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Graduate Certificate in Project Management

CSU’s Project Management courses are designed for professionals from diverse backgrounds who seek to successfully manage complex projects. Students of the course will also prepare for a range of project management certifications such as those from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

8 months part-time
Three sessions a year
Study mode
Units of Study
4 subjects
Course Details

What is this course about?

The aim of the Graduate Certificate in Project Management is to provide students with the essential project management and communication skills needed to successfully manage a project. The course will develop students’ understanding of key elements relating to project stakeholders, project plan development, the project lifecycle, and managing people. The course will also build students’ capacity to apply these skills in a professional context. Students will also prepare for a recognised project management certification.

On completion, graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate and apply knowledge of current and emerging trends in the management discipline, including the areas of human resource management, organisational behaviour, and managing a project;
  • critically evaluate contemporary management and project management theories in the context of professional practice;
  • effectively communicate concepts and solutions in a project management environment; and
  • prepare for an international industry certification in project management.

Professional Recognition

Charles Sturt University is accredited with the Project Management Institute (PMI)® as a Global Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.).  Because CSU is accredited as a PMI R.E.P., a study of project management at CSU earns you Professional Development Units (PDUs) towards PMI certifications and also meet the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) to help you maintain your PMI certifications.

PMI, PMP are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.


Core Subjects
Human Resource Management
Project Management Fundamentals
Professional Communications
Management Theory and Practice


This subject provides an introduction to, and an examination of, the roles and functions of human resource management in organisations. The examination is undertaken from the perspective of how human resource management can contribute to organisational performance. The subject examines how HR functions or techniques help an organisation to perform efficiently and effectively and assist organisations to achieve a competitive advantage. In addition, the subject investigates the ethical and moral implications of these functions and techniques.

HRM502 - Human Resource Management will cover the following topics:

  • HRM - Definition, History and Purpose
  • Strategic Human Resource Management and Human Resource Planning
  • Managing Diversity, Job Design and Quality of Work Life Strategically
  • Recruitment, Selection and Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Performance Management and Reward Management
  • Training and Development, Career Management
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Emerging Trends and Challenges in HR
  • Research skills for HRM


  1. Article critique (500 words - 10%)
  2. Essay (2500 words - 30%)
  3. Report (3000 words - 60%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb), Session 2 (July)


This is an industry subject based on the Project Management Institute (PMI®) methodology (as defined by the PMBoK® - Project Management Body of Knowledge) to prepare students for subsequent PMP® (Project Management Professional) or similar certification. In this subject students will look at how to initiate, plan, control and complete projects effectively and ensure that projects are performed to meet objectives within specific cost and time constraints.

MGI511 - Project Management Fundamentals will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to Project Management Principles
  • Project Integration Management
  • Project Scope Management
  • Project Time Management
  • Project Cost Management
  • Project Quality Management
  • Project Human Resource Management
  • Project Communications Management
  • Project Risk Management
  • Project Procurement Management


  1. Online quiz (15%)
  2. Case Study Analysis (3500 words - 35%)
  3. Project Management Plan (3500 words - 50%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb), Session 3 (Nov)


This subject is designed for those in professional positions with a need to communicate effectively and manage the communication of others to a high standard. Students who undertake this subject will gain a wide breadth of practical communication skills supported by the latest intellectual and psychological behavioural theory. This subject will equip students to communicate at all levels of professional business.

MGI521 - Professional Communications will cover the following topics:

  • Communication Psychology of Knowledge Exchange
  • Business Language & Document Writing
  • Digital Communications & The Media Experience
  • Creating Business Proposals & Reports
  • Digital Presentations & Tools
  • Selling & Obtaining Buy-In
  • Facilitating Workshops & Meetings
  • Managing Business Conflict & Negotiation
  • Differences Between Leadership, Management & Mentors
  • Personal Presentations & Public Speaking


  1. Recorded Audio Presentation (3 mins - 15%)
  2. Proposal Critique/Design (3000 words - 35%)
  3. Presentation (500 words / 10-15 slides / 10 minute presentation - 50%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb), Session 2 (July), Session 3 (Nov)


Marketing is an enterprise-wide opportunity for any organisation to understand its customers and the markets they might wish to participate in. Marketing Management is concerned with identifying, entering and developing markets and aligning the organisation's resources to achieve its goals. This subject will introduce students to key ideas, philosophies and theories that make marketing an essential activity in any organisation. Specifically, students will investigate marketing's origins and how marketing can be contextualised in the organisation as a platform to align the organisation's goals with market demand. The subject will also encourage students to investigate and discuss how marketing, contemporary marketing and customer issues can be managed in the current environment.

MGT501 - Management Theory and Practice will cover the following topics:

  • Management Theory: Traditional Approaches; Critical Approaches
  • Managers and Management: Manager's Knowledge and Learning; Ethics and Sustainability
  • Planning and Controlling: Managers as Decision Makers; Strategy and Strategic Management; Control in Organisations
  • Organising: Organisation Structure; Organisation Culture; Organisation Change
  • Leading: Leadership; Motivation; Teams


  1. Journal analysis (500 words - 10%)
  2. Essay (3000 words - 40%)
  3. Essay (3500 words - 50%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb), Session 2 (July), Session 3 (Nov)

Note: Assessment items are subject to change. Your official subject assessments should be confirmed in your online Subject Outline upon enrolment in that subject.

Sample Assessments

Sample Assessment

Assessments in your subjects will take a variety of forms, all designed to test and enhance your learning. You might be called upon to sit an exam, write a marketing plan, design an application, produce a video presentation, sit a quiz or any number of tasks. Why not try a small sample based on the core subject MGI521 – Professional Communications?

  1. Which of the following is the best description of the role of context in communications?
    1. A frame of reference within which conceptual rules should apply.
    2. A separation of one situation from another.
    3. An understanding of how the content might apply to the concepts
    4. All of the above are useful descriptions of the role of context.
  2. There are several types of language we should limit or avoid in professional writing. Which of the following is NOT considered one of these?
    1. Technical language
    2. Dramatic language.
    3. Exaggeration or embellishment.
    4. Slang or colloquialisms.
  3. If you need to have a complex but urgent discussion with someone, which of the following is the best way to use instant messaging to achieve your purpose?
    1. Use the IM to make arrangements for a more direct verbal conversation.
    2. Use the IM immediately to get the key points of your urgent message across.
    3. To ask them to urgently check their email for your complex message.
    4. Nothing, IM should not be used for this at all.
  4. Which of the following messages is least likely to be effective if given using email?
    1. A suggestion that all staff contribute to buy biscuits for the coffee room
    2. A notice to a client that you will not be able to meet their expectationsli>
    3. A complaint about a colleague’s personal behaviour.
    4. A request to a colleague to meet after work for drinks.
  5. Of the three vectors of change, what is the purpose or role of the emotional vector in the user experience?
    1. To manipulate their desires in the direction you want them to go.
    2. To make the user happy or otherwise positive.
    3. To help the user to like the author or what they say.
    4. To help the user find a reason to invest energy or effort.
  6. The most important thing we should clarify before writing any professional communication is…?
    1. Its purpose.
    2. Its intended recipient.
    3. Our disposition.
    4. The medium we should use.
  7. In the absence of fact or true understanding we tend to:
    1. Create assumptions to fill the gap.
    2. Enquire to find out more.
    3. Ignore what is not there.
    4. Rely on the opinion of others.
  8. In email, what is the main purpose of the content of the subject line?
    1. To get as much of the message across as possible in case the email is not read.
    2. To stand out more than all the other emails in the recipient’s inbox.
    3. To help the reader decide whether or when to read the email.
    4. All of the above.
  9. If two people share a similar understanding of a situation following a communications interaction and they are both aware that each of them has a similar understanding – what do we call this?
    1. Agreement.
    2. Meaning.
    3. The motivational vector of change.
    4. Alignment

Answers: D, A, A, C, D, A, A, C, D

Entry requirements

Applicants without a tertiary qualification may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Project Management on the basis of professional attainment and/or work experience.

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, students will also be eligible for admission to the Master of Project Management.

Information on applying can be found on the How to Apply help page.

Master of Project Management

The Graduate Certificate in Project Management is designed in partnership with the Master of Project Management. The Graduate Certificate can be stand alone or, upon successful completion, students may proceed (with full credit) into the Master of Project Management.


Domestic Students
$3150 AUD per subject
International Students
$3250 AUD per subject

Students who complete a Graduate Certificate and then choose to proceed into the Master of Project Management attract a 10% alumni discount on their fees for their Masters enrolment.

More information on Fees can be found on the Fees page.

If you want to reduce your cost per course you may be eligible for credit.


Academic credit is available to students who can provide proof they have passed relevant industry certification examinations or who have completed previous study. No fees are charged for subjects students receive credit for.

Prospective students can obtain an estimate of credit entitlements from Industry Examinations by filling out the Credit Eligibility Form.

NOTE: The actual level of credit awarded will be confirmed upon acceptance into the Degree.

Find out more with a personalised assessment of your eligibility, or apply now!