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A Practical MBA infused with Business Design Thinking: Empowering aspiring managers to lead change with innovation.
The Graduate Certificate in Business Administration is a stand-alone award that offers a pathway for further learning leading to the Master of Business Administration, or can be an early exit point for those enrolled in the Master of Business Administration. The aims to broaden knowledge and skills for students entering with a qualification in an unrelated discipline, while students from a related discipline will deepen their existing knowledge and skills.
The Graduate Certificate in Business Administration provides recent graduates with the opportunity to acquire contemporary business knowledge and skills to take up leadership roles with private, public and non-for-profit organisations. This course will provide you with specialised knowledge and skills to manage the operational needs of organisations by interpreting and negotiating processes for the financing, production and marketing of goods and/or services, and contributing to strategic management. You will be provided with various opportunities to employ business design thinking to provide innovative solutions to contemporary business problems.
This course provides learning experiences to apply management theories and concepts across core business operations. You will be involved in a variety of face-to-face and online learning activities, which include lectures, simulations and other experiential activities, including seminars, individual and team presentations, preparing business reports and preparing and presenting business consulting projects. The course also provides podcasts, video and discussion forums that are accessed online through the learning management system.
This course emphasises practicalities and skills to address real work issues in contemporary business settings. The program is a pathway to success in business for recent graduates with only a few years of working experience.
The range of course learning outcomes addressed in the course improves graduate employability by responding to the expectations of employers.
In this course you will develop and apply specialised knowledge of business operations and processes, approaches to leadership and design based strategies, to create and address a range of organisational issues as a global manager.
On the successful completion of this course you will be able to:
- Utilise design thinking to provide options when addressing business problems.
- Exercise operational leadership by managing organisational resources and tasks with an awareness of legal, ethical social, economic and environmental implications of business processes.
- Consult and pitch to clients using persuasive oral and written communication, in a range of contexts.
- Apply research principles and methods to design innovative solutions to business problems, and make reasoned judgments about, problems and issues in contemporary business practice.
Academic Entrance requirements
An Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent or higher level qualification in any discipline with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 1.0 (out of 4.0)
An Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent or higher level qualification in any discipline and a GMAT overall minimum score of 550
No prior academic qualifications but significant work experience (8-10 years)
English Language Requirements:
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Please note: From 2016, OMBA770 Introduction to Business Management has been replaced by BUSM4536 Design Thinking for Business. If you have not completed OMBA770 prior to Session 1 2016, you will be required to complete BUSM4536 Design Thinking for Business as your core unit.
Students are required to start with BUSM4536 Design Thinking for Business. This unit requires some On-campus attendance at RMIT University. See On-campus Requirements for further details.
To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration students must complete 4 compulsory units.
The Graduate Certificate in Business Administration is an early exit point for the Master of Business Administration (MBA).
The introductory unit BUSM4536 Design Thinking for Business requires attendance in Melbourne, Australia plus online follow-up work. Further information about this requirement will be provided at the time you accept your place into the course. Applicants with enquiries about attendance requirements are encouraged to contact the Course Administrator.
Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration will articulate to the Master of Business Administration with advanced standing, and will be required to complete eight (8) units in order to qualify for the degree.
Credits and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT University’s Credit Policy.
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
- Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
- Money order
You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Please note: The Master of Business Administration (MBA) has undergone a change due to changes in the Australian Qualification Framework.
All existing students will be transitioned to the new program structure, and all course credits that have already been obtained will be recognised in the new structure.
The transition rules below will apply to students who have commenced the program prior to Session 1 2016.
OMBA770 Introduction to Business Management
If you HAVE completed OMBA770 Introduction to Business Management prior to Sess 1 2016, you will not be required to complete Design Thinking for Business as a core unit, however you can take this as one of your electives if you wish.
If you HAVE NOT completed OMBA770 prior to Sess 1 2016 you will be required complete BUSM4536 Design Thinking for Business as one of your core units as per the new Program Structure.
You are not required to complete OMBA770 as a core unit, but can complete it as an elective if you wish.
OMBA800 Business & Economic Analysis
If you HAVE completed OMBA800 Business & Economic Analysis prior to Sess 1 2016, OMBA800 will be counted as one of your two electives. You will be able to complete 1 other elective as per your original program structure.
If you HAVE NOT completed MBA800 prior to Sess 1 2016 you will not need to complete this unit in order to complete the MBA, however you can take it as an elective if you wish.
OMBA860 Business Operations (Strategy & Application)
If you HAVE completed OMBA860 Business Operations (Strategy & Application) prior to Sess 1 2016, you will not be required to complete BUSM4533 Business Operations Management as a core unit, however you can take this as one of your electives if you wish.
If you HAVE NOT completed OMBA860 prior to Sess 1 2016, you will be required complete BUSM4533 as one of your core unit as per the new Program Structure.
You are not required to complete OMBA860 as a core unit, but can complete it as an elective if you wish.
OMBA810 People & Organisations
If you HAVE completed OMBA810 People & Organisations prior to Sess 1 2016, you will not be required to complete BUSM4539 Management of Technology and Innovation as a core unit, however you can take this as one of your electives if you wish.
If you HAVE NOT completed OMBA810 prior to Sess 1 2016, you will be required complete BUSM4539 as one of your core units as per the new Program Structure.
You are not required to complete OMBA810 as a core unit, but can complete it as an elective if you wish.
OMBA830 Corporate Governance & Regulation
From Sess 2 2015, OMBA830 Corporate Governance & Regulation ceased to be a core unit, and BUSM4449 Business Research Design became a core unit. Transition guidelines were published at the time for all students affected by this change. Under these transition rules, students who had not completed OMBA830 by the end of Sess 2 2015 were required to complete BUSM4449 as a core unit. For those students who completed OMBA830 prior to, or in Sess 2 2015, this will remain a core unit, however they can elect to complete BUSM4449 as an elective.