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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 4 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 each of the four GCCM courses. Please note the recommended sequence is MBAX6271, MBAX6272, MBAX6273, MBAX6274. The courses may be completed in a different sequence, as long as MBAX6271 is completed before MBAX6274.

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.

Course outline
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.

Course outline
MBAX6273 Redesigning the Organisation

This course focuses on the important structural and cultural elements of an organisation’s design, when and why the elements might need to be redesigned and how to redesign them effectively We consider changes at the level of individual jobs through to strategic options such as mergers, downsizing and restructuring. There is no one perfect design, only an optimal design for each particular time and context. By the end of the course you will be able to: Describe the main features of organisations Assess an organisational design in relation to the strategy and the environment Apply an open-systems perspective to planning for change Identify appropriate interventions Recommend ways to improve the redesign process.

Course outline
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.

Course outline

^Students who have completed MNGT6371 Managing Change are not required (or permitted) to undertake this course.

#Students who have completed MNGT6370 Foundations of Managerial Skills (FMS) are not required (or permitted) to undertake this course.

*Prerequisites: MBAX6271/MNGT6271 Approaches to Change.

*Recommended prerequisites: MBAX6272/MNGT6272 Change Skills and MBAX6273/MNGT6273 Redesigning the Organisation.

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.

The UNSW English Language requirements also apply to this degree.

Change Management program

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

Semester Applications
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Application
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Classes startClasses finish
Summer Semester, 2017 5 September 2016 7 November 2016 13 February 2017 14 May 2017
Semester 1, 2017 13 February 2017 10 April 2017 29 May 2017 27 August 2017
Semester 2, 2017 29 May 2017 24 July 2017 11 September 2017 10 December 2017

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.

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$100.

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Quick facts for students

Program code
7315
Award
Graduate Certificate
Study Mode
Online
Duration
1-4 years part-time
Commencing semesters
Session 1 - February
Session 2 - May
Session 3 - September
Course fee*
$4,560
Program fee (total)*
$18,240 for 2017
* Fees are indicative only