Business short courses

Course Description
Authentic communication for leaders A one-day workshop for business leaders and managers who want to enhance their communication skills.
Behavioural economics: psychological insights into human behaviour This workshop will help you to gain a better understanding of how your staff and clients make decisions so that you can tailor your decisions accordingly.
Blockchain and distributed ledger technology: opportunities and implications for managers A one-day short course for managers, leaders and decision-makers wanting to understand the implications of blockchain and distributed ledger technology.
Building resilience in a fast-paced world Learn how to become more resilient and thrive during the challenging times that come with high-level positions.
Business process data analytics Examine the underlying methodology and methods associated with each phase of a process lifecycle, focusing on process analysis and redesign.
Business process modelling with BPMN and Improvement This course introduces all relevant concepts of process modelling with Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN).
Design thinking for improved service delivery Position your organisation to lead the way in improved services for positive customer outcomes.
Developing emotional intelligence Inspire and motivate your team by leading with empathy.
Disruptive innovation leadership This program is designed to empower leaders with new thinking patterns and practical skills in disruptive innovation.
Emerging Leaders Program Our Emerging Leaders Program offers a flexible, work-based career development program for those working within complex public policy environments.
Leadership, coaching and culture Learn how your organisation can develop and sustain a 'coaching culture' with a management approach focused on engaging and developing staff.
Leading change and growth through the power of conversation Use the power of conversation to unite your organisation.
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt A short course, part of our series on Business Process Management, covering the Six Sigma DMAIC approach while incorporating principles of lean management.
Maximising your influence as a leader This workshop will help you to diagnose your existing capabilities, and to develop real leadership and managerial influence.
Professional law program We offer units from the Master of Laws course for professional development.
Public speaking: making meaningful messages In this course you will learn the strategies that established speakers use to plan and deliver talks and speeches.
QUT EX short courses Discover, discuss and debate the very latest in thought leadership and come away with a renewed mindset and fresh ideas to implement in your business.
Social media analytics for leaders A one-day workshop for communications managers and leaders looking to develop the skills to quanitfy and interpret social media data.
Social media marketing tools for business Advanced sessions on how social media channels can be used as part of a complete marketing program for a business.
Strategic Business Process Management (BPM) This course provides the strategic skills for yielding innovation by leading a business process management (BPM) program within an organisation.

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Single-unit study

You can study individual units for personal or professional development without having to apply for a full QUT course.

If you successfully complete a unit, you may be eligible for credit if you decide to apply for a degree course in the future.

Units anyone can study

These units don’t have any requirements for previous study or background knowledge.

But if your previous studies were not in English, or were completed in a country where English is not the first language, you will need to demonstrate that you meet our English proficiency requirements when you apply.

Business

  • BSB110 Accounting

    Accounting data is the basis for decision making in any organisation. Accordingly, the aim of this unit is to provide students with a basic level of knowledge of modern financial and managerial accounting theory and practice so that they can understand how accounting data is used to help make decisions in organisations. The unit covers financial procedures and reporting for business entities, analysis and interpretation of financial statements and planning, control and business decision making.

  • BSB111 Business Law and Ethics

    This unit integrates the concepts and principles of business law with the theories and applications of business ethics. The unit makes extensive use of cases in law and ethics to develop knowledge and skills that enable students to analyse, apply and evaluate the legal principles and ethical decision-making processes relevant to modern business practice.

  • BSB113 Economics

    This unit introduces students to the key economic concepts and their practical applications. It comprises twelve topics each focusing on a current economic issue. Microeconomic topics include demand and supply, elasticity, production and cost theory and market structure. Macroeconomic topics include measuring GDP, inflation and unemployment, money and banking, and fiscal and monetary policy.

  • BSB115 Management

    The unit provides an introduction to the theories and practice of management and organisations. Emphasis is on the conceptual and people skills that are needed in all areas of management and organisational life. The unit acknowledges that organisations exist in an increasingly competitive environment where the emphasis will be on knowledge, the ability to learn, to change and to innovate. Organisations are viewed from individual, group, corporate and external environmental perspectives.

  • BSB119 Global Business

    This unit examines the drivers of globalisation and the diversity of country markets at an introductory level. It develops the skills and understanding needed to identify and respond to the opportunities, challenges and risks of conducting business across politically, economically and culturally diverse environments. An authentic country analysis study is undertaken to help identify where a firm can find opportunities both in terms of actual and potential markets and the location for value-adding activities. The unit aims for students to develop a comprehension of the nature and role of globalisation and the drivers of international business, knowledge of the competitive forces and challenges confronting all business as a consequence of globalisation processes and  an awareness of the additional knowledge and skills required of management to operate business internationally across a diversity of environments in an ethical, legal and sustainable manner.

  • BSB123 Data Analysis

    The ability to collect, analyse, manipulate, understand and report data is an important skill in any work environment. This is particularly true in business where learning to deal with randomness, variation and uncertainty is a vital skill for anyone intending to apply their knowledge. This unit is designed to ensure that students gain the basic tools necessary to allow them to develop this skill. Students will also gain an introduction to many of the quantitative techniques which will be used throughout their further studies in their chosen discipline.

  • BSB126 Marketing

    BSB126 Marketing is an introductory unit that examines the role and importance of marketing to the contemporary organisation. Emphasis is placed on understanding the basic principles and practices of marketing such as the marketing concept, market segmentation, customer value and consumer behaviour. The unit explores the various elements of the marketing mix, with special reference to product, price, distribution, and promotion, including advertising and public relations. By way of introduction only, key issues relating to services marketing, e-marketing and strategic marketing are also canvassed.

Economics & finance

  • EFB106 Cost-Benefit Analysis for Project Appraisal

    Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) is a key technique used to assess the relative desirability of competing alternative uses of limited resources. CBA has a well-established theoretical foundation and is a commonly used method of economic evaluation. CBA is used to appraise investment projects, socio-economic programmes and policies with the results from CBA providing decision makers with useful information to make informed decisions. This unit provides students with opportunities to understand, analyse and apply the analytical framework of CBA across a range of industries in the public and private sector.

  • EFN421 Financial Planning and Strategies

    This unit aims to give students a solid grounding in the world of Financial Planning and Superannuation.  This will involve gaining knowledge of financial markets and instruments as well as the appropriate regulatory framework.

Mechanical systems & asset management

  • ENN570 Enterprise Resource Planning

    Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems integrate internal and external information across an entire organization, for example, embracing manufacturing, sales and service, customer relationship management, procurement, finance/accounting, maintenance, inventories and interacting with suppliers. The purpose of ERP is to facilitate the flow of information between all business functions inside the boundaries of the organization and manage effective connections to outside stakeholders. ERP activities can be automated by the use of an integrated software application. This unit is designed to equip you with advanced knowledge of various processes that are essential to running manufacturing and service organisations and how ERP integrates these various functions into one complete system to streamline processes and information across the entire organization. The central feature of all ERP systems is a shared database that supports multiple functions used by different business units. In practice, this means that employees in different divisions can rely on the same information for their specific needs.

Units you need background knowledge to study

These units have requirements for previous study or background knowledge. Check the unit’s previous study requirements for details. If you have any questions, contact the unit coordinator for the semester you want to study.

If your previous studies were not in English, or were completed in a country where English is not the first language, you will also need to demonstrate that you meet our English proficiency requirements when you apply.

Advertising, marketing and public relations

  • AMB120 Bridging Cultures

    This unit develops students' awareness, understanding, sensitivity and ability to deal with individuals and organisations from different cultural backgrounds. It takes a practical approach to the issues involved by providing not just a theoretical framework for interpreting differences in cultural behaviour, but also skills and strategies which can help in appropriately responding to culturally different situations. This unit will be of particular value to students about to embark on in-country study or exchanges, to incoming international students, or to anyone with a general interest in intercultural communication. It will be a useful complement to the study of a second language, but does not require or assume prior language study.

  • AMB200 Consumer Behaviour

    This unit provides students with the fundamental theories and models to develop a sound understanding of consumers, their needs, and behaviours. It provides a detailed examination of the consumer decision process and the internal and external influences on this core decision process. The unit also assists students in applying this knowledge to the development, implementation and evaluation of marketing activities within an organisation.

  • AMB201 Marketing and Audience Research

    This unit provides an introduction to the conduct and evaluation of marketing and audience research across the disciplines of advertising, marketing and public relations.  Class members explore how field studies, survey and experimental research are employed to support advertising, marketing and public relations information needs. The unit provides an overview of research process, research design, methods of data collection and analysis, and the development of research proposals to support decision-making. Class members also explore issues related to research on media audiences, research ethics, and the management of client briefings.

  • AMB202 Integrated Marketing Communication

    In past decades many organisations separated the different forms of marketing communication that convey their corporate and marketing messages. They developed separate plans for their advertising, public relations, direct marketing, personal selling and sales promotion with separate goals, objectives, strategies and budgets. Today many companies recognise the concept of integrated marketing communication which integrates these different functions along with other aspects of the marketing mix that communicate with stakeholders and customers. Integrated marketing communication requires a 'total' approach to planning marketing communication programs and coordinating communication strategies in omnichannels in support of overall brand and product/service marketing objectives. Specifically, the use of online social media as an important communication tool is highly examined within this subject.

  • AMB204 Purchasing and Procurement

    This unit examines the nature and importance of Procurement in the role of business today. Procurement has become increasingly important and valued by organisations that are part of global supply chains. The management and strategic control of procurement functions in modern businesses adds profit through cost control in  businesses and that has gained significance in the drive to maintain profit in internationally competitive markets. Modern procurement professionals require the use of many skills to achieve these outcomes and this unit introduces students to the functions of purchasing and procurement in an organisation.

  • AMB206 Social Marketing

    Social marketing is the application of commercial marketing principles to solve social problems.  It is increasingly being adopted by governments around the world as they seek effective solutions relating to public health and climate change, environmental issues.  This unit introduces students to the theory and application of social marketing, explaining how techniques such as branding, segmentation and the marketing mix can be used to respond to social and health issues.  Students will learn to analyse real world problems and develop innovative and creative solutions using social marketing frameworks. This is an elective unit for business and public health students

  • AMB207 Entertainment Marketing

    The entertainment industry is the second largest in the world, worth nearly US$2 Trillion and offers great opportunities. However the marketing of entertainment provides some unique challenges to the application of marketing tools. Students will complete an entertainment marketing case study that will clearly demonstrate to potential employers that students have the necessary skills and abilities to work in an entry-level position/analytical role within a marketing department in the entertainment or arts field.

  • AMB209 Tourism Marketing

    This unit examines tourism marketing in the context of destinations, which  is a fundamental pillar of the travel industry and tourism research. The majority of tourism activities take place at destinations, which are now the biggest travel brands. The majority of governments now fund a destination marketing organisation (DMO) to enhance competitiveness in global markets where travellers are spoilt for choice. The success of individual tourism businesses is reliant to some extent on the competitiveness of their destination. Therefore the unit analyses the tourism macroenvironment, and the role of the DMO in developing and coordinating a holistic destination marketing plan that encourages collaboration between the many stakeholders for the wider benefit of the community.

  • AMB210 Importing and Exporting

    Trade has become fundamental to the survival and growth of many businesses in Australia as well as other economies. International business students need an understanding of the many challenges entailed in the management of trade. Import and export practice is an applied, technical and evolving area of international business operations that reflects the dynamic nature of trans-national trade in the global economy. This unit examines the importance of importing and exporting for Australia's economic development, provides key information related to importing and exporting, uses industry perspectives on issues of current importance in international trade and provides a structured tutorial programme to achieve this.

  • AMB211 Brand Management

    Learners will develop a comprehensive understanding of brand building concepts and techniques to improve the long term profitability of brand strategies. Although brands may represent invaluable intangible assets, creating and nurturing a strong brand poses considerable challenges for organisations. This elective unit draws on the concept of branding theory to provide marketers with ideas around planning and implementing brand management programs, measuring and interpreting brand performance, and growing and sustaining brand equity.

  • AMB220 Advertising Theory and Practice

    This unit serves as an introduction to later units in the advertising major and gives learners an overview of the advertising industry and the management of the advertising function. The unit traverses the interrelationship of the institutions of advertising, the advertisers, the advertising agencies and the media. It introduces research and details methods of determining advertising objectives, budgets, establishing target audiences, interpreting audience ratings and circulation figures, and enables learners to gain a preliminary understanding of the creative functions of the advertising industry. It also shows the ethical and legal side of advertising and its important role in society and the economy.

  • AMB240 Marketing Planning and Management

    This unit extends the student's knowledge of the fundamental marketing concepts and theories introduced in the Faculty Core unit in Marketing, by adding further breadth and depth of knowledge of marketing and developing skills in the application of this knowledge to marketing planning and management within the business environment. Emphasis is on the roles within a marketing team at the product management level in undertaking analysis, planning, implementation and control of marketing activities. Specifically this unit uses a role-play simulation called QUTopia to engage students in real-world learning.  QUTopia is unique to QUT and has awards at both local and national levels as an exciting way of engaging students.

  • AMB263 Introduction to Public Relations

    This unit introduces students to the theory and practice of public relations, the discipline that deals with the creation, maintenance, and enhancement of relationships between organisations and their publics. Topics covered include publicity, events, and public opinion. This unit may be taken concurrently with AMB264 Public Relations Techniques especially by students undertaking a public relations major. However, it may also be taken by those students doing a public relations minor, or as a stand alone unit by those students in a wide variety of study disciplines who wish to understand more about this important area of business.

  • AMB264 Public Relations Techniques

    AMB264 Public Relations Techniques focuses on writing for audiences - including the media - on behalf of organisations. It introduces students to public relations skills such as research, developing key messages, writing, and editing. It also helps them develop an understanding of how media work. AMB264 has been designed to be undertaken as part of the public relations major and minor. It may also be taken as a stand-alone unit by students in other disciplines. Note that students who enrol in this unit are assumed to have a high level of competency in written English. Students are also required to have or acquire a basic knowledge of public relations: readings are provided to help students refresh or acquire that knowledge.

  • AMB303 International Logistics

    This unit examines international logistics through the concepts of international distribution channels and international supply chain management. Strategy in managing international logistical constraints is emphasised with practical studies of contemporary international supply chain management in international industries. Traditional costs and financial aspects of supply chain management are considered. Contemporary issues are incorporated including: the impact of e-business on international logistics; the evolution of new technologies for 'smart' packaging, warehousing and international stock control; the combination of international services with goods products; recent technological developments in international transportation and product quality control.

  • AMB318 Advertising Copywriting

    There are two parts to any copywriting process the thinking and the writing. In the first part, students learn to solve advertising problems through an understanding of the prospect and the product and the formulation of incisive creative strategy. In the second part, creative thinking techniques are applied and advertising concepts emerge from the creative strategy. Students' thinking and writing skills are refined in weekly workshops and culminate in a group project.

  • AMB319 Media Planning

    This unit provides real world learning experiences for undergraduate students majoring in advertising. It introduces the qualitative and quantitative factors affecting media selection and use by advertisers. It covers the costing and scheduling of media, market targeting, measuring media exposure, media comparisons and trends. In-depth analysis of advertising media will allow learners to develop an understanding of the characteristics of each. The application of the concepts of media decision making, media strategy and research to the development of a media plan are emphasised.

  • AMB320 Advertising Management

    This unit takes the perspective of the Advertising Manager and addresses the use of research in developing, implementing, managing, and assessing a successful advertising campaign. In Advertising Management, learners use the case method of learning to examine the advertising process from its place in the marketing mix to the formulation of objectives, strategy and budget to the development of creative and media tactics and their ongoing evaluation. In addition, issues that impinge upon the advertising campaign management process such as legal and ethical issues, globalisation and the client-agency relationship are discussed.

  • AMB330 Digital Portfolio

    This advanced unit provides real world learning experiences for undergraduate students. It leverages and extends the theoretical perspectives and applied skills introduced to students in earlier advertising, marketing and public relations units. It explores the digital environment, interrogates digital platforms and integrates critical research, planning and an understanding of analytics into digital campaign development. This understanding is then applied through hands-on exercises in areas such as search, analytics or content to build a portfolio of digital skills.

  • AMB331 Direct Marketing

    The discipline of Direct Marketing has grown in importance because of its precise targeting, easy accountability, its foundations role in Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC), and its increasing share of the marketing communication budget. This unit focuses on the principles of direct marketing and the role of the database in locating prospects, tracking customers, and building relationships. It examines the components of direct marketing telemarketing, personal selling, and direct response advertising. As the main communication discipline of direct marketing, the emphasis is on direct response advertising. Students analyse the offer planning, strategy, creative, media, testing, and evaluation of direct marketing campaigns.

  • AMB336 International Marketing

    The aim of this unit is to provide students with a thorough understanding of the multiplicity of issues that impact on the development of international marketing strategies and plans and their operational implementation. The unit is highly applied and provides students with the following opportunities: to analyse global international firms, their marketing strategies and various international marketing issues in a variety of geographic and industry contexts; to evaluate methodologies and new practices for handling problems and issues typical of global and international markets and competition; to develop an operationally sound international marketing plan.

  • AMB340 Services Marketing

    This unit explores the special characteristics of services that distinguish the marketing of services from goods. Topics include the distinctive aspects of consumer decision-making relative to services and the implications for marketing strategy formation, the management of demand and supply, customer service and its influence on service satisfaction, service quality management and measurement, internationalisation of the service sector, and distribution modes for services that reflect the significant impacts of new technologies on service delivery.

  • AMB372 Public Relations Planning

    This unit introduces students to the public relations planning process. Students build skills in planning by analysing the components, execution and evaluation of contemporary public relations campaigns. The public relations planning process, partnered with theoretical concepts and ethical considerations, is examined across practice contexts and areas.

  • AMB373 Issues, Stakeholders and Reputation

    Issues, Stakeholders and Reputation (AMB373)  provides students with the opportunity to build on and apply their understanding of public relations to an in-house organisational role to anticipate and respond to issues that influence stakeholder relationships and organisational reputations. Corporate communication provides foundational skills and knowledge of the issues management process and decision making to understand and respond to stakeholder opinion.

  • AMB374 Global Public Relations Cases

    Global Public Relations Cases applies the theoretical underpinnings of broad public relations practice to particular practice areas, using case based learning. Analysis and discussion of real-world cases in local, national and international settings and the public relations responses will improve students' application of knowledge and skills in public relations and strengthen students' decision-making and critical thinking skills.

  • AMB375 Public Relations Management

    Public Relations Management (AMB375) develops students' knowledge and skills in communication management within organisational settings characterised by diverse workforces and communication technologies. Building on theoretical foundations from public relations, management and communication, the unit will focus on key concepts such as internal communication, organisational culture and change communication programs.

  • AMN400 Consumer Behaviour

    This unit provides an introduction to the area of consumer behaviour and a forum for discussion of theory and research in the field. The current state of consumer behaviour research will be reviewed and some of the emerging trends in the area are explored through several avenues of assessment. The unit provides the environment for students to conduct their own research in areas that are relevant, of interest to them and reflect the interdisciplinary nature of consumer behaviour.

  • AMN401 Integrated Marketing Communication

    There are three things that differentiate IMC. It was created with a data-driven, technology empowered, customer-centric focus. It is about integration of the strategy, the message and the organisation. And IMC is about optimising the customer experience. These three things form the organising constructs or modules of learning in this IMC unit. Once students understand what IMC is through its definition and its technology-driven evolution, the learning shifts to integration and how we can enact and measure it. Finally, students apply this understanding to create and optimise the customer experience.

  • AMN403 Marketing and Survey Research

    This unit provides a detailed overview of marketing research to support decision making in the areas of advertising, integrated marketing communication, marketing and public relations. The unit builds an advanced understanding of the use of survey research to support the descriptive and predictive information needs of management in such areas as consumer opinions and behaviour, and stakeholder analyses. Students will explore issues related to survey research design, questionnaire development and administration, sampling, measurement, data analysis including descriptive and multivariate statistics and presentation of research results.

  • AMN420 Advertising Management

    This unit empowers students to make effective management decisions within the advertising process. It examines the setting of advertising objectives, and the need for coordination of these with marketing, communication and organisational objectives. It develops a sound understanding of advertising regulations and ethics, budgeting, research and campaign coordination. It further examines management's participation in the creative, media and production processes, and the contribution of advertising management to the cohesion and creativity of the agency.

  • AMN423 Strategies for Creative Advertising

    This unit explores the substantive body of academic research on creative advertising. It follows the creative process, beginning with the formulation of consumer insight, to the development of creative strategy and big idea and concluding with campaign evaluation.  Through cases and presentations, students examine how copywriters think, the illumination of the 'big idea' and its execution across the very diverse advertising and digital platforms.

  • AMN425 Digital Strategy

    Australia is one of the first countries in the world where advertising expenditure in the online environment exceeded that of television and all other traditional media. This necessitates a seismic shift in the way we need to think about advertising, public relations and marketing. It signals an imperative need to understand how digital campaigns are planned, crated and measured. This introductory digital strategy unit fulfils this remit by explaining and practicing fundamental digital skills such as analytics, search, content creation, mobile and social media. It introduces the theory behind the practice in order to inform managerial decision-making and best practice in digital strategy.

  • AMN430 International Logistics Management

    This unit introduces international logistics functions and develops a strategic approach to international business transactions and integration focusing on supply chain management. The unit introduces traditional and contemporary logistics concepts and describes international logistics operations including global transport systems, inventory management, materials handling and information management. Global supply chain management cases and strategies are integrated throughout the unit.

  • AMN431 Marketing Internationally

    This unit gives students essential knowledge and skills to understand and strategically respond to the challenges and opportunities of international marketing.  Students will evaluate and formulate international marketing strategies. Students will develop and practice their critical thinking, data analysis and decision making skills. They will also learn to craft and defend their judgements to make effective contributions to marketing strategy informed by cultural and ethical understanding.

  • AMN442 Marketing Management

    The study of marketing, marketing systems and marketing management and marketing planning within contemporary structure of social, cultural, political, economic, business and organisational environment. Concepts are applied through the study and construction of a marketing plan, which involves market and sales analysis, target market strategies, tactical decision planning, and implementation and control. Marketing management concepts are applied to virtual and physical markets and attention is given to a range of skills in finance, human resources, information and other skills needed by marketing managers in these markets.

  • AMN443 Product and Service Innovation

    This unit examines the dynamics of innovation and development within the mix of core marketing activities of organisations. Once establishing the integral role innovation plays in organisations, the unit also reviews the key stages in the process of creating, developing and implementing new product and service concepts including product, service and market analysis, design, innovation, evaluation and testing of ideas, branding and packaging, market testing and investment analysis.

  • AMN447 Contemporary Issues in Marketing

    This unit offers advanced study of topical issues and emerging trends in marketing practice as a result of new technologies, current events and their impact on local, national and international enterprises.  In depth interaction with business and public policy leaders expands students research, reflection and strategic thinking abilities.

  • AMN460 Corporate and Investor Relations

    This unit explores  aspects of the public relations function in corporate communication contexts, with a focus on the intersection of theory and professional practice. There is consideration of legal, regulatory and governance requirements for organisations, and the influence on public relations strategy, planning and tactics.

  • AMN461 Corporate Media Strategy and Tactics

    This unit examines theories underpinning mass media and links these with the practice of public relations media tactics. Students analyse techniques and skills used in liaison with news media across paid, owned, earned and shared platforms. Students will produce a media strategy rationale and a digital media portfolio encompassing a range of media kit tools such as media releases, fact sheets, and photo opportunities.

  • AMN462 Community Consultation and Engagement

    This unit introduces students to the key public relations engagement strategies of information, consultation, and participation, and develops their understanding of the theoretical foundations of these strategies. It provides students with the skills and knowledge to identify the expectations stakeholders have of organisational engagement; and to develop appropriate public relations communication programs based on strategies of information, consultation and/or participation in response.  Ethical practice is a key organising framework for this unit.

  • AMN465 Public Relations Management

    AMN465 Public Relations Management provides learners with an overview of the theory and research that constitute the foundations of public relations practice. The unit provides a detailed inspection of communication processes necessary for the management of organisational relationships with publics. The unit focuses on such topics as issues management, organisational change, public opinion, and mass media effects in order to explore the foundations of contemporary public relations management.

  • AMN468 Issues and Crisis Management

    AMN468 examines the strategic management of crisis communication for organisations. Following a strategic planning approach content covered includes organisation analysis, issues identification, audience prioritisation, strategy formulation, tactical planning and implementation and evaluation. Issues in management (pre-crisis) will be addressed as well as proactive and defensive communication strategies during crisis. The unit will demonstrate the application of general communication tools to a specialised area.

Business

  • BSB399 Real World Ready - Business Capstone

    A key aspect of working in business is the ability to draw upon a range of professional skills including managing career and professional identity, communicating effectively with others, and leveraging the strengths of diverse teams to develop practical responses to contemporary business problems and opportunities. This capstone unit provides a platform for students to develop and refine these professional practice skills by integrating and extending knowledge and skills gained in earlier units. Students will develop a critical understanding of their professional strengths and limitations in working individually, with peers, and with industry professionals. Students will be guided by academics and industry coaches to apply the discipline knowledge and professional skills gained throughout their university studies to a real-world project for an industry client. By offering insight into the meanings of professionalism in the workplace, the unit creates a valuable launchpad for students at the completing phase of their undergraduate studies, as they transition from student to enterprising graduate.

Economics & finance

  • EFB201 Financial Markets

    This unit introduces students to the institutional structure of global financial markets, and thereby complements the understanding of theoretical finance gained in EFB210. Topics covered include the functions of financial markets, the banking and payments system, financial system deregulation, non-bank financial institutions, stock exchange operations, debt markets, foreign exchange markets and markets for financial derivatives.

  • EFB210 Finance 1

    This unit covers the following topics: an introduction to the financial institutional framework; an introduction to debt and equity instruments; financial mathematics applied to the pricing of debt and equity securities; a firm's investment decision including Net Present Value (NPV) and Internal Rate of Return (IRR); introduction to risk and uncertainty using the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) and Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC) concept and risk management.

  • EFB222 Introduction to Applied Econometrics

    This unit will provide students with the necessary background for advanced study in economics, econometrics and finance. It should also enable them to use basic mathematical and statistical techniques for economic and financial analysis and enable the confident and independent use of these skills. Students will be helped to understand the use of these techniques with reference to real world applications drawn from the fields of economics and finance.

  • EFB223 Economics 2

    Consumer behaviour, the role of the government in market intervention, allocative efficiency and market structure are some of the fundamental issues in microeconomics addressed in this unit. Business cycles and the related issue of macroeconomic stabilisation policy are analysed and explained within the Australian context. The significance of the international economy is described through a discussion of foreign exchange markets, the Australian dollar and the terms of trade.

  • EFB225 Economics for the Real World

    A key focus of this unit is to understand the complex dimensions of current social and public issues. Foundational economic concepts, principles and theories will be used to analyse and evaluate issues, and students will develop an understanding of the broader political economy that underpins many complex problems (including social and ethical bias and norms), which can consequently drive particular policy approaches. Students will assess economic policy inferences, recognise potential constraints in their implementation and evaluate the efficacy of policy outcomes.

  • EFB226 Environmental Economics and Policy

    The unit introduces students to some of the current environmental and natural resource issues confronting society and how planners and decision-makers could better understand and address these problems using economics. This unit demonstrates that economics has a major role to play in helping us to understand and solve some of the environmental problems facing societies. It will be demonstrated that economics can often be used to help protect the environment rather than harm it. The unit would benefit those who wish to work either in the public or the private sector.

  • EFB240 Finance for International Business

    In this unit students analyse the ways that international operations and performance of businesses can be put at risk by changing financial and regulatory conditions across borders and determine how best to manage the exposure to this risk. This unit examines the following: the evolution of the international financial system; the foreign exchange market; the types of foreign exchange rate exposures; managing exchange; translation and consolidation risks; assessing foreign direct investment targets; comparing the performance of foreign affiliates; operations exposure to regulatory risk of tax; investment evaluation and policy changes; country risk assessment and managing country risk exposure.

  • EFB309 Financial Derivatives

    This unit explores a range of pricing models and develops students' knowledge and skills in the application of these for derivative pricing.  Students will construct and generate a variety of derivative prices and draw on discipline knowledge, technical skills and critical thinking skills to adapt these models to solve problems.

  • EFB311 Financial Institutions Lending and Control

    This unit examines the fundamental motivations for lending by financial institutions, and the ways in which these are reflected in loan market practice. Specific topics cover the theoretical basis of lending as financial intermediation, the purpose and utilization of loans by borrowers, the major costs of lending for financial intermediaries (including a strong focus on credit costs), lenders' compensation, lending relationships, the structural features of loan agreements, loan security and enforcement, and special topics on syndicated lending and project finance.

  • EFB312 International Finance

    This unit examines the theory and practice of international finance, including: the mechanics and uses of the spot, forward, swap, futures and options markets in foreign exchange; the relationship between domestic and international capital markets; interest rate and exchange rate determination; risk management of foreign exchange; international trade finance; and evaluation of offshore investment.

  • EFB330 Intermediate Macroeconomics

    The unit introduces macroeconomic theories and policies. During the course of the semester, you will become familiar with various macroeconomic issues faced by a modern economy, policies to solve these issues as well as the limitations of these policies. You will develop a critical view when confronted with the different theories and policies.

  • EFB331 Intermediate Microeconomics

    This unit is concerned with the economic analysis of the decisions and actions of consumers, firms, and governments in modern economies.  It focuses on the interplay between government, private firms, and consumers and on developing the student's ability to apply microeconomic concepts to a range of economic issues and problems.  The theoretical and empirical content of this unit provides the basis for understanding the decisions and actions of consumers, firms and governments in modern economies with a focus on applying theories to real world problems.

  • EFB332 Applied Behavioural Economics

    This unit is designed to expose students to current and practical applications of behavioural economics that can be used to improve the understanding of important topics in the area of sports, arts and entertainment. It uses an economic approach to explore topics such as superstardom, fakes, fads and herding behaviour, favouritism, awards and creativity, pressure, pay and performance, positional concerns or outcome uncertainty. The theories and methodological tools learned in this unit can also be applied to other economic areas and industries.

  • EFB333 Applied Econometrics

    This unit develops and applies econometric methods introduced in earlier units. As a final year unit the focus is primarily on applied skills using common methods that business, economics and finance graduates will encounter in practice. Students will develop technical and critical thinking skills and gain an appreciation of many of the theoretical results underpinning econometric models to assist in their application. The knowledge and skills gained in this unit will enable students to address problems encountered across the areas of microeconomics, macroeconomics and finance.   These skills are essential for research in economics and finance and for use in future employment.

  • EFB335 Investments

    This unit advances the students’ understanding of how investment decisions are made, what securities to invest in, how they fit in a portfolio,  the impact of transaction costs, the risks associated with  investing and performance evaluation of the investment process.  This unit aims to provide students with an intermediate to advanced level of investment decision making skills which are essential for finance students in their personal and professional lives.

  • EFB336 International Economics

    International economics advances student understanding of global markets and positions through theories and analyses of trade, intervention, currencies, current transactions, capital positions and obligations in an interdependent world. Through considerations of international positions and competitiveness the unit develops a framework for understanding of the prospects and challenges facing firms, organisations, institutions and governments active in the international economy and of the wider issues of global progress and stagnation.

  • EFB337 Game Theory and Applications

    This unit presents the basic concepts of game theory and its application to economic phenomena, focussing on how individuals and firms deal with uncertainty and situations involving strategic interactions. The theoretical concepts are illustrated with applications from both the private and public sectors. Contents include the economics of uncertainty and information, asymmetric information, auctions, bargaining, strategy and voting and evolutionary game theory.

  • EFB339 Financial Planning and Investments

    This unit builds on the introduction to finance concepts, theories and skills that students gain in EFB210 and earlier Finance units. Building on prior knowledge and skills this unit focuses on financial planning and financial decision making including the regulatory framework underpinning the decision making process. It also looks at the key instruments and methods used for financial planning and decision making in industry. Drawing on financial planning theory, students will gain analytical, evaluative, technical and advisory skills to address individual investor client needs including solving financial planning problems and designing financial plans with reference to superannuation, managed investments and deposit products.

  • EFN405 Applied Economics

    This introductory unit provides students with a broad understanding of the economic forces that impact consumers, business and government. It develops skills that they will continue to apply in later units where more complex situations and issues are covered. Consumer behaviour, the efficiency of markets, and market structures are some of the microeconomic topics addressed in this unit. The macroeconomic topics include the cost of living, economic growth, the financial system, and fiscal and monetary policy.

  • EFN406 Managerial Finance

    This unit gives students an essential grounding in applied finance, addressing fundamental issues of how we can use finance in a commercial sense and how this impacts critical organisational and managerial decisions in an increasingly complex and demanding financial environment.  This unit introduces students to key themes in finance including Financial Markets and Instruments, Market Efficiency, Risk and Return and Cost of Capital. It also addresses key financial decisions of the firm including investment, dividend and financing decisions.

  • EFN420 Data Analysis for Financial Managers

    This unit introduces students to key knowledge and skills necessary, not only in a commercial sense, but also from the perspective of individuals functioning in an increasingly complex and demanding financial environment. Subsequent units will build on and extend the knowledge and skills gained in this unit.

  • EFN422 Economics and Data Analysis

    The aim of the unit is firstly to provide a basic understanding of how market conditions are determined and, in particular, it investigates market forces that drive production and prices in both individual markets and the national economy. Secondly, the aim is to help students to develop a statistical way of thinking to assist with decision-making in the absence of complete information in real word situations.

Management

  • MGB201 Contemporary Employment Relations

    This unit will develop your skills in understanding the effects of both domestic and international legal environments relating to employment relationships. This is important for developing practical, workable business strategies and HRM interventions.

  • MGB207 Human Resource Issues and Strategy

    This unit provides a broad overview of the role and functions of human resource management (HRM) and explores the contribution of HRM to business performance and quality of work life. This unit gives you a foundation for professional practice in HRM and a practical introduction to the ways that organisations go about aligning the contributions of their people with business goals.

  • MGB210 Managing Operations

    This unit extends general management approaches to the production operations subsystems of service and manufacturing organisations. The unit focuses on the deployment of productive resources in order to maximise the added value of services and products. Issues of quality and efficiency are considered analytically in terms of broader strategies and constraints. It considers the opportunities that new technology brings to operational strategies in both manufacturing and service. Project management principles are considered in relation to resource deployment and continuous improvement.

  • MGB220 Human Resource Decision Making

    The unit will develop your knowledge and skills that are necessary for diagnosing problems at work, gathering data and information about these problems, and analysing the data and information to derive solutions and inform decision making.

  • MGB225 Intercultural Communication and Negotiation Skills

    The course develops students' abilities to identify and resolve problems in cross-cultural communication or negotiation situations where cultural differences have created misunderstandings or undesirable or unexpected outcomes. It first explores the concept of 'national culture' by considering the work of major theorists of cultural value dimensions. Students are encouraged to analyse communication/negotiation process issues in terms of these value dimensions and to practise managing the process of communication/negotiation to improve their outcomes.

  • MGB226 Innovation, Knowledge and Creativity

    This unit focuses on managing innovation, knowledge and creativity within organisations and how to build innovative capabilities. It explores the links between innovation, knowledge and creativity and addresses challenges and opportunities related to managing innovation. Students study strategies and approaches used in public and private organisations for fostering innovation and creativity. The unit develops critical thinking skills and provides opportunities for students to advance their innovation capacities.

  • MGB227 Entrepreneurship

    Entrepreneurial capability is rapidly becoming an expectation for university graduates, with students bringing their own unique skills and perspectives to new opportunities.This unit is designed to provide an authentic mix of thinking, acting and reflecting through which students can be entrepreneurial. Upon completion of this unit, students will have developed a sound understanding of key theories of entrepreneurship and an appreciation of their ability to use such theories in the pursuit of value creation.

  • MGB310 Managing Sustainable Change

    Organisations must be able to change, innovate and adapt to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. Principle among these are changing expectations around sustainability and social responsibility. This unit emphases the competencies, knowledge, tools and strategies required to sucessfully and sustainably manage this change and meet shifting legal and social expectations. It also provides students with a broad understanding of current sustainability issues as they relate to managerial decisions in all aspects of organisational activities.

  • MGB314 Organisational Consulting and Change

    Managing change is a fundamental skill required by prospective managers and professionals. This unit provides opportunities for students to develop a theory in practice orientation towards consulting to individuals, groups, and organisations. Hence content theory and process theory is addressed. The focus of this unit is on human process issues and change. The unit examines a range of human process interventions designed to improve organisational effectiveness. Attention is also given to change strategies that are socially and culturally inclusive. Graduates of this unit should be able to be productive members of organisational change teams.

  • MGB320 Recruitment and Selection

    This unit examines the most effective techniques for recruiting and selecting the best people for organisations, in the context of current pressures on attracting and keeping skilled, talented people in the workforce. Commonly used recruitment and selection techniques are covered, emphasising the validity and reliability of each technique, to enable the best strategies to be developed.

  • MGB324 Managing Business Growth

    This unit is designed to provide skills in the analysis, solutions and implementation of the general management issues that business owners have to manage in their growing operations. The unit brings together the different functional aspects of managing growing business ventures and how they are best managed from the owner's (general manager's) point of view. It also provides opportunity to bring students into contact with real world business owners and their venture management issues.

  • MGB331 Learning and Development in Organisations

    This unit is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge to meet strategic organisational human resource development requirements. The unit explores learning and development concepts and approaches and the role of learning and development as a strategic partner to management. You will learn how to design, implement and evaluate systems for learning in organisations as part of a strategic approach to human resource development.

  • MGB339 Performance and Reward

    This unit will provide you with the basic competencies expected of HR practitioners in managing performance and reward/compensation systems, which are among the most important strategies used by organisations to support competitive advantage. Performance and Reward Management is a key functional area of HRM and it is imperative that you understand the strategic framework within which these decisions are made.

  • MGB340 International Business in the Asia-Pacific

    Australia is situated in the fastest growing region in the world - the Pan-Pacific rim.  The aim of this unit is to meet the needs of future business professionals working internationally and particularly within the Pan-Pacific region, to understand the nature of this region's business environment.

  • MGB341 Managing Risk

    Identifying, analysing, treating and learning from disturbances that can harm an organisation are valuable skills for managers who make decisions that influence employee behaviours, organisational perforamance, and the long-term sustainability and growth of their organisation. By developing a practical understanding of contemporary risk management models, this unit aims to develop students' competencies in applying current risk management models to improve decision making in managing risk. Students will explore real world cases that showcase a range of approaches to managing risk, with an emphasis on developing consistently reliable outcomes for organisations, even under extreme operating conditions, uncertainty, and crisis. Assessment tasks require students to apply international (ISO:31000) and national (AS/NZS:5050) risk standards to real world cases, and develop risk communication strategies that are consistent with current industry and government risk management practices. Students are given the opportunity to gain insight from practitioners through in-class discussions and crisis simulations facilitated by industry guest speakers.

  • MGN409 Management Theory and Practice

    This unit examines the following: the functions and roles of managers; concepts and principles and their practical applications; the key management functions; areas of planning, organising, staffing, directing and controlling; production/operations management and the management of quality; entrepreneurship and business planning; and important problems, opportunities and trends facing managers in Australia analysed from the viewpoint of relevant academic disciplines.

  • MGN410 Employment Relations

    This unit looks at the following: employment relations; employee and union action; the role of governments and industrial tribunals; alternative methods and pressures to change traditional Australian systems; the Australian system of labour management relations; systems of regulation in the employment area; negotiating skills; and the resources required for mobilising change in this area.

  • MGN412 Organisational Behaviour

    This subject aims to provide a broad understanding of organisational behaviour as a base for future study and practice of management. It moves from a micro-perspective on individual behaviour through the interface between the individual and the organisation to overall characteristics of organisations which shape the behaviour of their members. The aim is to provide an understanding of why employees feel and act the way they do in organisations and considers methods for enhancing positive employee attitudes and behaviours and organisational effectiveness. The emphasis is on understanding basic assumptions and models, major theoretical issues, methods of measurement and practical implications.

  • MGN432 Contemporary Entrepreneurship

    Contemporary Entrepreneurship is a unit designed to equip students with the skills and techniques for building new ventures - both independently as entrepreneurs and within existing companies as intrapreneurs. Over the course of the semester, students will identify, evaluate, and refine real-world business opportunities and design new ventures around these business opportunities. Students will learn and apply various techniques including for opportunity identification and validation, market research, value proposition design, business model development, investor pitching and overcoming resource constraints. At the end of the unit, students will understand the viability of their identified business opportunities and have developed plans for seizing them.

  • MGN440 HRM Theory and Practice

    This unit examines the interplay between human resource management policies and processes and their contribution to sustainable competitive advantage and organisational effectiveness.  HRM is considered from stakeholder, strategic and functional perspectives and an open systems model is used to introduce key processes and practices.  The unit fosters discipline knowledge, analytical and action taking competencies and prepares students for advanced study in the field.

  • MGN442 Self Leadership

    In the contemporary business environment professionals are empowered to manage their own growth and development in order to facilitate meaningfulness in organisational life. The unit on Self-leadership is an elective in the HRM major and is delivered predominately in an ‘on-line’ mode to enable an ‘anytime’ and ‘anywhere’ approach to your self-development work. This approach invites you to take the necessary time to reflect and develop greater insight into your own thinking and behaviour.

  • MGN444 Business in Asia

    The aim of this unit is to enable an intensive study of business and markets in Asia. The development of the major industries is examined, together with major intra-regional patterns of trade, commerce and finance. Significant economic, political and social factors determining developments are focused on, as well as regulatory restraints governing market access. Students are required to undertake a project that requires the application of knowledge of the region to a business issue.

  • MGN445 Business in Europe

    This unit enables a more intensive study of business and markets in Europe. The development of the major industries will be examined, together with intra-regional patterns of trade, commerce and finance. A particular focus will be the development of a single European market and its international implications. Significant economic, political and social factors determining developments will be focussed upon, as well as regulatory restraints governing market access. The student will be required to undertake a project which requires the application of knowledge of the region to a business issue.

  • MGN446 Business in Australia

    This unit introduces international students to the business environment in Australia. Students examine the geographical, historical, socio-cultural, political, regulatory, demographic, economic, legal, locational and other factors that influence business and management practice in Australia in the current environment.

  • MGN447 Managing in a Globalised Economy

    This core unit examines the forces of globalisation, the diversity of international environments and their impact on business functions at the operational level. It examines the processes and challenges of internationalising the business operation as firms strive to compete successfully in the global marketplaces. Areas of study include the growth of international business and globalisation, international business motives and forms, the nature and challenges of the diversity of environments, and managing and controlling business operations.

  • MGN448 Negotiating Across Borders

    This unit develops students' skills in negotiating intra- and inter-culturally. It provides students with a tool-box of negotiation skills and then explores the relationship between cultural value dimensions and negotiating behaviours. Students practise their negotiating skills with members of their own culture, in cross-cultural dyads and in multi-cultural teams to build confidence and capability in negotiating and influencing.