Units of Study


With its focus on developing a deep understanding of your own leadership style and skillset, contextualised within current leadership theory and practice, you will gain the knowledge, tools and confidence you need to enhance and further develop your capacity to influence, drive organisational direction, and lead change in pursuit of collective success.  

Over a period of 13 weeks you will work through online material, participate in weekly webinars and engage in robust online discussions, exploring topics like leadership theory and style; driving organisational direction; and leading change in pursuit of collective success. You will graduate as a more credible, authentic and capable leader, able to effectively lead in today’s competitive global marketplace. 

Stage 1​ Foundation Units

This unit will equip you with the financial literacy you need to understand accounting and financial information and the underlying concepts, tools and techniques that financial managers use in a contemporary business context. Designed for the professional who will be using, rather than producing, accounting and financial information, you will learn about the types of costs involved in running a business; budgets and management control; assessment of financial statements; and  how businesses and corporate organisations make informed decisions about short-term and long-term investments. Studying fiscal management concerns such as how to evaluate projects, value financial securities, estimate the cost of capital, and formulate capital structure and dividend policies will also greatly benefit your business career and provide you with an advanced skillset.​

Financial Management

Stage 1​ Foundation Units

Project Management

Stage 1​ Foundation Units​

During this unit you will learn how to initiate, scope, execute, control and close the work of your team and achieve your project goals on time and on budget. Through timetabled activities, personal study and collaboration with your peers in syndicate work, this unit will equip you with the project management skills required to identify, explain and critically apply the key processes, terminology and concepts relevant to the project management life cycle – including AGILE methods and SCRUM. You will be able to execute independent research and exercise professional judgement in solving complex and ethical dilemmas. Weekly group discussions and case study analysis will help inform your Capstone Project.​

People are a primary investment in any organisation. Outstanding leaders know how to support and prepare their people for success, so they in turn can help the organisation achieve its business goals. During this unit you will apply your learning to your current work context, or a specific project, as you look at this topic through three lenses: effective people management; the human resource lifecycle; and strategic human resource management. Your skillset from this unit will enable you to build and foster an organisational culture that enjoys a high level of employee satisfaction and engagement, leading to improved outcomes, better team cohesion and ultimately the achievement of your organisation’s strategic goals.​

People Management

Stage 1​ Foundation Units

In this unit you will learn how to identify what your clients or customers need, prepare a compelling value proposition that satisfies that need and then communicate effectively so that the customer chooses your product.  To do this well, you will reconcile the major trends occurring in the external environment against the capabilities of an organisation, using your creativity to generate product-based solutions to customer challenges, needs and wants.  You will also build on your understanding of general business concepts and explain the marketing philosophy as a way of centering and orienting an organisation in its pursuit of success. Emotional elements of the buying process will be covered and there will be discussion covering aspects of digital and social media marketing.​

Marketing Management

Stage 2​ Deepening Units

This unit examines the relevance and implementation of economics in business decision making – considering factors such as price analysis, production analysis, capital budgeting, risk analysis and determination of supply and demand. You will be introduced to important definitions, theories, tools and methodologies used by economists and will consider the role of markets in setting prices, and the interventional role of governments in mixed market systems. Under discussion and analysis will be revenues, costs and profits; economies of scale; market power from monopolies to oligopolies; and the micro and macroeconomic roles played by the government and its agencies.​

Economics for Management

Stage 2 Deepening Units

Corporate governance is the name given to a system of rules, policies and procedures by which an organisation is directed and controlled – and its performance assessed and balanced – against the expectations of key stakeholders including directors, managers, partners, shareholders, clients and members of the public. In this unit you will learn how to identify stakeholders and their interests and develop a robust corporate governance system. You will argue for the importance of contemporary models of corporate governance in the context of significant historical events that have engendered their development.  From this understanding, you will develop and defend a governance position on a contemporary issue. Your position will be founded on critical and ethical reasoning, that promotes integrity, responsibility, accountability and sustainability within a chosen organisation.​

Corporate Governance

Stage 2 Deepening Units

This unit provides you with the knowledge, theory, critical analysis tools, practical skills and opportunity to develop and present a professional business plan for a new venture – as you would in the real world for a potential investor. Importantly, this unit also builds key knowledge and skills to scaffold the development and implementation of your Capstone Project. By the end of the 13-week unit, you will be well on your way to launching your new venture. 

Upon successful completion of this unit you will be able to: 

  • demonstrate your understanding of the fundamentals of innovation and entrepreneurship 
  • evaluate design thinking tools for a new venture 
  • determine the market opportunity and the customer value proposition 
  • assess cash-flow and funding scenarios over a five-year period 
  • develop business model analyses 
  • outline actionable metrics 
  • prepare for venture launch 
  • define future sustainability 
  • argue how organisational culture and risk can foster new venture creation.

Innovation and New Venture Creation

Stage 2 Deepening Units

Strategic management is the system of managerial processes available to the manager that assists in overseeing the set of activities, policies, practices, positioning decisions and development plans that aim to improve the organisation and support its overall goals, objectives and direction. In this unit you will learn to think in multiple dimensions to bring about organisational improvement that is beneficial to all stakeholders. You will analyse the business environment as well as the internal capabilities and resources of a given organisation. From this you will synthesise comprehensive plans to bring the organisation forward and then react to a major change in its circumstances, while keeping all stakeholders firmly in your revised recommendations.​

Strategic Management

Stage 3 Synthesis Units

This unit introduces the role of the entrepreneur, builds your knowledge about the nature of enterprise, and examines different types of entrepreneurship – a including intrapreneurship. You will develop an understanding of the entrepreneurship process and the risk and reward trade-off in starting a new business through investigating and reflecting on successful entrepreneurial characteristics. The unit mixes theory with practice and there is a strong focus on the identification of an entrepreneurial opportunity – and the comprehensive development of that opportunity – drawing together elements from other areas of study such as finance, economics, leadership, project management and marketing. You will be challenged to develop principles, concepts, frameworks, creative thinking and problem-solving skills in assessment tasks with real-world applications.​


Stage 3 Synthesis Units

This double-weighted unit is the culmination of your MBA learning experience. It brings together, holistically, the skills and knowledge gained in the previous units of study. In Stage 1 you were asked to consider a project that would support your career development. Over the course of your degree you considered key aspects and details of your project and the iterative input; tested the rigour of the proposal; and continued to inform its development through interaction with peers, faculty and ongoing research. Opportunities for this occurred specifically in the Leadership, Project Management, Innovation and New Venture Creation, and Entrepreneurship units.   

The Capstone Project is self-determined and must (i) show deep knowledge of an identified area of business practice within a chosen organisation, (ii) demonstrate advanced understanding of current business theories, models and research methodologies, and (iii) make a significant contribution to the broader community of business practice. Completion of this unit demonstrates mastery of the course learning outcomes by executing a plan that had its inception in Stage 1 of the MBA, was built upon in Stage 2, presented as a formal proposal in Stage 3, and finally implemented as the Capstone Project.

Capstone project

Stage 3 Synthesis Units

To graduate with your Master of Business Administration you will complete 11 units of study. These are:

Stage 1 foundation units 

  • Leadership 
  • Financial Management 
  • Project Management 
  • People Management

Stage 2 deepening units 

  • Marketing Management 
  • Economics for Management 
  • Corporate Governance 
  • Innovation and New Venture Creation

Stage 3 synthesis units 

  • Strategic Management 
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Capstone Project


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