Pre-2022 Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy

ⓘ This information is only relevant to students who enrolled in the GradCertGov&Strategy award prior to 2022


Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy (Pre-2022 GradCertGov&Strategy award summary)
AQF Level 8

Entry Requirements A three-year AQF 7 award in any field
Duration          0.5 year (1 semester) full-time, or 2 years (4 semesters) part-time
Mode           Full-time, part-time.
Structure 36 credit points from the list of approved Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy units listed in Schedule 1**.
English Proficiency Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy is designed for those possessing a three-year undergraduate degree in any field who wish to acquire transferable knowledge and skills in Governance and Strategy as part of their continuing professional development for employment and further learning.

The Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy focuses on building capacity for people involved in a wide scope of non-profit, community-focused enterprises. Students may be working for denominationally based organisations in education, welfare, aged care, local church or other ministries requiring specific leadership training for professional development.

Outcomes

Graduates will have added particular transferable knowledge and skills in Governance and Strategy to enhance their work in the not-for-profit community sector:

Knowledge

Graduates will possess:

  • specialised theoretical and technical knowledge related to the practice of Governance and Strategy which are transferable to a variety of complex religious, not-for-profit, community enterprises;
  • an understanding of the principles and methods of inquiry transferable to different contexts within real-world community practice.

Skills

Graduates will demonstrate specialised cognitive and technical skills in organisational governance and strategy within a ministry-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:

  • analyse critically, evaluate, and apply information to complete a range of activities associated with good governance and effective strategy in an organisational context;
  • analyse, generate and provide solutions to complex problems to guide the strategic direction and organisational governance within a religious, not-for-profit, community organisation;
  • transmit transferable knowledge, skills and ideas through coherent and sustained organisational governance and strategic intent to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will possess the ability to:

  • apply transferable knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates autonomy, well developed judgment, adaptability, and responsibility as strategic leaders in religious, non-profit, community-focused enterprises.

Articulation to Other Awards

Students who satisfactorily complete this award will be eligible to articulate with full credit to the SCD Graduate Diploma of Arts or other SCD Graduate awards, provided that they meet the entry requirements of that award.

Special consideration may be granted by the Student Support and Administration Committee.

PRE-2022 ACADEMIC REGULATIONS for the Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy

1 Admission to Candidature
1.1 An applicant for admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy shall:
1.1.1 hold a three-year AQF 7 award in any field from an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or
1.1.2 professional entry as determined by the Student Support and Administration Committee.
1.2 Notwithstanding the provisions of this regulation the Student Support and Administration Committee may require an applicant to demonstrate fitness for admission as a candidate for this degree by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine.
1.3 In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Support and Administration Committee.
1.4 A Candidate for the award shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 cps) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 cps) per semester.
1.5 In general, no candidate for the award may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution.
1.6 Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.
1.7 Application for enrolment in the Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.
2 Course Structure
2.1 The Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy requires the completion of 36 cps from 8500 and 9600 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.
2.2 The units shall be any combination of units totalling 36 credit points from the list of approved Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy units listed in Schedule 1**.
3 Period of Candidature
3.1 The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be 0.5 year (1 semester) full-time and up to 2 years (4 semesters) part-time.
3.2 In certain circumstances, the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions to the period of candidature.
4 Leave of Absence
4.1 The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.
4.2 The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.
5 Assessment
5.1 The assessment of course units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines.
5.2 Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.
5.3 Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are severe.
6 Credit and Recognised Prior Learning
6.1 A candidate may seek credit for previous accredited study and/or Recognised Prior Learning up to a maximum of 18 cps in the Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy.
6.2 Credit may be granted only from units at the graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to those of existing SCD units.
6.3 Credit for Recognised Prior Learning may be granted subject to a successful application.
7  Saving Clause
7.1 Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.

**SCHEDULE 1

The list of approved units for the Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy:

Choose any of the following units to a total of 36 credit points:

  • These are 9 credit point options:
    •  P8562 Administrative Leadership and Management for Ministry (9 cps)
    • P8581 Administrative Gifts for Ministry (9 cps)
    • P8584 Non-Profit Governance for Ministry (9 cps)
    • P8597 Seminar in Governance (9 cps)
    • P9663 Strategic Thinking and Decision Making (9 cps)
  • P9668 Governance and Strategy Project (normally to be undertaken after two foundational units)
  • P9669 Governance and Strategy Focused Study (normally to be undertaken after two foundational units)
  • Or other units determined from time to time by the Academic Board

 Professional entry into the Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy

This short award is designed for professional development where the student may acquire transferable knowledge and skills over a reasonably short period of time. On this basis, professional entry into the Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy will be considered by SSAC on the basis of:

Three years of experience in a ministry or professional role. The candidate must be able to demonstrate that they have led people or projects even though their role may not have been senior in their organisation.


Contact your college registrar or the Academic Registrar at SCD if you have any questions.

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