The Graduate Certificate in Social Innovation Leadership is a multi-disciplinary course that equips you with a strong foundational knowledge about social innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as leadership skills. You will gain an understanding of how social innovation addresses social challenges through the creative and sustainable development of new ideas, products, models or systems. You will gain knowledge about and critically reflect on human centred design that underpins social innovtion, which maintains a focus on people and creating social impact, whether this is achieved through new business enterprises or other socially focused interventions. You will have the opportunity to explore a range of topics and areas, including design thinking, systems thinking, program logic, group dynamics, disruptive innovation, and innovation and entrepreneurship for 21st Century leaders. You will apply your new knowledge and gain experience by designing, developing and implementing an innovative project with social impact that addresses a contemporary social issue in your field/discipline.
The Graduate Certificate in Social Innovation Leadership is for ambitious individuals working in any field or discipline who want to develop their capacity to lead and encourage social entrepreneurship, social intrapreneurial impact, and positive social change. This course recognises that to create an environment in which innovation and entrepreneurship can flourish, leaders need to understand the drivers and behaviours of people, underlying group dynamics, and organisational and leadership processes. This course is aligned with the University's commitment to social innovation and sustainability, including CQU's designation as an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus.
The Graduate Certificate in Social Innovation Leadership (GCSIL) focuses on building the professional capacity of managers and social entrepreneurs of the future, across corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors. Students will learn to lead organisations creating social and environmental value, developing their ability to operate in a changed cross-sector social landscape, where the dynamism of the market is also directed at social innovation. Specifically, students may seek employment in consulting and advising on business performance and improvements including:
• Social project design and management
• New social ventures developments, international venture assessment and capital raising in a social context
• Corporate social innovation and social entrepreneurship
• Social incubator and technological innovation, support services to new ventures, in not-for-profit and small to medium enterprise (SME) sectors
• Design and development of teams and team dynamics working in social innovation Launchpad environments.
|Duration||0.5 years full-time or 1 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)||GradCertSocInnovLeadership|
|AQF Level||Level 8: Graduate Certificate|
Indicative Year - 2023
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.
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Recommended study structure follows:
1. Disruption, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (BUSN20022)
2. Social Innovation (BUSN20031)
3. Innovation Project
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||Not applicable|
No Residential School for this course.
|BUSN28002 - Students are required to complete a project that addresses a social problem in consultation with an organisation or social change group. Students may focus on challenges within their existing workplace, professional life or be involved in one of CQU's social innovation initiatives.|
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|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4||5||6|
|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: 3||Total credit points: 24|
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|BUSN20022||Disruption, Innovation and Entrepreneurship|