Faculty of Education

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Term 2 2014 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Mr Paul Forgasz


This unit provides three modules that help to prepare the school leader to effect knowledgeable and intelligent change in her/his organization. Module one provides an introduction to theories of strategic change and contexts for effecting change. Module two explores theories and practices for researching and leading change in schools, and managing associated human and social resources. Module three explores critical areas of concern for school development and improved performance across subject areas and what leaders need to know to facilitate substantive and sustainable change.


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

  1. engage in meaningful consideration of theories of change and assumptions that underlie change practices
  2. use research, development and performance principles, and organizational leadership to develop plans for facilitating strategic change
  3. demonstrate awareness of unit topics such as strategic change management theory and practice, school wide development and performance planning and the management of organisational knowledge, learning and human and social resources in processes of leading change, through journal entries and by engaging in the development of reflective writing and change plan.


Change plan (4000 words, 50%)
Reflective journal writing (3000 words, 35%)
Online participation in discussion forums (1000 words equivalent, 15%)

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Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 24 hours per week comprising:

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

  • 3 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements

  • 9 hours of independent study per week