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MPR779 - Leadership in Complexity


2022 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Residential Intensive period 05: Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:


EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:INTENSIVE 05: John Molineux


Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

In-person attendance requirements:

This unit requires students to attend six days of intensive study at Waurn Ponds Estate, Geelong.

2022 Dates

Residential Intensive period 05:

  • Sunday 5 June 2022
  • Monday 6 June 2022
  • Tuesday 7 June 2022
  • Wednesday 8 June 2022
  • Thursday 9 June 2022
  • Friday 10 June 2022


Conference fees for residential intensive units are in addition to the tuition fee and vary depending on the type of accommodation chosen. For further information please visit the Intensive Units webpage.



This is an intensive experiential program designed to capitalise on principles of adult learning.  Students participate in a series of interactions designed to reproduce the dynamics of communication within organisations as well as communication between the organisation and its environment.  The intensive residential program addresses interaction of individuals, groups, and larger social units.  Topics addressed include handling of media crises, understanding the importance of interpersonal communication and storytelling, and negotiation and mediation skills.  Students learn by dealing with problem situations and by reflecting on their performance.  Concepts and techniques are provided through appropriate readings, situational practice, and extended exposure to communication and media professionals.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1 Select and apply relevant leadership skills in dynamic and crisis contexts

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO5: Problem solving


Apply a range of story-telling and narrative techniques to different leadership situations

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication


Effectively communicate with employees and external stakeholders

GLO2: Communication


Negotiate and make decisions within a leadership team

GLO5: Problem solving
GLO7: Teamwork

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assignment 1: (Group of 4) In Class Presentation 25 minutes 30% Information not yet available

Assignment 2: 
Part A: (Group of 4) In Class Negotiation
Part B: (Individual) Written Report

Part A: N/A
Part B: 1000 words
Part A: 20%
Part B: 10%
Information not yet available
Assignment 3: (Individual) Report (Analytical) 2000 words 40% Information not yet available

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: MPR779 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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