Graduate Certificate in Leadership
Innovative, Visionary, World Changer
The Graduate Certificate in Leadership (GCL) is designed to equip professionals by integrating cutting-edge leadership research with a Biblical lens and practical applications. The course will equip you with the cognitive, emotional, and behavioural resources to confidently lead your organisation. You will develop 3 key interrelated spheres of leadership: personal growth and discipline, team dynamics and performance, and organisational innovation and growth.
Graduates will be equipped with not only a broad understanding of leadership principles, but also with critical and creative thinking skills which are valuable to any professional context. This award also provides the opportunity for students to explore the implications of their faith within their professional contexts.
The GCL also serves as an entry pathway towards Alphacrucis College’s flagship Master of Leadership program, with provision for professional entry for those who wish to pursue studies after being in full-time employment for some time.
The program will transform your understanding of leadership and your role as a leader.
Dr Mulyadi Robin
Program Director, Graduate Certificate in Leadership
CRICOS Course Code: 084482D
The course structure is based on one semester (13 weeks duration) of four subjects. It comprises:
▪ 40 credit points (4 subjects) of core subjects
To qualify for award of the Graduate Certificate in Leadership, a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 40 credit points, including satisfactory completion of the subjects noted below.
Full-Time: 1 Semester
Part-Time: 1 Year (up to 3 Years candidacy)
Please see the Indicative Fee Schedule for information about the domestic and international fees for this year: https://www.ac.edu.au/documents/fees-and-fee-help-information/
The Graduate Certificate in Leadership qualifies for FEE Help Loan Funding. Consult http://study assist.gov.au/ for eligibility details.
Austudy, Abstudy and Youth Allowance are available for this course. To check your eligibility and to find out more information, please visit the Study Assist website.
Face-to-Face (weekly 3 hour lectures)
Intensive (4-5 days of lectures delivered within a one week period)
Extensive (4-5 days lectures delivered across a term period)
Online Delivery (weekly video/audio lectures provided to be viewed at own convenience)
Upon completion, students can continue their studies with a Graduate Diploma or Masters degree. See the Awards Offered page for more information.
The core subjects are as follows:
Course Learning Outcomes
Demonstrated integrated understanding of key issues, theoretical concepts and practices within leadership;
Demonstrated knowledge of various approaches used in leadership within the Christian worldview framework.
Demonstrated ability to critically apply knowledge developed for use in leadership;
Demonstrated ability to use critical, evidenced based and innovative thinking skills to analyse and synthesise ideas and theories from other disciplines related to leadership;
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively ideas and proposed solutions to peers and general audiences;
Demonstrated ability to identify and critically evaluate new developments and scholarship in leadership;
Demonstrated ability to articulate appropriate solutions to emerging leadership challenges;
Demonstrated ability to evaluate broad conceptual frameworks in leadership;
Demonstrated ability to critically and independently apply the knowledge and skills required as an informed practitioner in leadership.
International Students will be required to show proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 overall, reading 6.5; writing 6.5; speaking 6.5; listening 6.5 (or equivalent).
Academic Entry Requirements
This course requires the completion of at least an Australian Level 7 Bachelor degree awarded under the Australian Qualifications Framework (or equivalent overseas qualification). Applicants with Recent Secondary Education are not eligible for direct entry into this course.
Completion of at least an Australian Level 7 Bachelor degree awarded under the Australian Qualifications Framework (or equivalent overseas qualification).
Demonstrated minimum five years relevant work experience in a managerial or professional leadership role. This may comprise of: Ministers in senior leadership positions; Managers and leaders in non-government organisations which act to further social or cultural outworking of Christian ministry; Business people who are fulfilling positions of responsibility including team or industry leadership; or equivalent evidence of leadership experience.
To demonstrate this, applicants must submit a copy of their CV with a cover letter outlining how they meet the criteria of at least five years leadership or managerial experience. The nature of what is to be considered appropriate leadership/managerial experience for admission to this postgraduate leadership award is outlined in the ‘Professional Entry Criteria policy’ (see http://ac.edu.au/ppm/professional-entry-criteria-policy/).
Units offered as part of this Award:
- LEA401 - Introduction to Leadership
Description: Why do we need leaders? What do they do? Are they born or made? This unit will help students to find answers to these questions in the light of contemporary leadership theory and a Christian worldview. We will explore theory on leadership skills, traits and behaviours and consider the important question of what makes a leader great or...what would make you a great leader. Unit detail page >>
- LEA402 - Introduction to Leadership (Arrow)
- Demonstrate a broad understanding of contemporary leadership theories and their evolution and the distinction between technical competencies and management competencies
- Demonstrate broad knowledge of organisational theory, dynamics, and design
- Integrate Christian thinking with leadership theory
- Demonstrate a contextual understanding of the research basis of leadership theories
- LEA404 - Leadership Theory and Skills
Description: Can you integrate your faith with cutting-edge leadership that inspire high performance, innovation, and value creation? This unit provides you with an understanding of contemporary theories of leadership and how you can integrate Christian thinking in leadership. This unit also explores how leaders can inspire positive organisational, team, and individual level outcomes, as well as developing sustainable leadership. Unit detail page >>
- LEA535 - Organisational Leadership
Description: This subject explores the concept of organisational leadership from its beginnings to the current day approach and behaviour of organisations in the Australian context. The subject covers a number of operational and organisational dimensions including the history and evolution of organisational leadership. We then cover the constructs of leadership, teams, change, conflict, communication, culture, strategy and politics all within the working organisation environment. We will blend theory and commercial application to provide a rounded coverage of the course. Unit detail page >>
- LEA536 - Organisational Leadership (Arrow)
- Exhibit an appreciation of the process whereby organisations form and evolve
- Critically analyse the importance of organisational structures, to empower and provide opportunities for leadership development.
- Identify and distinguish the levels of complexity existing within organisations and their implications in staff selection and development.
- Exhibit an advanced ability to create an effective ‘real team’ of leaders.
- Show an advanced ability to create and modify the beliefs (values), which give rise to an organisations culture.
- Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the processes involved in leading through change and the obstacles normally encountered within an organisation.
- LEA550 - Governance, Law and Ethics
Description: This subject deals with governance principles and policies for corporations, not-for profit organisations, schools and churches. It considers both the legal aspects of governance and ethical and theological perspectives. Unit detail page >>
- THE401 - Christian Worldview
Description: Do you have questions about God that you have been unable to answer? Do you sometimes wonder whether Christian beliefs about things like the Trinity and the divinity of Jesus make any sense? This unit provides you with the opportunity to explore those beliefs that are foundational to Christianity. It argues that what we believe about God (our theology) has a practical impact upon our life and ethics and, therefore, provides an overview of Christian faith, and reflects on the ways in which this faith informs our everyday life and calling. The topics addressed range from the doctrine of God, creation and sin, to discussion on the person and work of Christ, and the nature of the coming kingdom of God. Unit detail page >>