GMBA8102 – Build Personal Resilience

2023 – Coursera term 6, Online-scheduled-weekday

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor
Patrick Garcia
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Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to GMBA or GradCertGlobalBusPrac
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Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

Pressures associated with globalisation and advances in information and communication technology have resulted in a 24x7 work environment characterised by rapid change, increasing sense of competition, and an explosion in access to communication and information. These pressures can lead to feelings of stress about being overloaded with work and information processing, which not only reduces performance but can also lead to a reduced sense of meaning and purpose about life as well as physical and mental health problems. This course will focus on the nature of contemporary stressors facing leaders in today's work environments and the approaches one can use to deal with this situation. In particular the issue of building your personal resilience - your capacity to withstand and cope with stress - will be explored. Underpinning resilience and management of stress is a set of strategies that relate to how you manage yourself, how you motivate yourself at work, and how you organise your work and time. Additionally, resilience is impacted by one's health, and the extent and quality of social relationships dimensions. Understanding the nature of stress and how to deal with stress and building your resilience are essential skills for leaders and play a vital role in managing the demands you face at work in changing the work environment.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Critically evaluate the nature of work stress and resilience.
  • ULO2: Reflect on personal sources of stress in the extent of personal resilience.
  • ULO3: Apply strategies deal with stress and to enhance resilience.

General Assessment Information

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, a 5% penalty (of the total possible mark) will be applied each day a written assessment is not submitted, up until the 7th day (including weekends). After the 7th day, a grade of ‘0’ will be awarded even if the assessment is submitted. Submission time for all written assessments is set at 11.55pm. A 1-hour grace period is provided to students who experience a technical concern. 

For any late submissions of time-sensitive tasks, such as scheduled tests/exams, performance assessments/presentations, and/or scheduled practical assessments/labs, students need to submit an application for Special Consideration.

Special Consideration

To request an extension on the due date/time for a timed or non-timed assessment task, you must submit a Special Consideration application. An application for Special Consideration does not guarantee approval.

The approved extension date for a student becomes the new due date for that student. The late submission penalties above then apply as of the new due date.

Word limits

Anything beyond a stated assessment word limit (other than your reference list) may not be marked. Seek any further clarification from the unit convenor.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Workplace Stress 40% No Week 3
Action Plan 60% No Week 6

Workplace Stress

Assessment Type 1: Reflective Writing
Indicative Time on Task 2: 9 hours
Due: Week 3
Weighting: 40%


Length: max 1,000 words (excl. references) Task type: Reflective writing Groupwork: No Task: In this assignment, you will critically evaluate the nature of work stress in your current (or past) role using the presented overarching model. You need to demonstrate your understanding of the stress and resilience framework by establishing stressors (causes of stress) that are currently present in your work life and identifying your reactions. Please refer to the section Resources - Assessment Information in your online unit for detailed information on this assignment as well as the marking criteria. You will be asked to submit your completed task via the Assignment submission link in your online unit.



On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Critically evaluate the nature of work stress and resilience.
  • Reflect on personal sources of stress in the extent of personal resilience.

Action Plan

Assessment Type 1: Reflective Writing
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: Week 6
Weighting: 60%


Length: max 1,800 - 2,000 words (excl. references) Task type: Reflective writing Groupwork: No Task: In this assignment, you will develop and apply strategies to enhance resilience in a variety of stressful situations when managing yourself and your team in your current (or past) role. First, you need to critically reflect on the current stress management practices you employ to manage stress that you identified in your Assessment. Second, you need to develop an action plan that will help enhance your resilience approach as well as enable you to keep progress in growing your resilience.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Reflect on personal sources of stress in the extent of personal resilience.
  • Apply strategies deal with stress and to enhance resilience.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Writing Centre for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Delivery and Resources

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Unit Schedule

Unit Schedule

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Attending the Live Event each week is an opportunity to engage with the unit content, your Unit Convenor, and classmates. Students are strongly advised to attend the Live Events. Recordings will be made available in the unit contents on Coursera shortly after the event.

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Unit information based on version 2023.01R of the Handbook