Units of study for the Executive MBA

The Business School website (sydney.edu.au/business/pgunits/) contains the most up to date information on unit of study availability or other requirements. Timetabling information for 2015 is available on the Business School website (sydney.edu.au/business/timetable). Students should note that units of study are run subject to demand.

Table of postgraduate units of study - Executive Master of Business Administration

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session
The following units of study are only available in the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA).

Core units of study

EMBA6000
Executive MBA Primers
  

This unit is available in the Executive Master of Business Administration only
Intensive January
EMBA6001
EMBA Report
12   

Only students enrolled in the degree FC065 - Executive Master of Business Administration, are permitted to enrol in this unit of study
Semester 2
EMBA6002
Leadership
12   

Only students enrolled in the degree FC065 - Executive Master of Business Administration, are permitted to enrol in this unit of study
Intensive February
EMBA6003
Integrated Management
12   

Only students enrolled in the degree FC065 - Executive Master of Business Administration, are permitted to enrol in this unit of study
Intensive May
EMBA6004
Creating & Developing New Opportunities
12    P Minimum credit (65 percent) average in EMBA6002 and EMBA6003


Only students enrolled in the degree FC065 - Executive Master of Business Administration, are permitted to enrol in this unit of study
Intensive October
EMBA6005
Managing Growth
12    P Minimum credit (65 percent) average in EMBA6002 and EMBA6003


Only students enrolled in the degree FC065 - Executive Master of Business Administration, are permitted to enrol in this unit of study
Intensive January
EMBA6006
Turning Around Mature Businesses
12    P Minimum credit (65 percent) average in EMBA6002 and EMBA6003


Only students enrolled in the degree FC065 - Executive Master of Business Administration, are permitted to enrol in this unit of study
Intensive June

Unit of study descriptions for the Executive Master of Business Administration

EMBA6000 Executive MBA Primers

Session: Intensive January Classes: Online unit Assessment: 'Completed Requirements' awarded when unit completed (100%) Mode of delivery: Online
Note: This unit is available in the Executive Master of Business Administration only
Primers in statistics, economics, financial statements and excel spreadsheets.
EMBA6001 EMBA Report

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: TBA Session: Semester 2 Assessment: Individual presentation (40%), written business plan or report (30%), individual reflective report (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Only students enrolled in the degree FC065 - Executive Master of Business Administration, are permitted to enrol in this unit of study
This unit requires students to provide leadership on a strategic, Board level issue facing their organisation. In doing so students will be required to apply the cross-disciplinary knowledge, skills and personal attributes developed during the degree to a significant strategic issue confronting their organisation. Thus, as in other parts of the course, the approach to the project must be integrative, international in scope, and build in the wider context in which the organisation operates. The unit will require the student to demonstrate the leadership skills, knowledge and attributes developed throughout the course. This is the final component of the EMBA, and as such will allow students to draw on the content and experiences from throughout the course. Students will work closely with an in-company sponsor as well as an academic mentor to ensure the project is both of substantial and practical value to the organisation and completed with academic rigor. The completion of this Unit of Study is the final component of the Executive MBA.
EMBA6002 Leadership

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Richard Hall Session: Intensive February Classes: 2 week block intensive in February Assessment: Group project presentation (35%), feedback activity (15%) and individual reflective report (50%) Mode of delivery: Block mode
Note: Only students enrolled in the degree FC065 - Executive Master of Business Administration, are permitted to enrol in this unit of study
This unit will develop, though experiential methods, a critical appreciation of the application of different perspectives on leadership to business situations. It will achieve this by deconstructing and reconstructing new and existing perspectives of leadership in ways that are of value to the practice of leadership in organisations. Perspectives examined will include military, political, philosophical, dramaturgical, ethical and musical. Students will study specific leadership skills, knowledge and attributes related to different organisational and group situations. These include: creative thinking and acting; critical reasoning; strategic thinking; reflexive listening; identifying and managing power relationships; persuasiveness and; ethical decision making.
EMBA6003 Integrated Management

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Leanne Cutcher, Associate Professor Paul Henry Session: Intensive May Classes: 2 week block intensive in May. Assessment: Group project presentation (30%), individual reflective report (50%), and integrated solution group assessment (20%) Mode of delivery: Block mode
Note: Only students enrolled in the degree FC065 - Executive Master of Business Administration, are permitted to enrol in this unit of study
Today's business leaders need not only to understand core business functions but also demonstrate an ability to ask the right questions of functional specialists and integrate this knowledge in order to solve complex business problems. This unit provides students with an integrative appreciation of the core business functions, with particular focus on the disciplines of strategic management, organisational behaviour, human resource management, international business, marketing, supply chain management, management accounting and corporate finance. The unit also develops and enhances the ability of students to work effectively in teams, a critical skill for the effective management of complex processes in uncertain environments and provides key building blocks for the remainder of the program.
EMBA6004 Creating & Developing New Opportunities

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Richard Seymour Session: Intensive October Classes: 2 week block intensive in October Prerequisites: Minimum credit (65 percent) average in EMBA6002 and EMBA6003 Assessment: Initial group project presentation (15%), final group project presentation (15%), final group report documentation (30%), and individual reflective report (40%) Mode of delivery: Block mode
Note: Only students enrolled in the degree FC065 - Executive Master of Business Administration, are permitted to enrol in this unit of study
It is a huge challenge to launch a new enterprise, whether that business be developing a new product, entering a new market, or leveraging a new business process. This challenge is further complicated in the global environment, with businesses now operating across diverse cultures and countries. This unit introduces the issues facing the entrepreneur or manager who is creating a new venture. Topics to be covered include opportunity discovery and recognition, leveraging the start-up's (limited) resources and capabilities, financial modelling and sources of finance, and intellectual property management. Specific focus will be given to leading the entry of a new venture in developing economies, with their complex institutional and cultural environment. Over the two-week intensive program, students will develop a business entry and financing strategy for an entrepreneurial venture. Central to the unit is the integration of theory and practice through workshops, visits and panel discussions. Students will pitch their new business to a panel of professional investors (if a start-up) or senior executives (if a form of corporate venturing), with feedback guiding their final documentation. The unit is planned to take place in Bangalore, India.
EMBA6005 Managing Growth

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Donnel Briley; Professor Bruce McKern Session: Intensive January Classes: 2 week block intensive in January Prerequisites: Minimum credit (65 percent) average in EMBA6002 and EMBA6003 Assessment: Group project presentation (50%), group project executive summary document (15%) and individual reflective report (35%) Mode of delivery: Block mode
Note: Only students enrolled in the degree FC065 - Executive Master of Business Administration, are permitted to enrol in this unit of study
Growing businesses are presented with a complex array of opportunities and challenges for maintaining and driving expansion. Leaders in these enterprises need to be able to assess and exploit these available options and, at the same time, to navigate pitfalls that impede growth. This unit of study offers a curriculum that addresses these opportunities and challenges. The course examines ways to get the most out of the firms strategic resources, explores the various paths to strategic corporate expansion, and present models for making key decisions faced by growth enterprises. Managing Growth emphasises hands-on experiences, including instruction from executives at leading Silicon Valley firms, on-site visits, and "live" projects with successful growth firms. The unit will take place at a location consistent with the growth theme. This will initially be California's Silicon Valley, a location which offers a showcase of internationally-renowned growth businesses. During the two-week unit students will explore the business environment, including the cultural, social and broader environmental context in which it operates.
EMBA6006 Turning Around Mature Businesses

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: TBA Session: Intensive June Classes: 2 week block intensive in June. Prerequisites: Minimum credit (65 percent) average in EMBA6002 and EMBA6003 Assessment: Group market analysis exercise (15%), group project presentation (25%), group project report (25%), and individual reflective report (35%) Mode of delivery: Block mode
Note: Only students enrolled in the degree FC065 - Executive Master of Business Administration, are permitted to enrol in this unit of study
This study program introduces the issues and challenges facing the consultant or manager charged with turning around a business in a stagnant or declining industry. It will take place in an offshore setting consistent with the mature industry theme. Over the two-week intensive unit the primary focus will be on developing a turnaround strategy for an organisation in the chosen location. This will involve independent research prior to attending the unit as well as on-site field work during the two weeks on location. Theory and practice relating to turnarounds will be integrated through workshop sessions, site visits, and talks from customers, producers, and others in the industry value chain. Students will also explore the business environment, including the cultural, social and environmental context in which it operates. The central ideas that lie at the heart of this unit include the following core concepts, all related to the management of corporate renewal and organisational change: re-positioning the business, re-branding the market offering, re-energising the business (and indeed the industry as a whole), re-thinking the role of management, re-defining innovation, re-considering the role of democratic principles and internal markets, and recognising the growing importance of institutional constraints on companies.