MPL701 - Leadership Research Methods

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Online
Trimester 2: Online
Trimester 3: Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Melissa Parris
Trimester 2: Andrew Creed
Trimester 3: Paul Turner
Cohort rule:This unit is only available to students enrolled in D713, M538, M597, M701, M738, M797
Previously:Leadership Challenges

MPL700 or MBA730/MBR730 or MBA706/MBR706

Incompatible with: MPM773
Typical study commitment:

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including online content for each topic which is available on demand.


This unit uses the FutureLearn online learning platform. Learn more about studying through FutureLearn.


This unit is designed for students undertaking studies in leadership. The purpose of the unit is to explore the application of research methodology to provide solutions to leadership issues students are experiencing in the workplace. This unit will introduce both qualitative and quantitative research methods, including a focus on issues such as research ethics, literature reviews and research planning. It is delivered wholly online, so students take full responsibility for their own learning and progress. Through readings, online lectures and podcasts, interactive discussion boards, and individual activities, students will engage with a range of research methods in order to apply them to their own leadership challenges.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Evaluate approaches to undertaking leadership research and critique the application to various authentic leadership challenges.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4:Critical thinking


Critically reflect on opportunities to apply learning to own professional environment.

GLO6: Self-management


Gather and analyse sample data using digital tools.

GLO3: Digital literacy


Propose recommendations based on available research data.

GLO5: Problem solving

Develop a project proposal to be presented to key stakeholders.

GLO2: Communication


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week

Assessment 1: (Individual) 
Part A: Report (Research)
Part B: Report (Research)

Part A: 500 words
Part B: 500 words
Part A: 10%
Part B: 10%
Week 5

Assessment 2: (Individual)
Part A: Report (Analytical)
Part B: Report (Analytical)

Part A: 500 words
Part b: 500 words
Part A: 10%
Part B: 10%
Week 8
Assessment 3: (Individual) Project Proposal 

3000 words


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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: MPL701 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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