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Graduate Certificate in Professional Skills for Scientists (GC-PROFSC)

Graduate CertificateYear: 2019 Delivered: On Campus (Parkville)

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Award titleGraduate Certificate in Professional Skills for Scientists
Year & campus2019 — Parkville
CRICOS code093590C
Fees informationSubject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date
Study level & typeGraduate Coursework
AQF level 8
Credit points50 credit points
Duration6 months full time or 12 months part time

This program provides Science graduate students with specialist training in organisational management, communication and leadership, across a broad range of settings. Students study coursework subjects which have been designed to provide the broad, transferable, and practical skills and learning outcomes that the market demands and are appropriate for enhancing employability in any business or organisation that requires the expertise of science graduates. These subjects develop the theoretical and practical knowledge required to become a successful manager, communicator and leader, such as: decision-making, motivating and leading people, and developing communication strategies.

Entry requirements

(1) In order to be considered for entry, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Completion of any undergraduate science degree
  • Concurrently enrolled in, or successfully completed, a graduate degree in any scientific discipline.

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.

(2) In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider prior academic performance.

(3) The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.

(4) Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.

Core participation requirements

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to providingsupport to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website. http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/

Intended learning outcomes

After completing this course students should be able to:

  • Articulate the range of purposes of communicating about science
  • Identify the common features of effective communication in written and oral forms
  • Understand the importance of leadership, project management skills and ethical standards within scientific working environments
  • Acquire skills in the analysis of research through data, statistics or computation
  • Demonstrate improved self-reflection and practical skills within a work project/placement scenario

Generic skills

Generic skills gained from this subject include:

  • Communicate effectively in both written and oral forms
  • Improved analytical, problem-solving, research, and report-writing skills through dealing with, a range of issues that emerge within their placement
  • Demonstrating the breadth of knowledge gained in an inter-disciplinary approach
  • Ability to manage and plan work, use time effectively and meet deadlines

Graduate attributes

Graduates will:

  • be able to examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines;
  • be able to initiate and implement constructive change in their communities, including professions and workplaces
  • have a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment;
  • be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning;
  • have a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship.

Course structure

Students must choose at least one subject from each the three specialisations listed below. The final subject can be chosen from any of the specialisations:

Subject options

Management Skills

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MKTG90022 Commercialisation of Science
Semester 2
SKIL90004 Project Management in Science
Semester 1
MGMT90171 Leadership in Science
Semester 1
SCIE90005 Ethics and Responsibility in Science
Semester 1
BUSA90403 Business Tools: Money People & Processes
BUSA90471 Business Tools: The Market Environment Not available in 2019 12.5
SCIE90017 Science and Technology Internship
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
SCIE90018 Science Research Internship
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2

Quantitative Skills

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MAST90072 Data and Decision Making
Semester 1
MAST90045 Systems Modelling and Simulation
Semester 1
MAST90044 Thinking and Reasoning with Data
Semester 1
MAST90007 Statistics for Research Workers
Winter Term

Communication Skills

Code Name Study period Credit Points
SCIE90012 Science Communication
Semester 2
SCIE90013 Communication for Research Scientists
Semester 1
Semester 2
EDUC90839 Science in Schools Not available in 2019 12.5
MULT20011 Science Communication and Employability
Semester 2

**Please note**

SCIE90012 Science Communication is only to be undertaken by students who are concurrently admitted into a Masters by Coursework degree

SCIE90013 Communication for Research is only to be undertaken by students who are concurrently admitted into PhD program or are enrolled in Research Project subject

Last updated: 3 April 2019