MGS3991 - Leadership principles and practices - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Management


Ms Frances Scholtz

Unit guides


South Africa

  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This interactive unit examines principles and practices of leadership which are vital for aspiring leaders of the future. Through a personal portfolio of leadership concepts, character and competencies, students develop their potential for growth as strategic leaders of 21st century organisations. Inspiring stories of leadership successes and failures from exemplary leaders of the past and present, will guide the student's leadership journey to find their own authentic voice. A plethora of cutting-edge leadership materials (research articles, movies and videos, case studies, role-plays, games and self-assessments) will also be featured weekly to enhance the learning experience.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of major theories of organisational leadership
  2. formulate a framework of leadership that would help students make sense of their current and future leadership experiences and discern critical lessons drawn
  3. develop a higher self awareness of students own personalities, values, attitudes and styles, as well as strengths and weaknesses pertinent to their leadership aspirations
  4. construct a personal leadership philosophy outlining student's convictions on ethical and compassionate leadership, and it's impact in real-world organisational contexts
  5. analyse and synthesise crucial roles and positive impacts that managers and leaders can make to organisations and their stakeholders.


Within semester assessment: 60% + Examination: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


It is recommended that students complete MGB1010 or MGC1010 or MGF1010 or MGP1010 or MGG1010 or MGS1010 or MGW1010 before undertaking this unit.