Melbourne MicroCert

Ethical Judgement

Approach ethical dilemmas with confidence and support a climate of ethical leadership.

Study mode
4 weeks (42.5 hours)
Skills area
Adaptive Leadership

Upcoming sessions

Upcoming dates for this course are yet to be announced.


Recent scandals in the banking and finance industry along with changing societal expectations have brought ethics firmly back into the mainstream. Ethical judgement and decision making are now regarded as essential skills for business leaders, in both an individual and organisational capacity.

This Melbourne MicroCert will build your knowledge and skills in organisational and personal ethics. You will gain a pragmatic understanding of your own ethical subjectivity and the plethora of alternative viewpoints, and the way organisational structures and culture shape individual and group-level judgement and decision-making. This will help you approach ethical dilemmas with confidence and support a climate of ethical leadership.

Ethical Judgement is part of the Adaptive Leadership series, which will equip you to understand and apply core knowledge, skills and tools to recognise and navigate leadership opportunities and challenges in the context of digital transformation and dynamic competitive environments.

The subject focuses on how to build individual and collective capacity for change and agility.

It is also part of the Leadership suite, which comprises this series and the Managing Teams series.

Who is it for?

Ethical Judgement is designed for a diverse range of early-career professionals seeking to develop their leadership ability and knowledge. You might be an emerging leader, seeking to enhance your leadership capabilities to complement technical knowledge and expertise, or wanting to advance into more senior leadership positions. You could work in professional and business services, manufacturing, health, NGOs, education, hospitality and aviation.

The course is also suited more broadly to anyone wanting to build their competence, capability and confidence as they progress through various career stages and job changes.

Key topics

Developed by academic experts, the Melbourne MicroCert is based on real world needs to provide highly applicable skills and knowledge. Ethical Judgement focuses on two key facets of ethical decision making:

  • Organisational Ethics: Manufacturing Moral Robots – how modern business and organisational contexts can either support our ethical judgement and decision-making skills or negate our moral impulses
  • Personal Values and Ethics:  Guiding Ethical Judgement – providing a pragmatic, comprehensive framework that builds on our subjective strengths and weaknesses for effective ethical judgement in organisations.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of Ethical Judgement, you will have enhanced capacity to lead others. You will be able to:

  • Inquire and evaluate sources of workplace pressure that impede ethical judgement and decision making
  • Interpret how personal values and societal perspectives influence ethical judgement and decision making
  • Apply a comprehensive framework incorporating alternative approaches to ethical decision making.

Learning experience

Taught by leading experts, this highly flexible Melbourne MicroCert includes a combination of online lectures, skills development exercises, case studies and scenarios, contemporary readings and resources, facilitated group discussions, and hands-on workplace interventions and takeaways.

Who will you learn from?

Ben Neville is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne. Ben researches and teaches across the areas of business ethics, corporate social responsibility and sustainable business. He addresses these issues from strategic, ethical and critical perspectives. Ben is the Gourlay Fellow of Ethics in Business and a Section Editor of the Corporate Responsibility (Theory and Qualitative) section of the leading international academic Journal of Business Ethics. He is also the Sustainability in the Curriculum Fellow for the Faculty of Business and Economics and Chair of the University's Fair Trade Steering Committee.


This MicroCert is taught over four weeks, comprising approximately nine hours of guided learning, 13.5 hours private study, (including discussion forums and readings), and 20 hours for assessment tasks. Assessment includes:

  • An integrative leadership development activity (60%)
  • A short-answer and multiple-choice test (30%)
  • Discussion forum and webinar participation (10%)

Digital certificate

Upon completion, you will be awarded your Ethical Judgement Melbourne MicroCert. This digital certificate will include information and evidence of your developed and actionable leadership skills, knowledge and capabilities.

Links to industry

Ethical Judgement and the Leadership suite has been developed in consultation with leading professional services organisations, major business stakeholder organisations, and human resource management and organisational development practitioners. It features contemporary, industry-aligned and research-led curriculum to equip you with leadership skills applicable to the unique challenges and opportunities in Australia and globally. It is aligned with the accreditation criteria for Australian Human Resource Institute accreditation and the Society for Human Resource Management certification.

Pathways to further study

Ethical Judgement is part of the Adaptive Leadership series. It is also part of the Leadership suite which comprises the Adaptive Leadership series and the Managing Teams series. Managing Teams focuses on leading teams in a context of digital transformation and dynamic competitive environments. Both series provide a pathway to the Master of Professional Management.

You can take Ethical Judgement as a stand-alone Melbourne MicroCert, or complement it with any other MicroCert in the Leadership suite, in whatever order you choose.

To use Ethical Judgement or any other MicroCert in the Leadership suite in this way, you will need to complete four Melbourne MicroCerts from the Leadership suite, as each one is equivalent to one quarter of a standard subject, and then apply for credit once admitted into the Master of Professional Management.

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Expiry of Melbourne MicroCert

This Melbourne MicroCert does not have a set expiry date.

Eligibility requirements

There are no eligibility requirements.


If you’re aged between 45–70, employed or recently unemployed (less than 9 months) and not receiving Australian Government employment assistance, you could be eligible for Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers. Skills Checkpoint is an Australian Government funded service that allows eligible individuals to access personalised support programs including one-on-one support with a career advisor.

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