Course Title: Managing A Learning Environment

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Managing A Learning Environment

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Karen Nankervis

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99257363

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.3.13

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Students must have completed a 3 year undergraduate degree.

Course Description

This course will assist students in the development of the knowledge and skills that are required to manage a total environment that promotes the learning and development of staff and people with disabilities.  Key concepts will include; quality assurance and imporovement, the defining of performance standards, monitoring current program performance against identified standards and provision of staff supervision and feedback.


Staff training will be taught in relation to methods and principles.  Detailed information will cover; written/oral competence, role play competence, and in-vivo competence.  Methods of providing effective staff training will be specified such as; written materials, the use of technological applications, problem-based learning and the use of modelling.  Relevant national and state competencies in relation to staff training in the disability sector will also be covered.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Buliding capacity, evidence-based practice

1. Identify and demonstrate skills that contribute to effective staff manangement

2. Define and identify models of quality service provision

3. Prepare and implement staff training programs

4. Evaluate and monitor training and service outcomes

5. Identify the appropriate management and staff training needs and level of supervision which will promote the developmental opportunities for people with disabilities

6. Identify national and state competencies for training in the disabiltiy sector

Overview of Learning Activities

Students will learn the material in this course by;

Seminar/workshops: Student directed discussion and analysis will be conducted. Students working in a team will solve a problem or acquire a skill or both. Students will gain intimate knowledge through the exploration of the course material and practical applications.

Independent Reading: As part of the learning process and after being provided with frameworks through lectures, students will acquire a deeper and broader understanding of the course material through independent reading. Students will synthesise material from a variety of sources and engage in a critical analysis of this material in class discussions. Students will be given readings specific to each particular lecture. They are expected to participate in discussions around issues in the readings within the class.

Tutorial Presentations: Students will develop effective communication and presentation skills through the presentation and critical analysis of independently researched material. Students will be exposed to the experience of public speaking and will demonstrate the ability to work as a member of a team through group presentations.

Research: Students will learn to apply theory to practical problem solving in real world settings. Students will develop critical thinking skills in research methods for the evaluation of community based programs and will demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate their research findings to a group or the field in general.

Case study material: Students will develop problem solving skills through the analysis of case studies which will require the application of theoretical and conceptual knowledge to hypothetical situations.

Overview of Learning Resources

The students will be able to access course information and learning materials through the learning hub (also known as Online @ RMIT) and will be provided with reading lists or other sources of information. Students will also use the library resources and University computer facilities.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks will include a work based management program and weekly exercises.