Faculty of Education

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.




TBA (Berwick); Associate Professor Nikolai Veresov (Peninsula); Dr Liang Li (City); Associate Professor Zane Ma Rhea (Singapore)



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


  • Second semester 2016 (Day)

City (Melbourne)

  • Term 4 2016 (On-campus block of classes)


  • Term 4 2016 (Online)


This unit develops students' understanding of the requirements placed upon education services and early years professionals working in a range of settings to meet legislative and policy requirements in their field. The unit develops students' knowledge of pedagogical practice and pedagogical leadership, administration, management and general leadership skills. During students involvement in a learning community they engage in a small research inquiry to examine the pedagogical practices within it. They develop understanding of how effective pedagogical and administrative leadership provides the intellectual tools to support the development of inclusive, culturally safe and secure places for all learners and professionals who participate in educational services.


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

  1. understand leadership and management in local and international education settings
  2. critically analyse different approaches to leadership and apply this to a broad range of educational contexts
  3. apply leadership knowledge in working with and establishing policies expected in mandated and current requirements
  4. understand the importance and impact of social, cultural and political factors on leadership roles in educational settings and the implications of these for children's learning
  5. demonstrate an understanding of the challenges of leadership in dynamic educational environments and an ability to make professional and ethical decisions.


Investigation of a leadership challenge (2000 words, 50%)
Research project on leadership and management in education settings (2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester/term comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2 contact hours per week

(b.) Requirements for on-campus block City-based students:

  • two intensive weekend blocks
  • at least 4 hours of active online engagement in Moodle activities per term

(c.) Requirements for offshore Kaplan-based students:

  • one intensive block (usually from Thursday to Sunday)
  • at least 4 hours of online study per term

(d.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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