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MGMT20147 - Professional Practice and Career Development

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Research undertaken by Richard Boyatzis and Daniel Goleman of the Emotional Intelligence Consortium has clearly identified that superior performing managers and leaders use a variety of leadership and managerial competencies and engage in reflective practice to identify developmental needs. In this unit you will examine the range of competencies required of managers and leaders and how these may change based on different positions, roles and organisational context. You will establish your own level of competence and personal development needs through increased self awareness based on reflective practice and diagnostic instruments. You will explore the specific aspects of professional practice as they relate to leading people, teams and organisations and how this impacts on your career choices.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2021

Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney

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. Reflective Practice Assignment 60%
2. Presentation 20%
3. Report 20%

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%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 2 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student feedback directly to Unit coordinator.
Feedback
CQUniversity staff undertaking the unit indicated they did not like the unit being scheduled on week-ends as intensives. They preferred using normal working hours as part of professional development.
Recommendation
Consideration to return to week day intensives, provided enrolment number are considered a viable cohort.
Action Taken
Given low enrolments this was not pursued.
Source: Have your say Student evaluations
Feedback
Timeliness/return of assignments and feedback.
Recommendation
Consultation with unit facilitator and marker to ensure assignments are returned with sufficient feedback within CQU nominated turn around time. Furthermore, the unit coordinator and facilitator need to make the policy of a two week turnaround on assignments more explicit so as to clarify expectations among students.
Action Taken
This discussion did occur, and facilitator assured the Unit coordinator that assignments were returned within policy guidelines. It is therefore most disappointing that students feedback continues to highlight this as an issue.
Source: Have your say Student evaluations
Feedback
Order of topics in the e-profle didn't match delivery
Recommendation
Information in the profile indicated that the order of topics would be adapted to suit learner needs at the intensives. This needs to be made clearer.
Action Taken
This level of flexibility is actually beneficial for students. This needs to be made clearer.
Source: Have your say Student evaluations
Feedback
Best aspects of the unit were the intensives and the discussions linked to the assessments
Recommendation
Greater profiling of the value of face to face interaction and engagement needs to be developed so as to encourage more online students to attend the workshops
Action Taken
Low enrolment prevents this option from being considered at this time.
Source: Management Discipline and School unit review
Feedback
Unit profile and unit content
Recommendation
This unit will become core in the Master of Management for Engineers and Master of Business Management. The focus on reflective practice and mid-career application will challenge international, no work experience students. A review of content and assessment is recommended to focus on early career and building a commitment to life long learning.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Use your advanced understanding and application of the input competency approaches to identify the critical competencies required for your management and leadership development
  2. Reflect on and assess your own level of competence through greater self awareness and reflective practice
  3. Evaluate and implement specific strategies to acquire new competencies identified through self-awareness and reflective practice, as your leadership role and position changes
  4. Understand the concept of career, assess future career options and the competencies required to achieve your career objectives.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Reflective Practice Assignment
2 - Presentation
3 - Report
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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 - Reflective Practice Assignment
2 - Presentation
3 - Report