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Leadership for an Ageing Workforce (POPH90266)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePOPH90266
Term 3 - Online
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The world is in the middle of an historic demographic shift in which an ageing population and changing social attitudes interact with a range of other megatrends transforming work organisation and organisational leadership. This subject focuses on understanding how demographic and other changes challenge traditional models of leadership and managing people. It will explore, assess and develop a range of skills and capabilities associated with effective leadership, that enable organisational leaders to drive strategic, people and effective change in the context of an increasing age diverse workforce and dynamic external environment. Using case studies of leadership challenges associated with different aspects of age diversity and an ageing workforce, it explores how leadership can be used to improve organisational and individual outcomes. This subject will also examine dimensions of leadership identity and management of self as an important part of developing effective leadership. It will apply these skills and capabilities to the context of leading age diverse organisations using case studies that explore each of these dimensions of leadership capabilities.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Identify and critically evaluate: the current and future demographic contexts of the ageing workforce; changes in social attitudes; the need for strong leadership skills in the labour market; and major challenges and opportunities for leadership.
  • Critically evaluate competing models and approaches to effective leadership in relation to managing an ageing workforce.
  • Identify the leadership capabilities required to effectively approach age diverse workplace scenarios.
  • Research complex organisational challenges associated with an ageing workforce and formulate solutions and recommendations.
  • Develop critical reflection and self-evaluation of their own personal leadership skills, capabilities and attributes in their professional practices and work setting.

Generic skills

Students will be provided with the opportunity to practice and reinforce:

  • Application of research skills to make evidence-supported recommendations.
  • Advanced skills in reasoning, persuasion and effective argumentation.
  • The ability to work collaboratively and effectively with team members.
  • The ability to make connections between theoretical concepts and everyday practice.
  • Reflective writing skills.
  • Giving and receiving effective feedback.
  • Strategic thinking and decision making.

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



  • Contributions to online discussions and submission of a final report (250 words), online discussion contributions are due throughout the teaching period, final report due end of Week 8 of term (10%)
  • Individual leadership diagnostic assessment and 360 degree peer feedback (approximately 30 questions, taking 10-15 mins to complete), due at the end of Week 2 of term (hurdle)
  • Leadership in Ageing case studies project: 3 case studies of 500 words each (1500 words total), due at the end of Week 5 of term (30%)
  • Leadership in Ageing context plan (1000 words), due at the end of Week 6 of term (20%)
  • Leadership in Ageing workforce plan (2000 words), due one week after the end of the teaching period (COB Friday) (40%)

Dates & times

  • Term 3 - Online
    Principal coordinatorsRuth Williams and Peter Gahan
    Mode of deliveryOnline
    Contact hours4 hours per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Pre teaching start date15 July 2019
    Pre teaching requirementsDuring the pre-teaching period students are given the opportunity to get used to the online platform, meet the instructors/tutors and become familiar with how to access resources before the teaching period starts.
    Teaching period22 July 2019 to 15 September 2019
    Last self-enrol date16 July 2019
    Census date 9 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail30 August 2019
    Assessment period ends22 September 2019

    Term 3 contact information

    Melbourne School of Professional and Continuing Education

    Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

    Email: study-online@unimelb.edu.au

    Coordinators: pgahan@unimelb.edu.au / ruth.williams@unimelb.edu.au

    Further Information: MSPGH Website

    Phone: + 61 3 8344 0149 Monday to Friday 8am to 9pm AEST/AEDT. Weekends and University of Melbourne observed Public Holidays 10am to 5pm AEST/AEDT.

Time commitment details

170 hours

Additional delivery details

During the pre-teaching period students are given the opportunity to get used to the online platform, meet the instructors/tutors and become familiar with how to access resources before the teaching period starts.

Further information

Last updated: 3 April 2019