Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - 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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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedMalaysia Summer semester A 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Khoo Boon How/Dennis Ong


Recommended reasing:

  1. Ronald Bennett, Elaine Millian, Leadership for Engineers: The Magic of Mindset, McGraw-Hill, 2012
  2. John C. Maxwell, The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential, Center Street, 2011.
  3. Arbinger Institute, Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting out of the Box, 2nd Edition, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2010.
  4. Deborah J. Barrett, Leadership Communication, 3rd Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2009
  5. Roy Lewicki, Bruce Barry, David Saunders, Negotiation: Readings, Exercises, and Cases, 6th Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2009
  6. Karl Smith, Teamwork and Project Management, 3rd Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2005
  7. Margaret A. White and Garry D. Bruton , The Management of Technology and Innovation: A Strategic Approach, 2nd Edition, Cengage Learning, 2010.
  8. Melissa Schilling, Strategic Management of Technological Innovation, McGraw-Hill, 2012.
  9. Dariush Rafinejad , Innovation, Product Development and Commercialization: Case Studies and Key Practices for Market Leadership, J. Ross Publishing, 2007.


In this unit, leadership related aspects such as strategic thinking, building self-awareness, leading in teams, negotiation, effective communication and conflict resolution will be discussed. Then, leadership skills will be linked to innovation and product development. Useful technological tools that can be used for product development will be introduced. Finally, this unit will also explore the process of product commercialization in both local and international settings.


This unit aims to link leadership skills to product innovation and explore the product development and commercialization process. At the end of this unit, students should be able to:

  • Analyze the characteristic of a leader
  • Communicate effectively, work in teams and develop negotiation skills
  • Design products with commercialization potentials and impact on the local community
  • Evaluate product innovation options and identify support for them locally and internationally


30% Tests
30% Project Report
40% Teamwork, Presentation and Demonstration

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Workload requirements

6 contact hours per week and 6 hours of private study per week