Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Dr Venesser Fernandes


This unit promotes self-and-other awareness and positions emotional preparedness as foundational to leadership. A variety of paradigms for developing self and other awareness are introduced to empower developing leaders to begin their personal inner growth trajectory. Instruments and practices, learning styles and personality profile instruments are used, along with a rigorous reflective practice regimen, to help students develop a personal development plan. Students engage with other aspiring and practising leaders in a process of personal and professional growth through collaborative reflection to become aware of their cognitive and emotional meaning-making. This knowledge is used to understand how to lead and engage others in ways that produce robust, sustainable organisations.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. understand and critically evaluate theoretical paradigms of leadership development
  2. apply theoretical concepts and instruments to identify personal strengths of leaders
  3. engage in meaningful reflective practice about personal leadership
  4. articulate and plan personal leadership growth and development
  5. identify relationships between individual leadership and organisational sustainability
  6. distinguish and apply reflective and scholarly approaches to cognitive and emotional meaning-making and evaluation.


1. Reflective portfolio (4000 words equivalent, 50%) consisting of:
Part A: two pieces of reflective writing (2400 words (1200 words each), 30%)
Part B: three online responses to fellow students' reflections (600 words total, 10%)
Part C: meta-reflection (1000 words, 10%)
2. Presentation (2000 words equivalent, 25%)
3. Critical review (2000 words, 25%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Flexible mode offers a stand-alone online offering that allows students to learn and engage in content and assessment in a supported way. It also provides a face to face component of 12 hours over the semester to engage students with the online learning content, which students can attend if they are able and interested.

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for flexible students:

  • 12 contact hours and 24 hours equivalent of online activities over the semester or
  • 36 hours equivalent of online activities over the semester

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • independent study to meet the minimum required hours per semester

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