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Undergraduate Course: Childhood Studies Work Based Learning 2: Organisational Development (EDUA10097)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits40
Home subject areaEducation Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionCourse Description:
Utilising analytical and planning tools, students will assess the contribution of management theory and practice to professional and organisational development. This course focuses on the organisational development and management roles of professionals who work with children in a variety of statutory and voluntary sector settings. Participants will consider what is involved in building and developing organisations and being responsible for their own and others' work. The emphasis is on applied knowledge and understanding in areas such as organisational structure, developing participative organisations, supervision, teamwork, planning and development, finance and funding, evaluation and accountability. The skills and activities of management are considered with reference to the current policy context and in relation to differing interpretations of the management function.

The course will link to the childhood practitioner┐s work situation through weekly group tutorials and students will work in learning clusters to identify and develop their understanding of organisational issues. The course will be require the students to compare the role of different management approaches within a children and family centre, a community centre and a Sure Start provision. There will be an emphasis on using web-based and other ICT materials and facilities. Students will be encouraged to critically analyse their own agency in relation to the changing policy context in Scotland.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course participants will be able to:
┐ Explain the ways in which management (including aims, functions, structures and people management) can support or hinder effective practice and demonstrate the ability to consider creative problem solving, evaluate and implement
┐ Analyse management issues that arise from working across professional boundaries and review different leadership styles
┐ Identify a range of approaches to building new organisations
┐ Explain the nature of power and authority in organisations
┐ Analyse mechanisms and identify appropriate methods for participative decision-making in organisations
┐ Elaborate a coherent approach to staff development in professional settings
┐ Locate factors affecting the development of their organisation within the changing policy context and relate these to issues of performance management
┐ Consider the role of the manager in recruitment and retention and show knowledge interview skills
┐ Evaluate their interpersonal skills and show knowledge of issues of emotional intelligence and how these skills relate to the smooth running of the work place
┐ Critically evaluate different theories of management and their own ability to work in teams, act as leaders and develop effective tools/techniques
┐ Critically compare different approaches to business needs analysis
┐ Apply theories of managing change to practical settings
┐ Identify the problematic relationship between policy-making and management in a childhood organisation
┐ Describe examples of the assessment and evaluation of programmes and projects
┐ Identify issues related to organisational autonomy and worker withdrawal.

Assessment Information
The assessment for this course is in three parts:
┐ Semester 1: Each student will utilise selected analytical frameworks to carry out a critical review of organisational performance in their work setting and to consider issues of working with different professionals (c. 4000 words). 50% of total marks.
┐ Semester 2: Each student will produce and present an A1 poster at the BACP conference. (25%)
┐ Semester 2: 2000 word essay, writing up the poster. (25%)

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Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Indicative Reading:
Adirondack, A. (1989) Just About Managing: Effective Management for Voluntary Organisations and Community Groups, London: Voluntary Service Council.
Davis, J.M. (2011) Integrated Children┐s Services, London: Sage.
Davis-Smith, J., Rochester, C. & Hedley, R. (1995) An Introduction to the Voluntary Sector, London:Routledge.
Handy, C. (1985) Understanding Organisations, Penguin.
Hugman, R. (2005) New Approaches in Ethics for the Caring Professions. Palgrave Macmillan
Lawler, J. & Bilson, A. (2010) Social Work Management and Leadership: Managing complexity with creativity, London, Routledge
MacDonald, K. M. (1995) The Sociology of Professions. Sage
Miller, L. & Cable, C. (Editors) (2008). Professionalism in the Early Years. Hodder Education
Mintzberg, H. (1989) Mintzberg on Management: Inside our Strange World of Organisations,
Mullins, L (2007) Management and Organisational Behaviour. Prentice Hall/Financial Times/Pearsons
NorthHouse, P.G. (2010) Leadership (Theory and Practice). Sage Publications

Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsChildren Childhood Policy Management Organisations Practice
Course organiserProf John Davis
Tel: (0131 6)51 6481
Course secretaryMrs Alison Macleary
Tel: (0131 6)51 6382
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