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EDU8601 Advanced Studies in Professional Practice

Semester 1, 2012 Online Toowoomba
Units : 2
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Education
School or Department : Education
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Dorothy Andrews
Moderator: Marian Lewis


In this course the process of transposing the underlying philosophy of the USQ professional doctorate into active learning begins. That is, a start is made on the exciting but complex process of nurturing professional leadership capabilities. Enhancement of leadership potential or capability requires new understanding, self awareness and skill. It is most effectively developed through a balance of personal and collaborative inquiry applied to highly challenging issues, with both established and cutting-edge theory as the foundation. The significance of this course as the core of the professional doctorate lies partly in its selection of vitally relevant topics; partly in its background of meaningful theory; and partly in its focus on inquiry into professional practice as you engage in it. Through your own personal study, combined with the benefits of mutual inquiry with peers and university scholars, your quest for an enriched professional leadership capability is about to begin.


The course begins with an analysis of the challenges created for educational organisations by the emergence of post-corporate influences. Post-corporate responses to these influences are explored and assessed. The role of educational leadership in generating constructive responses to post-corporate challenges is then analysed, with four leadership approaches emphasised. These are: transformational leadership; strategic leadership, educative leadership and organisation-wide leadership.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. formulate conclusions about key issues in education and the impacts of these issues on the practice of educational leadership (Critical Review; Seminar Presentation; Major Paper)
  2. construct a personal leadership philosophy by applying leadership theory to their own professional practice (Seminar Presentation; Major Paper)
  3. critically evaluate developments in educational theory and policy in diverse contexts as they relate to professional leadership. (Seminar Presentation; Major Paper)
  4. demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing. (Critical Review; Seminar Presentation; Major Paper)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Postcorporate influences on educational development and delivery 20.00
2. Professional leadership concepts: organisation-wide leadership processes

transformational, educative and strategic approaches: educators as leaders
3. Application of leadership concepts to a workplace challenge 40.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Crowther, F., Ferguson, M., & Hann, L 2008, Developing teacher leaders: how teacher leadership enhances school success, 2nd edn, Corwin, Thousand Oaks.
  • Limerick, D., Cunnington, B., & Crowther, F 2002, Managing the new organisation, 2nd edn, Allen & Unwin, St. Leonards NSW.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Owens, R. C 2007, Organizational behaviour in education, 9th edn, Pearson A & B, Boston.
  • Whether you are on, or off campus, the USQ Library is an excellent source of information

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 100.00
Directed Study 100.00
Private Study 130.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
CRITICAL REVIEW 10 10 21 Mar 2012
MAJOR PAPER 70 70 20 Jun 2012

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to participate appropriately in all activities including discussion fora scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit required assignments late without the approval of the Examiner, they can expect to be given a Fail or Incomplete grade for the course.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    As P is the only passing grade available for this course, all students who are qualified for a passing grade will be given a grade of P. Other students will be given either a Failing grade or an Incomplete grade.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations in the course.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and Internet access to UConnect for this course.

  2. Students are to use the APA referencing system.