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Note: This program is no longer available to new students, the information below is relevant to currently enrolled, continuing students only.

Program handbook


Research shows that co-operatives have demonstrated high levels of resiliency in the Global Economic Crisis across a number of business sectors. Some co-operatives are among the largest and most efficient organisations in the world. The Graduate Certificate in Co-operatives Mangement and Organisation is a 40 unit program requiring students to complete all the core courses. The completion of the program provides students with an opportunity to open up new career avenues for students interested in the social responsibility of business and enables them to develop critical analytical skills in business ethics.

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Communicate effectively (a) orally and/or (b) in writing.
  • Work effectively (a) independently or (b) in collaboration to apply specialised knowledge and expert judgement to co-operatives management and organisational tasks.
  • Engage in critical thinking and analytical problem solving to justify sound co-operatives management solutions
  • Demonstrate specialised knowledge of theories, models and concepts relevant to co-operatives management and be proficient in their application.
  • Apply co-operatives management and organisational decision making skills that incorporate understanding of ethical, cultural and global issues.


Information correct as at20th May 2018 6:45am
Program code40034
AQF level

Level 8 Graduate Certificate

Mode of delivery
  • Online
  • Australian students - 0.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Term typeTrimesters
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Business and Law
Contributing schools
  1. Newcastle Law School
  2. Newcastle Business School
Relevant University rules and policies

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Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.

Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

40 units

Program duration

0.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 3 years maximum.

Program requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Co-operatives Management and Organisation is a 40 unit program requiring students to complete all the core courses.

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Complete all core courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
GSBS6001Managing Under Uncertainty
  • Trimester 1 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 1 - 2018 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 1 - 2018 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 3 - 2018 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 2 - 2018 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 2 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online)
  • Trimester 3 - 2018 (Singapore)
10 units
GSBS6002Foundations of Business Analysis
  • Trimester 1 - 2018 (Online)
  • Trimester 2 - 2018 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 2 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 2 - 2018 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 3 - 2018 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2018 (Online)
10 units
GSBS6411Introduction to Co-operative Organisation and Management: the Co-operative Advantage
  • Trimester 1 - 2018 (Online)
10 units
LEGL6005Co-operative Law and Governance
  • Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online)
10 units

Additional information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program,  contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility  before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online