MAN 5148 Leadership and Change Management in Schools

MAN 5148 Leadership and Change Management in Schools

Course code: 
MAN 5148
Department: 
Communication and Culture
Credits: 
30
Course coordinator: 
Johan From
Product category: 
Executive
Portfolio: 
EMM - School management, Specialisation
Semester: 
2018 Autumn
Active status: 
Active
Teaching language: 
Norwegian
Course type: 
Associate course
Course codes for multi- or associated courses.
MAN 5149 - først semester, hvis tre
MAN 5150 - midtre semester, hvis tre - første, hvis to
MAN 5151 - siste semester
Introduction

This program is The Norwegian Business School’s offer to principals who wish to take part in the national educational program for principals. With this program, school leaders will be provided necessary skills and competence for the management and development of the organization. The Norwegian Business School’s program puts special focus on pupils’ learning outcomes. Its target group is both established and future leaders of schools.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

The program will give students knowledge of institutional organization and pedagogical methods that contribute to increased learning outcomes for pupils. Furthermore, the program will provide knowledge of and understanding for the scientific methods that put them in a better position to assess their knowledge of a school’s development. They will be provided knowledge that will enable them to manage and develop the organization, stimulate and develop members of the organization and exercise management skills actively. In addition, an introduction to legal conflict resolution models and HR management with focus on the mapping of competences and recruitment. In this context, knowledge of the school sector’s traditions and special character is of importance.

Learning outcomes - Skills

Students will, as leaders, be capable of interpreting and understanding the demands the environment makes on the school. The role of leader in the school is characterized by significant responsibility and substantial scope for action. The program will provide the confidence and courage necessary to lead the school towards a more advanced and competent knowledge organization in continuous development. Skills with regard to pedagogical, organizational and interpersonal relationships for ongoing improvement of the school will be emphasized. The programme will provide knowledge of methodology and principles that create security and good relationships between the teaching staff and the leader. This brings into play methodological skills required to investigate and assess theories and methods.

Learning Outcome - Reflection

Students will be provided the tools to articulate the importance of the learning and development of youth in discussions concerning the school’s priorities, organization and working conditions. Focus will be put on the school’s contribution to the society, particularly on equality. They will be in possession of the competence, confidence and motivation to participate in the debate concerning development of the Norwegian school both internally and in relation to the school’s local environment. Courage and conviction will be needed to meet the challenges of a complex management situation in which professional argumentation must address issues concerning the introduction of changes and adaptations that will lead to a better Norwegian school. This requires the competence to choose strategies for the development of the individual school, its staff and the pupil’s learning outcomes and development.

Course content
  • The headmaster’s latitude
  • School management in theory and practice
  • Ownership management and framework conditions
  • Effects of the pupils’ learning outcomes
  • Topics regarding the economic impact of education
  • The school’s interest groups
  • The psychosociological working environment
  • Personality and typology
  • Evidence-informed teaching leadership
  • The headmaster as capacity developer
  • Reforms for effectiveness in schools
  • The headmaster as pedagogical leader
  • High-quality teaching
  • Teacher cooperation for increased quality in teaching
  • Learning organisations
  • Personal development for a more effective school
  • Legal topics – the headmaster’s management prerogatives
  • Change in culture and behaviour
  • Management theories and management styles
  • Role security and legitimacy through competence
  • Development of management skills
Learning process and requirements to students

The programme is carried out over seven modules. Between modules, net-based exercises are used such that total teaching time comes to 150 hours. Personal counseling will be provided, as well as counseling provided during the lectures. Generally speaking, students can expect consultative counseling as opposed to evaluative counseling. The counseling contribution is estimated at four hours in total per term paper.  

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Additional information

Students are evaluated on the basis of a project paper – 60% – and a take-home exam – 40%

The take-home exam is 72 hours and is to be done individually. The project paper can be written individually or in groups of up to three students. Both the exam and the project paper must have a passing grade in order for a certificate to be awarded.

Qualifications
Required prerequisite knowledge

General admissions requirements:180 study points and 4 years’ working experience. See also admissions requirements.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
MAN 51481
Grading scale:
ECTS
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Resit:
Examination when next scheduled course
40No72 Hour(s)Individual Take-home exam: counts 40% in order to get a grade in MAN 5148
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
MAN 51482
Grading scale:
ECTS
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Resit:
Examination when next scheduled course
60No2 Semester(s)Group/Individual (1 - 3)Term paper: counts 60% in order to get a grade in MAN 5148
Exams:
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:40
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration:72 Hour(s)
Comment:Take-home exam: counts 40% in order to get a grade in MAN 5148
Exam code:MAN 51481
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:60
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group/Individual (1-3)
Duration:2 Semester(s)
Comment:Term paper: counts 60% in order to get a grade in MAN 5148
Exam code:MAN 51482
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Exam organisation: 
Ordinary examination
Total weight: 
100