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Graduate Certificate in Data Management

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Graduate Certificate in Data Management

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Do you have a thirst for knowledge and research? Are you interested in data curation, data management and analytics, data librarianship, and how information can be used to drive change and influence the world around us? If you have an undergraduate degree and are eager to further your studies in the emerging field of data management, our Graduate Certificate in Data Management is suited to you.

  • Why study this course?

    Data is everywhere. Business strategies are developed, research is conducted, and decisions are made, based on the generation, analysis and dissemination of data. As a data professional, you will fill a recognised knowledge and skill gap and be uniquely placed within organisations to drive change and innovation. There is an expressed need within the job market for people whose main role is data management, curation and preservation, and who also understand data analytics and tools.

    A new brand of information professional - the data manager - is emerging. As a data manager, you will be able to take a leadership role in emerging data management practices in domestic and international business, academic and research contexts. CSU is currently the only university in Australia offering a course tailored for the emerging field of data management.

    The Graduate Certificate in Data Management is designed for information professionals, research administrators, researchers and others looking to broaden their understanding in data management and open up new career opportunities. This course will provide you with knowledge and skills not covered in existing “data science” courses, by focusing on data management and curation, metadata and the issues of preservation, access and analytics, which have particular relevance in the information and research sectors.

    Offered part-time online, you will receive an introduction to the fundamental principles, key concepts, tools, standards, and techniques of data curation, management and analysis. Online study with CSU is very flexible and lets you fit study around your work and life commitments. We provide access to a wide range of study materials, support and communication tools.

    Once you have successfully completed the Graduate Certificate in Data Management, you will be ready to move into a variety of exciting roles, and/or continue your studies with either a Master of Information Studies, Master of Information Leadership or Doctor of Philosophy

  • Career opportunities

    Possible career options include:

    • research, faculty or liaison librarian
    • data librarian 
    • data curator 
    • data archivist 
    • digital media curator
    • research management officer
    • e-research officer
    • roles in research infrastructure 

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    This course requires completion of 32 points comprising 3 core subjects plus 1 restricted elective. All subjects have a value of 8 points.

    Core subjects
    INF461 An Introduction to Data Management: Governance, Standards and Ethics
    INF462 Data Curation
    INF463 Introduction to Data Tools and Analytics

    Restricted electives (choose 1 subject)
    INF449 Research Data Management
    INF522 Project Management in Information Agencies

    Key subjects contain critical information that students must master in order to progress in their course.  Passing a key subject is one of the indicators of satisfactory academic progress in a course.  Student must pass key subjects at no more than two attempts.  Key subjects for the Graduate Certificate in Data Management are as follows:

    INF461 An Introduction to Data Management: Governance, Standards and Ethics

    Enrolment pattern

    Students have the flexibility to vary their study load and enrolment sequence according to their individual needs and subject availability. Some subjects will be available in Session 3.

    Year 1 - Session 1
    INF461 Introduction to Data Management: Governance, Standards & Ethics
    INF462 Data Curation

    Year 1 - Session 2
    INF463 Introduction to Data Tools and Analytics
    [    ] Restricted Elective Subject

  • Admission information

    Applicants for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Data Management must have the following qualifications:

    Hold a Bachelor’s degree in information studies, information systems or business or equivalent from an approved tertiary institution.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPOSYNNJADA
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPPGYNNOADA

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate with the Graduate Certificate in Data Management degree, students must satisfactorily complete 32 points.

  • How to apply
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    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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  • About the School
    School of Information Studies

    The School of Information Studies operates from CSU’s Wagga Wagga Campus. It is one of the leading providers of distance education for the information industries and has been educating and researching in the Information and Library Studies field for more than 40 years. Today, well over half of Australia's information and library studies students study at CSU. Teaching staff are world-renowned experts and have strong links with the professions nationally and internationally. Many of our staff have extensive professional experience in industry and continue to be engaged in their field, helping to ensure that what students are learning is based on current practice. CSU’s courses are recognised by relevant accrediting bodies and include areas such as information studies, records and archives management, teacher librarianship, information architecture, audiovisual archiving and applied research.

  • Preparing for Study


    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS026 - Developing Skills in Information Technology

    Any of the following subjects are recommended for students who wish to improve the areas of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS022 - Writing at University 
    • SSS024 - Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 - Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 - Academic Writing Skills (F2F Workshop)
    • SSS034 - Essay Writing – Style and Structure
    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.
  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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