Single Subjects
(Tertiary Education Management)

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Term Applications close Term start
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The Tertiary Education Management course offers a suite of subjects that will provide you with specialised skills and knowledge for leading and managing successfully in tertiary sector institutions.

Drawing on the latest evidence-based research in tertiary education leadership and management, these subjects are taught by leading international experts, giving you access to global expertise and perspectives.

You also have the opportunity to study according to your interest and expertise and specialise in the areas of tertiary education, quality assurance, research management, and governance.

If you choose to further your study after taking single subjects, you can still study in the Tertiary Education Management course by choosing any of the following course options:

Single subject options

The subjects available for study include:

External Quality Assurance 12.5

External Quality Assurance

This subject provides an international overview of how different governments approach EQA in tertiary education, including key concepts and definitions, the role of EQA agencies and surrogates, the use of standards and criteria, the processes of self-assessment, internal quality assurance, and external review.

Detailed Information MGMT90117
Type Elective
Maintaining Quality within Institutions 12.5

Maintaining Quality within Institutions

Maintaining Quality within Institutions focuses on how people undertake, define, measure, monitor and improve quality and quality assurance processes and procedures within tertiary education. Tertiary education institutions are under mounting pressure to demonstrate their quality as a measure of social and financial accountability to students, the public and the government.

This subject will enable you to understand the contexts and approaches of internal quality monitoring, addressing and exploring a range of theoretical, cultural, methodological and practical considerations. It contains four modules of study:

  • Module 1: Introduction to quality assurance: Context, theory and approach
    This module introduces the context, theory and approaches of internal quality monitoring taking into account the social, political economic and technological changes that are driving the quality agenda in higher education institution.
  • Module 2: The Quality Cycle: Planning and Acting
    This module explores how institutions can plan quality strategies and operations. It introduces the concepts of planning pyramid and quality cycle and how these can be adapted to their institutional context.
  • Module 3: The Quality Cycle: Evaluating and Improving
    This module considers the forms of evaluation, review and monitoring and concludes with a discussion of options for managing quality improvement.
  • Module 4: External environment: Opportunities and challenges
    In sync with the quality cycle, the final module links back to the start of the cycle—understanding and analysing the external positioning of internal quality assurance. This module provides an understanding of the external quality assurance audit process, and looks at opportunities for benchmarking against other institutions and standards. It also discusses some of the issues and challenges relating to quality assurance faced by institutions.

  • Detailed Information EDUC90602
    Type Elective
    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 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


    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

    To be considered for entry to a single subject in the Tertiary Education Management course, course you must meet the selection criteria for one of the courses below:

    Most courses have multiple intakes per year. Check the dates of upcoming terms.


    The fee for students who enrol in a single subject in the Tertiary Education Management is:

    Subject feesAssessedNon-assessed
    EDU subject A$2,836 A$2,272
    MGMT subject A$3,992 A$3,200

    Fees are the same for both domestic and international students.

    Each subject is designed by academics, subject coordinators and learning designers to deliver an interactive and enriching experience, with regular contact from lecturers, tutors and a dedicated online Student Support team.

    The fee listed above is for a 12.5 point subject undertaken in 2017. Fees are subject to review annually by the University. However, any increase in fee will not exceed 5 per cent per annum.

    Fees are paid on a per subject basis each term and are payable upfront. Should you require any assistance, please contact our Student Support team.

    Next intakes

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    TermApplications closeTerm dates
    Term 4, 201711 September2 Oct - 4 Dec
    Term 1, 20188 January29 Jan - 1 Apr
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