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MGT8037 Team Leadership

Semester 2, 2014 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Management and Enterprise

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Examiner: Ronel Erwee
Moderator: Peter Murray

Other requisites

To satisfactorily complete and lodge course assessments (other than the examination) students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at //

The course leader will use the Study Desk forums to make announcements about the course. Students are required to actively monitor course discussion forums on the Study Desk on a regular [minimum twice weekly] basis and contribute appropriately.


Most work situations require the input of teams and groups and therefore the way in which these are led and the underlying leadership knowledge and skills are essential to the outcomes which prevail. The development of a personal professional framework for leadership is an important competency to equip leaders for group and team situations.


This course is designed to fulfil two purposes. It is first and foremost intended to equip business leaders and managers with a mix of theory and practical tips to assist them to lead teams and groups in their organisations. The practice relevant content in the course comes from the recommended text, which has plenty of workplace related content on topics including: communication within groups and teams, systems and group development theories as tools to help you think about groups and teams, shared and vertical forms of group/team leadership, managing group and team meetings, decision-making and problem solving, power and conflict in groups/teams and technology and virtual groups/teams. To balance the hands-on feel of the text, the written assessment required in this course will afford students the opportunity to become familiar with their personal professional framework team leadership. This framework refers to the mixture of theory, personal insights and experience that students draw upon when enacting a group/team leadership role.


On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate understanding of a broad range of introductory concepts related to teams, groups, leadership and group/team leadership
  2. reflect on their experiences of group/team leadership and the associated theory
  3. research and articulate their personal, professional ?framework for practice? as a team leader
  4. use their team/group framework for practice to develop a response to an applied group/team leadership scenario.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introductory concepts: introduction to groups and teams 20.00
2. Introductory concepts: introduction to leadership 20.00
3. Introductory concepts: shared/distributed leadership 20.00
4. Types and or levels of group/team leadership: executive versus front line teams/groups; leading virtual teams and diverse teams 20.00
5. Issues: group/team meetings, decision-making and problem solving; power and conflict and sustaining teams 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Rothwell, JD 2012, In mixed company: communication in small groups, 8th edn, Wadsworth Cengage Learning, Boston, Massachusetts.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 50.00
Directed Study 80.00
Private Study 35.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 15 15 06 Aug 2014
ASSIGNMENT 2 45 45 23 Sep 2014
2-HOUR EXAMINATION 40 40 End S2 (see note 1)

  1. The examination is scheduled to be held in the end-of-semester examination period. Students will be advised of the official examination date after the timetable has been finalised.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    This will be an open examination. Candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Assignments:
    1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must submit the assignment to the USQ.
    2. Students must retain a copy of each assignment submitted for assessment. This must be produced within 24 hours if required by the examiner.
    3. In accordance with university policy, the examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  2. Referencing in assignments:
    Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at //

  3. Course weightings:
    Course weightings of topics should not be interpreted as applying to the number of marks allocated to questions testing those topics in the assignments.