Victoria University MBA
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Programme Modules

Business Research Methods

Business Research Projects

To learn how to undertake a research problemTo carry out a consultancy-based project
  • About 6 weeks
  • Individual
  • Literature review to identify a research topic
  • Qualitative & quantitative methods
  • Gather & analyze information
  • Conclude & present results
  • Guidelines for report writing
  • About 15 weeks
  • Group (default) or individual
  • Approved research topic
  • Supervised project
  • Guided throughout research process
  • A report of 7,000 words (NOT a Thesis)
  • Present the research & its findings
  • Publish research report (optional)
  • Key focus: research process & methods
  
  • The modules will be organized according to the intakes.
  • Refer to the Time Table for the actual dates of the modules.
  • The modules may change to satisfy new requirements of both Australian Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA).
  
Master of Business Administration

Broad-based and practical business management modules that will expose you to the complete spectrum of general management.
Core & Elective (Semester 1&2)

  • Financial Analysis
  • Business Ethics and Sustainability
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Managing Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Management and Business Policy
  • Business Research Methods
  • Accounting for Management
 
  • Work & Organisation Systems
 
  • Organisational Change Management (replaced Business Project Management)
     
 
  • Enterprise Resource Planning Systems or Supply Chain & Logistics Management
 
  
Capstone (Semester 3)
  • Art and Practice of Leadership
  • Business Research Project

*A total of 12 modules must be completed.

A brief description of each of the modules is indicated below:-

Strategic Human Resource ManagementSubject code: BMO 5572
This unit of study critically examines the extent to which human resource management is strategic to organizational success in a global context. Alternative models of business strategy and the integration of human resource management are considered. The changing external environment of globalization and competition and the resultant restructuring of industries, labour markets and organizations is analysed in order that the factors influencing managerial choice and employee choice in relation to the different strategies can be assessed. This unit of study will focus on strategic international human resource management and the issues facing organizations that operate in the international environment.
Financial AnalysisSubject code: BAO 5734
The unit of study aims to provide students with a framework for effective and efficient use of financial statement information for business analysis. The unit of study identifies and examines the key components of effective financial statement analysis; business strategy analysis, accounting analysis, financial analysis, and prospective analysis. This framework is applied to a variety of decision contexts including security analysis, credit analysis, corporate financing policies analysis, merger and acquisition analysis, and management communications analysis.
Business EconomicsSubject code: BEO 6600
The primary purpose of this unit is to make students into better decision-makers in a business or institutional context. A subsidiary purpose of the subject is to sharpen analytical skills so that student will be better able to recognise and solve decision problems in different contexts. The unit, accordingly, is concerned with both theory and practice: the theory serves to sharpen analytical skills, and the practice will give experience in the application of the principles and techniques to real world business problems.
Work & Organisation SystemsSubject code: BMO 6506
This unit of study examines the major issues that managers need to understand and respond to in the context of significant changes in the world economy. These developments necessitate a rethinking of management, and they pose major challenges to conventional ideas of management. Such issues are considered in terms of the interaction between people and the organisational context within which they work. The unit of study emphasizes two approaches. First, to gain knowledge and understanding of management and what it is and, in the process, learn how to be a more effective manager. Fundamental concepts about organisations, individuals and groups in relation to management are themes included. Second, because reflective practice is at the heart of critical thinking, students will be asked to take a critical approach to their own practice, and the context in which they work.
Strategic Management & Business PolicySubject code: BMO 6511
In this module, student will learn to identify organisational strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in national and international arenas. Topics include the strategies management process; analysis of political, economic, social, technological and physical environments; strategic management alternatives such as growth, stability, reduction and downsizing; strategy implementation and evaluation; consideration of potential problems; the development of contingency plans; and strategic management for the future.
Managing Innovation and EntrepreneurshipSubject code: BMO 6622
It is imperative that managers have an understanding of the concepts of innovation and entrepreneurship and the skills and competencies to apply this knowledge effectively. The aims of this unit of study are: to provide an in-depth study of the concepts of innovation, entrepreneurship and an appreciation of the environment in which they are practiced; and to study and to appraise the theory and practice of resource acquisition and utilisation. This unit of study includes the following topics: opportunity recognition: the innovation, entrepreneurship and the innovation process, new venture ideas, opportunity recognition and screening; market opportunities: the market and how to analyse it, determining the competitive advantage; human resource issues: the entrepreneurial mind, the new venture team; identifying and marshalling key stakeholders; financial considerations: the innovator and entrepreneurial approach to the acquisition of resources, the plan, valuing, negotiating and structuring the proposal; ownership and structure; and innovators in action.
Business Ethics and SustainabilitySubject code: BMO 5501
This unit of study aims to provide an understanding of the ethics of the current business world by exploring some of the problems of reputation, responsibility and values encountered in business. The unit of study also considers the reasons why management risk must be examined within the perspective of each company’s business challenges. The topics include personal and professional integrity; corporations and cultures; the concept of the individual responsibility; social responsibility; the meaning of work; risk management; work relationships.
Organisation Change ManagementSubject code: BMO 6624
Participants in this unit should gain a conceptual understanding of how project management with a blend of understanding on supporting theories, practice and tools that enable successful project teams to unlock group creativity and productivity by knowing how to set goals; plan and monitor progress toward these goals; sustain high performance; negotiate up, down and across their organizations; put together compelling project presentations; manage risks; create change; and share authority and leadership.
Business Research MethodsSubject code: BMO6630
The purpose of the unit of study is to provide students with a firm foundation from which they can undertake a research problem. For the duration of the semester guidance will be given to students for the identification of a research problem. Instruction will be provided which will enable students to perform effective literature reviews. Students will be presented with various models of methodology and assist with designing an appropriate method for their research. Students will be trained in the analysis and presentation of results, exposition of processes and methods used and conclusions drawn. Guidelines outlining the preparation and writing of a research thesis will be provided at the conclusion of semester.
Enterprise Resource Planning SystemsSubject code: BCO 6603
This unit of study investigates the use of integrated computer-based information systems, commonly referred to as Enterprise Resource Planning systems, designed to support a large organisation's information needs. This unit considers issues associated with the analysis, design and implementation of such systems and investigates how such systems implement transaction processing, management information systems and executive information systems across an organisation's various business processes.
Accounting for ManagementSubject code: BAO 6504
This module covers the role of planning and decision making within a business environment and the basic accounting concepts and practices, which enable such activities to occur. Topics include: concept of profit and the income statement as a performance report, Balance Sheet as a position statement, Cash and Accrual Accounting, preparation of financial statements, budgeting, internal control and performance reports, analysis and interpretation, short term decision making and cost behaviour and capital budgeting.
Supply Chain & Logistics ManagementSubject code: BMO 5574
The unit of study aims to study the concept of supply chain management in the sourcing, provision and delivery of goods and services. Practical application of this concept encompasses physical movement and storage, information systems support and relationships between partners in the supply chain. Supply chains as integration of strategies and operations to achieve end customer requirements. This integration is to span materials management, manufacturing support and physical distribution, and equivalent service steps, along the supply chain. Major logistics functions including order processing, inventory management, distribution centres, transportation and customer service. Simple extension is made into international supply networks.  The strategic planning of the whole supply chain of a product or service group will include performance measurement, order-winning criteria and required policy actions.
Art & Practice of Leadership Subject Code: BMO6050
Globalization and the changing nature of organization mean that you are leading people and managing teams in complex environments. The unit examines the contextual challenges facing leaders, seeking to develop a deep personal understanding of leadership as a complex process of scanning the environment and setting the direction, and achieving organisational goals through influencing people both inside and outside the organisation. The dynamics of interpersonal power are investigated, with particular attention given to the leader as a social architect, implicit in the concepts of transformational and (values-based) authentic leadership.
Business Research Project Subject Code: BGP7730
The project provides students with the opportunity, either individually or in teams to apply an advanced body of knowledge and skills to an approved, consultancy-based task. Proposals for projects will normally be developed in conjunction with the unit of study Business Research Methods (BMO6630). Each project should lead to business innovations or potential entrepreneurship development. Research may include analysis and anticipation of user or business needs; business scenario development and business case studies; the study of existing business practices and solutions, and innovative business models development.
Master of Business (Enterprise Resource Planning Systems)
  • Accounting for Management
  • Managing Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing Management
  • Strategic Management and Business Policy
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Management of Information Technology
  • Financial Analysis
  • Information Technology Project Management
  • Business Research Methods
  • Work and Organisation Systems
  • Enterprise Resource Planning Systems
  • Supply Chain & Logistics Management
  • Business Process Engineering
 
  • Business Analytics
 
  • Customer Relationship Management
 
  • Executive and Mobile Computing
 
  • Organisation Change Management
 
  • Enterprise Resource Planning Systems Implementation
 
  • Business Ethics and Sustainability
 
  
Capstone
  • Business Research Project