Master Of Business Administration - Subjects

HI 5001 Accounting for Business Decisions
Principles and practices of accounting as they relate to business decision making is the subject focus. The theory is applied to large organisations, both private and public, as well as to small and medium sized enterprises. The fundamentals of integrating accounting into the market valuation of business enterprises and the preparation and interpretation of the financial statements are canvassed. Relevant contemporary issues and challenges from the field are introduced.

HI 5002 Finance for Business
From a foundation in business finance, this subject provides an understanding of the operations of the financial system and capital market institutions locally and internationally. Both the banking and non-banking sectors are examined. Topics covered include: equities, short and long term debt instruments, derivatives, interest rates determination, forecasting and international finance. The management of risk is an essential component of this subject.

HI 5003 Economics for Business
Macro and microeconomic issues relevant to business are canvassed - the broad business and economic environment and range of settings in which managers work. The focus is on the development and use of economic principles and tools that equip business managers to operate in these settings. Questions addressed include: what makes firms competitive as well as what makes economies successful in a global environment. Policy issues addressed include: the issue of trade versus aid, imports and exports, investment and taxation policy.

HI 5004 Marketing Management
Principles and practices of marketing management, both local and international, are addressed. The role of marketing in business as well as non-business settings is covered. Topics include the role of market research and metrics in the formulation of marketing strategy in response to specific market conditions. The tools of marketing such as positioning, segmentation, targeting, price, distribution and promotion are all elaborated.

HI 5005 Management and Organisations in a Global Environment
Organisational behaviour in complex and diverse business environments is elaborated. The implications for a contemporary approach to managing the human resources in such environments are identified, focusing on relationships and responsibilities. Challenges and issues in managing both individuals and groups are examined. Globalization and its wide implications for business and society are discussed in the context of economic, legal, social, technological and ethical impacts.

HI 5006 Leveraging Information Technology for Business Advantage
IT's impacts and influences on business environments is outlined in so far as it has shaped these environments. The subject explores deployment of IT in a wide variety of industries and environments where it has leveraged business advantage such as the re-engineering of business processes and the yielding of competitive edge. IT's impact on a manager's own personal environment and strategic decision making is also explored.

HI 5007 Statistics and Research Methods for Business Decisions
The principles and practices of statistical analysis applicable in a variety of business settings are elaborated. Various techniques for the collection and analysis of data are introduced as well as the basic knowledge of research design and research methods. Statistical packages such as Excel and SPSS are used. Qualitative methods of informing business decisions are also discussed.

HI 5008 Competitive Strategy
The process of strategy formulation, applicable in a variety of organisational contexts, is introduced from the principles and practices in the field. Examples are chosen from large organisations in both the private and public sectors, as well as from small to medium enterprises. The basic knowledge about strategies that deliver competitive advantage is detailed. The drivers of strategy are explored in the context of a globally competitive business environment.

HI 5009 Leading and Managing People and Relationships for Performance
The capabilities required to lead people and manage relationships effectively in a variety of circumstances is the subject focus. The basic HR functions of delegations, roles, conflict resolution and communication are applied in diverse settings. Broad notions of leadership and performance management anchor the discussions.

HI 5010 Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The processes of purposeful innovation and entrepreneurial management are explored in a variety of contexts: in start-up ventures, in innovations of existing large businesses and in service institutions - even the public service. The role of innovation and entrepreneurship as crucial drivers of economic activity, albeit involving managed risk, is explored.

HI 5011 Business and Enterprise Project
Students undertake a project which provides an opportunity to experience the processes, methodologies and frameworks of action research. A variety of data collection methods will be invoked followed by data analysis and interpretation leading to report writing and the presentation of findings.

HI 5012 Project Management
The back-drop of a typical business project is one of acute stakeholder interest expressed in clearly quantified targets but within binding constraints. Managing such projects successfully has been described as an art as well as a science integrating many factors: budgets, deadlines, costs, quality and human effort. In addressing these factors, best practice is defined.

HI 5013 Managing Across Borders
The main issues in international management is a variety of social, political, economic, technological and cultural forces - are the focus of this subject. From the theoretical frameworks and other empirical work, the cross-cultural management of international enterprises is expounded.

HI 5014 International Business Across Borders
The subject provides a broad introduction to the economics of the international business enterprise. Market, financial and productivity analysis is used to develop empirically-based cases about strategies for both firms and industries operating in an international setting.

HI 5015 Legal Aspects of International Business and Enterprise
Elements of international law, relevant to an international manager such as: contract, commercial, employment and company law are explored along with business regulation, arbitration law and business ethics. The role of International organisations such as GATT, IMF, and the International Property Organisation is also discussed.

HI 5016 International Trade and Enterprise
Theories of trade (Ricardian and Heckscher-Ohlin models) are expounded in the context of international economic policy. Trade instruments such as tariffs, quotas and subsidies and their impact on welfare are also elaborated along with the influence of international trading bodies and organisations.

HI 5017 Managerial Accounting
Processes relating to accounting information are studied: from generation to communication, interpretation, and ultimately usage in operational and strategic decision making. As the approach is case-oriented, there is strong emphasis on the ability to diagnose and evaluate a situation and identify underlying assumptions so as to make effective business decisions.

HI 5018 Introduction to Business Law
The focus of this subject is to provide students with an understanding and awareness of the basic principles of Australian business law. It provides an introduction to the Australian legal system, the law of tort, contract law, consumer protection law, agency law, laws governing forms of business ownership, laws governing financial transactions, and employment law.

HI 5019 Strategic Information Systems for Business and Enterprise
This subject examines accounting-based information systems and business processes. Concepts relating to the management and organisational use of computerbased information systems are explored, in particular, the design of accounting-based information systems able to provide support for business strategy formulation.

HI 5020 Corporate Accounting
The theoretical framework and practical techniques of accounting for corporate groups forms the focus for this subject. Areas considered include company formation, profit distribution, capital reconstruction, liquidation and preparation of consolidated accounts for groups of entities required under Accounting Standards and Stock Exchange regulations.

HI 5021 Approaches to Enterprise Resource Planning and Systems
Building competitive advantage through effective enterprise resource planning is the focus of this subject. Students will gain knowledge of approaches to enterprise resource planing systems (ERP) through studying and experiencing current and emerging technological applications in industry.

HI 5022 Models of E-Commerce and E-Business
Concepts and issues in the dynamic fields of ecommerce and e-business are elaborated. The enabling technologies are identified, but the focus is on the business implications and opportunities emerging from these developments. Topics covered include B2C, B2B and mobile business (m-business) technologies.

HI 5023 Managing Operations and Supply Chains
Viability in the modern manufacturing environment is analysed in terms of the underlying value chain and value proposition. For the enterprise to successfully forge its niche, the value driver demands that it delivers not only efficiencies in the supply chain but also efficiencies in the internal supply chain. The enabling technologies that provide these efficiencies are elaborated.

HI 5024 Intelligent Decision Systems for Business
How people make decisions and the availability of IT tools to support decision-making are the subject focus. It draws on a wide range of disciplines and technologies including cognitive science, expert systems, economics, operations research, computer science and the like. Students will gain experience in using DSS in business.