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The Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice is a qualification offered by the University’s Teaching and Learning Centre and is designed to suit academics in a higher education context (or equivalent). The course aims to deliver practical benefits that are relevant to academic practice by equipping academics with the requisite pedagogic knowledge, skills and perspectives. Candidates engage in using a range of educational technologies to facilitate learning across a variety of contexts.
The course also enhances opportunities to plan and develop research careers, and to engage with the pedagogy of research supervision. Elective units allow students to choose between a focus on teaching, research, and community engagement. The course fosters independent learning and participants are encouraged to negotiate authentic projects to meet their own interests, learning needs and the needs of their teaching area.
This degree offers academics in a higher education (or equivalent) context the opportunity to gain a postgraduate qualification in support of their academic practice.
The first unit requires participants to be concurrently teaching at tertiary level or be employed in the facilitation of learning.
The course contains both core and elective units, each about 150 hours of work, including the assessment tasks.
Please refer to the Specific Award Rules below for details about the units on offer.
To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice a total of 48 credit points (usually 4 units) must be completed.
Please note that some units may not be available at each location. Unit availabilities are published for each study period and vary from year to year. Please contact the School for further information.
For course rules and a full list of units, please refer to the Specific Award Rules below.
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Southern Cross Drive, Bilinga
|Tweed Heads - SCU Lakeside
Caloola Drive, Tweed Heads
|Tweed Heads - SCU Riverside
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|Course Duration||Part-time only. Four Sessions of study over 5 teaching periods.|
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|School||School of Education|
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|Total Units:||Award Abbreviation:||2013 ATAR equivalent/OP:|
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Available by distance education. Independent study needs to be undertaken via online mechanisms.
MySCU is a student’s point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.
The Elluminate Live web-based audio-conferencing software may be use in some units of study. Students can have online real-time discussions with their lecturers and class while viewing PowerPoint presentations, websites, a virtual whiteboard or other shared applications — all of which are interactive. If the session is recorded, students can view it afterwards.
Learning Materials include Unit Information Guides, Study Guides and Readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.
The SCU Library provides a wide range of services, print and electronic resources including librarian assistance, a document delivery service, catalogues, databases, eBooks, eReadings, full-text journal literature, and podcasts.
Assessment varies from unit to unit and can include: negotiated projects, contribution to discussion forums, presentation online (using Elluminate), and written assignments.
General campus resources are available including access to computer laboratories for individual study purposes.
Admission requirements are a Bachelor's degree and some form of teaching in higher education concurrent with taking the course. To enable practical application of learning, the course is taken part time while working as a teacher in higher education.
The following applications to study can be made online, directly to SCU:
Online applications for the Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice involve four key steps:
Once registered you can exit and return to your application at any time.
At Southern Cross University, your previous study or work experience may help you cut time off your degree.
We recommend that you apply for advance standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount and type of credit awarded will determine your study plan.
For more details and how to apply please visit the Advanced Standing website.
Important - Please contact the University for confirmation of the course structure prior to acting on this information. The University accepts no liability for any loss suffered by reason of reliance on this information.
See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.4.1 Qualification for Admission
An applicant for admission must:
To be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice a candidate shall successfully complete not less than four (4) units comprising all units listed in Part A and two (2) units from Part B of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules.4.3 Advanced Standing
* This unit will not be offered for study until 2013.