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AGSM Graduate Certificate in Change Management (GCCM)

In four courses, learn how to understand and effectively manage organisational change.

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Why choose this program?

  • Highly regarded program from Australia’s top ranking business school
  • Develop the confidence and skills to become a successful agent of change
  • Learn sustainable change management theory, as well as practical tools for managing people though change and overcoming resistance
  • Expand your managerial talents, become more involved in your organisation’s strategic decisions, and position yourself for career advancement
  • Develop a valuable business network in a collaborative online learning environment
  • Drive change that makes visionary and lasting improvements in you or your clients’ workplaces

Who is this postgraduate program for?

  • Experienced managers, consultants and business owners who need to understand how to manage successful organisational change
  • Busy professionals who’d prefer to study in a flexible format, balancing study with work and other commitments

Job and career prospects

  • Consulting
  • Senior management positions
  • Change management consultant
  • Human resources
  • Coaching and training roles
  • Project management
  • Operations and logistics

The Graduate Certificate in Change Management (GCCM) can be completed in as little as 1 year, or you can take up to 2 years to finish the program.

You will study entirely online, using AGSM’s eLearning technology. With an emphasis on experiential learning, you’ll draw on your personal experiences to formulate new concepts. This program focuses on students rather than instructors.

The content of this program includes course exercises and issues relevant to your organisation. You’ll be encouraged to analyse your job experiences in a structured way through course material and online discussions with study colleagues.

You can then apply new concepts to course projects and your workplace.

Courses

You must successfully complete four GCCM courses. Two compulsory core and two electives.


GCCM core courses

These two courses are compulsory.

MBAX6271 Approaches to Change

In this course you will learn some of the major frameworks that help you to understand and manage change. Starting with the change agent, you explore the skills needed and the types of analysis change agents use to decide appropriate courses of action.

You will develop your skills and learn a range of different strategies for influencing individuals, groups and the organisation. Change is also considered from an organisational perspective and you will explore how organisations respond to, resist, initiate and drive change.

Your role in understanding and managing the organisation is examined. By the end of the course you will be able to: Understand the main frameworks that describe personal and organisational change Identify the role you play in initiating and facilitating change Analyse effective and ineffective change interventions Choose appropriate strategies to facilitate personal and organisational change.

This course is a prerequisite for MBAX6274 Systems for Change.

Students who have completed MNGT6371 Managing Change are not permitted to undertake this course.

MBAX6272 Change Skills

You will gain the confidence and self-knowledge to understand which of your current abilities are helpful and which skills you need to acquire or strengthen. The course helps you to develop an action plan around your change skills. Although you work in groups, your competence is assessed individually.

Students who have completed MNGT6372 Managerial Skills, MNGT6370 Foundations of Managerial Skills (FMS) or MNGT6211 The Executive Blueprint are not permitted to undertake this course.

Students who have completed MNGT6371 Managing Change are not permitted to undertake MBAX6271 Approaches to Change.

Students who have completed MNGT6370 Foundations of Managerial Skills (FMS) or MNGT6211 The Executive Blueprint are not permitted to undertake MBAX6272 Change Skills.

Prerequisites:
MBAX6274 Systems for Change - Required: MBAX6271 Approaches to Change. Recommended: MBAX6272 Change Skills


GCCM electives – choose two

MBAX6274 Systems for Change

This course examines how you can sustain change in yourself and your organisation and teaches you the skills to support both processes. You will learn the four-step action research method:

  • Implement change, Study and reflect on outcomes, Design new interventions, Continually assess the effectiveness of your actions. The aim is to become competent in using an open-systems model to understand how organisations function.
  • You will learn to analyse the extent to which systems enable and motivate sustainable change.
  • About one-third of the course is devoted to applying skills to a current, action research project at your workplace.

Prerequisites: MBAX6271 / MNGT6271 Approaches to Change.

It is recommended to also complete MBAX6273 / MNGT6273 Redesigning the Organisation before undertaking this course.

MBAX9101 Project Management

Project management involves the overall planning, control and coordination of a project. It is the process by which the responsibility for all phases is combined within one multidisciplinary function. This course introduces you to the project management skills needed during the lifetime of a project. It explores some key concepts of project management, including project risk management.

MBAX9132 Intrapreneurship

For many established businesses, the ability to identify and effectively respond to new opportunities is increasingly central to their success and, indeed, survival. Evidence suggests that innovation in a corporate context can often be difficult. In recent years, however, a growing number of organisations have drawn on approaches and practices more common to small entrepreneurial start-ups to help them identify new market opportunities and how they could respond to these opportunities. This is sometimes called ‘intrapreneurship’.

The aim of this course is to provide students with insights into the intrapreneurship process and to help them develop the skills and knowledge they need to enhance the ability of their organisations to identify new opportunities in the market and respond to them effectively. It does so by giving them hands-on experience of participating in an online corporate challenge.

One of the key aspects to successful intrapreneurship is the ability to work collaboratively across different aspects of the business, often in different locations and parts of the world. For this reason, the corporate challenge is based on group work, where students will work through an online platform to identify and develop a new business opportunity for a corporate partner.

MBAX9153 Implementing Strategy

This course provides students with applied, critical thinking and application skills for effective strategy implementation. With a focus on a spectrum of principles and features that influence strategy execution, it helps develop practical insights into organisational transformation. The course aligns with the content of other strategy courses, but focuses on the spectrum of issues to translate strategy implementation detailing how organisations can achieve sustained effectiveness with both its current challenges and future possibilities. In this context, the course deals with themes on the strategic process of managing for change, redesigning structure, human capital and talent management, and smart responses to technology. The course challenges students to think critically and develop useful insights about the concepts and principles on making better strategy.

To apply for the Graduate Certificate in Change Management, you will need either:

  • A recognised undergraduate degree (or equivalent qualification) and a minimum of 2 years professional or managerial work experience, or
  • At least 6 years professional work experience*

Note: Meeting the entry requirements does not guarantee you will be offered a place on this program.

All applicants must meet the University's English requirements regardless of nationality or residency.

Please refer to the UNSW English Requirements Policy for further information.

* If you are applying based on work experience, please ensure your referee reports clearly cover at least 5 out of the last 7 years (sometimes multiple referee reports are necessary to cover 5 years). 

Please note: An English waiver based on work experience and residency only applies to the following countries:

American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Canada, Fiji, Gibraltar, Ghana, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, The Gambia, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland), United States of America, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Change Management program

You can apply for the Graduate Certificate in Change Management program online. Applications are assessed on a session by session basis.

Term
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Classes startClasses finish
Term 1 201917 September 2018
28 January 2019
18 February 201919 May 2019
Term 2 201918 February 201913 May 20193 June 20191 September 2019
Term 3 20193 June 201919 August 201916 September 201915 December 2019

Documentation checklist

Before applying you will need to gather the following supporting documentation:

Please see the AGSM MBA (Executive), MBAX and GCCM Admissions Policy (pdf) for more details on supporting documents and the application process.

* Those applying based on work experience must cover at least the last 5 years of experience. Those with an undergraduate degree must arrange two referee reports however, they do not need to cover the last 5 years.

Apply online

Please refer to the application process for further details on how to apply.

The AGSM MBA Admissions Selection Committee will review your application. We will advise you of the outcome by email within three weeks of your complete application.

There is a non-refundable online application fee of AUD$125.

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Quick facts for students

Program code
7315
Award
Graduate Certificate
Study Mode
Online
Duration
1-2 years part-time
Commencing terms
Term 1 – February
Term 2 – June
Term 3 – September
Course fee*
$4,830
Program fee (total)*
$19,320 in 2019
* Fees are indicative only

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