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Leadership in Science (MGMT90171)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeMGMT90171
Semester 1
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Excellent scientific leadership is not only required in academic research groups, but also in technological industries and many areas of government. This subject will examine the nature and styles and consequences of leadership and decision making in academia, industry and government.

Students will examine, through a series of lectures, seminars and workshops, the roles of leadership in: motivation, ethics, risk and the development of a productive organisational culture drawing upon case studies, personal accounts from scientific leaders and their own personal experiences.

In addition, students will learn strategies to deal with staff and clients, build teams, make decisions, think strategically, develop self awareness, identify and manage conflict of interest, identify opportunity and value diversity.

Intended learning outcomes

The objectives are to develop an understanding of the:

  • importance and consequences of excellent leadership
  • responsibilities and ethical context of leadership
  • consequence of various styles of leadership
  • role of leaders
  • how to identify risks, uncertainty and opportunity
  • understand individual motivation and group behaviour.

Generic skills

Students will develop:

  • initiate understanding and skills for the implementation of constructive change
  • excellent interpersonal and decision-making skills
  • develop a personal awareness of strengths and limitations
  • value differences in personalities and cultures
  • willingly accept social and professional responsibilities
  • have a broad understanding and high regard for ethical conduct, colleagues and employees

Last updated: 10 November 2018