Graduate Diploma of Project Management (GradDipPM)

Award Graduate Diploma of Project Management
AQF Level AQF 8
Typical Duration 1 year
CRICOS Code 066177G
Unit of Study 7
Structure 7 Core units
PMI PDUs 195

Description

The objective of the Graduate Diploma of Project Management is to develop a superior grade of project and program managers who can assume a key role in planning, management and the delivery of complex projects and programs in a range of industry settings. 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.
Project managers need to think strategically and demonstrate mastery of managerial perspectives that can optimise the project/program value and aid the achievement of triple objectives. The focus in our programs is to study projects within an extended framework characterised by 18 core functions and up to 67 variables. We apply an integrated business and project development approach that has a due emphasis on the delivery of the project business case and achievement of triple objectives of financial, performance and environment. This approach transcends traditional approaches and focuses on the development of a superior class of creative-reflective practitioners and leaders.

Government and Professional Accreditation

  • APIC courses are formally accredited and registered by the Tertiary 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). GradDipPM CRICOS Code is 066177G
  • APIC is a Global Registered Education Provider of the Project Management Institute. Completion of GradDipPM entitles the graduate to 165 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 Diploma of Project Management will have:

  • Advanced knowledge of business and project management that includes the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in the leadership, strategy operations and project management disciplines, and which incorporates an understanding of the information requirements in today’s business and government organisations.

Skills

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of 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 fields of highly skilled and professional practice, including strategic plans, project plans, budgets and finance, systems implementations, and customer service processes;
  • Communication skills to clearly and coherently articulate theoretical concepts as they relate to business strategies, finance, and the analysis tools used in formulating the vision and objectives of business; 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 Diploma of 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.

Graduate Diploma of Project Management (GradDipPM)
Entry requirements: recognised degree and English proficiency
Credit hours Credit points
Semester 2 Total 45 18
GradDipPM Total Over 2 Semesters 97 39
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
SBM1201 Project Management Fundamentals 3 15 6
Semester 1 Total 52 21
Semester 2
Focus: Project/ program delivery systems establishment and management
Career level: Assistant Managers, Project Line Managers
SBM1103 Project and Program Information & Communication Systems 15 6
SBM1202 Project Management Fundamentals 4 15 6
SBM1203 Venture/Project Economics and Finance 15 6

Course Rules:

Candidates may be permitted to substitute other units of study in lieu of SBM1103 and 1203 subject to availability and approval of the Program Director or the Dean.

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 flexibility. 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 3 years (6 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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