• Class Number 2818
  • Term Code 3130
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr David Cheng
    • Dr David Cheng
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/02/2021
  • Class End Date 28/05/2021
  • Census Date 31/03/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
SELT Survey Results

The overarching goal of this course is to help students understand their own potential to become the leader they would like to be and their own responsibilities in achieving this goal. The course emphasise personal development with the development of leadership capabilities as the vehicle to do so. This course has two primary content areas. A key focus is on making life choices (i.e. what work excites learners, as well as understanding one’s passions and responsibilities). The emphasis is less about being entitled to be a leader and more about how participants can become leaders that they themselves would like to be. This is a challenging question and gets to the heart of one’s major life decisions. The second element supports the first and relates to the development of practical life skills e.g. managing stress, even anxiety, building positivity, mindfulness and setting life goals. These practical skills will be immediately applicable for students and useful for the rest of their lives.

Due to the personal coach learning approach, enrolment places in this course are limited to 50 students on a first come first enrolled basis.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Identify their own passions and personal motivations that shape and inform their preferred leadership behaviour and choices.
  2. Understand what is motivating them, both extrinsically and intrinsically, and to make life choices that engage them and draw on their own intrinsic drivers.
  3. Appraise decisions about their life choices and personal goals.
  4. Understand the research and theory under-pinning practical skills development and use this knowledge to enhance their life quality and happiness.
  5. Articulate awareness and insights about their strengths and development drivers to implement practical strategies to apply these insights in managing their own development.
  6. Understand and apply the science of networks to build stronger relationship.
  7. Demonstrate awareness and application of key societal responsibilities relating to pro-social behavior, leading positive change and developing others.

Research-Led Teaching

The course content will be a blend of research and practice and will include the Lecturer’s research as well as material from peer reviewed academic journals. In addition, key concepts, cases, and practical experiences will be presented in the lectures that are not covered in the course readings. Seminars are supplemented with structured learning exercises and activities that have well-defined objectives and replicate the real-world context

Field Trips

Not relevant

Additional Course Costs

There are no additional class costs

Examination Material or equipment

There are no formal examinations for this course.

Required Resources

All required readings will be supplied

Staff Feedback

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, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU 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.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Seminar - Week 1: What Leadership is really about Introduction to course and authentic leadership Understanding your key life experiences and how they may affect your personal leadership
2 Seminar - Week 2: Leadership Passion and Purpose Why your passions matter VIA Strengths Leadership styles and VIA strengths
3 Seminar - Week 3: Motivated Leadership Intrinsic motivations and leadership Motivational consequences of connecting personal life-experiences as compared to expectations imposed on you in society Personal Life experiences and their relationships to strengths and life goals
4 Seminar - Week 4: Positive Leadership Broaden and Build Theory –how positivity just like negativity is infectious Person-activity Fit –How do emotions align with strengths, life goals and leadership style? How can they be incorporated to increase work and life satisfaction? Happiness versus success –the benefits of having happiness as your goal Tools for increasing positive emotions
5 Seminar - Week 5: The Emotionally Intelligent Leader What is Emotional Intelligence (EI) Why does EI Matter
6 Seminar - Week 6: The Networked Leader Making friendships, tackling loneliness and building teams to amaze ourselves.
7 Seminar - Week 7: Leading with Psychological Capital How Psychological Capital works to enhance leadership, increase profitability, productivity and engagement
8 Seminar - Week 8: Personal Leadership in Control: Stress and overthinking Use of rituals and habits and their impact on self-control Stopping the over-thinking, the unhelpful thoughts in your head
9 Seminar - Week 9: Persistence and Self Control Self-control and ego depletion How to increase your self-control and resist temptations
10 The Leader's Mind Mindset and how it impacts you as well as others. Mindfulness tools to enhance your decision making Health benefits of mindfulness throughout your leadership Neuroplasticity Due: Personal Learning Journal, 5pm Monday
11 Seminar - Week 11: The Giving Leader Why giving matters When Givers win and lose
12 Seminar - Week 12: Making Positive Change and Your Personal Leadership Review of authentic leadership Course Review Due: Video, 5pm Friday

Tutorial Registration

There are no tutorials for this class. Only a single weekly seminar.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Reflective Journals (Individual) 20 % * * 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Participation (Individual) 10 % * * 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Personal Learning Journal (Individual) 45 % 14/05/2021 28/05/2021 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Video (Individual) 25 % 28/05/2021 01/07/2021 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU 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 Requirements

The 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 Assessment

Marks 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.


Attendance is expected for all classes during the semester. While attendance is required to participate, attendance alone does not mean that a student has participated. This course will be run in an online live mode.


There are no formal examinations for this course.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Reflective Journals (Individual)

Students will be required to reflect upon how concepts taught in the class and how they affect their personal leadership (starting week 1) throughout the semester. Based on these reflections, students are to submit reflective journals with a focus on personal insight (i.e why do I engage in certain behaviour/think certain things) and development (how can I change?)

Each journal is expected to be 1 page typed (11 pt font, Times new Roman). Students can submit up to 5 for marking throughout the semester with the top 4 counting to the final assessment.

Submission via Turnitin by the start of class in the next week

Weight: 20% (5% each)

Expected return date: Within 2 week of submission

At least 2 of these must be done before week 5 and feedback for both of these will be given before the end of week 6. All students will receive feedback on this assessment by the end of week 5.


Fail (0-1)Reasonable (2-3)Good (4-5)

A surface level journal that does engage deeply with the class material

A reasonable journal that attempts to engage meaningfully with the class material. Some insight

A strong journal that shows deep insight and/or learning development with the class material

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Participation (Individual)

Contribution and participation in class are central components of the learning process in this course. Attendance will be taken in each class and students are expected to attend all classes fully prepared. This includes completing any self-assessments required and completing the assigned readings for each class. If you do not complete your self-assessments in time for class when it is being scored and discussed, you will not know how to interpret it, and you will fall behind. Furthermore, it will be obvious whether you have completed the readings each week because you will either be actively participating in the weekly discussions in class, or you will be sitting there looking blank and lost.

Notes will be kept on student's participation each week and students may be called on specifically to answer questions about readings/course materials.

Weight: 10%

Please note that while you need to attend to participate, no marks are awarded for attendance and attendance alone does not mean that you have participated. In the case where travel restrictions or COVID-19 restrictions limit the ability of a student to attend a class and alternate assessment will be offered.


Fail (0-4)Pass (5)Credit (6)Distinction (7)High Distinction (8-10)

Poor participation in weekly activities showing a lack of engagement with learning activities and ther outcomes

A reasonable level of participation showing a reasonable level of engagement in learning outcomes through some limited participation in class discussions

A good level of participation showing engagement in learning outcomes through regular participation in class discussions

A higher level of participation showing engagement in learning outcomes through strong participation and leadership in class discussions and activities

An excellent level of participation showing higher levels of engagement in topics and learning outcomes. Shows strong leadership in class discussions and activities

Assessment Task 3

Value: 45 %
Due Date: 14/05/2021
Return of Assessment: 28/05/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Personal Learning Journal (Individual)

During the semester, students will be required to select topics from the class activities and using the academic literature reflect on how this topic, currently or in the future impacts their life, career, studies, family or personal relationships. Personal learning journals are expected to be approximately 2500 words.

This assessment should be submitted via Turnitin on Monday Week 10 by 5pm?

Weight: 45%

Expected return date: In class week 12

Detailed marking criteria will be posted on Wattle at least two weeks prior to due date

Assessment Task 4

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 28/05/2021
Return of Assessment: 01/07/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Video (Individual)

To help you and your fellow students think through the practical implications of the topics discussed in the course you are to produce a 3-5 minute video that will be made available to the whole class.

The video will be assessed for creativity and practical insight. This assessment should be submitted via Turnitin on Friday Week 12 by 5pm

Weight: 25%

Expected return date: After final mark release

Detailed marking criteria will be posted on Wattle at least two weeks prior to due date

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The 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 Submission

For 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

Late submission of the Reflective Journal will not be accepted.

Late submission of the Personal Learning Journal without an extension will be penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

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 Requirements

Accepted 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.

Returning Assignments

Please see relevant assessment task details

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions 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

Any file uploaded to the Turnitin system at the due date will be taken as the assignment submission. Resubmission are permitted up until the due date and time, but not allowed otherwise.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic 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.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Dr David Cheng
02 6125 5013

Research Interests

Dr David Cheng

Tuesday 12:00 13:00
Tuesday 12:00 13:00
Dr David Cheng
02 6125 5013

Research Interests

Dr David Cheng

Tuesday 12:00 13:00
Tuesday 12:00 13:00

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