Strategy & Planning in Higher Education

Subject EDUC90519 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 1, Parkville - 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

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 contact hours (120 hours total commitment)
Total Time Commitment: Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.
Prerequisites: There is one prerequisite:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
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 Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Prof Richard James


Education Student Centre
Subject Overview: This subject takes a practical approach in examining various frameworks for analysing issues, planning, and developing implementation strategies. The subject will examine: goal setting; innovation and entrepreneurial thinking; planning and plan-driven budgeting; business planning; workforce planning; project management; program evaluation and benchmarking.
Objectives: At the successful completion of this subject students will be able to:

  • Describe the core characteristics of alternative approaches to planning;
  • Critically analyse the claim associated with planning methods;
  • Select planning techniques appropriate to particular contexts;
  • Apply planning techniques to workplace issues and evaluate the outcomev
Assessment: The application of a planning technique to a contemporary workplace issue leading to a report that includes an analysis of the context, goals, targets and responsibilities. The report will incorporate a critical commentary on the characteristics of the planning techniques employed (4000 words, 100% due at the end of the semester).
Prescribed Texts: Readings are provided.
Recommended Texts: Baldwin, G.& James, R. (2000) The market in Australian higher education and the concept of student as informed consumer Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management 22, 2:pp.139 - 148

Clark, B. (1998) Creating Entrepreneurail Universities: Organisational Pathways of Transformation Oxford: Pergamon Press

James, R. (2002) Students' changing expectations of higher education and the consequences of mismatches with reality, in Coaldrake, P. (ed) Responding to Student Expectations Paris:OECD

Marginson, S. and Considine, M. (2000) The Enterprise University:Power, Governance and Reinvention in Australia Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: On completing this subject, participants should be able to:
  • apply theories and principles to specific contexts;
  • access, evaluate and utilise relevant resource materials;
  • reflect upon and analyse the effectiveness of their activities.
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Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in University Management

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