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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The unit will use the Blackboard website extensively.
There are no out of the ordinary costs associated with this unit.
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
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