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The deadline for submission is Monday 27 April, 9pm.
There are two parts to the assignment. The first is a programme development plan. This can take pretty much any form you like, both in terms of content, and in terms of presentation. I do realise that choice can be paralysing, but the reason for this approach is so that you can choose something which is relevant and useful to you. You might want to produce a plan which you can share with colleagues, which might not contain all of the supporting evidence I need, so you might want to submit a plan plus an annotated bibliography to me. You might want to practice giving a presentation to colleagues, and produce a podcast for submission for the assignment which captures this. You might want to write an essay or a case study report. I really don’t mind, as long as the learning outcomes are addressed, and you submit something which I can mark against the criteria (see the unit handbook). If you aren’t sure about the format, get in touch, and we can discuss it.
In terms of selecting a topic, start by thinking about what interests you about the future direction or current practice on your programme. You might choose to analyse something which works really well on the programme, and consider what goes into making that aspect work well, and what lessons might be drawn from that analysis. Or you might choose something which you’d really like to develop further, or which you’ve been given the responsibility to develop further. You can analyse and evaluate what happens now, and propose an action plan for the next steps. These are the learning outcomes which are being tested in this part of the assignment:
- critically review the role of programme leaders in relation to the student lifecycle from outreach to alumni contacts
- produce an effective and evidence-based programme development plan
So if you are looking at employability, for instance, you might consider how the programme team present graduate prospects and graduate outcomes to students from open days to final year projects, and beyond graduation, and how you might further integrate discussion and skills development into the programme. What would you need colleagues to do, and how would you support them? There are plenty of relevant references in the topic sections, and in the reading list on Moodle.
You might look at the use of Moodle on your programme, and how to make it more consistent. You might want to review assessment policy and practice, or induction strategy, or first year support, or….anything which impacts on the programme in any way. If you aren’t sure if your idea is suitable, then just get in touch and we can discuss it further.
The second part of the assignment focuses more firmly on you and the skills you need to develop to become an effective academic leader. These are the learning outcomes which are being tested in this part of the assignment:
- critically evaluate their own approaches to leadership in Higher Education with relation to key theories and institutional policies
- situate their own professional development plan in the context of national, institutional and departmental priorities
You’ll need to consider what makes an effective academic leader, and carry out some self-assessment. What further professional development and support will you need? Can you identify a suitable mentor? Where would you like to be in two, five and ten years’ time? What is your plan for achieving this? Again, the format of this part of the assignment is up to you.
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