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Graduate Certificate of Aviation (GCAV) - GradCertAv

 Online
Semester intake:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Fees:Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Standard duration:1 semester full-time, up to 2 years part-time  
Program articulation:

To: Graduate Diploma of Aviation; Master of Aviation

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Future Australian and New Zealand students  Future International students  Current students 
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Freecall (within Australia): 1800 269 500
Phone (from outside Australia): +61 7 4631 5315
Email: study@usq.edu.au  
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Phone: +61 7 4631 5543
Email: international@usq.edu.au 
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Freecall (within Australia): 1800 007 252
Phone (from outside Australia): +61 7 4631 2285
Email: usq.support@usq.edu.au 

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Program aims

The Graduate Certificate of Aviation is a professionally-oriented program. It provides graduates with a thorough understanding of the principles and concepts of the aviation system, its components, aircraft operations, aviation human factors and safety, and support and enabling processes. It also addresses management and business principles, enabling graduates to critically analyse, evaluate and manage any element of the aviation system, including operations, aviation human factors, and support or ancillary roles. It will provide opportunities to examine human factors and performance issues within an aviation context and aviation safety systems more generally.

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Program objectives

On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Aviation, students will be able to:

  1. develop advanced knowledge of the aviation industry with depth in the underlying principles and concepts

  2. apply initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and ethical decision making in a professional aviation context

  3. apply critical thinking and judgement in supervised, practical situations within the aviation industry

  4. develop high level written and interpersonal communication skills appropriate to supervisory positions within the complex socio-technical aviation system

  5. engage in a range of professional and ethical research skills and/or theoretical research methodologies appropriate to the aviation context

  6. integrate relevant theory and practice related to a wide range of emergent, technological and human interface challenges within the aviation industry.


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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Completion of an Australian university Bachelor degree in the area of aviation, management and/or psychology, or equivalent

    or

    A minimum of five years’ professional work experience equivalent to a qualification at AQF Level 7.

  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 3.


All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.

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Program fees

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

International full fee paying place

International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

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Program structure

The Graduate Certificate of Aviation is comprised of four units of postgraduate courses, comprising two core courses and two specialisation approved courses.

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Required time limits

Students have a maximum of 2 years to complete this program.

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Core courses

Course  Semester of offer Online 
Aviation Human Factors specialisation core courses: 
AVN5102 Safety Management and Human Factors in Aviation  
AVN8103 Managing a Safety Culture in Aviation 
Aviation Management specialisation core courses: 
AVN5102 Safety Management and Human Factors in Aviation 
AVN5101 Aviation Management 

Specific specialisations

In this section:

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Aviation Human Factors

Course  Semester of offer (Online) 
Select two courses from the following Aviation Human Factors specialisation approved courses: 
AVN8101 Managing Operations in Aviation 
AVN5104 International Aviation Systems^ 
MGT5000 Managing Organisational Behaviour 
ACC5502 Accounting and Financial Management  1, 3 
MGT8033 Leading Organisational Change  1, 2 
AVN5101 Aviation Management 
AVN8102 Applied Human Factors in Aviation 
AVN5103 Human Factors Training in Aviation 
ECO5000 Economics for Managers  2, 3 

Footnotes
^This course will be offered from 2019.

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Aviation Management

Course  Semester of offer (Online) 
Select two courses from the following Aviation Management specialisation approved courses: 
AVN8101 Managing Operations in Aviation 
AVN5104 International Aviation Systems^ 
MGT5000 Managing Organisational Behaviour 
ACC5502 Accounting and Financial Management  1, 3 
MGT8033 Leading Organisational Change  1, 2 
MGT8002 Strategic Management  1, 2, 3 
AVN8103 Managing a Safety Culture in Aviation 
AVN5103 Human Factors Training in Aviation 
MKT5000 Marketing Management  2, 3 
ECO5000 Economics for Managers  2, 3 

Footnotes
^This course will be offered from 2019.

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IT requirements

For information technology requirements please refer to the minimum computing standards.

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Other program requirements

Students must maintain good standing in this program. Please refer to the Academic Standing, Progression and Exclusion Procedure.

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Exit points

There are no exit points from the Graduate Certificate of Aviation.

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Credit

Credit may be granted on the basis of equivalent courses undertaken at postgraduate level. In order for credit to be granted, the claim must meet the following specific requirements:

  • the course passed was taken at least at Masters or equivalent level

  • the course was passed within five years prior to the application (courses up to 10 years old may be considered if evidence is provided that the applicant has been employed in that field)

  • the course passed is equivalent in objectives, content and weightings to a course prescribed in the Graduate Certificate of Aviation

  • where the student has taken out an award from a recognised tertiary institution and is claiming credit on the basis of courses completed to meet the requirements of that program, the maximum credit on the basis of such courses shall be no greater than two courses for the Graduate Certificate of Aviation

  • credit approved in this program will not automatically apply to other programs offered by the University of Southern Queensland.


Note: Where credit is granted, maximum and minimum duration will be adjusted in the same proportion as the credit, for example, where the maximum of 50 per cent credit is granted, maximum and minimum duration will be reduced by one-half.

Recommended enrolment patterns

In this section:

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Aviation Human Factors

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
AVN5102 Safety Management and Human Factors in Aviation11
Aviation Human Factors specialisation approved course11
Aviation Human Factors specialisation approved course12
AVN8103 Managing a Safety Culture in Aviation12

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Aviation Management

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
AVN5102 Safety Management and Human Factors in Aviation11
Aviation Management specialisation approved course11
Aviation Management specialisation approved course12
AVN5101 Aviation Management12