Course Title: Professional Development Seminar 2 (Part A)

Part A: Course Overview

Course ID: 028494

Course Title: Professional Development Seminar 2 (Part A)

Credit Points: 6

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Grad School of Business


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006

Course Coordinator: Dr Paul Gibson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5945

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 108.11.06

Course Coordinator Availability: constant

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

enrolment in the DBA

Course Description

This course aims to:

• Provide candidates with an overview of the issues associated with professional development as an organisational leader, as a practitioner, and as a researcher.
• Give participants an overview of processes that enable them to manage themselves in relation to external effectiveness and internal experience.
• Enable participants to pursue areas of personal development which they believe will assist them in their professional development
• Review some of the emerging concepts and theories relating to action learning, self-management, career and identity, which influence how people personally operate as leaders and managers.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

this course will enhance your capabilities as a leader and as a researcher.

By the completion of this course students should be able to:

• Understand and take account of the intrapersonal factors that influence their decisions, actions, and emotions.

• Understand the impact of their behaviour in interpersonal situations and relationships, which are integral to their effectiveness as leaders, change agents, and consultants.

• Enhance the effectiveness of their contributions in those situations.

• Use reflective learning approaches that enable them to constructively and critically review and improve their own behaviour and practice.

• Articulate the central issues and processes that have to be addressed in writing a doctoral thesis.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course involves both seminar and application activities. Seminars will include reflection and discussion of issues that impact on the professional development of participants. The content and process of teaching and learning will be reviewed through ongoing feedback. Students are expected to take responsibility for their own learning and manage their time accordingly

Overview of Learning Resources

a set of appropriate readings (contemporary journal articles) will be provided.

In addition, you with be given access to our set of successfully completed DBA theses.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this course takes two forms:
Contribution to the peer mentoring processes of professional development and a presentation on the insights gained from studying one of the successful DBA theses kept in the Graduate School of Business.

In addition, on the final Saturday you will be asked to give a verbal presentation of the written report on your professional development this year.

Submission of a written report on your professional development. The report should make primary use of action learning, or theoretically informed critical reflection, or a leadership model of your own design