ULM504 Strategic Thinking, Analysis and Action (8)

This subject builds understanding and appreciation of effective university strategic leadership and management, within both the external and CSU context. Participants will develop knowledge and skills in the areas of strategic analysis, strategic choice and strategic implementation. In this subject particular attention is given to participants' leadership role in sharing knowledge, and leading others to develop and implement strategy and practise sustainability for longer-term organisational outcomes within the context of resource restraints and a highly politicised tertiary environment.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Management and Marketing

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in University Leadership and Management course.

Assumed Knowledge

ULM502 and ULM503

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and explain the key components of strategic management such as strategy analysis, strategy formulation and strategy implementation, and their interrelationships;
  • be able to generate, communicate and implement original strategic solutions using collaborative and contemporary approaches to strategic management within their current leadership situation;
  • be able to critically examine alternative strategies that encourage sustainable practice within resource constraints and organisational capability; and
  • be able to plan, initiate and evaluate their strategic leadership practice, actions and projects to align with and respond to the complex and dynamic internal (CSU) and external environment.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Strategic thinking and the university
  • Developing strategy
  • Strategic leadership

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ULM504 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Action research project proposal
Action research report -section 1
Action research final report - sections l & ll

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.