Associate Degree of Business (Management)

Associate Degree of Business (Management)

Course Overview

The Associate Degree of Business (Management) is embedded in the Bachelor of Business (Management) and has been designed as an exit qualification.

It prepares students with the skills needed for paraprofessional of management and office administration roles in any business and further study at the bachelor level.

The course provides students with a broad general education focusing on developing students’ knowledge and skills in business administration and management. Students are required to study nine core units which include Academic Skills for Success; Marketing Foundations; Business

Communication and Stakeholder Management; Accounting for Managers; Principles of Management and Organisations; Foundations of Information Technology; Business and Corporations Law; Statistical Data Analysis for Business; and Leadership and Evidence-based Business Decision Making. These core units are enhanced with seven specialised management units which brings together the sub-disciplines of people and organisations, global business and data analysis.

Some of the higher level units are generic, including those dealing with operational, law and leadership. Others develop a theme-based approach considering issues around globalisation and human resource management. Students select two electives out of a pool of units to complement the core and specialised units.

These studies are designed to produce graduates who have effective and industry relevant knowledge and skills and who demonstrate capabilities for leadership in the business area.

Nested Qualification and Exit Awards

Key information

CRICOS Code: 112650A


2 years

AQF level:



Sydney and Melbourne

Course Intakes:

February, May, August, October


Domestic and International

Credit points per unit:


Total Credit Points
required for award:


2023 Fees

Course tuition Fee
Over 2 years


Fee per annum:


Fee per unit:



All fees and charges listed are in Australian dollars. Fees are subject to change without notice. Course fees are to be paid in full before enrolment/selection of subjects in any given semester. AIH ensures that the conditions and processes for international and domestic students to apply for a refund of tuition fees are equitable and comply with government regulations. Refer to Refund Policy for International and Domestic Students.

What you will learn

Study Hours

As a student, you will need to allocate time to attend classes. Generally, if you are studying full-time, you will have between 8 hours of classes each week, on- campus. In addition, you will need to set aside a minimum of 10-12 hours each week in your own time to complete assignments, readings, projects and prepare for quizzes and presentations.


Your studies at AIH will encompass practical, professionally focused, and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • Reports, project documentation, case studies and presentations
  • Essays and assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Practicals and team-based projects
  • Q&A

Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply business theory practice for real world business problems.
  2. Practice team dynamics, management principles and motivational factors within diverse team environments.
  3. Outline business knowledge to different environments reflecting various cultural, societal, sustainable, ethical, economic and global perspective.
  4. Apply effective written and oral communications using appropriate technologies and strategies suitable to the audience.
  5. Demonstrate ability to work with all stakeholders to help drive business needs forward.
  6. Apply ethical practice and social responsibility in business environments.


Graduates at this level will have broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of a specific area or a broad field of work and learning.


Graduates at this level will have a broad range of cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply methods and technologies to:

  • Analyse information to complete a range of activities.
  • Interpret and transmit solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems.
  • Transmit knowledge, information and skills to others.


Graduates at this level will apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, judgement and defined responsibility

  • In contexts that are subject to change
  • Within broad parameters to provide specialist advice and functions

Units you will study


To complete the associate degree, you will need to pass 16 Units. These Units are divided into two levels based on contents and level of difficulty. The first level (Level 1000) has 6 core units and 2 specialisation units. The second level (2000) has 3 core units and 3 specialisation units. In addition, you will get to select 2 electives.

Level 1000+

BBUS1000 Academic Skills for Success-

Unit Description:

BBUS1000 is a core unit in the Bachelor programs of Australian Institute of Higher Education.

This unit introduces students to academic skills that are required for academic studies. It develops academic communication and study skills including time management and organisational skills, digital skills, referencing, critical thinking, academic writing, research and investigation techniques and presentation skills.

Weekly workshops are used as interactive sessions where students are given practical exercises to enhance their understanding of the topics and materials covered in this unit.

By the end of the unit students will have developed the understanding and skills necessary to help them complete all required assessments and to pass all their units.

BBUS1002 Foundations of Information Technology-

Unit Description:

This unit introduces students to the field of information technology. It provides both theoretical knowledge and practical application of basic aspects of information technology and their relevance to 21st century business operations.

The unit starts on a global scale in the e-world of the Internet before visiting the micro-world of computer hardware, operating systems, and software tools for productivity, creativity, and information processing. The unit explores networking and communication systems before looking at database technology and the design and management of business information systems. The unit concludes with a discussion of current issues and trends in information technology.

BBMG1001 Service Management-

Unit Description:

The service economy is dynamic, influenced by evolving technology and innovative practices and driven by customers ever changing wants and needs. To remain competitive, businesses need to understand their changing customers, their expectations and how to deliver a quality customer experience that goes beyond the product or service offering.

This unit encompasses theoretical concepts of creating meaningful customer relationships, identifying their needs and service design, delivering quality services and service recovery ~ all key components of quality service management. We explore the impact of technology, experience design in the digital age and emerging trends impacting service design. This unit also examines the service culture ethos and the role of the internal customer & supplier relationships in the customer journey.

Balancing service management theory with practical application, this course is a realistic and useful learning experience relevant to all industry sectors.

BBMG1002 Principles of Management and Organisations-

Unit Description:

This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of principles of management applied across organisations.

Throughout this unit, students will examine theories of management and evaluate how inquiry-based skills can be applied in the contemporary workplace.

This unit introduces students to key perspectives and discusses a range of fields that inform the theory of leadership and management practices.

This unit will cover theories of management and their application to contemporary practice, strategies of working in a diverse global workplace, teams and teamwork, planning and controlling information flow, organising and leading, motivating and rewarding, and management strategies in both personal and professional contexts.

BBMG1003 Business Communication and Stakeholder Management-

Unit Description:

This introductory Professional and Ethical Practice unit provides students with the foundations of professional ethics and a broad management-oriented understanding of ethical issues.

Students will gain a strong understanding of the legal, ethical, and societal implications of using information technology thorough coverage of notable technology developments and their impact on business today. Students will examine issues surrounding professional codes of ethics, file sharing, infringement of intellectual property, security risk assessment, Internet crime, identity theft, employee surveillance, privacy, compliance, social networking, and the ethics of IT corporations.

Students develop digital literacy skills by understanding ethical decision-making for current and future business managers and IT professionals and aims to prepare the individuals responsible for addressing ethical issues in today’s workplace. Students will learn how to examine ethical situations that typically arise in IT and gain practical advice for addressing the relevant issues.

Pre-requisite: Nil.

BBMG1006 Accounting for Managers-

Unit Description:

It is important for all business professionals to have some understanding of accounting and finance. Whilst the more complex areas are the preserve of qualified accountants and finance experts, it is important for other managers to have some financial literacy so as they can competently contribute to everyday decisions.

This unit is intended for business students who are not following a path specialising in finance or accounting. Generalists, HR specialists, marketers, IT specialists, and others will benefit by acquiring a knowledge of key concepts in the areas of accounting and finance, that they will require to be successful in their chosen fields.

Students will learn accounting fundamentals, accounting for common items, planning, capital investment and the importance of the ‘what, why, so what, what next?’question sequence. Guidance will also be given on when to seek assistance from an accounting or finance colleague or outside advisor.

BBMG1004 Marketing Foundations-

Unit Description:

Marketing Fundamentals offers an introduction into marketing and locates the function of marketing within the organisational context and career. It also informs the non-marketer how one might interact with marketing as an organisational member.

The unit aim to enable students to become knowledgeable regarding the concepts that inform the practical tools that marketers use to plan, implement and evaluate marketing decisions. In addition to the study of selected journal articles, current events and campaign will be used to enhance students’ learning of marketing concepts application and issues.

The unit focuses on the development of knowledge and skills in core main marketing topics (such as micro and macro environmental analysis, ethics, 4Ps) and provides strong foundation for more specialised AIH marketing units in year two and three.

BBMG1005 Introduction to Global Business-

Unit Description:

The global environment is rapidly evolving due to paradigm shifts in geopolitical alliances, active roles of global institutions and growth of information technology.

This unit provides foundational knowledge in global business with a strong focus on understanding the global business environment and building strategies for firms in context of increasing globalisation of markets and production. Students will gain knowledge of theories and frameworks explaining foreign direct investment and trade.

The unit offers a balance of sound business management practices that can be applied in a global cross-cultural setting. Students will provide evidence of critical analysis of business environment for a firm entering a global market setting. The students will further demonstrate essential knowledge and skills in theory and practice for a global business enterprise and strategically evaluating the business firm in a global market.

Level 2000+

BBMG2001 Organisational Behaviour and Design-

Unit Description:

BBMG2001 Organisational Behaviour and Design demonstrates how to examine individual and group behaviour in organisations. Students are introduced to dominant theories of organisational behaviour. The unit teaches a range of concepts and theories that can be used as tools to generate a more precise and in- depth analysis of behaviour than would be possible with idiosyncratic or superficial observations. Students will practice the critical habit of viewing phenomena from many perspectives and identifying related operational and ethical issues for managers.

Students are given opportunities to examine different perspectives on managing people and designing organisations, and to understand and practice the determinants of interpersonal and team interactions in organisational environments.
Understanding people and group dynamics is introduced as the key to becoming a good leader and facilitating effective change management. These topics will be explained in the context of common business scenarios and will help students apply theory to practice.

BBMG2002 Human Resource Management-

Unit Description:

Human Resource Management HM) has gone through considerable transformation in recent decades. Once a reactive, administrative function that was seen by other functions as playing little part in organisational success, the ‘Personnel and Administration’ function of the past is now a key contributor to the future of the organisation and to success. HR departments are often now called ‘People and Culture’, reflecting the changing nature of the function.

This unit will explore the wide-ranging responsibilities of human resources departments, and key theories in HRM, as well as looking at challenges for the future.

In this unit, students can gain knowledge of talent acquisition, talent management, succession planning, performance management, industrial relations concepts, employer brand, employee engagement and a range of other HR topics.

BACC2003 Business and Corporations Law-

Unit Description:

This unit introduces students to the legal framework and legal principles applying to commercial activity within the context of the Australian legal system. In particular, legal problems commonly encountered in business situations such as torts, contracts and consumer law.

This unit also introduces students to the legal framework and legal principles applying to companies primarily, but some introductory discussion is done in partnerships, trusts and associations as well. Some of the key topics include types of companies, process of incorporating, effects of incorporation, internal rules, appointment and removal of directors, duties of directors, shareholders’ remedies, share capital transactions and insolvency procedures.

In this regard, students develop the ability to interpret legislation and case law and apply them to given scenarios. The workshops will be used as interactive sessions where students are given the opportunity to test their problem-solving skills as well as ability to relate the relevance of the Corporations Act to various aspects of running a company.

BBMG2005 Statistical Data Analysis for Business-

Unit Description:

Statistics are data that have been gathered, analysed, and interpreted. The ability to use and apply relevant statistics in business-related decision-making is increasingly important for all business functions.

This unit facilitates foundational understanding of statistical tools and techniques that support efficient decision-making in finance, marketing, production planning, scheduling, inventory management etc. It develops deep knowledge and skills to identify and implement appropriate statistical procedures that can support managers in making business decisions.

The students will gain hands-on experience with Excel Solver using descriptive and inferential statistics to analyse business decisions, hypothesise data and measure relationships.

BBMG2006 Leadership and Evidence-based Business Decision Making-

Unit Description:

Evidence-based leadership is gaining immense popularity nowadays and organisations are looking for leaders who can guide an organisation to high performance with strong emphasis on decision- making with evidence. Their goal is to pursue high performance by bridging the gap between where the organisation is “now” and where it “wants to be.”

Evidence-based leadership is not about how to lead, how we communicate, inspire, or engage. It is about identifying key components of leadership and the application of critical skills to create a high-performance organisation.

This unit aims to provide in-depth knowledge about the role of agile leadership in an organisational environment to make decisions effectively based on substantial evidence. The unit further provides students opportunities to analyse and apply various approaches to leadership for 21st century organisations. The unit focuses on evidence-based decision-making, best practices, and key benchmarks as fundamental to successful leadership.

BBMG2003 Operational Management-

Unit Description:

Operational Management examines the operational facets of organisations, focusing on the processes that contribute to the organisation’s end product or service. Students will examine the operational objectives and strategies and develop an understanding of several key functions within the organisation, including the design of processes, the design of supply networks, process technology and job-design. Planning and control are recognised as a central management function, this includes planning and controlling inventory, supply chain management and project management. The processes of monitoring, measuring, analysing and improving operational performance are applied via scenarios and case studies.

Electives (Select any 2 from the list) +

BBMG2004 Project Management Principles for Business-

Unit Description:

An understanding of International Business is essential in today’s interdependent global world, regardless of the size of the business. The unit introduces students to international business along with key operational considerations, and provides student with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to understand the global economic, political, cultural, and social environment within which the company operates. This unit will examine the strategies and structure of international business, including trade and financial systems, to better understand how to choose overseas markets. Students will also learn how to formulate international business strategy which includes marketing strategy decision, international production, outsourcing and logistics, as well as staffing and personnel matters.

BBMG2007 International Business Environment-

Unit Description:

This unit develops analytical skills and a practical understanding of negotiation techniques in projects, effective management and conflict resolution through the application of research and academic literature. It does so by evaluating the influence of culture, personality, perceptions and communication, and using these insights to develop plans for conflict resolution in various project situations to reach agreements.

BBMG2008 Trends in Business Marketing-

Unit Description:

The marketplace is changing rapidly and is different from what it used to be previously. Today’s marketplace has access to more information, is more competitive, and customers are more empowered. The change has happened because of several societal forces that have resulted in new consumer and capabilities. The three major forces that are transforming the marketplace include technological changes, globalisation, social responsibility and sustainability.

BBMG2008 focuses on these forces and discusses the new challenges and opportunities because of these forces which led to significant changes in the marketing environment. The unit also places emphasis on how companies should acknowledge the dynamic nature of the marketplace, major forces causing the changes, growing with the new marketing realities, and achieving business excellence.

What you will achieve

  • Create effective organisational strategies to lay the foundation for achieving success.
  • Examine both local and global business trends to consistently maintain a competitive edge.
  • Acquire essential skills in critical thinking and strategic planning within a corporate environment.
  • Recognise intelligent business prospects and comprehend how to capitalize on them.

Career Opportunities

Potential career paths

  • Administrative Officer
  • Business Analyst
  • Team Leader
  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Sales Support Specialist

Entry Requirements

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How to Apply

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Further Study

Completion of this qualification provides direct entry and advanced standing into:

Related Courses

Bachelor of Business (Management)

CRICOS Code: 112652K

Bachelor of Business (Project Management)

CRICOS Code: 112654H


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