Graduate Diploma of Project Management

2021 course information for Domestic Students
2021 course information for International Students

updated 6:02 AM on Sat, 25 September

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International snapshot

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Duration
16 months part-time
2 years part-time
Location
SCU Online
SCU Online
Start date
January, March, April, July, August, November
December, February, April, June, August, October
Course code
1108400
Course abbreviation
GradDipProjMgt
Credit points
96
Equivalent units
8
CRICOS
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Fees
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Course overview

The Graduate Diploma of Project Management is designed for business professionals who wish to develop their skills in project management. The course develops core knowledge in planning, quality, risk management, procurement and program management and allows students to focus on their area of interest through a wide range of elective subjects.

The course is a pathway to further postgraduate study. Graduates receive up to eight units of credit towards the Southern Cross University Master of Project Management.

Endorsed by

AIPM Endorsed course

The Graduate Diploma of Project Management is designed for business professionals who wish to develop their skills in project management. The course develops core knowledge in planning, quality, risk management, procurement and program management and allows students to focus on their area of interest through a wide range of elective subjects.

The course is a pathway to further postgraduate study. Graduates receive up to eight units of credit towards the Southern Cross University Master of Project Management.

Endorsed by

AIPM Endorsed course

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall6.5
Listeningminimum 6.0
Speakingminimum 6.0
Readingminimum 6.0
Writingminimum 6.0

About the course

Students complete core units in project management, procurement, quality, contracts and planning and select from a large range of electives including global business, health management, organisational change, corporate governance, human resources management, stakeholder engagement, digital enterprise management and more.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
SCU OnlineStudy Period  1, Study Period  2, Study Period  3, Study Period  4, Study Period  5, Study Period  6

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
SCU OnlineStudy Period  1, Study Period  2, Study Period  3, Study Period  4, Study Period  5, Study Period  6$26,400 ($3,300 per unit)N/A
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Australian/Domestic students

SCU Online
Study Period 6 November 2021

International students studying online or outside of Australia

SCU Online
Study Period 6 October 2021
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Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

Demonstrate cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice as it applies to the discipline of project management

Apply knowledge and skills pertaining to project management with initiative and creativity with new challenges or in new situations

Apply sustainability principles to project management research and professional situations

Demonstrate highly developed judgement and use of ethical frameworks when planning, managing and undertaking projects in scholarly, research, social and professional forums

Demonstrate an integrated understanding of project management principles and methods, with the ability to conceptualise and apply these principles and methods in professional contexts

Locate, evaluate, manage and use information in order to create new knowledge and advance methods in the field of project management

Reflect on, assess and regulate learning, research and performance pertaining to project management, with personal autonomy and accountability

Work collaboratively with individuals and teams to achieve research outcomes that pertain to the management of projects

Communicate arguments, theory, complex knowledge and ideas in relation to the field of project management within an investigation of originality to specialist and non-specialist audiences

Demonstrate cultural competence in local, Australia-wide and global settings, specifically as they apply to project management in practice

Demonstrate an understanding of Indigenous Australian contemporary realities and protocols, specifically as they apply to project management in practice (such as in the mining, health, construction and social services sectors).


Assessment methods

Units generally employ a variety of assessment methods. Depending on the unit, methods may include reports, case studies or verbal presentations, among others.

Teaching methods

Our flexible course fits around you. It’s designed to meet the demands of busy, mobile people - people who travel frequently, work abroad, or juggle multiple work, life and family commitments. You can enter at one of six points throughout the year, and organise your study program to take advantage of the peaks and troughs in your own life.

We employ clever, intuitive and interactive learning software that enables you to collaborate with peers and lecturers. Our multi-modal approach delivers content as video, audio, hands-on, practical exercises, and other media to suit all kinds of learners. Discuss and debate ideas with your peers and lecturer in dedicated forums and with other networking technology.

Each unit has its own website to keep you focused. Every week, you'll find activities, readings and case studies laid out with step-by-step instructions. As the weeks progress and your knowledge deepens, you'll tackle increasingly sophisticated concepts, and employ critical analysis.

Career opportunities

As a project professional in a diverse range of business, health and organisational settings. Graduate opportunities exist also in human resources, quality, risk or change management positions.

Professional recognition

This course is endorsed by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM). Students who have completed an AIPM-endorsed course are eligible to apply for a certificate as a Certified Practicing Project Practitioner (CPPP) under AIPM's RegPM program. To qualify for CPPP, students must apply for Associate Membership with a copy of their qualification.

For more information on becoming an AIPM RegPM or to qualify as a CPPP, download the AIPM Membership (PDF) and download the CPPP and AIPM Endorsed Course Information (PDF).

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Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the Graduate Diploma of Project Management a candidate shall successfully complete eight (8) units (96 credit points) comprising:
    1. All six (6) Part A units
    2. Two (2) elective units from Part B
  2. A candidate in the Graduate Diploma of Project Management who has completed the requirements for the Graduate Diploma of Project Management may elect to articulate to a Master of Project Management.

Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes

Part A

PROJ5002Project Management Principles
PROJ5003Project Management: Initiation and Planning
PROJ6001Project Management: Quality, Control and Risk
PROJ6003Leading and Managing Projects
PROJ6005Project Procurement and Contract Management
PROJ6006Portfolio and Program Management

Part B

ACCT6016Finance for Managers (Online)
ACCT5004Business Accounting for Managers (Online)
LEGL5003Business and Corporation Law for Managers (Online)
BUSN6002Global Business (Online)
BUSN5007Entrepreneurship and Marketing (Online)
MGMT5004Strategic Health Management
HLTH5001Leading Change in Healthcare
PBHL5006Healthcare Professional Portfolio A
HLTH5005Principles and Practice of Clinical Accountability
BUSN6009Managing Information Systems (Online)
COMP6005Managing Digital Enterprise (Online)
BUSN6006Strategic Knowledge Management (Online)
HRMT6002Human Resource Management (Online)
MGMT6004Organisational Change and Development (Online)
ACCT6013Corporate Governance for Managers (Online)
BUSN6008Strategy and Case Analysis (Online)
PROJ5004Strategic Infrastructure Asset Management
PROJ6007Stakeholder Engagement
ENGN6001Engineering for a Sustainable Future
BUSN5005Management Communication (Online)


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