Graduate Certificate of University Leadership (GCULM)


The Graduate Certificate in University Leadership and Management (GCULM) is run by the School of Management and Marketing in partnership with the Division of Human Resources (Workplace Relations, Culture and Capability).

The GCULM is suitable for staff members who have the opportunity to manage people, programs or projects within their work. Places are limited to 20 each intake.

Course content

Participants complete 4 subjects over 2 years. They'll cover contemporary theoretical and practical approaches to business, and learn the key communication skills needed to lead change in uncertain and dynamic university environments.

ULM502 - Leadership perspectives and processes

This work-focused subject aims to build self-aware and reflective practitioners. It examines leadership and leadership practice in the context of higher education and in alignment with CSU's strategic plan.

Leadership is conceptualised not as something held by an individual but as a set of social practices that arises from relationships and conditions of work. You'll be encouraged to re-frame your understanding of leading and managing at CSU. You'll begin to articulate your own leadership values and philosophy by exploring different representations and theories of leadership.

ULM503 - The higher education environment and university governance

This subject examines and builds an understanding and appreciation of contemporary governance theory and practice within the Australian and higher education context. The subject also explores the roles and responsibilities of university governance mechanisms.

Particular attention is given to the participant's leadership role in university governance and the implications for ethical and financially sustainable practice within a highly politicised tertiary environment.

ULM504 - Strategic thinking, analysis and action

This subject builds understanding and appreciation of effective university strategic leadership and management, within both the external and CSU context. Participants will develop knowledge and skills in the areas of strategic analysis, strategic choice and strategic implementation.

Particular attention is given to participants' leadership role in sharing knowledge and leading others to develop and implement strategy and practise sustainability for longer-term organisational outcomes. All this must be done in the context of resource restraints and a highly politicised tertiary environment.

ULM505 - Leadership through change

This work-focused subject builds on the knowledge, skills and understanding of leadership theory and practice developed in the GCULM course. It aims to build participants' capability to critically analyse organisational capability and dynamics, and lead others to embed sustainable change at CSU.

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