MBA (Leadership) Course Outline

MBA (Leadership) Course Outline


Designed with the entrepreneur, business owner or corporate manager in mind, the MBA (Leadership) will help accelerate your advancement to a successful, transformational leader within domestic or international business spheres.

Via specialised practical leadership and management skills, you will learn the principles behind an organisation’s structure and operational levels, along with how organisations and individuals meet the challenges of tough social issues.

Gain insights into the strategies, practices and key communication skills underpinning effective business leadership, supported by the reasoning behind influence, motivation and empowerment as potent tools for organisational advancement. Also, discover how strategic marketing effectively communicates objectives and corporate goals, and how disruptive innovations infiltrate established markets faster, with greater impact.

Study the practice and significance of international law, and investigate how global economics can penetrate and affect organisational performance, stock and financial markets. You will also explore the fundamentals of accounting (ethical, professional, organisational and social), as well as how to develop a professional business report showcasing your capabilities in applied research to demonstrate your learning.

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Discover the key markers behind successful disruptive innovations and how they penetrate established markets faster, with greater impact.

A disruptive innovation is one that disrupts an existing market and value network by creating a new one, effectively displacing established market-leading firms, products and alliances. Learn how business disruption, innovation and entrepreneurship come together to work as a whole. You’ll also examine current case studies and come up with your own workable environments for disruptive innovations and entrepreneurship to thrive.

Key takeaways include:

  • applying appropriate leadership principles to inspire market disruption by ‘first movers’
  • employing creativity, innovation and the spirit of entrepreneurship to design a business venture from start-up to maturity
  • exploring how modern entrepreneurship and innovation function according to organisational size, industry type, culture and strategy, and
  • improving individual performance within a business entrepreneurial environment via personal awareness and direction.

Learn important principles of how an organisation is structured and operated at various levels.

Gain a holistic view of the drivers, behaviours, group dynamics and leadership practices that influence the culture, social skills, change and effectiveness of an organisation.

Drawing on insights from management, human resource management, sociology and psychology, you will focus on individual, group and organisational-level themes surrounding development and effectiveness. Topics covered include perception, attitudes, values, personality, motivation and performance, the nature and management of teams, leaders and leadership, communication, conflict, and decision-making, as well as organisational structure, organisational culture, and change.

Key takeaways include:

  • influencing employee job satisfaction and emotional wellbeing by leveraging leadership and motivation theories
  • identifying the challenges that confront contemporary society as determined by social and cultural research
  • learning how to work effectively with people of diverse cultures, norms and languages, and
  • improving organisational, team and individual performances by implementing effective performance methods.

Develop the key communication skills in becoming the most effective business leader.

Because of their aptitude for mobilising and engaging stakeholders towards organisational achievement, leaders with well-developed social skills are in demand. Becoming proficient in interpersonal interactions is necessary in creating exceptional business performance. Learn how cultivating optimistic attitudes to problem-solving, nurturing positive mindsets and sharing aspirations all go towards organisational success.

Discover how leadership is informed by coaching, delegating, and initiating organisational change, and how sophisticated communications can benefit the strategic marketing and positive public awareness of any business. Realise how organisational goals are achieved by simplifying the effective flow of information by business leaders and employees alike.

Key takeaways include:

  • interacting constructively and professionally with others
  • demonstrating persuasion and negotiation techniques
  • working collaboratively with others in a cross-cultural setting, and
  • communicating concisely to global audiences in a dynamic media environment.

Learn how to effectively communicate the objectives and corporate goals of an organisation through strategic marketing.

Evaluate the competitive advantage and potential marketplace of an organisation’s offering by exploring the significance of corporate strategy, along with how a marketing strategy and plan are devised, executed and evaluated.

A strategic marketing plan summarises the how and what is necessary to achieve the objectives of the organisation. The process targets desired customers and compares them to competitors. From this, the appropriate actions are created and implemented to ensure the marketing strategy succeeds. A marketing strategy identifies relevant market segments, targeting, brand prioritising and positioning.

Key takeaways include:

  • analysing current marketing strategies through key marketing concepts, theories and statistical techniques
  • identifying suitable marketing strategies through market research
  • analysing legal, ethical and societal influences on marketing decision-making, and
  • communicating product, price, place and promotional objectives effectively via a marketing plan.

Come away with the fundamentals of accounting across all aspects of business operations within ethical, professional, organisational and social contexts.

While financial accounting comprises the concepts and procedures of producing accounts, management accounting controls cost and profit to enable the use and application of financial information.

Applying theoretical principles of accounting to real-world practices, you will learn how financial information gathering, analysis and reporting is used to plan and control business operations in the support of strategic decision-making. These go towards safeguarding routine and non-routine business accountability.

Key takeaways include:

  • analysing how different accounting methods affect financial data
  • applying various approaches to decision-making aligned with accounting principles in financial reporting and analysis
  • exploring ethical issues, such as fraud and earnings management, related to financial reporting, and
  • communicating financial and non-financial information to stakeholders effectively.

Leading by example: Discover how influencing, motivating and empowering others has contributed to the advancement of organisations.

Effective business leaders have the ability to consistently captivate and motivate others. Learn about the various models, theories, frameworks and techniques that can improve individual, group and organisational productivity. Also, examine the traits, behaviours and corresponding likelihood of what goes into making a great leader.

Transformational leaders inspire others to consider the greater whole and go beyond. They have the potential to achieve lasting change for the benefit of all members in the organisation, ultimately affecting successful and sustainable business outcomes.

Key takeaways include:

  • enhancing organisational productivity via leadership theories, frameworks and techniques
  • using established leadership values to translate strategic commercial decisions into sustainable trends
  • assessing leadership styles effective for change management and the creation of a transformational culture, and
  • implementing the SMART (Specific, Measurable, Assignable, Realistic, Time-related) framework to inspire a sustainable vision.

Discover how businesses, often driven by global economic obligations, create instability that impacts organisational performance, and how this can affect stock and financial markets.

A critical function of managers is to make informed decisions on unpredictable economic circumstances. Learn the key principles of macroeconomics – how an open economy functions and stakeholder relationships. Understand how global economic events impact regions and nation-states. By assessing emerging business opportunities and managing risk, you will identify how developing a clear competitive advantage framework will meet these dynamic challenges.

Key takeaways include:

  • investigating policies that address national output, unemployment, inflation, exchange rate, household debt, balance of payments and other macroeconomic issues
  • examining the activities between firms and consumers, and the growth of productive resources, like production, distribution and consumption
  • analysing how the implementation of fiscal and monetary policies manage global business cycle fluctuations, and
  • using statistical tools, graphs and written essays to study quantitative economic data.

Gain a broad insight into the practice and significance of international law.

In response to courts drawing more and more on international law to support lawmaking, business leaders must distinguish how this may affect their organisations. You will focus on the logistical, regulatory, financial and political risks surrounding the formation and operation of international commercial trade.

Businesses must also comply with international agreements that require a competent understanding of various mechanisms. Critical aspects of international law engagement with international organisations, such as treaty-making, dispute resolution and the interaction of international law, will also be covered. Traditional topics like international legal practice and engagement are also tapped into.

Key takeaways include:

  • using legal principles and precedents to identify legal risk
  • identifying, interpreting and applying legal cases, rulings and statutes related to domestic and international business
  • using legal databases to carry out basic legal research, and
  • critiquing and applying rules of domestic and international professional legal ethics.

Study the integral strategic concepts and practices used by business leaders.

Strategic management determines the overall direction of an enterprise by establishing an organisation's objectives, and developing policies and plans to accomplish them. Industry relevance is maintained by embedding research activities into an applied strategic business plan. Strategic planning produces and analyses data for input for strategic thinking, and is often used to impose control mechanisms when implementing a strategy.

Evaluate the function of strategic decision-making models and frameworks and learn about the strategic drivers of competitiveness, including their processes.

Key takeaways include:

  • leading teams towards a common goal via motivational strategies
  • turning vision into reality through business, corporate strategies, cooperative and international strategies, competitive dynamics and action plans
  • coming up with effective ways to clearly communicate a vision and strategy, and
  • applying theories, frameworks and models to evaluate a business’s internal and external environment.

Discover how organisations and individuals meet the challenges of rigid social issues.

Social innovation solutions – designed to be low-cost, sustainable and disruptive – often work where traditional approaches fail. Learn about resolving complex problems via social benefit, the concept, practice and impact of measurement in a social innovation context, effective change initiatives, assessing and designing solutions to long-term global social issues (case studies), and how social innovation fits into the role of transformative global leadership.

You will also be able to apply problem-solving and active/participatory research skills, plus the notion of fast prototyping to ‘live test’ solutions.

Key takeaways include:

  • empowering positive innovation and entrepreneurship via demonstrated commitment to social change
  • improving current practices for social sustainability through policies and practices
  • coming up with new ways to support social innovation through human-centred design, and
  • assessing the ethical aspect in social project design, practice and management.

Part One: Simulation – evaluate your performance and business skills. Make decisions on research and development, marketing, production and finance to see how different business areas interact and effect each other. Topics include shipping costs, tariffs, and fluctuating currency exchange rates. Compete against five computer-controlled competitors for USA, Germany and China market share.

Part Two: Business report – establish your shift to a successful leader via applied research into a chosen business problem or opportunity. This goes towards developing a professional business report showcasing your ability to research and synthesise relevant ideas, theories, models, frameworks and cases to demonstrate your learning.

Key takeaways include:

  • coming up with a research question and designing a research project to test a theory or formulating propositions using quantitative or qualitative methods
  • reviewing literature and other information specific to a research question
  • producing an independent research project which reflects on ethical and methodological issues, such as reliability, threats to validity and quality of data measurement, and
  • developing business know-how by operating the functional areas of an international business simulation.


You probably have a few questions about the MBA (Leadership). How does a self-paced online MBA work? What qualifications do you need to have? How long will the course take? Find out the answers to those questions and more below. If you haven’t found your answer below, be sure to check out the FAQs for domestic or International students where you’ll find the answers to many of the questions about the MBA (Leadership).

The MBA (Leadership) is comprised of 11 units: 10 standard and one Capstone (equivalent to two standard). Each standard unit is designed to take 144 hours to complete, which equates to 12–18 months of full-time study for the full course. You will have up to five years from enrolment to complete the course at your own pace. Choose to spread it out evenly with 6–10 hours per week, do larger sections all at once on weekends or holidays, or anywhere in between – it’s entirely up to you.

After enrolling, you’ll have access to the first 10 units. You can work through these in any order; however we recommend you complete these in a set progression to ensure you gain the foundational knowledge later units will draw from. After successfully completing the first ten units, you’ll gain access to the final capstone unit in which you’ll apply and synthesise your learnings and experience gained throughout the course.

Perfect for the busy, self-motivated learner, the MBA (Leadership) is hosted entirely online and self-contained, designed for you to access course content on any device with internet access. Unit content is divided into modules which are then broken down into smaller bite-sized learning activities so you’re able to fit study around your commitments and lifestyle. With no need to buy textbooks or additional content, and everything you need available on the Be Different platform and internet, you can be completing your MBA (Leadership) anywhere.

Similar to a traditional MBA, assessment in the MBA (Leadership) ranges from evaluative self-practice, online tests, case study reviews, reports, and business simulations – the difference is there are no deadlines or due dates. Additional activities are available for those who wish to explore topics further, however aren’t mandatory. You’ll also be invited to the official CQUniversity MBA (Leadership) LinkedIn group, where you can connect with your peers and academics in an informal setting if you choose.

In line with CQUniversity’s values of inclusiveness and diversity, there are no formal entry requirements for the MBA (Leadership). That said, it is designed for those who have completed an undergraduate qualification or who have equivalent work experience, and will benefit those able to draw upon current and past employment to process concepts and scenarios presented in the course. You will be required to declare you consider yourself to be suitably qualified for the course before enrolling. Please note that if you are enrolling as an International student minimum English language requirements apply (IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in each band).

The MBA (Leadership) is highly affordable compared to traditional MBA courses.

Domestic Students

The full cost of the MBA (Leadership) is $16 992. No GST needed. Once you've applied and enrolled into a unit/s you will need to pay for each unit by census date. Individual units cost $1416 per unit (and $2832 for the final Capstone unit which is the equivalent of two units of study).

International Students

The full cost of the MBA (Leadership) costs $18,936 AUD for the complete course (all 11 units). This equates to $1,578 AUD, per regular unit and $3,156 AUD, for the final Capstone, which is equivalent to two units of study.

Everyone learns differently. Some enjoy attending lectures in person and interacting with their peers, while others are highly independent, preferring to access content online where possible. The MBA (Leadership) is designed for the latter: self-motivated and independent learners, who require little to no support in the form of lecturer or teaching staff contact. It’s part of the course’s lean nature and affordability. That said, you will have access to 10 hours of academic support (nearly one hour per unit) included in the course, with the option to pay for additional hours if and when you need them. The Be Different platform (from which the MBA (Leadership) is delivered) features a Chat Bot that houses answers to common questions regarding the course and platform. If you’re looking for an MBA that involves contact time with teaching staff, workshops and intensives plus online and on campus study options, check out CQUniversity’s highly ranked original MBA.

To enrol in the MBA (Leadership), you’ll need to first register on the Be Different platform and complete the MBA (Leadership) Orientation Unit and ‘Are you Ready for the MBA (Leadership)' Quiz which will give you a feel for the course and help you assess whether it’s right for you. You’ll then be directed to the Terms and Conditions of the course and payment portal. Once you’ve completed your payment, you’ll gain instant access to the first ten units (or those you’ve opted to pay-as-you-go) and be able to start – it’s that easy.


To get started, you’ll need to register your details so that we can give you access to the BeDifferent platform where the MBA (Leadership) course is delivered.  Here you’ll find additional information about the course, including a helpful introduction, orientation and suitabilty quiz.  You can also apply for admission into the MBA (Leadership) course as soon as you have access and get started immediately after your application is processed.

Once you’ve registered, we’ll use your details to stay in touch and keep you informed about the course. We'll only use your details in accordance with our privacy policy and you can opt out anytime.

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Learn more when you explore our MBA (Leadership) Orientation and take the Suitability Quiz. Check out the FAQs for domestic and international students where you’ll find the answers to many of the questions about the MBA (Leadership). You'll need to register your details before you start so that we can give you access to the BeDifferent platform and stay in touch to keep you informed about the course. We'll only use your details in accordance with our privacy policy and you can opt out anytime.

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