- Class Number 7368
- Term Code 3060
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Sally Curtis
- Dr Sally Curtis
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 27/07/2020
- Class End Date 30/10/2020
- Census Date 31/08/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 03/08/2020
This course aims to develop students' leadership skills. Specific topics covered include traits and behaviours of leaders, situational and charismatic leadership, ethics and corporate social responsibility, power and politics, managing change and taking action, conflict resolution and negotiation, leading teams and the relationship between leadership and organisational performance.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- the importance of teams for delivering high performance;
- the major ethical, social pressures and challenges facing leaders today;
This course takes an evidence-based approach to the study of leadership. The first six weeks of the course involves an examination of the scientific evidence related to major themes in leadership. In the second part of the course students apply evidence from social sciences about power and politics in organisations.
No field trips.
Additional Course Costs
No additional class costs.
Examination Material or equipment
There are no examinations in this course, only mini quizzes with details provided below.
There is no textbook for this course. Readings are provided on Wattle in Week 1 and then as necessary.
Students are strongly advised to make use of the resources freely available on the following websites:
The following book is also recommended for students who are interested in the evidence on leadership:
- Jeffrey Pfeffer (2015) Leadership BS: Fixing workplaces and careers one truth at a time, Harper Collins: New York.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals.
Student FeedbackANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Summary of Activities
|Course Introduction: An evidence-based approach to the study of leadership
|Readings Compulsory Readings on Wattle
|The evidence on leaders and traits
|Tutorial 1 Leadership Traits Case Readings: Compulsory Reading on Wattle
|The evidence on leaders and emotional intelligence
|Tutorial 2 Emotional intelligence Case Readings: Compulsory Readings on Wattle Assessment 1: Online multiple choice mini quiz I (Time and date will be confirmed on Wattle)
|The evidence on transformational leadership
|Tutorial 3 Transformational Leadership Case Readings: Compulsory Reading on Wattle
|The evidence on leading change
|Tutorial 4 Leading change case Readings: Compulsory Readings on Wattle
|The evidence on decision-making
|Tutorial 5 Decision-making case Readings: Compulsory Reading on Wattle Assessment 2: Online multiple choice mini quiz II (Time and date will be confirmed on Wattle)
|Crafting a Vision and Leadership Communication
|***This is an important topic to assist students with Assessment 2.
|Introduction to Power
|Readings: Readings on Wattle
|Personal qualities that bring influence
|Readings Readings on Wattle Assessment 3 is due by 4pm on Tuesday, 6 October 2020: Personal Video Recording: Communicating a Vision
|Building a power base
|Readings: Readings on Wattle
|Dealing with conflict and opposition
|Readings: Readings on Wattle
|Prejudice and Stereotypes: Women and Power
|Readings: Readings on Wattle Assessment 4 is due by 4pm on Friday, 30 October 2020: Influencing project
This course has tutorials or tutorial-like teaching activities. Further details about the structure and teaching activities for this course will be available on the course Wattle site at the start of Week 1.
|Return of assessment
|Online Mini Quiz I (Individual assignment)
|Online Mini Quiz II (Individual assignment)
|Personal Video Recording: Communicating a Vision (Individual assignment)
|Influencing Project (Individual assignment)
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
PoliciesANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
Assessment RequirementsThe ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.
Moderation of AssessmentMarks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Participation is expected in all classes and assessment.
There are no examinations in this course.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2
Online Mini Quiz I (Individual assignment)
Details of task: Students will complete a mini quiz in Week 3 on the material covered in Weeks 1, 2, and 3 of the course. It will be an online open book multiple choice quiz that students will complete on Wattle at a predetermined time and date. Students will have 45 minutes to complete it.
Due date: Late in week 3, time and date to be confirmed on Wattle by end of Week 2. The assessment is worth a total of 15%.
Feedback by: Friday 21 August, 2020
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2
Online Mini Quiz II (Individual assignment)
Details of task: Students will complete a second mini quiz in Week 6 on the material covered in Weeks 4, 5, and 6 of the course. It will be an online open book multiple choice quiz that students will complete on Wattle at a predetermined time and date. Students will have 45 minutes to complete it.
Due date: Late in week 6, time and date to be confirmed on Wattle by end of Week 5. The assessment is worth a total of 15%.
Feedback by: Friday 11 September, 2020
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2
Personal Video Recording: Communicating a Vision (Individual assignment)
Details of task: Individual students are required to submit a 3 to 5 minutes video recording of themselves outlining a vision for the future on a particular issue. Students will be provided with support and guidance for this task in Seminar 1, Week 7 of semester.
Marking Criteria: Further instructions and marking criteria are to be provided on Wattle at least two weeks before due date.
Due date: 4pm Tuesday, 06 October 2020 Week 9 via the assignment submission on the course Wattle site.
Feedback by: Tuesday Week 11
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2
Influencing Project (Individual assignment)
A critical aspect of being a leader is influencing others to achieve your vision. This assignment is a modified version of an assignment created by Jeffrey Pfeffer, author of Power: Why Some People Have It—and Others Don’t, New York: Harper Business, 2010. It requires you to write 3,000 words about how you would influence others to achieve the vision that you presented in Assessment 2. The assignment is designed to assess your ability to apply what we cover in the course on power, politics and influencing.
In order to do this assignment, you will need to:
a) Begin with a specific objective drawing on the vision you presented in Assessment 2. Be sure to be clear about: What are you trying to change? What are you trying to accomplish? Such an objective could involve either changing a policy or practice in an organisation or advancing your position to one of more power, or both; consider how you might know if you have successfully achieved your objective--how are you going to assess your progress (as objectively as possible)?
b) Diagnose the political dynamics related to achieving your objective, for example, 1) Who are the major power players in this setting (including you)? 2) What are the interests and hidden agendas of those players?
c) Write about those aspects of your personality, skills and abilities, and “character” that you believe are and have been most important in helping you get ahead in life (both in the past and in the future). In other words, what personal attributes or qualities do you possess that you value highly and believe have and will make you more effective in obtaining your objective? What assumptions/mental models do you bring into the situation that may cause you problems?
d) Outline a set of things you are going to do to try and influence the situation drawing on relevant literature and what we have discussed in class;
e) What were your personal lessons in power and influencing from this assignment? You might like to reflect on the video recording that you submitted for Assessment 2 and make observations about whether you would make any changes to your presentation.
Specific requirements:This assignment must comply with the following requirements:
- Harvard referencing style for the reference list and in-text citations;
- 3,000 words excluding references (+/-10% of 3,000 is acceptable);
- Submit via Turnitin;
- Revise and resubmit using Turnitin is possible for assignments submitted more than 24 hours before the deadline. Assignments submitted to Turnitin within 24 hours of the deadline cannot be revised.
Making Criteria: Further instructions and a marking rubric will be made available in-class and on Wattle at least two weeks before due date.
Due date: 4pm Friday, 30 October 2020 Week 12 via Turnitin on the course Wattle site.
Feedback by: After the release of results on 03 December 2020
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Online SubmissionThe ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.
Hardcopy SubmissionFor some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof.
All requests for extensions to assessment in RSM courses must be submitted to the RSM School Office with a completed application form and supporting documentation. The RSM Extension Application Form and further information on this process can be found at https://www.rsm.anu.edu.au/education/education-programs/notices-for-students/extension-application-procedure/
Referencing RequirementsAccepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Two weeks after submission. The final assignment will be returned when final grades are released.
Extensions and PenaltiesExtensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Resubmission of Assignments
No re-submission of assignments is possible.
Distribution of grades policyAcademic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
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- ANU Health, safety & wellbeing for medical services, counselling, mental health and spiritual support
- ANU Diversity and inclusion for students with a disability or ongoing or chronic illness
- ANU Dean of Students for confidential, impartial advice and help to resolve problems between students and the academic or administrative areas of the University
- ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre supports you make your own decisions about how you learn and manage your workload.
- ANU Counselling Centre promotes, supports and enhances mental health and wellbeing within the University student community.
- ANUSA supports and represents undergraduate and ANU College students
- PARSA supports and represents postgraduate and research students
Sally's research focuses on the nexus between leaders, organisations and social impact. Her research also involves how to apply evidence-based practice in organisations. She is a member of the Center of Evidence-Based Management, the world authority on evidence-based practice in management and leadership.
Dr Sally Curtis