Business Strategy

Subject BUSA90027 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

July, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 27-Jun-2016
Teaching Period 04-Jul-2016 to 08-Sep-2016
Assessment Period End 16-Sep-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 28-Jun-2016
Census Date 15-Jul-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 19-Aug-2016

September, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 01-Aug-2016
Teaching Period 01-Sep-2016 to 09-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 09-Oct-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 08-Aug-2016
Census Date 02-Sep-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 16-Sep-2016

This subject is only available to students admitted to GD-BA, MC-BAPT, MC-BAPTME, or students with permission of the MBA Course coordinator

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Subject Overview:

Businesses operate in a competitive environment. Although some business may not have competitors when they are first established, if they are successful competitors will come. Hence, it is necessary for a business to understand how it can achieve success and sustain that success in the competitive arena. This course is designed to provide the tools, concepts, and frameworks to both formulate and to execute a sustainable competitive advantage. The focus is not how to be better than your competitors but rather how to be unique or different than your competitors. This perspective allows for multiple “winners” in an industry each targeting a different set of customers as opposed to direct, head-to-head competition that is usually destructive to both competitors.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Identify the opportunities for a business to achieve competitive advantage
  • Use tools and concepts to formulate sustainable strategy
  • Clearly identify and execute the steps required to launch and sustain a strategy
  • Analyse a business strategy and determine why it is successful or unsuccessful
  • Class participation and discussion (15%)
    • Throughout subject
  • Quiz (15%)
    • 1 hour
    • Midway through the subject
  • Syndicate Project (30%)
    • Report (equivalent of 750 word assessment)
    • Presentation (equivalent of 750 word assessment)
    • Midway through the subject
  • Final Exam (40%)
    • Hurdle requirement
    • 90 minutes
    • End of subject
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is only available to students admitted to GD-BA, MC-BAPT, MC-BAPTME, or students with permission of the MBA Course coordinator

Related Course(s): Master of Business Administration

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