Graduate Certificate in Asia Pacific Business Management - 2016

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Course summary - 2016

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Graduate Certificate
Number of units: 4 units to complete

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The Graduate Certificate in Asia Pacific Business Management is designed to suit the professional development needs of public and private organisations which are seeking to develop their footprint in the region. The Graduate Certificate will provide a strong foundation in the functional areas of Asia Pacific business and management with strategic applications.

In this course, students will develop business skills with an international perspective, with a strong focus on strategic analysis in Asia.

Students will be able to hone thought, leadership and strategic international business skills, all of which are vital in a global economy.

On completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Explain variations in business management systems and organisation in the Asia Pacific;
  • Outline the values and assumptions and the political and economic contexts which influence Asian businesses;
  • Better understand the major political systems with Asian countries and the differences and similarities between them;
  • Understand the body of knowledge related to the effects of culture in international business in particular the Asia Pacific.

Graduates of this course could be expected to find employment or – if already employed - to enhance their qualification in government, especially in strategic analysis, trade and investment relations, and international cultural contacts. Businesses with overseas profiles, international aid and other non-governmental organisations, news and media organisations and educators also present potential avenues of employment for graduates.

To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Asia Pacific Business Management, a student must:

  • hold a bachelors degree in any discipline from a recognised university (or another tertiary institution of equivalent standing) with a minimum grade point average of 4.0 (using a 7.0 point scale), or
  • have a minimum of two years equivalent full-time relevant professional work experience.

Degrees from overseas institutions must be assessed as equivalent to a recognised Australian bachelors-level degree.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to these programs are as follows:

  • A minimum score of 575 on TOEFL
  • OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 88 (no score less than 21)
  • ORa minimum overall band score of 6.5 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.0
  • OR no score less than 3+ in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by GELI or ISLPR Language Services only)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
  • OR a minimum score of 61 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic).

English test results must be no more than two years old.

To be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate in Asia Pacific Business Management (GCertAsPacBusMgt), a student must complete four prescribed units.

The maximum period for completing this program is 2 years.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Knowledge-Based Management in Asia
IBA700 Griffith Sess 1 - -
Doing Business in Asia Pacific Economies
IBA701 Griffith - Sess 2 -
Asian Business Systems
IBA702 Griffith - Sess 2 -
Corporate Governance in the Asia Pacific
IBA703 Griffith Sess 1 - -

As per Griffith University Credit Policy.

When you have completed your final session of study, OUA students should notify Griffith University of their intention to graduate with the award of Graduate Certificate in Asia Pacific Business Management. Please contact Griffith (OUA) Services on

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

Find out more about FEE-HELP

You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001

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