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Postgraduate Certificate in Business PCBS

Program focus


The Postgraduate Certificate in Business is an enabling program
that provides pathways into a range of postgraduate studies in the
Faculty of Business and Law by providing students with either foundation
or advanced business knowledge and skills. Students can choose an
appropriate specialisation to meet their particular needs and interests
to facilitate educational and career development.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Duration

1 semester full-time, up to 2 years part-time

Professional accreditation

The Postgraduate Certificate in Business (Project Management)
is accredited by the US-based Project
Management Institute (PMI). USQ is endorsed as a National Provider
of Project Management education by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM).

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Program aims

Postgraduate Certificate in Business (General Specialisation)

The aim of the General Specialisation is to enable students
with an undergraduate degree and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent
relevant professional work experience to undertake postgraduate study
across a range of disciplines to meet their specific workplace needs.
Students can select from a wide range of courses that can be tailored
to suit their immediate needs, or to lay a platform for further study
in a Master's program such as the Master of Business Administration
, Master of Management, Master of Business or Master of Project Management. Where applicable the entry requirements of those programs should
be considered when choosing courses.

Postgraduate Certificate in Business (Early Career)

The aim of this specialisation is to provide students with some
of the essential knowledge and skills that would normally be acquired
during 3 years full-time equivalent relevant professional work experience.
The Early Career specialisation is the only specialisation available
to students who have an undergraduate degree or equivalent from a
recognised institution but do not have 3 years full-time equivalent
relevant professional work experience. This specialisation enables
students to choose 4 specific postgraduate courses to facilitate entry
into the Master of Business Administration, Master of Management, Master of Business or Master of Project Managementprograms.

Postgraduate Certificate in Business (Business Foundation)

The aim of this specialisation is to provide a platform for
future study in a Master's program for mature-age students who
have workplace experience but who have not previously studied at university.
The Business Foundation specialisation is designed for students who
have a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent relevant professional
work experience, but do not have a tertiary qualification at bachelor
degree or equivalent level from a recognised institution. This specialisation
requires a student to undertake 4 specified postgraduate courses to
facilitate entry into the Master of Business Administration, Master of Management, Master of Business
or Master of Project Management programs.

Postgraduate Certificate in Business (Named Specialisation)

The aim of the Named Specialisation is to enable students with
an undergraduate degree and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent
relevant professional work experience to undertake postgraduate study
within a defined discipline area, either to provide advanced workplace
knowledge and skills, or as a platform for further study in a Master's
degree. The selection of the discipline specialisation will be influenced
considerably by the demands of the work environment and the interests
of the student.

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Program objectives

Postgraduate Certificate in Business (General Specialisation)

The objectives of the specialisation are to produce graduates
who are able to:

  • understand selected basic theories and skills associated with
    a select number of management discipline areas

  • apply acquired knowledge associated with their studies to their
    work environments

  • synthesise selected areas of managerial knowledge to produce
    meaningful assignments/reports

  • display competencies in a limited selected number of postgraduate
    discipline areas.


Postgraduate Certificate in Business (Early Career)

The objectives of this specialisation are to produce graduates
who are able to:

  • understand the concepts and essential skills associated with
    business management

  • apply acquired skills to the practical work environment

  • display a range of competencies relating to business management

  • articulate both written and orally, the principles, concepts
    and applications associated with business management.


Postgraduate Certificate in Business (Business Foundation)

The objectives of this specialisation are to produce graduates
who are able to:

  • understand essential business knowledge and skills

  • apply acquired business skills to the practical work environment

  • display a range of competencies needed in business foundation

  • articulate both written and orally, the principles, theories,
    concepts and applications of business foundations.


Postgraduate Certificate in Business (Named Specialisation)

The objectives of this specialisation are to produce graduates
who are able to:

  • understand the concepts and essential basic theories and skills
    associated with a particular selected discipline specialisation related
    to business

  • apply acquired discipline-directed skills to the practical work
    environment

  • display a range of competencies in a selected business-related
    discipline area

  • articulate both written and orally, the principles, theories,
    concepts and applications associated with a selected business discipline
    area.


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Program structure

The Postgraduate Certificate in Business is comprised of four
units of postgraduate courses as follows:

General Specialisation*^

Any four courses from the Master of Business Administration
, Master of Management, Master of Business and Master of Project Management.

Early Career Specialisation~

Course Semester/mode of offer Toowoomba campus Semester/mode of offer Springfield campus
Select four courses from the following:
ENG8101 Technological Impact and its Management For current year offerings,
please refer to the
course specification
website
PRL5002 Strategic Issues and Crisis Management
PRL8004 Financial Communication
PRL8005 Management Communication
FIN5003 Decision Support Tools S1 (ONC, EXT, WEB), S3 (EXT, WEB) S1
LAW5201 Commercial Law S1 (ONC, EXT, WEB), S2, S3 S2
LAW5504 Comparative Law and Business S2 (ONC, EXT, WEB), S3
A postgraduate course from the Faculty of Business
and Law coursework Master programs excluding the Master of Business
Administration. This option requires written approval from the Director
of Coursework Studies and may be subject to pre-requisite requirements.

Note: Subject to written approval from the Director of
Coursework Studies, students may also be able to choose a course from
across the university.

Business Foundation Specialisation

Course Semester/mode of offer Toowoomba campus Semester/mode of offer Springfield campus
MGT5000 Managing Organisational Behaviour S1 (ONC, EXT, WEB), S3 (EXT, WEB) S1
ACC5502 Accounting and Financial Management S1 (ONC, EXT, WEB), S3 (EXT, WEB) S1
ECO5000 Economics for Managers S2 (ONC, EXT, WEB), S3 (EXT, WEB) S2
MKT5000 Marketing Management S2 (ONC, EXT, WEB), S3 (EXT, WEB) S2

Named Specialisation*^

Students can choose a named specialisation from the following
study areas.

Option 1

  • 3 courses from a Master of Business Administration specialisation

  • plus one discipline-related course from the 8 Master of Business Administration core courses.


Note: Students must consult with the Director of Coursework
Studies in choosing their fourth course.

Option 2

  • a four-course specialisation from the Master of Management


Note: students who wish to articulate into the Master of Management must meet the admission requirements of
the Master of Management program before exemptions will be considered.

Option 3

  • a 4-course specialisation from the Master of Project Management


Note: students who wish to articulate into the Master of Project Management must meet the admission requirements of
the Master of Project Management program before exemptions will be
considered.

*Students are not able to undertake MGT8002 Strategic Management in this specialisation
without the approval of the Director of Coursework Studies.
^Courses in some areas of study may have pre-requisites.
~Students are not able to undertake MGT8002 Strategic Management in this specialisation.
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Exit points

There are no exit points from the Postgraduate Certificate in
Business.

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