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MPM772 - An Act of Leadership

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne) Intensive


Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

J Billsberry 





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Contact hours:

The unit will be taught in intensive mode at Burwood (Melbourne) on the following dates:

Trimester 1:

This unit is taught in intensive mode and students are required to attend from 9am – 5pm on the following dates:

  • Monday 10th April
  • Tuesday 11th April
  • Wednesday 12th April
  • Tuesday 18th April
  • Wednesday 19th April
  • Thursday 20th April
  • Friday 21st April
  • Saturday 22nd April



Students please note: There is an optional charge of $750 for this unit to incorporate additional services such as professional actors and film-makers.  For further information, please contact Professor Jon Billsberry at .


This is an experiential unit with the main learning activity being the conceptualisation, scripting, shooting, editing, and screening of two versions of the same original short film. Using the same screenplay on both occasions, in one version, students manipulate one of the characters so that he or she is perceived as a leader by the audience. In the other version, the same character must come over to the audience as someone who is not a leader. The intensive unit begins with a day of theory about the social construction of leadership, perceptions, and an introduction to filmmaking. During the second day, the students complete all pre-production work including writing their scripts. Days three and four are devoted to production, i.e., filming. Day five is dedicated to editing and other aspects of post-production. Day six is dedicated to the screening and discussion of the films. Students critically reflect on their learning experience after the intensive week and must submit an exegesis.


Assessment 1 (Group of 2-3 students): Written Assignment (Screenplay and explanatory note) 1000 words, 20%

Assessment 2

  • Option 1 (for pairs) Video activity, 60%
  • Option 2 (for trios) Video activity 1, 40%, Video activity 2, 20%

Assessment 3 (Individual): Open format assignment (3000 words), 20%

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