Supervision for Managers

Master Course Unit

BUSM6911 Supervision for Managers

Level: Masters

Credit points: 4

Prerequisites: none

Unit description

Supervision for Managers is a unit based on a collaborative process between educators and learners, which encompasses functions such as monitoring, professional development and supporting managers in their role as organisational leaders. The key focus of the unit is the personal integration of theory and practice through critical reflection on management practice. The unit is constituted by different activities, jointly selected by teaching staff and students themselves, whose common presumption is the importance of experience-based learning and whose aim is to facilitate students’ holistic analysis of real-world issues, problems, and dilemmas. The purpose of the analysis is to promote the on-going personal and professional development of managers and to facilitate the search for creative solutions to complex and interrelated organisational problems in a world characterised by rapid change and by the near-universal experience of both congruence and dissonance. This unit is closely related to the unit “Managers and Strategic Work-Based Learning”.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

  • achieve advanced skills in establishing, maintaining and guiding the management process in the context of students’ own approach to management
  • enhance your awareness and critical understanding of the theoretical bases for students’ preferred approach to management
  • demonstrate sensitivity to working within different cultural, political  and social contexts and with staff who may have different abilities, values and attitudes
  • develop advanced capacity for critical reflection and self-evaluation, particularly in relation to the complex relationship between theory and management practice
  • apply of an in-depth understanding of contemporary approaches to ethics, boundaries and responsibilities to management practice
  • demonstrate willingness and capacity to use negotiated learning contracts, participate in reflective supervision and apply feedback appropriately to management practice

Unit content

  • Approaches to Supervision
  • Integrating Theory and Practice: Challenges and Issues
  • The Manager as a Person and Professional
  • Managing Boundaries and Multiple Relationships
  • Multicultural Perspectives and Diversity Issues
  • Mid-Unit Review: Professional Practice Issues
  • Issues Related to Specific Population Groups
  • Managing Poor Performance: Managing Strengths and Success
  • Downsizing and Terminations
  • Justice and Fairness
  • Community: Internal and External to the Organisation
  • End of Unit Review

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 13 hours per week.

Assignment summary



Word count


Learning Contract




Reflective Essay




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

Certo, S. C. (2012). Supervision: Concepts and skill building (8th ed.). New York, NY: 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 to for full details of the Academic Misconduct Policy.


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