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The Graduate Certificate in Studies challenges you to see the world through new eyes and be strategic in your thinking.

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Overview

The world is characterised by accelerating rates of change that place pressure on individuals and organisations to adapt to new conditions quickly and effectively.

This environment is suited to professionals who are talented generalists – individuals with a strong capacity for critical analysis, the ability to engage with complexity, be creative and communicate effectively.

The Graduate Certificate in Studies engages candidates with a program of coursework specifically designed to foster capacity in these areas, which are essential to professional success in a diverse range of businesses and organisations. In fact, the program aims to foster the top employability skills desired by employers.

Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can achieve your Graduate Certificate in Studies at a time that suits you.

This Graduate Certificate consists of the four core courses in the Master of Studies program, where you can continue your studies and create your own degree

Explore this page to find out if the Graduate Certificate in Studies is for you, to discover what you will study, and the career opportunities it can provide.

Domestic Student Program and Fee Summary
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Program Intake
  • Trimester 1
  • Trimester 2
  • Trimester 3
Location

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Tuition Fees
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Number of Courses
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Program Code

40032

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International Student Program and Fee Summary
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Note: This Program and Fee Summary is intended to provide an overview of the Program Requirements. It is the prospective student’s responsibility to investigate the Program and Enrolment Terms and Conditions carefully prior to applying.

Program Intake
  • Trimester 1
  • Trimester 2
  • Trimester 3
Location

Online

Tuition Fees
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Note: Fees are indicative and may be subject to annual increase. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection.

Please click here to view the indicative one year program fees.

Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

4
Program Code

40032

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The Courses

The Graduate Certificate in Studies is a four course program. The following courses aim to teach you to see the world through new eyes and be strategic in your thinking. This program actively encourages appreciation of holistic approaches to understanding and to problem-solving, preparing you to generate new solutions to existing problems – and the challenges of the future.

Graduate Certificate in Studies

Unraveling Complexity

Complex problems are characterized by interconnectedness, unpredicability and uncertainty and have the potential to continually evolve and change. In this course, you will gain an understanding of complex problems such as climate change, population, health, global financial system stability and maintaining robust democracies.

Critical Thinking, Critical Theory

Become an independent and autonomous critical thinker. Critical thinking is more than a set of skills, it involves the cultivation of a critical dialogue between one's life experiences and the diverse theoretical traditions that have sought to give answers to the questions of what it is to know and think critcally, and how we situate the thinking-subject.

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Creative Thinking

Learn strategies to foster creative thinking. Understand the strategies and practices in creative thinking and how creative processes are employed.

Advanced Academic and Communications Practices

Become an ethnographer of your own learning and develop your academic and communication practices across disciplines.

Is It For You?

The Graduate Certificate in Studies is relevant to any professional attempting to succeed in a world characterised by accelerating rates of change.

All sectors are in some way affected by change and future uncertainty. Therefore, the Graduate Certificate in Studies has a broad ranging application and is designed for career success in uncertain futures.

The Graduate Certificate in Studies has clear application for professionals across sectors, and in particular, those working in the following areas:

  • Professional Service
  • Tourism
  • Education and Training
  • Information Technology
  • Health Services
  • Defence
  • Retail

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Career Opportunities

The Graduate Certificate in Studies is suitable for those professionals wishing to become expert generalists, and to succeed in a world characterised by accelerating rates of change.

This program is designed to expand your capacity in core areas by stimulating creativity and critical thinking, and success in engaging with complexity. The program also increases your expertise in communicating with diverse audiences in varied professional settings.

Build on both your personal and professional potentials through holistic approaches to problem solving that activate your critical intelligence, and expand your facility for collaboration.

Should you elect to, you may continue to the Masters level program, and gain access to UON’s broad suite of approximately 250 postgraduate courses and 35 specialisations.

Here, you will have the opportunity to design a unique curriculum, one versatile enough to combine access to knowledge and skills for highly varied career paths and job types, including those that don’t yet exist.

If you elect to go on to the Masters program, you will also have the opportunity to follow a PhD pathway by specializing in Transdisciplinary Research (40 units), where you will create practical solutions to complex contemporary problems, and build a research skillset that permits entry into the doctoral level qualification.

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Courses and Details

Program Code 40032
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Online
Contributing Schools and Faculties
  • STUDENT CENTRAL (Student and Academic Business)
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Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Online
Program Plans

Description

This program fosters highly accomplished generalists with advanced thinking, scholarly and communication practices that are robust across a range of contexts: essential for engaged citizenship and career success in contemporary and future worlds characterised by accelerating rates of change. The program comprises four core courses in thinking and practice, exploring: critical thinking and theory; creative thinking; complexity; and advance academic and communication practices. This approach to personal and professional development actively encourages appreciation of holistic approaches to understanding and to problem-solving, preparing students to generate new solutions to existing challenges and problems of the future.

Admission Requirements

Direct entry to the Graduate Certificate in Studies (40 units) may be available for applicants who have:

  • An Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree (an AQF Level 6 qualification) and two years’ relevant work experience including problem definition, analysis and resolution, and oral and written communication; or
  • A Diploma (an AQF Level 5 qualification) and seven years’ relevant work experience including problem definition, analysis and resolution, and oral and written communication; or
  • Ten years’ relevant work experience including at senior levels, and including problem definition, analysis and resolution, and oral and written communication. Examples might include senior positions in government departments and in defence.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Requirements and Structure

The Graduate Certificate of Studies consists of 40 units of core courses as set out below.

 

Course Information

Core Courses

Choose 40 units from Core Courses.

Code Name Availability Units
PGTD6001 Advanced Academic and Communication Practices Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units
PGTD6002 Critical Thinking, Critical Theory Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units
PGTD6003 Creative Thinking Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units
PGTD6004 Unravelling Complexity Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

Learning Outcomes

  • cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
  • a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice
  • demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship
  • knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and or learning
  • cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship
  • cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
  • communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship
  • demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning
  • demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with high level personal autonomy and accountability

Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University’s credit website and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Special Needs

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program,  contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility  before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit ESOS@newcastle.edu.au.

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