Graduate Diploma of Business Management - 2017

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Course summary

Course summary - 2017

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Graduate Diploma
Number of units: 8 units to complete

This course has been withdrawn and is no longer available for new applicants. Students who are already working towards this degree can continue to enrol in units.

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The Graduate Diploma of Business Management addresses the needs of graduates from a range of disciplines who are seeking to increase their professional value through acquiring both an understanding of global, national and local pressures on business and a capability to respond professionally and effectively to those pressures. It provides students with concepts, frameworks, analytical, problem solving and research skills to enable them to operate confidently and effectively in a global environment characterised by constant change and requiring flexible and innovative responses at a professional level.

Students apply course content to develop dynamic and strategic responses to complex internal and external challenges facing organisations from the perspective of strategic decision making, strategic finance, contemporary marketing challenges and managing complex alliances across the public and private sector. Graduates can expect to improve prospects of employment, enhance current job performance, aid promotion towards middle or senior management and increase their ability to meet new opportunities.

The course will enhance student’s capabilities for working within technical, operational or line management roles while increasing their value contribution to an organisation.

At completion of the Graduate Diploma of Business Management, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to apply a range of management disciplines in a cross-disciplinary approach to holistic and problem-oriented business issues paying particular attention to mitigating risk.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to identify critique and synthesise complex information and apply it to problem-solving and decision-making exercises as an individual and as a team member.
  3. Develop an appreciation of business and stakeholder management challenges and skills associated with the current complex business environment from a commercial, environmental, and people and culture sustainability perspective.
  4. Understand and reflect on the impact of self (from the perspective of personality and learning style) on teamwork processes and outcomes and their role as a leader in/of a team.
  5. Develop the critical and research skills necessary to prepare students for successful further postgraduate study and the transfer of learning to the workplaces.

A recognised bachelor degree in business as well as 12 months of relevant work experience. 
Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Business Management

Please note: Applicants with a recognised bachelor degree in another discipline (other than business), as well as 12 months relevant work experience, may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate level.

Non Graduate Special Entry into Graduate Certificate of Business Management
Three (3) years relevant work experience. 

English language requirements
Swinburne College English for Academic Purposes Certificate: EAP 5 Advanced: 70%; OR, obtaining a minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0; OR, a TOEFL (Paper-based) minimum score of 550 (with Test of Written English (TWE) score of 5); OR, a TOEFL (Internet-based) minimum score of 79, with no individual band below 18; OR, equivalent levels of English language proficiency using other English language tests or measures as approved by the Senior DVC & Provost.

To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma of Business Management, students must complete eight units (100 credit points) comprising of:

  • Five (5) core units of study (62.5 credit points)
  • Three (3) elective units of study (37.5 credit points)

Please note: You cannot re-enrol into Swinburne units that you have already passed.

Absent Without Leave and Leave of Absence: How to apply for an approved leave of absence and minimise the risk of having to reapply for degree admission:

Total number of units to complete: 2 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Managing in a Complex World
MGT60031 SWI SP1 - SP3 -
Behaviour in Organisations
HRM60016 SWI - SP2 - SP4
Complete 2 units from the following 3 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Sustainable Business Practice in a Dynamic Global Environment
BUS60002 SWI SP1 - SP3 -
Risk Management and Compliance
MGT60034 SWI SP1 - - -
Communications Management
COM60002 SWI - SP2 - -
Total number of units to complete: 3 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Business Analysis and Risk
MGT70003 SWI SP1 - - -
Leading and Managing People in Chaos and Complexity
BUS70012 SWI - SP2 - SP4
Strategic HRM in the Business Context
HRM70006 SWI - - SP3 -
Complete 1 unit from the following 10 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Organisational Design: Agility and Sustainability
MGT70005 SWI - SP2 - -
Measuring Strategic Performance in an Era of Constant Change
ORG60003 SWI - - SP3 -
Public Relations: Reputation to Risk
PUB60001 SWI SP1 - - -
Strategic Finance for Managers
FIN70005 SWI - - - SP4
Adaptive Strategy and Business Sustainability
BUS70002 SWI - - SP3 -
Marketing Performance Analysis
MKT80011 SWI - SP2 - -
Public/Private Interface for Sustainable Infrastructure
MGT70002 SWI SP1 - - -
Supply Chain Design and Management
LSCM5042 USA - Sess 2 -
Cases in Logistics and Supply Chain
LSCM5036 USA - Sess 2 -
Supply Chain Management
LSCM5043 USA - Sess 2 -

Applicants with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be granted ‘credit’ and/or entry to the course with ‘advanced standing’. University policies apply and applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process where a student may be granted credit or partial credit towards a qualification in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training.

For information on how to apply for credit please refer to Swinburne’s website at

Please note: The maximum level of credit that can be granted for the Graduate Certificate in Business Management is 50 credit points (normally four units).

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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