BUSN20027 - Contemporary Leadership

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will examine contemporary leaders’ contribution to the evolution of organisations. In this context, leadership refers to influencing, motivating and empowering others to contribute to the success of organisations. Effective business leaders create a compelling vision capable of motivating others. You will evaluate the effectiveness of various leadership models, theories, frameworks and techniques capable of improving individual, group and organisational productivity. Leadership will be examined from the theoretical perspectives of trait, behaviour and contingency. Commonalities and points of differentiation will be explored between leadership theories of transactional, transformational, charismatic, authentic, path-goal, implicit, situational, contingency, servant, as well as related theories and practices. These theories and practices influence the development of strategic decisions intended to achieve sustainable business outcomes. Of particular interest, is the capacity of transformative leaders to convince followers to perform beyond what can normally be achieved. Such leadership refers to the behaviours that inspire followers towards achieving a desired future for the benefit of members of organisations. Transformational leaders have the capacity change organisational culture to inspire followers to transcend self-interest and become capable of ensuring a profound positive effect on followers. Transformational leaders have the potential to achieve deep and enduring change through creative initiatives and solutions.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level Not Applicable
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Reflective Practice Assignment 60%
2. Online Test 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Analyse leadership theories, frameworks and techniques to enhance organisational productivity
  2. Translate strategic commercial decisions into sustainable trends using enduring leadership principles
  3. Assess leadership styles that are effective for change management and the creation of a transformational culture
  4. Generate a sustainable vision to inspire others to follow using the SMART (Specific, Measurable, Assignable, Realistic, Time-related) framework


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Reflective Practice Assignment
2 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Reflective Practice Assignment
2 - Online Test