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ECM713 - Education Leadership Development and Capacity Building


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Jo Henriksen
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Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning experiences including 1 optional scheduled weekend intensive each year


This unit addresses multiple dimensions associated with leading strategy and change, and workforce planning and development, within an education context. It undertakes a critical review of approaches to education leadership in the areas of strategic leadership and change management; building leadership teams; staff recruitment, selection and appointment; teacher attrition and retention; and workforce development and capacity building.

The unit highlights the sometimes-disparate relationship between theory and practice in each of these areas and the ways this might impact on the work of education leaders.

Students are encouraged to draw on unit resources to develop practical approaches to addressing matters relating to change management and workforce development in their current and potential future workplaces. There is an emphasis on the equity implications of staff employment and development.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Critically engage with literature and contemporary discourses around leading strategy and change, and workforce planning and development, within education institutions

GLO2: Communication


Critically evaluate the utility of current approaches to leading education strategy and change, and education workforce development, including within specific institutional contexts

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Draw on current education research and literature around education strategy and workforce development to identify potential gaps between theory and practice and the potential implications for education leaders

GLO4: Critical thinking


Develop strategies aimed at change management and workforce development in a range of education settings

GLO5: Problem solving

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week

Assessment Task 1 - A research paper that takes the form of critical review of strategic planning and change management as it pertains to your current education sector. The essay should include reference to research findings on the relationship between theory and practice within this field and the potential implications for education leaders

2500 words 50% Week 6

Assessment Task 2 - A report that takes the form of a draft submission to a school council meeting (or university or VET council as applicable) proposing a strategy developed in response to a key issue in contemporary education workforce planning and development. Justify your choice of the key issue to be addressed by drawing on a de-identified example from the education sector in which you are currently employed, and relevant literature

2500 words 50% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link ECM713
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list.

Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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