BUSN20032 - Leadership Capstone

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Leadership Capstone is the final unit in the CQUni MBA (Leadership) course which is split into two distinct parts: Part 1: CapsimGlobal Simulation - International Business Strategy (Capsim® Management Simulations, Inc.). CapsimGlobal is an international business simulation that evaluates your performance using a balanced scorecard. You wil make decisions about research and development, marketing, production and finance, to learn how the different functional areas of a business interact and effect one another. Numerous international business components like; shipping costs, tariffs, and fluctuating currency exchange rates will be integrated into the simulation, as you compete against five computer-controlled competitors for market share in the USA, Germany, and China. Each country competing in the simulation has starting conditions ranging from established markets (USA) to emerging markets (China). Each country has unique customer preferences. An ‘onboarding’ process is used to familiarise yourself with the situation inherited, along with how to make decisions in a global context. This experience of operting you own company will develop your business acumen. Part 2: Applied Business Report This part of the unit provides you with an opportunity to conduct some applied research into a business problem or to investigate a business opportunity. This is a valuable chance to demonstrate your capacity to make the transition to becoming a successful business manager and leader. This unit draws upon your wider knowledge of business environments both locally and globally. You are expected to demonstrate a capacity to conduct an independent, investigation to a professional standard. Choose whatever business discipline or disciplines best inform the problem or opportunity you intend to investigate. Then you will review and analyse secondary and primary sources of information related to the topic you select. You are encouraged to explore a subject relevant to Social Innovation. This activity involves developing research questions, analysing data and information to identify solutions, and provide insights to make sound recommendations. This advice will build on your previous learning in this course and forms the basis for developing a professional business report. This report represents an opportunity to showcase your capacity to research and synthesise relevant ideas, theories, models, frameworks, and cases to demonstrate the depth of what you have learnt throughout the MBA (Leadership) journey.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level Not Applicable
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre requisite: All 10 units must be successfully completed before enrolling in Leadership Capstone (12 Credits Points).

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 12-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Test 40%
2. Project (applied) 40%
3. Portfolio 20%

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. Develop a research question and design a research project to test an hypothesis or to devise propositions using quantitative or qualitative methods
  2. Review literature and secondary sources of information specific to a research question
  3. Produce an independent research project with minimal supervision considering ethical and methodological issues, such as; reliability issues, threats to validity and quality of data measurement
  4. Develop business acumen by operating the functional areas of an international business simulation


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Test
2 - Project (applied)
3 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Online Test
2 - Project (applied)
3 - Portfolio