Learning and Teaching Investment Fund 2012

Summary of projects

Project title

Supporting VET pathway students into GUSS postgraduate coursework programs

Project leader

Kate Driscoll

Project team

  • David McElgunn
  • Anthony Graham
  • Lesa Beel
  • Susie Costello
  • Lisa Thompson

Project summary

This project has seen the development a new educational model for senior community services sector professionals. Central to the model has been the design and development of a new Vocational Graduate Diploma of Community Sector Management program to be offered by the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies (formerly GSSS&P) in 2013.

The qualification is designed for people who are employed to undertake a range of management functions requiring a high level application of knowledge and skills. This qualification is considered to be ideal for Executive Directors, Service Directors, General Managers and Managers of large programs and those aspiring to these roles.

The Vocational Graduate Diploma in Community Sector Management provides an applied and practical post graduate study option, developing high level leadership and management capabilities required within the context of multidisciplinary service delivery. The program was developed in close partnership with industry and addresses contemporary and future training requirements of employees in senior management roles.

TheVocational Graduate Diploma in Community Sector Management provides a pathway into the GUSS Master of Public Policy program (formerly the Master of Social Science(Policy and Human Services) Program).

In order to support students in the transition from the Vocational Graduate Diploma level to Masters level study, a GUSS Guide to Critical Thinking has been developed. The Guide provides students with examples and resources to develop their critical thinking capacity and will be distributed across the School.


Two key outcomes have resulted from this program.

  1. Vocational Graduate Diploma in Community Sector Management
      • The program design, development and documentation has been completed and approved for delivery in 2013.
  1. GUSS Guide to Critical Thinking
      • The Guide will be available for VET students transitioning into GUSS postgraduate programs.

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