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Graduate Diploma of Business Administration (Leadership) - CM07

Enhance your career in management and leadership with the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration (Leadership). Delivered as part of a suite of three business administration (leadership) courses, this Graduate Diploma is a flexible online course that allows you to study when and where it suits you.

DOMESTIC
STUDY MODES

Online

UNITS/CREDITS

8/48

INTAKE

Anytime

DURATION

0.7 years full-time, 5 years part-time

Progress your career in management and leadership with the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration (Leadership). Delivered as part of a suite of three business administration (leadership) courses, this course is delivered via our Be Different platform and offers you a self-paced, flexible online course, ideal for busy, emerging business leaders.

You will study units based on essential business functions including strategic marketing, communication for leadership success, accounting, global economics, business legal frameworks, contemporary leadership, people, leadership and culture and disruption, innovation and entrepreneurship. Your studies will focus on solving problems, creating innovative solutions, and generating entrepreneurial initiatives. Through this course you will develop contemporary skills using problem solving and activity based learning. This course is closely aligned with the industry capabilities expected of graduates and provides you with skills and knowledge to help progress your career in business. 

If you have completed the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Leadership) and would like to extend your skills further, then this Graduate Diploma is ideal for you. Alternatively, after you have completed the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration (Leadership) if you are interested in developing advanced business and leadership skills, you can transition seamlessly into our Master of Business Administration (Leadership) receiving credits for units completed. 

The flexible online delivery via our Be Different platform allows you to study entirely online, when and where it suits you. Add to this, no unit or assessment deadlines and affordable tuition fees and you have a suite of business administration (leadership) courses that allow you to fit study around your life, not the other way round.

Core Units 8 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units None

COURSE STRUCTURE
The Graduate Diploma of Business Administration (Leadership) is comprised of eight units. Each standard unit is designed to take 144 hours to complete, which equates to eight to 12 months of full-time study for the full course. However, this is a flexible online course so you will have up to five years from enrolment to complete the course at your own pace.

ASSESSMENT INFORMATION
The assessments that you will complete within this course range from evaluative self-practice, online tests, case study reviews, reports, and business simulations. Plus, there are additional optional activities available if you wish to explore topics further. The difference between traditional university course assessments and this flexible online course is that there are no deadlines or due dates - you set your own pace.

CREDIT TRANSFER INFORMATION
If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

Online Availability

Open Annual Term - 2020Available Online
Open Annual Term - 2021Available Online


This course is open for applications all year round so you can start your studies anytime.

When you study this course via our flexible online Be Different learning platform, not only will you study high-quality course content delivered by our supportive educators, but you also get to set the pace. This flexible online course is open all year round, and you are not bound by our traditional term dates for study nor doing assessments, so you can truly study when it suits you.

UNIT OVERVIEWS
DISRUPTION, INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

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.


PEOPLE, LEADERSHIP & CULTURE
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 well-being 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.


COMMUNICATION FOR LEADERSHIP SUCCESS
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.


STRATEGIC MARKETING
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.


ACCOUNTING FOR BUSINESS DECISIONS
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.


CONTEMPORARY LEADERSHIP
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. 


GLOBAL ECONOMICS
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.

BUSINESS LEGAL FRAMEWORKS
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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
For more information about the units, you could study as part of this course, visit our student Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

Work-integrated learning does not apply to this course.
This course has no residential schools.

To be eligible for entry into the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration applicants must have one of the following:

  • A completed bachelor degree in any discipline from an Australian university or college, or equivalent, or
  • A completed graduate certificate or graduate diploma from an Australian university or college, or equivalent, or
  • A recognised diploma and two years relevant business experience, or
  • Five years of relevant work or managerial experience

Relevant work experience should include an understanding of how a business operates, which includes a working knowledge of a range of areas such as human resource management, budgeting, project management, financial reporting, process management or other relevant professional experience.

 

Note: Consistent access to a mentor, with significant managerial work experience, is recommended to advise you throughout the MBA journey to provide an important crossover into ‘real world’ business. Such guidance will assist you to make the transition into becoming a world class manager and leader.

Desirable attributes, access and experience:

  • Current resume if claiming relevant work, managerial or business experience.
  • Demonstrated experience as a proactive and independent learner.
  • Highly developed communication skills (written, spoken and comprehension).
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • High levels of self-discipline and self-motivation.
  • Access to a computer and the Internet, preferably at home.
  • Competent in using a computer and the Internet.
  • Adequate time to devote to studying a university course [An entire unit will take approximately 125-150 hours to complete or approximately 10-12 hours of study per week per unit].

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

 

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • a secondary qualification (Year 11 or 12, or equivalent), or
  • tertiary diploma level qualification, or
  • bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years full time with a minimum overall GPA 4.0 completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.5 overall with a minimum 6.0 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 79 or better overall and no score less than 21 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 62 with no sub-score less than 54; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components; or
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - Score of 180 or above; or
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - Score of 200 or above; or
  • Combined Universities Language Test (CULT) - 70% with no individual component score of less than 15.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

 

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements

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Health Requirements

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If you are seeking to reinvigorate your career, a Graduate Diploma of Business Administration (Leadership) is for you. This course is ideal for aspiring leaders and offers you an affordable, fresh, and compelling graduate educational experience. The Graduate Diploma provides you with the skills and knowledge to advance your career, and to become an internationally astute business leader.

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The cost of CQUniversity's business administration (leadership) courses are as follows: 

  • Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Leadership): the full cost is $5664. Individual units are priced at $1416 per unit. 
  • Graduate Diploma of Business Administration (Leadership): the full cost is $11328. Individual units are priced at $1416 per unit. 
  • Master of Business Administration (Leadership): the full cost is $16 992. Individual units cost $1416 per unit (and $2832 for the final Capstone unit which is the equivalent of two units of study).

As you enrol in your units, you will have the option to pay the individual unit fees upfront, or if eligible you may choose to use FEE-HELP to cover your tuition fees.  FEE-HELP, is a loan scheme that helps eligible students pay their tuition fees. Provided you meet the FEE-HELP eligibility criteria, you can choose to use FEE-HELP to cover all or part of your tuition fees.

To find out more about FEE-HELP view the FEE-HELP information booklet available on the Australian Government’s Study Assist website. You can also check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about the great price for this course.

Please note that from 1 January 2020, the Australian Government introduced a combined HELP loan limit which caps the amount you can borrow. This loan limit includes any HECS-HELP debt incurred from 2020 onwards plus any existing and new FEE-HELP, VET FEE-HELP or VET Student Loans.

Learn more about the HELP loan limit and how it affects you.

FLEXIBLE ONLINE DELIVERY
Our suite of business administration (leadership) courses are designed for maximum flexibility. Perfect for the busy, self-motivated learner, these courses are hosted entirely online and self-contained, and allow 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 and set your own pace for your study. Complete modules on the bus, during your lunch hour, or in the doctor’s waiting room. 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 studies anywhere.

Before you apply, you also have the opportunity to explore the Be Different platform and complete an Orientation Unit which will give you a feel for the course and help you assess whether it is right for you.

SEAMLESS STUDY PATHWAYS
Designed as a suite, the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master of Business Administration (Leadership) transition seamlessly. This means that if you complete the Graduate Certificate, and would like to extend your skills and knowledge further you can continue on with the Graduate Diploma or Master of Business Administration (Leadership) and receive credits for the units you have completed.

This course is open for applications all year round allowing you to start your studies anytime.

Optional Orientation Unit
Before you apply, you can register on our Be Different platform and complete an optional orientation unit. This orientation unit is a great taster unit and will give you a feel for the course and the learning platform – it’s a good way to assess whether it’s the right fit, for you.

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MBA (LEADERSHIP)

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I had such a wonderful learning experience during my time at CQUniversity. I’ve been inspired by leaders that have done amazing things in their countries, communities and workplaces.

Julie Irwin

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

MY STORY