EDF5671 - Leadership challenge project - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.




Dr Nicholas Allix (Semester 1)

Dr Melanie Brooks (Semester 2)

Mr Peter Waterhouse (Term 2)

Associate Professor Allie Clemans (Term 4)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Flexible)
  • Second semester 2017 (Flexible)



This unit allows participants to undertake a project and demonstrate their learning around leadership development in a specific context. It involves the design of a self-directed project focusing on an issue or challenge encountered in the course of leadership. The challenge becomes the basis of the design of a small-scale inquiry. Students learn how to set out the key features of an inquiry project, design a small scale inquiry and interpret findings in relation to a challenge. In doing this, students enhance their awareness of who they are as leaders in the meaning-making process and how they influence it.


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

  1. identify a leadership challenge
  2. articulate the design aspects of an inquiry project in order to secure appropriate evidence to use to examine the challenge
  3. access literature that is relevant to their professional challenge and identify how the literature responds to it
  4. consider additional evidence that may address the challenge and their implications
  5. analyse the evidence used and determine the relevance of the findings to the challenge
  6. articulate the implications and actions that may address the challenge
  7. communicate findings of the project to a professional and/or academic audience.


Semester 1 and Term 2:

Leadership challenge design (1200 words, 15%)

Leadership challenge report (6800 words, 85%)

Semester 2 and Term 4:

Leadership challenge design (3200 words, 40%)

Leadership challenge report (4800 words, 60%)

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 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:

  1. 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
  2. Requirements for offshore Kaplan-based students:
    • one intensive block (usually from Thursday to Sunday)
    • at least 14 hours of online study per term
  3. Additional requirements (all students):
    • independent study to meet the minimum required hours per semester

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