LEAP Modules

LEAP Modules

Entrepreneurship (5 weeks)

The module aims to develop those who wish to be more effective in their role as a social, economic and technological change agent. It is designed for those who wish to directly undertake, support, finance or facilitate the creation and growth of new ventures that are based upon innovative ideas which significantly change the status quo. Learning outcomes from this module:

  1. On completion of the module, the participant will be able to analyse some basic principles behind how entrepreneurs may positively influence and alter the market dynamics of the world we live in.
  2. Participants may be engaged or want to be engaged in:
    • The start-up and growth of new ventures
    • Corporate entrepreneurship
    • The venture capital, banking or informal investment industry
    • Government or other policy or regional development agencies or authorities
    • Support services to new ventures and the SME sector
    • Social enterprise to support and facilitate independence for disadvantaged or minority communities
    • Financing new ventures run by entrepreneur

Leadership and Communication (5 weeks)

This Leadership and Communication module is designed to:

  • Provide participants with introductory understandings of the topics on Leadership; Communication; Interpersonal skills; Team membership; Mentoring and Coaching.
  • Provide participants an opportunity to critically reflect on how their own personal, professional and academic practice relates to any of the topics under discussion.
  • Address topic understandings with relation to developing learning, employment aptitudes and practices in current modern day workplaces.

It is our hope that on completion of this module you will recognise the challenges which you face as current or future leaders in your chosen workplaces. Learning outcomes from this module:

At the conclusion of this module participants should be able:
  1. To discuss and understand leadership styles and attributes from an introductory perspective.
  2. To describe the relationship between leadership and communication and how it relates to personal and workplace experience.
  3. To identify various forms, methods and modes of communication, noting factors such as the impact of cross cultural communication in modern day workplaces and educational institutions.
  4. To explain the inter-relationship between communication, mentoring, coaching, team membership and interpersonal skills in terms of leadership development.
  5. To recognise, describe and reflect upon personal and professional practice in relation to all topics covered in this module.

Research Commercialisation (5 weeks)

This module aims to develop a grounded understanding of intellectual property in light of its potential for commercialisation, and a working knowledge of typical commercialisation processes. Learning outcomes from this module: On completion of the module, participants will have the capacity to:

  1. Use a grounded understanding of intellectual property to frame a basic Value Proposition
  2. Identify, define and deploy the elements of a commercialisation process related directly to the participant's research effort

Project Management (5 weeks)

The module aims to develop skills in defining a project, an appreciation of the generic project management processes and some knowledge of the parameters relevant to managing it. Learning outcomes from this module: On completion of the module, the participant will be able to:

  1. List the tasks involved in managing projects;
  2. Explain the processes involved in project management
  3. Gain practical experience in defining their research project in preparation for planning it;
  4. Identify the key components for planning a project;
  5. Identify the planning needs for their own project.

Public Policy (5 weeks)

This module aims to stimulate inquiry into the processes involved with the identification, development, implementation and analyses of public policy, and to gain an in-depth understanding of the role that governments play in driving the policy process from problem identification to implementation and evaluation.

Learning outcomes from this module: On completion of this module, participants will:

  1. Have a working knowledge of key terms, concepts and ideas related to Public Policy
  2. Have developed:
    • An understanding of and an appreciation for the complexity and eclectic nature of Public Policy
    • An appreciation of the contributions of an array of alternative approaches to the identification of issues, the research models utilised, the implementation and analyses of Public Policy
    • The ability to recognise and understand the source(s) of existing Public Policies, their purpose(s) and the processes utilised in their development.

Global Sustainability (5 weeks)

This module is designed to enable participants to critically reflect on how their own personal, professional or academic practice relates to Global Sustainability. Specifically it has been designed to assist them to understand and investigate the implications and potential application of their professional roles in the context of Global Sustainability. Learning outcomes from this module: At the conclusion of this module you should have the abilities to:

  1. Be able to define sustainability and to identify the differences between your definition and those of others.
  2. Understand and apply key sustainability principles in relation to your job and/or research.
  3. Be able to define and understand the five types of capital (natural, human, social, economic and manufactured), sustainable consumption, sustainable community initiatives, and the environment.
  4. Recognise, describe and reflect upon your personal and professional practice in relation to Global Sustainability;
  5. Development of skills in evaluating current sustainability concepts, theories, methodologies and practices;
  6. Reflect critically upon different sustainability concepts, theories and methodologies as they relate to your current role.
  7. Be able to make decisions on the basis of a personal and professional interpretation of sustainability;
  8. Communicate effectively online by clearly constructing arguments including presenting and defending positions and to be able to constructively comment on the work of others.