The Graduate Certificate in Research (GCR) will provide you the opportunity to acquire advanced research skills which can be applied in a range of disciplinary contexts.
This course is aimed at professionals in a range of industry, government and community settings, and the course content is able to be tailored to suit your current employment context and/or areas of research interest.
The qualification can be taken in full or part time mode. Domestic students may study from any campus location or by distance education. International students may study at any campus or in off-shore distance mode.
To complete the course, a candidate will compile a series of research portfolio activities during a minimum period of six-months full-time, or the equivalent part-time.
New applicants may apply at any time of the year and continuing candidates will be re-enrolled at the beginning of each academic year. The coursework in which GCR candidates enrol are graded.
Successful completion of the GCR will provide you with an entry pathway into a masters by research, and possibly a doctoral degree, subject to achieving a minimum 6.0 GPA.
Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Research will have advanced theoretical and specialist knowledge in the principles and methods that exist within research. This will equip graduates with the research training and skills for further learning within a research higher degree (GPA 6.0), or for application of foundation research skills within workplace contexts. Graduates will obtain sufficient knowledge to independently conduct research in a specific discipline.
|Duration||0.5 years full-time or 2 years part-time|
|Credit Points that Must be Earned||24|
|Number of Units Required||CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).|
|Expected Hours of Study||One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.|
|Course Type||Postgraduate Award|
|Qualification (post nominal)||GradCertResearch|
|AQF Level||Level 8: Graduate Certificate|
Indicative Year - 2023
Indicative Year - 2022
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
To be eligible for entry to this course, a student will be required to demonstrate
- a completed bachelor degree in any discipline from an Australian university or college, or equivalent; or
- a recognised diploma (or equivalent vocational training qualifications) together with a minimum three years relevant professional experience; or
- a minimum of five years relevant professional experience AND formal skills or training to satisfy the Research Higher Degrees Committee of their capacity to undertake the qualification.
Students applying on the basis of experience may be required to provide evidence of writing skills.
IELTS Academic average 6.5 with no band less than 6.
An individual learning plan will be created for each student in the GCR, post-admission.
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||Not applicable|
No Residential School for this course.
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|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4||5|
|1. KNOWLEDGE Have specialised knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge that may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area|
|2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review,analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex problems|
|3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas|
|4. SKILLS Have specialised technical and creative skills in a field of highly skilled and/or professional practice|
|5. SKILLS Have communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts|
|6. SKILLS Have communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences|
|7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to make high level, independent judgements in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised contexts|
|8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialised technical and/or creative contexts|
|9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters|
|10. FOUNDATIONAL KNOWLEDGE sufficient to undertake qualifications|
|11. ACQUISITION AND APPLICATION of knowledge in new or existing disciplines or professional areas drawn from higher education units|
|12. FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS sufficient to undertake qualifications|
|13. ACQUISITION AND APPLICATION of skills in new or existing disciplines or professional areas drawn from higher education units|
|14. Course content drawn from higher education units|
|Number of units: 1||Total credit points: 24|
This research qualification is time-based. This means the courses structure relies on study time and overall progress towards portfolio activities, rather than credit point accrual.
For all candidates, the core requirements are:
A minimum enrolment of 0.5 EFTSL (six months full time, or the part-time equivalent) in the core unit, RSXXYYYYY Research Portfolio. Students must complete EITHER the Research Portfolio Part Time Unit OR the Research Portfolio Full Time Unit. This unit must be repeatedly taken until the candidate has met the minimum ETFSL period.
The Graduate Certificate in Research requires that students complete EITHER the Research Portfolio Part Time Unit OR the Research Portfolio Full Time Unit. The course content is identical in both.
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|RSCH20004||Revisions and Extensions|
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|