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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
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

A 2,000 word individual assignment, mid semester: 50%
A 4,000 word group assignment, end of semester: 50%

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    CoordinatorMichelle Mcnamara
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursTwo 1-hour lectures per week and one 3-hour workshop per week over eight weeks.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period26 February 2018 to 27 May 2018
    Last self-enrol date 9 March 2018
    Census date31 March 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail 4 May 2018
    Assessment period ends22 June 2018

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 10 November 2018