• Offered by ANU College of Science
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Vice Chancellor Undergraduate
  • Work Integrated Learning Projects
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Chris Browne
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
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Leadership & Influence in a Complex World is open to students from all academic Colleges. 

The course aims at giving ANU students who have demonstrated potential as change-makers a wide understanding of styles of leadership and influence. In line with the interdisciplinary and peer-learning ethos of Vice-Chancellor's courses, students will be exposed to the varying perspectives different disciplines and individuals have on leadership and influence. The course aims to bring students together early in their degree to make a positive impact on their spheres of influence now and into the future.

Students will be encouraged to design and implement an individual or collaborative leadership initiative at ANU or the broader Canberra community based on I.D.E.A (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility) principles, and will be mentored by an ANU staff member to realise the potential of the project.  

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Formulate a clear personal repertoire of values-based leadership and models of influence.
  2. Evaluate different disciplinary and cultural models of leadership and influence.
  3. Demonstrate skills in collaboration and coordination towards common goals in formal and informal settings.
  4. Design, implement and evaluate a leadership initiative that enhances a community.
  5. Reflect on the nature of leadership and influence in the context of your discipline.

Work Integrated Learning


All students engage with WIL partners (internal/external) as a minor component of the course

Other Information

Students must complete an Application Form on the VC's Courses website to be enrolled in this course, including a 1-page CV and a brief project proposal (300 words), outlining:

  • Potential Topic
  • Project Proposal - what you intend to do, and who you will be working with in the project
  • Project Objectives - both the overall objectives of the project and what you aim to achieve within the timescale of the Semester.

On completion of the course at an acceptable level, students will receive the credit and a certificate from the DVC(SUE). Students wishing to continue working on their projects or initiative may apply through other VC's Courses, including Group Research and Innovation Project.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Students who successfully complete all project requirements will receive a Course Requirements Satisfied (CRS) grade. As an indication: (null) [LO null]
  2. Contribute to class discussion and project planning (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Design, implement and evaluate an Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access (I.D.E.A.) project on campus or the broader Canberra community (50) [LO 3,4]
  4. Build a web-based portfolio that records and shares the project to a broader audience  (25) [LO 1,2,5]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Weekly 2-hour seminars from ANU and Community experts in the first half of the course
  • Fortnightly 1-hour meetings with assigned ANU mentor
  • Independent or collaborative project work

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed at least 48 units of university courses.

You will need to contact the ANU College of Science to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

An indicative reading list is provided on the VC's Courses Website.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5100
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4421 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person N/A

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