BUSM6921 Coaching in Organisations Specialisation

Master Course Unit

BUSM6921 Coaching in Organisations Specialisation

Level: Masters

Credit points: 4

Prerequisites: Complexities of Change, Society and Culture in Organisational Behaviour, The Challenges of Leadership, and Managing Groups in Organisations

Unit description

This unit explores the role of coaching in organisations and how it differentiates from mentoring, counselling, and supervision. It equips the manager with the capacity to assess the appropriateness of coaching in an organisational environment, along with foundational coaching skills. There is a focus on experiential learning and applicability to the student’s professional situation.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

  • differentiate between coaching, mentoring, counselling, and supervision
  • understand and discuss the value and implications of coaching
  • analyse coaching in a range of organisational settings
  • develop a plan for coaching within an organisational setting
  • determine the ethical implications of coaching with respect to professionalism, practice and boundaries
  • develop greater understanding of your own beliefs, values and identity in the context of organisational counselling

Unit content

  • Historical Development
  • Major Approaches to Coaching
  • Foundational Coaching Skills
  • Boundaries and Ethics for Coaching
  • Internal Versus External Coaching
  • Assessing Coaching Outcomes
  • Coaching for Self-Awareness
  • Coaching for Professional Development
  • Coaching for Leadership and Change
  • Identify Need and Potential for Coaching
  • Application for Ethics and Values to Goal-Setting
  • Negotiating the Environment – Implications of Coaching and its Effect in Personal/Family/Work Settings

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 13 hours per week.

Assignment summary



Word count


Case Study




Practise Session

Reflective Essay







Graduate attributes

The following graduate attributes will be developed in this unit:

  • Creative self-expression
  • Reasoned criticism
  • Multiple research methodologies
  • Complex data acquisition techniques and analysis
  • Written expression and reasoned argument from empirical data
  • Evaluating possible outcomes of alternative courses of action

Recommended text

Zeus, P., & Skiffington, S. (2008). The complete guide to coaching at work. Sydney: McGraw-Hill.

Academic misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. Please refer tohttp://currentstudents.acap.edu.au/assets/Managing-My-Course/A-Z-Policies/Academic-Misconduct-Policy.pdf for full details of the Academic Misconduct Policy.


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