• Class Number 5780
  • Term Code 3360
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic On-campus'
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Paul Stewart
    • Aobo Song
    • Paul Stewart
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/07/2023
  • Class End Date 27/10/2023
  • Census Date 31/08/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
SELT Survey Results

This course introduces you to leadership and organisational change theories and frameworks, and provides opportunities to develop skills and practices for effectively achieving personal, interpersonal, and organisational goals.  In leading people, you will explore ethical and values-based leadership, and develop skills to motivate others, negotiate, and make decisions.  In leading change, you will develop skills for setting and communicating a compelling vision, gaining support, and leading yourself and others through transformational change processes. 


Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Distinguish between various leadership and change models and frameworks, their relevant foundations, and their strengths and weaknesses (Ask & Understand);
  2. Choose appropriate models and approaches for addressing specific leadership and change challenges (Acquire & Apply);
  3. Summarise relevant contextual information and factors influencing effective leadership and change management practice (Aggregate & Analyse);
  4. Critique the factors and events contributing to failures in leadership and change implementation using applicable models and frameworks (Appraise & Evaluate);
  5. Reflect on feedback provided during cases and exercises to improve leadership and change skills (Assess & Evaluate);
  6. Integrate evidence from real-world leadership and change problems to find solutions (Aggregate & Create);
  7. Generate a plan for implementing a solution to leadership and change challenges in one’s life and work roles (Apply & Create).

Research-Led Teaching

Research-Led Teaching includes:

  • Critical discussion of contemporary research in Leading People and Change;
  • In-class activities and in class group work to help students apply Leading People and Change concepts to personal and organisational change;
  • The assessment in the course requires students to do independent research on a chosen topic of leadership and personal change;
  • The assessment requires students to reflect on contemporary research articles and apply leadership theory.

Field Trips

There are no field trips.

Additional Course Costs

There are no additional class costs.

Examination Material or equipment

There will be no examination for this course.

Recommended Text: Muayyad Jabri, Managing Organisational Change, Process Social Construction and Dialogue, 2nd Edition, 2017, Palgrave MacMillan Education

Academic articles from leading journals in management, organisation and leadership as per the list in the weekly class overview.

The journals listed below are available on the ANU library database.

  • Leadership Specialist Journals - Leadership, Leadership and Organisational Development, The Leadership Quarterly;
  • Organisational Change Specialist Journals - Journal of Change Management, International Journal of Organisational Change Management;
  • Management Journals - The following journals cover a range of topics in Leadership and Change: Academy of Management Review (conceptual articles only),
  • Academy of Management Journal (empirical articles only), Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Management, International Journal of Management Reviews (literature reviews of topics in management).

Staff Feedback

Feedback will be provided in writing or orally in class at latest 2 weeks after the assessment. 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 Introduction to Key Theories and Concepts in Leadership and Organisational Change Week beginning (W/B) 24 July
2 Leadership and Leading Change W/B 31 July - Group Presentations begin
3 Exploring Change Models W/B 7 August - Presentation critiques begin
4 Ethics of leadership and organisational change W/B 14 August - Reflection Task due 9 AM, 18 August
5 Interventions (process, strategy and structures) W/B 21 August
6 Managing People through changes and overcoming resistance through effective leadership W/B 28 August, Census Date 31 August, Teaching break commences 4 September
7 Techniques and discipline of managing organisational change W/B 18 September, Major Essay due 9 AM Monday
8 Creating readiness for Organisational Change W/B 25 September
9 Leading Decisions W/B 2 October
10 Leading for the future, especially Environmental Social Governance W/B 9 October
11 Consulting for Change W/B 16 October
12 Conclusion and Overview W/B 23 October, Improvement Plan due 9 AM, 2nd of November

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

There is no tutorial for this course which is delivered in a 3-hour seminar mode.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Participation 10 % * 30/11/2023 1,3,4,5,6
Personal Reflection on Leadership 15 % 18/08/2023 03/09/2023 1,2,3,5
Group Presentation 10 % * 30/11/2023 1,2,3,4,6
Presentation Critique 5 % * 30/11/2023 2,4,5,6,7
Major Essay 30 % 18/09/2023 02/10/2023 1,2,3,4
Self-improvement plan 30 % 02/11/2023 30/11/2023 1,2,4,5,6,7

* 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.


There is an explicit participation assessment task grounded in evidence and assessment over the semester. See Assessment Tasks

Through attendance at lectures and tutorials are not compulsory, it is nevertheless expected in line with 'Code of Practice for Teaching and Learning", clause 2 paragraph (b)


There is no formal examination for this course.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Return of Assessment: 30/11/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,4,5,6


Individual Assessment - 10%.

Class participation is a significant component of the learning process. Students are expected to contribute to class discussions and class exercises in an informed way.

Demonstrate ability to reflect on feedback during cases and class group exercises to improve leadership and improve skills. Students are expected to come to lectures having read any course materials with the intent of participating in seminar discussions and group exercises.

Participation will be assessed by the Lecturer/s and grounded in formative assessment of weekly engagement and contribution, the effectiveness of peer student presentations. Group presentation will also include a peer-assessment document.

Occurring: In-class Weeks 1-12 and as evidenced by assessed critique documentation, submitted peer-evaluations and documented regular lecturers' assessments (published to Wattle progressively throughout the semester and which are expected to assess on a weekly basis active engagement especially against LO 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6).

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 18/08/2023
Return of Assessment: 03/09/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,5

Personal Reflection on Leadership

Individual Assessment - 15%.

Each class participant will submit a reflection of no more 1000 words (+/- 10% and excluding references) documenting the following:

1) Identify and undertake at least two online, or equivalent, psychometric tools for support of self assessment of various personal leadership traits (evidence of this action to be attached as appendices).

2) Students will briefly explain why they chose the psychometric tools they did and to assess the academic evidence that indicates the value and reliability of the tests they took (500 words).

3) Students to reflect on and explain how they would use the findings of the psychometric tools to understand their leadership strengths and development areas. Students are encouraged to identify what was surprising or novel in the results of this reflective exercise for themselves. The submission should include ideas shared in lectures and in reading materials during the first two weeks of the course as well as additional sources as appropriate (500 words).

Please Note reflections exceeding the word count incur the following penalties : 150 - 200 words excess ( – 5% off) of the grade awarded; 201- 300 words excess (- 10% marks off) of the grade awarded; >300 words excess (- 20% off) of the grade awarded.

Further guidance on marking criteria and/or a rubric will be published to Wattle before semester begins.

Due Date: 9 AM, 18 August

Results scheduled for release: 3 September

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Return of Assessment: 30/11/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,6

Group Presentation

Group Assessment - 10%

From Week 2, at least one group of up to six students will prepare a presentation on Leading People and Change (groups and topics to be allocated in Week 1). Two other student groups will assess the presentation (see assessment Task 4) together with the Lecturer/s. Indicatively, presentations will explore a chapter of the recommended textbook on organisational change, and a leadership theory and/or an alternative change model. Presentations must identify key issues and/or concepts. The advantages/shortcomings of material explored and suggestions on how potential leaders could use this new knowledge to resolve issues of organisational challenges.

Students will be required to submit a peer evaluation assessment of the contribution of each member of their Group - this peer evaluation will inform the assessment of participation too (see Assessment Task 1).

Further guidance on marking criteria and/or a rubric will be published to Wattle before semester begins.

Due: progressively, commencing from Week 2

Assessment outcomes: due two weeks after presentation

Assessment Task 4

Value: 5 %
Return of Assessment: 30/11/2023
Learning Outcomes: 2,4,5,6,7

Presentation Critique

Individual Assessment 5%

Further to Assessment Tasks 1 and 3, students will critique one group presentation during the course of the semester (up to 250 words only) distinguishing leadership and change models and suggesting how the student might integrate their new knowledge to avoid leadership failures or implement change effectively. Each week two groups of students will submit a critique on the previous week's presentation. This submission will also be used to substantiate (amongst other items) the assessment of participation (see Assessment Task 1).

Please Note critiques exceeding the word count incur the following penalties : 150 - 200 words excess ( – 5% marks off) of the grade awarded; 201- 300 words excess (- 10% marks off) of the grade awarded; >300 words excess (- 20% marks off) of the grade awarded.

Further guidance on marking criteria and/or a rubric will be published to Wattle before semester begins.

Due date: progressively, commencing from Week 3

Assessment Task 5

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 18/09/2023
Return of Assessment: 02/10/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Major Essay

Individual Assessment - 30%

Each student will submit (via Turnitin) a major essay AFTER the mid-semester break that demonstrates academic understanding of Leading People and Change. 

The essay task will be 2500 words (plus/minus 10%), using Harvard in-text referencing and DOUBLE-spacing.

The Essay topic/s will be available from Week 1 on Wattle.

Importantly, this essay is an assignment where the student is expected to demonstrate skills in researching a significant issue in relation to Leading People and Change to showcase their abilities in marshaling an academic argument that explores a topic well and consistently with the reasonable expectations for a master's student. Accordingly, as this is the major theoretical assessment task for the Course, students must reveal their familiarity with the textbook, any Wattle articles and their own research of relevant journals to create and sustain a compelling scholarly narrative grounded in available evidence that states the position they take in relation to the essay question and demonstrates clearly why and how that position is well reasoned.

Please Note reflections exceeding the word count incur the following penalties : 150 - 200 words excess ( – 5% marks off) of the grade awarded; 201- 300 words excess (- 10% marks off) of the grade awarded; >300 words excess (- 20% marks off) of the grade awarded.

Further guidance on marking criteria and/or a rubric will be published to Wattle before semester begins.

Due date: 9 AM, 18 September

Results scheduled for release: 2 October

Assessment Task 6

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 02/11/2023
Return of Assessment: 30/11/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4,5,6,7

Self-improvement plan

Individual Assessment - 30%

Each Student will submit (via Turnitin) a plan building upon the insights from Assessment Task 2, that 1) distinguishes the professional leadership and change challenges they anticipate over the next 3 - 5 years; and 2) which generates options for them to implement to a personal "success" recipe (2250 words +/- 10%).

Specifically, in undertaking this task, each student will need to refer briefly to his/her Personal Reflection on Leadership (i.e. no more than 250 words), reflectively but not descriptively, to identify their starting point. The Plan must identify priority areas in relation to Leading People and Change for improvement, with the student clarifying WHY this is the case - having regard to their career aspirations and theories explored during the semester (up to 500 words). Each student must identify actions (not less than five separate actions) they intend to implement to foster change in their behaviours that is likely to generate professional success in leading people and change. Each action must be explained/grounded in relation academic evidence, theories and concepts (1000 in total). Students are to include a self-review/evaluation section (500 words) that they intend to use to generate a feedback process and adjustment to the plan, on either an ongoing or periodic basis.

Please Note self-improvement plans exceeding the word count incur the following penalties : 150 - 200 words excess ( – 5% marks off) of the grade awarded; 201- 300 words excess (- 10% marks off) of the grade awarded; >300 words excess (- 20% marks off) of the grade awarded.

Further guidance on marking criteria and/or a rubric will be published to Wattle before semester begins.

Due date: 9 AM, 2nd of November

Results scheduled for release: November 30, 2023

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

Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

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. 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/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

All assignments will be graded and feedback will be provided either:

  • Via the course Wattle site, (i.e on the task submissions themselves)
  • and where appropriate in person by appointment with the course lecturer.

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

Unless specified otherwise in the assignment requirements, resubmissions are permitted up until the due date and time, but not allowed afterwards.

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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Human Resources, especially performance management

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