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Whether you’re a budding business owner, an intrepid entrepreneur, or future leader, the Bachelor of Business at Melbourne Polytechnic will teach you the skills for success. We’ve designed this degree to provide you with the relevant knowledge and the technical, communication and career management skills needed to succeed in a wide range of jobs, carve new career pathways or lead your own start-up. You can focus your studies on one of three specialisation streams: Management, Marketing or Entrepreneurship. In a climate of uninterrupted economic growth that’s lasted over twenty years, now’s the time to pursue your business dreams.
At Melbourne Polytechnic, we developed our Bachelor of Business through research and consultation with industry specialists and academic experts from Australian businesses and universities. First year students will gain foundational knowledge and skills in the basics of business and personal and professional development. In your second year, you will begin to personalise your course by specialising in one of the three streams. Final year students will apply their cumulative knowledge through two capstone projects - entering the industry with experience and knowledge that can be applied immediately. All subjects are taught by experienced lecturers with business industry experience and Masters or PhD qualifications.
Students graduate with a Bachelor of Business at the end of a three-year full time study load. When you have successfully completed the first two years of the Bachelor degree, you may choose to exit with the Associate Degree of Business. The Bachelor of Business can open doors to a broad range of jobs across diverse industry sectors. Your career might be in accounting, banking, economics, marketing, consulting, IT and government, or even across the world of international business. You might find work as a human resource manager, business strategist, international trade manager, business analyst, market researcher, e-business or supply chain manager or marketing, brand or sales manager. You could even combine the skills and knowledge of your degree with your unique thinking as a successful entrepreneur.
The Bachelor of Business can open doors to a broad range of jobs across diverse industry sectors.
Successful completion of this course might enable you to enrol in Masters in Management or a Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs at university, or our own Master of Professional and Practicing Accounting
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The method of assessment may include a combination of examinations, assignments, tests (written and practical), group and individual reports and projects, essays, practical tasks, literature reviews, journals, presentations, interviews, case studies, self-reflections and class participation
Credit points are a basic measure of student workload. All subjects are given a credit point value. Most subjects at Melbourne Polytechnic are 12 credit points. A normal full-time annual workload is 96 credit points. The academic year is divided into two main semesters; full-time students usually enrol in 48 credit points each semester, part-time students usually enrol in 24 credit points each semester or less.
|BBS102||FOUNDATIONS OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY||Core||The purpose of this subject is to introduce the field of information technology and communication technology (ICT) and its role within a business context. This includes how information technology (IT) supports business productivity with database systems and software applications, as well as the common terms and concepts. This subject also introduces global IT work solutions and considers the implications of these in shaping various organisations.||1|
|BBS103||ENTREPRENEURSHIP||Core||This subject provides an introduction to the entrepreneurship concepts, principles and processes. It covers the key aspects of entrepreneurship, including the nature and importance of entrepreneurship; the entrepreneurial mindset; and, the entrepreneurial role in business and in society. Students will learn about the importance of the entrepreneurial process in the generation of viable and sustainable ventures. Teamwork and oral communication exercises will serve for students to gain practical skills as potential entrepreneurs.||1|
|BBS104||EFFECTIVE BUSINESS ENQUIRY AND COMMUNICATION||Core||This subject provides an introduction to the principles of academic and business enquiry relevant to students discipline area. Students will undertake an investigative process commonly used in undergraduate business studies. This subject includes the development of academic and literacy skills that are needed to undertake higher education studies with an emphasis on investigations, literacy and presenting information.||1|
|BBS105||MARKETING PRINCIPLES||Core||This subject develops students understanding of marketing and the skills needed to conduct basic marketing activities. The philosophy and concepts of marketing used in business and organisational settings are explained and students will use these, as well as develop the skills, to design and implement a basic marketing campaign. Students will develop marketing knowledge and skills by identifying, analysing and discussing the application of marketing concepts and theory in a range of businesses within various of local and international industry contexts.||1|
|BBS107||FOUNDATIONS OF BUSINESS||Core||This subject provides an introduction to key management concepts and core business practices. It covers the major functional areas of business, including management, marketing, accounting, finance, economics and information technology for today’s competitive business world. In addition, it introduces other important concepts such as ethics and social responsibility, forms of ownership, small business and entrepreneurship, and international business, as well as, latest trends in the economy, social networking, competition in the global marketplace and sustainability.||1|
|BBS106||INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS LAW||Core||The aim of this subject is to introduce students to the fundamentals of law in a business context. The subject introduces students to the framework of the Australian legal system and to the business structures operating in Australia. It provides an overview of some of the major areas of the law that impact on commercial activities. The subject examines the Australian legal system, the way laws are made and areas of the law that are relevant to the operation of businesses including contracts, torts, consumer protection, competition law, insurance law, business entity law, business ownership, environmental law, workplace and occupational health and safety law.||1|
|BBS108||ECONOMICS||Core||This subject introduces students to the core principles of micro and macroeconomic, models and policies. In addition, students will gain an understanding on the significance of micro and macroeconomic tools in the decision-making process of businesses and industry. The impact of policies related to micro and macroeconomics will be also applied within the Australian private and public sectors. Students will be able to critically identify the interrelationship between macroeconomic decisions and the global context.||1|
|BBS101||PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT||Core||This subject focuses on the development of personal and professional management and leadership skills to broaden the students’ self-awareness in preparation for their future careers and personal lives. Students will produce a personal brand and action plan to reflect their potential employability in conjunction with their value as self-direct professionals. Goals set will be continually reviewed though out the duration of the course in a range of subjects.||1||1|
|BBS201||ACCOUNTING FOR MANAGERS||Core||This subject introduces students to the main concepts of accounting used for management decision making within the business context. Students will develop knowledge regarding business analysis, financial planning, performance management and costing principles. In addition, students will be able to analyse and evaluate accounting information for effective management decisions.||2|
|BBS202||BUSINESS DECISION MAKING||Core||In this subject students will learn how to implement statistical inferential tools in business decision making including appropriate techniques for analysis, interpretation and presentation of business/economic data. Students will also gain practical knowledge by using computer software and calculators for statistical analysis in order to provide solutions within the business context.||2|
|BBS203||INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY||Core||This subject builds on first year knowledge and provides students with an understanding of how innovation and creativity are intricately part of entrepreneurship. Students will learn to distinguish between innovation and creativity, use the principles learned to manage entrepreneurial business activities and integrate their personal goals set during first semester into the learning experience. Students will also be exposed to a broad perspective of the innovation process.||2|
|BBS204||PROJECT MANAGEMENT||Core||This subject provides students with project management skills and knowledge to apply to planning, scheduling and controlling a complex business related project. The subject will present a range of project management theories and practices. Students will develop a project plan chosen from a selected business situation and use current project management tools to document and manage the process.||2|
|BBS205||PEOPLE AND CULTURE||Core||This subject provides students with a foundation for not only understanding human resource management theory but its application to businesses. Students will undertake studies in human resource planning, job analysis and design, recruitment and selection and understanding in performance management and retention of talent.||2|
|BBS206||FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT||Core||In this subject students will examine and simulate best practice approaches for the use of corporate funds and resources to achieve long term corporate goals, by considering and applying social, ethical and environmental factors. This includes the analysis and application of tools to determine and manage alternative sustainable investment projects and strategies.||2|
|BBS207||MANAGEMENT FUNDAMENTALS - ELECTIVE||Elective||This subject introduces students to the concepts, principles and theories of contemporary management practice. Furthermore, students will gain an overarching appreciation of the discipline of management through activities designed to analyse diverse organisational scenarios. The application of theoretical knowledge will allow students to understand and evaluate various management styles in different organisations.||2|
|BBS208||EVALUATE NEW BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES - ELECTIVE||Elective||This subject promotes critical understanding and evaluation of new business opportunities. Students will utilise and apply theories and research that will allow them to distinguish the difference between business concepts and practical, resilient innovation. Using case studies (including existing start-up models), this subject will investigate limitations and risk for businesses within a continuously changing internal and external business context. It will also draw attention to the importance of social capital, customer and market analysis on a local, national and global level.||2|
|BBS210||SALES AND MARKETING - ELECTIVE||Elective||The purpose of this subject is to extend and apply management knowledge to the sphere of sales and marketing including managing a sales force; understanding the sales function; and, creating value to an organisation through effective customer and marketing management strategies. This subject provides the knowledge and skills to critically analyse the sales and marketing management function of an organisation. Students will analyse the sales and marketing management strategy for a nominated organisation and evaluate, assess and develop new strategies addressing contemporary and contextual sales and marketing management issues.||2|
|BBS211||DESIGN THINKING - ELECTIVE||Elective||Design Thinking introduces students to a framework that offers viable creative solutions to complex business problems. The utilisation of key concepts of Design Thinking offers practice for students regarding definition of issues, outline of design processes and exploration of research techniques (with an emphasis on empathy for the end user). The application of tools for working collaboratively will be used in group projects. Students will be challenged to identify a particular issue faced by business and offer a creative proposal that will ultimately act as a solution.||2|
|BBS209||E-BUSINESS AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT - ELECTIVE||Elective||In this subject students will develop an understanding of the basic concepts, principles, theory and practices of supply chain management and logistics. This will be considered in relation to both conventional practice as well as e-business and other emerging technologies that apply supply chain management strategies. Students will be able to identify the benefits and also challenges on the supply chain management of e-businesses.||2||1|
|BBS301||ADVANCED MARKETING CONCEPTS||Core||This subject builds on the principles and concepts learned in Marketing Principles. It provides students with a more comprehensive perspective of the marketing skills needed to operate in a diverse and dynamic business environment. In addition, students will also be exposed to various contemporary marketing issues. Students will learn how to apply these skills through the development of a marketing plan for a nominated organisation in the industry.||3|
|BBS302||VALUES, ETHICS AND ATTITUDES||Core||This subject develops a student’s understanding of the ethics, governance, values and attitudes that are required to succeed in a business environment. Students will utilise various decision making strategies to identify and resolve ethical dilemmas, critically evaluate what defines value systems and identify ethics and attitudes that determine business profiles and ultimate failure or success.||3|
|BBS303||CAPSTONE PROJECT 1||Core||This capstone subject is the first in a pair of experiential subjects that provide students with the opportunity to apply the broad spectrum of knowledge and skills obtained during the course of their degree to develop solutions of complex business problems.||3|
|BBS306||CAPSTONE PROJECT 2||Core||This capstone subject is the second in a pair of experiential subjects. Capstone 2 builds on Capstone specific knowledge developed in semester 1 and learning throughout the Business degree. This Capstone project is based on the resulting development, creation and presentation of a new self devised industry focused product and/or service. The creative process of product and/or service development will result in a final presentation/’pitch’ of that product or service using digital technology at the end of the semester.||3|
|BBS307||BUSINESS STRATEGY - ELECTIVE||Elective||This subject provides conceptual understandings of long-term strategic business planning. The subject explores a range of business planning and analytical methodologies to take account of industry changes and differing business environments in order to identify the most appropriate business strategies. Students will apply their knowledge of contemporary theory and trends in the development and presentation of a strategic plan for a business or industry organisation.||3|
|BBS310||INTEGRATED MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS - ELECTIVE||Elective||This study will equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the relevance and importance of Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC). The formulation of a report based on an IMC campaign will serve students for the analysis and evaluation of relevant strategies and techniques.||3|
|BBS311||LEAN STARTUP METHODOLOGY - ELECTIVE||Elective||This subject introduces the tools and techniques appropriate to starting a new lean start-up venture based on a team’s knowledge, skills, networks and vision. It covers the key aspects of lean start-up, including how it can apply to small, large and public sector organisations; and its importance as a sustainable venture. Students will learn how to convert ideas into potential products or services.||3|
|BBS312||ENTREPRENEURIAL FINANCE - ELECTIVE||Elective||This subject provides students with an understanding of the financial theories and concepts related to financing an entrepreneurial venture. Topics covered will include sources of funding for new ventures, value of creation, risk management, bootstrapping, managing venture capital and inventory control. A variety of case studies will be used to provide students with an understanding of the economic environment and forecasting. Students will use standard business tools (eg Microsoft EXCEL and programmable financial calculators) to create spreadsheets for managing the financial aspects of running a business. These tools will also serve to assist in problem solving and decision making. At the end of this subject, students will be able to design and formulate a financial plan for a new entrepreneurial venture.||3|
|BBS308||CONTEMPORARY LEADERSHIP - ELECTIVE||Elective||In this subject students will develop a deep appreciation of the essential role of leadership as a determinant of success in the business environment. The subject examines the leadership function of management and its application in a global context. Students will become familiar with the theory of different leadership styles and apply the necessary skills to become effective leaders in the 21st century.||3||1|
|BBS304||INTRAPRENEURSHIP||Core||This subject introduces concepts, principles and process related intrapreneurship including its importance within organisations as well as externally. It also explores the differences between traditional and intrapreneurship management. Students will develop an understanding on the role of intrapreneurial mindset and the role it plays in business and society. The identification of intrapreneurial opportunities and risks will be also explored in relation to decision making and planning; and, legal and social responsibility.||3||2|
|BBS305||GLOBAL BUSINESS||Core||This subject introduces students to the concepts and practice of running a global business and engaging in international trade and investment. Students will develop an understanding of the historical development of international trade and investment that have led to contemporary approaches and strategies to address the complexity of globalisation. Students will gain important skills necessary for the engagement in business within the international business contexts.||3||2|
|BBS309||MARKETING RESEARCH - ELECTIVE||Elective||This subject provides students with the knowledge and skills to undertake a marketing research project by analysing data and employing both qualitative and quantitative methods. Collection and interpretation of primary and secondary data will also contribute to enhance student’s knowledge. This introduction to marketing research and analysis will provide students with a broad range of skills typically used in business.||3||2|
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