Kaplan Business School

Master of Business Administration

Subjects Descriptions

Master of Business Administration Subjects


To maintain flexibility and cater for the increasing industry and business requirement for continuous professional development, our Master of Business Administration comprises a number of nested qualifications. This enables flexibility with multiple exit points and seamless progression from one qualification to the next. If students enrol in the master’s program but do not complete the entire degree, upon completion of the specified number of subjects they may exit with a lower qualification. Students who choose to study only 6 specified subjects will gain a recognised Graduate Certificate in Business Administration. Similarly those students who study the ten specified subjects required for a Graduate Diploma of Business Administration may also exit upon completion of those subjects.

Graduate Certificate in Business Administration

GB500 Business Perspectives

Students will analyse the fundamental processes that comprise a business system, building a conceptual understanding of how businesses prosper. Students will examine business functions, resources, and processes in order to appreciate their synergy and interrelatedness. Students will apply methodical approaches to evaluate choices in complex business situations. Finally, students will assess and plan to develop their own capability relative to business leadership. Subject topics include:

  • Understanding the business system and environment
  • Creating a business and self development
  • Business functions and planning
  • Systems thinking and analysis
  • Analysing a business system
  • Improving a business system

GB512 Business Communications

Business Communications focuses on the effective communication strategies for various stakeholders using oral and written formats for different purposes, including one-on-one communication and engagement with larger audiences. Subject topics include:

  • Context of business communications
  • Planning and writing for results
  • Electronic communication
  • Leadership communication
  • Fostering positive relationships
  • Presentations

GB513 Business Analytics

Students will learn to adopt a quantitative approach to problem solving, while becoming familiar with the analytical context in which business decisions are made. Subject topics include:

  • Descriptive statistics and mathematical foundations
  • Introduction to probability
  • The normal distribution
  • Statistical sampling
  • Regression analysis and reporting your findings
  • Final project

GB518 Financial Accounting Principles and Analysis

This subject covers the basics of how accounting systems are used to record economic events and produce financial statements for internal and external users. The subject delves into the analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of accounting information and how to use it in strategic decision-making. Subject topics include:

  • Fundamentals of accounting
  • Principles of accrual accounting
  • Current assets and internal controls
  • Long-term assets and return on assets
  • Liabilities and stockholders’ equity
  • The statement of cash flows

GB519 Management and Decision Making

Students will examine the role of accounting and operating information in directing the activities of organisations. They will assess the importance of various types of information in planning and controlling activities and making effective decisions. They will also analyse and evaluate situations using a wide variety of decision-making approaches and techniques. Subject topics include:

  • Information, measurement, evaluation and decisions
  • Analysis and the decision process
  • Planning, using information about costs and revenue
  • Forecasting and time frames Heuristics, bias and decisions

GB520 Strategic Human Resource Management

Students will analyse theories and practices in terms of organisational effectiveness when competing in a global business environment. They will investigate ongoing operational human resource issues such as compensation, organisational development, benefits, recruitment, training and leading employees to high performance. Current issues that challenge human resource practitioners will be explored, such as downsizing, implied contracts between employer and employee, managing knowledge workers, and the issues of the changing legal environment. Subject topics include:

  • Strategic management and the HRM fit
  • HR planning and work systems design
  • Performance management and rewards
  • Recruitment and the work environment
  • Managing IR and employee separation
  • Global SHRM

Graduate Diploma in Business Administration

GB530 Marketing Management

This subject offers insights into the field of marketing and puts into context the role of marketing in an organisation and how students might interface with marketing in their business and management roles. The overall aim of this subject is to introduce students not only to important concepts underpinning the marketing process but also to the practical tools used by marketers to plan, implement and manage marketing strategies. In this respect, Marketing Management allows students to discover and practise a wide range of marketing theories and concepts; it is ideal for students who are completely new to marketing and also for those who have studied marketing at undergraduate level and who now wish to build on their knowledge in the light of developing practice.


GB540 Economics for Global Decision Makers

This subject provides students with a practical view on the different concepts of microeconomics and macroeconomics. Students will learn about the concepts behind how different forms of market functions, and the economics thinking approach to managing production cost. Students will also acquire knowledge on how to evaluate different aspects of a country’s economy, and the relationship between business and economy. Topics covered include the law of demand and supply, production costs, different market structures, the concept of GDP, public goods and externalities, unemployment and how a government intervene the directions of a country’s economy.


GB550 Financial Management

This subject provides an analysis and evaluation of the roles and functions of corporate financial managers as they relate to the effective management of a business. Students will apply and evaluate methods and tools for planning, forecasting, managing, and improving an organisations financial performance. Subject topics include:

  • Fundamental concepts of financial management
  • Financial statements, cash flow and taxes
  • Bonds, interest rates and risk and return
  • Portfolio theory, stock valuation and market equilibrium
  • Cost of capital, capital budgeting and cash flow evaluation
  • Corporate valuation and capital structure

GB570 Managing the Value Chain

This subject provides students with a focus on a globally integrated value chain. Students will investigate sourcing, negotiation, contracting, vendor management, logistics, inventory management, customer relationship management and the use of decision support systems. Subject topics include:

  • Supply chain management overview
  • Strategic factors — relationships, management, and measurement
  • Strategic demand, order management, and customer service
  • Inventory, transportation, and distribution management
  • Supply chain planning and sourcing
  • Supply chain operations, reverse flows, and the future of supply chain management

GB580 Strategic Management

In this subject, students will explore factors that contribute to long-term business success. They will create a strategic plan for a business by applying strategic management methods, including environmental scanning, competitive analysis, and organisation assessment. They will examine the leadership skills required to formulate, implement and evaluate business strategy. The exploration of strategic decisions will integrate ethical, social and global considerations. Subject topics include:

  • Defining strategy
  • Environmental audit
  • Market intelligence analysis
  • Strategic business analysis
  • Formulating strategy
  • Leading strategy

 

Master of Business Administration

GB560 Designing, Improving and Implementing Processes

This subject provides students with the skills and theories required to develop, improve and manage business processes. The focus is on the impact of those activities in the organisation that cut across functional and organisational boundaries with a focus on performance and impact. Students will apply business process management, project management and change management tools and techniques to create business processes and implement continuous business process improvements. Subject topics include:

  • Business process management
  • Developing business process plans
  • Improving processes
  • Managing teams
  • Changing processes
  • Leadership

GB590 Corporate Social Responsibility

In this subject, students will explore factors that contribute to long-term business success. They will create a strategic plan for a business by applying strategic management methods, including environmental scanning, competitive analysis, and organisation assessment. They will examine the leadership skills required to formulate, implement and evaluate business strategy. The exploration of strategic decisions will integrate ethical, social and global considerations. Subject topics include:

  • Defining strategy
  • Environmental audit
  • Market intelligence analysis
  • Strategic business analysis
  • Formulating strategy
  • Leading strategy

GB600 Leadership Strategies for a Changing World 

This subject introduces students to the nature and purpose of leadership in organisations. Students evaluate various leadership approaches and methodologies in terms of organisational effectiveness and efficiency in dynamic corporate environments. In addition, students investigate ethics and social responsibility, diversity, and team management. Students will apply emotional intelligence in self-awareness, personal development, and communication. Subject topics include:

  • The importance and nature of leadership
  • Organisational transformation and vision
  • Global decision-making across boundaries
  • Innovation through empowerment: Leading team-based organisations
  • Influence continuum: Organisational effectiveness
  • Strategy, knowledge management, and continuous learning

GB601 MBA Capstone

This subject enables students to integrate business systems with leadership competency and evaluate their efficacy in doing so. Students choose one of three capstone experiences: develop a business plan for a new organisation; take on a project in a local organisation (for profit or not-for-profit); or conduct a detailed assessment of a proposed change in a public company. Subject topics include:

  • Choosing and managing the project
  • Industry and company analysis
  • Risk assessment
  • Functional details
  • Implementation and execution
  • Plan implementation evaluation