MC162 - Executive Master of Business Administration

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Plan: MC162P17 - Executive Master of Business Administration
Campus: City Campus

Program delivery and structure

Approach to learning and assessment
Work integrated learning
Program structure
Program transition plan

Approach to learning and assessment

The Executive MBA is a flexible program of study that is suited to students working in senior management positions. Courses are mostly offered in the evening and occasionally on weekends. Your learning is supported by online resources and tools available through Blackboard. Executive MBA course facilitators will utilise a range of teaching and learning methods. Tasks, assessments and examples are often directly related to  workplace. A statement of learning outcomes is included in each course information document. Through a facilitated learning framework, a combination of issue-based seminars, case study analysis, student-based topic research and facilitator led class discussions you will better understand the nature of the business constructs as they impact on your business decisions and organisational processes and performance.

The principles of facilitated learning are important in the delivery of the content of the Executive MBA. This facilitated learning approach follows the principles developed in the seminal work of Revans (The Origins and Growth of Action Learning, Bikley: Chartwewll-Bratt, 1982). As a teaching and learning strategy, facilitated learning derives from the experience of both you and the facilitator.  In the Executive MBA, face-to-face encounters as well as an on-line learning space are utilized.  The Facilitated Learning Model (FLM) can be explained as the intersection of the experience of the facilitator, the experience of students and the teaching and learning resources.

Work experience is an essential component for the successful implementation of the FLM, in which the various concepts that underpin a course are anchored to the concrete experience of both the facilitator and the students. In this scenario, there is a double-loop learning strategy also at work, where the facilitator and you constantly strive to learn from each other as they navigate course content. Underpinning this navigation of the content is the real work experience of both you and the facilitator. The identification of workplace and management issues and problems as well as proposing solutions and appropriate interventions and implementation strategies are all significant components of the approach to the FLM. As such, the FLM is also anchored in the principles of management development.

Various collaborative methods are also a widely used feature of the FLM. These delivery strategies include traditional syndicates, research learning circles, communities of practice and the collaborative learning networks.

Assessment
The Executive MBA’s assessment philosophy is based on utilising a range of appropriate measures that interconnect with the programs learning outcomes. Assessment tasks include; business reports, academic essays, in-class and online presentations, group reports, examinations and computer simulations.

A critical feature of all assessment tasks is the requirement to link rigorous academic literature with your own organisational experience. In this way your reflective practice is encouraged to apply new knowledge and insights towards effective and professional business development.

A critical feature of all assessment tasks is the requirement to link rigorous academic literature with your own organisational experience. In this way your reflective practice is encouraged to apply new knowledge and insights towards effective and professional business development. Assessment is designed to provide you with opportunities to demonstrate the extent to which you have achieved the desired learning outcomes in a given area. Methods of assessment will also vary with the learning outcomes of the relevant course but may include case studies, research projects and reports.

If you have a long term medical condition, disability and/or other form of disadvantage it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more: http://www.rmit.edu.au/disability

Academic integrity
The originality verification software Turnitin (see http://www.turnitin.com), may be used on assessments in your program.

Specifically, support resources for yourself as a student to ensure that your submitted assessment accurately represents your work are provided at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/academicintegrity/students
 

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Work integrated learning

As a student enrolled in this RMIT University program you will be provided with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice. The designated Work Integrated Learning (WIL) courses in this program are BUSM4525 Managing Business Operations (12 credit points), BUSM4448 Business Research Design (12 credit points) and BUSM4522 Executive Consulting  (12 credit points). These courses will provide you with opportunities to apply your academic skills to a work-based context. In particular you will:

  • undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate your professional or vocational practice; and
  • be involved in authentic engagement with partner organisations that includes industry feedback.

These learning opportunities may be in the form of industry-based projects, simulations or placements.

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Program Structure

To graduate you must complete the following:
 

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Stage A:

Complete the following One (1) Commencement Course:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Design Thinking for Business (Executive)12BUSM4519City Campus
AND
Complete the following Three (3) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Leadership and Ethics12BUSM4131City Campus
Marketing12MKTG1276City Campus
Accounting for Bus Decisions12BUSM4126City Campus
 
AND

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Stage B:

Complete the following Four (4) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Financial Management12BUSM4141City Campus
Managing Technology and Innovation Strategy12BUSM4528City Campus
Managing Business Operations12BUSM4525City Campus
Creating Business Strategies12BUSM3922City Campus
 
AND

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Stage C:

Complete the following One (1) Course:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Business Research Design12BUSM4448City Campus
AND
Select and Complete Two (2) Courses from:
University Postgrad Elective
AND
Complete the following One (1) Capstone Course:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Executive Consulting12BUSM4522City Campus
 

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Program transition plan

All existing students will be transitioned to the new program structure, and all course credits that have already been obtained will be recognised in the new structure. 

The transition rules below will apply to students who have commenced the program prior to Semester 1, 2016.

  • BUSM3902 Business in a Global Context

If you HAVE completed BUSM3902 Business in a Global Context prior to Semester 1, 2016, you will not be required to complete BUSM4519 Design Thinking for Business (Exec) as a core course, however you can take this as one of your electives if you wish.

If you HAVE NOT completed BUSM3902 Business in a Global Context prior to semester 1 2016, you will be required complete BUSM4519 Design Thinking for Business (Exec) as one of your core courses as per the new Program Structure.  

You are not required to complete BUSM3902 Business in a Global Context as a core course, but can complete it as an elective if you wish.

  • BUSM4136 Corporate Social Responsibility & the Law

If you HAVE completed BUSM4136 Corporate Social Responsibility & the Law prior to Semester 1, 2016, you will not be required to complete BUSM4525 Managing Business Operations as a core course, however you can take this as one of your electives if you wish.

If you HAVE NOT completed BUSM4136 Corporate Social Responsibility & the Law prior to Semester 1, 2016, you will be required complete BUSM4525 Managing Business Operations as one of your core courses as per the new Program Structure. 

You are not required to complete BUSM4136 Corporate Social Responsibility & the Law as a core course.

  • BUSM4146 Change and Innovation

If you HAVE completed BUSM4146 Change and Innovation prior to Semester 1, 2016, you will not be required to complete BUSM4528 Managing Technology & Innovation Strategy as a core course, however you can take this as one of your electives if you wish.

If you HAVE NOT completed BUSM4146 Change and Innovation prior to Semester 1, 2016, you will be required complete BUSM4528 Managing Technology and Innovation Strategy as one of your core courses as per the new Program Structure. 

You are not required to complete BUSM4146 Change and Innovation as a core course, but can complete it as an elective if you wish.

  • BUSM3927 Strategic Business Leadership

If you HAVE completed BUSM3927 Strategic Business Leadership prior to Semester 1, 2016, you will not be required to complete BUSM4522 Executive Consulting as a core course, however you can take this as one of your electives if you wish.

If you HAVE NOT completed BUSM3927 Strategic Business Leadership prior to Semester 1, 2016, you will be required complete BUSM4522 Executive Consulting as one of your core courses as per the new Program Structure. 

You are not required to complete BUSM3927 Strategic Business Leadership as a core course, but can complete it as an elective if you wish.

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