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“the University of Adelaide is one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious universities.”
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Mon 30 January Mon 13 February Fri 3 February Fri 17 February Fri 30 March Fri 27 April trimester 1 begins Last day to add courses online Due date for payment of tuition fees CensUs DAte: Last day to withdraw without incurring tuition fees Last day to withdraw without failure (WnF) Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
“Welcome to your Adelaide MBA.”
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WeLCoMe to yoUr ADeLAIDe MBA
We hope that you will enjoy your experience of studying in the Business school at the University of Adelaide. the Business school has a strong national and international reputation in both its teaching and its research. In addition to the MBA-related program you are undertaking, the school also offers postgraduate studies in the core disciplines of accounting, finance, management, international business and marketing. the strength of the program emanates from three distinctive aspects of the Adelaide MBA: Firstly, the selection process for Business Administration programs ensures that you will be sharing a classroom with high-calibre students, both Australian and international, all with managerial experience in the work place. you will have the opportunity to make new acquaintances who will potentially become colleagues and business partners in years to come. secondly, we have constructed the curriculum and course content that are bench-marked against world class institutions, and assessed against the debate as to latest trends in business education and where learning outcomes are mapped and rigorously tested. so you can be assured that the learning experience is high quality, and as you master it in the learning process, this will put you in good stead for your future in the global environment of modern business.
Lastly, our lecturers are recognised for the international impact of their work, and academic and administrative staff are committed to providing the very best quality learning experience for students. Faceto-face educational interchange between lecturers and students and between students themselves is emphasised and encouraged, supplemented with advanced online student support. We hope that you take the opportunities that are presented, and recognise that the richness of the experience comes additionally from your inputs into the above. take the time to make as many new friends as possible. Challenge your lecturers with questions and issues and debate the responses. Develop all aspects of the attributes possible from your experience. Many of the school’s graduates now occupy senior positions in business, government and academia, both within Australia and internationally and we hope that the framework we provide in concert with the effort you put in will see you in a similar position in just a few years. associate Professor barry burgan head, business school the university of adelaide
“the school has a strong national and international reputation in both its teaching and its research.”
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MAster oF BUsIness ADMInIstrAtIon (12) or (ADvAnCeD)
the underlying philosophy of our MBA is to integrate specific management tools and techniques into a meaningful and comprehensive program of management education. our MBA provides a broadly based education for students as managers, rather than just the acquisition of an off-theshelf set of skills. the aim is to develop problem solving and communication skills, leadership and team building skills, and analytical and critical abilities that will enable you to understand and deal with the complex issues of management in a rapidly changing business environment. An MBA (Advanced) spread over a period of 2 years is available should you wish to broaden the coverage of managerial knowledge beyond the standard 12 course MBA degree program. this pathway provides you with the opportunity to acquire specialised knowledge of a particular area by undertaking additional electives as well as applying theoretical knowledge to real life business projects. key Features • Courses are offered on a trimester basis (fast-track) and weekly classes are scheduled in the evening. • An average class size of 25 students, which allows individuals to contribute in class without being overwhelmed by large numbers. • A diverse student body with varied experiences ensures a rich learning environment that fosters long-lasting business and social networks. • A nested program which allows you to exit with a lesser qualification such as the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration. • Intakes available in January, May and september.
mba (12) study Pathway Fundamentals of Leadership Accounting for Managers Marketing Management economics for Management Managing Contemporary organisations Managerial Finance Global business or approved International business elective or approved overseas study Strategic Management operations Management business or Management project business Law three electives (9 units) Five electives (15 units) total units 36 • • • • • • • • • •
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GrADUAte DIPLoMA / GrADUAte CertIFICAte
GrADUAte DIPLoMA In BUsIness ADMInIstrAtIon
key Features • Designed for students who wish to undertake study beyond the scope of the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration but who do not wish to commit to the duration of the MBA (12) or MBA (Advanced). • Suitable for professionals who have at least 3 years of middle to senior level managerial experience. • Intakes available in January, May and September.
Grad Certificate study Pathway Fundamentals of Leadership Accounting for Managers Marketing Management economics for Management Managing Contemporary organisations Managerial Finance one elective (3 units) • • • •
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GrADUAte CertIFICAte In BUsIness ADMInIstrAtIon
key Features • Designed for managers who wish to take an introductory management program, or for those who wish to acquire new skills without the lengthy time commitment. • Suitable for managers with over 7 years of relevant experience but do not hold a tertiary degree. • Intakes available in January, May and September.
two electives (6 units) total units 12
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accounting for managers
assessment: MAnAGeMt 7100 exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture participants in this course will develop the essential ability of all managers to use complex accounting information as a platform for decision-making. As the course unfolds, participants will build an increasingly sophisticated level of understanding of the language of accounting and its key concepts. In addition the course develops skills in interpreting earnings statements, balance sheets, and cash flow reports. this ability to analyse financial statements will enable participants to deal more effectively with strategic options for their businesses or business units. Strong foundations in financial analysis, and development of crucial basic accounting skills will also enable participants to develop a management accounting focus. From this second phase of the course students will take away highly relevant skills in areas such as budgeting, product and service costing and short-run decision making. Such skills, ability and knowledge will enable participants to more effectively identify profitable opportunities and to contribute significantly to better management within their own organisations.
business Performance Improvement
assessment: MAnAGeMt 7012 exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture this course provides students with the knowledge and skill-set required to formulate and implement sustainable improvement strategies aimed at improving business performance and overall competitiveness. It provides a practical appreciation and understanding of the various improvement strategies and techniques that have come to prominence during the past few decades, including total Quality Management, business process re-engineering and more recently Six Sigma and Lean thinking. It considers these approaches and their use against the broader agenda of how to achieve sustainable improvement and the development of sustainable sources of competitive advantage. In particular, students are introduced to the idea of 'process thinking' and related concepts such as cost of quality, complexity, variation etc, i.e. considering the business and identifying improvement opportunities by viewing it from a process perspective. Students are also introduced to methodologies for business review and diagnosis - similar to the approaches used by the major management consulting firms. the later stages of the subject considers implementation issues arising with business performance improvement strategies to ensure that organisations are able to learn and achieve cumulative improvements over time, rather than temporary 'fad chasing' as is often the case.
assessment: MAnAGeMt 7022 exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture this course will introduce managers to a range of legal issues that impact on their business and on their duties and responsibilities as managers. there is an increasing trend in the law to make managers personally liable for breaches of the law by their business. the course will help managers to identify areas of legal liability and risk and suggest how to minimise legal risk. the topics covered in the course include an introduction to the legal system, the law of business structures, contract law, intellectual property law, employment law, law of business torts, consumer protection law, competition law and electronic commerce law. In each topic, emphasis is placed on identifying the legal duties that apply to a manager and the legal liabilities that may be attracted by their actions.
business Project (Consulting)
assessment: MAnAGeMt 7225 exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture this course draws on the work undertaken in the core MbA courses. projects may be undertaken by an individual student or by a team of 3-5 students who take on the role of consultant(s) to an organisation and analyse a real business problem or issue and produce recommendations. projects may be sourced by students or the school. each project will be allocated an academic project supervisor. Much of the time for this course will be in practical fieldwork or desk research. the project will conclude with a presentation by the student or student group, to members of the client organisation and the school at which time a final written report will be given to the organisation.
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assessment: MAnAGeMt 7109 exam/assignments as prescribed at first lecture this course provides a framework for managers to understand how pricing and valuation of both securitised and non-securitised business entities (whether that be specific assets or whole companies) occurs. this involves the utilisation of both accounting and financial analysis of the business to determine value. the course will approach the subject from an applied viewpoint to enable participants to practise valuation methods and will also incorporate basic capital raising issues.
Family business Issues & Perspectives
assessment: MAnAGeMt 7228 exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture the course aims to enhance our understanding of the characteristics and contributions of family owned and managed businesses which dominate the private sector landscape. the implications of family ownership control and the multiple perspectives of owners, managers, shareholders, employees, board members, advisors to and customers of family businesses, will be explored. Issues examined will include interactions between family and non-family members working in the business, flexibility and innovation opportunities, governance structures necessary to optimise performance, potential conflicts and tensions, and pronominalisation requirement to achieve and maintain competitive advantage. relevant theoretical frameworks will be canvassed. the course will appeal to those owning their own business, or aiming to do so, as well as those interacting with family businesses as managers, employees, customers, consultants or advisors. Students will have the opportunity to hear and evaluate senior business leaders' approaches to managing their family business.
economics for management
assessment: MAnAGeMt 7103 exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture this course provides an introduction to economic thinking and its relevance and application to managing organisations. the first part of the course deals with the structure of markets, including perfect competition, monopoly and oligopoly, and the competitive regulatory environment. the second part deals with the determinants of the aggregate level of output and employment, and elements in the determination of macroeconomic policy including interest rates, inflation and foreign trade and capital flows. the focus of the course is on current issues and their implications for managers and competitive organisations.
Fundamentals of Leadership
assessment: MAnAGeMt 7086 exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture upon completion, students will possess an understanding of the development of management thought and practice, providing a background against which new trends in management can be viewed. they will be able to identify and discuss the major challenges facing management in today's environment, and, with heightened self-awareness, develop the understanding and communication skills required to effectively lead and manage a diverse workforce. to achieve success in today's competitive environment it is essential that managers develop the ability to interact positively with others, whether they be employees, employers, colleagues, customers or suppliers. Strong interpersonal skills are also required if students are to maximise the benefits from their management studies. Fundamentals of Leadership, positioned at the beginning of the MbA program, encourages students to explore issues and develop personal skills central to leadership. by exploring self-awareness, students will be well placed to broaden their understanding of others. topics include written and oral communication skills, team skills, conflict management and stress management.
assessment: MAnAGeMt 7000 exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture entrepreneurship is increasingly recognised as an important driving force in the economic development and prosperity of a community. While broader issues of entrepreneurship are covered, the course focuses on entrepreneurship in new venture creation, identifying opportunities, business planning for a new venture, obtaining venture capital, growth, technological innovation, harvesting wealth and coping with failure and bankruptcy.
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assessment: MAnAGeMt 7081 exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture this course prepares students for doing business in the global environment. the broad content introduces the core theories, frameworks and issues in global business at the supranational, country and firm levels to assist students in developing the ability to deal with the complexity and multiplicity of the global business environment. Specific topics included in this course comprise two clusters. the first cluster focuses on understanding theories of international trade and investment as well as variations in political, economic, socio-cultural, and legal systems between countries and pertinent risks involved in crossborder business operations. the second cluster focuses on exploring how the firm formulates international business strategy and adapts various functional areas of the enterprise for successful international operations. Students are provided with the opportunity to develop skills in indentifying opportunities and challenges in the international marketplace as well as understanding the impact of global developments on local enterprises.
management of Change
assessment: MAnAGeMt 7039 exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture the objectives of this course are to explore approaches to understanding and to managing the organisational change process, and to identify practical approaches to effective change implementation. the course will strike a balance between theory and research on the one hand, and practical management tools and techniques on the other. the course will consider management skills in change implementation as well as the organisation's ability to encourage innovation, and to cope with change. one integrating theme of the course will be the expertise of the change agent, the nature of that expertise, and how it can be developed. A second integrating theme will concern the organisational attributes that either encourage or stifle creativity, innovation, and change, and how to develop creative organisation cultures that are receptive to innovation and change.
management Project (Research)
assessment: MAnAGeMt 7072 exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture this course draws on the work undertaken in the core MbA courses. It provides an opportunity for an individual student or a team of 3-5 students to complete an applied research project based on a business problem or issue. Students may choose either a case study project which analyses a real-world management problem or a project which undertakes the investigation of a particular problem or issue and makes relevant recommendations. A program of activities will be completed and lead to a case or project report. the written report will contain findings, analysis and recommendations on the problem under investigation. Where a student or team of students choose to write a management case study for assessment, the final report will consist of a written case together with separate analysis. the Course Coordinator must approve the project before beginning. each project will be allocated an academic project supervisor. the scope of the project and the assessment will vary according to whether the project is to be completed by an individual student or a team.
assessment: MAnAGeMt 7224 exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture the value of most organisations today greatly exceeds their net tangible assets. this course addresses contemporary issues in managing knowledge, intellectual capital and other intangible assets. beginning with a view that these intangibles are strategic assets, the course will introduce the fundamentals of managing knowledge and intellectual capital, understanding some of the measurement issues, processes and cycles involved in their management and the specific issues in managing knowledge based workers and the organisations in which they work. the course then turns to the strategic issues of creating value from flows in intangible assets and organisation structures to support knowledge and intellectual capital development leading to an examination of the management of knowledge intensive businesses. the course concludes with a review of specific application issues, global issues, application to the public sector and current developments in the field.
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assessment: MAnAGeMt 7101 exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture this course introduces you to the world of modern finance, especially to the financial operations of business. It covers the concepts of time value of money, asset valuation, risk and return paradigm, capital budgeting, financing, and payout decisions, and derivatives. upon completion, students will be able to value bonds and stocks, estimate asset returns according to their risk characteristics and choose projects that maximize shareholder's wealth using a wide range of analytical tools. they will also develop a good understanding on how firms finance their capital expenditure on their investment and the levels of dividends and other payouts for their shareholders. Finally, students will gain a basic understanding on derivatives such as options and futures, and apply them for sound risk management practices.
managing Various business models across borders
assessment: MAnAGeMt 7234 exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture the American business Model has undeniably dominated the whole Western world and many think that no other may be better. In reality other business models are emerging in other parts of the world and they might challenge the American business model very soon. It indeed appears that east Asians and Americans of european descent emphasize different aspects of problems and think through problems differently. each civilization's members display different strengths and weaknesses in their approaches to information processing. Asians emphasize perceived contexts and relationships in their information processing to a greater extent than Westerners do. Asians also accept the validity of weaker arguments, contradicting their own views, more than Westerners do. Additionally, whereas Asians favour experiential and empirical data and reasoning to explain their worlds, Westerners favour building models of explanatory rules and using formal logic to explain theirs. It is therefore highly important for a firm that wants to operate worldwide to be able to manage throughout these very different business models and develop the skills and the flexibility required to use them in an appropriate and efficient way.
managing Contemporary organisations
assessment: MAnAGeMt 7087 exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture this course exposes students to some key influences and perspectives on the management of organisations. Its focus is primarily on human issues that affect and are dealt with by managers day-to-day. the course is an extension of "Fundamentals of Leadership" and provides the background and theoretical framework for more advanced studies in business management. Some of the topics addressed may, at first, seem somewhat theoretical or even 'philosophical' in nature, but the whole course is designed to provide students with the foundation for practical action in the field. the ability to analyse and to think clearly and independently about these issues will be the basis of effective action. Managing Contemporary organisations begins by examining the nature of 'organisation' as an 'open system'. We then look at the management challenge in relation to various facets of organisation – learning, motivation, politics, performance, ethics, culture, innovation, decision-making, structure and change. throughout the course there is an emphasis on thinking about and asking important questions, rather than fixing on 'right' answers.
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assessment: MAnAGeMt 7104 exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture Marketing lies at the core of all business. Whatever the character or size of your entity, its profit can come from only one place; the marketplace. All businesses are dependent on the income they earn from their customers, clients or buyers. In most larger businesses it is marketing managers who are primarily responsible for keeping their company close to its customers. In any case, all those who have a direct responsibility for identifying, reaching and satisfying customers are engaged in marketing and everybody in a business needs to understand its marketplace activities. this course offers a complete introduction to professional marketing thought and action. the course explains the nature and purpose of marketing, followed by the fundamentals of each of the most important marketing tasks. It analyses the business need for customer orientation, the evaluation of markets and the targeting of market opportunities. there is then assessment of buyer behaviour and the role of market information. In addition, the course explains how to integrate product and service decisions with those on pricing, distribution and promotion – and why this is necessary.
assessment: MAnAGeMt 7046 exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture the purpose of this course is threefold. the first is to explore the major concepts and theories of negotiation, as well as the dynamics of interpersonal and intergroup conflict and its resolution. this will involve studying the structural (e.g. parties, positions, interests) and process (cognitive, interactional) dynamics that are required for a sound critical understanding. the second objective is to develop practical skills applicable to a broad range of contexts. this involves direct training in identifying crucial elements of negotiation situations and implementing appropriate resolution strategies. the third objective is to develop teamwork skills by working within and through group exercises.
assessment: MAnAGeMt 7031 exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture this course examines the role of the operations Management and its role in supporting effective Strategy execution, and how it may be leveraged as a sustainable source of competitive advantage. topics covered include addressing the strategic issues of operations strategy formulation and associated implementation decisions, including choice of process and technology, operational structures, facility location, detailed layout, process and job design, and strategic operational planning. Manufacturing, process and service industry contexts are all considered. the tactical aspects of implementing and managing effective operations are then considered. this includes, inventory control, MrpII/erp, operations scheduling, quality management, supply chain management and operations improvement.
assessment: MAnAGeMt 7112 exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture Marketing means many things to many people but one issue is certain, it is the driving force that separates successful organisations from unsuccessful ones in the current fast-changing, global, competitive environment. this course explores what it means to be truly market-driven and to fully realise the power that marketing has to drive your organisation forward. It will explore a variety of issues, including why being market-driven pays off, how to effectively understand the market, how to analyse marketing competencies, how to make strategic choices, how to create and deliver value to customers and finally how to measure marketing effectiveness. these questions will be examined through interactive class discussions, case studies and video cases on leading international organisations.
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assessment: MAnAGeMt 7040 exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture this course investigates the increasing use of projects to accomplish limited duration tasks in many organisations and the unique style of administration required to manage them. projects considered include randd studies, campaigns, construction, emergency operations and other such endeavours. topics include the selection of projects, creativity and technological forecasting, the role of the project manager, how to organise and plan a project, negotiation and conflict resolution, budgeting and cost estimation, project scheduling (pert/CpM) and resource location among multiple projects, project monitoring and information systems (including project management software), controlling projects, auditing projects, ways of terminating projects and running projects in multicultural settings.
assessment: MAnAGeMt 7044 exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture Strategic management is concerned with the long-term direction, scope and performance of an organisation. As such it draws on other disciplines (e.g. marketing, finance, economics, organisational behaviour) already covered in the MbA. Whether the overall ‘strategy’ of an organisation emerges from the interplay of functional departments or is a ‘grand plan’ devised by one group, its implementation takes place at the functional/process level where goals, plans and actions need to align with other departments as part of a coherent orientation. hence all managers need to understand how their roles and functions are part of the overall strategy of the organisation.
understanding organisational sustainability
assessment: MAnAGeMt 7230 exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture Much is being said and written about corporate or organisational sustainability, and it seems likely that this topic will demand more and more attention from organisations, in both the private and public sectors. this course introduces students to conceptual and practical frameworks for understanding sustainability, in the context of the economic, social and natural environment of organisations. First it examines various approaches to definition and measurement, and the conceptual challenges involved in thinking about sustainability. then it explores some practical expressions of organisational sustainability and the change processes that underpin the pursuit of a sustaining organisation. Finally it invites students to create a vision of possibilities, for organisations in general, and for their own organisations in particular. the course will include a group project focussed on implementation of measures to enhance sustainability in a local organisation.
statistical, Quantitative & analytical thinking
assessment: MAnAGeMt 7233 exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture A course aimed at enhancing analytical and critical thinking skills in decision making. In particular, this course helps students develop a “statistical and quantitative thinking” mindset to structure and solve management problems that are amenable to mathematical/statistical approaches for better insight and understanding. real-world interpretations of the solutions worked out, along with strengths and the weaknesses involved are discussed and emphasized in the course. the models/techniques covered in the course are frequently used by many sophisticated (and usually large) companies and/or other organisations, especially in identifying ways to improve resource utilization, portfolio selection, product-mix optimisation, and crew scheduling, to name a few areas of application.
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Course Accounting for Managers business Law
Cat no MAnAGeMt 7100 MAnAGeMt 7022
Pre-requisite Courses none Fundamentals of Leadership, Accounting for Managers, Marketing Management Fundamentals of Leadership, Accounting for Managers, Managing Contemporary organisations All MbA core courses Accounting for Managers, Managerial Finance none Accounting for Managers, Marketing Management Fundamentals of Leadership none – foundation course Fundamentals of Leadership, Accounting for Managers, Marketing Management, economics for Management Fundamentals of Leadership, Marketing Management, Managing Contemporary organisations Fundamentals of Leadership, Managing Contemporary organisations All MbA core courses Accounting for Managers
Course Managing Contemporary organisations Managing Various business Models Across borders
Cat no MAnAGeMt 7087 MAnAGeMt 7234
Pre-requisite Courses Fundamentals of Leadership Fundamentals of Leadership, Accounting for Managers, Marketing Management, economics for Management none Marketing Management Fundamentals of Leadership, Managing Contemporary organisations Fundamentals of Leadership, Accounting for Managers, Fundamentals of Leadership, Accounting for Managers, Managerial Finance Fundamentals of Leadership, Accounting for Managers; Assumed Knowledge: business performance Improvement Fundamentals of Leadership, Accounting for Managers, Marketing Management, economics for Management; Assumed Knowledge: Managing Contemporary organisations Global business, Managing Contemporary organisations; Assumed Knowledge: Accounting for Managers, economics for Management, Managerial Finance
business performance Improvement
Marketing Management Marketing Strategy negotiation Skills operations Management project Management
MAnAGeMt 7104 MAnAGeMt 7112 MAnAGeMt 7046 MAnAGeMt 7031 MAnAGeMt 7040
business project (Consulting) business Valuation economics for Management entrepreneurship Family business Issues & perspectives Fundamentals of Leadership Global business
MAnAGeMt 7225 MAnAGeMt 7109 MAnAGeMt 7103 MAnAGeMt 7000 MAnAGeMt 7228 MAnAGeMt 7086 MAnAGeMt 7081
Statistical, Quantitative & Analytical thinking
Management of Change Management project (research) Managerial Finance
MAnAGeMt 7039 MAnAGeMt 7072 MAnAGeMt 7101
understanding organisational Sustainability
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LeCtUres AnD CLAss sIzes
Lectures are held on Level 1, nexus 10. the timetable (available on the Postgraduate hub mba page) provides information regarding class dates, times and rooms. Greater details are contained in each of the course outlines. Lectures are conducted by academic staff from the Business school, local experienced practitioners and by distinguished visiting academics. Generally class sizes will range from 15 to 35 students. However, in some circumstances it may be necessary to go above the limits (e.g. because of staff constraints) or below (e.g. to ensure a viable study program for a particular intake). Postgraduate Hub MBA page: www.adelaide.edu.au/professions/hub/pg/mba
the MBA programs are delivered through face-to-face class sessions in which student interactions with the lecturer and fellow students are expected and encouraged. some lecturers will include class participation in their assessment components. Whether it is assessed or not, it is important that you attend all classes and contribute to discussions. If work commitments, illness or other circumstances require you to be absent from class, you are expected to inform the course lecturer in advance by telephone or email so that the lecturer may discuss the topics to be covered in the session and the tasks that you should complete before the next session. the lecturer will monitor student attendance. It is your responsibility to ensure that you make arrangements with the lecturer or other students to catch up on information discussed in class. It is not expected that the lecturer will repeat part of a class session to cover your absence. As a visa holder permitting study in Australia, certain requirements must be maintained throughout the course of your study. Details regarding study load and requirements can be found at www.international.adelaide.edu.au/support/visa/course/
CHoosInG CoUrses AnD FoLLoWInG yoUr stUDy PLAn
It is important that you plan and organise your enrolment carefully. In planning your enrolment, you should follow the program structure provided at the front of this MBA student Handbook. If you are unsure, please consult a Program Adviser at the Postgraduate Hub. It is also imperative that you check the pre-requisites and assumed knowledge before you enrol, as some courses must be completed before others.
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Pre-reqUIsItes AnD AssUMeD KnoWLeDGe
Many postgraduate courses at the University of Adelaide have pre-requisites or assumed knowledge. this means that students need to have achieved a 50 pass in the necessary courses before they can be permitted to enrol in that course. In such cases, students who feel they have a valid reason for enrolling in a course without having the stated pre-requisites or assumed knowledge may be able to apply for a pre-requisite waiver. Please seek advice from a Program Adviser at the Postgraduate Hub about the process.
A textbook list is available on the Postgraduate Hub MBA page. www.adelaide.edu.au/professions/hub/pg/mba unibooks, located in the Union building on the north terrace campus, is the University’s preferred supplier, and textbooks may be purchased in store or online. www.unibooks.com.au
to ensure that the learning environment for other students is not interrupted please turn off your mobile phone before entering class. If you are required to have your phone on for specific reasons at all times please switch it on to the appropriate silent mode and seek permission from your lecturer prior to the commencement of the class.
onLIne enroLMent AnD AMenDInG enroLMent
students are responsible for enrolling themselves in courses for each trimester. this is done online through access adelaide. When you first enrol, you will be required to complete the enrolment Checklist. the Checklist contains a declaration, which you must agree to as a student of the University of Adelaide. students who do not agree to the declaration may not enrol. you must also update any personal details such as where you live and contact phone numbers. www.access.adelaide.edu.au
AssessMent AnD exAMInAtIons
Details of the assessment procedures for individual courses can be found in the course outline which is part of the course materials folder. these details include methods of examination and assessment and the relative weights given to the various course components.
CoUrse MAterIALs AnD textBooKs
MBA course material folders are available for collection from the Professions Postgraduate Hub, Level 1, nexus 10. Course materials are usually ready to collect two weeks prior to the start of trimester and also in the first week. It is suggested that you also check myuni frequently to ensure you are kept up to date with any course information.
Assignments are usually submitted in class, online or in hardcopy at the Professions Postgraduate Hub. Please check your course outline for the preferred submission method. When submitting an assignment it must be accompanied by a signed cover sheet. you can find a copy of the cover sheet in your course outline.
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Most assignments are handed back to students in class. you will need to collect your assignment within two weeks of the date your assignment is made available. once this date has passed, assignments will then be made available for pick-up from the Professions Postgraduate Hub, where they will be available until the end of each trimester before being destroyed.
All applications for supplementary exams must be completed on the official application forms available on the University webpage and be accompanied by supporting documentation or evidence when lodged to the Professions Postgraduate Hub. Guidelines for procedures for Medical and Compassionate supplementary examinations can be downloaded from the web at: www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams/rules_policies.html you will be notified of the outcome of your medical, compassionate or final trimester supplementary application via your official student email.
examinations are held in the final week of each trimester. the examination timetable will be made available to students at least 6 weeks prior to the examination period each trimester via the Postgraduate Hub MBA page. It is a student’s responsibility to read the examination timetable. Misreading the timetable is not accepted as grounds for granting a supplementary examination. University staff are not permitted to provide examination times to students over the telephone or in response to personal enquiries. Further information on exams can be found at www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams
you are allowed to access the examination scripts for discussion with academic staff as part of the normal learning and teaching process. Please contact the lecturer of the particular course for further details.
As a student of the University it’s important that you familiarise yourself with the Academic Honesty & Assessment obligations Coursework student Policy, which includes issues associated with plagiarism and cheating in assessment and exams and what your responsibilities are: www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/230/ the following website lists extensive resources such as strategies to avoid plagiarism: www.adelaide.edu.au/clpd/plagiarism/students/
supplementary examinations are offered to provide an opportunity for students whose academic performance was impaired by circumstances beyond their control in the primary examinations. the University may grant supplementary exams on the following grounds: medical, compassionate, last course or academic. Please note that Business school policy requires that students must attend at least 80% of classes to be eligible for an academic supplementary exam.
results and grading system
students are able to view their results online three to four weeks after the due date for the final piece of assessment. you can check your results via Access Adelaide.
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the Faculty of Professions promotes academic excellence among its students. numerous prizes have been established to recognise top performing students enrolled in the MBA (12) / MBA (Advanced) program at the University of Adelaide. Prize-winners are formally recognised at a function each year to which employer representatives and donors are invited. MBA (12) / MBA (Advanced) prizes won by students are included on individual academic transcripts. If more than one student is deemed eligible for a prize, the prize amount will be shared between the recipients. The MBA prizes are generously donated by companies that have a close association with the Business school.
If you believe you have completed the requirements of the degree, you should consult the specific Program rules for the year in which you were first enrolled (not for the year in which you are completing the degree) to confirm the compulsory and elective courses that were required. Most students will no longer be required to apply to graduate. the Graduations office will run an automated process which will identify potential graduands, based on their expected completion date and/or accumulated units completed, and create applications in Access Adelaide for the students who satisfy the criteria. to ensure you are included in this process it is important students update their expected completion date when their enrolment changes i.e. breaks from study, change of program. students who are not identified as part of the automated process will need to submit a manual application via Access Adelaide by the relevant deadline. the Graduations office will notify students of their eligibility or ineligibility to graduate via Access Adelaide after an application has been submitted. students who are eligible must confirm their attendance option to have a parchment issued. Please refer to the following website for the full Graduation process: www.adelaide.edu.au/student/graduations
International student Incentive Award
the Business school offers a AUD$5000 incentive award to each intake of international students enrolled in the MBA (12) or MBA (Advanced) programs. After the completion of 5 courses over two trimesters, the student with the highest GPA will receive the Award, subject to the student achieving an average grade of 75% across all completed courses.
overseas study Incentive
the Faculty of Professions offers financial assistance to MBA students throughout the year to attend an approved overseas exchange or study abroad program. Applications for financial assistance will be provided on a competitive basis to a maximum value of AUD$4000 towards travel and accommodation. More information can be found by contacting the Professions Postgraduate Hub or visiting the website: www.adelaide.edu.au/professions/hub/pg/studyoverseas/exchange/mba/
the Faculty of the Professions offers a unique Bridging Program to international students from all schools throughout the Faculty. this program is designed to introduce new international students to the cultural, social and academic conventions of study at the University of Adelaide and facilitate the transition into studying at the University. the Bridging Program is designed to equip new international students with time management, academic reading and interpretation, writing, listening and presentation skills. As part of the program, students work on a group project involving a written report and an oral presentation. these are presented to peers and staff, which give students the opportunity to gain confidence and receive constructive feedback, prior to their first trimester of study.
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Credit and Course substitution
Credit or course substitution may be granted on a case-by-case basis. It is recommended that you speak to a Program Adviser for more information on whether you may be eligible. to submit an application for credit and/or substitution, please complete the online form: www.adelaide.edu.au/professions/hub/pg/downloads
Discontinuation of studies
Provision exists for students to graduate with a lesser degree if they need to exit a program early. the following criteria must be satisfied to be eligible: • Four MBA courses (at least three of which are compulsory core courses) to be awarded a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration; • Eight MBA courses (at least six of which are compulsory core courses) to be awarded a Graduate Diploma of Business Administration; • Twelve MBA courses (at least nine of which are compulsory core courses) to be awarded a Master of Business Administration (12).
Courses surplus to your Program
Local fee-paying students who have applied for Fee-HeLP are not permitted to take additional courses, in excess of the total units required, before taking out their award. International students are not permitted to take additional units beyond the total approved under their student visa unless due to special circumstances. Written approval from the program adviser and the International student Centre must be given.
Leaving the University of Adelaide Prior to Completing your Program
If you have completed at least 50% of your program but need to stop studying at the University of Adelaide, you may still be able to graduate with a University of Adelaide qualification. We can assist you in choosing a reputable institution should you wish to continue your studies in a new location. opportunity exists to continue in our offshore MBA program should you be relocated to singapore.
Cross Institutional studies
the Professions Postgraduate Hub accepts requests to take cross-institutional studies on a case by case basis. the philosophy behind permitting cross-institutional studies is to afford students the opportunity to engage in the study of a discipline or topic that is not offered by the University of Adelaide. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, for example an interstate transfer, the Postgraduate Hub will also consider permitting a student to engage in cross-institutional study, subject to meeting the degree’s Academic Program rules. Applications need to be submitted to the Professions Postgraduate Hub at least 3 weeks prior to the start of the course and should be accompanied with course outlines for the proposed cross-institutional courses. A signed cross-institutional form acts as an authority to enrol, subject to the approval of the ‘other’ institution. At the end of the course it is a student’s responsibility to present a transcript or certified copy of results so that credit may be formalised. Applications to undertake cross-institutional study can be completed online: www.adelaide.edu.au/professions/hub/pg/downloads
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study exchange Arrangements
exchange arrangements exist with a number of management schools in europe, north America and Asia through university-level relationships and specific agreements. these allow MBA students to undertake courses at an overseas university and have the courses credited towards their Adelaide degree. For further information about the opportunities available, please make an appointment to speak with a program adviser or visit the website: www.adelaide.edu.au/professions/hub/pg/study-overseas/exchange/mba Prior approval is required for attendance at these programs. only students who are enrolled and have completed more than 50% of the MBA or the MBA (Advanced) programs, including the 6 compulsory courses for the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, are eligible to attend.
TesTimonial: When first considering participating in an mBa exchange, it seemed like a great opportunity to travel while at the same time fast tracking my studies. i selected the essam program because it was the exchange option that could be completed within two weeks. During this time, i was able to obtain credit for two mBa subjects. i would strongly recommend that other mBa students explore the possibility of participating in an exchange. i have no doubt that the experience you will have will enhance and enrich your current skill set and make you more effective in your position. The mBa exchange is an experience that i’ll never forget! Jeremy Brown essam Program (Denmark)
“exchange arrangements exist with a number of management schools in europe, north America & Asia.”
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tHe PostGrADUAte stUDent sUPPort HUB
Located on Level 1, Majoribanks Wing, nexus 10, the Postgraduate student support Hub (the Postgraduate Hub) administers many aspects of the program including enrolment support, program advice and online services. student facilities include 24/7 access to modern computing suites, Wi-Fi, seminar rooms, a common study area, kitchen facilities and after-hours access. If you seek advice of a more complex nature you are encouraged to make an appointment with a program adviser via firstname.lastname@example.org
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tHe onLIne envIronMent
your ID and Password
to log into the University of Adelaide’s online environment, you will need to use your student ID (username) and password. you can find your username and password on your welcome letter. your student number is located on the top left of the letter. At the bottom of the letter you will find a series of numbers and letters which form your password. When you enter your student ID you will need to add the prefix ‘a’ (e.g. a1234567). After your first log-on, you can change your password. If you have misplaced your welcome letter or cannot remember your student ID in the future, you will need to have your password reset by the student Centre. For further details please contact the student Centre directly on 8303 5208. use this username and password to access: Unified, the student portal is a gateway to all student resources in one location. It offers an integrated, personalised working environment through a single sign on, simplified navigation and reduced searching to find the desired information or service. to log-on go to: www.unified.adelaide.edu.au Features of unified include: • Access to core systems like MyUni, Access Adelaide • Announcements from the University and student associations • Calendar displaying critical dates • Library catalogue search and library news MyUni is the University of Adelaide’s online learning environment. It is used to support traditional face-to-face lectures, tutorials and workshops at the University. MyUni provides access to various features including announcements, course materials, discussion boards and assessments for various courses of study. It is important to check MyUni throughout the week for any new updates and course information. to log-on, visit: www.myuni.adelaide.edu.au/webapps/login/
to report service problems or for any other enquiries contact the online education Helpdesk on 8303 3335, Monday–Friday: 8am–6pm. Access Adelaide is a web-based system that allows you to view and amend your University record online. you can log-on from any computer with Internet access – at home, at work, on campus or at a café! visit www.access.adelaide.edu.au/sa/login.asp Log-on and: • View and amend your current enrolment • View your enrolment details for any trimester • Add and drop classes • View and print your unofficial transcript • View and amend your personal details, including your name, address and telephone numbers • View the fees, charges and payments on your University account Webmail the University email system is the main mode of communication to students. the University of Adelaide provides you with a free email account (Webmail) which is created when you enrol. your email address follows the rule: email@example.com students can access their email at any of the University’s computing labs, or at any computer connected to the Internet. If you have a work or personal email account that you would prefer to use, you must arrange to have your University email account redirected via the Account Manager function. It is advised that you check your student email account regularly to ensure you do not miss any important information. to log-on: www.adelaide.edu.au/its/webmail/
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stUDent ID CArDs
All students enrolled in academic courses or subjects offered by the University of Adelaide require a University of Adelaide Identity Card. new students are issued with the University of Adelaide Identity Card as part of the enrolment process. Continuing students must update their card (with a sticker) annually. the Identity Card is an all-in-one card designed to make life easier for you. It gives you convenient access to a whole range of essential campus services and functions. these include: • Identification on university campuses and at examinations • Student concessions (full-time students only) • Borrowing rights in the University libraries, library online services, printing and photocopying facilities • Access to secure areas, including computer rooms Please ensure you complete your enrolment for before attending Card services to have your photograph taken and your student ID card issued. you will also need to bring your enrolment summary – a print out from Access Adelaide and photo identification. this can be one of the following: driver’s licence, proof of age card or passport. Alternatively, you can apply for your student ID Card online and it will be posted out to you. For further information please visit the website: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/unicard/student/ If you lose or misplace your student card, Card services charges AUD$20 to replace your card.
emailing Academic staff
to contact any teaching staff, email is the preferred method. the email address of all campus staff is generally in the format of: firstname.lastname@example.org. you can search for staff contact details at the University’s homepage: www.adelaide.edu.au or refer to the course outline.
your personal information – it’s your responsibility
It is important for you to provide the University with current contact details as information will be sent during the course of the year, and there will be occasions when you will be required to respond. you can view and update your details through Access Adelaide on the University’s website: https://access.adelaide.edu.au/sa/login.asp
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servICes AnD FACILItIes
ProFessIons LeArnInG Centre
Learning support is available to all students in postgraduate coursework programs through the Professions Learning Centre (PLC). you can make an appointment with a Learning Adviser to receive help with: • Clarifying the requirements of your assignment task and appropriately structuring your assignment • Written language structures e.g. sentence structures, the use of academic language • Paraphrasing and referencing for academic integrity • Critical thinking strategies and their practical application to your tasks • Listening and note-taking skills for lectures • Reading strategies to assist you with more effectively managing your time and your tasks • Oral presentation skills • Time Management strategies • Producing a template for Cover Letters and CVs • Examination preparation strategies e.g. organising your notes, making a study schedule • Group work skills and strategies email to make an appointment: email@example.com
Horace Lamb Building, Ground Floor office Hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday t: 8303 5962 e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Computer, Printing and Wi-Fi Facilities
Its helpdesk t: 8303 3000 e: email@example.com there is a dedicated MBA Computer suite on Level 1 of nexus 10, 10 Pulteney street. this facility provides 24 hour access to computing facilities. to access the suite after business hours, you will need your student ID card to enter the building. When using any computer in any computer suite, if you notice a printer is not working, you should notify Its by using the phone next to the printer and dialling 8303 3000 or you can email Its on firstname.lastname@example.org. the University also has Wi-Fi facilities. As long as your laptop or laptop has wireless capabilities, you can log onto the University’s server from anywhere within the University, including the Professions Postgraduate Hub. More information on the University’s Wireless network, including configuration, services and support can be found by visiting www.adelaide.edu.au/its/wireless/
students with a Disability
students with temporary or ongoing disabilities or medical conditions may be eligible for adjustments to standard teaching and assessment practices. the University’s Disability Liaison officer can assist with information and advice about accessing relevant services.
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Parking is available after hours to the public, staff and students without a current parking permit. Car park after hours are: • Monday to Friday after 4.30pm until 9.15am the following day. • All day Saturday, Sunday and any SA public holiday. note: Public holidays do not include trimester breaks or the University Christmas break. For further information please see the Car Parking Procedures website. http://parking.adelaide.edu.au/ Car parks are located at: • Gate 23 North Terrace – underground car park • Gate 10 Victoria Drive • Gate 13 Kintore Avenue tickets must be purchased from ticket machines and be clearly displayed on the right hand side of the dashboard. An after hours permit may also be purchased. simply visit: www.parking.adelaide.edu.au/ parking/ select “apply for parking permit” and follow the prompts. there is a small grace period of approximately 15 minutes prior to 4.30pm for after hours permit holders only. If you have any questions regarding your permit, please contact tenix solutions on telephone 1300 106 065 or email email@example.com Alternative parking sites include easi Park on Frome street, the U Park or target Car Park on rundle street.
the University and student Union provide a number of services for students, ranging from academic to personal and recreational services and amenities. For further information visit www.adelaide.edu.au/student/current/ student Centre Wills Building t: 8303 5208 e: firstname.lastname@example.org office Hours: Mon, Wed, thurs, Fri: 8.45am–5.00pm & tues: 9.30am–5.00pm Administered by the student Administration Branch, this office serves as a central ‘one-stopinformation shop’ for general University issues. staff can help you with most general queries, and if they do not have the answer, they will advise you with whom you should speak. International student Centre (IsC) old Classics Wing t: 8303 4828 e: email@example.com office Hours: Monday: 10am–5pm; tuesday to Friday: 9am–5pm the International student Centre provides ongoing support to international students. It works closely with student groups, faculties and University administration to ensure the experience of all international students is a positive and successful one. services offered by the IsC include: • Assistance with visa matters including visa extensions and meeting compliance requirements • Ongoing support by International Student Advisers • Information on Overseas Student Health Cover • Returning home re-entry program for international students completing their study in Adelaide • Peer Mentor Program • Language and Cultural Exchange Program • Social Activities and Workshops • Student Newsletter
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t: 8303 5880 e: firstname.lastname@example.org For all student finance enquiries including payments and further information, visit the student Centre in the Wills Building. For more information on how to pay your student fees, including if you are an international student, visit www.adelaide.edu.au/student/finance/ It is your responsibility as a student to ensure that all fees are paid before the census date. Failure to pay fees before the census date may result in your enrolment being cancelled. reminders are sent from student Finance via Access Adelaide for outstanding fees.
the following services are offered: • Individual counselling (appointment required) • Telephone counselling • Assistance in crisis • Drop-in service (daily from 1.00pm–4.30pm) • Workshops: www.adelaide.edu.au/counselling_centre/workshops/ education and Welfare officers (eWos) Ground Floor, Lady symons Building Gate 10 victoria Drive t: 8303 5430 e: email@example.com the eWos advise students about welfare resources on campus, financial matters (youth Allowance, Austudy or Abstudy), housing, personal issues and academic matters. other university Wide services other services include: • Health Centre • Clubs & Societies • Students’ Association • Overseas Students’ Association • Accommodation Service • Wilto Yerlo (Aboriginal Programs) • Student Loans Please visit the University website www.adelaide.edu.au for further information on these and other services offered by the University.
students subsidised by their employer
students whose fees are subsidised by their employer must also observe the above rules. these students are required to pay their tuition fees by the due date notified, and seek reimbursement as directed by their employer. For further information on the available payment options, please contact student Finance directly.
Counselling and Advocacy services Ground Floor of the Horace Lamb Building www.adelaide.edu.au/counselling_centre the Counselling service deals with personal issues such as stress, relationship difficulties, panic and anxiety, depression, family issues, abuse and sexuality. Academic issues dealt with include motivation, organisation, concentration and special consideration for assessment.
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University Policies for Postgraduate Coursework
CLose PeRsonaL ReLatIonshIPs selection, Assessment and supervision Where a Family Member or Close Personal relationship is Concerned www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/138 CoPyRIGht GuIde FoR students Details on Copyright rules www.adelaide.edu.au/copyright/ eQuIty and dIVeRsIty equity and Diversity Current Acts, reports, Plans and Policies www.adelaide.edu.au/hr/equity/ InFoRmatIon teChnoLoGy aCCePtabLe use PoLICy www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/2783 oCCuPatIonaL heaLth and saFety occupational Health, safety and Welfare Policy www.adelaide.edu.au/hr/ohs/handbook/ aCademIC honesty and assessment obLIGatIons FoR CouRseWoRk student PoLICy and CouRseWoRk Plagiarism, Collusion and related Forms of Cheating Policy statement and Guidelines www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/?230 ReasonabLe adjustments to teaChInG & assessment FoR students WIth a dIsabILIty PoLICy www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/46/
RuLes FoR assessment University rules relating to assessment and plagiarism can be found in section 26 of the coursework Academic Programs Policy www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/669/ RuLes FoR student ConduCt University’s procedure for handling student conduct matters including mediation and the Board of Conduct www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/33/ student GRIeVanCe student Grievance resolution Process: If you have a grievance because of a decision or action by a University of Adelaide staff member or the action of one or more University of Adelaide students, the student care staff will do their best to help you resolve the grievance. www.adelaide.edu.au/student/grievance/ unsatIsFaCtoRy aCademIC PRoGRess by CouRseWoRk students PoLICy www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/1803/
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