The Graduate Diploma consists of eight units, four from the Graduate Certificate qualification and four new units.
To be eligible to enter into this qualification, you need to have three years middle management experience. Alternatively, you may progress from the Graduate Certificate level to the Graduate Diploma with a satisfactory grade average.
The eight units in the Graduate Diploma are:
Leading, Managing and Developing People
People must be carefully managed, led and developed in order to enhance their competencies, motivation and subsequent performance. The approach taken in this unit will greatly assist the manager to understand the nature of people in our workplaces and assist individuals and teams to be more productive. This unit is a pre-requisite for the Human Resource Management unit.
Managing Financial Resources
A manager responsible for the performance of a section within an organisation has an increasingly difficult task. Financial resources must be carefully managed in order to achieve maximum returns with minimum risk. The educational approach taken in this unit will greatly assist the manager to understand the financial questions, analyse them appropriately and respond to them effectively.
Managing Operational Improvement
The change imperative for Australian organisations is crystal-clear: they must accept the challenge to become world-competitive. This unit introduces participants to contemporary management theories that must be applied across organisations (public and private, manufacturing and service) to obtain the highest value outcomes for customers (stakeholders) at the lowest possible costs while making the most of organisational resources.
Marketing for Managers
This unit introduces the theories and principles of marketing required for effective business practice to meet the needs of customers and achieve the organisation’s objectives.
Managing, Developing and Implementing Strategy
While strategic management is crucial to an organisation’s direction and growth, it is generally recognised as the most complex and challenging aspect of management. The very best organisations recognise that an understanding of strategy is essential for all employees and is not reserved for senior managers alone. This unit is a pre-requisite for the Leadership and General Management unit.
Economics for Managers
This unit aims to introduce underlying principles of micro and macro economics to the participant. It will enable the practicing manager to appreciate and understand how the economist thinks and will develop a framework for making choices and decisions using economic concepts.
Business Decision Making and Analysis
This unit introduces and explores the underlying principles of strategic decision making. It aims to develop awareness and competency in making thorough, insightful, effective and creative strategic decisions in line with organisational resources and capabilities.
Business Research Methods
The major approaches to business research design and conduct are under scrutiny in this unit. You will review the historical foundations and contemporary influences on the various ways in which research is utilised and understood. Exploring both the qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, this unit develops frameworks for the application of each to business problems.
Note:You may also be required to complete theAcademic Study Skillsunit which will develop your skills in writing academic essays and reports, explain plagiarism and referencing, and help you get into the mode of regular study.