Master of Human Services Management
Course code: 3790 ~ Course abbreviation: MHSM ~ Total credit points required: 72 ~ 3 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts
Study mode and course location
Off-campus (Gippsland - P/T only)
This course is designed to meet the needs of professionals in the social, community and human services sectors who have moved, or who wish to move, from direct practice into a managerial role. The program encompasses a sequence of flexible delivery incorporating print and online teaching and learning.
The curriculum includes program planning and evaluation, management and leadership, strategic planning, development of quality standards and best practice models, human resource management, problem-solving and organisational culture and environment analysis. The course 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, whether local or in international agencies, to adapt topics and assignments to their own experience and professional context.
Students successfully completing this course will have: 1. a sound knowledge of diverse aspects of the academic discipline; 2. an understanding of the world view of the field of study; 3. a critical appreciation of 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. advanced analytical skills; 7. a grasp of research methodology and ethics, and an ability to undertake a small, independent research project in one of the disciplines represented in the program.
Minimum pass grade
To graduate with the Masters, students must gain a credit (60 C) or above in core units and a minimum credit average overall.
Students complete a total of 72 points, comprising a maximum of 48 points at level 4 and minimum of 24 points at level 5. Students will normally complete one 12-point unit per semester by off-campus learning. All units, except where indicated, are 12 points.
Students must complete one of the following:
Note that prerequisites are required for some of the above electives.
A maximum of 12 points may be taken outside the Faculty of Arts as approved by the course coordinator.
Students must complete a minimum of 24 points at level 5 from the following:
* Students intending to undertake HSM5302 (Human services research practicum) (24 points) will require approval from the course coordinator and will be required to complete HSM4305 at fourth level and achieve a distinction grade.
Students may be offered an exit award of a Faculty Certificate in Human Services Management after completion of 24 points, or a Graduate Diploma in Human Services Management after successful completion of 48 points.