Leading and Managing in a University

Subject EDUC90142 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 contact hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

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 Overview, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Subject Overview:

This subject introduces some major theoretical approaches to leading and managing in complex and changing workplaces. The subject will focus on the university as a workplace where managers play various roles in different institutional domains, characterised by the university’s mission, administrative systems, multi-professional staffing, and resource requirements as a corporate entity.

Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of the subject, participants will be able to:

  • identify and apply different roles and styles of leading and managing;
  • appreciate leadership dilemmas and understand processes for managing in complex and ambiguous work environments
  • identify and describe key elements of strategy, planning and change management in complex enterprises.
  • A 4000-word written assignment due end of semester, 100%

Hurdle task: A 15 minute class presentation during the semester (equivalent to 1000 words) reviewing one or two pre-selected texts from the reading list.

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.

Prescribed Texts:

Ramsden, P. (1998). Learning to Lead in Higher Education. Routledge, London. Chapter 2: ‘The Leadership Challenge in the Contemporary Context of Higher Education’ 12-37

Sharrock, G. (2012). ‘Four management agendas for Australian universities’. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management. Vol. 34, No. 3, June 2012, 323–337

Recommended Texts:

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:

  • critically evaluate theories and principles of leading and managing and apply these in specific contexts;
  • interpret university policies and strategies;
  • reflect critically on the effectiveness of their own and others’ practices;
  • construct an argument from available evidence;
  • work effectively as a team member.
Links to further information: www.cshe.unimelb.edu.au
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in University Management

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