Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Monash Passport categoryLeadership (Enhance Program)
OfferedParkville Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Johnson George

Quota applies

This unit is quota restricted. Selection is on a first-in, first enrolled basis. For more information see http://www.pharm.monash.edu.au/students/undergrad/courses/pharmacyelectives.html


Many pharmacy graduates will be employed in positions where they will need to lead or supervise others or be leaders in introduction of new professional pharmacy services. An understanding of the principles of leadership and how to manage and implement change will therefore be important to effective professional practice. Students will develop and practice these skills through a range of team-based and individual activities and a group project.


The aim of this unit is to provide an introduction to leadership principles and concepts of change management in the context of pharmacy practice. It will differentiate leadership from management and will consider the basic theories of leadership and team-building. Students will develop skills in identifying opportunities for change, implementing and evaluating change in an evidence-based manner.

This unit also aims to develop students' generic skills in critical thinking, communication and problem-solving.

At the completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Describe the concepts of good leadership;
  2. Identify their personal leadership characteristics;
  3. Describe the principles associated with change management;
  4. Work in a team;
  5. Lead a team.


Project Plan: 20%; Personal reflection on personal contribution to team and change management: 10%; Group assignment: 30%; Project report: 40%

Peer-assessment will be used to assess team-work and leadership skills.
Assignments will be used to provide an assessment of the ability to apply leadership skills, the development of teams and the change management process.

Workload requirements

Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Eight 3-hour tutorials
  • Three 2-hour workshops

Additional requirements:

  • Sixty hours group activities/team meetings

See also Unit timetable information

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