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Curtin University


If you are interested in enrolling in this program, please register your interest with Evelyn Gibbs

Program Details and Registration

Who Would Benefit?

This program is designed for staff who have academic, managerial and administrative responsibility for the development and maintenance of high quality courses.

It is relevant for:

  • Course Coordinators
  • Staff with academic responsibility for a major(s)
  • Undergraduate or Postgraduate Coordinators/Directors

Why Attend?

A diverse set of leadership capabilities is required to manage the size and complexity of modern university courses, and to understand the teaching and learning higher education environments in which they exist. Course coordinators require sound pedagogical knowledge, coupled with a range of interpersonal communication and problem-solving skills including conflict-resolution, course management and review, coaching, and change management skills.

Research indicates that staff assume a course coordination role for a range of reasons (e.g. discipline expertise, staff rotations, leadership attributes), but are often under-prepared for the realities of the role. This program focuses on developing these leadership and management skills so that course coordinators are more confident in undertaking this complex and challenging responsibility.

What does it involve?

The program is a series of nine 2 hour modules and one 3 hour module, facilitated by staff with expertise in leadership development and curriculum design and review. The sessions will be highly interactive and participants will have opportunities to draw on their experiences and share issues in addition to involvement in peer coaching and reflective practice. A range of resources will be available, including self-directed online learning resources. Pre- and post-program activities will also be included to encourage and evaluate personal leadership development.

Program Benefits and Learning Outcomes

As a result of this program, participants will be able to:

  • determine what leadership capabilities are required for course coordination, what best practice is and the nature and level of commitment it requires
  • implement a personal development program and use life-long learning skills to enhance leadership skills
  • review the course curriculum, and work confidently with course colleagues to ensure outcomes, learning experiences and assessments are appropriate
  • lead a course review process for continuous quality improvement
  • develop and implement plans for improving teaching and learning within a course
  • use the course coordinator's role as an opportunity to enhance career prospects

Below is a summary of the program outcomes. Each session is scheduled for two hours.

Session Outcomes
On successful completion participants will:
  1. Course Coordinator as Academic Leader
  • Understand the role of a course coordinator as an academic leader
  • Understand the concept of academic leadership in the context of leadership theory
  • Understand teaching and learning in the Curtin Context
  1. Leadership for Excellent Curriculum
  • Identify and evaluate ways of appraising the quality of assessment, teaching and learning at course level
  • Discuss some common barriers to development and identify effective ways of leading change
  • Discuss sector trends in QA and review quality enhancement frameworks
  • Understand Assessment at Curtin
  1. Building academic leadership capability 1
  • Use the Integrated Competing Values Framework (iCVF) - a leadership measurement tool - to gauge personal leadership capabilities
  • Understand the importance of 360° appraisal in leadership development (using the iCVF)
  1. Leading a course review
  • Interpret key performance indicators for the Annual Health Check
  • Work with course team to identify course strengths and devise strategies to maintain them
  • Work with course team to identify course areas for improvement and devise strategies for improvement
  • Discuss ‘Future focus’ and long term sustainability
  1. Building the Course Team
  • Recognise how personality type supports and limits leadership styles using the MBTI
  • Apply personality theory to manage individuals and teams
  1. Building Academic Leadership Capability 2
  • Review and understand personal leadership results using the Integrated Competing Values Framework (iCVF)
  • Formulate a leadership development plan
  1. Communicating with Emotional Intelligence
  • Develop strategies to monitor self-talk and its influence on personal performance
  • Use a range of processes to reframe and manage interpersonal conflict
  1. Leading Change and Managing Resistance
  • Determine the reasons for resistance to change
  • Apply a range of problem solving models to support the change management process
  • Engage with Indigenous Education priorities at Curtin
  1. Building Performance
  • Work effectively with staff and students in their sphere of influence
  • Identify performance problems using a framework
  • Plan a performance coaching conversation
  1. Spheres of Influence
  • Map the dynamics of their own role and relationship with their Head of School / Area
  • Develop strategies to build influence in key peer relationships
  • Recognise the role of community engagement including Work Integrated Learning (WIL )
Completion: Graduation ceremony and nibbles