Master of Business Administration

Why study the Master of Business Administration at UNE?

The UNE online MBA will equip you to deal with the rigours of today's changing work environment. As a signatory to the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) the GSB is committed to embedding corporate social responsibility and sustainability into our curriculum.

Our MBA will challenge you to think in new ways and encourage you to apply that learning immediately. From day one, you will be testing your knowledge against the real world, integrating it into your thinking and becoming a more effective and adaptable manager in the process. The MBA enables students to develop a broad range of management skills and also provides the opportunity to specialise by majoring in human resource management or international business.

The MBA is comprised of twelve units, with eight core units and four electives. In addition students will be required to complete an e-portfolio over the life of their course that will enable them to undertake personal development and engage in reflective practice around their learning. The specific content of their portfolio will be determined in consultation with the Graduate School to allow students to pursue activities that will develop the skills they need.

Career Opportunities

The MBA is designed for working professionals seeking to broaden their skills and expand their opportunities within or beyond their current field of employment.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

Up to 18 Trimesters Part-time

FEES

Full Fee
International

2013 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Off Campus
Trimester 2, Off Campus
Trimester 3, Off Campus

Official Abbreviation MBA
Course Type Postgraduate
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Off Campus
Course Duration
  • Up to 18 Trimesters Part-time
Fees Full Fee / International
Total Credit Points 72
Benefits

This award sets out to provide graduates with a depth of understanding of business disciplines, and their embodied theory and principles, which enables them to effectively identify, analyse and resolve any management issue they encounter.

A three unit dissertation can enable strong candidates to move on to PhD studies.

The distance education model adopted by the Graduate School of Business encourages students to apply learning immediately.

Intensive Schools

Optional weekend schools are available for some units.

Entry Requirements

1. A candidate shall:

(a) have fulfilled all the requirements for admission to a degree or qualification of equivalent standing at this or another university or tertiary institution; or

(b) have completed the Graduate Diploma in Management; or

(c) have completed the Graduate Certificate in Management or any graduate certificate as approved by the Program Director with a minimum Credit grade average, normally in the first four units completed towards the Graduate Certificate.

2. In addition, candidates must provide evidence of at least three years' work experience in a field of employment approved by the school on the recommendation of the Program Director.

3. Admission to candidature and the date of commencement of candidature shall be determined by the school.

Additional Requirements

Applicants will need to supply:

* Certified copies of academic transcripts;

* Certified copies of evidence of identification;

* Evidence of English Language Proficiency if applicable;

* Curriculum Vitae;

* A Personal Statement outlining key items: Most significant achievements to date; How this degree will contribute to your career; Where you see yourself in five years from now;

* Two referee reports will need to be submitted independently by two referees (friends and family members are not acceptable).

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing is available for other postgraduate study that has a reasonable correspondence with units prescribed for this degree.

The maximum advanced standing that can be granted for units that have been successfully completed towards a postgraduate qualification at this or another university or institution is up to 50% of a program.

Fast Track

The course is based on UNE's trimester programme that will allow students to fast-track their studies.

Academic Colours

String (BCC 127)

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Master of Business Administration in 2013.

Admission to Candidature

1. A candidate shall:
(a) have fulfilled all the requirements for admission to a degree or qualification of equivalent standing at this or another university or tertiary institution; or
(b) have completed the Graduate Diploma in Management; or
(c) have completed the Graduate Certificate in Management or any graduate certificate as approved by the Program Director with a minimum Credit grade average, normally in the first four units completed towards the Graduate Certificate.

2. In addition, candidates must provide evidence of at least three years' work experience in a field of employment approved by the school on the recommendation of the Program Director.

3. Admission to candidature and the date of commencement of candidature shall be determined by the school.

Advanced Standing

1. At the discretion of the school on the recommendation of the Program Director, a candidate may be granted advanced standing for:
(a) up to 36 credit points on the basis of units that have been counted towards another postgraduate qualification at this or another university provided they have a reasonable degree of correspondence to units prescribed for the course work program and, if the candidate does not have a first degree; provided a minimum of Credit grade average is achieved in such units to the value of 24 credit points; or
(b) up to 24 credit points for units completed towards the Graduate Certificate in Management, or other approved Graduate Certificate at this University and, if the candidate does not have a first degree, provided a minimum of Credit grade average is achieved in these units.

2. At the discretion of the school on the recommendation of the Program Director, a candidate may be granted advanced standing for up to 48 credit points for units completed towards the Graduate Diploma in Management at this University and not otherwise counted towards the MBA.

Period of Candidature

The period of candidature shall be up to eighteen trimesters as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 72 credit points and submit an ePortfolio which will be assessed by the course coordinator or nominee.

ePortfolio

The ePortfolio comprises:
1. a reflective practice that charts the student's learning journey;
2. personal development in which students undertake the equivalent of 60 hours of face-to-face activity around areas of personal/professional development to enhance their management skills.

Students submit a summary of their reflective practice and evidence of their face-to-face activity for assessment at the end of their degree.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 48 cps
Listed Units
OR
24 cps
One Major 24 cps
Total 72 cps

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Approved Majors

Human Resource Management
International Business

Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Master of Business Administration at the level of Pass.

Articulated Award

Subject to meeting Advanced Standing rules, candidates may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Management on completion of 24 credit points and continue with the Master of Business Administration subject to completing within their period of candidature.
Subject to meeting Advanced Standing rules, candidates may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Diploma in Management on completion of 48 credit points and continue with the Master of Business Administration subject to completing within their period of candidature.

Exit Pathways

Candidates who discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Management on completion of 24 credit points.
Candidates who discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Diploma in Management on completion of 48 credit points.
Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies and exit with the Master of Business Administration must apply for re-admission and will be subject to current course requirements of the Master of Business Administration.

Dissertation

1. A candidate may enrol, with permission of the Director, in BEPP791 and submit a dissertation embodying an original investigation of a topic within an approved field of study.

2. Upon approval of an application, the school shall appoint a supervisor, who shall be a member of the teaching or research staff of the University or an associate of the University (of the rank of Academic Level B or higher). The supervisor shall advise and supervise the candidate during the period of candidature.

3. BEPP791A will comprise a dissertation of up to 7000 words, excluding appendices, and will be a small-scale research project, pilot study, case study or report, completed in no more than one teaching period.

BEPP791B will comprise a dissertation of up to 15000 words, excluding appendices, and will be an independent investigation of a research problem and preparation of a research report that includes a detailed review of relevant literature within an any areas of business, economics or public policy. The report will identify appropriate data sources and include a preliminary analysis of data gathered. Except with the permission of the school, a candidate shall be required to enrol in and complete the dissertation in not more than three consecutive trimesters.

Submission of Dissertation

1. The candidate shall:
(a) not present as a dissertation any work that has been submitted for the award of a degree or diploma at this University or another institution, but the candidate will not be precluded from incorporating such work in the dissertation provided that, in presenting the dissertation, the part of the work that has been so incorporated is indicated;
(b) state generally in a preface to the dissertation and elsewhere in the dissertation, the source of information and the extent to which the candidate has availed himself or herself of the work of others (candidates are referred to The University Policy on Plagiarism and Improper Conduct);
(c) incorporate in the dissertation immediately following the title page an abstract of approximately 300 words.

2. Dissertations are due in the last week of the teaching period. Candidates must submit an electronic copy of the dissertation for examination. An electronic version of the dissertation, incorporating any changes suggested following examination, must also be submitted prior to a grade being awarded for the dissertation. The copies must be submitted to: The Coordinator - Minor Dissertations, UNE Business School. The supervisor's name should normally be included in the acknowledgements section of the dissertation.

Examination of Dissertation

BEPP791A - The dissertation is examined by an examiner.

BEPP791B - The dissertation is examined by two examiners recommended by the supervisor.

The supervisor must submit the name and contact details of the recommended examiner to the Coordinator - Minor Dissertations at least two weeks prior to submission of the dissertation for examination. A short statement should accompany the recommendation when an examiner is external indicating the qualifications of the recommended examiner and the reason why the recommended examiner is deemed appropriate to examine the dissertation.

The supervisor may consult with the candidate prior to the submission of the dissertation regarding a potential examiner, but the name of the examiner finally recommended by the supervisor to the Coordinator - Minor Dissertations should not be made available to the candidate.

The supervisor must provide a statement to the Coordinator - Minor Dissertations indicating that the dissertation is suitable for examination.

Examiners are normally expected to complete and return their report within FOUR (4) weeks of the dissertation being delivered. The Coordinator - Minor Dissertations will advise the supervisors of the outcome of the examination, along with a summary of examiners' reports as appropriate, indicating any amendments to be considered. Students need to consult with the supervisor and undertake any minor amendments to the satisfaction of the supervisor.

The supervisor is to send a note to the Coordinator - Minor Dissertations, that any amendments suggested by the examiners have been addressed to his or her satisfaction and that the result may be finalised. The Coordinator - Minor Dissertations will finalise the result and make a summary recommendation to the School Teaching and Learning Committee regarding:
(a) the grade to be awarded for the dissertation (Fail, Pass, Credit, Distinction or High Distinction);
(b) the percentage to be awarded for the dissertation;
(c) if amendments to the dissertation were made before the grade was finalised;
(d) whether the candidate should be allowed to revise and resubmit the dissertation for re-examination (a maximum grade of Pass and score of 50% shall be given for any re-submitted dissertation).

The School Teaching and Learning Committee shall make the final determination as to the outcome of the examination, based on the recommendation from the Coordinator - Minor Dissertations.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Appeals.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct Rules.

Course Aims The course aims are currently unavailable.
Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a command of general management theories and processes informed by the principles of sustainability, corporate social responsibility and ethical practice and generalise that knowledge to a variety of managerial contexts;
  2. communicate appropriately and persuasively with a range of stakeholders and negotiate effectively;
  3. demonstrate a strong awareness of the global context in relation to their organisation and an understanding of how to manage and value diversity in the workplace;
  4. work proficiently with a variety of resources to research and disseminate information, particularly using technology based media;
  5. engage in continued reflection on knowledge acquired and develop new insights by seeking opportunities to learn;
  6. critically and creatively analyse problems systematically and synthesise material from a variety of sources in identifying solutions;
  7. demonstrate an understanding of the importance of the social and environmental impacts of themselves and their organizations and factor those impacts into business and personal decision making; and
  8. work collaboratively with others to generate solutions and show a capacity to function as both a leader and team member.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Demonstrate a command of a significant body of knowledge based on the highest standards of academic scholarship, apply knowledge at an advanced level in professional contexts or to solve problems, demonstrate awareness of the historical development of the discipline and its methods, recognise the relationship between the practice of the discipline in Australia and its practice in other countries.

Communication Skills

Communicate effectively and confidently orally and in written forms; use numerical, graphical, visual and statistical forms of communication competently where applicable; appreciate the diversity of communication styles employed by individuals from different national and cultural backgrounds; use the medium and form of communication (including electronic) appropriate for a given situation; present well reasoned arguments.

Global Perspectives

Demonstrate an awareness of the global context of their discipline and professional area; function in a multicultural or global context.

Information Literacy

Recognise the need for information and the nature and extent of information needed; find information effectively and efficiently; critically evaluate information and the search process; manage information collected or generated; use information to construct new concepts or create new understandings; use information with understanding and acknowledge cultural, ethical, economic, legal and social issues surrounding its use; acquire, organise and present information using technology.

Life-Long Learning

Reflect on limitations of, and have the capacity to evaluate their current knowledge; identify, evaluate and implement personal learning strategies for lifelong personal and professional development; practice intellectual curiosity, creativity and critical thinking; learn both independently and cooperatively; learn new skills and apply learning to new and unexpected situations; recognise opportunities for further learning in both familiar and unfamiliar national or cultural settings.

Problem Solving

Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to a range of problems; identify critical issues in the discipline or professional area; conceptualise problems and formulate a range of solutions that are appropriate to the national or cultural context of the problem; collect, collate and analyse relevant information to assist problem solving.

Social Responsibility

Demonstrate ethical action and social responsibility in their personal, professional and community lives; demonstrate respect for, and acknowledgement of, ideas and knowledge of others; acknowledge the social and ethical implications of their actions; appreciate the impact of social change; recognise social justice issues relevant to their discipline and professional area; understand the international implications of local decisions and the local implications of international decisions; appreciate the importance of sustainable development;appreciate Indigenous culture and history; identify occupational risk and apply duty of care principles.

Team Work

Work collaboratively and network effectively to achieve common goals and to solve problems; appreciate the different approaches that different cultures have to collaborative work; take responsibility and carry out agreed tasks; take initiative and lead others; operate in a range of supportive roles within teams; negotiate, assert their own values and respect the values and contributions of others; evaluate team performance.

How to Apply

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