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Institutional Research in Tertiary Education

26 September - 25 November 2016

Subject overview

This subject provides an overview of key elements of institutional research in tertiary education, to provide participants with knowledge and insights in areas such as:

  • the foundations of institutional research: its history, emergence as a profession, contexts of application, and the role it plays in institutional governance and management
  • international developments, concepts and approaches: the emergence of benchmarks and rankings and the use of institutional classifications
  • analytic resources: common tools, techniques and technologies
  • common domains of analysis: student enrolments, progression and completion, programs of study, research activity, workforce planning.

Learning outcomes

On completion, participants should be able to apply what they have learned, for example by:

  • describing the role of institutional research in tertiary education policy, planning and practice
  • using institutional research to support management and leadership activities
  • analysing trends and making projections for planning purposes in areas such as student demand, supply of staff, resource requirements and information needs.

Teaching dates and contact hours

Taught entirely online from 26 September to 25 November 2016.

The total number of contact hours over this period is 23.5. These include four compulsory discussion board tasks and attendance at three webinars that are held at set times.

Outside of these times students are expected to organise their own study schedule; the recommended total number of study hours for this subject is 120.

Compulsory webinars dates and times will be announced shortly.

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 can be credited towards one of our Masters or Graduate Certificate programs. Please contact us if you would like more information about how this articulation process works.


Non-Assessed Mode: A$2,910.00

Assessed mode: A$3,880.25

Fees include course materials but does not include text books (if applicable).

Subject facilitators

Professor Hamish Coates contributes to the field of higher education through research, leadership and development. Over 15 years he has worked across 40 countries, authored over 200 publications, and led around 50 influential projects that have shaped scholarship, policy and practice. He has given around 200 keynotes and is sought internationally as a speaker.

Hamish holds a Chair of Higher Education at the Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE), University of Melbourne. He was Founding Director of Higher Education Research at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) from 2006 to 2013. Between 2010 and 2013 Hamish was a Program Director at the LH Martin Institute for Tertiary Leadership and Management. He joined ACER from Graduate Careers Australia (GCA). Prior to this he worked at the University of Melbourne’s Assessment Research Centre (ARC).

Professor Victor (Vic) Borden, Ph.D. is Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Indiana University Bloomington. He is currently a senior advisor to the Executive Vice President for University Regional Affairs, Planning, and Policy. Vic has served in senior institutional research positions at Indiana University, Purdue University and George Mason University, after starting his institutional research career as a research analyst at the University of Massachusetts in 1984. Vic is an active contributor to several professional associations, most notably, the Association for Institutional Research, of which he is a Past President.

How to apply

Please APPLY ONLINE via the UoM Commerical electronic application system

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 online handbook.

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

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