Course Structure

Course structure

To gain the Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education (Governance) you must complete 50 points comprised of:

  • Three core subjects, and
  • One elective subject.
SubjectPoints
Core Subject
Tertiary Education Policy Environments 12.5

Tertiary Education Policy Environments

In this subject, participants will engage in a series of webinars, online discussion groups, online multiple choice tests and an essay to develop their understanding of two main themes.

  • 1. Comparative Tertiary Education Policy Studies: How have different tertiary education systems and institutions met the pressures and dynamics of the late 20th and early 21st century tertiary education? Key issues examined are: the broadening of access, mass higher learning, internationalisation, system governance, quality assurance and approaches to financing.
  • 2. Trends and Challenges in Tertiary Education: Funding constraints, the rise of online study options, the emergence of massive open online learning (MOOC) platforms, new entrants to the sector, and the emergence of micro-credentials. Key issues examined are market and policy changes in different national systems, the future of campus-based study and the 3-4 year degree, opportunities to expand enrolments across national boundaries, and threats of disruptive change to existing institutional models of organisation.

  • Detailed Information MGMT90241
    Type Core
    Leading and Managing TE Institutions 12.5

    Leading and Managing TE Institutions

    In this subject, participants will engage in a series of webinars, online discussion groups, online multiple choice tests and an essay to develop their understanding of two main themes.

  • 1. Organisational Culture in Tertiary Education Institutions: How are tertiary sector institutions different from other types of organisations? Key concepts examined are: professional organisations and professional autonomy, distributed decision-making structures, fragmentation and specialisation, organisational culture, power and politics, and managing and leading in a context of ambiguity.
  • 2. Management and Leadership in Tertiary Education: An overview of frameworks, roles and practices for effective management and leadership roles and practices in the tertiary context. How do managers balance competing demands, multiple values and distributed authority? Given emerging policy and market settings and the prospect of disruptive change, how will leaders introduce sustainable changes to their institutions’ operations?

  • Detailed Information MGMT90242
    Type Core
    Institutional Governance in Tertiary Education 12.5

    Institutional Governance in Tertiary Education

    This subject provides an overview of key elements of effective governance in tertiary institutions and knowledge and insights in areas such as:

  • The legal basis of the institution and its charter or mission
  • Roles and responsibilities of governing bodies and executive officers
  • Defining mission, setting strategy, developing policy
  • Managing stakeholder relations
  • Delegations, decision making and committee processes
  • Systems for ensuring legal compliance, financial control and risk identification
  • Types of risk such as strategic, financial, compliance, operational, reputational
  • Performance information and accountability reporting.

  • Detailed Information MGMT90169
    Type Core
    Elective subjects
    Risk Management in Tertiary Education 12.5

    Risk Management in Tertiary Education

    This subject provides an overview of the rapid rise of risk management in tertiary education. Framing this explosion in the broader context of public policy change and the emergence of the risk society, it critically examines the concepts and practices of risk management. It will provide you with knowledge and insights in these areas:

  • Understanding uncertainty and risk
  • Identifying different types of risk, e.g. reputational risk, operational risk
  • Risk management and the politics of uncertainty and trust
  • Approaches to risk management, including enterprise-wide risk management (ERM)
  • Strength and weaknesses of current risk management practices
  • Risk management and governance
  • Effective approaches to risk management in tertiary education.

  • Detailed Information MGMT90220
    Type Elective
    Sustainable Tertiary Education Leadership and Governance 12.5

    Sustainable Tertiary Education Leadership and Governance

    This subject provides an overview of the elements supporting the promotion of sustainable leadership and governance practices in tertiary education. It will provide you with knowledge and insights in these areas:

  • History of tertiary education sector’s engagement with sustainability development
  • Roles and responsibilities for leadership by governing bodies and executive officers
  • Accounting for sustainability
  • Tertiary institutions as drivers for the promotion of sustainable citizenship
  • Case studies and exemplars of sustainable practices in tertiary education.

  • Detailed Information MGMT90221
    Type Elective

    How to plan your study

    Workload

    The estimated hours required for each subject is between 18-22 hours per week, but this varies for each student and depends on your task management and planning, familiarity with the material, reading style and speed.

    Entry requirements

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    Discuss your subjects

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    • Content and learning outcomes
    • Assessment requirements
    • Time commitment required for each subject
    • Possible recognition of prior learning
    • Exit pathways.

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