Graduate Diploma of Business Administration (Business Analytics)

Graduate Diploma of Business Administration (Business Analytics)

Course Overview

The Graduate Diploma of Business Administration (Business Analytics) is embedded in the Master of Business Administration (Business Analytics) and has been designed as both an exit qualification and an alternative pathway to further study in the Master level qualification.

This course is designed to equip students with the skills needed for paraprofessional roles in the business industry and further study at the Master level course.

The course is underpinned by business administration core units such as business law, finance for corporate managers, project management, communications and negotiations, people, culture and agile leadership, and as such, reflect the AIH’s Graduate Attributes. The course also consists of three foundational specialised business and data analytics units to further enhance the knowledge and skills in big data, data visualisation and business reporting.

The teaching of the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration (Business Analytics) integrates the practical experience of industry specialists with a more formal academic approach. It lays the foundation of a coherent and cohesive body of understanding at the general business and business analytics level.

The course consists of one project-based unit, a minor industry project that will provide students with a hands-on practical learning experience. The project-based unit is designed to facilitate project-integrated learning in a simulated workplace and will test the students’ abilities in addressing contemporary issues or problems by applying business and data analytics knowledge and skills.

Within the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration (Business Analytics) is a nested exit qualification Graduate Certificate of Business Administration.

Nested Qualification and Exit Awards

Key information

CRICOS Code: 111559D


1 year full time

AQF level:



– Sydney
– Melbourne (commencing 2024)

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 1 year


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 12 hours of classes each week (for 4 units), on-campus. In addition, you will need to set aside approximately 7-9 hours per week for each unit in your own time to complete assignments, readings, projects, workshop preparation and to prepare for tests and exams.


Your studies at AIH will encompass practical, professionally focused, and project-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include (the list is not exhaustive):

  • Individual and team-based projects
  • Case studies and presentations
  • Essays, assignments and reports
  • Exams
  • Practical assessments
  • Discussion forums
  • Participation in class including formative assessment activities

Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply relevant business principles and theories to diverse situations and stakeholders.
  2. Investigate a range of business problems using data analytics.
  3. Analyse the business environment based on a range of information sources and concepts in order to identify risks and opportunities.
  4. Propose solutions to complex business problems through exchanging knowledge and ideas with a variety of stakeholders.
  5. Develop leadership, management and interpersonal skills required when working on a consulting or other project independently and in teams.
  6. Apply specialist technical and professional knowledge and skills to operate ethically and sustainably in complex business environments.


Graduates at this level will have advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge in one or more disciplines or areas of practice.


Graduates at this level will have expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills in a body of knowledge or practice to independently:

  • analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories
  • research and apply established theories to a body of knowledge or practice
  • interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences


Graduates at this level will apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner or learner.

Units you will study


To complete the diploma, you will need to pass 8 Units. This consists of 6 core units and 2 specialisation units.

Level 4000 (AQF 8)+

MBA4001 Finance for Corporate Managers-

Unit Description:

When it comes to numbers, there is always more than “meets the eye”. Managers must be able to read the “story” that the balance sheet and income statements talk about a company’s operations in order to be able to use it as a tool for decision-making relating to current assets, current liabilities and the
management of working capital.

This unit will enable students to understand the financial consequences of strategic decisions and equip them with tools to integrate the financial approach into decision-making.

The unit explores concepts and principles of business finance such as understanding financial statements, as well as the time value of money, risk and return, capital budgeting and working capital to provide a foundational understanding of financial management and decision-making in business.

MBA4002 Communication and Negotiations-

Unit Description:

Working in a global, cross-cultural role requires effective communication with individuals and groups from different parts of the world. The success of a leader depends on his or her ability to work effectively with people who may understand and react to situations differently. Therefore, the ability to communicate and negotiate effectively is a foundational skill for professionals of every type and industry. Everyone negotiates frequently with internal and external customers, suppliers, employees, department leaders, bosses and more.

This unit will allow students to communicate more effectively, identify negotiation opportunities, address conflicts and gain an understanding of the unique challenges that exist when individuals, groups and organisations face potential or existing conflict through the exploration of a broad spectrum of negotiation strategies, new tactics to solve ongoing differences and models for securing cooperation and agreement in competitive environments.

MPM4001 Organisational Context and Roles in Project Management-

Unit Description:

In project management, understanding the importance and relationship between organisational context and projects is paramount.

In this unit, students will learn the internal and external organisational context in which projects are formed, executed, supported and evaluated. Engagement with project stakeholders and the impact organisational context has on defining the roles, responsibilities and level of collaboration required by a project team for successful project delivery will also be discussed.

MBA4004 People, Culture and Agile Leadership-

Unit Description:

The aim of this unit is to develop a student’s understanding of the influence culture, politics and power have on the behaviour of others in an organisational context. Students will understand the key influences which affect the behaviuour of individuals and teams within organisations, and how these in turn affect them.

This will be achieved through a strong appreciation of working in a team, having a more profound perspective of what makes people and organisations do what they do, and how to adjust one’s own behaviour to reflect the circumstances and situation. Students will be able to undertake the Clifton
Strengths Finder Assessment to help them gain security when working as part of a team.

They will be introduced to agile leadership so that they become aware that leading through difficult times requires agility to leverage, not react to, the turbulence around them, and manage their teams, networks, and themselves by cultivating a flexible, responsive, and collaborative culture at work.

Exit Point: Graduate Certificate of Business Administration

MBA4006 Business Law-

Unit Description:

Tailored to explore business law in an international context, this unit explores the role of law and the legal implications of participating in global business. The unit introduces students to a wide range of interesting concepts explored in a global context including contract law, intellectual property, agency law, employment law and industrial relations, business structures and conflict law.

The unit also covers some of the challenging aspects of business law, with students able to reflect on the consequences and implications of carrying out business in an international setting.

MBA4007 Data Visualisation & Business Reporting-

Unit Description:

Data visualisation and business reporting are becoming one of the most important skills in the digital economy. Businesses that are able to capitalise on the increased data within their organizations are able to make agile and robust decisions in a dynamically changing business environment.

This unit will provide the latest concepts, tools and techniques to build and influence the development of a successful data reporting capability. Delivered through an interactive approach with highly-visual content, participants of this course are exposed to basic fundamentals of data, design, narrative and
technology that powers compelling and action-oriented data visualisations. This would aid in effective fact-based decision making which would eventually enable organisations to achieve increased profitability.

MBIS4007 Big Data & Visualisation-

Unit Description:

Big Data and Data Visualisation introduces students to the concepts that inform big data analytics and visualisation. It will help students gain insights into how big data drives and supports an organisation’s strategy and how data-centricity helps to make better business decisions.

The unit provides in-depth coverage of business motivations and drivers for big data adaptation, enterprise technologies and big data business intelligence. Topics covered will also include algorithms and machine learning techniques for big data and data science.

Furthermore, students will develop an understanding of data visualisation tools and techniques that will help them present information and data using appealing and informative dashboards. In summary, this unit aims to provide students with an ability to discover trends and outliers in the data using big data and visualisation principles, concepts, tools and techniques through hands-on practice. Students who complete this unit can go on and prepare themselves for CAP exam ( ) and distinguish themselves as professional data analysts.

MBA4008 Business Analytics Reporting-

Unit Description:

Businesses are continually adopting the strategy of business analytics for reporting. Students will demonstrate the ability to produce business reports using business analytics and/or data visualisation. Created as an
opportunity for theory in practice in business reporting, this unit prepares students for the real world and allows for practical experience.

By using skills learned within a range of units using business analytics, students have the opportunity to experience business reporting in a real setting and work to further enhance their theory into practice. They will work with business/industry case studies addressing their business issues and analyse, determine and report recommendations that resolves the issues of the industry client. Students will effectively communicate the results of their work in a business manner and follow structured techniques of communication with data.

Exit Point: Graduate Diploma of Business Administration (Business Analytics)

What you will achieve

  • Proficiency in applying business principles across diverse contexts.
  • Mastery of data analytics for problem-solving.
  • Expertise in analysing the business environment to identify risks and opportunities.
  • Ability to propose innovative solutions through collaborative knowledge exchange.
  • Development of leadership and interpersonal skills for consulting projects.
    Acquisition of specialised technical knowledge for ethical business operations.

Career Opportunities

Potential career paths

  • Financial Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Business Data Analyst
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Data scientist

Entry Requirements

To view our Entry Requirements, click here.

How to Apply

To view how to apply click here.

We’re absolutely thrilled that you’re interested in discovering more about the exciting educational opportunities here at AIH! Your inquiries are most welcome, and we can’t wait to give you all the information you require. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us anytime you like – we’re here to help!

Further Study

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

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