Courses and training programs
The Organisational and Career Development Program reflects the University's ongoing commitment to developing a high quality workforce by providing relevant and value-adding career development opportunities to develop staff capabilities in key impact areas of the University's strategic plan. The Program offers a diverse suite of workplace specific, job relevant, practical and skills-based courses to support your career development at Western Sydney University.
The full range of courses and training programs are organised in the following topic areas:
Orientation and induction for new staff
Western Sydney University offers a range of online and face-to-face training and induction programs, designed to introduce new staff to the University.
The Orientation for New Staff session provides an overview of the University, its history and growth, strategic directions, and governance and management structure. There is also a mandatory online orientation program, as well as a range of other training programs to introduce new staff members to the University's career development processes, work health and safety responsibilities, and essential computer systems.
Essential courses for new staff include:
- Orientation for New Staff
- Online orientation
- Equal Opportunity Online - Module 1 & 2
- Getting Started with MyCareer Online
- Introduction to Performance Planning and Development
- WHS Modules 1 - 5 (Orientation, Risk Management, Office Safety, Manual Tasks and Hazardous Chemicals)
- TRIM Basic
- Callista Fundamentals (online)
- Privacy Awareness (online)
- Oracle Financials
- MyStudent Records (MySR) including OSCAS
- Email Ettiquette (online)
Search for the titles in MyCareer Online for further details or to register.
More InformationHelpful information, to assist staff in their first 12 months, can be found on the Induction and Orientation page.
For Academic Staff
All full-time Associate Lecturers and Senior Lecturers who are new to teaching should complete The Foundations Program which is offered twice a year. The key concepts taught in the program are student-focused teaching, constructive alignment and reflective practice.
The Library provides support and training in Turnitin, Citing Resources, EndNote 10 and Refworks. More information is available on the Library (opens in a new window) website.
Complete the online module Inducting Your Staff (in MyCareer Online) to review what issues managers need to cover with new staff.
The Manager and Supervisor Toolkit also provides essential resources for starting out as a manager.
Western Sydney University encourages its staff to actively plan their careers and engage in career and professional development activities that will enhance their career prospects and job progression or promotion.
The career development courses are intended for staff who wish to proactively develop and manage their career at the University. A range of career development opportunities, services and benefits are also provided to assist staff to build upon their capacity, skills and professionalism, contributing to the University's strategic priorities and core and support activities.
- Academic Mentoring
- Business and Report Writing
- Career Development for Academic Staff (online)
- Career Development for Professional Staff (online)
- Certificate IV Training and Assessment
- Changing Gears: Engaging in Challenging Conversations
- Collaborative Decision Making
- Compass: Completing your Self Review, Creating your Objectives
- Customer Service and Professional Communication
- Foundations of University Learning and Teaching (FULT)
- Future Research Leaders Program
- Getting your Message Across
- How's and Why's of Process Mapping
- Improve your Business Processes with 8 Steps to Tango
- Interview Skills
- Meetings and Minutes
- Preparing your Job Application
- Presentation Skills
- Stakeholder Management
- Tools for Personal Productivity
- Winning Strategies for a New Job
- Working with Emotional Intelligence
Organisational knowledge and policies
These courses and training programs designed to build your knowledge and understanding of legal obligations impacting your work, the application of a range of University policies and procedures and to enhance your effectiveness in University administration:
- Academic Integration Plans (online)
- Bullying Awareness Information Sessions
- Campus Safety & Security Emergency Response Training
- Conflict of Interest (online)
- Demystifying Contracts
- Financial Framework Process
- Influencing Climate Change (online)
- International Student Compliance
- Introduction to Research Ethics
- Managing Small Projects
Leadership and management development
The University recognises the talents of our people and is committed to developing the capabilities and skills of our managers and leaders. The leadership and management development program is underpinned by our Leadership Values and a framework that reflects the essential leadership capabilities, attributes and behaviours a contemporary leader needs to be effective and successful in their leadership role.
The Leadership and management development program aligns to the University's Core Capabilities: achieves results; exemplifies personal drive and integrity; cultivates productive working relationships; empowers others; and shapes strategic thinking.
For information and registration search the titles in MyCareer Online.
Diversity and wellbeing
The diversity and wellbeing courses look at the value of a diverse and harmonious workplace, acknowledging that to be productive and happy we need to take care of ourselves and others to create work life balance and a culture of civility and respect.
The diversity and wellbeing topic area brings together not only the Organisational Development Consultants, but many of our partners, both internal and external, to present a range of courses covering cross cultural communication; the development of academic integration plans; support for students and staff at risk; exploring wellbeing; as well as stress and time management.
- Ally Training
- Equal Opportunity (online)
- Managing Stress and Achieving Work/Life Balance
- Managing Yourself Through Change
- Mental Health First Aid
- No Nastiness Please - We're at Work
- Suicide Awareness and Prevention
For further information or to register, search the titles in MyCareer Online.
Computer software and systems training
The Office of Talent and Leadership Development offers a range of computer software courses specific to the University's standard operating environment, both online and face-to-face.These courses are designed to broaden your skills, knowledge and effectiveness and enhance your confidence and capabilities with our computer systems and software programs.
- Callista Fundamentals (online)
- Complaints Handling System
- iProcurement Modules (Getting Started, Approver and Requisitioner - online)
- Getting Started with MyCareer Online and Compass (online)
- SQUIZ Matrix Content Management System
- Oracle Financials Modules (Getting Started, General Ledger and Reporting and Journal Entries - online)
- RecordKeeping and You (online)
- Sharepoint 2010 for Site Owners
- TEMS - Travel Expense Management System
- TM1 Training
For information and registration go to MyCareer Online.
Please note that your WesternAccount must be activated before attending computer training so that you can log in and use the computers in the computer labs. Remember to bring your username and password to the course.
A wide range of How-to Resources are also available to allow self-paced learning and trouble shooting.
Online learning for Staff
Talent and Leadership Development facilitates the provision of online learning via MyCareer Online. This means that online courses are available from a central location at any time, with all content being searchable and easily accessible, and ensuring that each activity is recorded in your personal training record. These online courses have been developed by TLD, other units within the University, and external organisations. To see the full list, go to the 'Learning' tab in MyCareer Online, click 'Browse Courses and Training Programs' and then in the menu on the left, under 'Type', select the 'Online' icon.
Lynda.com is an online learning company that provides over 3,000 video based courses to help people learn about business, professional, software, technology and creative skills. These courses are being added to all the time, and Western Sydney University staff and students can gain access to the courses at no cost. For access or further information, click on the 'Learning' tab in MyCareer Online and select Lynda.com
To access MyCareer Online you will need a PC/laptop, internet access and a supported web browser. The web browser currently supported is Internet Explorer.
Networks and Forums
Networking facilitates career growth. The benefits of networking include raising your profile, providing access to opportunities, exchanging ideas and information, strengthening relationships and gaining advice and support.
Networks and Forums provide an opportunity to discuss, network and share information relevant to a specific role. These meetings also provide an opportunity for professional development specifically aimed at certain roles.
Our Networks and Forums include:
- Administrators Network
- Ally Network
- Early-Mid Career Academics Network
- Executive Officers and Assistants Network
- Projects Network
- TEMS Forum
- TRIM User Forum
For further information and registration, search the titles in MyCareer Online.
The Organisational and Career Development Program provides information on a range of professional and career development programs and workshops available to all staff. To view a full listing of our Programs, please go to the Program Guide (PDF, 1343.73 KB). (opens in a new window)
Select How to Register for assistance on registering for all Modules.
Unless otherwise stated all programs are located at Frogmore House, Building AA,Werrington North campusCourses may also be provided at other locations. Two meeting rooms and the Staff IT Lab at Frogmore House are located on the first floor. If you require disabled access or have special requirements, please advise us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that alternate arrangements can be made.
For more information, contact Talent and Leadership Development.