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AGSM MBA (Technology)

The MBA (Technology) 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?

  • Study online or face-to-face with Australia’s leading business school
  • Gain the knowledge and skills needed for leadership roles where business and technology combine
  • Cover topics not addressed in conventional business programs
  • Choose from a range of courses (see program structure tab) to tailor your MBA (Technology) to suit your career and passion
  • Be part of a cohort of talented managers and experienced professionals, and develop a valuable and influential global network

Who is this degree for?

  • Experienced managers and professionals working in a broad range of industries
  • Those interested in expanding their career choices with in depth business and technology expertise
  • Motivated people able to complete a challenging academic postgraduate program while working, and willing to apply new skills straight away in their workplace

Job and career prospects

  • Senior management roles (GM, CEO, CIO, CxO and board level)
  • Senior government leader
  • Business development manager
  • Sustainability and environmental manager
  • Not-for-profit manager
  • Executive roles in technology firms and technical fields
  • Own business principle

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

Core courses – choose six

Includes a strategy course - pending approval

MBAX9100 Introduction to Management

This course provides students with a broad introduction to the study of business and management, while at the same time developing important academic and study skills that are required of students engaged in postgraduate business education. This course examines the broad context of business and enterprises, by focussing on issues at the level of an organisation as well as the role of the individual in an organisation. Students who have been away from study for a period of time and/or are new to the area of ‘business studies’ may also benefit from the course.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Technology specialisation courses – choose five

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.

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MBAX9103 Business Management for a Sustainable Environment

Business Management for a Sustainable Environment provides an overview of the range of environment issues facing our community, and the responsibilities of managers in addressing those issues. Via an understanding of the big picture, managers can make sound economic decisions compatible with a commitment to a sustainable environment. The more specific issues and control strategies discussed provide insights into environmental control techniques and methods for handling environmental problems, ranging from legal aspects to quantitative risk assessment.

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MBAX9106 Information Systems Management

Information Systems Management addresses current management issues in the deployment of information systems and information technology. It deals with the relationship between the organisation and its information systems, strategic and tactical planning for information systems and the management of the development and acquisition of systems and technology. Attention is paid to issues such as outsourcing vs. insourcing, business continuity planning and the provision of information for decision makers. The focus is on management, not the technology itself.

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MBAX9115 Information Technology in Business

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the business context within which IT is utilised by considering the nature of work in business and business systems. This is achieved by investigating the major uses of IT in the business contexts of working with knowledge, making decisions, planning, operational or management support systems, e-commerce and e-business and Integrating IT and ERP systems. The course also considers security and information resources as well as trends in information systems and technology.

Find the course outline PDF for this course in the archives

MBAX9117 E-Business Strategy & Management

Drawing on the application of information technology for competitive advantage, the course looks at the potential effects of e-business on the value chain, product differentiation, strategic relationships and market share. Important technologies are emerging in the vital areas of data transfer and personal interaction and these will set the foundations for the future management of e-business. Topics in the course include the potential impact of e-business in both business-to-business and business-to-consumer transactions, security and communications, legal and ethical issues, EDI and electronic payments systems and revenue-generation strategies.

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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.

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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.

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MBAX9124 Business Law and Technology

Business Law and Technology provides an overview of the legal environment for and the legal regulation of business in Australia. It introduces the Australian legal system, alternative forms of business organisation and the legal framework of business regulation, and examines areas of law of particular relevance to business including business contracts and torts, restrictive trade practices and fair-trading, the protection and exploitation of intellectual property, and technology contracts.

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MBAX9126 Development of New Products and Services

This course incorporates both strategic and tactical dimensions of new product and service development. It demonstrates a variety of concepts and modes of thinking about innovation and product development. In more concrete terms, it will provide students with a workable knowledge of a best practice approach to product creation from concept selection through to post-launch monitoring, exposure to a similar approach used by service companies. More generally, it will demonstrate how well service companies perform in new service development compared to manufacturing firms, and highlight the organisation and management practices that are most likely to result in successful new product development.

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MBAX9127 Supply Chain Management

In this course students examine the basic concepts and tools of supply chain management within the broader framework of integrated intra- and inter-firm operations. The aim of the course is to bring together related but traditionally separate sub-disciplines of management: operations management, which deals with the planning, scheduling and control of production activities within the business firm, and supply chain management, which focuses on the market-integrated production activities of networks or chains of specialised firms that sequentially convert raw materials into increasingly complex intermediate and final products. Although these two sub-disciplines have been taught at universities as separate management subjects, it is increasingly apparent that they should be combined. The sourcing of inputs from upstream suppliers and the distribution of outputs to downstream customers cannot be separated from the management of in-house production.

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MBAX9129 Managing Organisational Resources

The course aims to provide a performance management framework for managing major types of enterprise resources. A total enterprise perspective is employed, positioning the organisation in its value creation system. The nature of the resources to be managed and their relative importance is examined, as well as the management issues related to and appropriate performance measurement techniques available for assessing each type of resource. An enterprise governance framework is used to guide the process by linking resource management to the performance of strategy, risk management, corporate ethics and ethos, corporate governance structures and processes, and social and environmental responsibility.

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MBAX9130 Enterprise Risk Management

This course considers the range of risks facing organisations in the areas of finance, operations, IT, innovation and reputation. An organisation’s culture can impact on the effectiveness of its risk management, which needs to be incorporated into all business planning and decision making. The course covers the role of corporate governance and compliance, and suggests methods of developing and implementing appropriate risk management strategies. Some of the effective tools available for identifying, assessing and quantifying risk are presented, along with emerging issues in enterprise risk management.

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MBAX9132 Intrapreneurship

For many established businesses, the ability to identify and effectively respond to new opportunities is increasingly central to their success and, indeed, survival. Evidence suggests that innovation in a corporate context can often be difficult. In recent years, however, a growing number of organisations have drawn on approaches and practices more common to small entrepreneurial start-ups to help them identify new market opportunities and how they could respond to these opportunities. This is sometimes called ‘intrapreneurship’.

The aim of this course is to provide students with insights into the intrapreneurship process and to help them develop the skills and knowledge they need to enhance the ability of their organisations to identify new opportunities in the market and respond to them effectively. It does so by giving them hands-on experience of participating in an online corporate challenge.

One of the key aspects to successful intrapreneurship is the ability to work collaboratively across different aspects of the business, often in different locations and parts of the world. For this reason, the corporate challenge is based on group work, where students will work through an online platform to identify and develop a new business opportunity for a corporate partner.

Find the course outline PDF for this course in the archives

MBAX9136 Silicon Valley Tour

Over the past few decades Silicon Valley and its startup ecosystem have consistently produced high growth companies that have come to dominate industries worldwide, from pioneering companies like HP and Fairchild and technology giants like Apple and Google through to a new generation of disruptors like Uber and AirBnB. This course, which takes place in Silicon Valley, provides you with an opportunity to get deeper insight into the world's most successful startup ecosystem and to identify the lessons that can be learnt for countries and individual companies that are seeking to enhance innovation and foster greater levels of entrepreneurship. During this course you will meet with and gain insights from entrepreneurs, investors, executives and industry experts who are living and working in the Valley and will develop practical insights and a fresh perspective that you will be able to apply to your organisation, big or small.

Find the course outline PDF for this course in the archives

Capstone (required) - choose one

MBAX9104 Management of Innovation and Technical Change

This course provides an examination of the nature and role of innovation and change in the management of organisations in the commercial, public and not-for-profit sectors, and other types of organisations in the twenty-first century. Managers must be continually concerned with effectiveness, efficiency, survival and growth. The course aims to examine these processes within large and small businesses across all sectors in order to understand the essential features of the management of innovation and change.

Find the course outline PDF for this course in the archives

MBAX9113 Strategic Management of Business and Technology

This course is designed to bring together the different concepts of technology and business from all MBA (Technology) courses and apply them in understanding how modern, technology-rich, sustainable organisations are managed to identify, articulate and achieve their strategic vision and outcomes. The course examines how integrating and effectively managing the diverse range of technology and business management disciplines empowers managers to be more effective in achieving the organisation’s strategic goals in a rapidly changing technological organisational environment.

Course outline

Applicants with a prior undergraduate degree (or equivalent qualification) require a minimum of 2 years professional or managerial work experience. Applicants without a degree will be required to have at least 6 years professional or managerial work experience.

The UNSW English Language requirements also apply to this program.

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

Semester Applications
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Application
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Classes startClasses finish
Summer Semester, 2017 5 September 2016 9 January 2017 13 February 2017 14 May 2017
Semester 1, 2017 13 February 2017 1 May 2017 29 May 2017 27 August 2017
Semester 2, 2017 29 May 2017 14 August 2017 11 September 2017 10 December 2017

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.

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$100.

The MBA (Technology) 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 preference and offerings.

Online classes

The MBA (Technology) 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 (Technology) 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 (Technology) 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-face 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 (Technology) 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 semesters
Session 1 - February
Session 2 - May
Session 3 - September
Course fee*
$4,560
Program fee (total)*
$54,720 in 2017
* Fees are indicative only

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