MGN442 Self Leadership

Unit synopsis

In the contemporary business environment professionals are empowered to manage their own growth and development in order to facilitate meaningfulness in organisational life. The unit on Self-leadership is an elective in the HRM major and is delivered predominately in an ‘on-line’ mode to enable an ‘anytime’ and ‘anywhere’ approach to your self-development work. This approach invites you to take the necessary time to reflect and develop greater insight into your own thinking and behaviour.

Faculty
QUT Business School
Study area
Business
Credit points
12

Dates and locations

Teaching period Locations
Summer, 2017
20 November 2017 - 16 February 2018
  • Gardens Point
Semester 1, 2018
19 February 2018 - 22 June 2018
  • Gardens Point
Semester 2, 2018
23 July 2018 - 16 November 2018
  • Gardens Point
Summer, 2018
19 November 2018 - 22 February 2019
  • Gardens Point

Fees

Commonwealth supported place (CSP) student contribution amount
2017: $1,324
2018: $1,368
Domestic fee-paying student fee
2017: $3,156
2018: $3,288
International student fee
2017: $3,636
2018: $3,792

Guide to fees

Commonwealth supported place (CSP) student contribution amount
For Australian citizens, permanent visa holders and permanent humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course and are eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
  • as a cross-institutional student who has a Commonwealth supported place at their home university.
Domestic fee-paying student fee
For Australian citizens, permanent visa holders and permanent humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens, who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course and are not eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
  • as part of a QUT course during Summer Semester
  • as a cross-institutional student who does not have a Commonwealth supported place at their home university
  • as a single-unit study student.
International student fee
For international students who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course
  • as part of our study abroad or exchange programs
  • as a cross-institutional student.

Previous study requirements

Anti-requisites
BSN201, GSN620, GSN621, GSZ620, GSZ621

Guide to previous study requirements

Prerequisites
To enrol in this unit, you must have completed these prerequisite units (or have credit, advanced standing or exemption for them), or be able to demonstrate that you have equivalent background knowledge.
Anti-requisites
You can’t enrol in this unit if you have completed any of these anti-requisite units.
Co-requisites
To enrol in this unit, you must have already completed these co-requisite units, or you must enrol in them at the same time.
Equivalents
You can’t enrol in this unit if you have completed any of these equivalent units.
Assumed knowledge
We assume that you have a minimum level of knowledge in certain areas before you start this unit.

Summer Semester details

Dates
20 November 2017 - 16 February 2018
Fee type
Tuition Fee
Restrictions
This unit is only available to postgraduate students.
Notes
This is a summer tuition fee unit at the postgraduate level. Standard tuition fees apply. Eligible students may apply for FEE-HELP in eStudent.

Unit outlines

Coordinator

Name
Amanda Gudmundsson
Email
a.gudmundsson@qut.edu.au
Phone
3138 5387

Rationale

In today's contemporary business environment, professionals need to be empowered to manage their own development and growth. Rather than relying on an organisation or manager to make organisational life meaningful and effective, positive self-leadership training is focused on how an individual can foster change in his or her own personal and work life.

Aims

This unit provides you with the opportunity of developing your knowledge of self-leadership as well as your skill. Positive self-leadership training introduces you to techniques and skills that will make you more effective in your personal and work life, helping to make your life more rewarding and meaningful. As future managers of people and workplaces it is essential that you have well developed leadership skills and knowledge. The self-leadership approach uses a combination of techniques to assist you in setting and achieving your goals in a rewarding way. The approach involves developing greater insight into your own thinking, behaviour and cultural background, at the same time as seeking information and feedback from the environment to increase your personal effectiveness. The material in the unit is underpinned by a philosophy of realistic optimism, whereby you are encouraged to adopt an outlook that is both positive and realistic.

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Goals (Postgraduate)

The QUT Business School has established the Assurance of Learning (AoL) Goals to meet contemporary industry needs and standards. Achieving these learning outcomes will assist you to meet the desired graduate outcomes set at QUT - aligned with other internationally renowned business schools. Students will develop the following capabilities relevant to a contemporary global and sustainable business environment:

Knowledge & Technical Skills (KS) )
1.1 Demonstrate and apply integrated and advanced discipline and professional practice knowledge, including knowledge of relevant research principles and methods.

1.2 Apply technical, technological and technical research skills to organise and interpret discipline knowledge, including theory and practice, to investigate business issues.

Higher Order Thinking Skills (HO)
2.1 Critically investigate real world business issues and problems drawing on analysis, evaluation and synthesis of discipline knowledge, including theory and practice.
2.2 Exercise creativity and intellectual independence and make informed decisions and judgements in planning, designing, and executing strategic and research-based responses to address real world issues and problems.

Professional Communication (PC)
3.1 Use information literacy skills and communicate effectively and professionally in written forms and using media appropriate for diverse purposes, contexts and audiences.
3.2 Use information literacy skills and communicate effectively and professionally in oral forms appropriate for diverse purposes, contexts and audiences.

Teamwork & Self (TS)
4.1 Exercise self-reflection and accountability in applying knowledge and skills for own learning and effective practice.
4.2 Apply teamwork knowledge and skills for effective collaboration across a range of complex activities and contexts.

Social, Ethical & Global Understanding (SEG)
5.1 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of ethical and legal principles and practices of business in critically analysing and effectively responding to complex business issues.
5.2 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of socially responsible behaviour in analysing and addressing business issues and critically reflect on the responsibilities and impacts of organisations in national and international business contexts.


Unit Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this unit, you should be able to:

1. Synthesise and evaluate data received from a variety of sources in order to report and make recommendations for self-leadership development;
2. Establish meaningful goal action plans for self-leadership development based upon an analysis and critical evaluation of current skill level;
3. Use models of cognitive, behavioural and emotional change to manage and change your own leadership behaviour and develop your self-leadership skills;
4. Recommend human resource management policies and processes to improve employee self-development and leadership.

The specific course learning goals and unit learning outcomes that apply to this unit are shown in the assessment section of this unit outline.

Content

The unit content will focus upon theories relevant to self-leadership, including using cues to support the learning process, positive psychology, realistic optimism, cognitive processes, the development of a strengths profile, identification of current thinking patterns and cultural understanding, using effective goal-setting, self-rewards to assist the goal setting process, analysing and replacing negative self-talk, self-observation, and avoiding self-punishment; and discovering natural rewards and building them into work tasks.

Approaches to teaching and learning

Delivery Mode

The QUT Business School seeks to create postgraduate learning environments that help participants better manage family-work-study conflicts. For example, the units in the Master of Business (HRM) program provide a range of delivery options that offer some flexibility with respect to class timetable. Flexible delivery options are supported by educational technologies to both connect you with others in the unit and with unit content. We encourage you to regularly access the HR Program portal, the unit Blackboard site, attend scheduled workshops, engage in on-line activities and make effective use of staff consultation times.

The teaching and learning strategies in this unit are a combination of seminar, on-line activity and action learning. Because the unit is skills based, it is action and reflection oriented and draws heavily on Kolb's (1984) learning cycle. An explicit goal of the unit is that students have the opportunity to practise the skills as well as develop a sound understanding of the conceptual/theoretical background.

Assessment items

Name #1: Individual Report
DescriptionCritically analyse the Self-Leadership literature. Using Self-Leadership and Positive Psychology perspectives, analyse your strengths and weaknesses as revealed in the surveys employed in weeks prior to Assignment 1. Use this information to update your career goals.
Length/Duration: 2,000 words
Formative or Summative: Formative and Summative
Weighting40%
Due dateWk 5
Internal or externalInternal
Group or individualIndividual
Relates to learning outcomesUnit learning outcomes 1 & 4 and AoL goals KS (1.1; 1.2), HO (2.1), PC (3.1), SEG (5.1)
Name #2: Portfolio
DescriptionYou will develop the self-leadership skills portfolio throughout the course of the unit. The portfolio will contain both self-reflection and feedback from others.You will conduct an analysis of your skills, strengths and areas for improvement and will develop an action plan for skills development.
Length/Duration: 3,000 words
Formative or Summative: Summative
Weighting60%
Due dateWk 11
Internal or externalInternal
Group or individualIndividual
Relates to learning outcomesUnit learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4 and AoL goals KS (1.2), HO (2.1), PC (3.1), SEG (5.1)

Academic integrity

QUT is committed to maintaining high academic standards to protect the value of its qualifications. To assist you in assuring the academic integrity of your assessment you are encouraged to make use of the support materials and services available to help you consider and check your assessment items. Important information about the university's approach to academic integrity of assessment is on your unit Blackboard site.

A breach of academic integrity is regarded as Student Misconduct and can lead to the imposition of penalties.

Resource materials

References
QUT Readings

Other Resources
The unit will use the Blackboard website extensively.

There are no out of the ordinary costs associated with this unit.

Risk assessment statement

There are no out-of-the-ordinary risks associated with lectures or tutorials in this unit. You should, however, familiarise yourself with evacuation procedures operating in the buildings in which you attend classes and take the time to
view the Emergency video.

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