The course is specifically designed for new and established small business owners and managers who wish to enhance their management knowledge with the latest thinking in small business management.
CSU's Graduate Certificate in Small Business Management is an industry-focused, flexible and dynamic alternative in postgraduate studies.
The small business sector accounts for 96% of total businesses in Australia, but more than half of small businesses fail within three years of start-up. Why?
Research indicates that one of the primary reasons for small business failure is the lack of management expertise.
CSU's Graduate Certificate in Small Business Management has a strong emphasis on personal development and industry best practice. The course offers students access to industry peers, market leaders and other leading resources. Students are able to build a personalised learning structure via the flexible, online learning platform.
CSU's Graduate Certificate in Small Business Management offers small business operators an opportunity to:
A key feature of the Graduate Certificate in Small Business is its applied nature. Students will be required to link theory with their own professional experience as they study in each subject. Assessments are directed towards students undertaking projects and assessment tasks they can utilise in their small business.
"Informal learning by itself runs the risk of restricting people to old ways of thinking and working." (Figgers et al, 2001)
At CSU, we understand that many small business owners / managers value ongoing education. We also understand that many small business managers learn informally and often on an "as needs" basis. This course is designed to complement previous informal training by challenging existing knowledge, thereby providing opportunities for business innovation.
To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 32 points (four subjects).
“We believe business-to-business interactions are critical to enhance successful business practice. As a result, industry engagement is pivotal to the course. You will be exposed to business mentoring opportunities, networking, collaborative learning, and group learning with other businesses through clusters.”
Dr Lan Snell
Course Coordinator (CSU)
For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.
Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.
Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).
Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject outlines and in course materials.
Session 1; Session 2; Session 3
The minimum duration for the course is two sessions by distance education.
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Scholarship offer for NAB small business customers
Charles Sturt University (CSU) and NAB have formed a new partnership. NAB is now offering customers three scholarships to complete the Graduate Certificate in Small Business Management at CSU. For more information, visit the NAB website.
"Thank you CSU and NAB for awarding me one of the NAB Graduate Certificate of Small Business Management scholarships.
I’m still doing a happy dance since learning in June that I was one of the lucky recipients.
We are now half way through the first subject (Marketing) and it is already making a major positive difference to my business. The study is already enabling me to focus more on my IT business rather than in my business. It is giving me the skills to apply more strategic thinking to the business, especially with the final subject being the Small Business Strategic Plan. We are a small team of technical IT people, so the marketing component will assist in being able to explain our products and services better to existing and potential clients. Less geek speak. My business develops software solutions as well as providing IT support.
I love learning, especially distance learning. It works with my life. I completed my Masters of Systems Development with the Charles Sturt University in 2011 and was delighted to be awarded the CS Energy Memorial Prize as well as the as well as the IT Masters Development Award (highest Grade Point Average). Now that my technical knowledge has been updated I’m ready to concentrate on the business itself. With two small children and a small business, distance education is a godsend. It is the only way I can realistically study whilst juggling a number of responsibilities. A few weeks ago July my youngest started full time school, so my business is at a stage where I am ready to take it to the next level. The course will give me the tools, skills, guidance and motivation to do so."