Graduate Diploma of Business Administration

Smoothly run any organisation and efficiently manage people and teams.

Providing flexibility in your study, the Graduate Diploma is a pathway to a full Master of Business Administration or Master of Business Administration (Advanced) for applicants with a completed Graduate Certificate from Torrens University Australia (or recognised equivalent). More than a mere stepping stone, it is also a stand-alone qualification for students with a bachelor degree and relevant work experience, and an exit pathway for students who have completed 8 MBA subjects consistent with the requirements for this award.

Our Graduate Diploma of Business Administration is offered in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, with the option for online study available.

CRICOS CODE
086348E

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This course is provided by Chifley Business School and delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd CRICOS Provider Code: 03389E.

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Workload and Assessment

No. of timetabled hours per week:

Torrens University Australia operates on a trimester system comprising of 3 study periods per year.

It is expected that each subject, whether studied online or on-campus, will involve a combined total of 120 hours of structured and self-directed learning, which equates to approximately 8.5 hours a week per subject over a 14-week trimester.

Typical assessment includes:

Subjects have a range of assessment options to suit the students requirements and circumstance. Methods of assessment may include time constrained, written examinations, individual assignments based on live briefs, group assignments, project reports, presentations, research reports, work integrated learning, scenarios and case studies, and reflexive logs.

Subject Information

Being a leader in a dynamic era requires educated judgement and decision-making skills. How do leaders collect the most pertinent and important information to make decisions that impact human and financial capital? On what basis are decisions made? This subject engages students in the nuances of data collection, how to filter data and how to use it most effectively in decision-making. Students will apply decision-making theory and behavioural economics to a range of case studies to acquire situational-based leadership, judgement and decision-making skills.

21st Century professionals who wish to achieve a position of leadership must have a clear understanding of the importance of marketing and a grasp of effective marketing practices. This subject provides an overview of both marketing theory and the practical application of innovative marketing strategies. Students will also come to understand how product, price, place, and promotion contribute to the marketing mix as they explore research-‐‐based insights into consumer behaviour. This subject focuses on research methods relating to samples and inference, particularly with regards to market research data collection and analysis.

This subject is focused on how to utilise financial information for internal decision-making purposes. It is designed for the leader who will be using, rather than producing financial information. This subject also addresses the various types of financial decisions that leaders must make, and the strategies necessary to anticipate the alternatives, evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each and recognise the trade-offs inherent in each alternative. The objective of this subject is for students to learn how to apply finance theory and principles to the analysis of important business problems. Specific topics will include capital budgeting, cost of capital, risk, capital structure, payout policy, and enterprise valuation.

This subject focuses on the development of knowledge and skills to enable students to identify, analyse and make effective decisions to resolve people- related issues in organisations, facilitate employee development, and develop and sustain effective teams in complex, diverse, and increasingly global operating environments. Topics include strategic human resource management, organisational design, culture and ethics, organisational behaviour, motivation and performance management, retention and succession planning, and organisation, project and functional teams. Students will focus on group based research methods in this subject including the use of focus groups, surveys and other instruments that provide data about group samples.

Business leaders are expected to make considered and rational decisions that take cognisance of the complex competitive and often volatile environment in which they operate. This subject explains the micro and macroeconomic context needed for making these decisions. It also outlines how institutions, particularly the government and regulatory authorities, shape and constrain that environment. By the end of the subject, students will be able to use economic theories to help them make decisions about the optimal allocation of business resources and to understand the potential impact of regulatory and economy-wide changes on their business environments.

Understanding organisational behaviour, politics, dynamics and environments and how they impact on the role and legitimacy of the management function is the core of this subject. This subject helps individuals understand the constraints they face as managers and emerging leaders and how they can develop strategies to leverage advantages and overcome constraints and barriers in their organisations. The subject also focuses on developing some of the advanced communication skills necessary in management and leadership roles, and the ability of the individual to influence others. The subject introduces students to the concept of naturally occurring data and qualitative analysis.

Being an effective and genuine leader in a dynamic era requires an understanding of leadership concepts, how leaders think and act, and how various management styles impact situations and relationships within an organisation. Being a dynamic leader also demands a strong set of competencies such as motivating self and others, leading creativity in an organisation, cultural intelligence, and navigating ambiguity. This subject provides students with a foundation of leadership theory, styles, and approaches, and an opportunity for students to assess and build on their own leadership styles throughout the course.

As business becomes increasingly global with the use of the internet making all goods available everywhere, the better prepared an organisation is for international markets, the more successful it is likely to be. This subject focuses on the risks, strategies, and implementation of international business plans, requiring students to both evaluate current practice and develop an international strategy for their own organisation or organisation of their choice.

Technology impacts on most everything that we do in organisations, how we do deliver and perform, and how efficiently we manage our operations. Technology strategy therefore focuses on making the right decisions about the deployment of technology in line with business strategy and the risks associated with making the wrong technology decisions. The subject employs a range of research methods to draw up scenarios for decision making, and requires the students to present the case for a technology innovation strategy to a board of stakeholders.

Prerequisite: Management Information Systems

While the context of this subject is engineering, the content is applicable to other contexts and industries. The subject focuses on risk management, risk assessment and risk mitigation plans, including the necessary communication plans and skills to ensure that incidents and risks are managed as safely as possible in a controlled manner. The value of such activities is critically analysed to ensure that the effort expended is appropriate to the size of the risk.

The process of creation, from conception through distribution, is complicated and requires a diverse set of management skills. Students in this subject are introduced to the knowledge, tools and techniques needed to manage projects successfully throughout a project life cycle, and to the language used by practitioners in conjunction with the terminology recognised by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Students explore the project management knowledge areas and process groups of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) guide. Students also examine the ways these two dimensions of project management interact in initiating (scoping), planning, executing (launching), monitoring and controlling, and closing a project.

This subject is underpinned by notions that are measured by the triple bottom line: economic, social and environmental costs and benefits. The subject explores the competitive advantage to be gained through sustainable practices and requires students to develop a sustainability strategy for an organisation of their choice. This subject explores the issues of social justice and human rights more fundamentally than other subjects as sustainability issues for the future.

Benchmarking and the ability to collect, analyse and present benchmarking data to influence organisational decision making is a core competence for many organisations. This subject develops students’ analytical skills and understanding of benchmarking processes and procedures before supporting them in a benchmarking exercise of their own.

This subject introduces students to the law, the role of the law and the impact the law has in its operation on managerial and business practice. Contract, tort, intellectual property, agency and employment law are considered, as well as means and methods of considering dispute resolution. How these are contextualised internationally is explored.

The use of, control of, manipulation and presentation of data in organisations is becoming increasingly important in the management of stakeholder expectations. This subject explores the role of managing information systems, the impact of technological change on the management of information, and the risks associated with poor information management. Students work with case studies and scenarios to develop strategies for reviewing management information systems in their own contexts.

This subject develops the ability of project managers to analyse a project need and pitch for a project management assignment through the creation and presentation of a tender document. It prepares students for the reality of working as an internal or external project management consultant. Prerequisite: Principles of Project Management