Faculty of Business and Economics

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

MBA Program


Professor Patrick Butler



  • MBA Teaching Period 4 2016 (Day)


  • MBA Teaching Period 4 2016 (Day)


The MBA Study Tour integrates, in a practical manner, the material covered in the MBA program. Depending upon the destination/s chosen (which may vary from year to year), MBA students will partake in a combination of site visits to local organisations, companies and institutions in order to better understand the impact of that location's environment on business and its implications for management. At the end of the MBA Study Tour students are expected to have not only gained an insight into the business environment of the location visited but also be able to draw upon ideas from that environment to develop capabilities that may be able to be applied in other environments and organisational contexts.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. examine the nature of the forces in the environment (e.g. economic, social, legal and cultural) and their impact upon business and management in the location visited
  2. understand and critically analyse business and government relations in the location visited
  3. analyse basic theories and concepts relevant to business and examine how these can provide insight and understanding of how business is conducted in the location visited
  4. gain insights and ideas from the location visited in order to develop capabilities that can be future generators of sustainable economic, social and environmental value for business.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average six/eight hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


Students must have completed the MBA integrating core units and fundamental core units as follows:

MBA5706,MBA5701, MBA5709, MBA5730, MBA5708/MBA5608,MBA5720/MBA5620, MBA5740/MBA5640, MBA5703/MBA5603, MBA5704/MBA5604, MBA5705/MBA5605, MBA5715/MBA5615, MBA5707/MBA5607


Students must be enrolled in 0028 to undertake this unit.