Faculty of Science

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Rowan Brookes


This is the second part of level-one Impact through science core studies of the Bachelor of Science Advanced (Global Challenges). It consists of two modules, undertaken in parallel: leadership and the big issues of our time. Exposure to big ideas and successful leaders will create a fertile ground for generating project ideas to implement in successive years of the course, and will provide opportunities for networking and for identifying mentors.


Upon successful completion of the unit students will be able to:

  1. Analyse and synthesize the characteristics of good and bad leaders in different contexts;
  2. Articulate self-awareness of their own values, strengths, and weaknesses pertinent to their leadership aspirations;
  3. Demonstrate improvement in developing personal communication tools to become more effective communicators;
  4. Develop effective communication strategies including identifying stakeholders, crafting messages and methods for their delivery, and interacting with media;
  5. Demonstrate understanding of how to build and work in functional teams;
  6. Analyse and synthesize the major global challenges, and how these are currently being addressed;
  7. Demonstrate improvement in understanding of the importance of social responsibility, ethics and mentoring to success.


Within semester assessment: 100%

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Workload requirements

  • A one-hour online component, a one-hour seminar and a three-hour workshop per week
  • A one-day weekend workshop
  • Three 'Leadership in Conversation' sessions per semester
  • Three 'Dialogue' sessions per semester



Only students enrolled in Bachelor of Science Advanced (Global Challenges) can enrol in this unit.