Course Structure

Course structure

To gain the Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education (Research Mgmt and Policy) you must complete 50 points comprised of:

  • Two core subjects, and
  • Two elective subjects.
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
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
Type Core
Elective subjects
Leading and Managing Research 12.5

Leading and Managing Research

This subject provides an overview of key elements of research leadership and management in an institutional setting, and knowledge and insights in areas such as:

  • International context and trends in research (government priorities, institutional priorities, pressures to compete and collaborate)
  • Public policy settings and funding frameworks for research institutions
  • Commercial, community and philanthropic engagement (clients, partners, sponsors)
  • Institutional policies and strategies (internal systems to support research programs and research training, resourcing, ethics and reporting, publications, intellectual property)
  • Managing researchers and research projects (making plans, setting priorities and managing the needs and expectations of different stakeholders).

  • Detailed Information MGMT90166
    Type Elective
    Research Evaluation 12.5

    Research Evaluation

    This subject provides an overview of evaluation and its place in science policy, and will give you knowledge and insight in areas such as:

  • The function of evaluation in science and the ways in which scientists, scientific processes and results are subject to evaluation
  • The institutional context of research evaluation in science policy, its function in governing the science system, organisationally, nationally and internationally
  • The type of evaluations that exist on different levels, for instance project, program, institutional evaluations and rankings, as well as the tools used in evaluations, such as peer review and metrics
  • The social and organisational impacts of evaluation on the science system
  • The ways in which evaluation can be studied scientifically
  • Various approaches to evaluation research.

  • Detailed Information MGMT90183
    Type Elective
    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


    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.

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