The professional practice MBA provides you with a unique opportunity to work in an organisation and gain valuable professional experience, while also gaining an MBA qualification.
The MBA (Professional Practice) is made up 160 credit points in total. This comprises eight core units (80 credit points) which you are required to take, plus four elective units (40 credit points) that you choose, as well as 40 credit points relating to the professional practice element.
The core units focus on the essential skills required by middle and upper level managers. The elective units allow you to learn more about particular areas you are interested in such as Entrepreneurship, International Human Resource Management, Services Management, Operations Management, International Marketing, Clients and Markets.
For your professional practice component CDU provides training specific to working effectively in an organisation. You are then provided with a placement opportunity to work in an organisation of approximately 300 hours over a period of eight to ten weeks. If you wish you may also organise your own placement company to work at. The placement occurs in the last semester of study and provides you with an opportunity to apply the knowledge you have gained during your MBA studies.
A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 160 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.
||Compulsory Core units totalling 120 credit points as detailed below.
ACT507 Accounting for Managers
BRE810 Business Research
BUS501 Decision Making
COM501 Communication, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
ECO504 Business Economics (replaces ECO501 Economics for Management from 2019)
MAN506 Organisational Behaviour
MAN508 Organisational Strategy and Leadership
MAN509 Contemporary Management Issues
WIB601 Preparation for Professional Practice (new title 2018)
Professional Practice Experience Option
WIB602 Professional Practice Experience 1 (new title 2018)
WIB603 Professional Practice Experience 2 (20cp) (new title 2018)
Professional Research Project Option (Available from 2021)
WIB608 Professional Business Market Research Project
WIB609 Professional Business Market Research Project (20cp)
||Specialist Elective units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below.
BUS503 Business Information Systems (no longer offered)
HRM503 International Human Resource Management
IBM501 International Business (no longer offered)
MAN501 Cross Cultural Management (no longer offered)
MAN511 Services Management (no longer offered)
MAN515 Operations Management
MKT501 International Marketing
MKT503 Clients and Markets
||Total Credit Points
Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Masters Degree by Coursework AQF Level 9 course award.
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.
COURSE CHANGES - 2019
ECO501 has been replaced by ECO504 and is equivalent. Students who have completed ECO501 should not complete ECO504.
COURSE CHANGES AND TRANSITION ARRANGEMENTS - 2018
Students enrolled in the MBAP14 Master of Business Administration (Professional Practice) should contact the course coordinator to discuss a study plan or transition to a newer course. Students who do not transfer to the new SBAPP1 Master of Business Administration (Professional Practice) should note the following:
LAW512 Commercial and Corporate Law for Managers will be discontinued as of Semester 1 2019. Any students wanting to complete this unit must do so before this time.
Students who have previously completed LAW512 as a specialist elective and transfer from the MBAP14 to SBAPP1 will have this unit count as a specialist elective in the newer course structure.
ECO502 has been replaced by BUS501. Students who have completed ECO502 should not complete BUS501.
MKT502 has been replaced by MKT503. Students who have completed MKT502 should not complete MKT503.
MAN504 has been replaced by HRM503. Students who have completed MAN504 should not complete HRM503.
MAN505 has been replaced by BUS502 but is not equivalent. Students who have completed MAN505 should not complete BUS502.