Comments about Master of Business Administration - On Campus - Bedford Park - South Australia
The course is designed to provide a strong foundation in appropriate business knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes for successful careers as managers of organisations including private sector business organisations, not-for-profit organisations and public organisations. It aims to: * provide students with strategic thinking skills and to develop in students a strategic approach to decision making; * develop student knowledge and skills across the range of management areas relevant to decision making, including strategic management, financial management, human resource management and marketing management; * provide students with relevant technical knowledge of accounting, finance and economics; * provide students with a sound understanding and appreciation of the context in which organisations operate including the impact of broader economic and global business conditions and practices on the operations and viability of organisations; * provide students with specialised knowledge and skills in one of six areas of specialisation.Learning outcomesStudents successfully completing this course should be able to: * provide leadership through a strategic approach to managerial decision making; * interpret financial information to evaluate organisational performance; * apply sound financial management techniques and analytical skills to the operations of their organisation; * recognise the potential impact of economic conditions and events on the operations of the organisation; * take account of the impact of the global business environment in which the organisation operates; * analyse organisations and apply contemporary management practices compatible with organisational sustainability and effective workforce relations; * manage the marketing needs of an organisation within a variety of settings; * operate effectively within an area of specialisation.
The MBA course has entry requirements which are a combination of academic qualifications and work experience. The MBA requires academic qualifications to ensure students have the ability to undertake and understand what it means to participate in postgraduate study. The MBA requires work experience because, while it is a transition degree, MBA classroom learning activities build on the real world experience of students.Non-business specialisations may have slightly different entry requirements from the business specialisations in the MBA in order to ensure they admit students appropriately qualified in the specific discipline.Students, whose first degree was not taught in the English language, are required to demonstrate proficiency in English (IELTS of 6.5, TOEFL of 580).Admission will be offered on the basis of academic merit.Specific admission requirementsApplicants for the MBA must hold a bachelor degree from a recognised university and must have at least 2 years relevant full-time equivalent work experience, preferably with at least 1 year at management/supervisory level OR have completed the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration.Applicants without a prior degree may apply through the pathway of the Graduate Certificate and the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration. A credit average in the Graduate Certificate normally provides entry into the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration. A credit average in the Graduate Diploma normally provides entry into the MBA.Additional admission requirements - MBA specialisationsMBA(IB) and MBA(Finance): Entry to the MBA enables entry into these specialisations.MBA(Biotechnology): Entry to the MBA enables entry into this specialisation.MBA(Tourism): Entry to the MBA enables entry into this specialisation.MBA(Education): Entry to the MBA(Education) requires a bachelor degree in an education-related field from a recognised university plus the MBA work experience requirements outlined above.MBA(Health): Entry to the MBA(Health) requires a bachelor degree in a health-related field from a recognised university plus at least 4 years professional experience working in the health or aged care industries. Applicants with a bachelor degree in a health-related field and at least 2 years experience in the health industry and who study part-time (and thus add to professional experience whilst studying) can also apply for the MBA(Health).CREDITCredit transfer may be offered to students who can clearly demonstrate the completion of topic content in a postgraduate degree from an approved institution; a maximum of 48 units may be awarded as per University policy. A maximum of 24 units may be awarded for the completion of relevant postgraduate coursework from an approved professional association.Students who have completed a business/management undergraduate degree from an approved institution may apply for recognition of previously acquired content knowledge in the foundation business topics. These students may substitute foundation business topics with other BUSN topics or other relevant topics with the approval of the Chair of the Course Management Committee or their representative. A maximum of 24 units may be substituted.Existing Masters students in the current MBA(IB) will be transferred to new MBA in the International Business specialisation. Where necessary special transition arrangements will be discussed with and implemented for each existing student.
Master of Business Administration
The Master of Business Administration is a 72-unit program which is part of the Graduate Program in International Business Administration offered by the Flinders Business within the Faculty of Social Sciences.
The course is offered on a fee-paying basis.
It articulates with the 18-unit Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and the 36-unit Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards.
Students who have completed the graduate diploma normally receive credit for up to 36 units of topics towards the masters degree.
Alternatively, students who enrol directly in the masters program subsequently may choose only to meet the requirements for the graduate certificate or graduate diploma and exit with that qualification.
PROGRAM OF STUDY [November, 2008]
This is a 72-unit of credit course. Participants are required to complete 48 units in core topics plus 24 units in specialisation topics.
The course consists of a number of foundation core topics at the start of study, progresses to specialisation topics in the middle of study and finishes with the capstone core topic at the end of study. The capstone topic can only be enrolled into when at least 36 units of the MBA have been completed.
The proposed MBA course has 48 units of core topics to ensure participants obtain the necessary general business/management knowledge and skills. Participants complete 42 units of compulsory topics and select 6 units from a small list of elective topics. One 6-unit compulsory core topic is a capstone topic, to be completed towards the end of the degree. The aim of this topic is to ensure students round off their study with a strategic topic which draws on knowledge obtained from previously completed topics and which rounds off knowledge at a high level.
The proposed MBA offers the opportunity for specialisation. Business specialisations will be offered to graduates from any discipline. Non-business specialisations will be offered to enhance the career opportunities of the specialists in various industries and to help others entering these industries in management or consulting positions.
MBA CORE (48 units to be completed)
Compulsory 6-unit topics
Accounting for Managers
Essentials of Sustainable Management
Economics for Business
Global Business Context
Strategic Decision-making [Capstone topic]
Elective 3-unit topics
Data Analysis for Decision Making
Leadership: Theory, Practice and Experience
MBA SPECIALISATIONS (maximum of 24 units to be completed)
Students to complete four 6-unit topics:
Health Systems and Health Policy
and at least one of the following two topics:
Strategic Management in Health
Health Services Law
Health Economics and Resource Allocation
Risk Management and Clinical Governance
Health Services Ethics
Managing Communications and Partnerships
Students complete four 6-unit topics from the following:
ICT Skills and Techniques for Educators and ICT coordinators
Leading and Managing in Rural Contexts
Assessment in Education
Globalisation in Education - Issues and Challenges
Learning, Development and Educational Practice
Foundations of Biotechnology
Biotechnology Enterprises: Regulation and Management
Business Issues in Biotechnology Enterprises
Students select four 6-unit topics:
International Business in the Asia Pacific
International Business Finance
International Human Resource Management
Research Project in International Business
Students select four 6-unit topics:
Financial Markets and Institutions
Investments Analysis and Management
International Business Finance
Advanced Issues in Finance
Special Topic in Finance
Students to complete four 6-unit topics from the following:
The International Business Environment
Essentials of Festival and Event Design and Management
Essentials of Interpretation
One of the following topics:
Tourism Research Methods
Festival and Event Design and Management Practice
Sense of Place
MBA WITHOUT SPECIALISATION
There may be interest in a generic MBA without specialisation.
These students will be given the opportunity to complete 24 units drawn from existing specialisations (where eligible) and from additional postgraduate topics as listed below.
Principles of Business Law
Elites in Southeast Asia
Financial and Resource Management
Other topics may be taken with the approval of the Chair of the Course Management Committee or their representative.
Except with permission of the Faculty Board:
* the program must be completed within six consecutive semesters;
* no topic may be attempted more than twice;
* a student may not include a topic which repeats work previously undertaken.