ENG 4010 - Defence Leadership

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023

Students will understand what makes defence leadership stand apart from others and why it is a critical component of a nation's defence capability. A successful military leader demonstrates commitment to the welfare of individual soldiers while also understanding that accomplishment of the assigned mission objectives may require high degrees of personal risk not found in typical professions. This course will examine the historic qualities defining military leadership on the battlefields of old and study its relevance to the increasingly electronic modern equivalent. Important texts will be sampled and central themes examined via case study and guest lecture. Designed for those seeking a career within the defence sector, students will learn how to interact within the defence leadership environment.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENG 4010
    Course Defence Leadership
    Coordinating Unit Centre for STEM Education and Innovation
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Course Description Students will understand what makes defence leadership stand apart from others and why it is a critical component of a nation's defence capability. A successful military leader demonstrates commitment to the welfare of individual soldiers while also understanding that accomplishment of the assigned mission objectives may require high degrees of personal risk not found in typical professions. This course will examine the historic qualities defining military leadership on the battlefields of old and study its relevance to the increasingly electronic modern equivalent. Important texts will be sampled and central themes examined via case study and guest lecture. Designed for those seeking a career within the defence sector, students will learn how to interact within the defence leadership environment.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor John Culton

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

    1. Recognise and explain the organization, structure, and roles of the various entities comprising the defence sector.
    2. Critically analyse the interactions between the defence sector and Australian and foreign governments including impacts on both the domestic and international affairs of Australia.
    3. Recognise and explain the principal characteristics and importance of defence leadership.
    4. Critically analyse leadership case studies.
    5. Identify and explain issues regarding professional integrity and ethics within the defence sector.
    6. Communicate professionally through written, oral, and graphical means clearly and effectively to an
    audience with a range of technical and professional levels.
    7. Demonstrate effective teamwork and leadership skills as part of a group.

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.

    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency:

    3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
    3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
    3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
    3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
    3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership.
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1,2,3,4,5

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    2,4

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    6,7

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    1,5,6

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    3,5

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    6

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    2,4,5
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course is taught via a combination of lecture and in-person workshops.
    Workload

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

    The course requires approximately 6 hours a week of lecture, associated readings, and assessment preperation.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Course lectures will cover topical material related to understanding the defence sector, it's purpose, responsibilities, and direction as provided by government.

    Guest speakers from the defence industry will provide students with both a practitioner perspective as well as the ability to engage/ask questions.

    Workshop periods will reinforce the previous lecture and provide opportunity to discuss the topic in greater depth, critically analyse selected topics of relevance, ask questions, and will provide opportunity for delivery of scheduled assessments.
  • 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
    Students will be assessed via the seven assessments described below:

    1. Assessment Type: Class Participation

    2. Assessment Type: Quizzes (4)

    3. Assessment Type: Oral Presentation #1

    4. Assessment Type: Oral Presentation #2

    5. Assessment Type: Briefing 1-pager #1

    6. Assessment Type: Briefing 1-pager #2

    7. Assessment Type: Panel Presentation / Interview


    Assessment Detail
    1. Assessment Type: Class Participation

    Weighting: 5

    Due date: Please refer to the Assignments section for the due date.

    Task description: Students will participate in the course by asking questions of peers/guests, giving peer feedback, etc.

    Individual/Group: Individual


    2. Assessment Type: Quizzes

    Weighting: 10

    Due date: Please refer to the Assignments section for the due date.

    Task description: Students will complete 4 auto-marked quizzes to assess understanding of concepts presented in materials for each topic.

    Individual/Group: Individual


    3. Assessment Type: Oral Presentation #1

    Weighting: 15

    Due date: Please refer to the Assignments section for the due date.

    Task description: Students groups will give a 5-10 minute briefing regarding an assigned topic to the class.

    Individual/Group: Group (size: 3-4)


    4. Assessment Type: Oral Presentation #2

    Weighting: 20

    Due date: Please refer to the Assignments section for the due date.

    Task description: Students will give a 5 minute briefing regarding an assigned topic to the class.

    Individual/Group: Individual


    5. Assessment Type: Briefing 1-pager #1

    Weighting: 15

    Due date: Please refer to the Assignments section for the due date.

    Task description: Students will submit a 1 page briefing on an issue (problem definition + recommendation) following a defence template format.

    Individual/Group: Individual


    6. Assessment Type: Briefing 1-pager #2

    Weighting: 15

    Due date: Please refer to the Assignments section for the due date.

    Task description: Students will submit a 1 page briefing on an issue (problem definition + recommendation) following a defence template format.

    Individual/Group: Individual


    7. Assessment Type: Panel Presentation / Interview

    Weighting: 20

    Due date: Please refer to the Assignments section for the due date.

    Task description: Students will give a 5 minute presentation to a small panel who will then ask several questions regarding the briefed
    material.

    Individual/Group: Individual
    Submission
    Submission of assessments will be via MyUni and in-class presentation.
    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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