The Graduate Certificate in Organisational Learning is an 18-unit program offered jointly by the Flinders Institute of Public Policy and Management and the School of Education.

It articulates with the following 72-unit masters programs:

Students who complete the graduate certificate normally receive credit for up to 18 units of topics should they wish to proceed with one of the above programs

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution and have not less than two years relevant work experience. However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

Course aims

The course aims to:

  • provide a comprehensive body of theory and practice to students wishing to attain competencies in developing and leading organisations to achieve their strategic goals and missions
  • enable students to develop a critical awareness of organisations as knowledge and learning systems.

Learning outcomes

After completion of the course, students are expected to be able to:

  • critically evaluate and discuss different models of organisational knowledge and learning
  • demonstrate an appreciation in the complexity of organisations as knowledge and learning systems
  • design and present interventions to improve learning and knowledge sharing capacity in their organisations.


Limited credit may be granted for recognition of prior studies undertaken at the University or other approved tertiary institutions.  Further information is available on this page.

Program of study

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Organisational Learning, a student must complete 18 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic. Students are required to complete two compulsory topics, and one or two of the specified option topics.

Core - Year 1 topics

 EDUC9605  Knowledge Management for Organisational Learning  (4.5 units)

 and either

 POAD9028  Evaluation Methods  (4.5 units) OR
 POAD9132  Action learning project/internship  (9 units) OR
 POAD9132A  Action learning project/internship  (4.5/9 units) AND
 POAD9132B  Action learning project/internship  (4.5/9 units)

Option - Year 1 topics

Select 4.5 or 9 units from the topics listed below to make a total of 18 units

 EDUC8602  Leaders and Leadership  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9606   Planning Change in Organisations (4.5 units)
 EDUC9610  Developing People in Organisations  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9611  Managing Innovation in Organisations  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9617  Educational Governance  (4.5 units)
 EDUC8618   Pedagogical Leadership (4.5 units)
 EDUC9630  Leading and managing professional learning for integrated languages and literacy programs (4.5 units)
 EDUC9631 Perspectives on leading professional learning for integrated languages curricula (4.5 units)
 POAD9133  Critical Systems Thinking and Practice  (4.5 units)