Course Title: Business Operations (Strategy and Application)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Business Operations (Strategy and Application)

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


RMIT Vietnam Hanoi Campus


660H Grad School of Bus and Law


Viet3 2008


RMIT Intl University Vietnam


660H Grad School of Bus and Law


Viet2 2007,
Viet1 2008,
Viet2 2008,
Viet3 2008,
Viet1 2009,
Viet2 2009,
Viet3 2009,
Viet1 2010,
Viet2 2010,
Viet3 2010,
Viet1 2011,
Viet2 2011,
Viet3 2011,
Viet1 2012,
Viet2 2012,
Viet3 2012,
Viet1 2013,
Viet2 2013,
Viet3 2013,
Viet3 2014,
Viet2 2015


City Campus


660H Grad School of Bus and Law


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015

Course Coordinator: John Douglas Thomson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0108

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: Graduate School of Business and Law, Cnr Victoria and Russell Sts, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

The pre-requisite for this course is Introduction to Business Management and the successful completion of all core courses in the MBA program is recommended.

It is also recommended that this course be undertaken in the final semester of the program.

Course Description

This capstone course draws together and integrates the learning from other courses.

This is partly achieved through a simulation game in which students form teams (or ‘companies’) and undertake the roles of managers.

They compete with other ‘companies’, planning R&D, investment, production, marketing, and finance over a continuum of eight financial years. 

Feedback on decision consequences leads into the following year’s decisions.

Students are also required to participate in consideration and discussion of current business issues, strategic and operational.

[Note: The course title is to change to "Business Operations (Strategy and Application)" from Sem 1 2011 as identified in the Rationale for Program Amendment MBA document 29/4/2010.]

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

See Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

Apply your business knowledge in business operations and strategy in an intergrated way to address business problems.
Construct a business strategy that recognises the limited nature of organisational resources
Derive connections between an organisation’s internal and external factors
Design a presentation that integrates the following: verbal and written communication which is articulate, persuasive and involves, consultation, and engagement with clients and employees

Overview of Learning Activities

This course may be delivered face-to-face and/or online through classes, lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials.

You will be expected to be an active participant and undertake the required preparatory work.

The following learning activities have been designed to assist you to develop the important capabilities outlined in this course guide.

While this list is not exhaustive, it provides you with an overview of some of the activities to be undertaken to successfully complete the course.

• Engage in research by means of searching texts, internet resources and journals (academic and profession).
• Read text material and selected articles.
• Prepare written answers to problems and topic questions.
• Resolve questions in case study problems.
• Participate in classroom discussions.
• Prepare and participate in class presentations.
• Participate in role playing and simulations.
• Engage in reflective practice and present findings.
• Complete quizzes.

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be advised of the prescribed readings for this course and other reading materials upon enrolment.

You may access online learning tools and content for this course from the student portal, myRMIT, or, if you are an RMIT Vietnam student, through Vietnam Blackboard.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will include:

• Participation and achievement in a simulation game.
• Contributions to discussions of current business issues.
• Written appreciation of a current business issue.