• Class Number 4271
  • Term Code 3230
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Simon Thompson
    • Simon Thompson
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 21/02/2022
  • Class End Date 27/05/2022
  • Census Date 31/03/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
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, building positivity, mindsets and setting life goals.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify their leadership character strengths (Ask & Remember);
  2. Recognise personal motivations and how they influence life decisions (Acquire & Understand);
  3. Apply emotional intelligence to leadership (Appraise & Apply);
  4. Ascertain how their own mindset influences their leadership (Appraise & Analyse);
  5. Summarise how personal physiology affects personal leadership (Aggregate & Analyse);
  6. Critique arguments related to the use of pro-social behaviour in personal leadership and developing others (Apply & Evaluate);
  7. Critique different approaches to dealing with stress and building resilience (Apply & Evaluate);
  8. Design an action plan that builds personal leadership capacity (Assess & Create).

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 class that are not covered in the course readings. Classes 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

Additional examination details will be made available at https://exams.anu.edu.au/timetable - Further End of semester examination advice will be provided by end of Week 12.

Required Resources

All required resources will be provided on course Wattle site or in classes.

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: 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: Leadership Passion and Purpose Why your passions matter VIA Strengths Leadership styles and VIA strengths
3 Seminar: 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
4 Seminar: 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: The Emotionally Intelligent Leader What is Emotional Intelligence (EI) Why does EI Matter Due: Minimum of 2 of the Weekly Journals by this week.
6 Seminar: Social Connections, Personal Life and Leadership Making friendships, tackling loneliness and building teams to amaze ourselves Physiology and Leadership
7 Seminar: Leading with Psychological Capital How Psychological Capital works to enhance leadership, increase profitability, productivity and engagement
8 Seminar: Personal Leadership in Control: Stress overthinking and self control Use of rituals and habits and their impact on self-control Stopping the over-thinking, using willpower to control your mind and body.
9 Seminar: The Leaders 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 Wednesday
10 Seminar: The Giving Leader Why giving matters When Givers win and lose
11 Seminar: Making Positive Change and Your Personal Leadership Review of Authentic Leadership
12 Seminar: Personal Leadership - Personal Reflection Reflection of students changes of understanding throughout the course.

Tutorial Registration

There are no tutorials for this course

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Reflective journals (Individual assessment) - 10% 10 % * * 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Participation (Individual assessment) - 10% 10 % * * 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Presentation (Group assessment) - 20% 20 % * 27/05/2022 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Personal Learning Journal (Individual assessment) - 30% 30 % 04/05/2022 20/05/2022 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Final Examination (Individual assessment) - 30% 30 % * 30/06/2022 4,5

* 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.


Seminars may be streamed live through ZOOM, recorded and made available on Echo360 and Wattle. Students are expected to attend all classes.


More information on examination reflecting hybrid mode will be made available on Wattle at least 2 weeks before the examination period. Additional examination information will be available on https://exams.anu.edu.au/timetable/  

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

Reflective journals (Individual assessment) - 10%

Students will be required to reflect on 4 classes (worth 2.5% each) throughout the course (starting week 1) and submit their reflections in class throughout the semester, students can submit reflections on as many weeks as they would like, with the best four counted for marking. Each journal is expected to be one full page typed (Single spaced, font size 10 or 12).

Marking criteria: Detailed marking criteria will be posted on Wattle in week 1.

Assessment type: Individual

Form of submission: via Turnitin on the course Wattle site

Due date: 5pm on Friday Weeks 1-12.

Return of assessment: Within 1-2 weeks of submission

At least 2 of these must be done before week 5 and both will be returned by the end of week 6.

Late submission for the reflective journals will not be accepted.

Assessment Task 2

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

Participation (Individual assessment) - 10%

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 class 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.

Allowances will be made for those with difficulties due to hybrid delivery, participation through online meetings, taking part on forums will be discussed during class. Best TEN contributions will count (worth 1% each, each marked out of 10).

?Marking criteria: See the following rubric

Assessment type: Individual

Due date: In-Class Weeks 1-12

Return of assessment: with the release of results on 30 June 2022.


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 there outcomes.

A reasonable level of participation showing a reasonable level of engagement in the learning activities and demonstrates an understanding of learning outcomes through some limited participation in class discussions.

A good level of participation showing engagement in learning activities and demonstrates an understanding of the learning outcomes through regular participation in class discussions.

A higher level of participation showing engagement in learning activities and demonstrates a detailed understanding of learning outcomes through strong participation and leadership in class discussions and activities.

An excellent level of participation showing high levels of engagement in learning activities and demonstrates a detailed understanding and personal reflection on the learning outcomes. Shows strong leadership in class discussions and activities.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Return of Assessment: 27/05/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Presentation (Group assessment) - 20%

To help you and your fellow students develop a personal awareness of the tools and readings though out the course, students will be required to form groups of approximately 3-5 students to deliver an interactive presentation on how these tools and readings provide insight into their personal leadership and give recommendations on how they may help others in the future. Presentations will be recorded, approximately 20-30 minutes long and will run from week 3 to week 12. The presentation materials must be provided to the lecturer on the day of the presentation.

Groups will be formed during week 1, with the groups providing membership information to the lecturer. All members are expected to contribute and present. Each group will have 1 week between receiving topic and presenting.

Allowances will be made for students due to Hybrid delivery, with groups formed to suit the different student delivery methods where possible.

Late submission is allowed on this assessment task.

Time limit: 20-30 minutes of presentation

Marking criteria: Detailed marking criteria will be posted on Wattle by week 2.

Assessment type: Group

Due date: In-class Weeks 3-12

?Return of assessment: with the release of final results on 30 June 2022, with personal feedback provided within 1 week of the presentation.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 04/05/2022
Return of Assessment: 20/05/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

Personal Learning Journal (Individual assessment) - 30%

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.

Word limit: 2500 words approximately (a 5% penalty can be applied for submissions over the word limit)

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

Assessment type: Individual

Form of submission: Via Turnitin on the course Wattle site

Due date: By 5pm on Wednesday, 04 May 2022 of Week 9

Return of assessment: In class week 11

Assessment Task 5

Value: 30 %
Return of Assessment: 30/06/2022
Learning Outcomes: 4,5

Final Examination (Individual assessment) - 30%

A final examination of 2 hours duration will be held during the formal examination period. It will consist of a number of long response essay style questions that will require students to draw from frameworks and theories covered in the course and apply them to practical questions about their own and others personal leadership. Past papers or practice papers/questions will be provided by week 9. The exam will not be open book.

More information on examination reflecting hybrid mode will be made available on Wattle at least 2 weeks before the examination period.

Late submission is allowed on this assessment task.

Reading Time: To be communicated by end of Week 12 (15 minutes)

Time limit: To be communicated by end of Week 12 (2 hours)

Marking Criteria: To be communicated by end of Week 10

Assessment type: Individual

Form of submission: To be communicated by end of Week 12

Due date: During the end of semester exam period. The ANU Examinations Office will communicate the details of examination to students directly.

Return of assessment: After the release of results on Thursday, 30 June 2022

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 for the reflective journals will not be accepted.

Late submission of the Personal Learning Journal without an extension are 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.

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/rsm-assessment-extension/ .

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 above

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

Resubmissions are permitted up until the due date and time but not allowed afterwards. Any file uploaded into the turnitin system at the due date and time will be taken as the final submission

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).
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