Professional Management Program

Enhance your general management skills and take your leadership and strategic thinking capabilities to the next level.


Date: Apply now to start in September 2020

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Duration: 6 x 2-day modules plus a Strategic Project (up to 4 contact days). Online modules are also currently available due to COVID-19.

Cost: $8,250 

Location: Level 7, Nexus 10,10 Pulteney St and Online

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  • Program overview

    Designed for established managers to develop and broaden their core management capabilities, and a pathway opportunity to the Adelaide MBA. 

    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 focusses on development the core leadership, management, finance and operational skills required by any aspiring manager or business leader.

    The program is made up of 3 core modules, 2 elective modules, and 1 capstone module.

    Core Modules (3) Duration Instructor

    Increase Performance by Leading & 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.

    2 days

    David Pender or Lois Whittall

    Business Improvement: Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt (Advanced)

    Applied problem-solving tools and techniques. Challenging the process, concepts of process-thinking, benchmarking and re-engineering. Understanding the drivers of customer satisfaction. Team based approaches to improving customer services, business processes and the concept of customer's value of quality. How to foster a business climate of 'continuous improvement'.

    2 days


    Max Zornada

    Finance Essentials 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. 

    2 days 


    Chris Graves or David Murphy
    Elective Modules (2) Duration

    Select two electives from the following options (subject to availability):

    • Successfully Navigating Change
    • Emotional Intelligence at Work
    • Results Driven Coaching
    • Negotiation for Success
    • Project Management Essentials
    • Appreciative Inquiry - Strengths Based Approach to Change
    • Managing the Contract Lifecycle
    • Leading the Customer Experience
    2 Days
    Capstone Module    

    Developing a Compelling Strategy

    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.

    2 days Alina Lebed

    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

    1 Day Alina Lebed

    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

    1 Day Alina Lebed
    Strategic Project Presentations 1-2 days Alina Lebed
    Informal Graduation 4.30- 6pm  


  • Delivery mode

    Face-to-face mini-modular format

    Delivered as six 2-day modules, plus a Strategic Project (up to 4 contact days) The program can be completed in a 6-month intensive format, or a self-paced 12 or 24 month pathway, plus a Strategic Project.  The course is conducted during the working week. There are rarely out-of-hours commitments prior to attending each module.

  • Who is this program for?

    Managers, team leaders and professionals who are currently operating at middle-to-senior management level.

  • Key learnings

    By the end of this program you will:

    • Be able to lead authentically and identify talents and areas for development for yourself and your staff.
    • Have a grounding in core business topics, which is essential for being an effective decision-maker.
    • Be able to effectively write, implement and evaluate strategy that will benefit your business.
  • Credit

    Successful completion of Executive Education’s Professional Management Program (PMP) will give you credit into the University of Adelaide MBA (subject to meeting the standard entry requirements for the MBA).    

    Credit is available for any of the 6 modules within this program if it has been successfully completed as a short course through Executive Education. Participants must complete an associated assignment for the short course to receive this credit.

  • Benefits for your organisation

    • 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.
  • Assessment

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