Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


This unit provides students with a unique opportunity to investigate the attributes of effective leadership through experiential learning. Students examine their own potential for leadership through an assisted process, and are exposed to leadership theories and research to enable critical engagement with the concept of leadership. The unit also explores leadership within teams and students explore how leadership is related to interpersonal behaviour, communication, and the capacity to motivate others and to self-manage. A variety of practical opportunities in sport and recreational pursuits such as fitness training, modified team sports, mountain biking, kayaking and trekking, allow students to practise their leadership skills.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 elective

Students are able to (1) work within a team environment to achieve common goals; (2) identify the key attributes and skills needed to be an effective leader; (3) understand and apply several leadership theories and perspectives in a variety of sport and recreation activities; (4) develop the capacity to analyse different contexts and to understand which leadership styles are most effective in particular contexts; and (5) develop the capacity to reflect critically on and improve their own personal leadership understanding, experience, insights and goals.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) scope and extent of participation in sport and recreation activities throughout the unit; (2) assignment and peer assessment; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Michael Rosenberg and Dr Grant Landers
Contact hours
online lectures/seminars/pracs: 2 hours per fortnight
planning and execution of leadership experience: 30 hours
For students that elect to complete an aquatic based activity such as kayaking or stand up paddle boarding, must be competent swimmers to ensure the safety of themselves and others in their group.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.