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ELT700 - Education Business Planning 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) or Face to face intensives*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Katrina Broadhead
Trimester 3: Katrina Broadhead




Incompatible with:


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:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin. Students will undertake online exercises, case studies, debates (using technology-based mediums) and student-led discussions


Note: Face to face intensives are offered annually in SA, WA, Victoria and NSW, to enquire about the availability of these options please email ebladmin@deakin.edu.au.


Although most education settings are not-for-profit organisations, business planning is as important in this context as in profit-driven corporations. This unit focuses on essential educational determinations in developing business plans for schools. Educational business planning and capacity building discusses the rationale and objectives for education business plans and investigates how these can be used as a tool for organisational capacity building.

The unit aims to be practical and of immediate relevance, where participants tie together the vision and mission statements, strategic goals and budget considerations and think about how all this is going to be achieved within their actual school context.



These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Critically reflect on the importance of the alignment and cohesion of vision and values statements, strategic planning and business plans for educational outcomes

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2 Communication


Critically analyse theories and practices relating to complex issues encountered in building the capacity of people, environment, assets and time to support the educational business agenda

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4 Critical thinking


Communicate required  theory and practice across an EBL context  that guides the positioning, branding and marketing of an education setting

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2 Communication


Apply frameworks and strategic models to identify and resolve problems in setting targeted education priorities

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4 Critical thinking

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 1 (Individual) - Written  Report: Comparative analysis of business planning practices

2500 words 50% Week 6

Assessment 2 (Individual) - Part a) Presentation, Part b) Written Report

10 minutes and 1500 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 below: ELT700 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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