Master of Business Administration

Unit description

Core Units

Accounting for Managers

While this unit provides an introduction to accounting issues relevant to both preparers and users of business reports, it predominantly explores the principles of financial and management accounting from a user perspective. The focus of the unit is on decision-making, providing practical knowledge of preparing basic financial statements and analysing information obtained from the accounting system to assist in management decision-making. 

Business Finance

This unit provides students with an understanding of the macroeconomic setting in which corporate financial decisions are made. They will be exposed to finance theory, and the tools and techniques used in financial decision-making. To assist students in achieving this understanding, it is necessary for them to perform basic financial calculations. The conceptual framework and techniques covered in this unit will provide students who wish to progress to a practitioner role within the finance discipline with a foundation for further studies. 

Business, Society and the Environment
This unit addresses key issues about the relationship between business, society and the environment, in order to foster a critical understanding of the role of firms in contemporary societies.

It will pay special attention to the interplay of ethical reasoning, markets, politics and sustainability science to foster responsible management and governance approaches.

Global Business in the Asian Century

This unit addresses key issues about managing global businesses in the 21st century — often called the Asian Century. It examines accelerated
globalisation and the rise of Asia, and it discusses how managers make decisions on alliances, firm strategy, human resource management, market entry, marketing, production, research and development, and supply chain management in a changing global business environment. The unit places students in the role of a decision-maker, developing their ability to innovatively apply theories to resolve problems in challenging international business situations.

Leading the Engaged Enterprise

The modern enterprise engages with all quarters of society as it pursues its goals. The core of the engaged enterprise is its people, who execute strategy with intent while continually exploring new horizons. This unit focuses on fostering and engaging with staff by distributing leadership at all levels of the enterprise, leveraging the power of groups and reaffirming the strategic role of human capital development in learning to innovate new responses to organisational challenges.

Strategies for Growth and Excellence 

This unit enables students to investigate how firms and organisations design and execute effective strategies, and it explores relevant issues such as environmental, leadership and organisational culture and values, macro-globalisation, market competition, meso-government regulatory frameworks and shareholder/stakeholder needs, micro-resources, sustainability and information communications technology. Students will analyse recent case studies and “hot topics” in strategy drawn from the media and business journals.

Elective Units

Data, Metrics, Reporting and Analytics 

In this unit, students are introduced to common human resource (HR) data, metrics and analytics that guide decision-making in order to support strategic organisational goals. Human resources are the most critical asset, and the department that manages human resources is generally the most important in an organisation. 

This unit aims at reviewing the HR department’s role in aligning HR management to an organisation’s strategic goals and making a positive impact on the future of the organisation. The unit introduces descriptive HR analytics and data visualisation, efficiency, effectiveness and business outcome measures of HR management processes, HR data and metrics, and predictive HR analytics. The unit would enable students to make meaningful HR policies for an organisation using HR data and metrics. 

Economics and Business Strategy 
Increasing competition and rapid technological change mean that managers must have a sound understanding of the economic fundamentals of business enterprises, the operation of markets and the role played by governments. In this unit, particular emphasis is given to the strategic interdependence of many businesses and their efficiency. 


Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management 

The unit explores entrepreneurial creativity. It considers innovation and why it matters. Students will review social, international and sustainable innovation. The unit then focuses on identifying opportunities and reviewing entrepreneurial creativity, sources of innovation and search strategies. The unit then focuses on building a business case and considers the power of networks. 

Finally, students will concentrate on the development of products and services, the steps needed to create new ventures, talent development and how an enterprise can be grown. 

Human Resource Management Perspectives  

This unit presents an overview of the management of human resources (HR) from the perspectives of HR practitioners and line managers. It examines practical and theoretical aspects of strategic and operational HR management.


Topics such as recruitment and selection, training and development, performance management and remuneration for the organisation’s most valuable assets are covered. Changing views on HR applications, concepts, evaluation and processes will be canvassed.  


International Business Negotiations 

This unit analyses the nature of negotiation, examines negotiating strategies, tactics and processes, and considers the impacts of emotion on the negotiating process. It aims to equip managers with the tools necessary to enable them to effectively participate and engage in cross-cultural negotiations. 

Managing Strategic Risk and Projects 

Strategic risk management (SRM) extends the concept of risk management in that it addresses the dynamic complexity during risk assessment processes. This innovative unit will address major types of risk management strategies at the enterprise level (Operation, Technology, Environment, etc.) Students will engage with enterprise risk management (ERM) frameworks and develop critical skills to analyse and identify key risks and opportunities. Project management skills will be utilised with the development of a project plan to mitigate enterprise risks. 


Organisational Behaviour and Management

Introducing students to concepts and theories of organisational behaviour is useful to managers, this unit also considers behavioural impacts at individual, group and organisational levels. The focus is on helping students understand themselves and how they could operate, today and in the future, within the management contexts of a globalised world. The unit uses experiential, practical and problem-solving activities to explore organisational behaviour and challenges for managers, individuals and interactions in organisations, organisational dynamics, and organisational processes and characteristics. 

Strategic Marketing Management 

This unit offers a sound foundation in aspects of marketing management strategy, relevant for all types of profit and not-for profit businesses and organisations. Marketing management strategy is essential for all brand and service operations. The main topics include consumer behaviour, identifying competitive forces, international marketing, marketing communications, marketing mix, market positioning, market segmentation, online marketing, product life cycle and strategic options.