Courses for today's manager

12 MAY 2011

A unique joint initiative between Charles Sturt University (CSU) and TAFE NSW is offering an alternative pathway to a Master degree that produces managers with the knowledge and practical skills to succeed in business.

A unique joint initiative between Charles Sturt University (CSU) and TAFE NSW is offering an alternative pathway to a Master degree that produces managers with the knowledge and practical skills to succeed in business.
 
The Australian Graduate Management Consortium (AGMC) courses include Graduate Certificate in Management (Professional Practice), Graduate Certificate in Project Management, Graduate Diploma of Management (Professional Practice) and Graduate Diploma of Project Management. These courses can lead to CSU Masters degrees in Management and Project Management.
 
“In designing the Graduate Certificate in Management AGMC asked, ‘What do practical managers really want?’. The result is courses that equip students with management skills to become reflective, change-adept practitioners in current and emerging workplace realities.” said Ms Joanne Parker, executive director of AGMC.
 
All courses delivered through a network of approved AGMC delivery sites are awarded by CSU, and offer managers local, convenient access to professional development opportunities that minimise the impact on their day-to-day lives.
 
“Since its inception in 1994, AGMC has sought and used feedback from its graduates to ensure courses continue to meet the needs of, and remain relevant to, contemporary managers,” Ms Parker explained. “We believe it is now the most practical course of its type anywhere in Australia.”
 
The AGMC is an innovative solution for anyone who wants postgraduate qualifications tailored to the needs of busy managers. The courses’ flexibility means that students don’t need an undergraduate degree to begin their studies if they have relevant TAFE qualifications and/or significant management work experience.
 
AGMC graduate Katrina Ellenor has found the course to be beneficial to her career as a manager.
 
“I found that the course was very adaptable to management in the 21st century,” Ms Ellenor said. “When I started the course I was not in a management role, but since then I’ve had opportunities to act in management positions and successfully attain two management positions with government departments. I feel this course has benefited my career and I’m looking to complete my Master within this field.”
 
AGMC currently has a growing network of delivery sites and well over 200 course participants enrolling each year. Currently, the course is delivered through sites in Sydney (Blacktown, Kogarah, Liverpool, and St. Leonards), Wollongong, Griffith, Broken Hill, in regional Victoria (and Warrnambool) as well as Canberra and Geraldton in Western Australia.
 
“Each accredited delivery site is managed by a local site coordinator, who ensures that the management education provided to local students is tailored to their specific work and other requirements,” Ms Parker said.
 
“Students find they are gaining fantastic results from their studies and are transferring their newfound skills and knowledge to everyday management situations,” Ms Parker said. “That’s exactly what we wanted.”

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