Master of Business Administration

Table of postgraduate units of study: Master of Business Administration.

The information below details the unit of study descriptions for the units listed in the Table of postgraduate units of study: Master of Business Administration.

Business Administration

Master of Business Administration

Students must complete 72 credit points in units of study, comprising:
(i) 42 credit points in core units of study
(ii) 24 credit points in elective units of study
(iii) a 6 credit point capstone unit of study

Graduate Diploma in Business Administration

Students must complete 48 credit points in units of study, comprising:
(i) 42 credit points in core units of study
(ii) 6 credit points in elective units of study

Graduate Certificate in Business Administration

Students must complete 24 credit points in units of study

Units of study for the courses

Core units of study

SMBA6001 Leadership Practice and Development

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Intensive full day participatory seminars and workshops over the semester. Assessment: class participation (10%), team project (40%), written assessment (50%)
This course is about the development of leadership through practice. Ultimately, leadership is about what you do, not what you know. Your effectiveness as a leader is assessed by the behaviours you consistently manifest across time, not by the theoretical concepts in your head. For this reason, our orientation is behavioural: what does best practice leadership look like and how can you get better at doing it? Our face-to-face time will, to the largest extent possible, be focused on building your effectiveness at constituent leadership behaviours. We will do this by creating an environment where you will repeatedly practice these behaviours, receiving specific feedback from peers, coaches and faculty to accelerate your development. These behaviours originate from empirically based theories of leadership. Our intention with this course is for you to gain a solid grasp of these theories before class starts so that we can spend the maximum time possible building your effectiveness at these behaviours during class.
SMBA6002 Strategies for Growth

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive July,MBA Session 1 Classes: 4 hr lecture/workshop and/or full-day participatory lectures/workshops over semester. Corequisites: SMBA6001 Assessment: case study 1 (35%), case study 2 (35%), group project (30%)
Growth remains central to the concerns of CEOs and investors alike. Yet the increasing incidence of disruptive change has created a new world in which competitive advantage is much more transient than in past decades, making consistent growth harder to achieve. In this new world strategic agility has become the cornerstone of business sustainability. This unit examines how organisations can reshape their business models in response to changes in technology and market structure and explores the circumstances in which opportunities exist to actively shape the environment through proactive business model innovation. The unit provides practical experience at applying relevant concepts, techniques, and frameworks to real-world situations in order to generate innovative strategic responses to dynamic market conditions.
SMBA6003 Data Analytics and Modelling

Credit points: 6 Session: MBA Session 1,Semester 2 Classes: 4 hr lecture/workshop and/or full day participatory lectures/workshops. Corequisites: SMBA6001 Assessment: group assignment (40%); individual assignment (30%); final exam (30%)
One of the most significant developments associated with the digital revolution is the increased availability of data. For managers and leaders in contemporary organisations, the ability to effectively analyse and draw useful inferences from data is critical. It is also important that managers can communicate complex interrelationships found in the data to senior management in a way that maximises the possibility that it can lead to favourable and sustainable change. Access to and use of data is critical to organisations in their need to effectively respond to a more volatile economic and financial environment, and Government intervention and regulation.
Superior data analytic and modelling capabilities are increasingly seen as a source of competitive advantage, both for business and for employees working within business. This unit of study can deliver this competitive advantage in at least six distinct ways - (1) it will reveal the type of "internal" data that an organisation must compile for effective decision making; (2) it will identify the "external" data that must be used in combination with the internal data, and where that external data is sourced; (3) it will analyse the tools and modelling techniques that can be used to draw timely and relevant insights from a range of different forms of data; (5) it will examine how these tools and modelling techniques can be practically applied across a range of organisational settings; and (6) it will demonstrate how any findings should be communicated to time-poor senior management. As part of this unit of study, students will be given the opportunity to work with real-world data sets and case studies, and to apply those data sets to their own and other organisations.
SMBA6004 Financial Management

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive July,Semester 1 Classes: 4 hr lectures/workshops and/or full day participatory lectures/workshops. Corequisites: SMBA6001 Assessment: individual assignment (30%), group assignment (30%), final exam (40%)
This unit of study will provide students with insight and understanding of the role that financial management can play in developing and executing effective strategies for change. Drawing on research in finance and management accounting, this unit of study will give students an understanding of key financial management tools and techniques that can be used to drive and support change and give them the opportunity to apply these financial management tools to real-world case studies. In addition, students enrolled in this unit of study will have the opportunity to gain practical insights from leading industry practitioners, including CFOs, into the financial management practices they use in their organisations.
SMBA6005 Critical Analysis and Thought Leadership

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive February,Intensive October Classes: 4 hr lectures/workshops and/or full-day participatory lectures/workshops Corequisites: SMBA6001 Assessment: philosophy exam (35%); reflective piece (35%), group presentation (30%)
A hallmark of great management is the ability to analyse a situation, make a solid case for a decision and then communicate it persuasively. Those three skills are crucial for effective thought leadership and management. In this unit of study, you will improve your understanding of logical reasoning and rhetoric by developing a better understanding of the use of evidence, by identifying the common fallacies that appear in public and private discussions and debate, and how to argue by analogy. You will also develop your critical communication skills, by learning how to craft vibrant and clear communications that will resonate with your target audiences.
SMBA6006 Innovation in Strategic Marketing

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 4 hr lectures/workshops and/or full-day participatory lectures/workshops Corequisites: SMBA6001 Assessment: individual assignment (40%), group assignment (40%), individual reflection (20%)
Marketing is at a crossroads in its evolution. Today, marketing strategy is less about focusing on the competition and more about innovating and collaborating within a broad network of relationships. These changes mean a fresh approach to every aspect of marketing - using customer insights, creating value, designing market offerings and implementing marketing strategies. This foundational unit provides a novel approach to strategic marketing, incorporating many practical frameworks with exemplars drawn from a wide variety of managerially relevant contexts.
By the end of this foundational unit, students will have a clear perspective of how marketing relates to other functional areas of the business and they will have a good working knowledge of some practical tools and frameworks to assist them as managers. They will also understand the implications of how marketing is changing, especially in terms of a new generation of technologies that are enabling fresh approaches to strategic marketing.
SMBA6007 Managing People and Organisations

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 4 hr lectures/workshops and/or full-day participatory lectures/workshops Corequisites: SMBA6001 Prohibitions: MMGT6004 Assessment: individual pitch (20%), group presentation (10%), group report (30%), reflective essay (40%)
This unit draws a parallel between modern organisations and the broader social environment in which they operate. It demonstrates how global, technological and demographic trends are re-shaping modern workplaces and highlights the importance of inclusive leadership in managing people. Students build experience in leading change in organisations and develop a better understanding of the dynamics of organisational culture, power and influence and the role of diversity. Students develop this understanding by critically reflecting on their own work contexts, and through real-world case studies focus on the implementation of a change management program addressing significant workforce and leadership diversity challenges. By the end of this unit of study, students are better equipped to drive organisational performance and get the most from the people they manage.

Elective units of study

SMBA6101 International Business Project

Credit points: 12 Session: Intensive September Classes: 3 pre-departure evening meetings, 10-day block intensive Prerequisites: SMBA6001 and SMBA6002 Assessment: blog (10%), project plan (10%), client report (40%), reflective essay (30%), group presentation (10%)
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This 12 credit point unit of study is a two-week intensive international module in which you will have the opportunity to study and work in a different country. While the focus of the modules will vary according to location, some of the key themes that are likely to be addressed in the international module include the leadership and management challenges of entering new markets, managing across cultures and regulatory environments, identifying and realising new opportunities and management and coordination challenges in multinational firms. As part of the module, you will be working in a small team to provide strategic advice to an organisation. At the end of the module, you will be asked to present a detailed analysis and recommendations to this client. To support your project work you will work with leading academics and industry experts on the ground in the country in which the module takes place.
SMBA6105 Business Negotiations and Decision Making

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive September Classes: 4 hr lecture/workshop and/or full-day participatory lectures/workshops over the semester Corequisites: SMBA6001 Prohibitions: IBUS6018 Assessment: group assignment 1 (50%); group assignment 2 (20%); reflective report (30%)
Not every decision in business seems rational to an outside observer; and sometimes, a seemingly irrational decision makes sense when you consider it from a different perspective. This unit of study will equip you with the skills to make sense of business decisions, by understanding the decision-making process with a focus on negotiations. The unit of study is delivered using specific examples from international strategy, such as mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures. You will develop skills through experience, and learn useful analytic frameworks to further your understanding of negotiation and decision-making.
SMBA6108 Leading Project Management

Credit points: 6 Session: MBA Session 1 Classes: 4 hr lecture/workshop and/or full day participatory lectures/workshops over semester Corequisites: SMBA6001 Assessment: individual assignment (50%), group report (30%), group presentation (20%)
The Leading Project Management unit of study equips students with the knowledge and skills to affect successful organisational change by leading efforts to improve project management practice in their organisations. The unit provides an understanding of project management methodologies that are deployed by organisations (including PMBOK) - their body of knowledge and their management. The effective leadership of projects and of the organisational change that ensues from their implementation is the focus of this unit. Through a number of key industry speakers, the unit develops an understanding of the complexities of managing projects and programs (groups of projects) - with particular attention on why projects frequently fail. Successful project outcomes that are critical to the survival and growth of today's businesses depends on good project leadership. The Leading Project Management unit of study equips students with the knowledge and skills to affect successful organisational change by leading efforts to improve project management practice in their organisations. The unit provides an understanding of project management methodologies that are deployed by organisations (including PMBOK) - their body of knowledge and their management. The effective leadership of projects and of the organisational change that ensues from their implementation is the focus of this unit. Through a number of key industry speakers, the unit develops an understanding of the complexities of managing projects and programs (groups of projects) - with particular attention on why projects frequently fail. Successful project outcomes that are critical to the survival and growth of today's businesses depends on good project leadership.
SMBA6110 Operations Management

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 4 hr lecture/workshop and/or full-day participatory lectures/workshops over semester Corequisites: SMBA6001 Assessment: group assignment (20%), individual assignment (35%), class participation (15%), exam (30%)
Any business or organisation is concerned with delivering value to its customers or clients, and the 'operations' of a company are the direct processes that a company uses to create value. Operations Management is the task of managing these processes. There is tremendous variety in operations, whether this is handling phone calls at a call centre, manufacturing cardboard from recycled paper, running room service in a hotel or dealing with passengers in an airline. This unit is about the fundamentals of operations management, covering both service industries and manufacturing. The aim is to provide a set of frameworks and concepts that can be applied in any company. All managers, even if they do not work in an operations function, will gain from understanding operations terminology, being able to contribute to key operations debates, and being able to see the operations of the company in a strategic context.
SMBA6111 Coaching and Performance Management

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive July Classes: 4 hr lecture/workshop and/or full-day participatory lectures/workshops over the semester Corequisites: SMBA6001 Assessment: coaching reflections (50%); performance management report (30%); presentation (20%)
Building on the foundations delivered in the core MBA unit Leadership Practice and Development, you will learn best-practice techniques in human performance optimization and talent management, through hands-on and problem-based learning. This unit will deliver a solid understanding of how to improve your skills in individual and team coaching, mentoring, performance metrics and performance feedback and development. The topics covered include the nature of the coaching conversation; ethical use of coaching; how to set coaching goals that align with both organisational and individual needs; how to structure effective coaching conversations, as well as the core coaching micro-skills needed to facilitate employee engagement and performance enhancement. You will also develop an understanding of concepts and practices associated with managing individual and team performance, including performance-linked values, perceptions and affects, performance metrics, goal-setting, behavioural assessment, performance evaluation, review meetings, effective provision of negative feedback, and individual-level performance planning and development. You will be assessed through the preparation of a reflective case study of 'real-life' performance coaching sessions in your workplace, and an audit report on the current performance management system in that workplace.
SMBA6113 Financing Innovation

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive December Classes: 4 hr lecture/workshop and/or full day participatory lectures/workshops over semester. Prerequisites: SMBA6004 Corequisites: SMBA6001 Assessment: case study presentation (20%); case study term sheet (10%); individual capital raising report (40%); individual case report (30%)
Entrepreneurship and Innovation are fundamental to our increasingly global economy. Every single large company in the world, started with one person and one valued idea. New businesses are created every day. Not all of them succeed in raising venture capital to fund their launch or, indeed, their journey and growth. New ventures and ideas can obtain funding from a variety of sources, each with different motivations, mechanics and agendas. This unit explores the financing of new ventures through sourcing, structuring, negotiation, value creation and exit from the perspectives of both an entrepreneur and investor. This is a highly interactive, cross-disciplinary unit which will include significant spreadsheet modelling, term sheet preparation and both individual and group pitches.
SMBA6115 Creativity, Innovation and Business

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive November Classes: 4 hr lecture/workshop and/or full day participatory lectures/workshops over the semester. Corequisites: SMBA6001 Assessment: lab notebook (45%); reflective blogs (20%); group presentation (35%)
This unit provides students with strategies, experiences and approaches to build creativity and innovation in their business practice. Drawing on the creative leadership and business transformation research, the unit provides students with immersive creative experiences inspired by artistic practice and theory in business, science education and the arts. The unit follows a process of building praxis-based knowledge (through experiential hands-on workshops) so that students build understanding and then put it into practice through the development and delivery of a creativity project in collaboration with their peers.
SMBA6118 International Social Enterprise Project

Credit points: 12 Session: Intensive October Classes: 2 pre-departure evening meetings, 10-day block intensive Prerequisites: SMBA6001 and SMBA6002 Assessment: charity versus social business analysis (10%); business problem presentation (40%); business problem report (20%); reflection (30%)
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit takes students to India for an intensive immersion into the themes of social entrepreneurship and innovation by restriction. The traditional lines between private, public and non-profit sectors are being blurred by the emergence of social enterprise and shared value. That is, social entrepreneurs are finding ways to build impact models that either break even financially, or even make profit. They have done so by engaging innovative business models to solve social and environmental problems on local and global levels. Students study these themes within the context of working in teams on a real social enterprise business problem regarding strategy and scale. At the end of the unit, students have developed a working knowledge of the ideas of innovation by restriction, how to overcome issues of scaling a social enterprise in an emerging market, and cultural intelligence about working overseas. Students are expected to reflect on how the key themes and lessons can be applied to their own professional environments back in Australia.
SMBA6119 Globalisation and Emerging Markets

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 4-hr lecture/week Corequisites: SMBA6001 Assessment: group project report (50%), individual reflective essay (30%), class participation (10%), individual assessment (10%)
This unit focuses on understanding the strategic imperatives of an ever-increasing globalising business world. The rationale for foreign direct investments into and out of the emerging markets is provided through a variety of theoretical and practical approaches. The unit covers the rise of multinationals from the emerging markets and the relevant implications for firms across the world. Students gain knowledge and are able to make informed analyses of the global competitiveness of firms in the rapidly changing business environment.
SMBA6120 Nature of Systems

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 4 hr lecture/workshop and/or full day participatory lectures/workshops over semester. Corequisites: SMBA6001 Assessment: weekly reflections (20%); causal loop diagrams (5%); describe an intervention (30%); collaboraton process document (5%); reflection (40%)
This unit aims to equip students with new ways of conceptualising complex enterprise problems using systems approaches to identify innovative solutions. Topics covered include central concepts of systems thinking; social systems and networks; causal loop diagrams, feedback loops and interventions; robustness, resilience and catastrophes. This unit provides students with an opportunity to develop a multi-level perspective to complex issues, apply theoretical concepts of complex systems thinking to a range of practical challenges and integrate the expertise of multidisciplinary teams to identify novel solutions.
SMBA6121 Business Performance Frameworks

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive June Classes: 4 hr lecture/workshop and/or full day participatory lectures/workshops over semester Prerequisites: SMBA6002 Assessment: group case study (30%); group presentation (20%); individual case study (25%); short reflective pieces (x5) (25%)
This unit equips students with an in-depth understanding of strategic frameworks, including their commercial application. The unit provides students with an enhanced understanding of the four main strategic framework categories, namely: (i) profitability frameworks, (ii) situational frameworks, (iii) mergers and acquisition frameworks, and (iv) capacity change frameworks. These strategic frameworks are delivered via an intensive teaching mode, using a case-study based delivery method. The unit exposes students to five Australian economic sectors, ensuring that MBA candidates understand how strategic frameworks can be applied in different contexts. This unit provides students with an opportunity to develop a multi-level perspective to complex commercial issues, apply theoretical concepts in multiple business sectors and integrate the business community in the delivery of the unit.

Capstone unit of study (MBA only)

SMBA6201 Design-led Strategy: MBA Capstone

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive July,Intensive March,Intensive November Classes: 4 hr workshop and/or full-day workshops over the semester Prerequisites: SMBA6001 Assessment: group presentation (20%), group product review (30%), program essay (25%), lean design essay (25%)
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Students must complete this unit in their final semester of study.
In this unit, students confront the challenge facing truly pioneering companies which is to develop customer-centric products and services that are aligned with the company strategy. This unit recreates the intense, team environment of a business unit undergoing innovation. Students integrate the skills, knowledge and experience acquired throughout the MBA Program to bring a real prototype to market. Design thinking methodologies are applied to demonstrate an understanding of the challenges facing strategy implementation. Students work in teams with tight milestones. To do this successfully, students must use the skills gained throughout the MBA program and critically reflect on the implications and impact of their learning.