Faculty of Science

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 Science
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Rowan Brookes


This is the first part of level-one Impact through science core studies of the Bachelor of Science Advanced - Global Challenges (Honours). It consists of two modules, undertaken in parallel: leadership and persuasive communication. Leadership development is undertaken through the adaptive leadership framework using an experiential learning approach. In this module students will focus on distinguishing the role of authority from the activity of leadership and understand what is required to make progress on complex challenges. Students will build persuasive communication skills and leadership presence through a variety of techniques. This unit also has a strong focus on developing teamwork skills through diverse modes. A 'dialogue' evening series will provide opportunities for networking and identifying mentors through intimate discussions with leaders from a variety of industries.


Upon successful completion of the unit students will be able to:

  1. Critique and apply the key tools of adaptive leadership and demonstrate critical thinking capacity;
  2. Develop strategies for digital leadership by constructing a social media profile demonstrating individual purpose;
  3. Apply communication strategies and leadership presence through improvisation, storytelling and persuasive presentation techniques;
  4. Demonstrate and reflect upon how to build and work in functional teams;
  5. Examine the importance of authenticity, values, ethics and mentoring to leadership development.


Continuous assessment: 10%
Student-led seminar: 20%
Digital leadership portfolio: 50%
Oral presentations: 20%

Workload requirements

  • One 1-hour online activity, one 1-hour seminar and one 3-hour workshop per week
  • One 1-day workshop, one evening session and four 2-hour 'dialogue' sessions (evening) per semester

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Chief examiner(s)


Only students enrolled in Bachelor of Science Advanced - Global Challenges (Honours) can enrol in this unit.