EDED20497 - Leadership in the Educational Context

General Information

Unit Synopsis

With reference to current research, in this unit, you will examine the nature of educational leadership and the responsibilities of educational leaders for ensuring good learning outcomes for learners. You will also consider the legal, ethical, policy, cross-cultural and governance issues educational leaders consider in their work. You will reflect on your personal leadership capabilities and examine these in line with leadership theory, research, and practice. In addition, you will investigate and reflect upon the importance of personal well-being for educational leaders in an increasingly complex and demanding role.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation 30%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Online discussion forum 30%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

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High cost of each unit makes the course not affordable to most of the prospective cohort (deputy principals and heads of school, etc).
The structure of the units will be reviewed in light of wider changes to the course.
Action Taken
Units are being modularised so that each can be delivered at a lower cost. It is anticipated that enrolment and completion of these lower priced unit components may act as an incentive to enrol in the course.
Source: Student evaluations; emails
A useful and engaging unit
Ensure that learning materials and activities continue to be contemporary and relevant in terms of policy and practice for emerging educational leaders
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Evaluate effective leadership skills for a school context including influencing, decision making, problem-solving, time management and networking
  2. Evaluate personal views, values and beliefs about educational leadership
  3. Apply strategies to build personal well-being and to manage professional learning.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Presentation
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online discussion forum
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Presentation
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online discussion forum