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Diploma of Business

  • Direct entry to the 2nd year of the Bachelor of Business (any major)
  • Supportive learning environment provides the best possible preparation for Deakin University
  • Study the Diploma of Business on a Deakin University campus with full access to accommodation, support services

Key Information


8 or 12 months


  • March
  • June
  • October


Melbourne Burwood



The Diploma of Business is your pathway to the Bachelor of Business at Deakin University. Various specialist majors are available within Deakin’s Faculty of Business and Law, and you will also be able to select elective units in areas such as event management, public relations, project management and many others.

Employment and career options upon completing your Bachelor degree:

  • Business analyst
  • Project manager
  • Customer relations manager
  • Events manager
  • Business development manager
  • Procurement manager
  • Business operations manager
  • Small business owner
  • Product manager

Diploma of Business Course Structure

Students are required to complete and pass 8 core units (1 credit point each) and 1 compulsory unit (zero credit points):

MAA104 Financial Literacy

The unit provides a foundation in financial literacy that will assist you to reflect on matters of finance that influence your personal investment decisions and risk profile, and evaluate alternatives that impact financial, resourcing and investment decisions in business.

Assessment: 60% internal assessment, 40% final examination

MAE203 The Global Economy

This unit provides students with an understanding of the Australian economic system within the world economy, and an ability to identify and assess current macroeconomic problems and policies. The unit is concerned with the way in which the whole economy, or large sectors of the economy work. The major sectors analysed are the household sector, the business sector, the government sector and the international sector. The unit provides insights for evaluating the working and the impacts of monetary and fiscal policy, and how central banks and treasuries conduct such policies. Issues such as economic growth, unemployment, inflation, balance of payments and, exchange rates are also examined.

Assessment: 40% internal assessment, 60% final examination

MMM267 Business Logistics

The unit aims to show how manufacturing and service companies compete and what makes them effective and efficient. Topics include: product/service design; value chains; supply chains; operations strategy; materials management; production planning; and control and quality.

Assessment: 50% internal assessment, 50% final examination

MIS203 Managing Information In The Digital Age

Our world is now a world of information. On the one hand this makes many things easier, fun or even possible but on the other, it can cause us to be overloaded with information and distracted by our constant connections. In this unit, we look at how we might manage better and use information and connections in business, at work and in everyday life.

The unit begins by considering the changes that the digital world has made to our lives and how we live in a world immersed in information and social media. We then look at how we can search and analyse information and utilise social media for business, learning and collaboration. We then look at how information can be used to assist people but also to monitor and manage people at work and at home. Finally, we consider how to use ICT in a more secure manner.

Assessment: 60% internal assessment, 40% final examination

MMK101 Marketing Fundamentals

Marketing blends concepts from a broad range of fields, including psychology, sociology, economics, management, statistics, and design. The unit examines how marketing organisations, both profit-oriented and not-for-profit, create value for end-users and business customers, and in return capture value from customers. The unit begins with a discussion on the marketing theory and practice with an understanding of customer needs. Further topics include customer-driven marketing strategies using integrated marketing programs and the building of customer relationships to capture value for the organisation.

Assessment: 60% internal assessment, 40% final examination

MMM111 Intrapersonal Skills

This unit provides students with the necessary tools to develop and improve their intrapersonal skills.Students will also undertake a reflective practice of reviewing their own intrapersonal skills with a view to developing a self-diagnosed strategy where improvement is desired. Intrapersonal skills provide the foundation for effective communication and active collaboration as they focus on understanding the capabilities of you as the individual, as well as how and what sort of strategies should be employed for improvement.

Assessment: 90% Five individual assignments,10% self-reflection written piece

MMM132 Management

The aim of this unit is to provide students with a critical understanding of the intellectual foundations of the study of management. The unit will provide the opportunity to analyse how the solutions to management ‘problems’ have developed under different conditions throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century. The unit also explores how management practice influences, and is influenced by, the external environment. This will involve examining how managerial action impacts on and is shaped by the environment, through a consideration of, ethics, social responsibility, and the social and cultural context of management.

Assessment: 50% internal assessment, 50% final examination

MMM241 Entrepreneurship and Innovation

This unit provides students with an understanding of the dynamic nature of entrepreneurship including the challenges and opportunities that are experienced by entrepreneurs. An introduction to a range of processes and strategies will help students develop the necessary tools for identifying, creating and evaluating opportunities across the private, public and non-profit sectors. The unit design allows students to enhance and apply their knowledge towards the creation of positive social or environmental change.

Assessment: 50% internal assessment, 50% final examination

MAI010 Academic Integrity

The Academic Integrity Unit is a compulsory zero credit point unit in all Faculty of Business and Law courses. The unit learning and assessment activities provide students with guidance on what constitutes academic integrity. It will allow students to develop knowledge, skills and good practice principles to avoid plagiarism and collusion and thereby maintain academic integrity.

This unit consists of approximately 3 hours of online learning experiences delivered through Moodle.
There are no classroom or scheduled learning activities. Students undertake independent learning
activities at their own pace.

Assessment: 100% (Individual)-Online multiple choice questions test


Online and on-campus classes run between 11am and 9pm on weekdays (Melbourne time). Most units run as 2 x 2-hour classes each week. We recommend 4-6 hours of private study per unit, per week.

View a mock timetable

Second Year Entry to Deakin University*

Australian Students


T1 (Trimester 1 entry); T2 (Trimester 2 entry); T3 (Trimester 3 entry)
* See Diploma to Degree transfer criteria
^^ Students may be required to undertake units in Cloud (Online) mode.
^ Students will be required to undertake units at the Waurn Ponds campus or Cloud (online) mode.
~ Waterfront (Geelong) students will undertake some units of study at Waurn Ponds (Geelong).

International Students


T1 (Trimester 1 entry); T2 (Trimester 2 entry); T3 (Trimester 3 entry)
* See Diploma to Degree transfer criteria.
^^ Students may be required to undertake units in Cloud (Online) mode.
^ Students will be required to undertake units at the Waurn Ponds campus or Cloud (online) mode.
~ Waterfront (Geelong) students will undertake some units of study at Waurn Ponds (Geelong).

Academic Entry Requirements

Diploma of Business to Degree Mapping

  • Bachelor of Business majors offered at Deakin University include: Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Event Management; Organisational Psychology; People Management; Project Management; Business and Digital Communication; Retail and Supply Chain Management; Sustainability and Development
  • All majors are available to Diploma of Business graduates upon successful completion of the course, there are no particular electives that need to be chosen to qualify for any of the Bachelor of Business majors
  • Depending on the major chosen, some students will need to undertake additional first year subjects at Deakin University

More Information

For further details about Diploma of Business units and availability, trimester structures and more, please download the course outline below.

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