Course Title: Apply Principles and Practices of Management and Leadership in a Justice Environment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: BUSM7804

Course Title: Apply Principles and Practices of Management and Leadership in a Justice Environment

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6077 - Advanced Diploma of Justice

Course Contact : Irene Pagliarella

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254581

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 54

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

VBQU372 Apply Oral and Written Communication Skills in a Justice Environment

Course Description

This course covers the knowledge and skills required to deal effectively with the issues of management in a justice environment. It includes the theories, principles and practices of management.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBQU374 Apply Principles and Practices of Management and Leadership in a Justice Environment


01. Analyse management theories and their impact on the role of management in the justice environment

Performance Criteria:

1.1 The development of management theories is examined.
1.2 Contemporary management theories that contribute to the
effectiveness of managers in the justice environment are
1.3 The functions of management and how they relate to the justice
environment are analysed.
1.4 The functions of managers at different levels of a justice related
1.5 The internal and external factors that influence management
styles in the justice environment are identified.
1.6 Situational factors influencing ethical behaviour and principles
for ethical management are examined.


02. Analyse leadership styles employed in the justice environment

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Concepts of leadership are analysed.
2.2 Leadership styles in the justice environment are examined.
2.3 A range of leadership approaches to suit specific situations in
the justice environment are analysed.


03. Explain the concepts and design of organisational structures and how it impacts on the coordination of workflow and resources in the justice environment

Performance Criteria:

3.1 The elements of an organisational structure are identified.
3.2 Methods of vertical and horizontal coordinations are
examined and applied as appropriate. 
3.3 Approaches to job design to achieve organisational goals
are explained.


04. Identify organisational goals and objectives in a justice environment

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Organisational goals and objectives are clarified in accordance
with the strategic direction of the justice organisation.
4.2 Linkages between organisational goals and objectives, and the
responsibilities of relevant groups and individuals are
4.3 Expectations of groups and individuals are stated and explained
by managers to build commitment to the justice organisation.


05. Analyse the requirements for managing work practices effectively in the justice environment

Performance Criteria:

5.1 The process of delegation is explained.
5.2 Current approaches to quality management in the justice
environment are identified.
5.3 Changes to work practices and its effects are analysed.
5.4 Strategies for dealing with change to work practices in the
justice environment are identified and implemented.
5.5 Risk management approaches to monitoring and evaluating
work practices are identified and implemented. 
5.6 Strategies for continual improvement of work practices are
explained and implemented.


06. Examine the concept of teams and work groups for group effectiveness in the justice environment

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Types of teams and work groups in the justice environment
are outlined.
6.2 Factors that influence the way team and work groups operate
are explained.
6.3 Team and work group composition, size, norms and roles are
identified for group effectiveness.
6.4 Processes for team and group development, functioning
and cohesiveness are explained.
6.5 An appropriate model of team and group effectiveness is


07. Identify causes of conflict resolution and strategies for dealing with conflict in the justice environment

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Causes of conflict in the justice environment are identified.
7.2 Strategies for conflict resolution are identified and
7.3 Implementation of conflict resolution strategies are monitored
and evaluated.


08. Plan, prioritise and complete workload in designated timeframe in the justice environment

Performance Criteria:

8.1 Appropriate goals that will meet personal, team and work
group and organisational objectives are identified.
8.2 Designated time frame for a relevant workload in a justice
environment is identified.
8.3 Factors affecting work load and resources are identified and
appropriate action taken.
8.4 Strategies are developed and implemented to complete
workloads within the designated timeframes in the justice
8.5 Implementation of workload strategies are monitored and


09. Plan and implement strategies to deal with stress in the justice environment

Performance Criteria:

9.1 The triggers and signs of stress are identified.
9.2 Strategies are developed and implemented to effectively deal
with stress in the justice environment.
9.3 Implementation of stress management strategies are monitored
and evaluated.

Learning Outcomes

See Elements

Details of Learning Activities

Students will participate in a variety of teaching methods including: lectures, tutorials, class discussion, seminar presentations, group/individual work on projects, audio-visual presentations, field excursions where applicable, on site visits, and interaction with individuals and groups within the criminal justice area

Teaching Schedule

Weekly 3 hour classes from the week commencing 12 July until the end of October. There will be a one week semester break in the first week of September.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Learning Resources
The University Library provides extensive services, facilities and study space as well as comprehensive collections of books, periodicals and other course related materials, such as DVD’s, magazines, slides, films etc. Computer laboratories with access to a wide range of desktop publishing software are also available. The library also has an expanding virtual collection of electronic resources and networks, including product data, e-books, electronic journals and newspapers, web based tutorials, online reference and document delivery services etc., all of which are accessible on campus, and off campus 24 hours per day. More information on library resources and services can be found at: 

The Study and Learning Centre provides free learning and academic development advice to all RMIT students. For information on their services and support, please visit the website 

Overview of Assessment

To be advised

Assessment Tasks

Students will be advised of the details of assessment early in the semester

Assessment Matrix

The assessment has been designed to cover all Learning Outcomes and will be graded in accordance with RMIT’s Mark Table 7 which is as follows:
HD 80-100
DI 70-79
CR 60-69
PA 50-59
NN 0-49

All written work must adhere to the following criteria:
1. Written reports, research projects or essays are to demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and familiarity with the prescribed or negotiated topics
2. 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 cogently address the issues raised in the chosen topic in a logical, ordered and organised manner
3. The concepts must be well defined and demonstrate a critical analysis of the chosen topic
4. Written submissions must demonstrate appropriate preparation, reading and research
5. In-text references must follow the APA style of referencing. In addition, you must provide a bibliography with correct and comprehensive details in relation to texts, articles, research reports and other sources that you have used
6. Double or 1.5 spacing and a font size of 10-12 must be used in font style Aerial or Times New Roman.

Other Information

Extensions will not be granted by teachers or Administrative staff.

In accordance with RMIT policy, students may apply for an extension where there have been unexpected or extenuating circumstances, e.g.
• Hospital admission, serious injury, severe asthma, severe anxiety or depression. This does not include minor illness such as a cold, period pain or hay fever.
• Loss or bereavement – e.g. death of a close family member, family/relationship breakdown.
• Hardship/trauma – e.g. victim of crime, sudden loss of income or employment, severe disruption to domestic arrangements.
Students must keep a copy of their assessment until the graded submission has been returned or marks have been posted.

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
If you have not been granted an extension or special consideration, late submission will be penalised as follows:
Assessment tasks submitted after the due date of submission shall receive a penalty of five per cent of the grades available for that assessment per day for each working day late.
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
The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see:

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