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  • Objectives
    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.
  • Entry requirements
    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.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Business Administration
  • Course description
     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.

    MBA CORE

    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.

    MBA SPECIALISATIONS
    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

    BUSN9201
        

    Accounting for Managers
        

    6

    BUSN9202
        

    Financial Management
        

    6

    BUSN9203
        

    Strategic Marketing
        

    6

    BUSN9204
        

    Essentials of Sustainable Management
        

    6

    BUSN9205
        

    Economics for Business
        

    6

    BUSN9206
        

    Global Business Context
        

    6

    BUSN9207
        

    Strategic Decision-making [Capstone topic]
        

    6

    Elective 3-unit topics

    BUSN9208
        

    Data Analysis for Decision Making
        

    3

    BUSN9209
        

    Project Management
        

    3

    BUSN9210
        

    Managing Negotiations
        

    3

    BUSN9211
        

    Leadership: Theory, Practice and Experience
        

    3

    MBA SPECIALISATIONS (maximum of 24 units to be completed)
    HEALTH

    Students to complete four 6-unit topics:

    Compulsory topic

    HSMT9004
        

    Health Systems and Health Policy
        

    6

        

    and at least one of the following two topics:
        

    HSMT9006
        

    Strategic Management in Health
        

    6

    HSMT9010
        

    Health Services Law
        

    6

    Electives

    HSMT9005
        

    Health Economics and Resource Allocation
        

    6

    HSMT9007
        

    Risk Management and Clinical Governance
        

    6

    HSMT9009
        

    Health Services Ethics
        

    6

    HSMT9011
        

    Managing Communications and Partnerships
        

    6

    EDUCATION

    Students complete four 6-unit topics from the following:

    EDET9320
        

    ICT Skills and Techniques for Educators and ICT coordinators
        

    6

    EDES9627
        

    Leading and Managing in Rural Contexts
        

    6

    EDES9632
        

    Assessment in Education
        

    6

    EDES9628
        

    Globalisation in Education - Issues and Challenges
        

    6

    EDES9401
        

    Learning, Development and Educational Practice
        

    6

    BIOTECHNOLOGY

    BTEC9630
        

    Foundations of Biotechnology
        

    6

    BTEC9620
        

    BioInnovation
        

    6

    BTEC9682
        

    Biotechnology Enterprises: Regulation and Management
        

    6

    BTEC9683
        

    Business Issues in Biotechnology Enterprises
        

    6

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

    Students select four 6-unit topics:

    BUSN9003
        

    International Business in the Asia Pacific
        

    6

    BUSN9004
        

    International Business Finance
        

    6

    BUSN9005
        

    International Human Resource Management
        

    6

    BUSN9006
        

    International Marketing
        

    6

    BUSN9010
        

    Research Project in International Business
        

    6

    FINANCE

    Students select four 6-unit topics:

    BUSN9xxx
        

    Financial Markets and Institutions
        

    6

    BUSN9xxx
        

    Investments Analysis and Management
        

    6

    BUSN9004
        

    International Business Finance
        

    6

    BUSN9xxx
        

    Advanced Issues in Finance
        

    6

    BUSN9xxx
        

    Special Topic in Finance
        

    6

    TOURISM

    Students to complete four 6-unit topics from the following:

    Compulsory topics

    TOUR8701
        

    The International Business Environment
        

    6

    CUTU8101
        

    Essentials of Festival and Event Design and Management
        

    6

    TOUR8201
        

    Essentials of Interpretation
        

    6

        

    One of the following topics:
        

    TOUR8107
        

    Tourism Research Methods
        

    6

    TOUR8205
        

    Tour Guiding
        

    6

    CUTU8102
        

    Festival and Event Design and Management Practice
        

    6

    CUTU8507
        

    Sense of Place
        

    6

    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.

    BUSN9106
        

    Principles of Business Law
        

    6

    INTR9006
        

    Elites in Southeast Asia
        

    6

    POAD8202
        

    Risk Management
        

    6

    POAD9039
        

    Public Management
        

    6

    POAD9041
        

    Financial and Resource Management
        

    6

    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.

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