Course Title: Leadership and Ethics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Leadership and Ethics

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018


RMIT University Vietnam


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Viet1 2012,
Viet1 2013,
Viet2 2018,
Viet3 2018


Open Learning Australia

Non Award

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Distance / Correspondence


Course Coordinator: Dr Paul Gibson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0105

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course enables Executive MBA students to identify and reflect on their capabilities and development needs as ethical leaders, and the consequent implications for designing their own professional leadership development. During this course, students examine key literature and cases related to the effective practice of ethical leadership. Just as importantly, the current and previous workplace experiences of students provide them with opportunities to observe and attempt to understand leadership behaviour in the context of the ‘real world’. Whether students are relating course concepts to their own leadership, or to the leadership of people they report to, or to the complexities of a Harvard Case Study, the opportunities for reflection and for learning-in-action can be embraced.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

CLO1 Assess leadership styles in a range of organisational settings.

CLO2 Reflect on personal strengths and areas of challenge and effectively self-manage these towards improved leadership practice.

CLO3 Evaluate how effectively leaders encountered in case studies and in the workplace are able to diagnose and ethically improve the key areas of organisational functioning.

CLO4 Appraise ways in which leadership can contribute to corporate social responsibility.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be encouraged to critically compare and contrast what is happening in your workplace with what you are learning from the course reading materials. To facilitate that learning process, it is important that you contribute to each discussion topic having read the relevant journal articles and Harvard case study details.

Above all, the learning activities are designed to maximize the likelihood that you will not only understand the course reading materials but also apply those materials to improving your own practice as an ethical leader.

It is essential that you actively prepare for and participate in the face to face sessions for this course. You are expected to learn to monitor and discuss your own learning, and collaborate with other students to discover and engage in leadership thinking that can be applied to any business situation and context. The course involves substantial interaction with the larger cohort, and you will be expected to demonstrate effective collaboration skills and to work efficiently and effectively with others to achieve outcomes greater than those that you might have achieved alone. The course also involves presentations where students are expected to develop both effective oral presentation skills, and feedback skills to critique, support and learn from others.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through myRMIT/Canvas. In addition to topic notes, assessment details and a study schedule, you may also be provided with links to: relevant online information, readings, audio and video clips and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers and to share information.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. If you require assistance with the RMIT library facilities contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school. Contact details for Business Liaison Librarians are located on the RMIT Library website.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

You will find that each topic includes reference to one or more core reading journal articles. The expectation is that all students will use those articles to deepen their understandings of course topics. You are not expected to use reading materials not studied in this course.

Please note: reading materials are separated into CORE READINGS (in bold) and supplementary or illustrative readings. Links that take you direct to every article are provided in each module. You can access the relevant Youtube video clips simply by clicking on (or copying and pasting into your web browser) the links provided in the teaching schedule.

Overview of Assessment

This course has three assessment tasks, all of which must be completed. A total mark of 50% is required for a pass in the course. This does not mean that each individual component of assessment must be passed.



Assessment Task 1: 20%

Linked CLOs: 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 2: 30%

Linked CLOs: 1, 2

Assessment Task 3: 50%

Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4