CDEV3500/ 6500 Future Leader Lab

In this leadership development course you will work in interdisciplinary teams to tackle UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Future Leader Lab is a leadership development course in which students work in interdisciplinary teams to tackle the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It is offered as an undergraduate curriculum course via CDEV3500 and postgraduate course via CDEV6500.

Students develop in-depth, high-quality learning by working in interdisciplinary teams with forward-thinking industry partners, who will present seminars across the course, and form a judging panel for the final presentations.

The course aims to address today’s challenges of leadership, empowering students to be leaders for change, addressing modern issues and generating solutions through problem-based learning.

Course details

  • Involves problem-based learning (PBL) whereby students work in interdisciplinary teams (though are assessed individually) to consider how community, government, and industry leadership can solve challenging, real-world problems.

  • Students learn about theories and applications of leadership, and have the opportunity to collaborate with community, government, and industry leaders.

  • Students undertake research to understand the root-cause of a complex, real-world problem; generate solutions to that problem; and ultimately pitch one solution to an expert panel.

  • Course is 6UOC and can be undertaken as a general education course.
  • This is an approved final year synthesis course for Bachelor of Commerce students.
  • There are no prerequisites and no minimum UOC completions required.
  • Maximum of 30 places available and open to undergraduate students only.
  • Students must have good academic standing.

Social impact

More and more customers are prioritising a business' commitment to better their community. With this course you will focus on developing skills in leadership by addressing sustainable development goals that will benefit businesses by:

  • building trust with the community
  • keeping employers engaged
  • attracting loyal customers
  • creating meaningful change
  • ensuring sustainability 
  • telling a story people care about.
"Future Leader Lab gave me multiple opportunities to practice speaking to an audience, but also provided tips and techniques to communicate more effectively, whilst enhancing audience engagement.
Bachelor of Bioinformatic Engineering & Science

Students share their experience

UNSW Employability
UNSW Employability

“I really enjoyed all the different presentations by industry leaders, and having the opportunity to learn about sustainability, particularly in Greater Sydney. I found the process of developing a solution and pitching to potential investors very useful.

"The course consists of just a small group of people, which means we were given plenty of opportunity to connect with fellow students, course leaders and guest speakers.”

Clara, Bachelor of Bioinformatic Engineering & Science

UNSW Employability
UNSW Employability

“Future Leader Lab’s presentations and discussions were invaluable in enhancing my communication and active listening skills. Overall, it equipped me to act more authentically and to build on my existing competencies.

"In my team project I had the opportunity to collaborate with a student from Finance, contrasting with my Computer Science background. The disciplinary diversity in perspectives enriched our final pitch. Our discussions thrived on our unique viewpoints on the matter, allowing us to integrate both technological and financial insights to address the project issue comprehensively."

Yskak, Bachelor of Computer Science & Finance

UNSW Employability
UNSW Employability

"Future Leader Lab really sought to show us the importance of leadership in achieving common goals needed to influence change, whilst providing us with strategies to lead more effectively into the future. I was taught the importance of developing confidence when presenting and leading. Public speaking is something I haven’t always been comfortable with, but Future Leader Lab not only gave me multiple opportunities to practice speaking to an audience, but also provided tips and techniques to communicate more effectively, whilst enhancing audience engagement.”

Monique, Bachelor of Advanced Science