The Australian Institute of Higher Education (AIH) Graduate Certificate of Project Management is embedded in the Graduate Diploma and Master of Project Management and has been designed as both an exit qualification and a pathway to further study in the Master level qualification.
The overall aim of the Graduate Certificate of Project Management course is to provide a flexible, student-centred and academically rigorous course of study, which seeks to develop students’ advanced project management principles and standards for further study at the postgraduate level.
This course seeks to provide students with a postgraduate level of knowledge, competencies, and values necessary for a fulfilling career in various areas of business administration with fundamental principles of project management knowledge and the skills in utilising the tools and techniques for efficiently managing projects. For this reason, students are required to undertake one core business unit and three specialised project management units, including people, culture, and agile leadership; project management principles; organisational context and roles in project management; and project management tools and techniques.
CRICOS Code: 111563H
6 months full time
Sydney and Melbourne
February, May, August, October
Domestic and International
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All fees and charges listed are in Australian dollars. Fees are subject to change without notice. Course fees are to be paid in full before enrolment/selection of subjects in any given semester. AIH ensures that the conditions and processes for international and domestic students to apply for a refund of tuition fees are equitable and comply with government regulations. Refer to Refund Policy for International and Domestic Students.
What you will learn
As a student, you will need to allocate time to attend classes. Generally, if you are studying full-time, you will have between 8 hours of classes each week, on- campus. In addition, you will need to set aside a minimum of 10-12 hours each week in your own time to complete assignments, readings, projects and prepare for quizzes and presentations.
Your studies at AIH will encompass practical, professionally focused, and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:
Reports, project documentation, case studies and presentations.
Essays and assignments
Practicals and team-based projects
- Relate project management principles to theories, practices, and systems in project management contexts.
- Investigate a range of business problems using project management concepts and systems.
- Explain the knowledge, skills, concepts, and practice to implement and manage projects with industry relevance.
- Apply specialist technical and professional knowledge and skills to operate ethically and sustainably in a complex project management environment.
- Discuss leadership, management and interpersonal skills required when working on a consulting or other projects independently and in teams.
- Apply knowledge of research to develop project management practices and systems to relevant stakeholders.
Graduates at this level will have technical and theoretical knowledge in a specific area or a broad field of work and learning
Graduates at this level will have broad range of cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply methods and technologies to:
- Analyse and evaluate information to complete a range of activities.
- Transmit information and skills to others.
Graduates at this level will apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, judgement and defined responsibility in:
Known or changing contexts.
Within broad but established parameters.
Units you will study
To complete this course, you will need to pass 4 Units. This consists of 4 core units.
Level 4000 (AQF 8)
MBA4002 Communication and Negotiations
Working in a global, cross-cultural role requires effective communication with individuals and groups from different parts of the world. The success of a leader depends on his or her ability to work effectively with people who may understand and react to situations differently. Therefore, the ability to communicate and negotiate effectively is a foundational skill for professionals of every type and industry. Everyone negotiates frequently with internal and external customers, suppliers, employees, department leaders, bosses and more.
This unit will allow students to communicate more effectively, identify negotiation opportunities, address conflicts and gain an understanding of the unique challenges that exist when individuals, groups and organisations face potential or existing conflict through the exploration of a broad spectrum of negotiation strategies, new tactics to solve ongoing differences and models for securing cooperation and agreement in competitive environments.
MBA4004 People, Culture and Agile Leadership
The aim of this unit is to develop a student’s understanding of the influence culture, politics and power have on the behaviour of others in an organisational context. Students will understand the key influences which affect the behaviuour of individuals and teams within organisations, and how these in turn affect them.
This will be achieved through a strong appreciation of working in a team, having a more profound perspective of what makes people and organisations do what they do, and how to adjust one’s own behaviour to reflect the circumstances and situation. Students will be able to undertake the Clifton Strengths Finder Assessment to help them gain security when working as part of a team.
They will be introduced to agile leadership so that they become aware that leading through difficult times requires agility to leverage, not react to, the turbulence around them, and manage their teams, networks, and themselves by cultivating a flexible, responsive and collaborative culture at work.
MPM4001 Organisational Context and Roles in Project Management
In project management, understanding the importance and relationship between organisational context and projects is paramount.
In this unit, students will learn the internal and external organisational context in which projects are formed, executed, supported and evaluated. Engagement with project stakeholders and the impact organisational context has on defining the roles, responsibilities and level of collaboration required by a project team for successful project delivery will also be discussed.
MPM4003 Project Management Principles
Providing insights and principles of best practices in project management, this unit offers clear methods and an overview of standards associated with successful project management. Essential in today’s project-driven world,
the unit will equip students with the relevant skills to meet the demands of projects and employers from across the globe. Tools, techniques and skills will be explored as well as the language used by practitioners as recognised by
the relevant professional bodies such as the Project Management Institute and the Australian Institute of Project Management.
With a focus on contemporary issues facing organisations, students will explore a range of steps in the project management process and develop the skill set, insight and knowledge to professionally manage a range of projects with ease.
Exit Point: Graduate Certificate of Project Management
What you will achieve
- Gain advanced expertise in project management principles.
- Experience flexible, student-centred learning.
- Attain postgraduate-level knowledge.
- Develop competencies for diverse business administration roles.
- Foster ethical values and adhere to professional standards.
The Graduate Certificate of Project Management will provide students with transferable skills and in-depth knowledge in leadership and project management principles, tools, and techniques, positioning them to undertake further study at the postgraduate level or for potential careers such as the following:
Potential career paths
- Project Management Officer
- Management Assistant
- Management Administrator
- Management Team Leader
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