Professional Management Program

Enhance your leadership and general management skills with this dynamic multi-modular program.

Your commitment: 6 x 2-day modules, strategic project, plus out-of-class time to complete assessments

Duration: 9 months

Delivery mode: Face to face

Location: Pulteney St, Adelaide

Program fees: $11,650

Start date: February 2024

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  • What is covered in the course

    Designed for established managers to develop and broaden their core management capabilities, and a pathway opportunity to the Adelaide MBA (face to face post-experience program).

    The Professional Management Program has been delivered by the University of Adelaide for over 20 years, and has assisted over 2,500 middle to senior managers build their core management skills for personal and organisational success. This dynamic program focuses on developing the core leadership, management, finance and operational skills required by any aspiring manager or business leader.

    The program is made up of 6 modules, and a strategic project.

    Modules (6) Course Dates

    Leading and Managing People

    Understanding effective leadership and management characteristics. Managing yourself and building relationships with those around you. Dealing with conflict. Forming and participating in teams. Identifying methods of communication for the workplace.

    Wednesday 28 & Thursday 29 February 2024 (8:45am – 4:30pm)

    Finance for Non-Financial Managers

    Understanding and analysing financial information and accounting reports. Applying techniques of financial evaluation to assess proposed projects, including evaluating risk as part of preparing a business case. Understanding and applying 'good practice' methods in preparing budgets and in exercising budgeting control. 

    Monday 25 & Tuesday 26 March 2024 (8:45am – 4:30pm)

    Leading Change

    As the pace of change in corporate Australia accelerates, effective change agents are increasingly sought-after. Organisations rely on people who can lead and inspire others to implement change initiatives smoothly and successfully. This course explores change management from three interrelated perspectives to ensure change is understood holistically. These perspectives are: the individual, the organisation and the change agent.

    Monday 8 & Tuesday 9 April 2024 (8:45am – 4:30pm)

    Project Management Essentials

    Effective project management underpins the achievement business outcomes. As such, well-developed project management skills are highly valuable. This course provides a number of tools and techniques to enable participants’ to effectively execute decisions on time, on budget and in line with performance targets.

    Thursday 23 & Friday 24 May 2024 (8:45am – 4:30pm)

    Emotional Intelligence at Work

    Learn to lead your organisation more positively and effectively with emotional intelligence. Achievement is rarely about one person, therefore our engagement with others has a high impact on how we survive, grow, and thrive at work. Our ability to know ourselves, and take the time to understand others, are critical skills for professional growth. In this course, participants will learn the key elements relating to the practice of emotional intelligence, with tools, models and activities to immediately translate into your workplace.

    Tuesday 25 & Wednesday 26 June 2024 (8:45am – 4:30pm)

    Strategic Thinking

    Developing skills in strategic thinking. Analysing the internal and external environments. Evaluating long term strategies and guiding the direction of a business unit, department, division or organisation. Creating strategic flexibility. How to generate strategic alternatives and select the best option for implementation.

    Wednesday 24 & Thursday 25 July 2024 (8:45am – 4:30pm)

    Strategic project Duration

    Preparation 1 - Communicate to Captivate (Strategic Project)

    In addition to receiving feedback on your project proposals this session will help you develop the ability to grasp and present business information to confidently create and present persuasive presentations and reports

    Thursday 1 August 2024 (8:45am – 4:30pm)

    Preparation 2 - Dress Rehearsal and Final Feedback (Strategic Project)

    This session will allow you to present your draft strategic project and incorporate both facilitator and your peers' feedback into your final presentation and report

    Tuesday 1 October 2024 (8:45am – 4:30pm)
    Strategic project presentations

    Friday 1 November 2024 (8:45am – 4:30pm)

    Informal graduation Friday 22 November 2024 (5:00pm – 7:00pm)
  • Learning outcomes

    By the end of this program you will:       

    • Be able to lead authentically by evaluating and applying leadership and management frameworks that allow you to identify talents and areas for development for yourself and your staff.
    • Develop and apply core financial, analytical and strategic skills, which is essential for being an effective decision-maker.
    • Understand change management frameworks and how they can be applied within organisations and on projects.
    • Be able to create, write and implement a strategic project plan – including scheduling, budgeting, risk management and stakeholder engagement – to benefit your business.



  • Why should I attend?

    This program is designed for managers, team leaders and professionals who are currently operating at middle-to-senior management level.

    Your organisation will gain:

    • improved organisational performance through stronger leadership and team management
    • improved strategic thinking to move your organisation forward
    • better decision-making in meeting your organisational goals.
  • Delivery mode and duration

    Delivery mode: Face-to-face

    Duration: Delivered as 6 x 2 day modules, plus a Strategic Project. The course is conducted during the working week. There are rarely out-of-hours commitments prior to attending each module.

  • Credit

    Credit towards Professional Management Program may be available if any of the 6 modules within this program has been successfully completed as a short course through PACE. Participants must complete an associated assignment for the short course to receive this credit.

    Successful completion of Professional Management Program, with a credit-grade average or above, may give you credit into the Adelaide MBA* (subject to meeting the standard entry requirements for the MBA).    

    *The credit applied to the face-to-face post-experience MBA program only, and excludes online programs.


  • Assessment

    To successfully complete the Professional Management Program, participants will need to complete a number of written assignments, an ePortfolio and a Strategic Project.