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Graduate Certificate in Management for the Public Sector - 313JA

Course Code: 313JA
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline(s): Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis
Selection Rank: N/A
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

It’s your new career and it’s time to go public

Ready to up the ante on your public sector management skills? This course has been specifically tailored to meet the needs of graduates currently employed in government programs and focuses on providing the practical management experience and disciplinary foundations you need for a long-term career.

You will study the models associated with leadership, change management and governance, appreciate the emerging critical challenges to government and evaluate the nature of leadership’s relationship to policy outcomes across a range of areas. Your new job title? How about Policy Director?

Study a Graduate Certificate in Management for the Public Sector at UC and you will:

  • understand the foundation concepts and models associated with leadership and change management in public administration
  • articulate the emerging policy challenges faced by government departments and the role of leadership
  • analyse the tensions between competing approaches to public management in the context of change
  • critically evaluate the nature of leadership and its relationship to policy outcomes across a range of substantive policy areas.

Career opportunities

A range of diverse career opportunities exist for Graduate Certificate in Management for the Public Sector, including as a:

  • Assistant Director
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Program Manager
  • Project Manager

Course specific information

Students must have a degree or equivalent as approved by the University’s Admissions Committee and be currently employed in the graduate program of an Australian Commonwealth, State or Territory Government Department OR have two or more years of relevant work experience.

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Admission Requirements

Admission is restricted to staff of the sponsoring Department or Agency.

Applicants must have a degree or equivalent as approved by the University's Admissions Committee and be currently employed in the graduate programme of an Australian Commonwealth, State, or Territory Government Department, OR hold two or more years of relevant work experience.

Assumed Knowledge

None.

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course

Awards

Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Graduate Certificate in Management (Public Sector) GradCert Mgmt(PubSec)

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2021

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. Graduate Certificate courses are typically 0.5 years in duration, so the total course fee will be half the above for such courses.The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.


Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Understand foundation concepts and models associated with leadership and change management in public administration. Communications, analysis and enquiry, problem solving and working independently with others are key features of program delivery in all units and are formally integrated into each.
Articulate the emerging policy challenges faced by government departments and the role of leadership therein.

Analyse the tensions between competing approaches to public management in the context of change.

Critically evaluate the nature of leadership and its relationship to policy outcomes across a range of substantive policy areas.

Demonstrate these competencies in a team project, submitted as a written project and oral presentation, incorporating original research on dimensions of leadership and change in public administration.

Apply critical thinking skills to solve problems in public settings in a manner that will create public value.

Engage in high quality, problem-solving oriented group work and complete complex group tasks in a timely and collegial manner.
Research-led teaching: Problem solving specifically involves case study learning drawing cases from IGPA research and consultancy projects as well as cases developed through the ANZSOG School of Government

Professionalism and social responsibility: Students are formally "on duty" when attending classes and both the sponsoring departments and IGPA are careful to ensure that conduct is professional and sensitive to the behaviours expected of working public servants.

Department officials are key partners in program delivery with most sessions involving senior department staff for part of the session. This is designed to enhance practice-based learning and underline the importance of professional modelling.

Working collaboratively: Recognising that so much contemporary work in public agencies involves collaboration, each unit incorporates opportunities for students to learn and practice group skills, from understanding group dynamics through to managing conflict. This is designed for group behaviours to be learned and practiced in a reasonably "safe" environment.

Managing ambiguity, change and uncertainty: This characterises modern public management and ample opportunities are provided for students to appreciate this; this might include open-ended case studies; exploring "first-time" solutions to issues and, importantly, managing their studies in an environment where their own work places are subject to such dynamic forces.

Course Duration

The standard course duration is 0.5 years full-time or equivalent. The maximum duration is 2 years.

Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

The Graduate Certificate in Management (Public Sector) is fully subsumable into the Masters of Public Administration.

Government Support

Year CSP Places Available Eligible for Student
Income Support (Centrelink)
2021 NO NO

Offerings

  • Past Offerings
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

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