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Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • COMMUNITY AND ECONOMICS MANAGER
  • COMMUNITY WORKER
  • Counsellor
  • Development Officer
  • Local Government Officer
  • ECONOMIC COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Overview

This programme is an innovative leadership development programme and is the first of its type in Northern Ireland.

Summary

This programme has been developed to meet the need for a practical accredited programme for key players involved in developing and implementing community planning. The programme will provide participants with the knowledge and understanding of the principles and practices of community planning and effective leadership to enable them to make a strategic contribution to attaining organisational objectives and improved performance.

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About this course

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About

The programme has been developed for elected members and officers in district councils, officers in statutory agencies and representatives from the community and voluntary sectors. Private sector applicants who are interested should discuss this with the Course Director.

Attendance

The programme is delivered through six modules over eighteen months. The modules are delivered over two separate one day workshops from 1.15pm to 7.15pm at Jordanstown. There is also one off-site action learning set meeting per module.

Start dates

  • March 2018
How to apply

Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Personal Leadership Competence

Year: 1

This module examines the evolving nature and role of community planning and civic leadership in the delivery of quality public services. In tandem with developing an appreciation of civic leadership, it explores the twin concepts of civic virtue and civic formation. The module intends to enable participants to identify issues of people and place and to propose options for civic action. It brings together theory and practice relating to community planning and civic leadership, drawing on participants? situated learning and reflective practice, and uses a blend of on-line, face-to-face and participative learning strategies and methods.

Effective Personal and Communication Skills

Year: 1

This module examines the skills and competences needed to enhance personal confidence and effectiveness in terms of communicating effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders inside the organisation and externally. It will explore the importance of understanding different audiences and how to effectively get your message across using personal influencing skills and the range of different approaches including new technology that can enhance the way we communicate with others. The module will be underpinned by theoretical models and concepts on how to enhance interpersonal communications and communications within and between organisations.

Civic Leadership - People and Place

Year: 1

This module examines the evolving nature and role of community planning and civic leadership in the delivery of quality public services. In tandem with developing an appreciation of civic leadership, it explores the twin concepts of civic virtue and civic formation. The module intends to enable participants to identify issues of people and place and to propose options for civic action. It brings together theory and practice relating to community planning and civic leadership, drawing on participants' situated learning and reflective practice, and uses a blend of on-line, face-to-face and participative learning strategies and methods.

Collaborative Governance and Consensus Building

Year: 1

This module examines the evolving nature and role of consensus building and partnership working in contemporary society through an exploration of changing state, market and civil society relations. In the context of community planning, it explores how consensus building and partnership working can inform the delivery of service provision. The module intends to enable participants to identify, explain and question models of consensus building and partnership working as options for enabling engagement in community planning. The module brings theoretical insights and contemporary critical theory to ideas of consensus building and partnership working, drawing on participants? situated learning.

Year two

Change Management

Year: 2

This module examines the context for managing change across organisational boundaries and within organisations in preparation for community planning. There is a focus on the people dimensions of change and of how those leading and implementing change need to take cognizance of this important aspect of change management. The ultimate goal of the module is to create a cadre of change agents across all sectors that will be able to take the lead in implementing community planning.

Community Engagement

Year: 2

This module examines the evolving nature and role of community engagement in political discourse, policy design and implementation and in the mediation of local decisions around public service delivery. The module intends to enable participants to identify, explain and question models of community engagement in theory and in the specific context of community planning practice. The module brings theoretical insights and contemporary critical theory to ideas of community engagement and uses a blend of case studies, on-line, face-to-face and participative learning strategies and methods.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

There is no A Level requirement for this course. Please refer to the Additional Entry Requirements for detailed information on this course.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

Applicants must:

(a) have gained a Certificate of Higher Education or an equivalent standard in an approved alternative qualification;

(b) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent);

and

(c) be employed in a civic leadership role or have substantial experience in and be aspiring to work in such a role;

or, as an alternative to (a) and/or (b):

(d) provide evidence of their ability to undertake the programme through the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). All applicants seeking admission through the APEL process shall be required to attend a selection interview to assess their suitability to undertake the programme.

Teaching and learning assessment

This programme requires the successful completion of six modules:

Personal Leadership Competence

Civic Leadership People and Place

Effective Personal and Communication Skills

Consensus Building and Partnerships

Community Engagement

Change Management

Participants will be guided in their learning through the use of case-studies, presentations from practitioners and study visits.

All modules are assessed by coursework.

Exemptions and transferability

The integrated framework proposed by the Business Institute has, as its starting point, the Advanced Certificate, with progression to the Advanced Diploma in Civic Leadership and Community Planning.

On completion of the Advanced Diploma in Civic Leadership and Community Planning, students wanting to continue their education will be eligible to proceed with some exemptions on to a related degree programmes, such as the BSc Hons Social Policy and, potentially, the integrated Master's in Planning and Property Development.

Students having completed six modules at level 5 may also be eligible for some exemptions on the BSc Business Studies degree with the approval of the Course Director.

There are no exemptions from the programme.

Careers & opportunities

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Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • COMMUNITY AND ECONOMICS MANAGER
  • COMMUNITY WORKER
  • Counsellor
  • Development Officer
  • Local Government Officer
  • ECONOMIC COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Career options

The programme prepares participants for a career in politics and/or a leadership role in local government, the community sector and the statutory agencies who work in collaboration with each other.

Apply

How to apply Request a prospectus

Applications to our part-time undergraduate courses are made through the University’s online application system.

Elected members and officers in district councils should also contact their Member Services Officer and Training Liaison Officer respectively.

Start dates

  • March 2018

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Important notice - fees information Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
View Ulster University’s 2017 fees policy

To find out more about fees related to this course please visit
https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/price-on-application

Additional mandatory costs

Please contact the Course Director for information on the fees for this programme.

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.

Contact

Course Director: Steve Pollard

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6572

M: +44 (0)77 1071 7161

E: sf.pollard@ulster.ac.uk

Testimonials

"Community Planning is a developing subject area I knew I needed to learn more about in my role as leader of a community development organisation. This course is relevant to those who want a realistic course of study. It enables input and ideas from real work situations to be included as a valuable addition to the academic matters." Katie Hanlon - Ballynafeigh Development Association

"I would recommend this course to anyone who has an interest in this area as I believe you will be challenged in your thinking and gain from networking." Jackie Patton - Ballymena Borough Council