Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Cathy Trembath


Previously coded HSM4304


This unit focuses on the principles and processes that shape and determine the internal culture of the human service organisation. Students will engage with topics covering, change management; procedural transparency; the learning organisation; human resource management; the impact and consequences of Government welfare policy; competition and collaboration; and public accountability. The unit offers a practical emphasis on professional skill development and encourages students employed in the field to draw on their own practice experience. Students will be encouraged to critically reflect on their own code of professional ethics and principles.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to;

  1. Demonstrate knowledge, skills and awareness in the assessment, development and maintenance of appropriate organisational culture, while maintaining a strategic focus;
  2. Knowledge of, and skills in applying ethical principles appropriate to the human services industry in human resource management and the maintenance of professional inter-personal relations;
  3. Understanding of the principles of strategic approaches to implementing a social justice framework within a management context;
  4. Knowledge and understanding of the principles and processes of change management theory in relation to human services.
  5. Students will also be able to identify and develop appropriate approaches to organisational planning, decision-making and policy formulation for human services programs and critically discuss how external change effects the internal environment and culture of human services organisations.


Written work: 100% (9000 words)

Chief examiner(s)

Cathy Trembath

Off-campus attendance requirements

Students will be expected to participate for a minimum of one hour per fortnight in on-line discussion.