Master of Business Management - 2016

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Course summary - 2016

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Masters Degree
Number of units: 12 units to complete

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Please Note: This course will be in teach-out from 2017 and is not accepting any new applications.

This Master 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 unit 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. Successful completion of this program can improve prospects of employment, enhance your current job performance, aid promotion towards middle or senior management and increase your ability to meet new opportunities.
The program will enhance your capabilities for working within technical, operational or line management roles while increasing your value contribution to an organisation.
Students who successfully complete the Master of Business Management will be able to:
  1. Apply coherent and advanced knowledge to a range of management disciplines in a cross-disciplinary approach to holistic and problem-oriented business issues paying particular attention to mitigating risk.
  2. Apply knowledge of research principles 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. Demonstrate an ability to apply business research methods to identify and address managerial dilemmas through multidisciplinary approaches to business and management problems.
  4. Manage paradox and tensions in applying course content to dynamic business issues in fast changing and uncertain environments.
  5. Develop an advanced knowledge 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.
  6. Reflect on the impact of self (from the perspective of personality and learning style) on stakeholder engagement, teamwork processes and outcomes on leadership style and strategies.
  7. 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* or Graduate Diploma of Business Management.

*Entry under this admission requirement would allow students to be awarded the Master of Business Management by successfully completing a further eight (8) units of study.
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. Applicants are also required to submit a 500 – 750 word statement demonstrating their suitability to the course as assessed by the Course Coordinator.

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 Master of Business Management students must complete twelve units (150 credit points) comprising of:

  • Eight (8) Core units of study (100 credit points)
  • Four (4) elective units of study (50 credit points)
Total number of units to complete: 2 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Managing in a Complex World
MGT60031 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Behaviour in Organisations
HRM60016 Swinburne - 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 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Risk Management and Compliance
MGT60034 Swinburne SP1 - - -
Communications Management
COM60002 Swinburne - SP2 - -
Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Business Analysis and Risk
MGT70003 Swinburne SP1 - - -
Leading and Managing People in Chaos and Complexity
BUS70012 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4
Strategic HRM in the Business Context
HRM70006 Swinburne - - SP3 -
Adaptive Strategy and Business Sustainability
BUS70002 Swinburne - - SP3 -
Complete 1 unit from the following 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Organisational Design: Agility and Sustainability
MGT70005 Swinburne - SP2 - -
Measuring Strategic Performance in an Era of Constant Change
ORG60003 Swinburne - - SP3 -
Public Relations: Reputation to Risk
PUB60001 Swinburne SP1 - - -
Operations and Supply Chain Management
MGT60004 Swinburne - - - SP4
Total number of units to complete: 2 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Marketing Performance Analysis
MKT80011 Swinburne - SP2 - -
Strategic Finance for Managers
FIN70005 Swinburne Coming in 2017
Complete 1 unit from the following 2 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Public/Private Interface for Sustainable Infrastructure
MGT70002 Swinburne SP1 - - -
Corporate Social Responsibility: the Quest for Business Sustainability
ORG70003 Swinburne SP1 - - -

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