Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Dr Jane Wilkinson


This unit allows participants to undertake a project and demonstrate their learning around leadership development in a specific context. It involves the design of a self-directed project focusing on an issue or challenge encountered in the course of leadership. The challenge becomes the basis of the design of a small-scale inquiry. Students learn how to set out the key features of a project, and how to select appropriate criteria for evaluating the quality of their research design. The project articulates a research question that responds to the challenge. Students gather and evaluate existing research data. The project describes and assesses the data, and extrapolates meaning from the data to identify a set of findings and actions in relation to the challenge. In doing this, students are conscious of who they are as researchers and leaders in the meaning-making process, how they influence it and the rigor of their conclusions.


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

  1. identify a leadership challenge
  2. articulate the design aspects of a project in order to secure appropriate evidence from which to examine the challenge
  3. access literature that is relevant to their professional challenge and identify how the project addresses a gap or aspect in the literature
  4. gather two kinds of existing research data that address the challenge
  5. describe the data and their different forms
  6. analyse the data and determine the relevance of the findings to the challenge identified
  7. articulate the implications and actions that may address the challenge
  8. communicate findings of the project to a professional and/or academic audience.


Leadership challenge design (1200 words, 15%)
Leadership challenge report (6800 words, 85%)

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 are encouraged to attend if they are able.

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

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study