SCU OnlineStudy Period 4Study Period 4

Unit description

Introduces students to key concepts in both the research literature and industry practice relevant to contemporary educational leadership, and relates these to national and international educational environments. Encourages students to reflect on their personal experience in relation to research literature on leadership, and to learn how to critically analyse and apply relevant leadership concepts in their professional practice.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction to concepts of educational leadership.

Topic 2: Theories and models of educational leadership and their practical implementation.

Topic 3: Influence of corporate and managerial models on educational leadership.

Topic 4: Challenges of leadership: ethics and values, balancing competing demands.

Topic 5: New ways of leading: distributed, collaborative, parallel and shared leadership models. 

Topic 6: The role of inspiration and leadership as service in education settings.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Study Period 4

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

SCU Online (intensive)

Teaching method
Structured online learning
Discussion board5%
Case study45%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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Commencing 2019 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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