Professional Development Opportunities - 2016

Published: Monday 21st December 2015

Listed below are a number of professional development programs which are offered by ACU or are available through external providers 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 Leadership & Competencies Development Facilitator, Clint Rahe on extension 2298.

Study Support

The University supports staff learning and 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.

Scholarships available

Scholarships are now available for eligible ACU staff to undertake the following course offered by a distance learning provider during 2016.

Certificate IV in Leadership and Management

Attention all Professional Staff supervisors! Applications are now open for scholarships to undertake the Certificate IV Leadership and Management in 2016. Progress your career with a nationally recognised qualification designed to develop and improve the competencies of frontline managers and supervisors. Apply by 19 February.

ACU Faculties offer the following opportunities for staff on a fee-paying basis:

Master of Business Administration (Executive)

Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne  - Six start dates in 2016
The MBA (Executive) is designed for experienced managers and professionals who aspire to executive roles - 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. The Faculty of Law and Business is pleased to announce that all staff are eligible for a 10% discount.  This discount is in addition to all benefits received through ACU.  Learn more about the staff discount here.

Graduate Certificate in Higher Education

National, Online Semester 1 2016
The Graduate Certificate in Higher Education is for teachers and other educational professionals who want to improve their tertiary teaching and gain formal qualifications in post-secondary education.  The course allows teachers to reflect on current education theory and adult/tertiary student learning research from the perspective of their own teaching experiences. The emphasis is on improving student learning rather than on instructional methods.

Master of Educational Assessment

Online, Semester 1 2016
This course is for teachers, administrators and others who want to develop professional knowledge and understanding in educational assessment. The course aims to produce experts and leaders in designing and evaluating assessment policies and practices based on foundational principles and research.

Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM)

Building Resilience Through Ongoing Change For Library StaffSydney & Adelaide: 15/18 February 2016 9:00am – 4:30pm

This full day workshop focuses on a range of practical strategies for building  resilience and maintaining motivation through major university library change processes.  The first half looks at the range of ways that people respond to change, the implications of changes happening in tertiary libraries, the factors behind these reactions and a constructive change management check list.

*ATEM also has a number Priority Place Programs for a selection of on-demand events, to improve the flexibility and accessibility of courses. These events will run once a minimum number of attendees have registered. Please browse the 2016 ATEM program listings for more information.

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.


LH Martin Institute

Research Evaluation

Online: 11 January – 4 March 2016

This subject provides an overview of research evaluation and its place in science policy, and gives participants knowledge and insight in areas such as:

  • The function of evaluation in science and the ways in which scientists, scientific processes and results are subject to evaluation
  • The institutional context of research evaluation in science policy and its function in governing
  • The science system organisationally, nationally and internationally
  • The type of evaluations that exist on different levels (project, program, institutional evaluations and rankings) as well as the tools used in evaluations (peer review and metrics)
  • The social and organisational impacts of evaluation on the science system
  • The ways in which evaluation can be studied scientifically
  • Various approaches to evaluation research.

Institutional Governance in Tertiary Education

Online: 29 February – 13 May 2016

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.

Managing Tertiary Education Teaching and Learning

Online: 29 February – 13 May 2016

This online subject provides students with an overview of the key elements of managing effective student learning in tertiary education, including areas such as:

  • International trends in mass-scale, cross-border and on-line tertiary education;
  • New market entrants and new business models in the provision of tertiary study;
  • Introducing new information and communication technologies to teaching and learning;
  • Designing and assessing student learning;
  • Managing student expectations;
  • Assessing and improving teaching quality;
  • Internationalising the curriculum.

Online training library

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ACU staff have free unlimited access to a vast online library of training videos at

To browse the whole library, log in using your ACU staff username and password. Interactive exercise sheets are also available to some topics so you can practise your new skills.