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You'll critically assess your leadership, management, communication and ethical decision-making skills within the context of managing projects. This unit explores theories and practices behind effective management of people and projects, and draws upon various management styles as examples for reflection and assessment. Contemporary literature will be analysed to determine the role of leaders and managers in affecting projects and achieving goals. Students will need to demonstrate the ability to engage in self-reflection and acknowledge the effectiveness of multiple management styles. In this unit, you will study:

  • The Evolution of Western Management and Leadership theory
  • Positive, Transformational and Authentic Leadership
  • Managing Culture as Leaders
  • Ethical Leadership and Decision Making
  • Politics and Philosophy in Leadership
  • Reflective Practice in Project Leadership

Learning outcomes

  • Critically assess leadership style, management skills, communication skills and ethical decision making, both personally and within the context of managing projects
  • Apply individual and team working skills, knowledge and conceptual models in the context of managing projects
  • Critically analyse contemporary project management literature concerning the roles of leaders and managers in affecting projects and achieving project management goals
  • Demonstrate an ability to engage in continuous reflection and learning and apply that reflexivity within the context of project management


You are assessed according to the following components, each with its own weighted value against your overall result:

  • Essay: 20%
  • Presentation: 20%
  • Essay 20%
  • Reflective writing: 40%


You can study this unit as part of the Master of Project Management.   Please note, unit structure and content are subject to change. Contact your SCU Online student advisor on 1300 863 819 for more information based on your particular circumstances.