Graduate Certificate of Business Management - 2017

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Course summary

Course summary - 2017

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Graduate Certificate
Number of units: 4 units to complete

This course has been withdrawn and is no longer available for new applicants. Students who are already working towards this degree can continue to enrol in units.

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The Graduate Certificate of Business Management will introduce a conceptual framework that embraces 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 mangers’ 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.

A recognised bachelor degree in business as well as 12 months of relevant work experience. 

Please note: Applicants with a recognised bachelor degree in another discipline (other than business), as well as 12 months relevant work experience, may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate level.

Non Graduate Special Entry into Graduate Certificate of Business Management
Three (3) years relevant work experience. Applicants are also required to submit a 500 – 750 word statement demonstrating their suitability to the course as assessed by the Course Coordinator.

English language requirements
Swinburne College English for Academic Purposes Certificate: EAP 5 Advanced: 70%; OR, obtaining a minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0; OR, a TOEFL (Paper-based) minimum score of 550 (with Test of Written English (TWE) score of 5); OR, a TOEFL (Internet-based) minimum score of 79, with no individual band below 18; OR, equivalent levels of English language proficiency using other English language tests or measures as approved by the Senior DVC & Provost.

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate of Business Management, students must complete four units (50 credit points) comprising of:

  • Two (2) core units of study (25 points)
  • Two (2) elective units of study (25 credit points)

Please note: You cannot re-enrol into Swinburne units that you have already passed.

Absent Without Leave and Leave of Absence: How to apply for an approved leave of absence and minimise the risk of having to reapply for degree admission:

Total number of units to complete: 2 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Managing in a Complex World
MGT60031 SWI SP1 - SP3 -
Behaviour in Organisations
HRM60016 SWI - SP2 - SP4
Complete 2 units from the following 3 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Sustainable Business Practice in a Dynamic Global Environment
BUS60002 SWI SP1 - SP3 -
Risk Management and Compliance
MGT60034 SWI SP1 - - -
Communications Management
COM60002 SWI - SP2 - -

Applicants with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this 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.

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.

For information on how to apply for credit please refer to Swinburne’s website at

Please note: The maximum level of credit that can be granted for the Graduate Certificate in Business Management is 50 credit points (normally four units).

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

Find out more about FEE-HELP

You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001

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