Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Rowan Brookes


This is the second 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 the big issues of our time. In the leadership module students will continue to develop and apply adaptive leadership tools. The big issues of our time are explored in a module examining how science and policy can impact decision-making. In this module students will work closely with 'scientific advisers' who are top researchers in their field. Teamwork is explored through several assignments including students undertaking peer-case consultations on challenges they have identified. 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 should be able to:

  1. Critique and apply the key tools of adaptive leadership demonstrating critical thinking capacity;
  2. Diagnose leadership challenges and experiment with interventions in complex systems;
  3. Analyse and synthesise major global challenges using scientific evidence and assess how scientific information is translated into decision-making;
  4. Demonstrate and reflect upon how to build and work in functional teams;
  5. Produce a mentoring plan that reflects the development of self-awareness and leadership aspirations.


Continuous assessment: 10%
Student-led seminar: 20%
Blog: 10%
Science in policy project: 30%
Adaptive leadership project: 30%

Workload requirements

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

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)



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