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AGSM MBA (Change)

The MBA (Change) is offered as part of the MBAX program. MBAX offers the ability to specialise within your MBA, whilst studying online.

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Why choose this degree? 

  • Use the innovative e-learning platform at home, in the office or on a mobile device to study, interact and join stimulating discussions with course colleagues. 
  • Apply learning to challenges faced at work, providing confidence to make lasting organisational change. 
  • Diagnose situation and propose change management interventions, successfully manage resistance to change and create organisational systems to sustain long-term change

Who is this degree for?

  • Experienced managers, consultants and business owners who need to understand how to manage successful organisational change
  • Busy professionals who’d prefer to study in a flexible format, balancing study with work and other commitments

Job and career prospects

  • Consulting 
  • Senior management positions 
  • Change management consultant 
  • Human resources 
  • Coaching and training roles 
  • Project management 
  • Operations and logistics

 

The AGSM MBA (Change) is a part-time program and can be completed in anywhere between 2-6 years.

Core courses – choose six

MBAX9114 Marketing Management

Marketing Management is a course designed to introduce fundamental marketing concepts, theories and analytical tools to managers working in today's highly competitive and complex business environment. The course places particular emphasis on the management of profitable exchange processes in the context of modern organisations and covers a diverse range of marketing topics including marketing strategy and planning, the marketing environment and how to monitor it, consumer and organisational behaviour, marketing research, market segmentation and development of target markets, new product development, pricing, distribution, promotion and international marketing. Participants are required to tackle real life marketing problems and demonstrate their ability to apply classroom knowledge to their own work situations.

MBAX9120 Accounting: A User Perspective

Accounting - A User Perspective is designed for those who use accounting information, rather than those whose task it is to prepare it. The focus is on the understanding and use of accounting information as well as the composition and meaning of the financial statements. The course covers accounting reports prepared for external users as well as accounting reports used by managers to plan, control and make decisions.

MBAX9122 Economics in Management Practice

An understanding of economics is essential for the long-term viability of business. The economic environment in which business operates will have a vital bearing on day-to-day decisions. Economics in Management Practice lays the foundations for such knowledge. It provides a basic introduction to those economic principles that are important for business, as well as providing general economic literacy to enable participants to read and understand economic reports and to be able to communicate with and understand business people, economists and policy makers.

MBAX9123 Corporate Finance

This course stresses the fundamentals of corporate financial decision making with special reference to investment, financing and dividend distribution. The course develops distinct conceptual frameworks and specialised tools for solving real-world financial problems at both the personal and corporate level. Examples include funds management, mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings, portfolio selection of financial securities, public floats and the pricing of assets in the stock market. Illustrations from real-life corporate practices are used to highlight the importance and relevance of financial management to the realisation of personal and corporate financial objectives.

MBAX9125 Fundamentals of People Management

Fundamentals of People Management examines the different ways in which organisations approach the management of their employees. We explore the behaviour of people at work, and the impact this has on others and on the organisation itself. We consider the relationship between people management and the organisation's strategy and locate the management of 'people at work' within various theoretical, philosophical, historical and regulatory contexts.

MBAX9131 Leadership in a Complex Environment

Leadership In A Complex Environment addresses the need for, and value of, leadership in complex environments characterised by technology, sustainability and the need to operate across boundaries. It introduces students to contemporary models, concepts and theoretical frameworks of leadership and examines different forms of leaderships, including emergent, sustainability, cross-boundary and transformational. The course facilitates the development of personalised leadership plans for each student using theoretical knowledge. It also provides practical guidance to help students strengthen the leadership abilities they need to address business problems, exert influence and drive change across a wide range of organisations.

MBAX9135 Business Analytics

This is a core course in Business Analytics, which enables organizations to make quicker, better, and more intelligent decisions to create business value in the broadest sense. This course addresses the context of business analytics and the management actions required for organizations to manage business analytics such that they can create value from their data and make progress on the transformational journey to becoming data-driven. Emphasis will be placed on the managing and sourcing data, the analytic process and the role of leadership in supporting the organizational and cultural change associated with the transformation to becoming a data-driven organization.

As part of the business analytics process you will build predictive models. This requires a basic understanding of statistics and you will therefore be required to study the material on basic statistics provided by Harvard online training. IBM’s Watson Analytics will be used to build predictive models and communicate analytic insights.

MBAX9143 Strategic Management

Strategic Management will help you to apply knowledge in understanding how the managers of modern, technology-rich, sustainable organisations look to generate, communicate and fulfil a strategic vision and deliver outcomes that fulfil the purpose for which the organisations were created.

The course is designed to help you reflect on the role of strategic management and draw on concepts, issues and principles highlighted in your earlier courses in this degree program. As a result, you will understand how integrating and effectively managing the diverse range of technology, specialised and business management disciplines empowers you to be more effective in achieving your organisation's strategic goals in a rapidly changing technological organisational environment.

MNGT6211 The Executive Blueprint

The MNGT6211 Executive Blueprint course is a commencing course and part of Stage 1 of the revised MBA Executive Program. This course primes students for a transformational learning experience.

The course is an academically-grounded orientation to the AGSM MBA (Executive) program. It is intended to provide a cohort experience and to help students acquire a range of useful strategies and skills for enhancing their executive effectiveness, as well as for engaging productively with the MBA(Executive) course concepts and their colleagues throughout their program.

The course assists students to reflect on their personal managerial and leadership experiences, expanding their capacity to think and act as leaders. Personal, tacit theories about what works (from experience and previous learning) are unearthed and discussed against management and leadership research to instil an evidence-based approach to leadership. The course starts the personal transformation journey of students in the program from ‘knowing about leadership’ to ‘doing leadership’ and ‘being a leader’.

MNGT6211 is a 12 week blended residential course, whereby students engage in self directed and online facilitated activities as well as attend a 3 day on campus residential.


Change specialisation courses

Please note the recommended sequence is MBAX6271, MBAX6272, MBAX6273, MBAX6274. The courses may be completed in a different sequence, as long as MBAX6271 is completed before MBAX6274. Please note prerequisite and exemption information for each course.

MBAX6271 Approaches to Change

In this course you will learn some of the major frameworks that help you to understand and manage change. Starting with the change agent, you explore the skills needed and the types of analysis change agents use to decide appropriate courses of action.

You will develop your skills and learn a range of different strategies for influencing individuals, groups and the organisation. Change is also considered from an organisational perspective and you will explore how organisations respond to, resist, initiate and drive change.

Your role in understanding and managing the organisation is examined. By the end of the course you will be able to: Understand the main frameworks that describe personal and organisational change Identify the role you play in initiating and facilitating change Analyse effective and ineffective change interventions Choose appropriate strategies to facilitate personal and organisational change.

This course is a prerequisite for MBAX6274 Systems for Change.

Students who have completed MNGT6371 Managing Change are not permitted to undertake this course.

MBAX6272 Change Skills

You will gain the confidence and self-knowledge to understand which of your current abilities are helpful and which skills you need to acquire or strengthen. The course helps you to develop an action plan around your change skills. Although you work in groups, your competence is assessed individually.

Students who have completed MNGT6372 Managerial Skills, MNGT6370 Foundations of Managerial Skills (FMS) or MNGT6211 The Executive Blueprint are not permitted to undertake this course.

MBAX6273 Redesigning the Organisation

This course focuses on the important structural and cultural elements of an organisation’s design, when and why the elements might need to be redesigned and how to redesign them effectively We consider changes at the level of individual jobs through to strategic options such as mergers, downsizing and restructuring. There is no one perfect design, only an optimal design for each particular time and context. By the end of the course you will be able to: Describe the main features of organisations Assess an organisational design in relation to the strategy and the environment Apply an open-systems perspective to planning for change Identify appropriate interventions Recommend ways to improve the redesign process.

MBAX6274 Systems for Change

This course examines how you can sustain change in yourself and your organisation and teaches you the skills to support both processes. You will learn the four-step action research method:

  • Implement change, Study and reflect on outcomes, Design new interventions, Continually assess the effectiveness of your actions. The aim is to become competent in using an open-systems model to understand how organisations function.
  • You will learn to analyse the extent to which systems enable and motivate sustainable change.
  • About one-third of the course is devoted to applying skills to a current, action research project at your workplace.

Prerequisites: MBAX6271 / MNGT6271 Approaches to Change.

It is recommended to also complete MBAX6273 / MNGT6273 Redesigning the Organisation before undertaking this course.

Students who have completed MNGT6371 Managing Change are not permitted to undertake MBAX6271 Approaches to Change.

Students who have completed MNGT6372 Managerial Skills, MNGT6370 Foundations of Managerial Skills (FMS) or MNGT6211 The Executive Blueprint are not permitted to undertake MBAX6272 Change Skills.

Prerequisites:
MBAX6274 Systems for Change - Required: MBAX6271/MNGT6271 Approaches to Change. Recommended: MBAX6272/MNGT6172 Change Skills and MBAX6273/MNGT6273 Redesigning the Organisation.


Change specialisation electives - choose one

MBAX9101 Project Management

Project management involves the overall planning, control and coordination of a project. It is the process by which the responsibility for all phases is combined within one multidisciplinary function. This course introduces you to the project management skills needed during the lifetime of a project. It explores some key concepts of project management, including project risk management.

MBAX9119 Managing for Organisational Sustainability

The current global business environment continues to create challenges for organisations and their managers. Managers now face increasing pressure to balance short and long-term needs for economic, social and environmental sustainability. This course examines how organisations and their management can support sustainable organisational strategies. We see how holistic and integrated approaches to people management and stakeholder relations can increase an organisation’s capability for continuous renewal and long-term viability. Managing for Organisational Sustainability deals with topics such as organisational capabilities and sustainability, triple bottom line thinking, corporate social responsibility, stakeholder management, alternative performance management systems, organisational learning and change, and managerial competencies for sustainability.

MBAX9121 Managing Agile Organisations

Behind managing agile organisations effectively is a myriad of applicable management theory. In Managing Agile Organisations (MAO), we will demystify that theory and invite students to unleash its value in analysis of their own organisation (or another that they know well). It is becoming increasingly important in the current business environment to be able to do this to good effect.

Beyond those skills of organisational analysis, we will further investigate the importance of achieving and managing agility of politics, power, cross-functional interaction, inter-organisational alliances, commitment, managing change, and critical aspects of leadership, leaders and leading. Students of MAO are sure to undergo a transformation of their present management perspective.


Capstone (required)

MBAX9134 Change Management Research Project

This course is designed to bring together the different themes of the Change specialisation courses and to build on gained knowledge and skills from a range of core disciplines. The vehicle for this integration is an applied research project focusing on aspects of change management. The course provides information and guidance about the research skills necessary to conduct the project in the field, and reflection and application are core components of the learning experience. It is strongly recommended that it is the final course completed in the MBA (Change).

The AGSM MBAX program is highly competitive for entry. You will need to show excellence in your application as well as meeting the following entry requirements.

To apply for the AGSM MBAX you will need either:

  • A recognised undergraduate degree (or equivalent qualification), and a minimum of 2 years professional or managerial work experience, or
  • At least 6 years professional work experience*


All applicants must meet the University's English requirements regardless of nationality or residency.
Please refer to the UNSW English Requirements Policy for further information.

* If you are applying based on work experience, please ensure your referee reports clearly cover at least 5 out of the last 7 years (sometimes multiple referee reports are necessary to cover 5 years). 


Please note: An English waiver based on work experience and residency only applies to the following countries:

American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Canada, Fiji, Gibraltar, Ghana, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, The Gambia, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland), United States of America, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

You can apply to the AGSM MBA (Change) program online. Applications are assessed on a session by session basis.

Term
Applications
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Application
deadline
Classes startClasses finish
Term 1 2019 17 September 2018 19 November 2018 18 February 2019 19 May 2019
Term 2 2019 18 February 2019 15 April 2019 3 June 2019 1 September 2019
Term 3 2019 3 June 2019 29 July 2019 16 September 2019 15 December 2019

Documentation checklist

Before applying you will need to gather the following supporting documentation:

Please see the AGSM MBA (Executive), MBAX and GCCM Admissions Policy (pdf) for more details on supporting documents and the application process.

* If you are applying based on work experience, please ensure your referee reports clearly cover at least 5 out of the last 7 years (sometimes multiple referee reports are necessary to cover 5 years). 

Apply online

Please refer to the application process for further details on how to apply.

The AGSM MBA Admissions Selection Committee will review your application. We will advise you of the outcome by email within three weeks of your complete application.

There is a non-refundable online application fee of AUD$125.



 

The MBA (Change) program is offered entirely online; AGSM @ UNSW Business School becomes your 'mobile campus' - take your course materials with you on business trips and continue to participate in on-line discussions. Students may also opt to take some classes in face-to-face class mode according to preferences and offerings.

Online classes

The MBA (Change) can be studied entirely via interactive online classes through the intuitive communication tool: Moodle. Whether your class is real or virtual, the emphasis will be on sharing knowledge and skills. Online classes do not require facilitators and participants to be online at the same time, it is asynchronous, enabling contributions to discussions at a time of personal choice. AGSM @ UNSW Business School becomes your 'mobile campus'; take your course materials with you on business trips and continue to participate online. Class facilitators manage the discussion and assess for participation.

Class size

For each course you undertake you will be allocated to a class with typically 25 to 28 co-participants and a class facilitator. Group discussion, either on-line or face-to-face, ensures a sharing of knowledge with fellow students of diverse backgrounds and experience and contact with program staff.

Your class facilitator will lead and guide interaction and participation in the online classroom environment.

Interactive learning areas

You can log into your online class at any time during the week, day or night, to contribute to set learning activities. In an MBA (Change) online class there are four main locations:

  • The announcements where facilitators post notices to the class
  • The forums where facilitators conduct the formal teaching and learning activities in a class
  • The coffee shop where informal discussions among members of the class take place
  • The student profile where each member of the class can introduce themselves and upload a photo

Face-to-face classes

In some cases, certain MBA (Change) courses will be available in face-to-face mode at a UNSW campus with course selection alternating each session. Both class delivery options are based on the same course material content, and students who undertake face-to-tace classes will access our online tool Moodle to download their course materials.

Course materials

The course materials are the starting point of your weekly studies. MBA (Change) course materials are divided into 12 units, one per each teaching week, and include the core concepts, activities for reflection, set readings, reference lists of further readings and detailed information regarding assessment.

It is expected that all participants will have read the week's unit prior to attending class or participating in online class discussion. Course materials are available in three different formats:

  • A PDF via Moodle 4 weeks prior to the commencement of class (typically in the week enrolments close)
  • Approximately one week before classes commence, course materials are available in separate units and you should expect to receive an email from your facilitator in this period
  • For those who prefer a hardcopy, the printed course materials may be purchased from the UNSW Bookshop at cost price plus delivery

Other materials

Many courses also have prescribed textbooks which may be ordered online from the UNSW Bookshop. All participants have access to the vast online resources of the UNSW library, and borrowing rights at your local academic library can usually be arranged.

 

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Quick facts for students

Program code
8625
Award
MBA (Specialised)
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
72
Study Mode
Face to face
Online
Duration
2-6 years part-time
Commencing terms
Term 1 – February
Term 2 – June
Term 3 – September
Course fee*
$4,710
Program fee (total)*
$56,520 in 2018
* Fees are indicative only

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