MGMT20131 - Leadership and Integrity

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Leadership and integrity extensively explores issues about how leadership practices facilitate organisational effectiveness. Understanding, analysing and applying the nature and effective practice of leadership are important for organisations to pursue sustainable development in the changing environment. In this unit you will examine a variety of traditional and more contemporary approaches to leadership, their effect on followers and when and how they should be applied. You will also consider leadership in a cross-cultural context and how different leadership styles are more accepted, or less tolerated, in different cultures. This unit builds on aspects of the emotional intelligence model that was introduced in the MBA commencement unit, MGMT 20129. You will identify the key competencies required of leaders to effectively influence followers whilst demonstrating a high degree of integrity. Using advanced reflective practice as the basis for personal development, you will be required to research, reflect on and acquire the conceptual knowledge, behavioural skills and attitudinal components of specific leadership competencies including: power and influence, self-confidence, and visibility and credibility.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Students enrolled in CL20 (Master of Business Administration), CC52 (Graduate Diploma in Business Administration), CL21 (Master of Business Management), and CM35 (Graduate Diploma of Leading Organisational Change) can enrol in this unit.

Students in other Masters courses who have greater than three years relevant work or professional experience, i.e. they meet the entry criteria to CL15 and CL20 may also enrol, subject to verification of meeting this criteria.

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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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2023

Term 2 - 2024 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

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. Presentation 30%
2. Literature Review or Systematic Review 40%
3. Reflective Practice Assignment 30%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 86.67% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 45.45% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Teaching team; informal student feedback
Guest speakers: Two external guests were invited to the workshops. They present on the given topic particularly in relation to their industry experience then answered 5-6 questions. This was very well received by students.
Continue to include guest speakers in this unit.
Action Taken
The use of guest speakers with industry experience was continued plus new cases, videos and discussions were undertaken. All content was relevant to the course as well as relevant to the current business environment.
Source: Teaching team; informal student feedback
Student guest speaker: In Week 12, two students who held management roles presented a case study on their experience in managing a crisis. This was followed by an open Q&A sessions where all students asked the presenters questions. All students studying this Unit were on-line. There was excellent student attendance and participation.
Continue to include students (with work experience) as guest speakers.
Action Taken
Industry examples and experience were dominant in all discussions with all students giving relevant examples based on their own business experiences. This was supported with information from global business tends and issues e.g. Twitter to X, the airline industry.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse and critically reflect on the contribution made by leaders in different organisational settings
  2. Develop an advanced and integrated understanding of the different approaches to leadership and integrity behaviours and the impact on followers
  3. Develop, through independent research, an advanced and integrated understanding of the competencies and their conceptual, behavioural and attitudinal foundations, that underpin successful leadership development and integrity
  4. Critically assess the leadership challenges and tasks at different levels of the organisation that contribute to effectiveness
  5. Analyse critically and reflect on cultural differences in leadership and the implication for followers.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Presentation
2 - Literature Review or Systematic Review
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8