The Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice, delivered by Southern Cross University’s Centre for Teaching and Learning in association with the School of Education, offers academics working in higher education contexts (or equivalent) the opportunity to gain a postgraduate qualification in academic practice.
On completion of this course, graduates will be able to:
- Investigate, critically analyse, synthesise and interpret complex knowledge in relation to teaching, research and community engagement
- Develop innovative and creative responses to challenges in academic practice
- Demonstrate respect, integrity, responsibility and adaptability in academic practice
- Demonstrate an understanding of principles and methods of inquiry applicable to academic practice
- Demonstrate autonomy, reflection in practice, and a high level of information literacy skills for lifelong learning in the context of academic practice
- Communicate concisely and appropriately in an oral and written form in an academic and professional context
- Apply academic practices that are informed by cultural awareness and cultural competence, global perspectives, inclusivity and respect for the rights of all persons.
The course provides direct and practical benefits for participants in their current academic role and aims to:
- Provide staff working as academics in higher education with opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of their work, whether it is teaching, research or community engagement.
- Support participants in the pursuit of their own professional learning through structured and independent activities and scholarly reflections underpinned by the development of a professional portfolio.
- Equip participants with skills, knowledges and insights for ongoing engagement with academic practice.
- Provide a valuable credential in higher education that is built upon scholarship and participants’ academic practice.