Course Title: Apply management and leadership within justice environments

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: JUST5723

Course Title: Apply management and leadership within justice environments

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5315 - Diploma of Justice

Course Contact: Irene Pagliarella, Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4581

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Successful completion of, or demonstrated equivalence to, the following units of competency:

VU20868 Apply foundation legal principles
VU20869 Work within the criminal justice system
VU20870 Apply writing and presentation skills within a justice environment
VU20871 Support the management of adult offenders within the Victorian correctional framework
PSPOHS401B Implement workplace safety procedures and programs
PSPETHC401A Uphold and support the values and principles of public service

And ONE of the following electives:

VU20867 Support policing processes within justice environment contexts
CHCCHILD401B Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

Course Description

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to apply principles and practices of management and leadership, including utilisation of organisation resources, to across a range of justice environments.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU20865 Apply management and leadership within justice environments


1. Examine organisational structure within justice environments

Performance Criteria:

1.1Models of organisational structures and functions are analysed for their relevance to justice environments 1.2Perspectives on organisational culture and behaviour are critically analysed for relevance to justice environments 1.3Scope for individuals within organisational culture and decision-making structures is analysed and debated


2. Examine management and leadership strategies for application to justice environments

Performance Criteria:

2.1Theories of management and leadership are analysed and debated for their relevance to organisational requirements of justice environments 2.2Internal and external systems and factors that may influence management approaches within justice environments are identified and discussed 2.3Policies, procedures and strategies for continuous improvement, including change-management, are established and practised.


3. Develop management and leadership requirements for job roles within a justice environment

Performance Criteria:

3.1Personality, perceptions and attributes of self and others are considered in relation to decision-making capacity of current/potential job roles within justice environments 3.2Communication and self-efficacy strategies applicable to justice environment organisational settings are determined and practised 3.3Own role in team development and success is determined and practised 3.4Strategies for managing resources, work priorities and contingencies are determined and practised


4. Review own performance

Performance Criteria:

4.1Feedback is sought from relevant people to inform reflective practice 4.2Recommendations for continuous improvement are made and agreed upon in consultation with relevant people and according to organisational requirements

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, you will be able to:
• Determine, develop, practice and review leadership and management skills appropriate to justice environment requirements within parameters of current/potential job roles
• Provide evidence of knowledge of models and styles of management and leadership appropriate to particular justice environment structures and functions
• Provide evidence of knowledge of relevant legislation, provisions and regulatory requirements

Details of Learning Activities

You will participate in a variety of learning activities. They include the following:
In class activities:
• Role plays
• Interviews
• Observations
• Demonstrations
• Lectures
• Presentations
• Class discussions
• Group work
• Oral and written questioning

Out of class activities:
• Readings
• Case studies
• Role plays
• Observations
• Audio/visual presentations

Teaching Schedule

Week One: Introduction to Management and Leadership models within Justice environments

Week Two: Examination of models of organisational structures and functions within Justice environments

Week Three: Organisational cultures in Justice environments

Week Four: Organisational cultures and scope for decision-making structures continued

Week Five: Internal and external systems and factors that influence justice environments

Week Six: Theories for management and Leadership in Justice

Week Seven: Theories for management and Leadership in the context of organisational requirements and chain of command

Week Eight: Change Management and factors that contribute to change management

Week Nine: Policies and procedures for continuous improvement

Week Ten: Personality, perception and attributes for decision making roles and potential professional roles in justice are examined

Week Eleven: Time Management, work priorities and contingency planning

Week Twelve: Communication strategies applicable justice environments are examined and practiced

Week Thirteen: Team dynamics

Week Fourteen: Team development and team synergy

Week Fifteen: Continuous improvement cycles and models within Justice environments

Week Sixteen: Reflective practice models in Justice environments

Week Seventeen: Revision for project


It is strongly advised that you access all modules in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.


We expect that students engage in learning through a combination of accessing online resources, individual reading and study, meaningful engagement in discussion groups feedback and structured activities that encourage critical thinking and the development of discipline specific knowledge and practical skills.


Students are active participants and this course prioritises learning by doing.  It is essential that students take ownership of their studies and work on developing skills as independent learners in time allocated away from lectures and class time.


As a student you need to demonstrate both knowledge and practical skills relevant to the course content within the classroom environment. Engagement with educators and other students is critical to you maximising learning opportunities and achieving satisfactory results. Participation in discussion activities will allow educators to apply observational assessment during role-plays, exercises and assignments and provide you with feedback.


You will be required to access blackboard to confirm regular collaboration and engagement with other students and educator, it is your responsibility to advise your educator and complete any written tasks that may have been allocated.


Students are required to carefully plan and use their time productively and submit assessments as required.  All assessments tasks should be researched and drafted well in advance of the set submission dates.  


The course will use online and blended learning techniques, including; online tests, reading resources, discussions, workplace activities and learner directed activities supported by a range of resources available and on the blackboard system.


Feedback - You will receive verbal and written feedback on your work.  This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Online resources will generally be made available in blackboard within each online module/session delivered and when required attached to discussion topics posted throughout the semester. Students are encouraged to initiate engagement meetings with the educator as these provide students with feedback and further support.

It is essential that you access the blackboard site at least once a week, as announcements and emails are considered an effective means of communication between educators and students.


Additional recommended readings can be downloaded from the Learning Hub for this subject

Overview of Assessment

Assessments may incorporate a variety of methods including role plays, observations, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, reports, group/individual training workshops, and audio-visual presentations.

Assessment Tasks

A range of formative assessment tasks will be set throughout the semester. It is expected that the student will prove competent in these assessments, and will be given progressive feedback as to the student’s progress.

In order for students to prove competence in this subject, all assessment tasks must be satisfactorily completed in a timely manner.

Formative Assessments:
These will include the following:
• Research activities and knowledge tests on management principles

Summative Assessment:

• Management project (Part A) on prescribed topic (50%) 

  • Management project (Part B) on prescribed topic (50%).

Assessment Matrix


The assessments have been designed to cover all Learning Outcomes and will be graded in accordance with RMIT’s Mark Table which is as follows:



Competent with High Distinction


Competent with Distinction


Competent with Credit


Competency Achieved - Graded


Not Yet Competent


Did not Submit for Assessment


Grades which apply to course delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment (not-graded).


Competency Achieved


Not Yet Competent


Did Not Submit For Assessment


In order to successfully pass this Unit, you must get at least 50% in every assessment and pass every assessment.

Assessment Deadlines

Any due date for any assignment is to be considered a deadline. You can submit work at any time prior to the submission date, but it must be uploaded into blackboard no later than by close of business (5pm) of the day the submission is due.

Assessment Format

As a student of the Justice VE program, it is expected that you adhere to the following criteria regarding essays/research/reports;

1. For an Advanced Diploma written assessment task/s – no less than 2500 words, 5 academic references and ONE in-text citation per paragraph.

2. A paragraph is usually between 200 – 250 words.

3. A sentence is usually between 20 - 25 words.

4. American Psychological Association (APA) Referencing Style is the EXPECTED referencing style for the school of Criminal Justice (VE).

5. We highly recommend that all students download a copy of the APA Referencing Guide which is available on the Blackboard or purchase a Pocket Guide to APA style from the campus bookshop.

6. APA Referencing system is to be used and all in-text citations must be recorded according to APA standards.

7. An academic reference is a scholarly source (journal articles that are peer reviewed, a published book, an approved government or organisation website etc.).

8. Written reports, research projects or essays are to demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and familiarity with the prescribed or negotiated topics

9. It is expected that all submitted work will be well written, with clear and consistent grammar, expression and punctuation. It must be well structured and address the issues raised in the chosen topic in a logical ordered and organised manner.

10. Written submissions must demonstrate appropriate preparation, reading and research.

11. Double or 1.5 spacing and a font size of 10-12 must be used in either Arial or Times Roman. Do not submit double paged assessments.

12. All assignments to be submitted via the Drop Box (Building 37, level 2) and submitted via email to the Advanced Diploma email address to verify submission (  Assessments must be submitted by 5pm (close of business).

13. Written assessments will also be submitted with a Turnitin Report attached (as instructed by your Educator).


Other Information

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT student email address.

Applying for an Extension
Extension of time for assessment tasks may be granted where circumstances beyond your control prevent submission by the published due date. An application for extension of time must be lodged with your tutor or the course coordinator as early as possible, and no later than one working day before the due date for submission.
You can apply for extension using the University’s Extension Application Form – – or by emailing your course coordinator or tutor directly.
An extension of up to seven calendar days may be granted if good reason can be demonstrated. Include supporting evidence (such as medical certificates) with your application.
Extensions beyond seven calendar days cannot be granted by course coordinators, tutors or the School. To apply for an extension of time greater than seven calendar days you must lodge an application for Special Consideration.

Applying for Special Consideration
If you are seeking an extension of more than seven calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. For information about Special Consideration and how to apply, see:

Penalties for Late Submission
For assignments 1 to 10 days late, a penalty of 10% (of the marks awarded) per day will apply. For assignments more than 10 days late, a penalty of 100% will apply. Weekend days (Saturday and Sunday) are considered when counting total late days for electronic submissions but not for hardcopy submissions.

No assessment task shall be accepted more than three weeks after the due date.

Assessment Appeals
If you believe your assessment result or final result is wrong please contact the course coordinator and provide the reason why you think your result is incorrect. Valid reasons for seeking a review of results include:
• You believe an error has occurred in the calculation of the grade; or,

• You believe the assessment did not comply with criteria published in the Course Guide; or,

• You believe the assessment did not comply with University Policies on Assessment (i.e. an error in process has occurred).

• Full details of the procedure (including appeals procedure) can be located at this RMIT site:

Academic Integrity
Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship through respecting the work of others whilst having the freedom to build new insights, new knowledge and ideas. RMIT University upholds the values of academic integrity as fundamental to the scholarship undertaken by all members of its community. Whenever you refer to another person’s research or ideas (either by directly quoting or paraphrasing them) you must acknowledge your source.
If you are even in doubt about how to properly cite a reference, consult your lecturer or the academic integrity website:
The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your referencing

Plagiarism and Collusion
Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious academic misconduct, and are forms of cheating. You are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
Examples of plagiarism include:
• Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
• Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
• Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
• Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
• Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
• Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
• Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
• Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.
For further information, please see the RMIT Plagiarism Policy –;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1 – and the RMIT Student Discipline Statute and Regulations -;ID=11jgnnjgg70y

Plagiarism Software
Students may enter their work into Turnitin, in order to support the originality of their writing and references. The software Turnitin may be used in this course, and can be discussed with your educator, Program Manager and/or downloaded from

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