Enrolments: 302,530

Master Degree and Graduate Certificate Course Enrolments: 7,138

The total number of Master degree and Graduate Certificate enrolments since Charles Sturt University and IT Masters launched our first qualification in 2003.

Short Course Enrolments: 295,392

The total number of enrolments in our free short courses that we offer as a ‘taster’ of what it is like to study via Distance Education with Charles Sturt University.

Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Computing)

Our IT-specific Graduate Certificate of Business Administration (Computing) and associated MBA are designed to help technology professionals progress into managerial roles. You can choose a range of industry-relevant subjects, OR narrow your field of study to one of these areas:

  • Cyber Security
  • Cloud Computing and Virtualisation
  • Networking and Systems Administration 
  • Project Management
  • Digital Marketing
Duration
8 months part-time
Intakes
Six sessions a year
Study mode
Online
Units of Study
4 subjects
What is unique about this Graduate Certificate?

The Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Computing) combines the latest in management theory and practice with up-to-date content from the most highly regarded industry certifications in IT governance, IT quality management, IT service management, project management and digital marketing.

This course was developed in recognition of the need for managerial staff to keep their technical knowledge current in order to manage complex systems in modern business settings. Applicants for management and C-Level roles who have a specialised business degree stand out from their competitors.

These courses are a unique partnership between CSU and IT Masters to ensure that the content is 50% essential academic knowledge and 50% up-to-date industry-based skills. So you are at the forefront of learning whilst also receiving an AQF-accredited postgraduate qualification through Charles Sturt University. You can find the CSU course page here.

What is this course about?

Upon completion of this course, graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate and apply knowledge of current and emerging trends in the management discipline;
  • critically analyse, evaluate and apply contemporary management theories in the context of professional practice; and
  • apply specialised IT knowledge and skills in a management context.

Subjects

The subjects below give you the opportunity to either select from a range of elective subjects, or if you select your 2 Elective Industry Subjects from the same “specialisation” group you can have this listed on your degree if you continue on to the full MBA e.g. Master of Business Administration (Computing – Project Management). You can see all the Specialisations listed on the MBA (Computing) page and use these to carefully choose your subjects.

Note about credit: Where students are entitled to what is called “unspecified credit” (credit from an industry certification that isn’t related directly to a subject), gaining 2 or more unspecified subject credits will mean they can’t study enough subjects to gain a specialisation (they will receive the MBA (Computing) title). This should not be an issue for most students, but if you have any questions please contact us or fill out an eligibility form.

Core Subject (delivered by CSU)
MGT501
Contemporary Management

Abstract

This subject develops students’ knowledge and understanding of contemporary management theory and practice. Students will be challenged to think critically about core management theories and evaluate and communicate their relevance to contemporary management practice in a complex, diverse and rapidly change globalised workplace. Students will be invited to embrace the subject innovatively and encouraged to develop and reflect on their own management competencies and experiences.

MGT501 - Management Theory and Practice will cover the following topics:

    • Management Theory - Traditional, Contemporary & Critical Approaches to Management
    • Management Processes - Strategic Management, Change Management, Organisational Structure & Culture, Planning & Control
    • Managing People - Leadership, Ethics, HRM & Management Skills for today's complex workplace
    • Contemporary Issues in Management - Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Digital Disruption and Sustainability

Assessment

    1. Business Presentation on Social Sustainability (900 words - 25%)
    2. Case Analysis Business Report (2500 words - 45%)
    3. Elevator Pitches & Case Discussions (1460 words - 30%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (March), Session 2 (July), Session 3 (November)

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Elective Academic Subjects (Delivered by CSU) - choose 1 subject
FIN571
Managerial Finance
HRM502
Human Resource Management
ITC506
Topics in Information Technology Ethics
ITC540
IT Infrastructure Management

Abstract

This subject introduces the student to some managerial decisions that are made with regard to the financial operations of the firm. Skills are developed in the identification and analysis of financial problems which will allow the student to make informed judgements with regards to the day-to-day financial operations of the firm as well as its long term strategy and position. Students are introduced to the commercial environment in which the firm operates, as it relates to its financial situation.

FIN571 - Managerial Finance will cover the following topics:

  • Operating environment of the firm
  • Recording of accounting transactions
  • The accounting cycle
  • Financial statements and their analysis
  • Time value of money
  • Risk and return
  • Capital budgeting
  • Cost of capital
  • Financial planning
  • Working capital cash
  • Cash and marketable securities
  • Accounts receivable and inventory

Assessment

  1. Online quiz (30 questions - 10%)
  2. Company Analysis Report (1200 words - 15%)
  3. Investment Analysis Report (1500 words - 25%)
  4. Final Exam (50%)

Subject Availability

Session 3 (Nov)

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Abstract

This subject is an introduction to human resource management in organisations, with a focus on developing technical solutions that are practical and effective in meeting business goals. Studying this subject will help you to make a difference to the performance of your organisation or your part of an organisation, as well as helping you to develop broader skills in critical thinking, communication, research and group learning.

HRM502 - Human Resource Management will cover the following topics:

  • HRM making a difference
  • HR planning
  • Work design
  • Diversity, recruitment & selection
  • Performance management & reward
  • Employee development in the workplace
  • Workplace health and safety

Assessment

  1. Presentation: Critical evaluation of HR (10 minutes - 30%)
  2. HR Business Report (3000 words - 50%)
  3. Role Play - Wearing Different Hats (20%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (March), Session 2 (July)

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Abstract

This subject allows students to develop skills that are necessary to identify ethical issues that are raised as a result of the advancement of information and communications technology (ICT). The subject will cover areas such as critical thinking, professionalism, ethical theories, privacy, security and crime in cyberspace, intellectual property, freedom of speech and regulation of the internet, systems reliability, and social and ethical issues of emerging technologies. By the end of the subject, students should be able to argue consistently and rationally about the moral problems raised by the adoption and use of ICT and propose solutions to those moral problems.

ITC506 - Topics in Information Technology Ethics will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to ICT ethics.
  • Introduction to critical thinking techniques.
  • Professionalism and professional ethics.
  • Ethical theories and analysis.
  • Privacy.
  • Security and crime in cyberspace.
  • Intellectual property.
  • Freedom of speech and Internet content regulation.
  • Emerging technologies and ethics.
  • ICT and Society.

Assessment

  1. ACS Code of Professional Conduct (1000 words - 15%)
  2. Online Quiz (7%)
  3. Argument visualisation (8%)
  4. Applying Ethical Theory (1000 words - 20%)
  5. Final Exam (50%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (March), Session 2 (July), Session 3 (November)

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Abstract

This subject will employ a research, reporting and presentation approach using the latest ICT tools to examine and critically analyse a combination of the technical and management issues in contemporary infrastructure management, with a focus on business alignment. IT infrastructure Management evaluates new ICTs and case studies in the context of enterprise architecture. It is suitable for combinations of students in information technology, business administration and electronic commerce.

ITC540 - IT Infrastructure Management will cover the following topics:

  • Information systems.
  • IT infrastructure and support systems.
  • Data, text, and document management.
  • Network management and mobility.
  • Security, crime, compliance, and continuity.
  • E-business and e-commerce.
  • Mobile computing and commerce.
  • Web 2.0 and social media.
  • Operational planning and control systems.
  • Enterprise information systems.
  • Business intelligence and decision support.
  • IT strategic planning.

Assessment

  1. Assignment 1: Introduction (500 words - 5%)
  2. Assignment 2: Data Governance and Data Management (1000 words - 15%) 
  3. Assignment 3: Case study and IT Research (30%)
  4. Final Exam (50%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (March)

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MGT540
Management of Change
MGT549
Toxic Leadership
MGT510
Strategic Management
MGT580
Forecasting and Risk Assessment

Abstract

Change is a dynamic and perpetual process, and this subject introduces students to a range of theoretical and practical perspectives that facilitate a critical awareness of organisational change. The relationship between the organisation and the staff affected by change is examined through contemporary change-management thinking. Knowledge gained is applied to analyse organisational change issues and explore alternative courses of action.

MGT540 - Management of Change will cover the following topics:

  • The change context: What is organisational change and why does it happen; and internal and external reasons for change
  • The process of organisational change: How change is contructed; and who is involved in change management
  • Identification and critical evaluation of change interventions
  • Alternative perspectives to organisational change: Resistance; and ethical considerations
  • Making sense of organisational change: Communication; and changing organisational and occupational identity

Assessment

  1. The nature of change (1000 words - 30%)
  2. Assessing organisational change (2500 words - 40%)
  3. Business memo on the ethics of managing resistance (900 words - 30%)

Subject Availability

Session 2 (July), Session 3 (November)

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Abstract

This subject aims to explore the effects of destructive leadership in organisations and groups and the behaviour of organisational / group leaders. This subject explores psychological, psychoanalytical and systemic approaches to assist in identifying, understanding and coping with toxic leadership styles and behaviours. The subject will also explore the interesting tension between the perception of dysfunctional leadership in organisations and groups where others may perceive the leaders as heroic or transformational. The subject will pose a range of difficult behaviours such as neglect of duty, abuse of power and unacceptable behaviours such as bullying. Students will work to develop practical strategies to identify and handle dysfunction in organisations and groups.

MGT549 - Toxic Leadership will cover the following topics:

  • Why good leadership is important
  • Introduction to toxic and destructive leadership
  • Why do people follow bad leaders?
  • The role of the external environment
  • Dominant types of toxic leaders
  • The dark side of transformational leaders
  • The role of followers and organisations
  • How to handle the toxic/destructive leader
  • How to help the toxic/destructive leader
  • Is the leader really toxic or destructive?
  • Recapping the importance of good leadership, successful systems and ethical governance

Assessment

  1. Toxicity in the workplace: Situational Analysis (1500 words - 25%)
  2. Case study analysis (1500 words - 25%)
  3. Situational Analysis and Response Framework (3000 words - 50%)

Subject Availability

Session 2 (July)

Assumed Knowledge

MGT599

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Abstract

This subject introduces key practical and theoretical aspects of strategic management. It provides an overview of the debates in strategic management, offers an effective introduction and orientation to the field, and also addresses the potential benefits and limitations of strategic management. This approach allows for the development of knowledge and skills in the areas of strategic analysis, strategic choice and strategic implementation.

MGT510 - Strategic Management will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to strategy and strategic management
  • Strategy analysis (i.e., the external environment analysis, the internal environment analysis)
  • Strategy formulation (i.e., business-level strategy, corporate-level strategy)
  • Strategy implementation and evaluation (i.e., strategies for change, leadership requirements for strategic change, implementation and evaluation of strategic change)

Assessment

  1. Online Test (10%)
  2. Strategy Analysis Report (2500 words - 40%)
  3. Strategy Choice and Implementation Report (3000 words - 50%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (March), Session 2 (July), Session 3 (November)

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Abstract

This subject examines the identification, measurement and management of risk using multi-disciplinary techniques. The role of the decision maker and the role of decision-making heuristics and bias are studied together with key qualitative and quantitative techniques used to model, measure and treat risk. The subsequent treatment of risk through risk retention, self-insurance or the transfer and avoidance of risk is also examined. The subject allows students to identify these concepts from the perspective of a risk manager, e.g., establish risks in relation to individuals, property and legal liability. Whenever possible, study examples will be based on the real-world problems encountered in the work environment of students.

MGT580 - Forecasting and Risk Assessment will cover the following topics:

  • An Introduction to Risk
  • Types of Risk
  • Psychology of Risk
  • Role of the Individual
  • Modelling Risk
  • Qualitative Analysis
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Ranking and Treating Risk
  • Transferring Risk
  • Personal Risk

Assessment

  1. Assignment 1 - Overview of risk (3000 words - 30%)
  2. Assignment 2 - Modelling risk (3000 words - 35%)
  3. Assignment 3 - Managing risk (3000 words - 35%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (March), Session 2 (July), Session 3 (November)

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MGT584
Leadership in Teams
MKT501
Marketing Management
MKT525
Digital and Social Media Marketing

Abstract

Leadership in Teams will explore how leaders manage teams and how teams shape the requirements for effective leadership. Students will examine the theory and practice of leading productive teams and facilitating groups. The subject will identify the distinction between team leadership and team facilitation skills. Students will investigate their own ability to lead and facilitate teams utilizing team member’s knowledge and skills. This subject will identify the challenges involved in leading a team and guide students in their development of the skills needed to negotiate and facilitate the complexities of leading teams. Specific learnable skills such as relationship building, problem-solving, decision making, effective listening, and conflict resolution will be a focus to develop a personal understanding of thinking, coaching and leading styles.

MGT584 - Leadership in Teams will cover the following topics:

  • Leadership development model and self assessment
  • Leadership challenges when forming a team
  • Leading, coaching and facilitating teams
  • Leading teams - project management, virtual teams and cross-functional teams
  • Emotional intelligence and leadership
  • Leading through negotiation and conflict management
  • Team communication and socialisation
  • Leading in an intercultural environment
  • Gender issues in leadership

Assessment

  1. Work styles in teams - group discussion forum post (800 words - 10%)
  2. Planning and launching a virtual team - report (3000 words - 40%)
  3. Group task - PechaKucha presentation (Max 7 minutes - 20%)
  4. Leadership and group dynamics in a virtual team (3000 words - 30%)

Subject Availability

Session 2 (July)

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Abstract

Marketing is an enterprise-wide opportunity for any organisation to understand its customers and the markets they might wish to participate in. Marketing Management is concerned with identifying, entering and developing markets and aligning the organisation's resources to achieve its goals. This subject will introduce students to key ideas, philosophies and theories that make marketing an essential activity in any organisation. Specifically, students will investigate marketing's origins and how marketing can be contextualised in the organisation as a platform to align the organisation's goals with market demand. The subject will also encourage students to investigate and discuss how marketing, contemporary marketing and customer issues can be managed in the current environment.

MKT501 - Marketing Management will cover the following topics:

  • Drivers of contemporary marketing
  • The marketing environment
  • The marketing organisation
  • Market orientation
  • Researching the organisation
  • Services, product solutions and brands
  • The contemporary marketing mix and positioning
  • Markets, customers and target markets
  • Marketing communications
  • The marketing plan
  • The target market focused marketing plan as an organisational action tool

Assessment

  1. Self-paced modules (15%)
  2. The "living" case study (500 words - 20%)
  3. Segmentation, Target market and Positioning (STP) (10-12 slides - 25%)
  4. Evaluating marketing strategy and recommendations (3500 words - 40%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (March), Session 3 (November)

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Abstract

Digital marketing is now ubiquitous. This subject develops the abilities required to plan and implement digital marketing strategies in a social media world and to integrate these with the organisations' broader marketing strategies. Students will examine how communication practices influence company motivations for creating a digital marketing strategy. Students will assess how the Internet is used as a sales and promotion medium for business to business (B2B), business to consumer (B2C) and consumer to consumer (C2C). They will also examine how social media has evolved as a standalone marketing tool, online consumer behaviour and legal, ethical, measurement and evaluation issues that need to be addressed within digital and social media marketing programs.

MKT525 - Digital Marketing will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to Digital Marketing
  • Communication practices applied to Digital Marketing
  • The digital Paradigm
  • Micro/Macro Environments
  • Marketing strategies for a Digital Ecosystem
  • Digital Marketing tactics
  • The Digital Marketing mix
  • B2B, B2C and C2C Digital Marketing
  • Building and Managing Content in a Digital Environment
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Mobile Marketing
  • Evaluation and Active Listening in a digital era
  • Measurement and ROI of digital strategies
  • Understanding the Law and Ethics in Digital Marketing

Assessment

  1. Discussion: Introduction to Organisation/Brand (200 words - 5%)
  2. Report: Digital Marketing Research and Audit (3000 words - 25%)
  3. Report: Digital Marketing Strategic Planning (3500 words - 35%)
  4. Presentation: Digital Marketing Tactical Execution (5-10 minute video - 30%)
  5. Tactic Peer-to-Peer Response (150 words - 5%)

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Session 1 (March)

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Elective Industry Subjects (delivered by IT Masters) - choose 2 - note that if you want to follow on to the MBA with a Specialisation, you must choose these 2 subjects from your Specialisation
ITE512
Incident Response
ITE513
Forensic Investigation
ITE514
Professional Systems Security
ITE516
Hacking Countermeasures

Abstract

In this subject, students will investigate the current threats to computing systems and networks along with effective countermeasures. Students will also learn the principles and stages of an appropriate security incident response. In addition, this subject will prepare students for the Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) and Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) industry certification exam.

ITE512 - Incident Response will cover the following topics:

  • Computer attack methods and vectors
  • Security incident handling processes
  • Legal and forensic issues of incident handling
  • Computer and network attack countermeasures
  • Platform and device-specific attacks and defences
  • Application-level attacks and defences
  • Recovery and restoration issues

Assessment

  1. Incident Response Plan (2000 words - 25%)
  2. Incident Report (3000 words - 35%)
  3. Final Exam (40%)

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Session 1 (March)

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Abstract

In this subject students will acquire a practical understanding of how to scan and test the security of computer and networking systems. Students will also gain in-depth knowledge of forensic processes and techniques in preparation for the Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) industry certification exam.

ITE513 - Forensic Investigation will cover the following topics:

  • Computer forensic analysis
  • The latest computer attack vectors and how you can stop them
  • Proactive and reactive defences for each stage of a computer attack
  • Investigation of attacks against Windows, Unix, switches, routers and other systems
  • Application-level vulnerabilities, attacks, and defences
  • Legal issues in incident handling with reference to Australian Law
  • Recovering from computer attacks and restoring systems for business

Assessment

  1. Practical Labs (20%)
  2. Desktop Forensic Investigation Report (3600 words - 35%)
  3. Final Exam (45%)

Subject Availability

Session 2 (July)

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Abstract

In this subject, students will analyse and apply content from the eight domains that comprise a Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) for information systems security professionals. This subject will also help students prepare for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) industry certification exam from the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2).

Prerequisites: ITI581 or equivalent knowledge

ITE514 - Professional Systems Security will cover the following topics:

  • Access Control
  • Application Development Security
  • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery planning
  • Information Security Risk and Governance
  • Cryptography
  • Legal, Regulations, Investigations and Compliance
  • Operations Security
  • Physical (Environmental) Security
  • Security Architecture and Design
  • Telecommunications Security 

Assessment

  1. Access Control Policy (2000 words - 15%)
  2. Incident Analysis (3000 words - 35%)
  3. Final Exam (50%)

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Session 2 (July)

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Abstract

In this subject, students will learn how to scan, test, hack and secure computing systems. The lab intensive environment gives each student in-depth knowledge and practical experience with the current essential security systems. Students will begin by understanding how perimeter defences work before learning to scan and attack networks. Students will be prepared for the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) industry certification exam during this subject.

Prerequisites: One of the following subjects - ITI581, ITE513, ITE514, ITC595 or sufficient security knowledge

ITE516 - Hacking Countermeasures will cover the following topics:

  • Footprinting, Scanning and Enumeration.
  • Penetration Testing, System Hacking, Session Hacking and Linux Hacking.
  • Trojans, Back Doors, Viruses and Worms.
  • Sniffers.
  • Denial of Service.
  • Social Engineering.
  • Hacking networks and exploiting vulnerabilities.
  • SQL Injections.
  • Physical Security.
  • Evading IDS, Firewalls and Honeypots.
  • Buffer Overflows.
  • Cryptography.

Assessment

  1. Lab Practical Task 1 - Password Fetcher (750 words - 15%)
  2. Lab Practical Task 2 - Wireless Reconnaissance (750 words - 15%)
  3. Social Engineering Essay (2000 words - 25%)
  4. Final Exam (45%)

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Session 3 (November)

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ITE518
Agile Project Management
ITE523
Virtualisation
ITE526
Practical Internetworking
ITE527
Server Administration

Abstract

This subject will introduce the principles and practices of Agile Project Management. Students will learn the background and origins of various Agile concepts and methodologies. Scrum will be examined in detail, as well as the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). Students will also study the strengths and weaknesses of Agile, and the steps involved in managing an Agile project.

ITE518 - Agile Project Management will cover the following topics:

  • Agile Core Principles
  • The Agile Model
  • Agile Methodologies
  • Scrum: Core Concepts
  • Scrum: Planning
  • Scrum: Managing
  • Agile Tools
  • SAFe: Agile in Enterprise
  • SAFe: Agile Release Planning
  • SAFe: Scaling Agile

Assessment

  1. A Theory Debate - Timed Essay (600-1000 words - 15%)
  2. A SCRUM Project Plan (2500 words - 35%)
  3. Agile Project Delivery Scenario (1500-2000 words, comprised of 4-8 forum posts - 35%)
  4. Agile Project Delivery Scenario - Learning Summary (1200 words - 15%)

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Session 1 (March)

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Abstract

The subject explores the installation, configuration, and management of VMware vSphere virtualisation software. The subject will help students prepare to take the examination to become a VMware Certified Professional.

ITE523 - Virtualisation will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to virtualisation concepts and VMware vSphere
  • Installing and managing core vSphere components such as vCenter Server, the Platform Services Controller and vSphere Update Manager
  • Connecting storage and network infrastructure into a vSphere environment
  • Provisioning and managing virtual machines and their access to CPU, memory, storage and network resources
  • Managing security within a vSphere environment
  • Providing high availability to virtual workloads within a vSphere environment
  • Managing scalability within a vSphere environment
  • Patching and updating vSphere components and virtual machines

Assessment

  1. Practical Lab Tasks (20%)
  2. Data Centre Migration & Implementation (4000 words - 40%)
  3. Final Exam (40%)

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Abstract

This subject provides students with a knowledge of fundamental networking concepts and builds the capacity of students to design, evaluate and configure various network components and protocols. Students will also prepare for Cisco industry certification exams during this subject.

ITE526 - Practical Internetworking will cover the following topics:

  • Building a simple network
  • Ethernet Local Area Networks (LAN)
  • Exploring the functions of routing
  • Wide Area Networks
  • Network environment management and troubleshooting networks
  • Expanding switched network
  • Routing concepts
  • Access Control Lists
  • Address space management
  • LAN extensions

Assessment

  1. Lab Exercises (20%)
  2. Internetworking Case Study (5000 words - 40%)
  3. Final Exam (40%)

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Abstract

The aim of this subject is to enable students to plan, deploy, optimise and maintain Microsoft Servers. Students will learn how to analyse network performance and create an optimisation strategy, design and apply a network security policy, analyse and configure Core Network Services, and design and implement an Active Directory solution. Students will also prepare for Microsoft industry certification exams during this subject.

ITE527 - Server Administration will cover the following topics:

  • Server installation and configuration
  • Network security Policies
  • Active Directory
  • Group Policy
  • Virtualization
  • File and print services
  • Domain Controllers
  • Network access protection
  • Audit policies
  • Service authentication
  • Network deployment

Assessment

  1. Online quiz (15%)
  2. Windows Server Case Study (3500 words - 40%) 
  3. Final Exam (45%)

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Session 2 (July)

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ITE531
Architecting Cloud Solutions
ITE532
Containers and Virtualisation
ITE533
Cyber Security Management
ITE534
Cyberwarfare and Terrorism

Abstract

This subject will help students prepare for the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certified Solutions Architect industry certification. Students will study important characteristics of a successful cloud-based implementation, including those that relate to scalability, security, reliability, durability, and cost effectiveness. This learning will be applied through the design of an optimal cloud-based system in accordance with a set of project requirements. 

ITE531 - Architecting Cloud Solutions will cover the following topics:

  • Designing cloud-based systems
  • Cloud implementation and deployment
  • Project costing
  • Deployment management
  • Network design
  • Data storage
  • Cloud-based security
  • Scalability and elasticity
  • Cloud migration and hybrid architecture

Assessment

  1. Hands-on Lab Exercises (10%)
  2. Scoping document (20%)
  3. Hands-on lab exercises and additional questions (30%)
  4. Architecture and Design exercise (40%)

Subject Availability

Session 2 (July), Session 3 (November)

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Abstract

This subject focuses on container virtualization using open-source technologies that automate the deployment of applications. Students of the subject will create and run their own custom container environment, from the base operating system through to the entire container platform. Students will also study the appropriate use of different container types and how to apply them in a business context.

ITE532 - Containers and Virtualisation will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to Docker
  • Basic Containers
  • Docker images and repositories
  • Applications in Docker
  • Networking in Docker
  • Continuous integration
  • Services in Docker
  • Docker Orchestration and Service Discovery
  • Docker Clusters
  • Security in Docker

Assessment

  1. Hands-on Lab Exercises 1 (25%)
  2. Hands-on Lab Exercises 2 (25%)
  3. Case Study (50%)

Subject Availability

Session 3 (November)

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Abstract

This subject helps prepare students for the Certified Information Systems Management Certification (CISM), which is an international industry certification developed by ISACA. Students in this subject will investigate how to establish and maintain an information security governance framework along with the supporting processes to ensure that an organisation's information security strategy is aligned with its goals and objectives.

Prerequisites: ITI581 or ITE512 (or equivalent knowledge) 

ITE533 - Cyber Security Management will cover the following topics:

  • Information security governance
  • Information security strategy
  • Security requirements
  • Risk management and compliance
  • Security policies
  • Asset classification models
  • Program development and management
  • Security incident management

Assessment

  1. Threat and Risk Assessment Report (2500 words - 30%)
  2. Information Security Roadmap (12 slides - 30%)
  3. Final Exam (40%)

Subject Availability

Session 2 (July)

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Abstract

This subject explores the increasing threats to personal, corporate and national security from the cyber warfare and terrorism perspectives. Students commence by studying the principal motivations behind cyber attacks, which may be political, ideological, vengeance oriented, or profit based. The increasing incidence of such attacks is explored, and examples given of key military and government computing systems being subverted through digital warfare or terrorism. Students also learn how it may be possible to defend and prevent such attacks through the use of policy, procedure and technical controls. The subject will conclude with an analysis of future trends in the nature of cyber warfare and terrorist activities.

ITE534 - Cyberwarfare and Terrorism  will cover the following topics:

  • Cyber attacks and defences
  • Cyber espionage
  • Cyber sabotage
  • Cyber politics and vandalism
  • Nation state malware, for example, Stuxnet
  • Cyber attack motivations including hacktivism, private sector, and military
  • Cyber terrorism and cyber warfare
  • Cyber monitoring, surveillance and intelligence
  • SCADA systems and public infrastructure
  • The future of warfare

Assessment

  1. Defining Cyber Warfare or Terrorism Essay (1000 words - 20%)
  2. Selection of Cyber Incident Research (1500 words - 30%)
  3. History of a Cyberwar Incident (50%)

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Session 2 (July)

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ITE535
Pen Testing
ITI581
Cyber Security Fundamentals
MGI511
Project Management Fundamentals
MGI512
The Project Lifecycle

Abstract

A penetration test, colloquially known as a pen test, is an authorised simulated cyber attack on a computer system, performed to evaluate the security of the system. During this subject, students will learn how to use penetration testing to gain an understanding of the security posture of IT environments and then highlight short- and long-term recommendations for increasing security. Students will then develop a comprehensive report detailing the findings of a penetration test and what steps the organisation needs to take to reduce their cyber security risk profile. The subject also provides hands-on activities for students to practice their penetration testing skills by engaging in a practical exercise in which they hack into a controlled lab environment.

ITE535 - Pen Testing will cover the following topics:

  • Scoping a penetration test
  • Putting together a penetration testing platform
  • Risk Management Basics
  • Scanning the network
  • Compliance
  • Customer engagement
  • Service and account enumeration
  • Social engineering
  • Vulnerability scanning
  • Web application exploits
  • Privilege escalation
  • Wireless attacks
  • The penetration test report

Assessment

TBC

Subject Availability

Session 3 (November)

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Abstract

This subject provides students with knowledge of cyber security principles along with industry-based vendor-neutral IT security knowledge and skills. In particular, the subject helps students prepare for the Security+ industry qualification which has been developed by the International Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).  Students will also be introduced to a broad range of cyber security related topics such as infrastructure security, communications network security, cryptography, access control, authentication, external threats, and operational and organisational security. At the completion of this subject, students will be able to apply these concepts to protect computing infrastructure from cyber security threats and attacks.

ITI581 - Cyber Security Fundamentals will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to network and cyber security
  • Network design elements and components
  • Compliance and operational security
  • Cyber security threats and vulnerabilities
  • Types of cyber attacks
  • Risk mitigation strategies
  • Appropriate security controls
  • Disaster recovery plans and procedures
  • Application, data and host security
  • Access control and identity management
  • Cryptography introduction
  • Intrusion detection systems
  • Preparing for CompTIA Security+ certification

Assessment

  1. Case Study: Part 1 (300-500 words - 5%)
  2. Case Study: Part 2A and B (800-1300 words - 10%) 
  3. Case Study: Part 3A and 3B (3000-4000 words - 40%)
  4. Final Exam (45%)

Subject Availability

Term 2 (January), Term 3 (May), Term 1 (September)
Session 1 (March), Session 2 (July), Session 3 (November)

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Abstract

This is an industry subject based on the Project Management Institute (PMI®) methodology (as defined by the PMBoK®- Project Management Body of Knowledge) to prepare students for subsequent Project Management Professional (PMP®) or similar certification. In this subject, students will look at how to initiate, plan, control and complete projects effectively and ensure that projects are performed to meet objectives within specific cost and time constraints, according to the PMI®.

MGI511 - Project Management Fundamentals will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to Project Management Principles
  • Project Integration Management
  • Project Scope Management
  • Project Schedule Management
  • Project Cost Management
  • Project Quality Management
  • Project Resource Management
  • Project Communications & Stakeholder Management
  • Project Risk Management
  • Project Procurement Management

Assessment

  1. Blog Post & Reply (750 words - 15%)
  2. Position Paper (2500 words - 35%)
  3. Project Management Plan (3500 words - 50%)

Subject Availability

Term 2 (January), Term 3 (May), Term 1 (September)
Session 1 (March), Session 2 (July), Session 3 (November)

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Abstract

This subject is focused on the role of the PRINCE2 Project Management Lifecycle as a means of delivering organisational change. The subject will guide the participant from the start of a project idea, through planning, creation of deliverables and handover to the customer or client. The subject also discusses controls and processes that are needed to maximise the chances of long term success. This subject will explore and explain the use of the PRINCE2 project management framework as a guide to managing the complete project lifecycle.

MGI512 - The Project Lifecycle will cover the following topics:

  • Project Lifecycle Introduction
  • Change Management
  • Business Case
  • Introduction to PRINCE2
  • Principles of PRINCE2
  • Tailoring & Themes 1-3
  • Themes 4-7
  • PRINCE2 Processes Intro & Startup
  • Directing, Initiating & Controlling
  • Managing Delivery, Boundaries and Closing

Assessment

  1. Online Article Summary (600 words - 15%)
  2. Online Exam (35%)
  3. A Project Lifecycle Proposal (3000 words - 50%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (March), Session 2 (July)

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MGI514
Project Management Leadership
MGI515
IT Service Quality Management
MGI516
IT Governance
MGI518
Program and Portfolio Management

Abstract

This subject focuses on the leadership skills, knowledge and understanding required to deliver successful projects as the head of the project team. Students will learn the executive aspects of project management which sit above the project methodology layer, as well as exploring modern developments in project management. Team leadership and management techniques are compared and analysed as well as techniques to handle common project challenges. The core project constraints are explored in the overview. Students will learn how to effectively engage stakeholders and maintain positive outcomes for their project whilst avoiding or overcoming typical obstacles to success.

Prerequisites: MGI511 or MGI512 (or requisite knowledge) 

MGI514 - Project Management Leadership will cover the following topics:

  • Project leadership versus management
  • Relationships between organisational structure, projects and those who lead them
  • Team leadership, EQ and culture
  • Dealing with conflict, politics and personalities
  • Business Justification and benefits realisation
  • Project value and scope management
  • Time, cost and quality management
  • Project communications management
  • Project risk management
  • Data science and project reporting 

Assessment

  1. Online Test (15%)
  2. Article Critique & Project Report (2500 words - 35%)
  3. Project Review Report (50%)

Subject Availability

Session 3 (November)

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Abstract

This subject covers IT service management using the interpretation and application of the ISO/IEC 20000 standard and the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), including how to develop the service management capability of an organisation and assess its readiness for certification within the ISO/IEC 20000 Certification Scheme. The subject will also help students prepare for a range of ITIL industry certifications and undertake an ISO/IEC 20000 readiness gap analysis.

MGI515 - IT Service Quality Management will cover the following topics:

  • ITIL Introduction & Service Strategy
  • ITIL Service Design
  • ITIL Service Transition
  • ITIL Service Operation
  • ITIL Continual Service Improvement
  • ISO/IEC 20000 Introduction
  • Service Management System
  • Design & Delivery
  • Relationships & Alignment
  • Resolution & Control

Assessment

  1. Forum Post/Discussion (Minimum 500 word forum post (max 1000 words) 20%)
  2. A Solution Plan - ITIL (3500 words - 40%)
  3. A Solution Plan - ISO 20000 (3000 words - 40%)

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Session 3 (November)

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Abstract

This subject helps students prepare for industry certification in the Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology (COBIT 5) framework, which defines a set of generic processes for the governance of enterprise IT (GEIT). All components of COBIT 5 will be examined along with its relationship with other popular frameworks and ISO/IEC standards. Students will explore the application of GEIT practices relevant to IT practitioners to allow them to develop the skills needed to evaluate and implement IT Governance measures across a variety of organisational types.

MGI516 - IT Governance will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to GEIT and ISO/IEC 27000
  • ISO/IEC 38500
  • Additional GEIT Frameworks
  • COBIT 5 Principles
  • COBIT 5 Goals Cascade
  • COBIT 5 Enabler Models
  • COBIT 5 Process Model
  • COBIT 5 Implementation Guidance
  • COBIT 5 Process Capability Model
  • Risk & ISO 31000

Assessment

  1. Article Critique (1200 words - 15%)
  2. Position Paper (2000 words - 35%)
  3. Forum Post (1000 words - 25%)
  4. Timed Essay (1000 words - 25%)

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Session 1 (March)

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Abstract

Program management encompasses the coordinated management of multiple projects designed to implement strategies and deliver specific benefits. Portfolio management encompasses those programs and projects needed to achieve strategic business objectives. This subject gives students the skills and understanding required for coordinated management of multiple projects directed toward strategic business and organisational objectives. Students will learn the Project Management Institute (PMI) processes for both program and portfolio management and will be able to apply them in the correct context and situation.

Prerequisites: MGI511, MGI512 or ITE518

MGI518 - Program and Portfolio Management will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction and definitions of project, programs and portfolios
  • Integrating projects into programs or portfolios
  • Defining Program Scope and its boundaries
  • Time, cost, quality, and resources for programs
  • Communication between PMO, projects and stakeholders
  • Risk Management between programs and projects
  • Program/Portfolio integration
  • Managing Stakeholders at the program level
  • Governance of Programs and Portfolios
  • Using portfolios for strategic change

Assessment

  1. Online Test (15%)
  2. An Article Critique (4100 words - 45%)
  3. Open Book Exam (40%)

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Session 2 (July)

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MGI521
Professional Communications
MGI522
Developing Solutions
MGI522
Developing Solutions
MGI530
Business Analysis Foundation

Abstract

This subject discusses how to communicate effectively, and efficiently in professional environments. Students who undertake this subject will gain a wide range of practical communication skills supported by the latest intellectual and psychological behavioural theory. This subject explores the details of how and why humans communicate in certain ways and will equip students to communicate at all levels of professional business for effective outcomes. Students are encouraged to challenge their own communication habits and to undergo a journey of personal change through this subject.

MGI521 - Professional Communications will cover the following topics:

  • Communication Psychology of Knowledge Exchange
  • Business Language & Document Writing
  • Digital Communications & The Media Experience
  • Creating Business Proposals & Reports
  • Digital Presentations & Tools
  • Selling & Obtaining Buy-In
  • Facilitating Workshops & Meetings
  • Managing Business Conflict & Negotiation
  • Differences Between Leadership, Management & Mentors
  • Personal Presentations & Public Speaking

Assessment

  1. Recorded Audio Presentation (4 mins - 15%)
  2. Document Critique (Part A 500 words / Part B 1500 words / Part C 600 words - 35%)
  3. Presentation (500 words / 10-15 slides / 10 minute presentation - 50%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (March), Session 2 (July), Session 3 (November)

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Abstract

In this subject students will learn how to research business problems and develop solutions that meet business priorities using current solution-based investigation principles. Students will also learn how to define clear objectives and strategies for managing a business relationship and generating stakeholder buy-in and alignment.

MGI522 - Developing Solutions will cover the following topics:

  • Concepts & Buyer Needs
  • SPIN - Situation & Problem Questions
  • SPIN - Implication & Need/Payoff Questions
  • Solution Selling
  • Leveraging Relationships
  • Existing Customers
  • Capability & Solution Design
  • Closing
  • Objections & Competition
  • Management, Tools & Technologies

Assessment

  1. Online test (15%)
  2. Solution Proposal (3000 words - 40%)
  3. Sales Obstacle Course – Forum Discussion (2000 to 3000 words - 45%)

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Session 3 (November)

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Abstract

In this subject students will learn how to research business problems and develop solutions that meet business priorities using current solution-based investigation principles. Students will also learn how to define clear objectives and strategies for managing a business relationship and generating stakeholder buy-in and alignment.

MGI522 - Developing Solutions will cover the following topics:

  • Concepts & Buyer Needs
  • SPIN - Situation & Problem Questions
  • SPIN - Implication & Need/Payoff Questions
  • Solution Selling
  • Leveraging Relationships
  • Existing Customers
  • Capability & Solution Design
  • Closing
  • Objections & Competition
  • Management, Tools & Technologies

Assessment

  1. Online test (15%)
  2. Solution Proposal (3000 words - 40%)
  3. Sales Obstacle Course – Forum Discussion (2000 to 3000 words - 45%)

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Session 3 (November)

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Abstract

This subject provides a foundation into the concepts and skills of business analysis and its implementation. The subject follows the core of the Introductory Certificate in Business Analysis (ICBA) from the Business Analyst International Qualifications (BAIQ) and is enhanced with practical application knowledge. The subject covers the entire process from problem investigation through requirements and information gathering to solution engineering. It examines stakeholder communication and buy-in principles as part of the solution process, as well as change management and implementation. This subject covers the entire process of identifying, solving, and implementing solutions to business problems.

MGI530 - Business Analysis Foundation will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction: the role of business analysis
  • The BA lifecycle within enterprise
  • Requirements elicitation
  • Analysing requirements
  • Documenting requirements
  • Validating and managing requirements
  • Tools and techniques
  • Stakeholder buy-in and communication
  • Business analysis and technology
  • Implementation and change management

Assessment

  1. Blog Post and Reply (500 word post + 250 reply (750 minimum) - 20%)
  2. Online Exam - ICBA (20%)
  3. Graphical Presentation (1000 words - 20%)
  4. Strategy Report (3000 words - 40%)

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Session 2 (July)

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MGI531
Project Recovery
MGI532
Digital Marketing Analytics
MGI533
Social Platform Marketing
MGI534
Digital Social Selling

Abstract

Theoretical project management uses a variety of theories, models and methodologies to deliver consistent results no matter what the project. However, in many cases, these plans do not survive contact with the realities of project execution. The list of things that can seriously derail a project is endless, and the challenges to overcome them can be immense. These are the times when the standard methodologies fail to provide all the answers. This subject fills that gap. Project Management and Recovery (PMR) is a set of principles and concepts that are derived from practical experience and converted into a framework that can be universally applied to any failing project. This subject gives students the tools and knowledge to effectively recover a failing project and bring it back to a successful baseline and conclusion.

Prerequisites: Need MGI511 or MGI512

MGI531 - Project Recovery will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction - What Is Project Recovery?
  • Signs of A Failing Project
  • Magnitudes of Response
  • Recovery Activities
  • Recovery Strategy
  • Getting Buy-In for The Strategy
  • New Stakeholder Management
  • Recovering Different Methodologies
  • Project Termination
  • Project Normalisation

Assessment

  1. An Online Article Discussion (600 words - 15%)
  2. A Project Recovery Strategy (35%)
  3. A Project Recovery Scenario (25%)
  4. A Project Recovery Report (1800 words - 25%)

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Session 2 (July)

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Abstract

In this subject, students will learn about the analytics that drive decision making in the digital media landscape. For all types of organisations, the ability to collect data in the digital sphere  from websites, the Internet of Things, apps and mobile usage  is having a major impact on strategy. With tools of analysis becoming more widely available, organisations look to data-driven decision making as critical to business effectiveness. From initial set-up to interpreting reports, students will learn how to analyse data to gain an understanding of the behaviour of visitors and the performance of their website and campaigns.  This subject will also help students prepare for certification with the Digital Analytics Association (DAA).

MGI532 - Digital Marketing Analytics will cover the following topics:

  • Measurement and Tracking
  • Strategy and planning for analytics
  • Analytics technology
  • Analytics in the firm
  • Visitor activity analysis
  • Web analytics for site optimisation
  • Measuring marketing campaigns online
  • Measuring beyond the click-through
  • Conversion optimisation

Assessment

TBC

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TBC

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Abstract

During the subject, students will study how to set up, optimise and evaluate social media campaigns using Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+ and YouTube.   They will also learn how to create a social media marketing strategy and plan how to implement the strategy into an organisation.

MGI533 - Social Platform Marketing will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to social media marketing
  • Social media strategy and planning
  • Audience research methods
  • Social research and data analysis
  • Content outreach
  • Page posts, promotion and management
  • Profile customisation, promotion and management
  • Marketing automation
  • Advertising strategy
  • Future trends

Assessment

TBC

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TBC

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Abstract

During the subject students will learn how to create engaging content and how to sell efficiently, achieve quota and attain selling success.  They will study the difference between traditional and digital and social selling methods and the benefits that can be gained from adopting a digital and social selling approach to their current sales activities.

MGI534 - Digital Social Selling will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to Digital & Social Selling
  • Digital Research
  • Sales Enablement
  • Creating Engaging Content
  • Social Content
  • Digital Sales Messaging
  • Digital Sales Leadership
  • Integration & Strategy

Assessment

TBC

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Session 2 (July)

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MGI535
Search Marketing

Abstract

During this subject, students will learn the latest methods, techniques and tools for improving their organisations search marketing and brand building efforts.  They will analyse how different campaigns work and create a search marketing plan that incorporates a Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) strategy and a Pay Per Clicks (PPC) campaign

MGI535 - Search Marketing will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to Search Marketing
  • Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Technical Setup
  • SEO Content
  • Display Networks
  • Paid search such as Pay Per Click, Pay Per Acquisition and Pay Per Impression
  • Setting up your website for analytics
  • Analytics is your search marketing working?
  • Strategy & Planning

Assessment

TBC

Subject Availability

TBC

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Entry requirements

If you don’t have an undergraduate/bachelor’s degree you may still be admitted to the Graduate Certificate based on your history of work experience or professional attainment. You can check your eligibility via a personalised assessment.

This is a great way to gain entry into postgraduate education and is designed to lead straight into the Master of Business Administration (Computing – with Specialisations).

Master of Business Administration (Computing – with Specialisations)

The MBA (Computing) is an “articulated course” that incorporates the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Computing). The Grad Cert contains the first 4 subjects of the Master’s – after completing these subjects you can be admitted with full credit into the MBA (Computing) to sit the rest of the subjects, at no extra cost overall (and leaving you with two qualifications).

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$3550 AUD per subject

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