Course summary

The Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice, delivered by Southern Cross University’s Centre for Teaching and Learning in association with the School of Education, offers academics working in higher education contexts (or equivalent) the opportunity to gain a postgraduate qualification in academic practice.

On completion of this course, graduates will be able to:

  • Investigate, critically analyse, synthesise and interpret complex knowledge in relation to teaching, research and community engagement
  • Develop innovative and creative responses to challenges in academic practice
  • Demonstrate respect, integrity, responsibility and adaptability in academic practice
  • Demonstrate an understanding of principles and methods of inquiry applicable to academic practice
  • Demonstrate autonomy, reflection in practice, and a high level of information literacy skills for lifelong learning in the context of academic practice
  • Communicate concisely and appropriately in an oral and written form in an academic and professional context
  • Apply academic practices that are informed by cultural awareness and cultural competence, global perspectives, inclusivity and respect for the rights of all persons.

The course provides direct and practical benefits for participants in their current academic role and aims to:

  • Provide staff working as academics in higher education with opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of their work, whether it is teaching, research or community engagement.
  • Support participants in the pursuit of their own professional learning through structured and independent activities and scholarly reflections underpinned by the development of a professional portfolio.
  • Equip participants with skills, knowledges and insights for ongoing engagement with academic practice.
  • Provide a valuable credential in higher education that is built upon scholarship and participants’ academic practice.

The Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice, delivered by Southern Cross University’s Centre for Teaching and Learning in association with the School of Education, offers academics working in higher education contexts (or equivalent) the opportunity to gain a postgraduate qualification in academic practice.

On completion of this course, graduates will be able to:

  • Investigate, critically analyse, synthesise and interpret complex knowledge in relation to teaching, research and community engagement
  • Develop innovative and creative responses to challenges in academic practice
  • Demonstrate respect, integrity, responsibility and adaptability in academic practice
  • Demonstrate an understanding of principles and methods of inquiry applicable to academic practice
  • Demonstrate autonomy, reflection in practice, and a high level of information literacy skills for lifelong learning in the context of academic practice
  • Communicate concisely and appropriately in an oral and written form in an academic and professional context
  • Apply academic practices that are informed by cultural awareness and cultural competence, global perspectives, inclusivity and respect for the rights of all persons.

The course provides direct and practical benefits for participants in their current academic role and aims to:

  • Provide staff working as academics in higher education with opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of their work, whether it is teaching, research or community engagement.
  • Support participants in the pursuit of their own professional learning through structured and independent activities and scholarly reflections underpinned by the development of a professional portfolio.
  • Equip participants with skills, knowledges and insights for ongoing engagement with academic practice.
  • Provide a valuable credential in higher education that is built upon scholarship and participants’ academic practice.

The course contains both core and elective units, each about 130 hours of work, including assessment tasks.

Please refer to the course structure for more details about the units on offer.

Special unit requirements

Opportunities for single unit enrolment

These three units provide opportunities for academics interested in professional learning. These are available as stand-alone units of study.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Investigate, critically analyse, synthesise and interpret complex knowledge in relation to teaching, research and community engagement

Creativity

Develop innovative and creative responses to challenges in academic practice

Ethical practice

Demonstrate respect, integrity, responsibility and adaptability in academic practice

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate an understanding of principles and methods of inquiry applicable to academic practice

Lifelong learning

Demonstrate autonomy, reflection in practice, and a high level of information literacy skills for lifelong learning in the context of academic practice

Communication and social skills

Communicate concisely and appropriately in an oral and written form in an academic and professional context

Cultural competence

Apply academic practices that are informed by cultural awareness and cultural competence, global perspectives, inclusivity and respect for the rights of all persons

The first unit requires participants to be concurrently teaching at tertiary level or employed in the facilitation of learning.


Course overview

Course code

1007095

Course abbreviation

GradCertAP

Credit points

48

Equivalent units

4

Duration

0.5 years full-time; 1 year part-time

Duration

0.5 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Online Session 2 N/A N/A

Fee information

Fee paying


Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

To be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice a candidate shall successfully complete not less than four (4) units (48 credit points) comprising all units listed in Part A and two (2) units from Part B of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules.