EDED20500 - Leadership Project
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit aims to enhance your school leadership capability and educational innovation through an in-depth investigation into a problem of professional relevance. You will critically review contemporary literature and analyse and apply relevant methodological approaches to your research. Drawing on this, you will develop, implement and report upon a research project related to leading educational change.

Details

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

Residential Schools

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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 2 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode

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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. Written Assessment 50%
2. Presentation and Written Assessment 50%

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.

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Evaluate literature to develop a theoretical framework for an educational problem or opportunity
  2. Analyse and apply methodological approaches to a research problem
  3. Develop and implement a research project
  4. Analyse the research results and present findings to an intended audience.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation and 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), OR Harvard (author-date) 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 10-07-2017

Introduction - Designing a Project Proposal

Zoom Session – Tuesday 11 July

Week 2 17-07-2017

Part 1: Research Methods – An overview of potential approaches to a small scale project

Week 3 24-07-2017 Part 2: Research Methods – An overview of potential approaches to a small scale project

Residential - Saturday 29 July

Week 4 31-07-2017

Conducting a literature review

Week 5 07-08-2017

Conducting a literature review

Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Implementing a research project.

Zoom Session Thursday 24 August

Week 7 28-08-2017

Data gathering approaches

Written Assessment - Project Proposal Due Friday (01 Sep 17) 04:45 PM AEST
Week 8 04-09-2017 Write-up
Week 9 11-09-2017

Write-up

Week 10 18-09-2017

Write-up

Zoom Session – Monday 18 September

Week 11 25-09-2017

Write-up

Week 12 02-10-2017

Write-up

Presentation and Written Assessment - Project Essay Due Tuesday (03 Oct 17) 04:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment - Project Proposal
Task Description

Part A – Proposal

The first part of this task is to briefly outline the area of professional interest that is the focus of your Leadership Project and the approach you are considering. This will be presented to your lecturer in a succinct 500 word summary. Your lecturer will provide feedback on the topic and project design. You should identify important literature/theories you intend to reference in your project. While not assessable, this element of the first assessment for the unit will provide feedback important in ensuring the project can be completed within the time constraints of the unit.

Part B – Literature Review and Project Focus

In Part B the project is defined in terms of the problem or opportunity you are to examine and the theoretical framework (approach) to be employed. This is supported by a review of the approach and justification for it (e.g. Case Study, Action Research, etc) and an examination of current literature related to the subject of you project (e,g, professional learning, mathematics, impact of a implemented reading project etc.) This will be presented as an academic piece of writing and its structure, referencing and supported justification are therefore important.

The Submitted piece should not exceed 2000 words.

Assessment Due Date Week 7 Friday (01-Sep-2017) 04:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 9 Friday (15-Sep-2017)
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

The task will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  1. The written piece has clarity, uses an academic style and tone and is accurate in terms of referencing, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  2. The argument provided about the relevance of the project to school leadership.
  3. The theoretical framework developed is justified and clear
  4. The project is focused and the approach taken is achievable within the provided timeframe.
  5. The relevance and range of literature presented in the literature review supports and informs the project.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA) or Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submitted through Moodle along with the criteria sheet.

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

1. Evaluate literature to develop a theoretical framework for an educational problem or opportunity

3. Develop and implement a research project

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



2 Presentation and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Presentation and Written Assessment - Project Essay
Task Description

The main element of this assessment task is the write up of the project outlining the data collected, the presented findings and conclusions. This piece should not exceed 2000 words and, in addition to the analysis, should also provide direction/suggestions for further research.

You are also to submit a PowerPoint (or similar presentation) that in less than 15 slides outlines material presented in Assessment Task 1 and 2. For example; the project problem or opportunity, the relevant literature from the literature review, the project design and methodological approach, its findings and recommendations for further research. This presentation and the two written assessment tasks may be used as the basis for entry into a Masters of Education by Research.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Tuesday (03-Oct-2017) 04:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Tuesday (17-Oct-2017)
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

The task will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  1. The written piece has clarity, uses an academic style and tone and is accurate in terms of referencing, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  2. The reported implementation of the project outlining key milestones.
  3. The discussion related to the project’s limitations and the recommendations made for a future investigation.
  4. The quality of the analysis undertaken and presentation of the findings.
  5. The PowerPoint presentation is concise, supported by the literature and clearly outlines the project and direction for further research.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA) or Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submitted through Moodle along with the criteria sheet.

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

1. Evaluate literature to develop a theoretical framework for an educational problem or opportunity

2. Analyse and apply methodological approaches to a research problem

3. Develop and implement a research project

4. Analyse the research results and present findings to an intended audience.




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