PSYC5559 Leadership

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Leadership is a key variable affecting individual, group, and organisational performance. In this unit students will explore major concepts, models and theories of leadership, including both conventional and alternative perspectives. Through critical discussion of leadership research and its practical applications in a range of organisational contexts, students will develop the knowledge and skills required to develop effective leadership. In the unit, exercises, self-assessments, and case study analysis will be used to develop personal and interpersonal leadership skills and capabilities. Students will work together on a small group project to develop leadership skills in themselves and their peers. Students will also be tasked with the development of plans and actions to improve leadership competencies beyond the unit.
Students are able to (1) outline a range of leadership theories and effective leadership behaviours; (2) critically evaluate the usefulness of perspectives on leadership for a variety of work settings and situations; (3) assess concepts in leadership development; (4) communicate concepts in leadership development; and (5) analyse leadership development needs and develop an action plan to improve leadership potential.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) theory review; (2) group peer-led leadership development activity; and (3) case study. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Guy Curtis
Unit rules
Enrolment in 73550 Master of Business Psychology (coursework),
53580 Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology,
01880/54580 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology.
Contact hours
3 hours per week for 12 weeks

Readings will consist of scientific publications to be provided via the Learning Management System.

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