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ELT702 - Leading Strategy and Change in Education


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 1: Cloud (online) or face to face intensives*

Trimester 3: Cloud (online)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Joanne Henriksen
Trimester 3: Joanne Henriksen




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.


This unit introduces considerations for planning, executing, monitoring and reviewing strategic direction in schools. Strategic plans in education are context dependent, take account of school-based goals for improvement in teaching and learning, and embrace broader political, economic and education policy imperatives. They are both influential in and responsive to short-term and long-term local needs and aspirations as well as external requirements. This unit also investigates research on leading and managing major change. First and second order change, issues such as resistance to change, strategies to ensure successful change and case studies of experiences in change management will be discussed.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes)


Analyze contemporary research and practice from global education perspectives in order to report on effective leadership in the context of constant change

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO8: Global citizenship


Identify problems and apply theories and practices of educational leadership to generate solutions that address strategic leadership challenges

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Critically analyse change theories in order to strategically address resistance to change in EBL settings

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving


Critically analyse and communicate theories of stakeholder engagement across EBL settings in order to lead strategic change initiatives that enable collective efficacy

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

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


Trimester 1:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week

Assessment 1 (Group and Individual) - Comparative Case Study: Presentation and Report

2500 words 50% Information not yet available

Assessment 2 (Individual) - Written Report

2500 words

50% Information not yet available

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: ELT702 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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