Education (Educational Management and Leadership)

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Educational Management and Leadership

Master of Education (Educational Management and Leadership)

Students must complete 48 credit points, including:
(a) a minimum of 18 credit points of core units of study; and
(b) a minimum of 12 credit points of elective units of study; and
(c) a minimum of 6 credit points of capstone units of study; and
(d) a maximum of 12 credit points of postgraduate Education units of study chosen from any Master of Education program.

Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Educational Management and Leadership)

Students must complete 36 credit points, including:
(a) a minimum of 18 credit points of core units of study; and
(b) a minimum of 12 credit points of elective units of study; and
(c) a maximum of 6 credit points of postgraduate Education units of study chosen from any Master of Education program.

Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Educational Management and Leadership)

Students must complete 24 credit points, including:
(a) a minimum of 18 credit points of core units of study; and
(b) a maximum of 6 credit points of elective units of study.

Core units

EDPA5001 Leading organisations for social justice

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x2000wd essay (30%), 1x3000wd research grants pitch (60%), 1x1000wd online discussion post (10%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Organisation theories provide us with different lenses through which we can understand what an organisation is and what it means to be part of one. This unit explores the purpose and impact of organisations from a social justice perspective. It explores the development of organisation theory over time and connects theory with research and practice in order to understand organisations, systems, management and administration, and impact. Reference will be made to social, philosophical and organisational theories. The focus will be on competing theories, alternative approaches to management and ethical concerns and what this means for contemporary practice in a variety of educational systems.
EDPA5011 Effective Leadership and Change

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x2000wd essay (30%), 1x3000wd case study (60%), 1x1000wd online discussion post (10%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Educational institutions throughout most parts of the world are confronted by a period of rapid and dramatic change. The external demands placed upon them to change and improve are considerable. The keyelements of leadership, vision and mission and their relationships to the development of unique organisational cultures and practices are essential ingredients for leadership effectiveness, excellence and continuing improvement. This course focuses upon the internal and external forces that influence the culture of educational organisations, examining competing theories and alternative approaches to successful leadership.
EDPA6015 Leadership: international perspectives

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x1000wd online discussion post (10%), 1x2000wd essay (30%), 1x3000wd critical review of literature (60%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Online, Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Leadership purpose, qualities and practices are important to the development of a successful educational organisation. This course is intended to familiarize participants with research-informed principles, trends and issues of leadership in education from international perspectives. It will provide opportunities for individuals to reflect upon, analyse and critique their own leadership, relative to their own experiences, and the leadership of others within their own local and national contexts. The course will combine theoretical and empirical knowledge to illuminate, contextualise, and critically assess associations between contemporary policies, social trends, and organisational practices.
EDPA6017 Leadership for learning

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x2000wd essay (30%), 1x3000wd policy analysis (60%), 1x1000wd online discussion post (10%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Currently, there is considerable interest worldwide regarding strategies which might provide better delivery of programs to students in schools. The aim of this unit is to assist educators to acquire a critical understanding of the challenges of leadership at all levels that influence student outcomes. This course focuses on research and literature relevant to school improvement, taking international, and local perspectives. Aspects addressed include: system change, school-based management and review; the role of leaders in schools and systems; research and evaluation; policy development and implementation; and the impact of school culture upon initiatives for school improvement.

Elective units

EDPA5013 Program Evaluation

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x logic model presentation (20%; 1x evaluation plan (30%) and 1x Evaluation logic critique (50%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
Students undertaking the designated area of Educational Management and Leadership are expected to be able to implement policies and programs designed to bring about organisational change. There are numerous forms of program evaluation available to the evaluator. Selecting the appropriate form for the appropriate purpose is the key to success. This unit is designed to provide the necessary knowledge and skills to enable students to design, plan and implement an evaluation program and to provide an understanding of five major forms of program evaluation, their purposes, and their associated approaches.
Textbooks
Owen, J.M. (2006) Program evaluation: forms and approaches (3rd edition) Allen and Unwin
EDPA6016 Middle Leadership

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Stephen Howlett Session: Intensive April,Semester 2 Classes: 1x 2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x2000wd essay (30%), 1x3000wd review (60%), 1x1000wd online discussion post (10%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode
Currently, middle leaders are seen as integral to the success of educational organisations. This course focuses upon the importance of middle leading as practice, from a critical perspective. The purpose is to understand current policy and research about the changing role of the middle leader, particularly in the context of curriculum and pedagogical reform and policy change. The orientation of the course is towards enabling individuals to reflect upon, to analyse and to critique their own middle leadership, relative to own experiences, and the leadership of others within their own context. Theory illuminates practice and practice informs theory.
Textbooks
Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
EDPA6018 Social Policy Process

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr seminar/week Assessment: class attendance and participation, including discussion and mini-presentations (15%); presentation (35%) and essay (50%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) evening
The world of policy is changing, from a centralised model to a decentralised one, in which you may be involved, at least at institutional level. Whether you work in the public, private, or third sector as an educator, social worker, civil servant or in another capacity, it is important to understand the changing world of policy. Another change that we examine is the rise of neo-liberalism and its effects on the policy process. Critics charge that policy is now framed with economic rather than social good in mind, and that the success of policies is measured by the same calculus. How is policy made, and by whom? How does Australian federalism influence the making and implementation of policy? What kinds of transnational influences affect the policy process, and to what extent? Do different countries respond to difference (class, ethnic, gender, age), in a world of increasing diversity, migration and mobility?
EDPB5002 Globalisation and Education

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: on-line Assessment: 500wd minor overview (10%) and 1200wd review essay (20%) and 1500wd minor essay (20%) and 2500wd case study (50%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Online
Concepts of global integration and culture. Economic political and cultural dimensions of globalisation. Major interpretive approaches to globalisation. Major world trends in education assessed in light of globalisation. Globalisation of labour markets; marked forces in education; cross-cultural and trans-national trends in education provision; knowledge as a global construct; global organisations and agenda in education; emerging global and regional structures in education, students, educational professionals and knowledge workers in a globalising world. Investigation and report on a special study.
EDPK5003 Developing a Research Project

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 4x4 hr Saturday workshops, plus online lectures and activities Assessment: online exercises (40%) and class presentation (20%) and research proposal (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is seen as the foundation unit in research methods and it provides an overview of the research process, with a focus on developing skills for critical evaluation of research reports and the design of research projects. Research strategies, sampling and design issues and various methods of data collection and analysis are examined. Students explore both quantitative and qualitative research approaches. The assessment in this unit is developed around students' own research interests and by the end of the unit students will have developed their own research proposal document.
EDPL6004 Leadership in Aboriginal Contexts

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x6.5 hrs workshops, 13 hrs online Assessment: 1x1800wd Leadership Workshop (30%), 1x1800wd Personal Leadership Reflection (30%), 1x2400wd Critical Review of Literature (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This course offers students a practical and process-oriented approach that is responsive to the challenges of preparing educational leaders committed to social justice and equity for Aboriginal peoples. This includes interrogating Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal theoretical models, styles and purposes of leadership.
EDPZ5010 Individual Profession Learning Portfolio

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: independent work; several meetings across the semester Assessment: 1x6000wd professional learning portfolio (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit provides you with the opportunity to develop a portfolio, where you can document and critically examine how you supported the learning of other participants in your formal or informal setting. Students are expected to implement an initiative to improve participants' learning in a formal or informal setting. Students are expected to have successfully completed other units of study before enrolling in this unit. University staff may undertake this unit by completing the development program for Research Higher Degree Supervision. No concurrent enrolment with EDPZ6010 unless special permission has been granted by the Faculty.
EDPZ6010 Prof Learning Leadership Portfolio

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: independent work; several meetings across the semester Assessment: 1x6000wd professional leadership portfolio (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit is designed to enable educators, with the support of a mentor, to document and engage in critical reflection on professional workplace learning, differing from its companion unit EDPZ5010, due to the focus on leadership and your professional role in working with colleagues' professional development. This unit provides you with the opportunity to develop a professional portfolio where you can document and critically examine how you have led others to improve the work in your formal or informal setting. Students are expected to have successfully completed other units of study before enrolling in this unit. No concurrent enrolment with EDPZ5010 unless special permission has been granted by the Faculty.
EDPZ6011 Assessment Literacy for School Teachers

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: online delivery for 13 weeks Assessment: formative assessment and engagement (20%) and major project with 2 stages (total of 5500wds; 80%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Online
In Australia, one of the standards within the domain of Professional Knowledge describes what teachers must know and be able to do to 'assess, provide feedback, and report on student learning' at the 4 career levels. This unit provides a basic introduction to what teachers need to know and do to meet the assessment requirements of the assessment standards for the Proficiency Career Level.
EDPZ6012 Data Literacy for School Teachers

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2hrs x13wks. Assessment: formative assessment and engagement 1000wds (20%) and major project with 3 assignments 5500 wds (80%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Online
Note: All sessions will be delivered by Webinar
The pressures and incentives that are driving the need for data literacy for school teachers come from many directions: (a) the move to a standards referenced system, (b) the integration of international, national and statewide high stakes testing programs, and (c) the requirement in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers that directly address data literacy. In this unit data literacy is broadly defined as the ability to understand and use data effectively to inform teaching and learning decisions.

Capstone units

EDPZ6724 Dissertation Part 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: meetings/discussions with supervisor Assessment: satisfactory progress during semester; students then must enrol in EDPZ6725 Dissertation Part 2 the following semester Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
The Dissertation is a piece of academic writing of approximately 12,000 words and represents a substantial original work. The Dissertation serves two different purposes in a student's progress through a Masters degree program, being a way for a student to study an area of interest in depth, or as a path to further research. Students seeking progress into a research higher degree, such as a doctoral program, are required to complete an empirical study, drawing on primary data. Note that for direct entry into a doctoral degree, an average of at least 80% across the Masters degree is needed. Students not intending to progress to a higher research degree may choose from a range of types of study. The Dissertation must incorporate an appropriate form of critical analysis and have as its basis a clearly structured conceptual framework. It is recommended that students complete a Research Methods unit of study prior to undertaking the Dissertation, which will support the proposal development. This unit is part one of the Dissertation which runs over two semesters; therefore, students must also enroll in EDPZ6725 Dissertation Part 2 in the following semester.
EDPZ6725 Dissertation Part 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: meetings/discussions with supervisor Prerequisites: EDPZ6724 Assessment: 1x12000wd dissertation (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
The Dissertation is a piece of academic writing of approximately 12,000 words and represents a substantial original work. The Dissertation serves two different purposes in a student's progress through a Masters degree program, being a way for a student to study an area of interest in depth, or as a path to further research. Students seeking progress into a research higher degree, such as a doctoral program, are required to complete an empirical study, drawing on primary data. Note that for direct entry into a doctoral degree, an average of at least 80% across the Masters degree is needed. Students not intending to progress to a higher research degree may choose from a range of types of study. The Dissertation must incorporate an appropriate form of critical analysis and have as its basis a clearly structured conceptual framework. It is recommended that students complete a Research Methods unit of study prior to undertaking the Dissertation, which will support the proposal development. This unit is part two of the Dissertation which runs over two semester; therefore, students must have also enrolled in EDPZ6724 Dissertation Part 1 in the previous semester.
EDPZ6730 Special Project 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: several sessions with supervisor Prerequisites: 24 credit points of units Assessment: 1x6000wd project (100%) Campus: Remote Mode of delivery: Supervision
Special Project is a capstone unit, semester length independent investigation of a personally chosen topic in an educational context, the result of which is a 'product' of approximately 6,000 words such as a written report, review, account of the development of a resource, analysis of action research or critique of research. All 'products' should be demonstrably informed by relevant theory and research. The satisfactory completion of this unit provides an alternative to the regular face-to-face classroom unit of study for candidates enrolled in a graduate coursework award.
EDPZ6720 Dissertation

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: meetings/discussions with supervisor Assessment: 1x12000wd dissertation (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
The Dissertation is a piece of academic writing of approximately 12,000 words and represents a substantial original work. The Dissertation serves two different purposes in a student's progress through a Masters degree program, being a way for a student to study an area of interest in depth, or as a path to further research. Students seeking progress into a research higher degree, such as a doctoral program, are required to complete an empirical study, drawing on primary data. Note that for direct entry into a doctoral degree, an average of at least 80% across the Masters degree is needed. Students not intending to progress to a higher research degree may choose from a range of types of study. The Dissertation must incorporate an appropriate form of critical analysis and have as its basis a clearly structured conceptual framework. It is recommended that students complete a Research Methodology unit of study prior to undertaking the Dissertation, which will support the proposal development.