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Monash University

Faculty Certificate in Human Services Management

Course code: 3788 ~ Course abbreviation: FacCertHSM ~ Total credit points required: 24 ~ 1 year part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

Off-campus (Gippsland - P/T only)

Course description

This course is designed to meet the needs of professionals in the social, community and human services sectors who have moved from direct practice into a managerial role, but who do not hold an appropriate undergraduate degree. The program offers an alternative entry to graduate study, with the option to advance via the graduate diploma to the masters if a credit average is achieved. The curriculum includes program planning and evaluation, management and leadership, and offers a unique focus on exploring the role, function and responsibilities of the human service organisation in rural, regional and urban environments. The course content is designed to allow students to adapt topics and assignments to their own experience and professional context.

Course objectives

Students completing this course will have: 1. a familiarity with diverse aspects of the academic discipline; 2. a familiarity with the world view of the field of study; 3. a familiarity with the secondary literature in the field of study; 4. a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study; 5. advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal; 6. developed sound analytical skills; 7. developed the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.

Course structure

This certificate consists of a sequence of 24 points of part-time study through flexible delivery incorporating print and online teaching and learning.

Course requirements

Students complete two 12-point units taken over two semesters:

  • HSM4301 Program planning and evaluation in the human services
  • HSM4302 Management and leadership in the human services


Students who complete the faculty certificate with a credit average may apply to transfer to the relevant graduate diploma.

Course coordinator

Karen Crinall