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Course snapshot

Domestic snapshot

  • Start Date

    March, July, October

  • Duration

    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

  • Location

    Gold Coast

  • Placement

    No  

  • Course abbreviation

    GradDipBus

  • Course code

    1107295

  • Credit points

    96

  • Equivalent units

    8

  • Scholarships

  • Indicative fee

Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

International snapshot

  • Start Date

    February, June, October

  • Duration

    1 year full-time

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

  • Placement

    No  

Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Overview

The business world is constantly evolving, with issues such as changing technology and increasing competition as factors in this process.

As a business owner or professional, you need to understand the core business principles that help you succeed and stay ahead in today’s fast-paced world.

This one-year program includes study in financial analysis and budget control, marketing concepts, consumer behaviour, market systems and their limitations. It also examines the impact of government policy on the business environment.

As well as guiding you towards management roles, the Graduate Diploma of Business is a pathway to further study, including Southern Cross University's Master of Business Administration program. Graduates receive eight units of credit towards the MBA. This course is also available in online accelerated mode.

Bachelor of Business Alumus Deborah Guion

“I really wanted to make an impact on the world and my degree gave me the start I needed. When I was approached to manage a CSR program for a corporation, it just made sense to me. ”

The Southern Cross Model is a game-changer in higher education study.

Our students now engage in shorter, six-week unit structures designed around immersive and interactive learning experiences. The shorter unit structure gives students a greater sense of momentum as they achieve milestones quickly, resulting in increased student success rates, and course and teacher satisfaction. Lectures are a thing of the past - students will be engaged in active, interactive and discussion-based learning.

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes.

Our online study option is highly interactive and may include a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes.

The method of teaching and assessment may vary from unit to unit.

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Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes (GA).

Course Learning Outcome

GA1: Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate critical thinking, well developed judgement and the ability to reflect on self and others in business environments.

Prepare a systematic approach to increasingly complex problem solving in a business context.

GA2: Creativity

Analyse innovative solutions to complex business problems.

GA3: Ethical practice

Demonstrate an advanced understanding of complex ethical and socially responsible business practices informed by a global perspective.

GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate an advanced understanding of a body of knowledge in one or more discipline areas.

GA5: Lifelong learning

Demonstrate critical thinking, well developed judgement and the ability to reflect on self and others in business environments.

GA6: Communication and social skills

Practice and develop expert communication and collaborations skills.

GA7: Cultural competence

Demonstrate an advanced understanding of culturally appropriate business practices informed by a global perspective.

The Graduate Diploma in Business includes study in financial analysis and budget control, marketing concepts such as relationship marketing, and consumer behaviour, and market systems and their limitations, including impacts of government policy on business environments.

Students also develop an understanding of organisational behaviour, administrative hierarchy, job design, international business, strategic and project management, communication, leadership and teamwork in the contemporary organisation. 

Location Teaching period
Gold CoastTerm  1, Term  3, Term  5
Location Teaching period Annual Fees CRICOS
Gold CoastTerm  1, Term  3, Term  5$31,920 ($3,990 per unit)081762J
MelbourneTerm  1, Term  3, Term  5$36,320 ($4,540 per unit)081762J
PerthTerm  1, Term  3, Term  5$36,320 ($4,540 per unit)081762J
SydneyTerm  1, Term  3, Term  5$36,320 ($4,540 per unit)081762J

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

Career Outcomes

The Graduate Diploma in Business improves people’s ability to run and manage a business, or helps them move into a management role. Graduates are equipped to undertake mid-level management roles in a broad spectrum of industries.

Requirements

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.

Entry requirements

Applicants for admission to candidature in the Graduate Diploma of Business may be selected where they can demonstrate professional standing approved by the Faculty Board to be equivalent to the requirements of Rule 2, Section 3.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall6.5
Listeningminimum 6.0
Speakingminimum 6.0
Readingminimum 6.0
Writingminimum 6.0

Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Graduate Diploma of Business students must complete the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points), comprising 8 core units. 

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Business after completing the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points), comprising 4 core units. 

Other things to consider

Credit for Prior Learning, also referred to as ‘Advanced Standing’ or Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL), is the process of looking at your prior study and/or experience to assess if you can be awarded academic credit or gain entry to a course on the basis of your existing knowledge and skills.

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Course structure

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment.

Current Students should select their units by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment as these may be different.

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Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableCredit pointsNotes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

BUSN5003Management Communication
Term1,3,5
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
MelbourneN/A
Term1,3
Online
Term1,3
Term1,3
PerthN/A
Term1,3
SydneyN/A
Term1,3
STAT5001Business Analytics
Term1,3,5
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Melbourne
Term1,3
Term1,3
Online
Term1,5
Term1,5
Perth
Term1,3
Term1,3
Sydney
Term1,3
Term1,3
Anti-requisitesECON5001 - Economics and Quantitative Analysis
MGMT5002Organisational Behaviour
Term2,4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2,4
Term2,4
MelbourneN/A
Term2,4
Online
Term2,4
Term2,4
PerthN/A
Term2,4
SydneyN/A
Term2,4
Anti-requisitesMGMT5003 - Organisational Behaviour (Online)
ACCT5002Accounting for Managers
Summer Term
Term2,4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Summer Term
Term2,4
Summer Term
Term2,4
MelbourneN/A
Term2,4
Online
Summer Term
Term2,4
Summer Term
Term2,4
PerthN/A
Term2,4
SydneyN/A
Term2,4
BUSN6001Global Business
Term3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
MelbourneN/A
Term3
Online
Term3
Term3
PerthN/A
Term3
SydneyN/A
Term3
PROJ5001Project Management
Term1,3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1,3
Term1,3
MelbourneN/A
Term1,3
Online
Term1
Term1
PerthN/A
Term1,3
SydneyN/A
Term1,3
MRKT6002Digital Marketing
Term1,4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1,4
Term1,4
Melbourne
Term4
Term4
Online
Term1,4
Term1,4
Perth
Term4
Term4
Sydney
Term4
Term4
MGMT6002The Positive Leader
Term2,4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2,4
Term2,4
MelbourneN/A
Term2,4
Online
Term2,4
Term2,4
PerthN/A
Term2,4
SydneyN/A
Term2,4


Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
BUSN5003Management Communication
STAT5001Business Analytics
MGMT5002Organisational Behaviour
ACCT5002Accounting for Managers
Students may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Business after completing the above four (4) units.
BUSN6001Global Business
PROJ5001Project Management
MGMT6002The Positive Leader
MRKT6002Digital Marketing

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Fees and Scholarships

Domestic students

You are a domestic student if you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, New Zealand citizen, or Australian humanitarian visa holder. Your course will either be a Commonwealth Supported Place or a full fee-paying place. This is noted in the course snapshot.

Commonwealth Supported Places:

In a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), the Government pays some of your fees and you pay the rest as the Student Contribution Amount (SCA).

SCA is calculated per unit, not per course. Eligible students can defer the SCA through a HECS-HELP loan.

Full Fee-Paying Places:

A full fee-paying place is where you pay the full (unsubsidised) tuition fee for your course. Eligible students can defer the payment of their tuition fees through the FEE-HELP scheme (including employer-reserved places for The Hotel School courses).

Also known as SSAF, the Student Services and Amenities Fee is a compulsory fee for most students used to provide important services and amenities to students both on and off campus. It’s charged per unit, based on the unit’s credit point value. Eligible domestic students have the option of deferring this fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme. More about SSAF

Depending on your course, your costs could also include computer equipment and software, books, stationery, field trips, uniforms or other course-specific expenses such as art materials, musical equipment or travel for practicums, internships, vaccinations or industry experience.

Southern Cross University offers a range of scholarships for undergraduate (your first degree), postgraduate, Indigenous Australian students as well as international students. There are also scholarships available to help you study overseas for a short period as an international exchange student. Scholarships range from a few hundred dollars a year to several thousand dollars a year.

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Further fee information

Fees and Scholarships

International Students

If you're an international student, you can find the annual course cost in Australian dollars (AUD$) on our International Courses and Fees page or on the web page for your course under fees.

Also known as SSAF, the Student Services and Amenities Fee is a compulsory fee for most students used to provide important services and amenities to students both on and off campus. It’s charged per unit, based on the unit’s credit point value. Eligible domestic students have the option of deferring this fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme. More about SSAF

Depending on your course, your costs could also include computer equipment and software, books, stationery, field trips, uniforms or other course-specific expenses such as art materials, musical equipment or travel for practicums, internships, vaccinations or industry experience.

Southern Cross University offers a range of scholarships for undergraduate (your first degree), postgraduate, Indigenous Australian students as well as international students. There are also scholarships available to help you study overseas for a short period as an international exchange student. Scholarships range from a few hundred dollars a year to several thousand dollars a year.

More about scholarships

Further fee information

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