EDED20497 - Leadership in the School Context
Term 1 - 2017


All details in this unit profile for EDED20497 have been officially approved by CQUniversity and represent a learning partnership between the University and you (our student). The information will not be changed unless absolutely necessary and any change will be clearly indicated by an approved correction included in the profile.

Overview

With reference to current research, in this unit you will examine the nature of school leadership and the responsibilities of school leaders for ensuring learning outcomes for learners. You will also consider the legal, ethical, policy, cross cultural and governance issues school leaders consider in their work. You will reflect on your personal leadership capabilities and examine these in line with leadership theory, research, and practice. In addition you will investigate and reflect upon the importance of personal well-being for school leaders in an increasingly complex and demanding role.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
Click here to see your Residential School Timetable.

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation 20%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Written Assessment 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

All University policies are available on the IMPortal.

You may wish to view these policies:

  • Grades and Results Procedure
  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – Domestic Students
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
  • Refund and Excess Payments (Credit Balances) Policy and Procedure
  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
  • Acceptable Use of Information and Communications Technology Facilities and Devices Policy and Procedure

This list is not an exhaustive list of all University policies. The full list of University policies are available on the IMPortal.

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Evaluate effective leadership skills for a school context including influencing, decision making, problem-solving, time management and networking
  2. Evaluate personal views, values and beliefs about educational leadership
  3. Apply strategies to build personal well-being and to manage professional learning.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Presentation    
2 - Written Assessment  
3 - Written Assessment    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1. Knowledge
2. Communication    
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills  
4. Research    
5. Self-management    
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7. Leadership    

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Presentation    
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment              

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorJulie Fleming (j.fleming@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Introduction to leadership in the school context

Zoom Session - Tuesday 7 March

Week 2 13-03-2017

Who are you as an educational leader?

Week 3 20-03-2017

What is the research evidence about the impact of school leadership on student learning?

Residential Saturday 25 March and Sunday 26 March

Week 4 27-03-2017

How has the profession defined leadership capabilities and behaviours?

Zoom Session Wednesday 29 March

Presentation - Who am I as an Educational Leader? Due Monday (27 Mar 17) 04:00 PM AEST
Week 5 03-04-2017

Reviewing a personal 'credo' with reference to evidence and data

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Professional Capabilities – influencing, goal setting, professional conversations, decision making

Zoom Session – Tuesday 18 April

Written Assessment - Individual Leadership Profile Due Friday (21 Apr 17) 04:00 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

Dealing with ambiguity, complexity, legal and ethical implications for the school leader

Week 8 01-05-2017

Diversity in the school setting – students and communities

Week 9 08-05-2017

School Governance and community engagement

Week 10 15-05-2017

The concept of Professional Capital – what it means and how to raise it

Zoom Session - Tuesday 17 May

Week 11 22-05-2017

The connection between social capital, school performance and leader wellbeing

Week 12 29-05-2017

Leading in an effective and sustainable way

Written Assessment - Professional Learning and Wellbeing Discussion Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 04:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Presentation

Assessment Title Presentation - Who am I as an Educational Leader?
Task Description

A requirement of a leader is to establish relationships, and to persuade and influence others. In this task you are to give a five minute presentation supported by electronic media (e.g. Powerpoint, Prezi, Video). You will introduce yourself to the staff of a new school where you have been appointed as leader. You will outline your background, explaining what you bring to the role of an educational leader and what you believe to be important in school education today.

This new appointment may not be in the same region/district that you currently work. Therefore, you should not assume any prior knowledge of the staff, local strategies, programs or priorities that may be specific to a particular geographic area, or education system.

The task will be presented in one of two ways.

a) For those attending, your presentation will be presented to fellow students at the residential at the end of Week three. There will be an opportunity for feedback to be provided by your peers at the residential. These presentations will be video recorded and uploaded to a YouTube site for sharing with any of the cohort that are not in attendance.

b) For those not attending the residential you will need to record your presentation, save it as an MP4 file and upload it via Moodle by the due date, Monday 27 March. These will be added to the You Tube site for others to access.

A secondary focus for this task is to build a community of learners for those undertaking the Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership program.

Assessment Due Date Week 4 Monday (27-Mar-2017) 04:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 4 Friday (31-Mar-2017)
You will receive written feedback on this assessment tas via Moodle.
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

The task will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  1. The presentation contains a range of information relevant to the role of school leader and important to a school staff in terms of introducing yourself as the educational leader in the community.
  2. There is reference to relevant educational leadership theory and contemporary issues and practice.
  3. The presentation offers insights into your capabilities as a school leader by outlining your professional beliefs about educational leadership and professional experience.
  4. Communication and Presentation. There is a level of confidence displayed in the presentation and consideration of building relationships with your audience.
  5. The appropriate use of a chosen electronic media that supports the presentation.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

If not presented at the residential, submit through Moodle. The task should be uploaded via the unit’s Moodle site as an MP4 file along with the criteria sheet.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Evaluate personal views, values and beliefs about educational leadership

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment - Individual Leadership Profile
Task Description

This written task requires reflection about who you are as an education leader. It requires that you consider your strengths, areas that require development and the literature of educational leadership. The reflection may come through analysis of data from a 360 degree tool (e.g. The AITSL tool), personality type indicator, and feedback from trusted colleagues and /or supervisor.

The piece should not exceed 2000 words and must include a personal educational 'credo' and values statement.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017) 04:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 8 Friday (05-May-2017)
You will receive written feedback on this assessment tas via Moodle.
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

The task will be assessed according to the following criteria:

    1. The written piece has clarity, a professional style and tone and is accurate in terms of referencing, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
    2. The development of a compelling educational leadership 'credo' that clearly expresses the ‘why’ of your educational leadership.
    3. Reference to your strengths, and areas needing further development in educational leadership in relation to a range of leadership behaviours and capabilities (e.g. persuading, goal setting, decision making, networking).
    4. The data sources accessed in evaluating your strengths and lessors strengths (e.g. 360 degree tool, feedback from others, self-reflection).
    5. The extent the piece is supported by reference to the educational leadership literature presented in the unit and from other sources.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Submit your word document and criteria sheet in the Moodle unit site.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Evaluate effective leadership skills for a school context including influencing, decision making, problem-solving, time management and networking

2. Evaluate personal views, values and beliefs about educational leadership

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment - Professional Learning and Wellbeing Discussion
Task Description

This assessment requires contribution to professional discussions on leadership growth and wellbeing from Week 6 through to Week 12 on the Moodle Discussion forum for this unit. You will demonstrate an understanding of contemporary school leadership and practice including consideration for the wellbeing of self and others.

Your weekly contribution will be 300-400 words and while written in first person, should include reference to personal research and materials presented in the unit. Whilst there is an expectation you comment each week on the contribution of at least two others posts in the discussion forum, this aspect is not being assessed.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 04:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
You will receive written feedback on this assessment task via Moodle.
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

The task will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  1. The level of understanding of the topics demonstrated in relation to their application in a school setting.
  2. The writing has clarity, is accurate in terms of spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  3. The extent the piece is supported by reference to the educational leadership literature presented in the unit and from other sources.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

You will be provided weekly feedback on your discussion in the forum posts. At the end of the six week period, submit your criteria sheet in the Moodle unit site.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Apply strategies to build personal well-being and to manage professional learning.




© 2017 CQUniversity
Page generated by apps-prod-02.cqu.edu.au at Fri Mar 31 08:31:40 AEST 2017