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Leaders now hold key responsibilities for developing the human resource capacities in their organisations. During times of rapid and complex change this responsibility is increased. The professional development and on-going learning of staff, to meet changes in roles and capability requirements in response to internal and external forces, becomes a critical leadership skill. This unit examines some contemporary approaches to continuing professional development and development of staff to attain professional standards and capabilities. The potential for using the principles and practices associated with learning organisations to embed learning not as an add-on, but rather as a critical aspect of organisational life, are also analysed.

Summary 2020

Unit name Leading and Managing People
Unit code ESM706
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Education

Professor Neil Cranston

Teaching staff


Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Teaching Pattern

Fully on-line via MyLO


Task 1: Literature Review (50%)

Why is development/learning important in organisations today? What are some of the challenges faced by leaders in leading learning in their organisations?

Task 2: Development Paper (50%)

Development of a proposal for the establishment of a particular professional development/learning strategy/process in my organisation.

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