Faculty of Education

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedNot offered in 2013


Unit explores the introduction of mentoring initiatives in organisations as a vehicle to support work related learning and development. Students will be introduced to different approaches and conceptual frameworks for considering mentoring, and the relationship between mentoring and the context in which it is located. It also provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively design and implement a workplace mentoring project. Students are given an opportunity to critically evaluate mentoring and to consider its merits in relation to other approaches to building workplace or occupational knowledges. Attention given to the development of professional identity in mentoring.


Students will achieve:

  • an understanding of the theory and practice of mentoring and coaching across a range of contexts;
  • expertise in assessing the viability and appropriate form of mentoring for their organisations;
  • the ability to establish the learning and development needs and goals of the organisation in relation to coaching & mentoring;
  • the development of skills in formal mentoring program design, coordination and review; and
  • an appreciation of the role of mentoring in the development of professional identity.


1. A critical literature review (3,200 words): 40%;
2. A major work (4,800 words equivalent): 60%

Contact hours

29hrs coursework (12hrs intensively) and up to 270 hrs independent study throughout semester