Graduate Certificate in Project Management (GradCertPM)

Award Graduate Certificate in Project Management
AQF Level AQF 8
Typical Duration 1 year
CRICOS Code 066176G
Unit of Study 5
Structure 5 Core units
PMI PDUs 135

Description

The objective of the Graduate Certificate in Project Management is to develop a superior grade of project and program manager who can assume an effective role in the planning, delivery, and management of a range of projects and programs within government, business and industry. All studies are focused on projects and programs in the selected industry contexts. The thrust of the program is to impart new perspectives that shift the thinking focus of students and practitioners from normative to transformative state. It will also embed the concepts of sustainability as a dimension of managerial decisions and processes.

Government and Professional Accreditation

  • APIC courses are formally accredited and registered by the Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and included in the National Register of Higher Education Providers.
  • APIC is formally registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). GradCertPM CRICOS Code is 066176G
  • APIC is a Global Registered Education Provider of the Project Management Institute. Completion of the Graduate Certificate in Project Management entitles the graduate to 135 Professional Development Units (PDUs) of PMI.
  • APIC is an endorsed course provider by the Australian Institute of Project Management.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Project Management will have:

  • Specialised knowledge of the theories, concepts, and principles of business and project management that include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in the disciplines and professional areas of business, project management and IS.

Skills

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Project Management will have:

  • Cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge from a range of business, industry, and academic sources, and to identify and provide solutions to business areas such as customer service, organisational methods, technologies and processes;
  • Cognitive skills to think critically, to evaluate new, dynamic and complex project management and other business risks and human resource management requirements, and to generate complex applicable concepts and solutions;
  • Specialised technical and creative skills in project planning, project budgets, project timelines and human resources as required for specific projects;
  • Communication skills to clearly and coherently articulate theoretical concepts relating to the analysis, planning, design and evaluation of approaches to customer service, sales processes, and ethical and professional values; and
  • Communication skills to impart complex knowledge and to contribute to an independent exposition of ideas and knowledge when working in a business or project team, and when collaborating with colleagues around the world.

Application of knowledge and skills

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Project Management will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:

  • By making high level, independent, judgements in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised contexts such as the implementation of new finance structures, customer service models, strategy and acquisition techniques;
  • Through initiating, planning, implementing and evaluating broad functions of business and project management within specialised, technical or creative contexts such as human resource management, information technology, procurement, new products and service developments, and IT functions;
  • With responsibility and accountability for their own learning and professional practice and ethical standards, and for all aspects of the work or function of others within the broad parameters of business operations such as research, analysis, planning, implementation, review and performance management, within a team or autonomously, leading to quality, accuracy, and timely delivery.

Structure

The Course Structure for this degree is shown below. The Graduate Certificate in Project Management is awarded after completing 5 course units (21 credit points).

Graduate Certificate in Project Management (GradCertPM)
Entry requirements: recognised degree and English proficiency
Credit hours Credit points
Semester 2 Total 30 12
GradCertPM Total Over 2 Semesters 67 27
Semester 1
Focus: project management fundamentals, systems and processes
Career level: Project Engineers, Project Team Leaders
CPD1102 Professional Development and Ethics 7 3
SBM1101 Project Management Fundamentals 1 15 6
SBM1107 HR and Communication in Projects 15 6
Semester 1 Total 37 15
Semester 2
Focus: Project/ program delivery systems establishment and management
Career level: Assistant Managers, Project Line Managers
SBM1201 Project Management Fundamentals 3 15 6
SBM1202 Project Management Fundamentals 4 15 6.

To be eligible to graduate from the Graduate Diploma of Project Management, students must successfully complete five core units: CPD1102; SBM1101; SBM1107; SBM1201; SBM1202.

Please note: Not all units are offered in every semester.

Duration

Domestic and Offshore International students
The course may be studied in full-time and/or part time modes, allowing students complete flexibly. The normal full-time duration is 1 year (2 semesters).

The number of units undertaken in each semester can be varied to suit individuals, subject to the total duration of candidature not exceeding 2 years (4 semesters), and subject to any conditions as advised at the time of enrolment.

Onshore International students
The CRICOS-registered duration is 1 year of full-time study (2 semesters). Please note the part-time mode is not available to holders of a student visa, who are not a citizen of Australia or New Zealand, or who are not an Australian permanent resident, or who are a temporary resident of Australia.

Delivery Method
All units of study are hosted on the College’s Online Learning System (OLS), and lectures are generally delivered face-to-face for campus-based students. All tutorials are also conducted under close academic supervision. Students have uninterrupted access to course information, library, and other learning resources, and learn from a highly qualified faculty, many of whom have considerable industry experience. The OLS manages the whole process; it has a formalised structure, framework and processes, and regulates the entire delivery process in each semester, providing 24-hour access to course information and learning resources.

Other learning resources include:

  • Lecture notes and suggested readings.
  • Sample assignments and case studies.
  • E-Library.
  • EBSCO Library.

APIC's e-Library hosts a collection of specialised papers and presentation slides often not found in the online databases, and includes a mix of academic and industry-focused studies in project, business and general management. The collection is always expanding as more resources are obtained.

Postgraduate Admission Requirements

APIC Admission policy

Academic Entry Requirements

English language requirements for postgraduate entry

All applicants from a non-English speaking background applying to any postgraduate course at APIC must satisfy the following additional English language requirements:

IELTS Academic: overall band score of 6.5 or higher with no band below 6.0; OR
IBT (Internet-based TOEFL): overall score of 90 with a writing section minimum of 21; OR
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grades A, B, C and C1; OR
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): total score of 58 or over: OR
ELSIS English for Academic Purposes (EAP 2): Grade A; OR
PTE Academic Module with score over 59.

Applicants who do not meet APIC’s English proficiency requirements can be made a conditional offer with a requirement to complete an approved intensive English language course and meet the required standard prior to their commencing their APIC award course.

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