Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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 Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Off-campus block of classes)
Clayton First semester 2014 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Professor Susan Webb


This unit engages prospective and practising educational leaders across organisational contexts. In this unit, an experiential setting is created from which to view the challenges and work of leading educational projects, organisations and institutions. It considers the nature of educational work in contexts where global as well as national-local imperatives are significant. It approaches educational leadership in the context of geopolitical transitions and the emerging 'Asian century'. Students come to understand the practical work of leading in learning contexts, based on assessing knowledge and skills in context, developing organisational capability and through relational work. This is achieved specifically through students' investigation of a case of leading educational change in a specific setting of their own choice.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. understand the work of strategic leadership of learning across globalised contexts
  2. relate global-national-local contextual analysis to the practical work of leading learning
  3. construct a case around leading education work
  4. apply concepts and perspectives to explain the case and interpret its significance
  5. analyse strategic directions and organisational change strategies adopted in work and/or a workplace setting.


Educational change case report stage 1: critical assessment of the case in context (3200 words, 40%)
Educational change case report stage 2: discussion paper on strategic leadership in the case (4800 words, 60%)

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Workload requirements

Flexible mode offers a stand-alone online offering that allows students to learn and engage in content and assessment in a supported way. It also provides a face to face component of 12 hours over the semester to engage students with the online learning content, which students can attend if they are able and interested.

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for flexible students:

  • 12 contact hours and 24 hours equivalent of online activities over the semester or
  • 36 hours equivalent of online activities over the semester

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • independent study to meet the minimum required hours per semester