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Online MBA Course Structure

Course structure details

12 subjects required

You can complete the online MBA course structure in a year if you have relevant tertiary subject credits. Many students graduate within a year and a half, but if your schedule becomes challenging, you may take up to five years to complete the course. If you need more details regarding completion time, you can speak with an enrolment adviser directly at (+61 3) 9917 3009 or request more information now.

At the beginning of your course, you’ll meet with an MBA director to develop a personalised MBA course structure that aligns specifically to your career goals. You’ll graduate with a career portfolio that speaks to your abilities to lead sustainable growth and create value through business.

Year 1

The Academic Integrity Module will introduce you to academic integrity standards, so you’re informed about how to avoid plagiarism and academic misconduct.  You’ll complete four parts that cover academic misconduct and academic integrity decisions, such as cheating, plagiarism and collusion.  You’ll learn about the text-matching tool, Turnitin, that is used at La Trobe, how to get help and where to go to develop referencing skills.

In partnership with Mercer, Critical Skills for Success begins by examining the workforce of the future and how to navigate the transition to executive leadership. You explore self-leadership, leading others and leading for results, as well as ways to personalise your leadership development through our MBA program. You will explore contemporary capabilities identified by industry leaders.

In this subject you will analyse different philosophical perspectives and approaches to organisational design, culture and managing people. You will be encouraged to critically evaluate current thinking on organisational design and change approaches. Through application of different philosophical perspectives to practical case studies, you will be encouraged to understand and manage the opportunities and constraints in designing innovative, flexible, and adaptive organisations. You will assess and apply people management theories and practices to optimise changes in organisational design and culture.

This subject is delivered in an online model and provides you with a critical appreciation of the role and functions of accounting within organisations, and in the broader context within which organisations operate. These functions include the use of both financial and management accounting: in decision-making; for reporting; and to meet the accountability expectations of various parties. Working independently and in groups, you will work on online and research activities which reflect a multifaceted view of accounting. The subject focuses primarily on a user perspective, supplemented by the traditional technical preparer perspective, organisational/managerial, professional, and societal perspectives on accounting.

This subject is designed to provide you with knowledge and skills in financial management. The central theme deals with advanced understanding of the basics of internal financial management and how financial policy affects risk and profitability in the growth of a firm, and hence the value of the firm. You will consider the management finance, potentially its goal of maximization of the value of the firm, through management of three key decision areas, being valuation, financing and dividend payout. In turn, this requires a consideration of the requisite debt and equity financing and the need for efficient management of working capital to ensure adequate liquidity and timely cash flows.

You will be provided with an introduction to the theory and practice of marketing from a critical marketing management perspective. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding the marketing concept and the associated strategic and tactical frameworks that give rise to marketing plans. The learning experience embedded in the curriculum is designed to develop both the professional marketing communication and critical thinking skills required to build a foundation for you to evaluate future marketing strategies.

Other components of the Masters of Business Analytics program have developed a students hard/technical skills. This unit will develop the soft skills that are necessary for successful analytics in practice. The unit will address competencies such as Issue Identification, Problem Structuring, Method Selection, Data Gathering, Conducting Analysis, Developing Conclusions and Recommendations, Structuring Written Materials, Oral Communications, and Presentation Skills. Each student is expected to learn and experience these skills through a real-world project affecting our local community.

Year 2

In this subject you will explore the evolving role of business in society through the lens of responsible leadership. Taking a multi-level perspective, you will critically analyse the intersection of social responsibility with a range of approaches to leadership, including stakeholder theory and shared leadership. Working individually and with other students you will evaluate contemporary organisational leaders and yourself against leadership frameworks; and you will critically reflect on how organisations, leaders, and managers can more effectively ‘avoid harm’ and ‘do good’.

This subject provides a contemporary approach to strategy formulation and implementation. The emphasis is on design-thinking and creative ideation for solving problems and strategy execution in a rapidly changing global environment. You will explore and apply concepts that offer a basis for solving complex strategic issues facing organisations. You will conceptualise and validate solutions to a problem using an evidence -based analysis.

In this subject, you will be provided with an overview of the new and emerging field of global corporate governance. Numerous corporate failures and environmental disasters in recent times have provided a surge of interest in ensuring companies reflect not only regulatory standards but also conduct their operations to reflect community and society norms. By the conclusion of this subject you should be able to add value to your organisations through your understanding of corporate governance in a global context and of the role of the board of directors and management. Working independently, and working together with others, you will learn about corporate governance through solving business problems and develop ethical, critical thinking and problem solving skills required to add value to organisations.

In this subject you will develop your ability to critically assess the role of values, ethics and diversity in contemporary organisations. You will also be provided with an opportunity to reflect on your role as a leader in terms of values, ethics and the diversity in society. Through the use of ethical theories and real-world scenarios, you will develop your abilities to re-frame organisational practices in their ethical context and to include ethical considerations in organisational decision-making. The concept of workplace inclusion is introduced and evaluated with particular regard to the most pressing demographic issues in the Australian and global contexts, and informed by theories of human rights, just distribution, respect and equality. A selection of other relevant topics (e.g., conflict within teams, the future of work) will be introduced, shaped by current research, current events and your interests.

Year 2 Electives – select 2

In a highly competitive and service-oriented economy, effectively managing human capital is essential for an organisation’s success, and human resource management (HRM) is increasingly part of an organisation’s strategy development and implementation. HRM is often a distinct unit within the organisation, but it is also increasingly integrated within the general management role. Thus, effective general managers must be able to identify, develop, and enhance the value of their employees. In this subject, you will explore key strategic HRM concepts that contribute to organisational effectiveness. You will be encouraged to critically examine how specific HR practices can be applied in the general management context.

As the fourth industrial revolution connects people and industries throughout the world, managers and organisations must increasingly navigate issues related to globalisation, regionalisation and environmental analysis, as well as assess political risk, culture and diversity, and global corporate responsibility. In this subject you will analyse and critique the interconnected issues of strategy, structure, culture, and people management in international business operations.

Entrepreneurship is a symbol of business tenacity and achievement. Once the province of small business, leading edge corporate activity now involves an infusion of entrepreneurial thinking into large organisational structures. This change represents a response to the growing number of new and sophisticated competitors in the global market, as well as recognition that firms continue to lose some of their most talented people, who leave to become small business entrepreneurs. In this subject you will examine the entrepreneurial perspective, which frequently combines leadership, innovation and the assumption of risk beyond security. You will then work through the challenges involved in transforming an innovation or an idea for a vibrant business venture.

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