Master of Business & Technology (MBT)

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The Master of Business & Technology is no longer available to new applicants. This program has evolved into the MBAx. Find out more about the MBAx program.

The Master of Business & Technology is no longer available to new applicants. This program has evolved into the MBAx. Find out more about the MBAx program.

MBT courses

GBAT9100 Introduction to Management

This is the compulsory first course for students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Business & Technology (program 7333). As such it provides students with a broad introduction to the study of business and management in technology driven environments, 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, organisations and technology, by focussing on issues at the level of an organisation as well as the role of the individual in an organisation.

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GBAT9101 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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GBAT9102 Management of Manufacturing Systems

Management of Manufacturing Systems presents an integrated and coherent account of new production management philosophies, giving managers a sound grounding in the modern principles and techniques of managing manufacturing companies. There is strong emphasis on strategic perspectives of manufacturing, the relationship between manufacturing and business strategies, and the implications of a given manufacturing strategy for detailed manufacturing management decisions, plans, policies and performance measures.
 

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GBAT9103 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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GBAT9104 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.

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GBAT9106 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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GBAT9109 Sustainable Energy Management

Sustainable Energy Management examines the role of energy in business and our society. It discusses the use of major energy resources and technologies. It gives an insight into the role of markets over the price and availability of energy fuels and sources, the impacts of energy use on the natural environment and the application of an energy management program in a corporate setting.
 

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GBAT9112 Business Management of OHS Risk

Workplace injury involves organisations in insurable costs (workers' compensation premiums) and uninsurable costs (productivity losses, low morale, reputation damage, equipment losses and downtime). This course concentrates on the prevention of workplace injury and associated costs and losses through the application of effective management systems. Industry case studies are used, together with analysis and application of management techniques.

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GBAT9113 Strategic Management of Business and Technology

This course is designed to bring together the different concepts of technology and business from all MBT 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.
 

Find the course outline PDF for this course in the archives

GBAT9114 Principles of Marketing

Principles of Marketing 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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GBAT9115 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.
 

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GBAT9117 E-Business: Strategy and 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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GBAT9119 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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GBAT9120 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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GBAT9121 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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GBAT9122 Business Economics

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. Business Economics 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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GBAT9123 Fundamentals of 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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GBAT9124 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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GBAT9125 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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GBAT9126 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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GBAT9127 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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GBAT9128 Quantitative Methods for Business Decision Making

This course aims to enable managers to be effective users of statistical reports in the workplace and to understand statistical arguments. Practical experience in statistics will be provided, and on completion students will be able to critically assess statistical analysis undertaken in their workplace, including such areas as managing and forecasting performance. Please note that this course requires the use of Microsoft Excel.
 

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GBAT9129 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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GBAT9130 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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GBAT9131 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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GBAT9202 Individual Research Project

Students may propose to undertake an individual research project as part of their MBT Program. The project is the equivalent of one course (6 units of credit). By undertaking a project students will be able to investigate a particular area of interest in business and technology and perhaps contribute to the professional body of knowledge in that area. There are three prerequisites for GBAT9202:

(1) must be enrolled in the Masters level (program 8616),
(2) must have successfully completed 48 units of credit and achieved an average WAM of 70% or above,
(3) subject to approval by the Academic Director, MBT.

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Find the course outline PDF for this course in the archives

*Introduction to Management compulsory for enrolments without a prior degree

You can study online or in face-to-face classes (small group evening classes of 1.5 hours) at UNSW Kensington campus. Whether your class is face to face or virtual, you’ll be sharing knowledge and skills with fellow classmates and facilitators.

The Master of Business & Technology is no longer available to new applicants. This program has evolved into the MBAx. Find out more about the MBAx program.

The Master of Business & Technology is no longer available to new applicants. This program has evolved into the MBAx. Find out more about the MBAx program.

The Master of Business & Technology is no longer available to new applicants. This program has evolved into the MBAx. Find out more about the MBAx program.

The Master of Business & Technology is no longer available to new applicants. This program has evolved into the MBAx. Find out more about the MBAx program.

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