Graduate Certificate in Project Management - 2016

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Course summary - 2016

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

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Project management knowledge is essential to the successful planning, development and delivery of projects. These project types can vary. They can range from organising an outdoor event to the design and construction of a submarine. Project management provides the knowledge required to plan and organise projects so that they are delivered within time, cost and quality constraints.

The courses cater to the needs of people transitioning from an applied background into a project management role, those already managing projects or those looking to build careers as project managers. Throughout the course you will be provided with several opportunities to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills required for successful project management.

The courses use the A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) as a framework. This framework provides a generic approach to project management that can be applied across different industries, businesses and government institutions.

The Australian Institute of Project Management endorses all University of South Australia project management courses.

You have a range of options in respect to your study. You can undertake the course at Graduate Certificate (4 units), Graduate Diploma (8 units) or Masters level (16 units).

On completion of the project management courses, you will be able to:

  • apply project management methodology to specific professional field(s) of expertise
  • be an effective member of interdisciplinary project teams and
  • assume the role of project manager from inception to commissioning

The units in this course have been developed to ensure graduates can:

  • establish a project within its environment
  • prepare project plans to meet project objectives and requirements
  • develop documentation to achieve project objectives within time, cost and quality parameters
  • use appropriate management tools for monitoring and control of projects
  • understand the use and application of effective project management techniques throughout the life cycle of a project

Advanced and theoretical knowledge within a systematic and coherent, body of knowledge in the area of project management as applied in professional practice.

Cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identity and provide solutions to complex problems in the area of contemporary project management.

Demonstrate the application of theoretical project management knowledge and skills to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialised technical and/or creative contexts.

Have cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas in the area of project management.

Make high level, independent judgements in a range of technical or management functions in the area of project management.

Demonstrate the application of individual and team skills that include working with people in remote or virtual project team situations.

Advanced knowledge of the moral, ethical and legal considerations which underpin the planning and implementation of project management applications.

Demonstrate the application of theoretical knowledge and skills with responsbility and accountability for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters.

Specialised technical and creative skills in a field of highly skilled and/or professional practice.

Communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts in the area of project management and to transfer knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences.

Demonstrate the application of international perspectives, including operating in different geopolitical environments that require different cultural approaches.

Applicants to the Graduate Certificate in Project Management must:

  • Hold a Bachelor degree from a recognised tertiary education institution OR
  • Have a minimum of six years equivalent full-time professional work experience in a commercial or project management environment

English Language Requirements

For applicants for whom English is a second language, the minimum English language requirements are:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic): with a minimum overall score of 6.5 obtained within the last two years or corresponding results from an equivalent test such as TOEFL; or
  • Successful completion of a tertiary qualification at diploma level or above completed in Australia within the last two years; or
  • Successful completion of two or more years of tertiary study at diploma level or above conducted and completed in English within the last five years in a country in which English is an official language; or English is commonly used, as determined by the University.

You are expected to have some familiarity with the use of computers and computer packages including the internet, word processing, presentations and spreadsheets. You require access to the internet.

  • Students are requested to enrol in the compulsory core unit MPM411 Principles of Project Management unit at the first opportunity.

Please note: From 2015 some units in the Project Management courses have been retitled. Existing OUA students should refer to the unit codes of their completed units before selecting their units for enrolment.

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate in Project Management, students must complete the 4 prescribed units.

Units are delivered wholly online. Study materials (other than text books) are provided either on the unit websites or through your own online research. You can access a comprehensive online library service which includes access to online journals.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Principles of Project Management
MPM4111 UniSA Sem 1 Sem 2 Sem 3
Project Leadership & Teams
MPM417 UniSA Sem 1 Sem 2 Sem 3
Project Risk Management
MPM413 UniSA Sem 1 Sem 2 Sem 3
Project Control Methods
MPM4142 UniSA Sem 1 Sem 2 Sem 3

1 Students are requested to enrol in the Principles of Project Management unit at the first opportunity.
2 MPM414 has replaced MPM8201 in this program. These units are not considered academically equivalent. However, If you have completed MPM8201 you will not need to enrol into MPM414.

Credits will be administered as per University of South Australia policy. A maximum of one third of the course can be credited based on previous external studies. Students wishing to claim credits should apply prior to enrolling. Please contact the University of South Australia for further information on applying for RPL.

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

This course has undergone a major change. Please refer to the document below for more information.

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