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FOSC804 – Leadership in Science Research and Innovation

2017 – S1 Day

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Lecturer / Unit Convener
Abidali Mohamedali
Contact via 9850 9292
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Lecturer / Unit Co-Convenor
Shoba Ranganathan
Contact via 9850 6262
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Credit points Credit points
4
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MSc
Corequisites Corequisites
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Unit description Unit description
This unit provides an opportunity for students to engage with leaders in STEM research and thinking, acquiring advanced conceptual knowledge of breakthrough scientific discoveries and technological advances and the leadership strategies that make them possible. This unit explores how innovative science is translated to applications in health, industry and the environment. This unit also provides students with essential learning experiences that develop the concepts and skills necessary for leadership in science and technology. Students will be required to also critically analyse new directions of scientific thought and break-through methodologies.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Create a well-rounded appreciation of the concept of leadership in science
  2. Analyse how effective leadership leads to innovation in Science
  3. Apply core principles of influencing behavior and strategic thinking
  4. Acquire basic skills in conflict management, negotiation and other related soft skills to be effective leaders
  5. Critically analyse new directions of scientific thought and break-through methodologies

General Assessment Information

Please refer to the Macquarie University Policies and Procedures, specially with respect to submission of assignments, academic honesty policy,  extensions and late submissions.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Due
Post-Tutorial Reflections 15% Weekly
Case Study 10% Week 5
Mid-Semester Exam 15% Week 7
Networking Task 15% Week 8
Strategic plan 10% Week 9
Final Essay 35% Week 12

Post-Tutorial Reflections

Due: Weekly
Weighting: 15%

These post-tutorial reflection exercises will be a series of short questions to reflect on learnings and will be assessed by quality and depth of reflection.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Create a well-rounded appreciation of the concept of leadership in science
  • Analyse how effective leadership leads to innovation in Science

Case Study

Due: Week 5
Weighting: 10%

Critically analyse the conceptual ideas that lead to the success of a new direction of scientific thought and/or break-through methodologies


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Create a well-rounded appreciation of the concept of leadership in science
  • Analyse how effective leadership leads to innovation in Science
  • Critically analyse new directions of scientific thought and break-through methodologies

Mid-Semester Exam

Due: Week 7
Weighting: 15%

There will be a 60 min exam (15% total assessment) held in the tutorial class of Week 7 . This will be designed to test your responses in particular scenarios in a leadership context in science based on your course content and reflections. 


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Analyse how effective leadership leads to innovation in Science

Networking Task

Due: Week 8
Weighting: 15%

Identify and engage with at least 3 individuals of prominence (in your perception) in your Major and submit a report (2000 words) of your strategic plan and positive results of that interaction.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Analyse how effective leadership leads to innovation in Science
  • Acquire basic skills in conflict management, negotiation and other related soft skills to be effective leaders

Strategic plan

Due: Week 9
Weighting: 10%

Prepare an illustrated one (1) page brief of an idea (in your field) you wish to develop (or question you wish to answer). The plan must contain a clear vision, PMI's and at least 3 practical enabling actions for achievement. 


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Analyse how effective leadership leads to innovation in Science
  • Apply core principles of influencing behavior and strategic thinking

Final Essay

Due: Week 12
Weighting: 35%

Research essay on leadership in science


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Create a well-rounded appreciation of the concept of leadership in science
  • Analyse how effective leadership leads to innovation in Science
  • Acquire basic skills in conflict management, negotiation and other related soft skills to be effective leaders

Delivery and Resources

Objective of the unit

 This unit provides an opportunity for students to engage with leaders in STEM research and thinking, acquiring advanced conceptual knowledge of breakthrough scientific discoveries and technological advances and the leadership strategies that make them possible. This unit explores how Innovative science is translated to applications in health, Industry and the environment. This unit also provides students with essential learning experiences that develop the concepts and skills necessary for leadership In science and technology. Students will be required to also critically analyze new directions of scientific thought and break-through methodologies.

Textbook : Readings and reading materials to be provided on iLearn

4 Broad themes with a dedicated focus on STEM will be presented

  1. Principles of leadership and Innovation
  2. Strategic thinking and influencing behavior
  3. The art of negotiation and conflict resolution

Classes

Timetable: Please check https://timetables.mq.edu.au/2017/default.aspx for the official timetable of the unit.

Technology Used and Required

You are expected to access the unit iLearn web site on a frequent basis and to download all necessary PDF files. To access the unit web site, if you have off-campus Internet access, simply start your web browser and proceed as above for logging in. On-campus wireless access is also available. If you do not have your own computer you may wish to access the FOSC804 web resources on campus using the computers in the Library.

 To view the lecture notes and other PDF files on the website, you will require Adobe Acrobat Reader Version 9 or later to be installed on your computer. Acrobat Reader can be downloaded from the Adobe website http://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/. If you are using the computers in the library, then Acrobat has already been installed.

We will also be using ECHO Interactive (from iLEARN) and therefore you will be required to bring your laptop,tablet,smartphone to the lectures.

Please note information may also be sent by email to your student email account so please look at your student email account on a frequent basis.

Unit Web Page

The web page for this unit is at Macquarie's new learning management system website: http://ilearn.mq.edu.au

Login and follow prompts to FOSC 804.

You are expected to access the unit web site frequently (i.e., almost daily). This site contains important information including lecture notes (that you will be expected to access in class), mid-semester exams and/or assignment. 

Logging In: Type in the URL http://ilearn.mq.edu.au and find FOSC804. Your username is your Macquarie Student ID Number (MQID), which is an 8 digit number found on your student card. The password is your myMQ Student Portal password. This will be the original MQID password (2 random characters followed by your date of birth in ddmmyy format) that was sent to you on enrolment, unless you have already changed your password in the myMQ Student Portal. If you experience difficulties in getting your reprint or your password, please contact the StudentIT Desk (ph: 9850 6500).

Teaching and Learning Strategy

FOSC804 is a 3-credit point half-year unit and will require an average of 9 hours of work per week (contact hours plus self-study time).

FOSC804 consists of:

  • 2 hours of lectures and
  • a 2 hour tutorial class every week.

The lecture material and tutorial complement each other and have been developed to increase your understanding of the topics so you can achieve the learning outcomes.

The purpose of tutorials will be to develop higher level critical thinking skills in students and teach contemporary skills in leadership.

The unit coordinator’s expectation is that you will:

·   Attend all interactive lectures. If you cannot attend a lecture, you are expected to listen to the iLecture as soon as possible after it is made available.

·   Demonstrate reasonable competence in all exercises exercises and attend and participate in each class/tutorial.

·   Perform satisfactorily in all assessments.

·   Spend an average of no less than 2 hours per week of private study in addition to direct contact.

If you prepare and attend all components of the unit and work consistently/continuously throughout the semester, you should be able to develop a strong understanding of leadership and develop strategic skills to help you achieve greater goals post study.

You are expected to use the lecture materials in the lectures (or bring them) so you can spend most of the time listening rather than transcribing. The lectures are interactive and you will be expected to have input in polls and discussions. Do not assume notes or iLectures are in any way a suitable substitute for attending lectures – lecturers from all departments put an effort into making the lectures up to date and relevant.

Learning is an active process, and as such you must engage with the material. This means downloading and reading lecture notes and case studies completing reflection exercises and participating in poll questions online.

·   The mid-semester exam will be run in a tutorial class.

Unit Schedule

 

Week

Date

Lecture

Topic

Speaker

1

2nd Mar

1

Introduction

 

2

Principles of Leadership

 

2

9th Mar

3

Vision Creation – Thought Leadership - Seeds of Innovation

 

4

Passion and Vision Maintenance/delivery- Transformative Leadership

 

3

16th March

5

Leadership Models

 

6

Leadership Models

 

4

23rd March

7

Essential Skills in STEM Leadership 1

 

8

Essential Skills in STEM Leadership 2

 

5

30th March

9

Influencing Behaviour in Science 1

 

10

Influencing Behaviour in Science 2

 

6

6th April

11

Art of Negotiation 1

 

12

Art of Negotiation 2

 

7

13th April

13

Relationship building/ networking/collaboration

 

14

Emotional intelligence

 

Mid Semester Break

8

4th May

15

Building a team

 

16

Training/Coaching a team

 

9

11th May

17

Conflict Resolution 1

 

18

Conflict Resolution 2

 

10

18th May

19

Leadership in science innovation

 

20

Managing Innovation

 

11

25th May

21

Courageous Leadership

 

22

Ethics and Ego in leadership

 

12

1st Jun

23

Forging a path to leadership

 

24

Political Leadership in Science- The Future

 

13

8th Jun

25

Review and Revision

 

26

Review and Revision

 

Exam Session

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html The Disruption to Studies Policy is effective from March 3 2014 and replaces the Special Consideration Policy.

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/

Results

Results shown in iLearn, or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au.

Student Support

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Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to improve your marks and take control of your study.

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

Graduate Capabilities

PG - Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Our postgraduates will be able to demonstrate a significantly enhanced depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content knowledge in their chosen fields.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • Create a well-rounded appreciation of the concept of leadership in science

Assessment tasks

  • Post-Tutorial Reflections
  • Case Study
  • Final Essay

PG - Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

Our postgraduates will be capable of utilising and reflecting on prior knowledge and experience, of applying higher level critical thinking skills, and of integrating and synthesising learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments. A characteristic of this form of thinking is the generation of new, professionally oriented knowledge through personal or group-based critique of practice and theory.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Acquire basic skills in conflict management, negotiation and other related soft skills to be effective leaders
  • Critically analyse new directions of scientific thought and break-through methodologies

Assessment tasks

  • Case Study
  • Networking Task
  • Final Essay

PG - Research and Problem Solving Capability

Our postgraduates will be capable of systematic enquiry; able to use research skills to create new knowledge that can be applied to real world issues, or contribute to a field of study or practice to enhance society. They will be capable of creative questioning, problem finding and problem solving.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Analyse how effective leadership leads to innovation in Science
  • Acquire basic skills in conflict management, negotiation and other related soft skills to be effective leaders
  • Critically analyse new directions of scientific thought and break-through methodologies

Assessment tasks

  • Post-Tutorial Reflections
  • Case Study
  • Mid-Semester Exam
  • Networking Task
  • Strategic plan
  • Final Essay

PG - Effective Communication

Our postgraduates will be able to communicate effectively and convey their views to different social, cultural, and professional audiences. They will be able to use a variety of technologically supported media to communicate with empathy using a range of written, spoken or visual formats.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Apply core principles of influencing behavior and strategic thinking
  • Acquire basic skills in conflict management, negotiation and other related soft skills to be effective leaders

Assessment tasks

  • Networking Task
  • Strategic plan
  • Final Essay

PG - Capable of Professional and Personal Judgment and Initiative

Our postgraduates will demonstrate a high standard of discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgment. They will have the ability to make informed choices and decisions that reflect both the nature of their professional work and their personal perspectives.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • Acquire basic skills in conflict management, negotiation and other related soft skills to be effective leaders

Assessment tasks

  • Networking Task
  • Final Essay

PG - Engaged and Responsible, Active and Ethical Citizens

Our postgraduates will be ethically aware and capable of confident transformative action in relation to their professional responsibilities and the wider community. They will have a sense of connectedness with others and country and have a sense of mutual obligation. They will be able to appreciate the impact of their professional roles for social justice and inclusion related to national and global issues

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • Analyse how effective leadership leads to innovation in Science

Assessment tasks

  • Post-Tutorial Reflections
  • Case Study
  • Mid-Semester Exam
  • Networking Task
  • Strategic plan
  • Final Essay

Changes from Previous Offering

This unit has never been offered in the past.