Master of Business and Project Management (MBPM)

Award Master of Business and Project Management
AQF Level AQF 9
Typical Duration 1.5 - 2 years
CRICOS Code 077591B
Unit of Study 12
Structure 8 Core units + 4 Electives plus the Research Project
PMI PDUs* 315

Description

The Master of Business and Project Management (MBPM) is a formally accredited to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
MBPM graduates will acquire knowledge of contemporary project, program and portfolio management as well as leadership and high level professional skills and attitude. The emphasis is on the enhancement of specific professional capabilities and knowledge, undertaken in a combination of coursework and research, and the acquisition of leadership and communication skills needed to lead complex project and program endeavours and deliver optimum results.
One of the most significant aspects of the course design and objectives is the emphasis placed on the development of strategic and business expertise associated with projects, programs and organisations. This emphasis is one of the differentiating aspects of the courses Asia Pacific International College offers in this field. Another unique aspect of the MBPM course is its integrated approach to management of projects, programs, portfolios and business ventures. MBPM candidates undertake research and fieldwork that immerse them in the application of latest concepts and techniques, and provide them with fresh perspectives, values and competencies to lead complex projects and endeavours.

Government and Professional Accreditation

  • APIC courses are formally accredited and registered by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and included in the National Register of Higher Education Providers.
  • APIC is formally registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). MBPM CRICOS Code is 077591B
  • APIC is a Global Registered Education Provider of the Project Management Institute. Completion of Master of Business and Project Management (MBPM) entitles the graduate to 315 Professional Development Units (PDUs) of PMI.
  • MBPM degree is also endorsed by the Australian Institute of Project Management. Graduates completing the MBPM are eligible for certification as Certified Project Management Practitioner under the AIPM’s RegPM scheme.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge

Graduates of the Master of Business and Project Management will have:

  • A broad and coherent knowledge of recent industry developments, and of professional practices, standards, and expectations in contemporary business and project management
  • Demonstrated, current, knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to business and project management, and which can contribute to performance improvements, and the soft skills to be able to perform as an effective team member in contemporary organisations

Skills

Graduates of the Master of Business and Project Management will have:

  • Demonstrated, advanced, cognitive skills to research, analyse and evaluate new information, concepts and evidence from a range of business, industry, and academic sources, to reflect critically on business practices, and to devise improvements in professional practice;
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate analyse and synthesise complex information in business processes, logistics, finance, and strategy, or other types of problems. And, by using project management concepts and theories, be able to apply established project management theories to business practices and to present reasoned arguments and analyses of key business and technical data;
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills to evaluate complex concepts and ideas, with depth in some areas such as finance and information requirements, and to generate relevant complex ideas and abstract solutions;
  • Communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical project management propositions, methodologies, and conclusions, and relay those professional decisions to both specialist and non-specialist team members; and
  • Technical and communication skills to analyse, theorise about, evaluate, and implement developments, and which add to professional practice and/or scholarship within business, project management and related disciplines. And Communication skills to facilitate working effectively and to present clear and coherent information, and which contribute to an independent exposition of ideas and knowledge when working in a business/project team or when collaborating with colleagues around the world.

Application of knowledge and skills

Graduates of the Master of Business and Project Management will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:

  • With creativity and initiative through the resolution of problems and by preparing for and adapting to new situations in professional practices such as planning and decision making, especially in relation to the understanding and addressing of business needs, financial importance and information requirements;
  • With high level autonomy, responsibility and accountability for their own learning and professional practice and ethical standards, and in collaboration with others within a business or industry environment; and
  • Through the planning and execution of a substantial research-based project or capstone experience, and the tracking of progress through disciplined project management skills and team management

Structure Domestic Students - 3 Semesters

Master of Business and Project Management (MBPM)
Entry requirements: recognised degree and English proficiency
Credit hours Credit points
Semester 1
CPD1102 Professional Development and Ethics 7 3
SBM1101 Project Management Fundamentals 15 6
SBM1103 Project and Program Information & Communication Systems 15 6

SBM1201 Project Scope, Time and Cost Management

15 6
Semester 1 Total 52 21
Semester 2
SBM1202 Project Quality, Risk & Procurement Management 15 6
SBM1203 Venture/Project Economics and Finance 15 6
SBM1204 Project Delivery Systems 15 6
SBM1300 Research Project 15 6
Semester 2 Total 60 24
Semester 3
Elective 15 6
Elective 15 6
Elective 15 6
Elective 15 6
Semester 3 Total 60 24
MBPM (Major)
Strategic Management Major: Core + Two Elective Units (SBM1105 and SBM1108)
172 69
Implementation Management Major: Core + Two Elective Units (SBM1205 and SBM 1206) 172 69
Research Skills Major: Core + SBM1302 172 69
General Track: Core + Any Two Elective Units (both from Strategic Management and/or Implementation Management, or one from Business Management, with Program
Coordinator’s approval)
172 69
MBPM Major Credit hours Credit points
MBPM (Human Resources Management)
SBM2303 Strategic Information Systems: Managerial Perspective 15 6
SBM2501 Business Law and Due Diligence 15 6
SBM2503 Corporate Governance 15 6
SBM1108 Business Decision Analysis 15 6
MBPM (Strategic Procurement Management)*
SBM2301 Supply Chain Management Fundamentals 15 6
SBM2302 Advanced Supply Chain Management 15 6
SBM2303 Strategic Information Systems: Managerial Perspective 15 6
SBM2304 Enterprise Systems and Business Process Integration 15 6
Elective List
SBM1107 HR and Communication in Projects 15 6
SBM2303 Strategic Information Systems: Managerial Perspective 15 6
SBM2501 Business Law and Due Diligence 15 6
SBM2503 Corporate Governance 15 6
SBM1108 Business Decision Analysis 15 6
SBM2301 Supply Chain Management Fundamentals 15 6
SBM2302 Advanced Supply Chain Management 15 6
SBM2303 Strategic Information Systems: Managerial Perspective 15 6
SBM2304 Enterprise Systems and Business Process Integration 15 6
SBM2301 Supply Chain Management Fundamentals 15 6
SBM2302 Advanced Supply Chain Management 15 6
SBM2303 Strategic Information Systems: Managerial Perspective 15 6
SBM2304 Enterprise Systems and Business Process Integration 15 6
SBM2101 Operations Management 15 6
SBM2102 Marketing and Business Communications 15 6
SBM2103 Financial Management 15 6
SBM2104 Human Resources Management 15 6
SBM2105 International Business and Competitive Strategy 15 6
SBM1104 Leadership and Change Management 15 6
SBM2106 Organisation Behaviour and Internal Communication 15 6

SBM1206 Advanced Risk and Uncertainty Management
15 6
SBM1205 Project Formulation and Business Planning 15 6

To be eligible to graduate from the Master of Business and Project Management, students must successfully complete 12 units in total comprising eight core units: CPD1102; SBM1101; SBM1103; SBM1201; SBM1202; SBM1203; SBM1204; SBM1300; plus four elective units.

Course Rules:

  • MBPM candidates may exit the program with the Graduate Certificate in Project Management subject to completion of CPD1102, SBM1101, 1107, 1201 and 1202.
  • MBPM candidates may exit the program with the Graduate Diploma in Project Management subject to completion of CPD1102, SBM1101, 1107, 1103 1201, 1202 and 1203.
  • Candidates may be permitted to select other elective units of study from the approved list of Project or Business Management Elective Units in lieu of the above units subject to the Dean's approval and availability.

* SBM1302 Major Project (12 credit points) may be substituted for SBM1300 Research Project and SBM1301 Minor Project.

*Candidates wishing to obtain corporate membership of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply must additionally enroll in and complete SBM1300 Research Project. The research must be focused on a topic related to supply chain and procurement management.

Please note: Not all units are offered in every semester.

Structure International Students - 4 Semesters

Master of Business and Project Management (MBPM)
Entry requirements: recognised degree and English proficiency
Credit hours Credit points
Semester 1
CPD1102 Professional Development and Ethics 7 3
SBM1101 Project Management Fundamentals 15 6
SBM1103 Project and Program Information & Communication Systems 15 6
Semester 1 Total 37 15
Semester 2
SBM1201 Project Scope, Time and Cost Management 15 6
SBM1202 Project Quality, Risk & Procurement Management 15 6
SBM1203 Venture/Project Economics and Finance 15 6
Semester 2 Total 45 18
Semester 3
SBM1204 Project Delivery Systems 15 6
SBM1300 Research Project 15 6
Elective 15 6
Semester 3 Total 45 18
Semester 4
Elective 15 6
Elective 15 6
Elective 15 6
Semester 4 Total 45 18
MBPM (Major)
Strategic Management Major: Core + Two Elective Units (SBM1105 and SBM1108)
172 69
Implementation Management Major: Core + Two Elective Units (SBM1205 and SBM 1206) 172 69
Research Skills Major: Core + SBM1302 172 69
General Track: Core + Any Two Elective Units (both from Strategic Management and/or Implementation Management, or one from Business Management, with Program
Coordinator’s approval)
172 69
MBPM Major Credit hours Credit points
MBPM (Human Resources Management)
SBM2303 Strategic Information Systems: Managerial Perspective 15 6
SBM2501 Business Law and Due Diligence 15 6
SBM2503 Corporate Governance 15 6
SBM1108 Business Decision Analysis 15 6
MBPM (Strategic Procurement Management)*
SBM2301 Supply Chain Management Fundamentals 15 6
SBM2302 Advanced Supply Chain Management 15 6
SBM2303 Strategic Information Systems: Managerial Perspective 15 6
SBM2304 Enterprise Systems and Business Process Integration 15 6
Elective List
SBM1107 HR and Communication in Projects 15 6
SBM2303 Strategic Information Systems: Managerial Perspective 15 6
SBM2501 Business Law and Due Diligence 15 6
SBM2503 Corporate Governance 15 6
SBM1108 Business Decision Analysis 15 6
SBM2301 Supply Chain Management Fundamentals 15 6
SBM2302 Advanced Supply Chain Management 15 6
SBM2303 Strategic Information Systems: Managerial Perspective 15 6
SBM2304 Enterprise Systems and Business Process Integration 15 6
SBM2301 Supply Chain Management Fundamentals 15 6
SBM2302 Advanced Supply Chain Management 15 6
SBM2303 Strategic Information Systems: Managerial Perspective 15 6
SBM2304 Enterprise Systems and Business Process Integration 15 6
SBM2101 Operations Management 15 6
SBM2102 Marketing and Business Communications 15 6
SBM2103 Financial Management 15 6
SBM2104 Human Resources Management 15 6
SBM2105 International Business and Competitive Strategy 15 6
SBM1104 Leadership and Change Management 15 6
SBM2106 Organisation Behaviour and Internal Communication 15 6

SBM1206 Advanced Risk and Uncertainty Management
15 6
SBM1205 Project Formulation and Business Planning 15 6

To be eligible to graduate from the Master of Business and Project Management, students must successfully complete 12 units in total comprising eight core units: CPD1102; SBM1101; SBM1103; SBM1201; SBM1202; SBM1203; SBM1204; SBM1300; plus four elective units.

Course Rules:

  • MBPM candidates may exit the program with the Graduate Certificate in Project Management subject to completion of CPD1102, SBM1101, 1107, 1201 and 1202.
  • MBPM candidates may exit the program with the Graduate Diploma in Project Management subject to completion of CPD1102, SBM1101, 1107, 1103 1201, 1202 and 1203.
  • Candidates may be permitted to select other elective units of study from the approved list of Project or Business Management Elective Units in lieu of the above units subject to the Dean's approval and availability.

* SBM1302 Major Project (12 credit points) may be substituted for SBM1300 Research Project and SBM1301 Minor Project.

*Candidates wishing to obtain corporate membership of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply must additionally enroll in and complete SBM1300 Research Project. The research must be focused on a topic related to supply chain and procurement management.

Please note: Not all units are offered in every semester.

Duration

Domestic and Offshore International students
The course may be studied in full-time and/or part time modes, allowing students complete flexibly. The normal full-time duration is 1.5 years (3 semesters).

The number of units undertaken in each semester can be varied to suit individuals, subject to the total duration of candidature not exceeding 4.5 years (9 semesters), and subject to any conditions as advised at the time of enrolment.

Onshore International students
The CRICOS-registered duration is 2 years of full-time study (4 semesters). Please note the part time mode is not available to holders of a student visa, who are not a citizen of Australia or New Zealand, or who are not an Australian permanent resident, or who are a temporary resident of Australia.

Delivery Method
All units of study are hosted on the College’s Online Learning System (OLS), and lectures are generally delivered face-to-face for campus-based students. All tutorials are also conducted under close academic supervision. Students have uninterrupted access to course information, library and other learning resources, and learn from a highly qualified faculty, many of whom have considerable industry experience. The OLS manages the whole process; it has a formalised structure, framework and processes, and regulates the entire delivery process in each semester, providing 24-hour access to course information and learning resources.

Other learning resources include:

  • Lecture notes and suggested readings.
  • Sample assignments and case studies.
  • E-Library.
  • EBSCO Library.

APIC's e-Library hosts a collection of specialised papers and presentation slides often not found in the online databases, and includes a mix of academic and industry-focused studies in project, business and general management. The collection is always expanding as more resources are obtained.

Postgraduate Admission Requirements

APIC Admission policy

Academic Entry Requirements

English language requirements for postgraduate entry

All applicants from a non-English speaking background applying to any postgraduate course at APIC must satisfy the following additional English language requirements:

IELTS Academic: overall band score of 6.5 or higher with no band below 6.0; OR

IBT (Internet-based TOEFL): overall score of 90 with a writing section minimum of 21; OR
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grades A, B, C and C1; OR
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): total score of 58 or over: OR

ELSIS English for Academic Purposes (EAP 2): Grade A; OR
PTE Academic Module with score over 59.

Applicants who do not meet APIC’s English proficiency requirements can be made a conditional offer with a requirement to complete an approved intensive English language course and meet the required standard prior to their commencing their APIC award course.

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