Co-op Management Development Opportunities

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    This document has been made available in electronic format
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                         July, 1996


Source : Review of International Co-operation, Vol.89 No
1/1996, 95-99.

          Co-op Management Development Opportunities
                      by Peter Davis*
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       Distance Learning at the University of Leicester
     Postgraduate Certificate in Co-operative Management and 
               Organisational Development ( Credit Unions)
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Course Aims
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To develop  understanding of the history, purpose, values,
structures and practices involved in the development and
management of Credit Unions by  lay officers, members,
managers, and professional development workers engaged in the
operation, promotion and development of Credit Unions.

To assist members and elected lay officers in Credit Unions to
a better understanding of their responsibilities and functions
within the  Credit Union. 

To provide junior managers and professional and administrative
staff in Credit Unions with a first  accredited step in their
individual co-operative management  development programme.

To prepare course members for further co-operative management
study at post-graduate level.

Knowledge and skills imparted in the programme:

-    The knowledge and skills necessary to promote the
     foundation of a credit union (either community based or
     employment based)

-    The knowledge and skills necessary for the  day to day
     management and control of credit unions.

-    The knowledge and skills necessary for the growth and
     development of membership  and services within credit
     unions.

Entry requirements
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Open access to all co-operative members/employees who are
managers or office holders in their credit union or credit
union development agency and  who can provide two references
from professional persons. one of which must be from a senior
manager/officer employed within the applicants co-operative
attesting to the applicants suitability for this programme of
study.

Cost of the programme commencing September 1996
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Total of 780 payable on a module by module basis in six
instalments of 130 in advance of each module. There will be
no other charges levied by the University, except in the case
of a resit examination when the costs of postage and
examination charges will be levied. Candidates are reminded
that they may incur additional costs if they need to telephone
or fax course faculty for tutorial support. The University
charges include reasonable outgoing correspondence, fax, and
e-mail communication from the University but all telephone
communication must be at the students expense. The course
materials will be self - sufficient to complete the programme
and the assignments. Students may be recommended to explore
further readings at a latter date but these will not be
required for the completion of this programme of study. There
are no residential requirements for this programme.

System of assessment
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Towards the end of the private study period course members
will receive an assignment. Candidates may write a minimum of
2,500 words for the Certificate Pass level or between 3,500
and 4,000 words if they wish to try for the Endorsed Clear
Pass level which gives access to the Diploma if this standard
is achieved on four out of the six modules with no fails (one
resit per module  on a maximum of two modules is permitted).
The Pass level on the Certificate requires candidates to
achieve a minimum of a Pass on each assignment (one  resit per
module  on a maximum of two modules is permitted).

The Course Syllabus Headings *
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1.   What is a Credit Union?
        
2.   Regulating Credit Unions

3.   Developing Credit Unions

4.   Managing a Credit Union

5.   Financial Management in Credit Unions

6.   The Ethical and Technical Management of Loan Applications
     and Monitoring Processes in Credit Unions.

*    A detailed breakdown of the topics covered under these
     headings is available on application. The estimated
     completion time is 84 weeks allowing time for completion
     of assignments and private study based on approximately
     7.5 hrs per week . (Course members who have been away
     from formal study may take a module or two to reach
     something close to these timings. They are meant to be
     only a rough guide and the University accepts no
     responsibility for the students study times which are the
     responsibility of each candidate commensurate with their
     knowledge ability and circumstances). The University's
     Board of Study will always sympathetically consider
     applications for extension in completion times for
     assignments where they are supported by written
     explanations prior to the deadline being reached.

Who may apply ?
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Graduates of any discipline interested in developing their
knowledge of credit unions and their management.
Non graduates who are office holders or holders of management
positions within functioning credit unions or credit union
development agencies or credit union federal bodies interested
in developing their understanding of management in credit
unions.

Postgraduate Diploma and Masters in Co-operative Management
and Organisational Development.

          Postgraduate Diploma and Masters in Co-operative
            Management and Organisational Development
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Course  Aims
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-    To understand the history, purpose, structure,
     regulations and social philosophy of co-operative
     organisation.
                
-    To understand the background to modern management and
     organisational theory and its relevance and contrast to
     co-operative approaches.

-    To understand those forces that are providing the motor
     for change in the business and social environment of
     co-operatives.

-    To understand how to apply the best management techniques
     available for the analysis, development, control and
     leadership of co-operative businesses and communities.
                
-    To understand the broad sweep of co-operative purpose,
     values, and principles as they might apply in any given
     co-operative context.
                
Knowledge and skills imparted in the programme:
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To be able to understand  the appropriate management
techniques for the analysis, development, control and
leadership of the co-operative business and community. 
                
To be able to identify the key result areas for the
co-operative business and community and to monitor and respond
to this key data.

Entry Requirements
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A minimum of a good second class honours degree, or the
endorsed level on the Certificate Programme. Exceptional entry
will only be permitted to non graduates who have achieved a
senior management position within a co-operative society with
a substantial turnover and who can demonstrate extensive
experience in this role. All applications require to be
accompanied by two professional references.

Cost of the programme (Sept. 1996)
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Total of 1000 payable on a module by module basis in five
instalments of 200 in advance of each module for those who
want to go only  as far as the Postgraduate Diploma. There
will be no other charges levied by the University except in
the case of a resit examination when the bare costs of postage
and examination charges will be levied. Candidates are
reminded that they may incur additional costs if they need to
telephone or fax course faculty for tutorial support. The
University charges include reasonable outgoing correspondence,
fax, and e-mail communication from the University but all
telephone communication must be at the students expense. The
course materials will require the purchase of some additional
text books to complete the programme materials and the
assignments. ( A figure of approximately 120 should be
budgeted for these) Students may be recommended to explore
further readings at a latter date but these will not be
required for the completion of this programme of study. There
are no residential requirements for the Diploma programme.

The MA element is payable in advance in two stages. Firstly, a
payment of 200 for the research methods taught module and a
second final payment of 800 for the supervised dissertation. 

The University regrets that no further instalment system is
permitted for this element of the programme. There is a
further cost incurred in the expenses candidates will normally
incur when meeting the attendance requirement for an oral
examination, following their completion and submission of the
Masters. The oral examinations will as far as possible be
organised on a regional basis to keep travel costs and time
away from work and family to a minimum.

System of Assessment
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Towards the end of the private study period course members
will receive an assignment.  Candidates must write 5,000 words
for each assignment and achieve a Pass on all five modules
(with one resit permitted on up to two modules) in order to
achieve the award of the Post graduate Diploma. Candidates
wishing to be admitted to the Masters element of the programme
must achieve the standards of Clear Pass on three out of the
five modules with no fails  (with one resit permitted on up to
two modules). Masters candidates must successfully complete
one taught module on research methods for managers at Pass
level before being allowed to proceed to the supervised
dissertation.

The Course Syllabus Headings *
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Diploma  

-    The Environment. Co-operatives and their  Purpose in the
     Market.             
-    Organisations and Society. Co-operative Values,
     Management, and Organisation. 
-    Co-operative  Management. Management disciplines and
     techniques within the co-operative society.
-    People in Co-operatives.
-    Strategic Management  within the  Co-operative Sector.
        
Masters

-    Research and Quantitative Methods for Managers.
-    Supervised Dissertation on a topic agreed in advance with
     the University of Leicester. 

The supervisor will as far as possible be located within
travelling distance of the candidate but the University does
not guarantee this, and in cases were a particular and highly
specialised expertise is required proximity may not be the
most significant factor in choosing the right supervisor.
Candidates should only expect feedback from supervisors by
post or fax following receipt of written work. Any telephone
communication between supervisors and candidates must be at
the candidate's expense. It is for the candidate to
communicate or visit the supervisor not the other way round.
Face to face supervision is not a course requirement.
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* A detailed breakdown of the topics covered under these
headings is available on application. The estimated completion
time is 80 weeks  (assuming a study time of 15 hrs per week
over 900 hrs plus another 300 hrs allowance of an extra four
weeks work per assignment) . Course members who have been away
from formal study may take a module or two to reach something
close to these timings. They are meant to be only a rough
guide and the University accepts no responsibility for the
students' study times which are the responsibility of each
candidate commensurate with their knowledge ability and
circumstances. The University's' Board of Study will always
sympathetically consider applications for extension in
completion times for assignments  and dissertations where they
are supported by written explanations prior to the deadline
being reached.
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Who may apply?
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Graduates in any social science disciplines or any other
graduate who can demonstrate  experience in line management
within a co-operative society.

Experienced senior managers and other professionally qualified
persons working in co-operative societies with a substantial
turnover may be permitted exceptional entry to the Diploma and
subject to performance move forward to the Masters element. 

Enquiries should be sent to Dr Peter Davis, Director, The Unit 
for  Membership Based Organisations, The Management Centre,
University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH. 

Telephone: 0116 2525517 
Fax:       0116 2523949
e-mail:    pd8@le.ac.uk 

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*    Dr Davis is Director of the Unit for Membership Based
     Organisations at the University of Leicester in the
     United Kingdom.