|Award title||Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business|
|Year & campus||2021 — Parkville|
|Fees information||Subject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date|
|Study level & type||Graduate Coursework|
|Credit points||50 credit points|
|Duration||12 months part-time|
The Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business is designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and training to integrate sustainability issues and frameworks into business considerations. The subjects in this course adopt an interdisciplinary, international and evidence-based approach to respond to the complex and growing sustainability challenges and opportunities facing businesses in a range of fields and industries.
Subjects are taught by leading academics in the disciplines of Business & Economics, including accounting, finance, economics, management, marketing and entrepreneurship. Students will be provided with opportunities to develop expertise in sustainable business across a range of business and economics disciplines, supporting their career pathways and to address the increasing sustainability challenges and opportunities in in the organisations in which they work.
The course requires completion of 50 credit points of study, representing a choice of four electives from a suite of six subjects. These subjects are offered through traditional classroom teaching during normal semester times. As a specialist certificate, this course is offered as a standalone* qualification, or can be taken as a concurrent certificate with the Master of Management (suite) and Master of International Business programs. It is also available to students admitted to other graduate programs at the University.
* International students are unable to take this program as a standalone course, it must be taken concurrently, in conjunction with a masters program.
1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:
- an undergraduate degree in any discipline, or equivalent;
- a 500 word personal statement outlining why they wish to be considered for the course.
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.
2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
- prior academic performance; and
- the personal statement.
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 graduate 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.
Students wishing to take Environmental Economics and Strategy (ECON90016) and Sustainable Investments (FNCE90087) or equivalent, must meet the prerequisites.
Inherent requirements (core participation requirements)
The Faculty of Business and Economics welcomes applications from students with disabilities. It is University and Faculty policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the Faculty’s programs.
Faculty of Business and Economics courses equip graduates with the knowledge and technical skills necessary to understand and participate in the modern business world. The degrees include the following academic requirements for study:
(1) The ability to explain and evaluate concepts, theories, institutional arrangements and operations of modern mixed economies;
(2) The ability to critically evaluate the economy, commerce and business in the broader social and political context;
(3) The ability to explain and apply concepts across a range of commerce and business disciplines in solving business and policy problems; and
(4) The ability to contribute positively to the development of organisations and society in relation to business, government and the commercial professions.
All students of the Faculty’s courses must possess intellectual, ethical, and emotional capabilities required to participate in the full curriculum and to achieve the levels of competence required by the Faculty. Candidates for the BCom degree and for FBE Masters degrees must have abilities and skills in communication; in conceptual, integrative, and quantitative dimensions; and in behavioural and social dimensions.
I. Communication: The student must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in oral and/or written form. A student must have the ability to clearly and independently communicate knowledge and application of a discipline, principles or practices during assessment tasks, and in some discipline streams.
II. Intellectual‐Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities: The student is expected to have the ability to develop problem‐solving skills and demonstrate the ability to establish study plans and priorities. These abilities include measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis. Problem solving requires all of these intellectual abilities. Students should also have the ability to comprehend complex disciplinary and cross disciplinary information related to the BCom and Masters degrees.
III. Behavioural and Social Attributes: A student must possess behavioural and social attributes that enable them to participate in a complex learning environment and the emotional health required for full utilisation of his/her intellectual abilities. Students are required to take responsibility for their own participation and learning. They also contribute to the learning of other students in collaborative learning environments, demonstrating interpersonal skills and an understanding of the needs of other students.
Assessment may include the outcomes of tasks completed in collaboration with other students. Integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest, and motivation are all personal qualities that are deemed necessary for students enrolled in FBE courses.
Students who feel their disability will prevent them from participating in tasks involving the inherent academic requirements of the BCom and FBE Masters courses are encouraged to contact the Disability Liaison Unit. Adjustments can be provided to minimise the impact of a disability, but students should participate in the course in an independent manner.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business, graduates will be able to demonstrate:
Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business will have:
- Advanced theoretical understanding and knowledge of current research, debates and practices from a sustainable business and economics perspective.
Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business will have advanced cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply methods and technologies to:
- Critically analyse sustainable business and economics theories, debates and practice through engaged reflective writing
- Evaluate the social, cultural, political and historical contexts informing sustainable business and economics
- Evaluate and communicate sustainable business and economics ideas within your work/non-work contexts
Application of knowledge and skills
Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business will demonstrate the application of knowledge & skills to:
- Critique and apply multidisciplinary sustainable business and economics theories into the practice of sustainable business and economics
On successful completion of this subject students should have enhanced their skills in:
- Communication of key ideas and theories within the discipline areas
- Critical evaluation of evidence in support of an argument or proposition
- Problem solving in sustainable business and economics through the application of appropriate theories, principles and data
- Demonstrate a capacity to successfully engage in collaborative activities such as group-based work and activities
On successful completion of this degree, graduates will be:
- Critical thinkers and problem solvers in relation to sustainable business and economics related issues and in developing sustainable solutions to problems in organisations and in society
- Effective decision makers in sustainable business and economics
- Knowledgeable in the core areas of sustainable business
- Competent in critical evaluation of evidence in support of an argument or proposition
- Clear in articulating sustainable business issues, ideas theories and solutions to a range of audiences in written and oral form
50 point program
Students must complete four x 12.5 point subjects from a suite of six options
|Code||Name||Study period||Credit Points|
|ACCT90031||Sustainability Reporting & Management||
|ECON90016||Environmental Economics and Strategy||
|MGMT90208||Sustainable Business Practices||
|MKTG90049||Marketing, Society and Sustainability||
Last updated: 13 August 2021