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Alphacrucis College

Master of Leadership

Message from the Program Director...

Welcome to the Master of Leadership program, which I have the privilege to lead.

Previous degrees at AC have combined biblical and theological studies with the opportunity to undertake leadership courses or do a leadership major. The MLead is a program specifically designed to focus on the needs and skills of leaders.

More information can be found via the Award Description link above. If you have any further questions about the course, please email AC future students enquiries.

Regards,

Dr Ian Jagelman
ACA, M.Div, D.Min

Program Director


The Master of Leadership program draws on Alphacrucis College’s expertise in leadership and record of educating successful leaders. It provides a core of leadership knowledge and professional application, while allowing students to explore areas of specific interest in pastoral, educational and business leadership. The purpose of this Level 9 Masters coursework program is to provide an advanced body of knowledge and professional application for graduates in a variety of contexts in the key area of leadership.

The Master of Leadership will produce graduates with in-depth understanding of leadership, integrated with Christian worldview, vocation and community standards. Graduates will be equipped with advanced leadership theory and be able to apply this in practical settings, as well as developing skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and communication. It will also prepare students for further study through a structured program of independent research culminating in the integrative research project.

The MLead consists of 12 subjects; 6 core subjects, 5 electives, and 1 capstone research project.

The core subjects are as follows:

  • RES401 Postgraduate Research and Writing
  • THE401 Christian Worldview
  • LEA401 Introduction to Leadership
  • BUS550 Governance, Law, Ethics
  • BUS560 Finance
  • LEA535 Organisational Development

The MLead can be completed in 1.5 years of full-time study or 3 years of part-time study (maximum candidacy 7 years).

Entry Requirements

IELTS

International students category are required to have attained an International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) of 7.0, with a score of not less than 6.5 in any band, or equivalent.

Academic Entry Requirements

Completion of a AQF Level 7 bachelors degree or completion of a AQF Level 8 or above postgraduate qualification.

Professional Entry Requirements

In addition to the above, applicants must have at least three years relevant work experience in a professional leadership or managerial role. To demonstrate this, applicants must submit a copy of their CV with a cover letter outlining how they meet the criteria of at least three years leadership or managerial experience. The nature of what is to be considered appropriate leadership/managerial experience for admission to this postgraduate leadership award is outlined in the ‘Professional Entry Criteria policy’ (see http://ac.edu.au/ppm/professional-entry-criteria-policy/)


Fees

Complete Fee Schedules and FEE-HELP information (where appropriate) for all Alphacrucis courses can be found in our Documents section, under the Fees and FEE-HELP Information link.


Units offered as part of this Award:

BUS547 - Entrepreneurship, Business and Mission

Outcomes:

Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Exhibit an indepth understanding of the concept of the entrepreneur, its history and contemporary role.
  • Analyse the concept of business as mission, and its relationship to theologies of mission.
  • Illustrate an advanced ability to formulate a viable plan for a business in a mission setting.
  • Identify and distinguish the skills required to carry out this or a similar plan.
  • Evaluate the beliefs (values), which give rise to business as mission.
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BUS550 - Governance, Law and Ethics

Outcomes:

Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Explain the historical, legal, ethical and theological contexts of governance.
  • Critically evaluate governance arrangements in organisations.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the role of boards, and knowledge to function effectively as a board member, to work with boards, and to develop and evaluate boards.
  • Assess current policy debates about governance, especially in relation to not-for-profit organisations, schools and churches.
  • Contrast various models of governance, and critique governance structures and processes.
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BUS560 - Finance

Outcomes:

Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Explain the historical, legal, ethical and theological contexts of accounting and finance.
  • Show an ability to read and interpret financial statements and understand double entry bookkeeping.
  • Demonstrate an ability to construct and analyse budgets.
  • Critically discuss the distinction between private and social valuation.
  • Demonstrate an indepth understanding of the time value of money and ability to calculate present values of cash flows.
  • Show an ability to apply the tools of investment analysis, including net present value and internal rate of return.
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BUS585 - Church and Not-for-Profit Law

Outcomes:

Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Explain the current legal framework in which Australian Church and NFP organisations operate.
  • Evaluate the historical relationship between the Church and NFP organisations and society.
  • Analyse the ethical and theological dimensions of the regulation of churches and church-related NFPs.
  • Assess the major public policy issues behind recent and proposed changes to Australian governing NFP’s law.
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply non-profit governance and/or regulation to contemporary church situations.
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BUS590 - Information Systems Management

Outcomes:

Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Explain the foundational role of information systems within an organisation, and their emerging strategic role.
  • Select and apply the appropriate concepts to real-life IS cases in order to solve problems and/or identify new opportunities.
  • Communicate information system management issues in written and presentation materials.
  • Demonstrate advanced research skills by locating and selecting materials using libraries, the web and other sources of information.
  • Critically evaluate the underlying theories, concepts, assumptions and arguments in information systems management.
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EDU520 - Educational Leadership

Outcomes:

Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Explain the biblical and theological foundations for a Christian educational leadership.
  • Critically analyse assessment and reporting data to inform instructional design decisions.
  • Design a School Improvement and Staff Appraisal Plan.
  • Critically analyse various leadership models in the light of divergent philosophies of Christian Education.
  • Identify and apply the transformational servant leadership conceptual framework underpinning this subject.
  • Integrate leadership principles with organisational development and succession planning.
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LEA401 - Introduction to Leadership

Outcomes:

Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Critically analyse the importance of past and present trends in leadership training.
  • Describe the distinction between leadership roles and technical or ministry tasks.
  • Explain the historical development of leadership theories in the not-for-profit sector (including churches).
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge of understanding and performance as a leader.
  • Discuss how intrapersonal reflection can contribute to greater long-term effectiveness – including an understanding as to how leaders learn.
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LEA501 - Human Resources Management

Outcomes:

Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an indepth understanding of the legal context of human resources management.
  • Summarise the ethical and theological issues involved in human resources management.
  • Explain the techniques of recruitment, remuneration, training and separation of employees, and  a capacity to apply these techniques in particular organisations.
  • Describe the issues involved in the management of volunteers and teams.
  • Identify the distinctive human resources issues faced by not-for profit and church organisations.
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LEA530 - Strategic Thinking

Outcomes:

Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of organisational purpose and vision.
  • Show an advanced ability to complete a comprehensive situational analysis that assists an organisation to formulate its key strategic challenges.
  • Identify key factors in design innovation and change.
  • Identify key skills required in managing organisational change.
  • Compare and contrast  analytical, creative and design thinking (and what to apply when).
  • Discuss the limitations of planning.
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LEA535 - Organisational Development

Outcomes:

Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Describe the process whereby organisations form and evolve over time.
  • Critically analyse the importance of organisational structures, which are possible, to empower and provide opportunities for leadership development.
  • Identify and distinguish the levels of complexity existing within organisations and their implications in staff selection and development.
  • Create an effective ‘real team’ of leaders.
  • Illustrate an advanced abilityto create and modify the beliefs (values), which give rise to an organisations culture.
  • Explain the processes involved in leading through change and the obstacles normally encountered within an organisation.
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RES401 - Postgraduate Research and Writing

Outcomes:

Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to analyse, synthesise, and critically engage with literature.
  • Demonstrate broad understanding of academic writing as a genre and the process of research.
  • Demonstrate broad understanding of methodologies, and underlying assumptions of different methods.
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RES590 - Integrative Research Project

Outcomes:

Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Critically analyse and defend a view of the integration of business with ethics theology and worldview.
  • Compare and contrast alternate views about worldview and integration.
  • Create a personal vocation plan.
  • Indentify the personal and communal disciplines necessary to sustain their vocation.
  • Apply skills in historical, theoretical and empirical research.
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THE401 - Christian Worldview

Outcomes:

Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Describe the sources used to inform a Christian worldview and apply consistent method in arriving at theological conclusions.
  • Examine alternate perspectives, and identify complementary and contradictory conclusions and arguments.
  • Identify central elements of a Christian worldview and show how these are impact individual spirituality and inform the life and mission of the church.
  • Give a critical account of the historical formation of Christian doctrines of God, creation and redemption and analyse contemporary formulations.
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THE550 - Theology and Economics

Outcomes:

Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Analyse the history of the relationship between Christian theology and economics.
  • Identify the issues involved in interdisciplinary scholarship.
  • Apply economic and theological analysis to a range of important contemporary issues, demonstrating an understanding of relationship between these two types of analysis.
  • Describe the place of economics in contemporary culture.
  • Compare and contrast various models on economic theory.
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