Advanced Coursework Electives

 
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Table A Advanced Coursework - Business

4000-level units of study

Coursework units
BUSS4901 Design-led Strategy

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive May Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/unit Prerequisites: Students must meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Advanced Coursework), including completion of a pass undergraduate degree and a major in a business subject area. Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/unit
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This unit brings the skills of design thinking to life in the context of implementing organisational strategy. Targeted at future managers and entrepreneurs, this unit equips students with cutting edge techniques in customer interviewing, problem definition, as well as turning these insights into prototypes and viable business plans. In this respect, the unit goes beyond a design-only mindset to enable students to apply a practical, commercial focus on their strategy work.
BUSS4902 Agile in Business

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: Students must meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Advanced Coursework), including completion of a pass undergraduate degree and a major in a business subject area. Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
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Projects are a common way to coordinate activities in organisations. While traditional methods follow a planning logic and work well under stable conditions when intended outcomes are well understood, innovation and entrepreneurial activity requires a different logic. Agile project methods offer an alternative that values continuous change, flexibility, time-to-market, interactive learning and self-organisation over rigorous planning and control. In this unit students learn the ethos, principles, and methods of agile project management. Students experience hands-on a range of agile and team work techniques as applied in practice. Learning revolves around practical class room activities and be applied in project.
BUSS4910 Accounting - A User Perspective

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: Students must meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Advanced Coursework), including completion of a pass undergraduate degree and a major in a business subject area (except Accounting). Prohibitions: An Accounting major Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
Financial Statements are one of the primary methods an organization uses to communicate financial information to stakeholders. The content and structure of financial statements is determined by regulations and professional standards including the International Financial Reporting Standards. A primary purpose of the unit is to understand the structure and information contained within financial reports. The effect, on financial reports, of various accounting estimates and judgements are explored as part of the unit. Both the appropriate and inappropriate use of accounting estimates is considered. The emphasis of the unit is on real world examples of financial reporting rather than technical accounting entries and rules.
BUSS4911 Dispute Resolution for Business

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: Students must meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Advanced Coursework), including completion of a pass undergraduate degree and a major in a business subject area. Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
Business relationships, like all relationships, require the ability to resolve disputes quickly, cheaply and without tears. Students of Dispute Resolution for Business learn when to fight and when to fly in business, and what resources can help them make that decision. The unit examines the theory, analysis and practice of dispute resolution methods in Australia and international jurisdictions. It focuses on the primary processes of dispute resolution: negotiation, mediation, arbitration (including domestic and international arbitration), and litigation. High-level communication and dispute resolution skills are developed through practical, activity-based group and individual learning experiences. There are also opportunities to role play participants in the dispute resolution processes; including parties, advocates, third-party facilitators and observers. Students leave this unit equipped to resolve an argument with their roommate over the dishes, while also understanding the ins-and-outs of a cross-border commercial dispute.
BUSS4912 Marketing For Social Purpose

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: Students must meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Advanced Coursework), including completion of a pass undergraduate degree and a major in a business subject area. Assumed knowledge: Basic principles of Marketing Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
Note: Need both theoretical content + Practical exercises and 'live cases' to be responded to.
This unit highlights the scope and application of marketing skills to social purpose. At the core of this unit is the understanding and use of marketing methods which are guided by ethical principles and deliver social change that is for the benefit of individuals and communities rather than being solely driven by a corporate/shareholder value. This unit examines marketing as a set of tools and concepts that can be applied to non-traditional and diverse contexts such as in campaigns involving social attitudes, political issues, environmental awareness, non-profit/charity promotion and health behaviour changes. This unit equips students to apply marketing in the planning, analysis, execution and evaluation of programs designed to influence and persuade target audiences to behave in ways that changes their individual/group behaviour which leads to societal structural changes that positively transform societal wellbeing.
BUSS4915 Management Consulting for Business

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: Students must meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Advanced Coursework), including completion of a pass undergraduate degree and a major in a business subject area. Assumed knowledge: Undergraduate level strategic management concepts and theories Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
Note: If the students are from a different University, UoS Coordinator has to approve assumed knowledge.
This unit aids in the development of problem-identification and -solving abilities, as well as communication and influencing skills in management consulting in business. These components lead to success in management consulting by balancing formal processes, methodologies, and models with spontaneous creativity - which in turn manifest to form innovative solutions for clients and their organizations. This unit comprises instructional lectures and in-depth case analysis, along with practice tests and real-time experiential learning to assist students to learn the nuances of the consulting business from uncovering issues and framing problems, to analyzing issues, presenting recommendations and planning within the client organization.
BUSS4916 Digital Globalisation of Business Enterprises

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: Students must meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Advanced Coursework), including completion of a pass undergraduate degree and a major in a business subject area. Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
Note: Students enrolled in the stand alone Bachelor of Advanced Studies should note that it is assumed that content covered in IBUS1101 has been mastered prior to undertaking this unit.
This unit focusses on evolving phenomena that are yet to be revealed and all the big questions that are yet to be answered. Starting from the challenges the modern digital era presents to contemporary international business thinking to exploring deeply the substantial shifts in the ways multinational corporations and global new ventures strategise and organise around highly fluid, disaggregated, and geographically dispersed value chains, this unit forces students to challenge conventional wisdom about national institutional systems, internationalisation process, multinational strategies, global innovation and international entrepreneurship. Whilst not providing answers, this unit enables students to gain the necessary insight to analyse the emerging era of digital globalisation from multitudes of perspectives and the readiness to adapt international business skills to a digital arena.
BUSS4920 Contemporary Issues in Personal Finance

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: Students must meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Advanced Coursework), including completion of a pass undergraduate degree, a major in a business subject area and FINC2012. Prohibitions: FINC3024 Assumed knowledge: Understanding of Financial modelling including time value of money calculations. Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
This unit covers financial decision making by individuals rather than corporations. It provides a framework for analysing individual decisions on spending and saving, portfolio management (including human and financial capital), retirement and bequests. Models incorporate personal preferences, and account for investment, labour income and longevity risks. Retirement savings systems (including superannuation) are analysed with am emphasis on current regulatory settings and policy debates.
BUSS4931 Advanced Business Statistics

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: Students must meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Advanced Coursework), including completion of a pass undergraduate degree and a major in Business Analytics (including QBUS3600). Assumed knowledge: Students are assumed to be familiar with statistical modelling, Optimisation and Machine Learning. Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
This unit aims to provide a thorough and rigorous coverage of some of the statistical theory underpinning modern estimation methods in Business Statistics. Development of the material is rigorous, and comparisons are drawn between different approaches to estimation and inference. The theory is complemented with relevant business examples allowing students to gain a deep understanding of the models and the ability to tailor them to various business applications.
BUSS4932 Advanced Optimisation for Business

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: Students must meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Advanced Coursework), including completion of a pass undergraduate degree and a major in Business Analytics (including QBUS3600). Assumed knowledge: Students are expected to be familiar with all aspects of Business Analytics, including Optimisation, Regression Modelling, Statistical Modelling and Machine Learning. Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
This unit covers advanced research-integrated coursework topics in optimisation and stochastic processes, such as convex optimisation, duality, approximation, statistical estimation, random walks and Markov chains, and Poisson and other stochastic processes. The theory is complemented with relevant business examples allowing students to gain a deep understanding of the models and the ability to tailor them to various business applications.
BUSS4933 Adv Machine Learning for Business Insights

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: Students must meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Advanced Coursework), including completion of a pass undergraduate degree and a relevant major including (QBUS3600 or ECMT3185). Assumed knowledge: Students are assumed to be familiar with statistical modelling, Optimisation and Machine Learning. Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
This unit bridges the gap between theory and practice by integrating knowledge and consolidating key skills in ML developed across the Business Analytics major. The problem-based approach to learning in this unit offers vital tools and techniques for business decision makers in the big data era through the use of very large and rich data sources. The unit casts the knowledge of statistical learning in modern machine learning context and exposes business students to a range of state-of-the-art machine learning topics with the emphasis on applications involving the analysis of business data.
BUSS4934 Advanced Applications in Business Analytics

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: Students must meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Advanced Coursework), including completion of a pass undergraduate degree and a major in Business Analytics (including QBUS3600). Assumed knowledge: Students are assumed to be familiar with statistical modelling, Optimisation and Machine Learning Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
This unit aims to expose students to a wide range of advanced applications in Business Analytics (including Business Statistics, Optimisation and Machine Learning) using many real business datasets. One of the major tasks for current businesses is striking a balance
between using data science to provide personalised serviced to consumers and doing this responsibly and ethically. This has been reflected in many attempts to regulate and govern analytics at a state level (in many countries around the globe), requiring companies to learn how to continue to improve their business models whilst maintaining customer wellbeing. The unit explores whether and to what extent it is possible to develop responsible and ethical algorithms for data analytics in business.
BUSS4940 Corporate Crime, Regulation and Society

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: Students must meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Advanced Coursework), including completion of a pass undergraduate degree and a major in a business subject area. Assumed knowledge: This unit requires a basic understanding of corporate governance and risk and compliance frameworks. Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
Corporate Crime, Regulation and Society adopts an inter-disciplinary approach to assess how and why law and regulation of business is constructed, evaluates their strengths and weaknesses, and assesses the impact on business and society. Corporate crime includes those committed against companies (often by their own employees or managers); crimes committed by companies against others (including members of the public, the environment, creditors, investors and competing companies); and "white collar" crimes undertaken within companies by senior executives and managers for their own benefit.
BUSS4990 Scandals, Scams and Ethics in Finance

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: Students must meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Advanced Coursework), including completion of a pass undergraduate degree, a major in a business subject area, and FINC2011. Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
Despite legislators and courts increasingly imposing higher standards in an attempt to secure appropriate ethical conduct from business, the number of high profile cases of questionable or unethical behaviour making headlines has not diminished. Public trust in the ethical practices of financial market participants has been eroded. This unit is designed to provide students with the necessary tools to acknowledge, recognize and examine moral challenges in financial decision-making. The unit highlights the importance of ethics in the operation of financial institutions and markets as well as the personal conduct of finance professionals.
Project units
BUSS4900 Building Organisational Customer Experiences

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: Students must meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Advanced Coursework), including completion of a pass undergraduate degree and a major in a business subject area. Prohibitions: INFS3080 Assumed knowledge: Basic project management, agile project techniques Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
This unit provides a comprehensive exploration of the designing organisational Customer and Service Experiences (CX) using Agile UX. Students learn the fundamental CX methods, concepts and techniques necessary to design useful, functional and engaging mobile and Customer and Service experiences. The unit builds from core theories and concepts to a project-based CX implementation. The unit uses design thinking and Agile project management to provide an innovative learning experience. The unit requires a hands-on approach to understanding how to implement a modern design lead Customer and Service experience in dynamic and transforming organisations.
BUSS4903 Social Innovation in Indigenous Communities

Credit points: 12 Session: Intensive July Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: Students must meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Advanced Coursework), including completion of a pass undergraduate degree and a major in a business subject area. Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
This unit provides students with the opportunity to learn how to apply business knowledge and skills to address complex social problems. Students work alongside social enterprises to help solve a problem identified by the project partners as crucial to their organisations' or a community's long term sustainability.
BUSS4904 Asia Business Research Project

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: Students must meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Advanced Coursework), including completion of a pass undergraduate degree and a major in a business subject area. Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
This project unit aims to immerse Business students in a live context in order to expand their perspectives and learn to apply their Business knowledge to researching complex problems and issues (social, cultural and/or economic). Students engage with multiple stakeholders in seeking answers and questioning perspectives, while learning cultural diplomacy issues. As part of the immersion, students travel to the relevant Southeast Asian country to better understand the context and to undertake small-scale themed, live projects shaped by economic, political, technological and socio-cultural forces that impact businesses, societies and markets.
BUSS4905 Advanced Industry and Community Project A

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive February,Intensive July Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: Depth of knowledge in at least one discipline (major) Corequisites: BUSS4906 Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Minimal practical field work is expected but requirements will vary depending on the project, and may include a period of mobility or immersion in a community or industry setting.
Note: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
This unit allows students to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams on complex `real world¿ problems under a theme developed in collaboration with industry and community partners. Briefed by the partners and guided by project supervisors, students use systems thinking approaches to design their own projects and engage in self-directed inquiry-based research to provide final recommendations. In this unit, students will develop their own professional identity through participation in communities of practice and reflective practice, together with an in-depth understanding of specific project-related matters. This experience will equip students with an agile mindset and skillset that will assist them to successfully navigate dynamic future environments and career paths. See the ICPU website for further information here: https://www.sydney.edu.au/students/industry-and-community-projects/4000-level-projects.html
BUSS4906 Advanced Industry and Community Project B

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: Depth of knowledge in at least one discipline (major) Corequisites: BUSS4905 Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Minimal practical field work is expected but requirements will vary depending on the project, and may include a period of mobility or immersion in a community or industry setting.
Note: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
This unit allows students to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams on complex `real world¿ problems under a theme developed in collaboration with industry and community partners. Briefed by the partners and guided by project supervisors, students use systems thinking approaches to design their own projects and engage in self-directed inquiry-based research to provide final recommendations. In this unit, students will develop their own professional identity through participation in communities of practice and reflective practice, together with an in-depth understanding of specific project-related matters. This experience will equip students with an agile mindset and skillset that will assist them to successfully navigate dynamic future environments and career paths. See the ICPU website for further information here: https://www.sydney.edu.au/students/industry-and-community-projects/4000-level-projects.html
BUSS4917 Entrepreneurship Project

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: Students must meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Advanced Coursework), including completion of a pass undergraduate degree and a major in a business subject area. Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
This unit provides students with access to valuable, protected intellectual property which has been generated across the university to enable them to identify product-market fit. Students are provided with the opportunity to learn and practice the processes required to create new business ventures. On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of the commercialisation process through a portfolio of research, learnings and findings; design and implement validation tests for new business assumptions and identify good leadership practices and plan how to implement them within their entrepreneurial project.
BUSS4921 Action Research in Business

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: Students must meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Advanced Coursework), including completion of a pass undergraduate degree and a major in a business subject area. Assumed knowledge: Basic research methodologies, database search skills, academic integrity, academic writing Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
In this unit students formulate and investigate a research question by applying action-research methodology to solve global, local and personal challenges. Students will engage with the concept of leadership and explore their personal leadership capabilities. Students will propose future actions for effecting changes in a post-crisis world based on their research findings. Research projects are co-created with business or industry mentors and take into account students¿ interests and strengths. The unit simulates an authentic academic research experience culminating in research presentations in diverse formats while engaging students with the concept of leadership in a post-crisis world.