Modules & credits
Modules are undertaken over a seven-week period. The programme is split over two years and consists of compulsory modules and a minor dissertation, which may take the form of a research report.
Eight compulsory modules – 120 Credits
Academic Writing and Research Skill (AWRSCP1)
This module seeks to develop the academic writing and research skills of postgraduate students in educational leadership and management. The focus of this module is to socialise postgraduate students to the conventions of academic language, writing and research skills. Students will be exposed to the different referencing techniques, academic writing stages and processes, issues of plagiarism in academic writing and ethical measures pertinent to research studies. The ultimate purpose of this module is to develop the research capacity of Master’s students towards an advanced scholarly level of academic writing and research skills. From a broader knowledge base, students, who complete this module will be able to reflect critically and creatively, evaluate their writing and transfer skills and knowledge to different academic writing contexts.
Resource Management in Education Leadership and Management (RMEMCP1)
This module seeks to expose students to resource management in education, which is imperative for effective and responsive leadership. It focuses on key drivers of resource management from a research, theoretical, practical and sustainable perspective. The module further develops several paradigmatic knowledge bases that support the field of resource management preparing leaders for the future of education in a constantly changing world. The topics explored include but are not limited to human relations, conflict management professional development, performance management, financial management and economics in education for the era of 4IR.
Education Policy and Practice (EPPMCP1)
This module helps students to understand the relationship between societal developments and education policies. It reveals ways in which policies are described, to enable a critical understanding of how policies are developed. Furthermore, it deals with the interpretation of legislation including the Constitution as applicable to the school environment. School administrators/leaders and managers will benefit from this module. Managers of other learning institution(s) will benefit from the module as well. Candidates willing to pursue studies in education policy, law, management, leadership and administration will benefit from this module because it enhances professional development and managerial skills.
Organisational Behaviour (OBEMCP1)
This module seeks to deepen an understanding of traditional organisational behaviour topics through critical interrogation of long-standing assumptions pertaining to the complexity of the interdependent relationship between individuals, groups, organisation and the related context. Such an understanding will enhance education managers and leaders’ competences in creating conducive work context for the evolving human dynamics in the era of 4IR within an African and global context. The module develops managers and leaders alternative thinking and practice, and has a strong research orientation, the module will engage critical theoretical frameworks of organisational behaviour as emerging from critical organisation and management studies. The module deals with concepts and theories related to organisation (theory), organisation change and leadership and critical organisation studies – critical management studies. The module strives to enable students to apply theoretical frameworks of mainstream and critical approaches of organisational behaviour to resolve important problems in organisation effectiveness as well as people satisfaction and engagement.
Educational leadership (ELEMCP1)
This module seeks to strengthen and deepen the student’s fundamental knowledge of theories of Educational Leadership by focussing on various leadership theories, education management models and perspectives. Moreover, this module orientates students towards an advanced, reflective understanding of critical leadership theories that underpin social justice and diversity associated with overall organisational effectiveness in the evolution of education leadership. Selected case studies in educational leadership and management are utilised to demonstrate real-life situations, where students apply theory in practice. In so doing, student’s theoretical and practical knowledge of constructs such as leadership, management, theory, trends, quality schools and school effectiveness is enhanced.
Qualitative Research in Education Leadership and Management (QREMCP1)
This module provides students with the opportunity to focus on the theoretical foundations of qualitative research and the processes involved in conducting qualitative research. During the course of the module, qualitative research designs and data collection methods will be examined from a theoretical perspective but applied using a practical orientation to research. Students will engage in hands-on activities in the field but also apply the knowledge and skills acquired, to critically evaluate proposals/dissertations in the field of education leadership and management. The module thus strives to develop the research knowledge, skills and experiences of students building qualitative research capacity necessary for undertaking qualitative research.
Future trends in education leadership (FTELCP1)
This module seeks to explore the current and future trends in the educational leadership and management research landscape in the era of 4IR. It develops an education leader’s research orientation through the lens of life-long learning and adaptive expertise and delves into researching a learning-driven school culture responsive to the disruptive influences of digitalization and social innovation. Topics in this module include but are not limited to: Leaders of learning in the school context, Leading an education revolution that embraces 4IR, Leading schools as innovative learning environments, and Leading towards the strategic inclusion of young teachers as leaders (of technology, pedagogy and alternative technology-driven methodologies)
Quantitative research in Education Leadership and Management (QNRMCP1)
An introduction to basic concepts in quantitative research, questionnaire design, data collection and capture in quantitative research. Data analysis in quantitative research.
Minor Dissertation A (RPMACP1)*
In this module, students will be required to produce a research proposal. Various skills should be demonstrated in the proposal including, the contextualisation of the research problem, the formulation of research questions, aims and objectives, as well as providing defensible research design and methodology.
Minor Dissertation B (RPMBCP1)*
This module will include the development of a literature review and a theoretical framework for the study.
Minor Dissertation C (RPMCCP1)*
This module will focus on data collection and the analysis in support of the discussion and conclusion to follow in the final module.
Minor Dissertation D (RPMDCP1)*
This module will entail the findings, discussion, recommendations and conclusion towards the submission of the research report/dissertation. Referencing must be meticulously checked, a final turn-it in should ensue and the dissertation must be language edited before submission for examination.
*Minor Dissertation Modules
60 Credits after completed examination process result
Total Credits (180 Credits)
The module sequencing may vary between programme start dates.