Master of Commerce - 2016

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

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Course summary - 2016

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

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The Master of Commerce aims to provide students from a wide range of disciplines and business experiences with concepts, frameworks, research and analytical skills to enable them to operate confidently and effectively in a global environment, characterised by constant environmental change and requiring flexible and innovative responses. In the design and development of this program we canvassed industry perspectives on program design and its relevance to contemporary organisational challenges. A common theme linking units in the degree is that of business sustainability in a globalised environment.

The Master of Commerce consists of 12 units. Students not wishing to undertake the full Masters course may exit with a:

  • Graduate Certificate of Commerce (4 units)
  • Graduate Diploma of Commerce (8 units)

This course provides you with the concepts, models, frameworks, research and analytical skills to enable you to understand, strategise and deal effectively with complex business challenges.

This course will prepare you for the global business environment. It will build your understanding of sustainability (commercial, environmental and people oriented) in the business world and your skills in leadership, management, business decision-making and risk taking in a constantly changing business environment.

At completion of the Master of Commerce, graduates should be able to:

  1. Apply advanced and coherent knowledge of trends in business sectors and organisations regarding competitive and sustainable strategy development and adaptation
  2. Apply advanced knowledge of corporation’s approaches to social responsibility and sustainable development
  3. Apply advanced knowledge of alliances between public and private sectors around sustainable physical and social infrastructure in achieving more effective collaborative cultures in the workplace
  4. Apply knowledge and skills in business theory and research to develop and implement sustainable, strategic and tactical business mixes in the contemporary business arena
  5. 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
  6. Apply advanced research and evaluation skills to support projects in specialist areas including: CSR strategies, approaches to adaptive strategy, the effectiveness of public – private partnerships and projects, and contemporary applied marketing practices.

Organisations increasingly require people with skills, knowledge and attributes that reflect an understanding of the complex interactions between external pressures and an adaptive business strategy. There is also a need for strategic human resource management that sustains people and respects wider community interests. This course should help graduates to drive these agendas and display sophisticated understanding of business sustainability issues and practices in private not-for-profit and public enterprise.

 To enrol in a Master of Commerce applicants require either:

  • A recognised bachelor degree in business; or
  • The successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Commerce or Graduate Diploma of Commerce

To enrol in a Graduate Diploma of Commerce applicants require either:

  • A recognised degree in business; or
  • The successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Commerce

To enrol in a Graduate Certificate of Commerce applicants require either:

  • A recognised degree in business; or
  • 4 years relevant work experience and a 500-750 word statement demonstrating their suitability to the course

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.

Master of Commerce students are required to complete 5 core units and 7 elective units (3  must be at level 3).

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:

To qualify for the award of Master of Commerce, students must complete 150 credit points comprising of:

  • Five (5) Core units of study (62.5 credit points)
  • Seven (7) core elective units (87.5 credit points), (three (3) units must be level 3)

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

Total number of units to complete: 5 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Sustainable Business Practice in a Dynamic Global Environment
BUS60002 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Commercial Accountability Challenges in a Global Environment
BUS60003 Swinburne - - - SP4
Technology, Knowledge and Global Integration
INF60006 Swinburne - SP2 - -
Adaptive Strategy and Business Sustainability
BUS70002 Swinburne - - SP3 -
Leading and Managing People in Chaos and Complexity
BUS70012 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4
Complete 7 units from the following 10 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
The Global Knowledge Economy
ORG60004 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Measuring Strategic Performance in an Era of Constant Change
ORG60003 Swinburne - - SP3 -
Organisational Design: Agility and Sustainability
MGT70005 Swinburne - SP2 - -
Public Relations: Reputation to Risk
PUB60001 Swinburne SP1 - - -
Operations and Supply Chain Management
MGT60004 Swinburne - - - SP4
Corporate Social Responsibility: the Quest for Business Sustainability
ORG700031 Swinburne SP1 - - -
Public/Private Interface for Sustainable Infrastructure
MGT700021 Swinburne SP1 - - -
Marketing Performance Analysis
MKT800111 Swinburne - SP2 - -
Business Research Methods
INF800111 Swinburne SP1 - - -
Research Project
INF800122 Swinburne - SP2 - -

1 Level 3 Elective
2 Level 3 Elective. Students must have approval from the program coordinator before enrolling.

Master of Commerce students must complete a minimum three Level 3 Electives.

Applicants with prior post graduate studies that satisfy 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

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

Please note: This course has undergone a change due to changes in the Australian Qualification Framework. Students who started their degree prior to 2015 can continue with the pre2015 course. All students beginning their studies from 2015 will need to study the new course structure.

MCom OUA Transition Information 2014-2016 v1.0.pdf