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Graduate Certificate of Business Management

Postgraduate course

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The intense pressures on businesses today challenge business-as-usual paradigms and in so doing bring into question the relevance of significant areas of business and management theory. In this complex and dynamic environment, industry-based solutions to often unprecedented problems facing the global economy and business activity can be explored and evaluated through a program design that builds on core aspects of management practice.
The Graduate Certificate of Business Management offers a postgraduate qualification with a foundation in management in complexity and sustainable marketing practices. Students can choose from a wide variety of specialisations in critical aspects of business practice for their two elective requirements.
The Graduate Certificate of Business Management is a modern business qualification designed to equip students with the skills, knowledge and attributes in management that are immediately applicable in specialist and high demand industries.
Graduates achieving a credit average or above may be eligible for entry to the Master of Business Management.
(Students holding an international student visa are required to study full-time and on campus).
Duration6 months full-time or 1 year part-time
Campus and intakes  Calendar
Hawthorn - Semester 1, Semester 2
Online - Semester 1, Semester 2
Study modeFull-time
Online
Part-time (evening)
Part-time (weekend)
Swinburne course codeGC-BUSMGT (formerly L5801)
Fees
The total tuition fee is dependent upon the combination of units of study selected by the student. Fees are reviewed each year.
For information about Swinburne's fees visit: www.swinburne.edu.au/fees

Career opportunities

Most graduates will already be established in business careers, so through successful completion of their Graduate Certificate may be able to expect better current job performance, promotion, and new opportunities in a broader business and international business environment.
The program prepares students to move into management roles across all industry sectors. Specific career opportunities will be aligned to chosen specialisms.
Graduates achieving a credit average, or above, are eligible for entry into the Graduate Diploma (stage 2) and Master (stage 3) of Business Management.

On this page: course description, course structure and units of study.

Course description

The intense pressures on businesses today challenge business-as-usual paradigms and in so doing bring into question the relevance of significant areas of business and management theory. In this complex and dynamic environment, industry-based solutions to often unprecedented problems facing the global economy and business activity can be explored and evaluated through a program design that builds on core aspects of management practice.
The Graduate Certificate of Business Management offers a postgraduate qualification with a foundation in management in complexity and sustainable marketing practices. Students can choose from a wide variety of specialisations in critical aspects of business practice for their two elective requirements.
The Graduate Certificate of Business Management is a modern business qualification designed to equip students with the skills, knowledge and attributes in management that are immediately applicable in specialist and high demand industries.
Graduates achieving a credit average or above may be eligible for entry to the Master of Business Management.
(Students holding an international student visa are required to study full-time and on campus).
Please note that many course codes have changed from 2014.

Course structure

The Graduate Certificate consists of four units of study (subjects). All four units must be satisfactorily completed to attain the Graduate Certificate award. Each unit involves 36 hours of class time, usually studied for three hours on one night per week for one semester, or as fortnightly Saturday workshops.
It is available part-time with all classes scheduled outside of normal working hours. Graduate Certificates may also be studied full-time. This Graduate Certificate is also available to be undertaken wholly online. *
The Graduate Certificate can be undertaken as the first stage of the Graduate Diploma of Business Management, which involves a further four units of study, or the Master of Business Management, which involves a further eight units of study.
* Students holding an international student visa are required to study full-time and on campus.

On this page: aims and objectives, career opportunities and graduate attributes.

Aims and objectives

The Graduate Certificate of Business Management will introduce conceptual frameworks that embrace sustainable business practices (integrating commercial, environmental and people dimensions of organisational goals and practices). This approach provides a basis for developing critical thinking skills associated with the role and functions of management in the current complex and shifting business environment.
The Graduate Certificate of Business Management has an entry requirement that includes business experience, affording students some understanding of the business context as a basis for exploring the foundation units of management and marketing, and also for developing their chosen business specialisms. The course prepares students to move into and access management roles in all industry sectors. At completion of the Graduate Certificate of Business Management, graduates will be able to:
1. Critique and apply developed knowledge of the functions of management and complex and contextual environmental pressures, that impact on managers’ roles from the perspective of general and/or specialist manager.
2. Apply analytical, critical and technical skill sets enabling students to clearly define business problems and develop a range of possible solutions drawing on a wide evidence base.
3. Apply a managerial and emergent leadership skill set and knowledge base to influence a range of stakeholders using a variety of presentation media.
4. Apply critical and research skills necessary to prepare students for successful further postgraduate study and the transfer of learning to the workplace.
5. Understand and reflect on the impact of self on stakeholder engagement, teamwork processes and the outcomes of leadership styles and strategies.

Career opportunities

Most graduates will already be established in business careers, so through successful completion of their Graduate Certificate may be able to expect better current job performance, promotion, and new opportunities in a broader business and international business environment.
The program prepares students to move into management roles across all industry sectors. Specific career opportunities will be aligned to chosen specialisms.
Graduates achieving a credit average, or above, are eligible for entry into the Graduate Diploma (stage 2) and Master (stage 3) of Business Management.

Graduate attributes

It is the intent of Swinburne that all its graduates:
  • Are capable in their chosen professional, vocational or study areas
  • Are entrepreneurial in contributing to innovation and development within their business, workplace or community
  • Operate effectively and ethically in work and community situations
  • Are adaptable and manage change, and
  • Are aware of local and international environments in which they will be contributing (e.g. socio-cultural, economic, natural)

On this page: entry requirements, pathways, credit transfer and recognition of prior learning

Entry requirements

A recognised bachelor degree as well as 12 months relevant work experience. Applicants are also required to submit a 500-750 word statement demonstrating their suitability to the course.

Non-graduate special entry
Four years relevant work experience. Applicants are also required to submit a 500-750 word statement demonstrating their suitability to the course.

Pathways

Courses at Swinburne can provide an alternative entry option, or pathway, into further TAFE, undergraduate and postgraduate courses if you don’t meet the entry requirements. For example, successful completion of a Swinburne diploma or advanced diploma provides credits that can advance you to later stages of an undergraduate degree. Certificate level studies can also pathway through to higher level TAFE studies. Whatever your situation, pathways ensure you gain the maximum benefit for previous study – whether at Swinburne or another institution. For more information, please visit the Pathways website.

Credit transfer

Applicants with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of a course may be granted 'credit' and/or entry to the course with 'advanced standing'. University policies apply and applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. For further information refer to the Credit Transfer website.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process where a student may be granted credit or partial credit towards a qualification in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. To learn more about RPL and how to apply, please visit the RPL website.

On this page: how to apply, course fees, scholarships and find out more.

How to apply

Apply direct to Swinburne by following the step-by-step process on the How to Apply website.

Course fees

The total tuition fee is dependent upon the combination of units of study selected by the student. Fees are reviewed each year.
For information about Swinburne's fees visit: www.swinburne.edu.au/fees

Scholarships

For information about scholarships, visit the Scholarships website.

Find out more

 
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