition and understanding of stages of team development, team dynamics and team role preferences;
    6 Develop competence in recognition of the need for continued personal professional development and maintain ethical, social and cultural standards on projects.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    No textbook required.
    Recommended Resources
    The full list readings available on the LEARN site will add depth to your studies. Some articles can be downloaded for free through the university library. Please see Library Readings access for online courses.pdf for details.
    Online Learning
    LEARN is the University of Adelaide’s platform for dedicated online delivery. LEARN is a customised version of Moodle, and houses all course requirements including the course profile, announcements, additional course materials (beyond the prescribed text), assessment items, discussion forums, grading, feedback, links to various university and course resources, an internal website email system, a technical assistance facility, etc. LEARN is only accessible once the URL and a password have been provided to the student on enrolment. Students are given access to the course prior to the start date to familiarise themselves with the operational aspects and functionality of the website.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is offered in online mode.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    As a guide,a 3 unit course comprises a total of 156 hours.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week Content Readings Activities
    Week 1 · Effect of Business Environment on organisations and leadership responses
    · External Environment
    · Environmental Awareness
    · Organisational Strategy
    · The Organisational Context and Leadership Organisational Strategy
    • Online lessons
    • Readings
    • Optional readings
    • Discussion boards
    • Ongoing work on assessments
    Week 2
    •  What is leadership?
    • Basis of authority
    • Models of leadership
    • Situational Leadership
    • Laissez Faire Leadership
    • Management by Exception - Active or Passive
    • Contingent Reward
    • Transformational Leadership Complexity Leadership Theory
    • Online lessons
    • Readings
    • Optional readings
    • Discussion boards
    • Ongoing work on assessments
    Week 3
    • Stages of Team Development
    • Team Role Preferences
    • Leading change
    • Online lessons
    • Readings
    • Optional readings
    • Discussion boards
    • Submit: Leadership assignment
    • Ongoing work on assessments
    Week 4
    • Your Leadership Skills
    • Online lessons
    • Discussion boards
    • Ongoing work on assessments
    Week 5
    • Engaging People
    • Emotional Intelligence
    • Communicating for clarity
    • Online lessons
    • Readings
    • Optional readings
    • Watch video
    • Discussion boards
    • Ongoing work on assessments
    Week 6
    • Build the connections
    • Giving feedback
    • Problem Solving
    • Decision making Running effective meetings
    • Online lessons
    • Readings
    • Optional readings
    • Watch video
    • Discussion boards
    • Ongoing work on assessments
    Week 7
    • Using Formal Management Processes
    • Plan for staffing requirements
    • Defining roles
    • Guiding Staff Activities
    • Online lessons
    • Readings
    • Optional readings
    • Discussion boards
    • Ongoing work on assessments
    Week 8
    •  Safety and Fairness
    • Develop Staff Capabilities
    • Recognising and Rewarding Performance
    • Online lessons
    • Readings
    • Optional readings
    • Discussion boards
    • Ongoing work on assessments
    Week 9
    • Overview
    • Online lessons
    • Readings
    • Optional readings
    • Discussion boards
    • Ongoing work on assessments
    Week 10
    • Complete assessments

    Major Project assignment Learning Log entries
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    An overview of the course assessment appears in the following table. Details appear in the following section:

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    #Assessment TaskTask TypeLengthWeightDue Date/WeekLearning Outcomes
    1 Leadership Writing Assignment Individual 2000 25% Day 7 of week 3 1,3,5
    2 Major Leadership Assignment Individual 7000 50% Day 7 of week 10 1,2,3,4,6
    3 3 Learning Logs Individual 700 words each 15% Day 7 of week
    Day 7 of week
    Day 7 of week
    4 Discussion Group contribution Individual 100+ words per week 10% Day 7 weeks 1-9 1,6
    Total 100%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students must complete all course assessment requirements and must attend lectures to be eligible to pass the course.

    Course results are subject to moderation by the ECIC Board of Examiners
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment 1: Leadership Writing Assignment
    Weighting: 25%
    Due Dates: Day 7 of week 3
    Submission Details: Via Drop Box in LEARN

    Compare and contrast 2 major models of leadership (e.g. Full Range Leadership Model, Situational Leadership, Complexity Leadership Theory etc) and discuss their relevance addressing turbulence faced by 21st Century organisations.  Your response should include the approach you would use and why, descriptions of the models considered, identification of the areas of turbulence and evidence of academic references.

    Length and Presentation:
    2000 words maximum

    Criteria by which your assignment will be marked:
    · Demonstrated quality and depth of analysis
    · Demonstrated understanding of concepts covered in the first three week’s learning materials
    · Demonstrated ability to transfer or apply concepts covered in the course to this topic
    · Quality of writing

    Assessment 2: Major Project: Leadership Project
    Weighting: 50%
    Due Dates: Day 7 of week 10
    Submission Details: Via Drop Box in LEARN

    Choose an organisational scenario. It can be an actual situation or one you create.

    As a middle level manager you are selected to guide the implementation of a change initiative to improve the performance of your section. The section has many staff members who have worked in the same area for a long time. Some of them work in a physically demanding environment. Recently new technical staff joined the section, increasing the proportion of women and of younger staff. Competition in your industry has increased and if the changes are not achieved then the area may be closed or outsourced. You have 5 months to show results.

    The Assignment should commence in the first weeks of term with a draft outline due at the end of week 3 for feedback. Prompts about the section of the project to be considered are given each week.

    Length and Presentation:
    7000 words maximum

    Criteria by which your assignment will be marked:
    · Demonstrated quality and depth of analysis and critical thinking
    · Demonstrated understanding of concepts covered in the course learning materials
    · Demonstrated ability to transfer or apply theories and concepts covered in the course to this topic and to realistic situations
    · Demonstrated ability to transfer or apply theories and concepts covered in the course to this topic and to realistic situations.

    Assessment 3: 3 Learning Logs
    Weighting: 15%
    Due Dates: Day 7 of week 10
    Submission Details: Via Drop Box in LEARN

    Prepare at least 3 Learning Log Entries of 1 page each. Issues for consideration and action are given through the term. You can also use this as a journal to add unprompted reflection.

    Length and Presentation:
    700 words

    Criteria by which your assignment will be marked:
    · Demonstrated ability to transfer or apply concepts covered in the course to this topic
    · Demonstrated awareness of own style/perspective and insights into implications for own behaviour
    · Demonstrated quality and depth of analysis
    · Demonstrated quality of writing.

    Assessment 4: Discussion Forum
    Weighting: 10%
    Due Dates: Day 7 weeks 1-9
    Submission Details: Via discussion prompts on the forum in LEARN

    Respond to the discussion prompts and questions each week by the due dates outlined in the assignment.

    You are expected to:
    . submit a half-page response to the chosen discussion question
    . make at least one thoughtful comment on the postings of your Workshop team members and develop the discussion.

    Length and Presentation:
    100+ words per week

    Criteria by which your assignment will be marked:
    · Demonstrated ability to transfer or apply concepts covered in the course to this topic
    · Indicated critical thinking and constructive feedback and meaningful inputs to the discussion
    · Demonstrated quality and depth of analysis
    · Demonstrated quality of writing.

    All text based assignments must be submitted via Drop Box in LEARN

    There are a few points to note about the submission of assignments:

    • Assignment Submission: Assignments should be lodged via Drop Box in the LEARN system. Please refer to individual assignment tasks for specific submission details relevant to each task. Note that assignments may be processed via TURNITIN, which is an online plagiarism prevention tool.
    • Cover Sheet: As part of your assignment, please add the completed University of Adelaide Assessment Cover Sheet to your assignment, providing details of yourself and your team members (if applicable), your assignment, the course, date submitted, etc. as well as the declaration signed by you that this is your (your team’s) work. Note that the declaration on any electronically submitted assignment will be deemed to have the same authority as a signed declaration. Where applicable, also include the word count excluding title pages and references.
    • Backup Copy of Assignments: You are advised to keep a copy of your assignments in case the submitted copy goes missing. Please ensure that all assignment pages are numbered. If your assignment contains confidential information, you should discuss any concerns with the Course Lecturer prior to submission.
    • Extensions of Time: Any request for an extension of time for the submission of an assignment should be made well before the due date of the assignment to the Course Lecturer. Normally, extensions will only be granted for a maximum of two weeks from the original assignment submission date. Extensions will only be granted in cases of genuine extenuating circumstances and proof, such as a doctor’s certificate, may be required.
    • Failure to submit an assignment on time or by the agreed extension deadline may result in penalties and may incur a fail grade. Note that a late penalty of 5% of the total available marks for that assessment item will be incurred each day an assignment is handed in late (Unless otherwise stated in 'Assessment Related Requirements' or 'Assessment Detail' above). Assignments handed in after 14 days from the due submission date will fail even if a 100% mark is granted for the work.

    Resubmission & Remarking

    Resubmission of an assignment for remarking after reworking it to obtain a better mark will not normally be accepted.  Approval for resubmission will only be granted on medical or compassionate grounds.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

    "As a result of feedback in the past I have revised some of the assessment formats in this course, and expanded the content to include a section and references on Virtual Teams. I continue to provide feedback and support to students as this is much appreciated, according to the SELTS." Anama Morriss
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