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BUSS6103: Special Topics in Business B

Semester 1, 2021 [Normal day] - Remote

This unit is focused on developing and applying leadership skills in a post crisis world. Students will utilise a transdisciplinary portfolio approach instead of a week to week delivery model. Each sequence of four weeks will focus on key transdisciplinary skills sets explored through the frames of recovering, rebuilding and reimagining industries, sectors, companies and innovation. These will be delivered by a series of ‘micro-lessons’ and interactive discussions between academics and practitioners each week.

Unit details and rules

Unit code BUSS6103
Academic unit Business School
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Peter Bryant,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Industry sector case study
Written case study
20% Week 08 750 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2
Assignment group assignment Global or local challenge pitch
Pitch document and slide deck
50% Week 13 2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO2
Assignment Leadership portfolio
30% Week 13 750 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

Critical Global or local challenge pitch is the development of a pitch proposing solutions/action on a selected global or local challenge. The pitch should demonstrate how the skills, knowledge and approaches discussed in the unit can be synthesized into a realisable, innovative and authentic pitch.  It will include a Dragons Den style live pitch to a panel of funders, VC, government and third sector representatives.  The pitch should be informed by rigorous approaches to research.

The leadership portfolio is compromised of critical reflections on the activities undertaken each week on the unit and how your perspectives on leadership for good have developed or changed.  It is the narrative of your journey through the unit.

The industry sector case study will identify either an industry or sector that needs to recover or be rebuilt and share the strategies being deployed by that industry/sector to recover.  What are the critical issues they face in that recovery? Who are the key players in leading the recovery/rebuilding? 

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an exceptional standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


75 - 84

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a very high standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


65 - 74

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a good standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


50 - 64

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to leadership in a post-crisis world Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 02 Recover #1: The Calm before the storm - Preparedness and Resilience Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 03 Recover #2: the human cost/benefit of recovery Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 04 Recover #3: Ethical and responsible recovery Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 05 Rebuild #1: The economy in seismic change Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 06 Rebuild #2: Never waste a good crisis - Engaging with government, policy and intervention to rebuild post-crisis Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 07 Rebuild #3: Critical global, local and personal challenges Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 08 The Pitch: Delivering a persuasive leadership pitch Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 09 Reimagine #1 : Tough decisions - retire or reimagine? Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 10 Reimagine #2 : Technology and disruption Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 11 Reimagine #3 : The whole is greater than the sum of it's parts - crowdsourcing crowdfunding and collective engagement to reimagine industries, communities and your own career Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 12 Leadership for good Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 13 Business not as Usual Forum Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements


Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings


Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Synthesise and apply inter-disciplinary perspectives to understand and identify solutions for complex global, local and personal challenges in a post crisis world.
  • LO2. Select and implement appropriate strategic methodologies for problem solving and ideation.
  • LO3. Critically evaluate personal and theoretical approaches to leadership for good in a post crisis world.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

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Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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