Master of Leadership

Subjects offered as part of this Award:

BUS547 - Entrepreneurship, Business and Mission

Description: This subject explores the relationship between entrepreneurship, business and mission with the aim of equipping students to function missionally in the business environment in and through their entrepreneurial activity. Entrepreneurship has been largely ignored in economic theory but is extremely popular amongst management thinkers and policy-makers, who see it as the route to innovation, job and wealth creation. Protestant Christians have become enamoured with entrepreneurship and business-as-mission for different reasons, connected with evangelism and poverty relief. What is typically lacking in both secular and Christian thinking, is a foundational ontology of either business or entrepreneurship, and in the case of Christian practice, an ability to root any of these in a biblical theology of mission. These are the issues we will explore both critically and constructively together. Unit detail page >>

BUS560 - Finance

Description: Understanding finance is critical to the long term success of any organisation and the material in this course will give students the understanding to make wise financial decisions. This subject develops the student’s ability to apply tools of investment analysis and gain an in-depth understanding of the time value of money. Students will explore the historical, legal, ethical and theological contexts of accounting and finance, and will learn how to read and interpret financial statements and understand double entry bookkeeping, construct and analyse budgets, calculate present values of cash flows, and critically discuss the distinction between private and social valuation. Unit detail page >>

BUS585 - Church and Not-for-Profit Law

Description: This subject develops the student’s ability to apply non-profit governance and regulation to contemporary church situations. Students will learn about the current legal framework in which Australian Church and NFP organisations operate and will explore the historical relationship between the Church and NFP organisations and society. Students will also analyse the ethical and theological dimensions of the regulation of churches and church-related NFPs, and assess the major public policy issues behind recent and proposed changes to Australian governing NFP’s law. Unit detail page >>

BUS590 - Information Systems Management

Description: This subject introduces students to the underlying theories, concepts, assumptions and arguments in information systems management. Students will learn about the foundational role of information systems within an organisation and their emerging strategic role, and will gain advanced research skills by locating and selecting materials using libraries, the web and other sources of information. Unit detail page >>

COM502 - Organisational Communication

Description: This unit is a study of organisational communications, using a functional model to bridge between major contemporary areas of theorising about organisational communications (e.g. the communicative constitution of organisations, ambidextrous leadership, space and place); and the capability to bring agentive behaviours in this arena. We locate our topics in a dialectic between the disciplinary and specialist themes of Organisational Communications and the emerging challenges and arenas of communications practice in present realities. Unit detail page >>

COM505 - Intercultural Communication

Description: The world is rapidly changing. It’s hard to keep up with an evolving cultural landscape. Do you understand what’s happening? Do you understand your own worldview? Are you equipped to communicate competently with people from different cultures? Using over twenty years of expertise in intercultural communication, Professor Arasaratnam-Smith tackles these questions and much more in this stimulating and pragmatic subject. Unit detail page >>

EDU520 - Educational Leadership

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EDU570 - Planting New Schools


1.       Reflect critically on the ways in which contemporary leadership theory and research, and the strategic need of the sector, informs leadership practices for planting, expansion, and extension of schools;

2.       Explain the importance of strategically identifying and managing stakeholder skills, inventories, needs and expectations as an educational leader in Christian schools;

3.       Assess the role of educational policies, procedures, and management information systems for strategically planting, expansion, and extension of schools;

4.       Formulate and defend a vision for planting and/or extending and/or an expansion of schools, with the appropriate supporting education business plan;

5.       Critically argue how educational leaders can develop high-performance, innovative, responsive organisational forms of Christian integrity, through serving others while involved in extension and expansion of schools.

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LEA401 - Introduction to Leadership

Description: Why do we need leaders? What do they do? Are they born or made? This unit will help students to find answers to these questions in the light of contemporary leadership theory and a Christian worldview. We will explore theory on leadership skills, traits and behaviours and consider the important question of what makes a leader great or...what would make you a great leader. Unit detail page >>

LEA402 - Introduction to Leadership (Arrow)


1.       Demonstrate a broad understanding of contemporary leadership theories and their evolution and the distinction between technical competencies and management competencies

2.       Demonstrate broad knowledge of organisational theory, dynamics, and design

3.       Integrate Christian thinking with leadership theory

4.       Demonstrate a contextual understanding of the research basis of leadership theories

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LEA404 - Leadership Theory and Skills

Description: Can you integrate your faith with cutting-edge leadership that inspire high performance, innovation, and value creation? This unit provides you with an understanding of contemporary theories of leadership and how you can integrate Christian thinking in leadership. This unit also explores how leaders can inspire positive organisational, team, and individual level outcomes, as well as developing sustainable leadership. Unit detail page >>

LEA501 - Human Resources Management

Description: Human Resources are the key to any organisation, and the efficient and ethical management of these resources will impact an organisation’s success. In this subject students will be introduced to the modern Strategic Human Resource Management framework. Topics covered include work design, human resource planning, recruitment & employee retention, managing performance, staff training and development, and workplace negotiation. After completing this subject, students will have a fir understanding of HRM procedures and be prepared for further studies in the HRM. Unit detail page >>

LEA520 - Building Teams

Description: This subject will grow your capacity for and knowledge of teamwork. The principles, theories and skills you will learn this semester are applicable in all spheres of teamwork including business and ministry. Unit detail page >>

LEA530 - Strategic Thinking

Description: Strategic thinkers constantly remind themselves and their team of the purpose of their organisation and ask in the light of this purpose: Where are we now (are we making a difference), where do we want to be and how are we going to get there? In ‘Strategic Thinking and Planning’ we unpack these questions and look at what the Bible as well as contemporary management texts offer to help us in our quest to turn our visions into reality and make a difference. Unit detail page >>

LEA535 - Organisational Leadership

Description: This subject explores the concept of organisational leadership from its beginnings to the current day approach and behaviour of organisations in the Australian context. The subject covers a number of operational and organisational dimensions including the history and evolution of organisational leadership. We then cover the constructs of leadership, teams, change, conflict, communication, culture, strategy and politics all within the working organisation environment. We will blend theory and commercial application to provide a rounded coverage of the course. Unit detail page >>

LEA536 - Organisational Leadership (Arrow)


1.       Exhibit an appreciation of the process whereby organisations form and evolve

2.       Critically analyse the importance of organisational structures, to empower and provide opportunities for leadership development.

3.       Identify and distinguish the levels of complexity existing within organisations and their implications in staff selection and development.

4.       Exhibit an advanced ability to create an effective ‘real team’ of leaders.

5.       Show an advanced ability to create and modify the beliefs (values), which give rise to an organisations culture.

6.       Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the processes involved in leading through change and the obstacles normally encountered within an organisation.

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LEA550 - Governance, Law and Ethics

Description: This subject deals with governance principles and policies for corporations, not-for profit organisations, schools and churches. It considers both the legal aspects of governance and ethical and theological perspectives. Unit detail page >>

RES401 - Postgraduate Research and Writing

Description: New to higher education studies & it all seems too hard? Worried about writing essay papers? Or where to begin researching? Or you feel confident in writing, but want to learn the skills of evaluating the masses of information we are bombarded with? This unit is for you! It will give you the tools of how to succeed in your postgraduate academic studies. It will examine how you learn, plus challenge you to think deeper, wider and more creatively. It will also encourage you in how to critically evaluate and reflect on information. Unit detail page >>

RES590 - Integrative Research Project

Description: This course expresses the distinctive mission of Alphacrucis College (AC). It brings together units in business and units in ethics and theology and worldview that you have taken in previous years, laying an intellectual foundation for your future work.  It also encourages you to reflect on personal vocation and equips you to sustain a vocation over the long term. Unit detail page >>

THE401 - Christian Worldview

Description: Do you have questions about God that you have been unable to answer?  Do you sometimes wonder whether Christian beliefs about things like the Trinity and the divinity of Jesus make any sense?  This unit provides you with the opportunity to explore those beliefs that are foundational to Christianity.  It argues that what we believe about God (our theology) has a practical impact upon our life and ethics and, therefore, provides an overview of Christian faith, and reflects on the ways in which this faith informs our everyday life and calling. The topics addressed range from the doctrine of God, creation and sin, to discussion on the person and work of Christ, and the nature of the coming kingdom of God. Unit detail page >>

THE550 - Theology and Economics

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XXX499 - Introduction to...


1.       Critique the key foundational issues in the specialist area

2.       Examine the literature of the specialist area

3.       Appraise the contemporary relevance of the specialist area

4.       Analyse the significance of the issues in the specialist area

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