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Online MBA Course Structure

Curriculum 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.

Alternatively, you can complete eight subjects and exit with a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration. 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.

Data Analytics Specialisation

This subject introduces you to business and data analytics with a strong focus on practical outcomes that are directly applicable to business contexts. It delivers a comprehensive understanding of current theories, frameworks, applications and technologies that support modern data-driven decision-making process. You will gain hands-on experience in IBM Cognos, SAP Lumira and Microsoft Power BI to design and develop analytics solutions. The subject focuses on introducing key descriptive analytics topics, data wrangling, text processing and data ethics. Industry-based guest lectures will present fresh perspectives on the managerial role in planning and implementing business analytics initiatives and the emerging role of analytics in business performance management. Upon completion, you will be able to transform business problems into analytics solutions, understand key issues, analytics frameworks, techniques, determine business value of analytics outcomes and appreciate its role in BPM.

The information age has combined with the widespread adoption of digital technology to turn information into a key business asset. Organizations now have access to massive volumes of data from diverse sources and require skills and expertise in making sense of this information for strategic decision making. Predictive analytics refers to a variety of statistical and analytical techniques used to develop models that predict future events from data. This subject will provide you with the knowledge and skills to build and use predictive models in real business scenarios. You will be given the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with one of the globally most widely used predictive analytics software tools. Case studies such as target marketing and customer churn analysis will be used to demonstrate the business value of predictive analytics. A number of related data mining and machine learning techniques such as neural networks, decision trees, customer segmentation and profiling will also be taught. The effect of big data, stream analysis and text analytics on traditional predictive techniques will also be discussed.

As data becomes ever more complex to analyse, the need for tools to help integrate the user’s knowledge and inference capability into the analytical process becomes important. In analytics, this is generally referred to as visualisation, which this subject will cover in detail from various perspectives, for example, temporal, spatial, spatial-temporal, multi-variate, text/documents, graphs and networks, and more. These perspectives will be covered with various business applications in mind including, statistical and summary reporting, trends spotting and projections, process capture, and real-time reporting. These applications will be discussed with reference to various visual analytics frameworks and theories as well as case examples.

This subject introduces you to the various techniques of data wrangling with a strong focus on hands-on experience in R and Structured Query Language (SQL) programming. It will cover the basic concepts in relational database design including Entity Relationship (ER) modelling and SQL as a tool for basic data wrangling. You will also learn various types of data sources and common data formats. The subject teaches you R programming language for you to perform data wrangling tasks, including data import and export, basic data integration and data assessment. Upon completion, you will be able to perform a variety of data wrangling tasks using SQL and R for different kinds of data types.

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