Institutional Governance

Subject 460-699 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Off campus

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Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Assoc Prof Leo Goedegebuure
Subject Overview: This subject introduces students to the various forms of institutional governance, ranging from external oversight (i.e. Councils) to internal decision-making bodies (i.e. Institutional and Faculty/Department Boards). In particular attention is focussed on issues of accountability, decision-making, and distribution of authority and responsibility. The central theme throughout the unit is “Good Governance” which also will allow for cross-sectoral and international comparisons.
Objectives: The objectives of the subject are:
  • To acquaint students with the principles of Good Governance and the various forms in which this can be understood and applied in the context of tertiary education institutions;
  • To enable critical analysis of the different responsibilities and authorities that are the resultant of different governance models;
  • To sensitise students to the differences in governance models between States, corporate and public sectors, and countries;
  • To enable students on the basis of an understanding of the principles of good governance, to optimise governance structures within their own institutions, within the limits posed by regulation.
Assessment: Two 2, 000 word assignments
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • an understanding of what good governance means in the day-to-day operation of a tertiary education institution
  • the ability to apply the concepts of good governance within their own institution
  • an appreciation of the different modalities of governance across organizations and countries
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