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Diploma of Applied Business

To undertake your studies, you will be enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Business. After completing year 1 of your degree, you will be awarded with a diploma, should you decide to exit your degree at this point.

Course structure

Course summary

Course code -
Course name Diploma of Applied Business
Course duration 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent^
Location Online
Available internationally Yes

^ Minimum timeframe for the diploma is 12 months and can vary according to absence, advanced standing status, studying full-time versus part-time, availability of subjects and your progress in the course.

Why is this course right for you?

No matter how diverse the business world is, there are some skills and knowledge that are universally desired by industry. Whether you have an idea for your own business, improve your existing business, or are looking for a career path in industry, this diploma course allows you to explore up-to-the-minute skills, knowledge and tools as well as arming you with a university diploma on your CV.

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Here are just a few of our subject overview videos that demonstrate what you can expect from the Diploma of Applied Business. More videos are available under each subject below.

Year 1

After completing year 1 of your degree, you will be awarded with an applied diploma, should you decide to exit your degree at this point. You can add this qualification to your résumé and move forward with your career plans.

Exit with
Qualification Diploma of Applied Business
Credit points 120 credit points
Expected income $50K
Core subjects
CSE1SPX - Sustainability Practices

In this subject, students are introduced to developing and implementing a workplace sustainability policy in line with a current theoretical framework and modifying it to suit the interconnections between the economy, society and the environment. Students identify, analyse and evaluate information to develop, monitor and modify organisational policies in accordance with legislative and organisational goals and changing business circumstances. During this process, they are required to communicate and consult with internal and external stakeholders. The subject also introduces students to planning, sequencing and using systematic and analytical processes to research and gather data and to evaluate outcomes of decision-making to identify improvement. This subject addresses La Trobe’s Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affects the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems – now and in the future.

BUS1AFX - Accounting and Finance Fundamentals

Finance is concerned with raising the funds required to acquire the assets of an individual or business and managing the expenditure and investment of these funds. Accounting defines the recording of such financial transactions and reporting on the financial health and performance of an individual or business. In this subject, you will learn how to apply simple maths to make financial and investment decisions. In so doing, you will learn to make sense of accounting and financial information and learn how to use that understanding to solve financial problems of both a personal and business nature.

BUS1BFX - Business Fundamentals

In this subject you will examine how businesses operate in a local, regional and global environment and how this might change in the future. You will actively engage with current business issues and establish a broad foundation of business knowledge essential to everyone in the business world. With a particular focus on contemporary management practices, this subject is designed to develop critical thinking, creative problem-solving and academic research and writing skills. You will also work closely with fellow students to enhance business skills and engage in thinking about and discussing big ideas shaping the world of work, into which you will graduate. You will develop an awareness of the external and internal contexts that shape todays business practices.

MKT1MDX - Marketing: Stand & Deliver

Marketing: Stand and Deliver is an introductory unit to marketing principles and practice as applied to mainly fast-moving consumer goods. The subject is designed to give you a broad understanding of the formal discipline of marketing and of the key marketing activities in business. Topics cover the marketing concept, the marketing environment, buying behaviour in consumer and organisational markets, customer segmentation, targeting and positioning, developing the marketing mix, and the implementation and control of marketing programs. As a prerequisite to further study in marketing, this subject provides a sound foundation for future marketing subjects, advanced skill development and your career.

MGT1OBX - Working with Others

Working with Others will provide an introduction to individual characteristics, interpersonal relationships and group processes, as they relate to individual behaviour and outcomes in organisations. Organisational behaviour theory and concepts will be applied to current organisational problems relating to motivation, decision-making, teamwork, leadership and diversity. In online forums and exercises students will develop the capabilities to work effectively in teams and lead teams to achieve their goals.

Elective subjects (choose 3)
Business electives
MKT1ADX - Advertising in a Digital Age

In this subject, you will explore advertising theory and practice in the context of Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC). You will learn how to integrate and critically analyse the elements of the IMC mix. You will learn about advertising, direct marketing, personal selling, publicity and PR. You will develop communication messages that have meaning and impact for consumers in today’s digital age. You will analyse case studies designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to communicate effectively with consumers.

BUS101X - Business Communications

The business environment is a complex web of internal and external relationships, creating and requiring the ongoing exchange of information. It is only through effective business communications that this volume of information can be delivered and deciphered to reach a level of shared understanding. This subject introduces you to the fundamental principles of business communication including, forming and supporting written and oral arguments, the influence of new media on business communications and the varied considerations of communications held with internal and external publics. In addition, you will develop the skills to be able to contextualise and tailor business communications to suit diverse audiences. In application of these concepts, you will be able to diagnose common business communication breakdowns, improve their own communication practices and utilise effective communications to maintain business relationships. 

MGT1FOX - Foundations of Management

This subject provides an introduction to the management of organisations. It provides an understanding of the fundamental concepts and relevant issues relating to the management of firms operating in the modern Australian and global business environment. The relationship between management theory, practice and organisational performance will be explored within the context of both individual effect and organisational outcomes.

BUS2WDX - Manage Diversity and Inclusion

Organisations operate in a global economy. As a manager and leader, it is your responsibility to get the best out of your employees and respond to customer needs. In this subject you will develop the practical skills for the next generation leading in a diverse workforce. Managing diversity isn't just about abiding by legal obligations, it's about recognising and valuing human differences and being able to create an inclusive environment, where employees have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. This subject will help you to develop a deep understanding of diversity and so in create an inclusive workplace. You'll reflect on your own attitudes and bias, as well as researching strategies, policies and practices that develop and promote a diverse, inclusive workforce.

BUS2PMX - Project Management

This subject develops the essential skills required to plan, develop and execute a project within an allocated budget and timeline. Students develop an understanding of the different types of projects that exist across a range of industries and job roles. They will learn how to define the parameters of a project, including the project scope, relevant stakeholders, resources and reporting requirements. The subject incorporates project management methodology and provides students with the opportunity to use project management tools to develop and implement a project plan.

IT electives
CSE1CFX - Cloud Foundations

Cloud computing is becoming an increasingly common environment for organisations to operate their IT systems. In this subject, you will learn about the breadth of cloud computing, including an introduction to cloud concepts, the services that can be provided on the cloud, and the setup of cloud services. You will also examine various cloud models and their suitability for specific organisational circumstances. This subject is designed to prepare students for undertaking an associated vendor certification.

CSE2DCX - Database Fundamentals on the Cloud

To operate effectively within any information system, an understanding of the theory and practice of database management systems is essential. This subject is designed to deepen students' interest and expertise in databases in general with a focus on cloud databases. A cloud database stores/processes data on the cloud. We start by looking at how database systems have evolved. The subject is mainly concerned with the relational data model and students learn the basics of database design using entity-relationship diagrams and how this design can then be mapped onto the relational model. A significant part of the subject is devoted to the use of structured query language (SQL). A commercial database management system will be used throughout the subject to provide hands-on skills. Foundations of normalising as well as data security will also be discussed. This subject is designed to prepare students for undertaking an associated vendor certification.

CSE1ISX - Information Systems

In this subject, students are introduced to the concept of an information system (IS) including file design, input/output/interface design, file conversion and implementation techniques. This subject deals with systems development life cycle as a framework for IS development and emphasises the role and involvement of users in an IS project. The use of appropriate fact-finding techniques in systems analysis and an introduction to data flow and E-R modelling are covered. Several information system case studies are used to illustrate the concepts introduced. Students will receive hands-on experience in the construction of a small information system using a suitable prototyping tool.

CSE1SIX - Information Systems Infrastructure

Appropriate Information Systems infrastructure is crucial to the successful operation of any organisation. This subject covers the selection and implementation of systems infrastructure dependent on client needs. There is a focus on the setup and troubleshooting of machine hardware and networks and the configuration of operating systems. This subject is designed to prepare students for undertaking an associated vendor certification.

CSE1ITX - Information Technology Fundamentals

This subject provides a general introduction to the breadth of the field of information technology. Areas covered include the main components and operation of IT devices, data storage and retrieval, networks, programming and website development.

CSE1IOX - Intermediate Object Oriented Programming

The Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) approach allows for the streamlined development of complex programming solutions. This subject aims to build on the knowledge and skills with Object-Oriented Programming gained in prior studies. The subject delves more deeply into Object-Oriented Programming concepts and how they can be applied to develop more complex and innovative programming solutions. Previously learnt Software Engineering skills are also further developed.

CSE2NFX - Network Engineering Fundamentals

In this subject, we lay the foundation for internetworking. Basic building blocks of internetworking in terms of two main reference models are introduced. Two main reference models, OSI and TCP/IP are examined in detail mainly by analysing each layer's functionality and different protocols involved. Few of the critical concepts in network design like, IP addressing, IP Subnetting, VLSM, IP routing, local area network technologies (Ethernet), switching and packet analysis are also introduced with a practical approach as an enabler to perform small network designs. This subject is designed to prepare students for undertaking an associated vendor certification.

CSE1OFX - Object Oriented Programming Fundamentals

Students are introduced to object oriented programming concepts through a contemporary programming language. Topics covered include classes and objects, encapsulation and inheritance, primitive data types, flow of control, methods, basic input/output and arrays. Software engineering principles are introduced, including coding standards, class design and testing strategies.

CSE1PGX - Programming Environment

In this subject, students are introduced to the environments, tools, techniques and methods of thinking needed to analyse simple data processing problems and develop effective and efficient software solutions. It is assumed that participants have no previous exposure to programming.

  • Identify, source and analyse information relevant to business and social challenges.
  • Evaluate a range of alternate solutions to business and social challenges and account for potentially competing economic, ethical, social and commercial perspectives in a responsible manner.
  • Communicate professionally and effectively with a range of stakeholders, using a variety of modes of communications and appropriate tools.
  • Devise innovative recommendations to business and social challenges, based on the identification of the elements of a problem and the application and evaluation of problem solving approaches.
  • Engage professionally and effectively to the success of a multicultural, team, in a manner which is respectful of the needs, values, personalities and capabilities of others.
  • Utilise digital technologies to identify, source, analyse and communicate information relevant to business and social challenges.
  • Meet the disciplinary knowledge and skill requirements for graduates seeking to commence a career in business.
Career opportunities

This course has been designed with a high employability focus in the exciting world of business. Career opportunities include:

  • Administration Manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Executive Personal Assistant
  • New business start-up
  • Office Manager
  • Product Manager
  • Project Assistant
  • Administration Officer
  • Manager
Key dates
Study period Start date Census date Last withdrawal End date
2021 study blocks
Study Block 1 04/01/202131/01/202128/02/202128/03/2021
Study Block 2 01/02/202128/02/202128/03/202125/04/2021
Study Block 3 01/03/202128/03/202125/04/202123/05/2021
Study Block 4 06/04/202102/05/202130/05/202127/06/2021
Study Block 5 03/05/202130/05/202127/06/202125/07/2021
Study Block 6 07/06/202104/07/202101/08/202129/08/2021
Study Block 7 05/07/202101/08/202129/08/202126/09/2021
Study Block 8 02/08/202129/08/202126/09/202124/10/2021
Study Block 9 06/09/202103/10/202131/10/202128/11/2021
Study Block 10 04/10/202131/10/202128/11/202126/12/2021
Study Block 11 01/11/202128/11/202126/12/202123/01/2022
Study Block 12 06/12/202129/12/202130/01/202227/02/2022
2022 study blocks
Study Block 1 10/01/2022 06/02/202206/03/202203/04/2022
Study Block 2 07/02/202206/03/202203/04/202201/05/2022
Study Block 3 07/03/202203/04/202201/05/202229/05/2022
Study Block 4 04/04/202201/05/202229/05/202226/06/2022
Study Block 5 02/05/202229/05/202226/06/202224/07/2022
Study Block 6 06/06/202203/07/202231/07/202228/08/2022
Study Block 7 04/07/202231/07/202228/08/202225/09/2022
Study Block 8 01/08/202228/08/202225/09/202223/10/2022
Study Block 9 05/09/202202/10/202230/10/202227/11/2022
Study Block 10 03/10/202230/10/202227/11/202225/12/2022
Study Block 11 07/11/202204/12/202201/01/202329/01/2023
Study Block 12 05/12/202230/12/202229/01/202326/02/2023

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Prerequisites

For admission to any of our online courses, one of the following is required.

  • If you have completed Year 12 in the past 2 years, you will need a 50+ ATAR score with a Units 3 & 4 study score of at least 25 in English, or
  • An equivalent academic level achievement, or
  • At least two years of work experience, after leaving school

All students are required to undergo the online Pre-enrolment Assessment and achieve a pass mark of 60%.

Advanced standing

Those of you who have studied at tertiary level elsewhere, or who have relevant studies or work experience*, may be eligible for advanced standing (credit) towards your online La Trobe University qualification. Each college has specific policies in respect to the number and type of subjects and work experience it is willing to accept for advanced standing (credit) purposes.

We will inform you of the process for advanced standing at enrolment. However, if at some later point you believe you are eligible for advanced standing, please advise your Student Experience Team as soon as possible. It is preferable that you have advanced standing approved for a subject prior to starting it. Advanced standing must be approved before going through census for that subject.

For more information about advanced standing, contact us.

*Work experience recognition available to applicants of all La Trobe applied business courses.

Wellbeing

We firmly believe that learning and wellbeing are linked and that students learn best when their wellbeing is optimised. To this end, our students can enjoy personal and online support for their health and wellbeing.

Orientation

When you start your course, you will be given an invitation to join a live orientation (video conference) for the first day of your first term. This orientation is designed to answer any questions you have and help you navigate your online Learning Portal.

If you haven’t been formally studying for a while, or you just want a clearer understanding of what’s ahead, we have created an orientation portal to help you become study-ready. Not only does it highlight the features and benefits of studying online, but it’s packed with valuable information to help you succeed in your studies with us.

Student resources

Didasko deliver online learning resources for La Trobe University qualifications. The resources can vary from subject to subject and can include:

  • Multimedia
    Didasko have an award-winning content creation department that produce engaging learning resources.
  • Live video
    Didasko host live lectures such as subject welcomes, assessment overviews and live forums through video conferencing tools.
  • Recorded video
    We record our subject lectures so that they are relevant to an applied learning outcome.
  • Learning guides
    In some cases, learning guides are also available in PDF form and are useful to students who prefer written material.
  • Assessments
    There are different types of assessments and projects to measure students’ understanding. Some of those types are: essay, multiple-choice questions, oral assessments.
  • Exams
    Some of the exams are proctored by the Academic Team via remote desktop sharing.
Equipment required

To get the most out of this exciting online experience, we recommend you equip yourself with the right tools for the job before you commence your studies.

All study resources (content and assessments) will be provided as part of the course. You will need to supply the following.

  • A good, reliable internet connection
  • Computer capable of running Windows (check with manufacturer if unsure)
  • Webcam
  • Sound capabilities (microphone/speakers)

Please note: should you wish to take electives, BUS2PMX - Project Management and/or CSE1ITX - Information Technology Fundamentals, and you are studying using an Apple computer, please let us know at the time of your selection.

Course costs*

Your degree fees are only $14,630 per year if you meet the relevant residency requirements, and are studying in a Commonwealth Supported Place.

  Year 1 Total    
Qualification earned Diploma      
You pay $14,630 $14,630    
Course costs may vary depending on elective subjects chosen

Find out more about course costs

International course costs

*The University reserves the right to vary fees on an annual basis. Fees will not normally rise above 7 per cent per annum for continuing students. Should the University decide to increase its fees, that increase will take effect on 1 January of the following year. While every effort has been made by La Trobe University to ensure that the information on this website is up to date and accurate, La Trobe University does not give any guarantees, undertakings or warranties in relation to the accuracy, completeness and up to date status of the above information. Course costs may vary depending on elective subjects chosen.

†Eligibility criteria applies. Available to Australian citizens and Permanent Residents only.

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