Leading and Managing Research

Subject MGMT90166 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

July, Parkville - Taught online/distance.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 16-Sep-2016
Assessment Period End 23-Sep-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 04-Aug-2016
Census Date 12-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 02-Sep-2016

September, Parkville - Taught online/distance.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 26-Sep-2016 to 18-Nov-2016
Assessment Period End 25-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 06-Oct-2016
Census Date 14-Oct-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 04-Nov-2016

Participation in discussion boards and webinars and final 3000 word assignment.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours (including three two-hour webinars and online discussions moderated by academic staff)
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted in the Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education Management (GC-TEM), or Graduate Certificate in Research Management and Policy (GC-RESMGPL) or the Master of Tertiary Education Management (MC-TEM). This subject is not available for students admitted in any other courses.

If you are interested in this subject but are not admitted in any of the above course, please email TL-tertiaryed@unimelb.edu.au

You must have taken the following subject prior to enrolling or you must take the subject concurrently.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

An undergraduate degree or equivalent; at least 5 years of relevant experience; current employment in the sector, and employer support to attend the program.

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.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this course are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Student Equity and Disability Support Team: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Dr Heather Davis


LH Martin Institute
Email: TL-tertiaryed@unimelb.edu.au
Phone: +61 3 9810 3252

Subject Overview:

This subject provides an overview of key elements of research leadership and management in an institutional setting, to provide participants with knowledge and insights in areas such as:

  • international context and trends in research (government priorities, institutional priorities, pressures to compete and collaborate)
  • public policy settings and funding frameworks for research institutions
  • commercial, community and philanthropic engagement (clients, partners, sponsors)
  • institutional policies and strategies (internal systems to support research programs and research training, resourcing, ethics and reporting, publications, intellectual property)
  • managing researchers and research projects (making plans, setting priorities and managing the needs and expectations of different stakeholders).

Learning Outcomes:

On completion, participants should be able to apply what they have learned, for example by:

  • relating research agendas to the priorities of external stakeholders
  • describing internal institutional mechanisms for supporting diverse research projects
  • devising a strategy to build a research group’s profile and reputation
  • managing a multi-disciplinary research group.

There is one assessment task:

  • 3000-word written assignment, due at end of subject (100%)

Hurdle requirements:

  • Four online Discussion Board tasks ( 4 x 500-word commentaries on set readings) due every 2 weeks. For any discussion board task submitted late, the task increases to a 1000 word commentary.

N.B. All hurdle and assessment tasks must be passed.

Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs/online classes) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Johnson, A.M. 2013 Improving Your Research Management: A Guide for Senior University Research Managers, Elsevier, The Netherlands (Note a complimentary copy may be available from http://www.rmsinternational.com/documents/professional-development-for-senior-research-managers-and-leaders/Improving-Your-Research-Management.pdf).

Other set readings are provided online before the subject commences.

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:

  • communicate with people who work in different cultures and contexts
  • investigate policy and strategy problems, and generate options to resolve them
  • assess the risks and benefits of different solutions to management problems
  • apply accepted policies and principles to different kinds of cases
  • make well-informed management decisions that consider specific contexts.
Links to further information: http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/postgraduate-award-programs/overview
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Research Management and Policy
Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education Management
Graduate Certificate in University Management
Master of Tertiary Education Management

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