Being Board Savvy

Deakin stackable short courses | 100% online

Explore your board aspirations

This short course covers contemporary governance principles, how to effectively and efficiently support information flow and decision-making, differentiators of great non-executive directors and high-performing boards, and how boards can add real value.

  • Start date
    28 Apr 22
  • Duration
    4–8 weeks
  • Study mode
    Online masterclass
  • Investment
    $1800 (inc. GST)

Job skills outcome

After completion of the masterclasses and assessment, you will be able to apply these skills immediately in your workplace.

  • Understand board purpose
  • Identify board best practice
  • Consider board governance
  • Assist board decision-making
  • Assess board director role
  • Accept board opportunities
  • Transition to board role

Co-designed with industry

This industry-led stackable short course is co-designed with Out of the Box Executive. Together, we’ve designed a course where you’ll gain skills that you can apply immediately in your workplace.

Meet the expert

Jo Plummer is Director at Out of the Box Executive, a Deakin MBA Alumni and Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Fellow. Jo's portfolio includes numerous board chair and committee roles, professional director mentoring, ambassador for Business in Heels International, plus educating, presenting and MC'ing.

Meet the organisation

Out of the Box Executive is a consultancy business that helps boards, businesses and executives to perform at their optimum, and deliver outcomes beyond their purpose and value proposition.

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Reshaping university education

An innovative learning structure delivered by a leading university. With more than 40 years’ experience in distance and online education, we’re proud to be adding this unique study format to our repertoire and providing more choice for your learning experience.

Course overview

How you'll learn

This short course includes four 3-hour live online masterclasses. Learn directly with industry experts in small groups to build your own expertise and incorporate relevant industry knowledge and skills in your context. You are required to attend all masterclasses.

What you'll learn

During the short course you’ll:

  • discuss why boards exist and the attributes of a great director
  • explore contemporary governance principles, processes, systems and information flow
  • learn tips for getting decisions across the line
  • get involved in a boardroom simulation that explores the Performance Formula©
  • understand boardroom aspirations and motivation
  • identify the benefits of becoming a director and the challenges of taking the executive to director leap.

How you're assessed

Submit a 1000-word pre-masterclass investigation of a recent high-profile governance or board issue. This document is due by Sunday 24 April 2022. You'll present this during the online masterclass and take part in a group-based simulation activity. Following the last online masterclass, you'll be required to submit a 1000-word self-reflection, outlining how you would apply the learnings, tools and practises to your own workplace or career journey. There are 1 to 2 weeks allocated for this task; the due date will be confirmed by the presenter.

Entry requirements

To be successful we recommend you are proficient in English and have a minimum of an undergraduate degree in a related field or significant work experience.

Course dates and times

April intake
28 April 2022 (5–8pm)
5 May 2022 (5–8pm)
19 May 2022 (5–8pm)
26 May 2022 (5–8pm)

You are required to attend all masterclasses.

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*Subject to successful completion of the short course and meeting Deakin’s award course admission and selection requirements, including English language proficiency requirements.

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