UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Master of Business Administration (coursework)

The Master of Business Administration provides students with a practical understanding of the full range of management activity. Students strengthen their managerial skills and competencies through diverse learning and practical experiences. The course offers units in financial management, people management, marketing, economics and strategy in addition to a wide range of options.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleMaster of Business Administration (coursework)
Award abbreviationMBA
Course code42520
Course typemaster's degree by coursework only
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byUWA Business School
CRICOS code046894K
COURSE DETAILS
  
Intake periodsThroughout the year
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required72
A standard full-time load is 18 points per trimester.
Standard course duration16 months
Time limit5 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typePostgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Professor Mark Griffin

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
T1 = Trimester 1; T2 = Trimester 2; T3 = Trimester 3; N/A = not available in 2017;
NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Take all units (42 points):

Group A

NS, T1, T2, T3ACCT5602Accounting
NS, T1, T2, T3ECON5503Economic Management and Strategy
NS, T1, T2, T3FINA5530Managerial Finance
NS, T1, T2, T3MGMT5501Organisational Behaviour
NS, T1, T2, T3MGMT5513Data Driven Decision Making
NS, T1, T3MGMT5700Strategic Management
NS, T1, T2, T3MKTG5550Marketing Principles

Take unit(s) to the value of 30 points from this group if exiting with the MBA without a specialisation, or take units to the value of 6 points from this group if exiting with the MBA with a specialisation.

Group B

T2ECON5504Global Energy and Mineral Markets
NSFINA5601Valuation and Risk Analysis for Resource Companies
NSFINA5602Strategic Corporate Finance
NSFINA5603Mergers and Acquisitions
N/AMGMT5505International Management
T2MGMT5514Demonstrating Social Impact
T1MGMT5516Social Impact: Entrepreneurs and Social Innovation
NSMGMT5517Leadership for Social Impact
NSMGMT5518Social Investment and Philanthropy
T3MGMT5520Legal Principles for Management
NSMGMT5522Leading Global Collaborations
NSMGMT5523Becoming a Leader: Perspectives on Leadership Development
NS, T3MGMT5524Strategic Management of Resource Companies
T2, T3MGMT5528Leading Self and Leading Others
NS, T1, T2MGMT5570Organisational Change and Transformation
T2MGMT5601Small Business Management
T1MGMT5608Entrepreneurship and Innovation
N/AMGMT5615Selected Topics in Management
NSMGMT5616Advanced Topics in Management
NS, T3MGMT5618International Study Program
N/AMGMT5623Leadership Effectiveness
NS, T1MGMT5647Negotiation Behaviour
T1MGMT5665Project Management
T1, T2, T3MGMT5782Management Case Study
T3MKTG5603Management of Technology and Innovation

Exit award specialisations specialisation

Note: Take unit(s) to a value of 24 points as required by the specialisation if exiting with the MBA with a specialisation.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation specialisation

Take all units (18 points):

T2MGMT5601Small Business Management
T1MGMT5608Entrepreneurship and Innovation
T3MKTG5603Management of Technology and Innovation

Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:

T1MGMT5516Social Impact: Entrepreneurs and Social Innovation
T3MGMT5520Legal Principles for Management
NS, T1MGMT5647Negotiation Behaviour

Finance specialisation

Take all units (24 points):

T2ECON5504Global Energy and Mineral Markets
NSFINA5601Valuation and Risk Analysis for Resource Companies
NSFINA5602Strategic Corporate Finance
NSFINA5603Mergers and Acquisitions

Leadership specialisation

Take all units (6 points):

T2, T3MGMT5528Leading Self and Leading Others

Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:

NSMGMT5522Leading Global Collaborations
NSMGMT5523Becoming a Leader: Perspectives on Leadership Development
NS, T1, T2MGMT5570Organisational Change and Transformation
NS, T1MGMT5647Negotiation Behaviour

Natural Resource Management specialisation

Take all units (18 points):

T2ECON5504Global Energy and Mineral Markets
NSFINA5601Valuation and Risk Analysis for Resource Companies
NS, T3MGMT5524Strategic Management of Resource Companies

Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:

T3MGMT5520Legal Principles for Management
NS, T1, T2MGMT5570Organisational Change and Transformation
NS, T1MGMT5647Negotiation Behaviour
T1MGMT5665Project Management

Social Impact specialisation

Take all units (24 points):

T2MGMT5514Demonstrating Social Impact
T1MGMT5516Social Impact: Entrepreneurs and Social Innovation
NSMGMT5517Leadership for Social Impact
NSMGMT5518Social Investment and Philanthropy

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3.(1) To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

(2) Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 7.0 and no band less than 6.5.

(3) Applicants presenting with the TOEFL iBT require an overall score of at least 100 and no sub-score less than 20.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA and at least three years of relevant documented professional experience; and

(i) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent; or

(ii) a valid Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score of at least 5501; or

(iii) at least two additional years of relevant documented professional experience considered by UWA to be sufficient to permit satisfactory completion of the course;

or

(b) (i) a UWA graduate certificate which articulates with this course; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent;

or

(c) (i) a Graduate Certificate in Business, or an equivalent qualification from a post-experience and accredited course, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 70 per cent.

1GMAT scores are valid for five years.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 41210 Graduate Certificate in Business (24 points)
  • 41210 Graduate Certificate in Business (24 points)
  • 40260 Graduate Certificate in Social Impact (24 points)
  • 41210 Graduate Certificate in Business (24 points)
  • 40260 Graduate Certificate in Social Impact (24 points)
  • 41230 Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (24 points)
  • 41210 Graduate Certificate in Business (24 points)
  • 40260 Graduate Certificate in Social Impact (24 points)
  • 41230 Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (24 points)
  • 41220 Graduate Certificate in Leadership (24 points)
  • 41210 Graduate Certificate in Business (24 points)
  • 40260 Graduate Certificate in Social Impact (24 points)
  • 41230 Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (24 points)
  • 41220 Graduate Certificate in Leadership (24 points)
  • 42520 Master of Business Administration (72 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Business Administration course before completing it, but after fulfilling the requirements of a lesser award in the above sequence, may apply for the relevant award.

(3) A student may exit from the Master of Business Administration by way of completing the requirements of one of the specialisations set out in these rules.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 72 points which must include course core units and specialisation units. The course comprises the following specialisations:

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8.(1) To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

(2)A student who has not achieved a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in the first four units successfully completed, will not have made satisfactory progress.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) Students who make satisfactory progress are assigned a progress status of 'Good Standing' by the Faculty and are permitted to re-enrol.

(2) Unless the Faculty determines otherwise in exceptional circumstances, students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 are assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.

(3) Students seeking to re-enrol in the course after being assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' must submit, after a period of at least 12 months, sufficient reason to the Faculty, in writing, demonstrating why an improvement in performance could reasonably be expected.

(4) Students who have been assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' and are subsequently permitted by the Faculty to re-enrol are assigned a progress status of 'On Probation' and must meet any conditions determined by the Faculty.

(5) Students who meet the conditions determined by the Faculty under (4), are assigned a progress status of 'Good Standing' by the Faculty.

(6) Students who have been assigned a progress status of 'On Probation' and who fail to meet conditions determined by the Faculty are assigned a progress status of 'Excluded'.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules

Alternative exit award

13. A student who withdraws from the course before completing the course requirements but after completing units to the value of 48 points for the Graduate Diploma in Business may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the relevant qualification.

Substitution

14. Where a student has successfully completed undergraduate study in the disciplinary areas of the core units of this course, the Faculty may permit substitution of up to four of these units (not including MGMT5700 Strategic Management) to the extent it is satisfied that the student has already studied the relevant content.

Credit

15.(1) The Faculty may grant credit towards the course up to a total value of 24 points for units completed in the Graduate Certificate in Business, Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Graduate Certificate in Leadership or Graduate Certificate in Social Impact of this University within the previous five years.

(2) For students who have not completed the Graduate Certificate in Business, Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Graduate Certificate in Leadership or Graduate Certificate in Social Impact of this University, the Faculty may grant credit towards the course for studies completed within the previous five years to a total value of 36 points.

(3) Within the overall credit limit set out in (2), credit may include—

(a) a maximum of 24 points for relevant studies completed in postgraduate courses at recognised tertiary institutions;

(b) a maximum of 12 points for units approved by the Faculty and completed through the UWA Business School's Executive Education group;

(c) a maximum of 18 points for work completed in approved courses provided by professional providers or private educational institutions.

[(b) and (c) are approved exceptions to University Policy]

(4) The Faculty may, in special circumstances, approve an extension to the five-year limitation in (1) and (2).

Standard trimester load

16.(1) A full-time student normally must enrol in three units per trimester.

(2) A part-time student normally must enrol in not more than two units per trimester.

(3) The Faculty may permit a student to enrol in more than the number of units specified in (1).