Professional development opportunities

Published: Monday 27th October 2014

Listed below are a number of professional development programs and networking events available across the tertiary education sector. Staff are encouraged to review learning opportunities and to liaise with their supervisor if they are interested in participating. You can register through the links provided. If you have any questions, please contact Erin Ryan on ext 2151.

Study support

The University supports staff learning; eligible staff can apply for Study Support for a nationally-recognised award course of study from a public or private provider (subject to eligibility criteria.) For more information on Study Support visit the HR website.


Australian Catholic University

Certificate IV in Business Administration
National - February 2015
Applications to undertake the Certificate IV in Business Administration are now being invited from professional staff members. Scholarships are available for eligible staff; apply before 31 October 2014. The Business Administration Program -comprised of 10 units - is a nationally-recognised qualification for Professional Staff in administrative roles.

Certificate IV in Frontline Management
National - 2015
Applications for a scholarship to undertake the Certificate IV in Frontline Management are now being invited from professional staff supervisors. The Frontline Management Program is a nationally recognised qualification (Certificate IV) designed to develop and improve the competencies of frontline managers and supervisors. This program will be undertaken through OTEN Distance Learning. Apply before 31 October 2014.

Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Catholic Culture
Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne - 2015 (several dates)
This course of study explores what true leadership means in a Catholic context and encourages participants to develop a deeper understanding of Catholic identity, ethos and mission and its integration in modern organisations.         

Postgraduate SPLASH units
National -  December 2014    
SPLASH units are master's level units and may be used as credit towards a Master of Theological Studies or a Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies. Interested participants may also audit (not for credit, no assessment) these units for their personal interest. They are delivered in intensive mode and are available nationally. Upcoming units include The Gospels of the Liturgical Year: The Gospel of Mark.

Master of Business Administration (Executive)
Sydney, Brisbane - 2015 (several dates)  
The MBA (Executive) is designed for experienced managers and professionals who aspire to executive roles, and critical and creative thinkers for whom ethical, informed and sustainable decision-making will define their management style. The course is designed to allow each unit to be taught intensively over the course of 24 weekends. Invest in your future and enhance your skills to progress your career. Schedule for 2015 now available.


Universities Australia

Universities Australia Executive Women Group Workshop
Melbourne - 28 November 2014 (8.45am – 3.00pm)   
Are you ready for the next five years?
The workshops are designed to meet the group’s commitment to better address employment equity in higher education. Workshop 3 is an opportunity to hear from sector experts about what lies ahead for Higher Education and to reflect upon your role in the sector over the next few years.


Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM)

Emotional Intelligence: Unleashing Your Potential
Brisbane - 5 November 2014 (9.00am – 4.00pm)   
This workshop will help participants:

  • Understand the role of emotional intelligence in determining their success in their career and life in general
  • Recognise the emotional competencies they need to develop in order to be more effective and the ones that may be holding them back. These include:
    o    Self-awareness
    o    Self-regulation (self-management)
    o    Motivation
    o    Empathy
    o    Social skills

Leadership Literacy and Behaviours
Sydney - 06 November 2014 (9.30am – 4.30pm)   

This workshop will be delivered over one day and will explore various aspects of leadership through discussion, exercises and activities. It has been designed to prompt discussion and deliver group reflections regarding leadership issues.
Program opportunities:

  • Consider key leadership traits, behaviours and strategies
  • Explore the impact that individual leadership and management styles have on team members, workplace culture and organisational outcomes
  • Identify areas for building personal leadership capabilities
  • Review communication styles and strategies for building relationships
  • Reflect on leadership challenges for the 'workplace of the future'

25 Years in the Job - Talk about a Changing Environment
Adelaide - 10 November 2014 (4.30 – 6.00pm)

Dr Judy Szkeres will give an entertaining talk about life in the higher education sector, including some stories about which you might have always wanted to know the truth. Following her retirement from the role of Director and Principal of SA Institute of Business and Technology, she will reflect on the past and muse on the possible future of higher education.

Resilience And Influencing Skills For School Managers
Sydney - 10-11 November 2014 (9.00am – 5.00pm) 

This two day course covers a range of practical strategies to assist school managers to be resilient and successful in achieving their wide ranging responsibilities.

The first day examines the scope of the position the common challenges presented by different line reporting relationships and different techniques for working in high workload situations, whilst still maintaining motivation and job satisfaction.  

The second day covers a range of emotional intelligence skills for being influential, and managing constant change. These include the keys to managing change, best language for getting heard and giving feedback, and non-draining skills for defusing reactions. 

Managing Very Difficult Workplace Behaviour
Melbourne - 11 November 2014 (9.30am – 5.00pm)  

This workshop provides frameworks for understanding, defining and managing difficult behaviour, including a range of approaches and techniques for dealing with specific behaviours in the workplace.

Program objectives:

  • Review the impact of very difficult behaviour
  • Identify common characteristics of very difficult workplace behaviour
  • Describe and prepare strategies for managing different types of behaviour
  • Discuss the common internal and personal challenges that difficult behaviour creates for the manager, management team, other staff and the organisation as a whole

Good Governance for the Tertiary Education Sector
Melbourne - 14 November 2014

This is the second event in a series jointly organised with the Australian Institute of Company Directors, to bring the best business ideas to the tertiary sector.
With the evolution of tertiary institutions into complex and large organisations, managing governance issues becomes more challenging each passing year. Join other executives and senior academics for an interactive sharing of best practices and information from experienced leaders in this field.

Managing Committees & Minute Taking
Melbourne - 17 November 2014 (9.30am – 5.00pm)

The role of a committee Executive Officer in universities is not just about taking minutes, but understanding the full committee cycle, from the establishment of a committee and its terms of reference, to preparing agendas, taking and writing minutes, completing follow-up action  items and preparing reports and agenda items. Effective committee management is crucial to enabling individuals and groups to work productively and accomplish their objectives.

Essential Dashboards in Excel
Location to be advised  - Priority Place Program
* (register your interest)    
With the huge amount of data available to us every day, a well-built and designed dashboard report is one of the best ways to interpret and communicate large quantities of information. Learn how to synthesise information into a logical framework, summarise it into a meaningful format, and then display the summary into easy-to-read tables and graphs. This course takes you through the principles of good dashboard design, as well as the tools to implement and build a dashboard using your existing excel tools and skills.

Business Writing Essentials
To be advised - Priority Place Program* (register your interest)   
Learn to write clear and professional documents that get the results you want. Clear, well-written documents are the hallmark of any successful organisation. Update your writing skills and boost your professional credibility with this excellent one-day workshop.
 
*ATEM has introduced the Priority Place Program for some events, to improve the flexibility and accessibility of courses. These events will run once a minimum number of attendees have registered.  You can register your interest for these courses by paying a small holding deposit. Once there are enough registrants, ATEM will schedule the activity and give you a month’s notice of the date and venue.  Attendees will then be invoiced for the balance of the course fee.

ACU holds a corporate membership with ATEM which allows staff to attend programs at a reduced rate. When registering, indicate that you work for ACU and you will be entitled to the Affiliate rate. View ATEM’s 2014 Training Calendar.


LH Martin Institute

Institutional Research in Tertiary Education
Taught entirely online from 29 September to 21 November 2014 
This subject provides an overview of key elements of institutional research in tertiary education.

Maintaining Quality Within Institutions
Taught entirely online from 29 September to 21 November 2014
Maintaining Quality within Institutions focuses on how people can undertake define, measure, monitor and improve quality and quality assurance processes and procedures.

Operating an External Quality Agency
Taught entirely online from 29 September to 21 November 2014
This subject deals with aspects of operating an external quality assurance agency (QA agency) building on the concepts and frameworks in quality assurance introduced in the previous compulsory subjects.


Australian Higher Education Industrial Association (AHEIA)

Advanced Workplace Relations Practitioner
Perth - 18-19 November 2014 
  
This program delivered over two half days covers strategic industrial relations issues and case studies appropriate to senior practitioners.
Participants undertake a complex case study and attend a networking dinner as part of the program.
Topics covered:

  • Termination of employment provisions - Fair Work Act 2009
  • Fixed term employment
  • Dispute settlement
  • Discipline
  • Redundancy
  • Workplace change
  • Adverse action

Managing Very Difficult Workplace Behaviour
Adelaide - 26 November 2014   

This workshop provides frameworks for understanding, defining and managing difficult behaviour; including a range of approaches and techniques for dealing with specific behaviours in the workplace.

The program will:

  • Review the impact of very difficult behaviour
  • Identify common characteristics of very difficult workplace behaviour
  • Describe and prepare strategies for managing different types of behaviour
  • Discuss the common internal and personal challenges that difficult behaviour creates for the manager, management team, other staff and the organisation as a whole

Managing Very Difficult Workplace Behaviour
Brisbane - 28 November 2014 
  
This workshop provides frameworks for understanding, defining and managing difficult behaviour; including a range of approaches and techniques for dealing with specific behaviours in the workplace.

The program will:

  • Review the impact of very difficult behaviour
  • Identify common characteristics of very difficult workplace behaviour
  • Describe and prepare strategies for managing different types of behaviour
  • Discuss the common internal and personal challenges that difficult behaviour creates for the manager, management team, other staff and the organisation as a whole


View AHEIA’s 2014 Training Calendar.
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Online training library

Provided by Lynda.com

ACU staff have free unlimited access to a vast online library of training videos at http://lynda.acu.edu.au/
Below is a summary of new videos recently added to the online training library that may be of interest to you. Interactive exercise sheets are also available to some topics so you can practise your new skills.  To watch the clips or browse the whole library, click the ‘Log in’ button, choose ‘login through your organisation or school’ and enter www.acu.edu.au into the organisation box if prompted. You will then be prompted to log in by providing your ACU staff username and password.

Don’t have time to watch a whole video?  No problem – the videos are broken into useful sub-topic chapters, so you can still brush up on some quick tips even if you only have 5-10 mins to spare!

Up and Running with Office 365
Duration: 1h 59m
New to Office 365? David Rivers shows how to set up accounts and team sites; upload and share files; and manage mail, contacts, and calendars with the Outlook Web App.

Managing Project Communication
Duration: 1h 47m
Author Doug Rose shares the secrets of managing project communication. A solid communication strategy will help your team maximize buy-in, prioritize stakeholder input, and project results. Discover how to use a communication plan to develop two-way communication goals, run meetings, organize feedback, and create clear reports.

Managing Project Quality

Duration: 1hr 22m
Ensure you're producing results that meet the needs of stakeholders, by incorporating the four major indicators of quality—function, outputs, performance, and reliability—into your project planning. In this course, author and PMP Bob McGannon walks you through the considerations for making sure your project quality is spot on.

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