Leading and Managing in a University

Subject EDUC90142 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject is not offered in 2016.

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:

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.

This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance at all tutorials, seminars and workshops.

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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