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Institutional Governance in Tertiary Education

23 July - 16 September 2018

This online subject provides students with an overview of the key elements of effective institutional governance in tertiary education. Including:

  • The legal basis of the institution and its charter or mission;
  • Roles and responsibilities of governing bodies and executive officers;
  • Defining mission, setting strategy, developing policy;
  • Managing stakeholder relations;
  • Delegations, decision making and committee processes;
  • Systems for ensuring legal compliance, financial control and risk identification;
  • Types of risk such as strategic, financial, compliance, operational, reputational;
  • Performance information and accountability reporting.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion students should be able to:

  • Understand the legal basis of the institution and how its mission is defined;
  • Describe different models of governance in tertiary education institutions;
  • Identify different stakeholder groups affected by a new policy or strategy;
  • Plan a consultation process to win support for a new policy or strategy;
  • Assess the effectiveness of performance information systems;
  • Assess the effectiveness of a committee;
  • Communicate with people who work in different cultures and contexts;
  • Investigate policy and strategy problems, and generate options to resolve them;
  • Assess the risks and benefits of different solutions to management problems;
  • Apply accepted policies and principles to different kinds of cases;
  • Make well-informed management decisions that consider specific contexts.

Why study this subject?

  • If you are involved in your institution's governance framework you can use this subject to keep your professional knowledge up-to-date by accessing the latest research, academic and professional expertise in institutional governance.
  • If you are currently studying for another degree, you can use this subject to tap into areas outside your field of study or degree so you can pursue a specific interest.
  • If you are considering further study in our Masters or Graduate Certificate program, you can explore your options by doing this subject first before leaping into the full degree.

Teaching dates and contact hours

The total number of contact hours over this period is 24. Includes 6 hours of webinars and 18 hours of online discussions (all taught and/or moderated by academic staff) over the duration of the subject.

Outside of these times students are expected to organise their own study schedule; the recommended total number of study hours for this subject is 170.

Delivery modes

This subject is delivered entirely online. Students can choose to undertake either the non-assessed or assessed mode.

Non-assessed mode
Students undertake and finish the compulsory components only, made up of four discussion board tasks and three webinars held at set times.

Assessed mode
Students first undertake and finish the compulsory components, i.e. the four discussion board tasks and three webinars held at set times. They must then submit a 3000-word essay at the end of the subject.

Students who successfully complete this mode gain 12.5 credit points, which be credited towards one of our Masters or Graduate Certificate program. Please contact us if you would like more information about how this articulation process works.

2018 fees

Assessed mode: A$4,180

Non-assessed mode: A$3,352

Fees include course materials but does not include text books (if applicable). Fees are subject to change each year. Please check with us prior to applying to confirm.

Subject facilitator

Professor Leo Goedegebuure is Director of the LH Martin Institute. He is active in the field of higher education policy research and management.

Prior to his move to Australia in 2005 (to the University of New England’s Centre for Higher Education Management and Policy), Leo was Executive Director of the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), at the University of Twente, Netherlands, Europe’s largest research centre in this field.



How to apply

To find out more about studying a single subject from the Tertiary Education Management course or to start your application, please contact our dedicated Student Support team who will assist you through the process. 

The documents you will require to provide include:

  • Copies of testamurs and transcripts of all degrees listed in the application;
  • Your CV;
  • Documentation showing how you have met the English language proficiency standards if you have English as a second language or the language of instruction of previous degrees was other than English.

(Note: limit of 1.5 MB per document)

More information

Detailed information on the subject is available in the University of Melbourne handbook.

Find out more information about this subject or request an information pack by contacting Dina Uzhegova or call +61 3 8344 4605.

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