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C11138v7 Graduate Certificate in Business and Technology

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Business and Technology (GradCertBusTech)
UAC code: 940614 (Autumn session, Spring session)
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: City campus


This course is only offered to local students.

This course is not offered to international students.

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Recognition of prior learning
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Articulation with UTS courses
Other information


This course introduces students, with appropriate work experience in a field of technology, to business leadership frames of reference and knowledge. The three core subjects establish a foundation for further studies into the field of business leadership, while the elective allows students the opportunity to select an area of study in which they seek to enhance specialist knowledge.

This course sets students on a program of study that enables them to progress from technological roles to business leadership roles. With their technology background, they are well placed to develop into business leaders who understand the strategic value of technology, and who can lead their organisation through the complex challenges of technical and other forms of innovation.

Course aims

The course provides students with an understanding of the basics of business leadership upon which they can build more sophisticated leadership capabilities through further study and career experience.

Career options

Students enrolled in this course are advised to articulate into Master of Business and Technology (C04161) once they have successfully completed their study. This results in them having access to a broad array of business leadership roles across many technology-related industries and organisations.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.0 Engineering and IT take place within the larger context of society and the environment, which encompasses social, economic and sustainability needs.
A.1 Identify, interpret and analyse stakeholder needs.
A.2 Establish priorities and goals
A.3 Identify constraints, uncertainties and risk of the system (social, cultural, legislative, environmental, business etc.)
A.4 Apply principles of sustainability to create viable systems
A.5 Apply systems thinking to understand complex system behaviour including interactions between components and with other systems (social, cultural, legislative, environmental, business etc.)
B.0 Engineering and IT practice focuses on problem-solving and design where artifacts are conceived, created, used, modified, maintained and retired.
B.1 Identify and apply relevant problem solving methodologies
B.2 Design components, systems and/ or processes to meet required specification
B.3 Synthesise alternative/innovative solutions, concepts and procedures
B.4 Apply decision-making methodologies to evaluate solutions for efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability
B.5 Implement and test solution
B.6 Demonstrate research skills
C.0 Abstraction, modelling, simulation and visualization inform decision-making, and are underpinned by mathematics, as well as basic and discipline sciences.
C.1 Apply abstraction, mathematics and/or discipline fundamentals to analysis, design and operation
C.2 Develop models using appropriate tools such as computer software, laboratory equipment and other devices
C.3 Evaluate model applicability, accuracy and limitations
D.0 Graduates must have capabilities for self-organisation, self-review, personal development and lifelong learning.
D.1 Manage own time and processes effectively by prioritising competing demands to achieve personal goals (Manage self)
D.2 Reflect on personal and professional experiences to engage in independent development beyond formal education for lifelong learning
E.0 Engineering and IT practice involves the coordination of a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary activities to arrive at problem and design solutions.
E.1 Communicate effectively in ways appropriate to the discipline, audience and purpose.
E.2 Work as an effective member or leader of diverse teams within a multi-level, multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural setting
E.3 Identify and apply relevant project management mothodologies
F.0 Graduates must possess skills, knowledge and behaviours to operate effectively in culturally-diverse workplaces and a chnaging global environment.
F.1 Be able to conduct critical self-review and performance evaluation against appropriate criteria as a primary means of tracking personal development needs and achievements
F.2 Appreciate ethical implications of professional practice
F.3 Understand cross-cultural issues (regions or workplaces)
F.4 Be aware of global perspectives (needs, rules/regulations, and specifications)

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

It is a requirement that the bachelor's degree be in information technology, engineering, management or commerce.

Applicants must have at least five years' full-time equivalent professional work experience in an appropriate industry, some of which should be in a management position. Given the nature of the work-based assessment tasks required in many of the subjects, applicants need to be employed in a relatively senior position in a Sydney-based organisation.

The English proficiency requirement for local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning is not offered for subjects in the graduate certificate.

The substitution of core subjects with an alternative postgraduate subject in a similar field of study may be granted. Subject substitution is dependent on faculty approval.

Course duration and attendance

The course duration is two years of part-time study.

Course structure

This course totals 24 credit points, comprising three core subjects and one elective.

Course completion requirements

32553 Leadership and People Management 6cp
CBK90083 Electives 6cp
32005 Strategic Leadership for Innovation 6cp
42016 Strategic Finance 6cp
Total 24cp

Course program

A typical program is shown below. Note that subjects are only offered once each year. 32553 and 42016 are offered in Autumn session, and 32005 and the elective are offered in Spring session each year.

Year 1
Autumn session
32553 Leadership and People Management   6cp
42016 Strategic Finance   6cp
Spring session
32005 Strategic Leadership for Innovation   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp

Articulation with UTS courses

This course is part of an articulated program of study comprising the Graduate Certificate in Business and Technology, the Graduate Diploma in Business and Technology (C06060), and the Master of Business and Technology (C04161).

Students articulating from the graduate certificate are typically eligible for advanced standing of 24 credit points.

Other information

Students enrolled in UTS: Information Technology degrees (undergraduate and postgraduate coursework) are advised to direct all their course-related inquiries to:

Building 10 Student Centre
Building 10, level 2, foyer (Jones St entrance)
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887) or +61 2 9514 1222