Course essentials

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VU course code:
BGMA
Study mode:
Full Time, Part Time
Location:
Delivery mode:
Blended
Face to Face
Duration:
1 year full time or longer for part time

Develop a solid grounding in both foundational business and management knowledge and strategic aspects of management in the Graduate Diploma in Business (Management).

This mid-level postgraduate qualification allows managers to upgrade their skills and qualifications. It can be taken standalone or as part of a pathway to the Master of Business (Management).

On successful completion of this course, working independently or in collaborative groups, you will be able to:

  • review theoretical approaches and analyse their application to achieve effective management strategies
  • justify and interpret theoretical propositions and related bodies of knowledge to critically evaluate the resolution of business problems and recommend actions relevant to contemporary business settings
  • critically apply cross-disciplinary knowledge in decision making with creativity for various management contexts
  • demonstrate independent judgements in response to contemporary and future professional management challenges
  • work as a reflective management practitioner to formulate, implement and evaluate industry-specific investigations to resolve complex professional problems and inform decision-making
  • communicate effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences including multi-disciplinary teams, diverse cultural communities and business and other professional organisations
  • show initiative and inspirational leadership in a dynamic 21st century work environment, acting consistently, ethically and socially responsibly
  • analyse and evaluate research findings applicable to business environments as part of the course work.

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Careers

This mid-level postgraduate qualification allows managers to upgrade their skills and qualifications for:  

  • senior management positions

  • generalist or specialist managers

  • project managers.

Course objectives

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Review theoretical approaches and analyse their application to achieve effective management strategies.  
  2. Justify and interpret theoretical propositions and related bodies of knowledge to critically evaluate the resolution of business problems and recommend actions relevant to contemporary business settings.  
  3. Critically apply cross-disciplinary knowledge in decision making with creativity for various management contexts.  
  4. Demonstrate independent judgements in response to contemporary and future professional management challenges.  
  5. Work as a reflective management practitioner to formulate, implement and evaluate industry-specific investigations to resolve complex professional problems and inform decision-making.  
  6. Communicate effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences including multi-disciplinary teams, diverse cultural communities and business and other professional organisations.  
  7. Exemplify initiative and inspirational leadership in a dynamic 21st century work environment, acting consistently, ethically and socially responsibly.  
  8. Analyse and evaluate research findings applicable to business environments as part of the course work.  

Course structure

To attain the Graduate Diploma in Business (Management), students will be required to complete 96 credit points (equivalent to 8 units) consisting of:

  • 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) college core units
  • 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) professional core units

Students planning to continue onto Masters study are strongly recommended to take BMO6630 Business Research Methods as their elective unit.

12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) elective unit from the list below (subject to availability).

Electives List

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

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Admission & pathways

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Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • Bachelor/Honours degree: Successful completion of a non-cognate (any discipline) Bachelor/Honours Degree.
  • Mature: Successful completion of a relevant VE qualification and four years full-time work experience post-graduation including at least 2 of the 4 years full-time work experience gained while working in a dedicated supervisory/management role as approved by the College; OR
    In the absence of a Bachelor/Honours Degree, 7 years full-time work experience including at least 3 of the 7 years full-time work experience gained while working in a dedicated supervisory/management role as approved by the College.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

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