Graduate Certificate in Quality Assurance

Course GC-QA (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Year and Campus: 2010 - Parkville
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 50 credit points taken over 12 months part time.


Dr Geoff Sharrock


LH Martin Institute
Course Overview: This is a one-year, part-time program designed for educators, administrators and quality assurance practitioners seeking to extend their knowledge and skills in tertiary sector quality assurance. It offers expert perspectives on QA issues, policies, national systems and institutional approaches in both national and international tertiary education contexts, drawn from the best and latest research and resources. It aims to provide concepts, insights and practical skills for designing, analysing and operating QA systems; and access to an international network of practitioners facing similar challenges.
Participants can expect a structured suite of readings, study tasks, moderated on-line discussion groups and regular lecturer feedback with a strong cohort experience in groups of 10-15 participants.
Objectives: By the end of this program successful participants will have acquired insights and perspectives on QA systems, approaches and challenges in tertiary education contexts.
Course Structure & Available Subjects: This one-year, part-time program consists of two core units and one of two elective units, to attain 50 credit points. The first core unit, Tertiary Education Policy and Management is 25 credit points, and the second core unit, External Quality Assurance Agencies is 12.5 credit points.
Participants choose one of the two electives for the remaining 12.5 credit points, either Operating An External Quality Agency or Maintaining Quality Within Institutions.
In each unit participants study online materials introducing each topic and participate in regular moderated online discussions where they contribute written commentary on the topic, and receive lecturer feedback.
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Students complete 2 compulsory and 1 elective unit for a total of 50 credit points.
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Participants choose one of two electives, each for 12.5 credit points:
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Entry Requirements: An undergraduate degree or equivalent, and two years of relevant work experience. Participants are also expected to have current employment in a tertiary sector institution or other relevant organisation.
Core Participation Requirements: Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.
Graduate Attributes: Not available

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