Master of Co-operatives Management and Organisation

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This program is only available for currently enrolled students. No new applications for admission will be accepted.

Please note: there will be no intake in 2017 for this program. You can however submit an application to start study in Trimester 1, 2018.

Overview

The Master of Co-operative Management and Organisation at the University of Newcastle has been designed to offer extended education to co-operatives professionals enhancing career opportunities in this field.

The program combines fundamental courses in management and business skills, with specialised courses in co-operative organisation and management. It will cover areas such as co-operative and mutual history and theoretical foundation for the member-owned business model. It offers indepth knowledge in co-operative governance and law, social enterprises and innovation and international comparisons of the co-operative and mutual sector in a global and sharing economy. You will graduate from this program with a comprehensive understanding of how the co-operative business model differs from the corporate business model, and how it contributes in the global sharing or gig economy. You will also be equipped with current management and legal expertise in how to establish, govern and manage a member-owned enterprise. 

The Master of Co-operative Management and Organisation is one of the few programs that recognises relevant professional experience and may result in credit being granted for up to four courses. This means you could complete your Masters in 8 courses! To learn more about what your professional experience can provide you with, please visit the Professional Credit section.

Domestic students & International off-shore students
 
The 12-course program can be completed over 3 trimesters full-time (1 year) or a maximum of 5 years part-time. Depending upon your professional experience you could reduce the amount of courses you study and the time taken to complete your masters.

Domestic Student Program and Fee Summary
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Note: This Program and Fee Summary is intended to provide an overview of the Program Requirements. It is the prospective student’s responsibility to investigate the Program and Enrolment Terms and Conditions carefully prior to applying.

Program Intake
  • Trimester 1
  • Trimester 2
  • Trimester 3
Location

Online

Tuition Fees
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Note: Fees are indicative and may be subject to annual increase. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection.

Please click here to view your indicative one year program fees.

Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

8 - 12 depending on professional experience (RPL)

Program Code

40033

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International Student Program and Fee Summary
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Note: This Program and Fee Summary is intended to provide an overview of the Program Requirements. It is the prospective student’s responsibility to investigate the Program and Enrolment Terms and Conditions carefully prior to applying.

Program Intake
  • Trimester 1
  • Trimester 2
  • Trimester 3
Location

Online

Tuition Fees
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Note: Fees are indicative and may be subject to annual increase. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection.

Please click here to view the indicative one year program fees.

Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

8 - 12 depending on professional experience (RPL)
CRICOS

088920K

Program Code

40033

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Is It For You?

Are you looking for a unique and targeted business education that will expand your professional expertise and career prospects? The Master of Co-operative Management and Organisation give you a comprehensive understanding of management within the context of a co-operative business model.

This program will provide fundamental skills allowing you to work in a member-owned enterprise, such as co-operatives, mutuals and social enterprises. This includes how to establish, manage and develop a democratically governed enterprise, and how benefits from the enterprise should be provided to members and the community. You will gain a vital understanding of the difference between the member-owned co-operative and mutuals sector and the corporative business model, and gain skills on how to manage and lead co-operatives, mutuals and social enterprises.

Career Opportunities

You will graduate with the ability to critically analyse various co-operative constructs and their applicability in a rapidly evolving, global and sharing economy. The program incorporates practical components designed to provide you with the skills, information and capabilities to be a visionary leader within the co-operative movement.

Graduates will be equipped to work at an advanced level in cooperatives, credit unions, mutual societies, social enterprises and other member-owned enterprises. You will be differentiated by your ability to critically analyse and implement the co-operative principles and have deep knowledge of the altruistic principles, social innovation and social entrepreneurship skills that are paramount in the global and sharing economy.

The theoretical knowledge and practical experience you acquire through the Master Co-operative Management and Organisation will equip you for diverse real-word situations. This knowledge will increase your value in the workplace and help you to fast-track your career.

Professional Credit

Do you have qualifications or experience beyond the minimum entry requirements for a Masters Degree? If so, you may be able to complete your degree in reduced time and at reduced cost.

The Newcastle Business School will consider your relevant professional experience and you could reduce your study by up to a third! Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) may result in credit granted for up to four courses.

RPL may be granted to you when you demonstrate competencies aligned to the learning outcomes of selected courses. You can do this as part of your application by providing a statement and supporting documentation outlining relevant business or organisational experience.

Please refer to the learning outcomes for each course below and additional instructions on how to apply to have your professional experience assessed for credit.

Managing Under Uncertainty

Learning Outcomes - GSBS6001 Managing Under Uncertainty

  • Explain how human behavioral and social factors influence decision-making in organisations
  • Use relevant sources to construct and support a written academic argument
  • Critically evaluate the limitations of rational decision-making process models applied in organisations
  • Demonstrate ability to reflect on own decision-making in an organisational setting, as well as the decision-making of others.

Foundations of Business Analysis

Learning Outcomes - GSBS6002 Foundations of Business Analysis

  • Communicate the importance of evidence-based decision-making in a business or organisational setting
  • Demonstrate an ability to identify important issues or problems within a business or organisation, and design an appropriate research project to investigate
  • Develop skills in collecting and analysing data, using a range of techniques
  • Explain how the outcomes of research can be used to solve complex business or organisational problems
  • Demonstrate ability to effectively communicate research findings in writing.

Organisational Behaviour and Design

Learning Outcomes - GSBS6004 Organisational Behaviour and Design

  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of the prominent theories, concepts and models that are used to understand and analyse human behaviour in organisations, as well as an appreciation of their implications for practical management 
  • Apply conceptual knowledge of theory and models relevant to teamwork and group functioning in organisations
  • Demonstrate a well-developed understanding of the organisational design features that influence effectiveness and the contingencies that impact on the structure of organisations
  • Display a working understanding of organisations as institutions including issues of structure, power, politics, leadership and change
  • Solve applied problems related to organisational design and behaviour, and to identify appropriate management strategies
  • Synthesise and critically examine theoretical and empirical information relating to organisations, their structure and functioning, and implications for human behaviour. 

Accounting and Financial Management

Learning Outcomes - GSBS6200 Accounting and Financial Management

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the main principles behind the preparation and interpretation of financial statements
  • Analyse the cash flow, financial performance and financial position of a business using published financial statements
  • Explain the ways in which accounting contributes to financial management and apply this knowledge
  • Apply cost-volume-profit analysis
  • Apply cost accounting concepts in management decision-making
  • Construct and analyse budgets
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the application of capital budgeting methods and describe the sources of financing.

Applying for Professional Credit

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have achieved these learning outcomes (for one or more of the courses listed above), through education and/or experience ABOVE the minimum requirements for direct admission to the Master of Co-operatives and Organisation.

A completed RPL application form and supporting documentation should be submitted along with your application for admission:

For students applying directly online at www.gradschool.edu.au/apply

NOTE: If you have previous completed postgraduate educational qualifications (Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters), you should apply for direct credit.

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Admission to the Master of Co-operatives Management and Organisation program is available to applicants who can demonstrate a suitable combination or education and/or work experience. The table below outlines the number of years experience required, depending on your previous educational qualifications.

 

Educational Qualification Number of years relevant industry experience
3 Year Bachelor (in a related field of study) Zero
3 Year Bachelor (in a non-related field of study) One
No previous educational qualifications Seven (including 2 in a management position)

 

Don’t have the required entry criteria for the Master of Co-operatives Management and Organisation? You may be eligible for admission into the Graduate Certificate in Co-operatives Management and Organisation. The Graduate Certificate is 4 courses and is a pathway into the Master. Once you have completed the Graduate Certificate you can apply for the Master of Co-operatives Management and Organisation and seek credit for the 4 courses you have already completed. 

For information regarding the Graduate Certificate in Co-operatives Management and Organisation, please visit the program page.

If you would like your professional qualifications and/or work experience to be considered, please provide certified copies of all relevant qualifications, a detailed CV, and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.

Applicants should also provide a statement detailing how your professional experience prepares you to undertake postgraduate study.

PLEASE NOTE: All applications for recognition of prior learning based on experience and professional development will be assessed by the program convenor. The information outlined above is indicative only

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID. You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency.

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Courses and Details

Program Code 40033
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Online
CRICOS Code 088920K
Contributing Schools and Faculties
Admission Instructions:

How to apply as a:

Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Online
Program Plans

Description

Co-operatives are member owned mutual benefit mechanisms for the coordination of both collaborative entrepreneurial action and economic activity; incorporating consumer, supply and worker co-operatives, credit unions, and clubs. They therefore offer a clear alternative to the investor-owned and for-profit firm, whereby the co-operative business model, through the alignment of its values, mission and democratic principles is able to demonstrate sustained competitive advantage. Completion of the Master of Co-operatives Management and Organisation open up new career avenues for students interested in the social responsibility of business and enable them to develop critical analytical skills in business ethics. It also provides career advancement opportunities for individuals already employed in the co-operative and club sectors of the economy.

Admission Requirements

There are two pathways into the Master of Co-operatives Management and Organisation.

Direct entry into the Masters program (120 units) will be available for applicants who have:

  • 3 year Bachelor Degree in a related field such as economics, business, accounting, finance, human resource management, marketing, management; or
  • 3 year Bachelor Degree not in a related field + 1 year relevant economics or business experience; or
  • At least 7 years of appropriate business experience.

Students entering via the Master’s pathway are able to complete 4 courses per trimester, and are able to complete courses in any sequence they wish, as long as it is consistent with assumed knowledge requirements and course requisites. Applicants with an Honours degree in the discipline area or equivalent qualification with at least an AQF Level 8 or above will be given appropriate recognition of prior learning before enrolling in the Master of Co-operatives Management and Organisation degree program.

The alternate pathway is through the Graduate Certificate (40 units) for applicants who have:

  • 3 year Bachelor’s Degree not in a related field; or
  • 3 year Diploma in a related field such as economics, business, accounting, finance, human resource management, marketing, management; or
  • 3 year Diploma not in a related field + 1 year relevant economics or business experience; or
  • 2 year Diploma in a related field as above + 2 years relevant economics or business experience; or
  • 2 year Diploma not in a related field + 3 years relevant economics or business experience; or
  • At least 5 years appropriate business experience.

Students entering via the Graduate Certificate pathway will be required to:

  • Complete the Graduate Certificate in Co-operatives Management and Organisation over a minimum of two trimesters (typically 20 units per trimester); and
  • Successfully complete a “Business Academic Skills Program” (BASP) which will be of 6 weeks duration. The BASP will be non-fee based and can be completed concurrently with courses in the Graduate Certificate.

The relevant co-operatives or business experience (RPL) will be assessed through the Faculty’s approved process. See the Professional Credit tab at the top of the page for more details.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Requirements and Structure

The Master of Co-operatives Management and Organisation is a 120 unit coursework Master program requiring students to complete 110 units of core courses and 10 units of directed courses.

Course Information

Core Courses: Complete all core courses.

Code Name Availability Units
GSBS6001 Managing Under Uncertainty Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units
GSBS6002 Foundations of Business Analysis Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units
GSBS6004 Organisational Behaviour and Design Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units
GSBS6200 Accounting and Financial Management Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
10 units
GSBS6411 Introduction to Co-operative Organisation and Management: the Co-operative Advantage Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units
GSBS6412 Social Enterprises and Co-operative Innovation Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units
GSBS6413 History and Future of Co-operatives in Australia Not currently offered 10 units
GSBS6414 International Comparative Co-operatives Not currently offered 10 units
GSBS6415 Strategic Co-operative Management Not currently offered 20 units
LEGL6005 Co-operative Law and Governance Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units

Directed Courses: Choose 10 units from the following directed courses.

Code Name Availability Units
GSBS6005 Marketing Management and Planning Trimester 1 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units
GSBS6040 Human Resource Management Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units
GSBS6484 Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

Learning Outcomes

  • Communicate effectively (a) orally and/or (b) in writing
  • Work effectively (a) independently or (b) in collaboration, to apply specialised knowledge and expert judgment to co-operatives management and organisational tasks.
  • Engage in critical thinking and analytical problem solving to justify sound co-operatives management solutions.
  • Demonstrate specialised knowledge of theories, models and concepts relevant to co-operatives management and be proficient in their application.
  • Display professional proficiency in the utilization of information and technology in co-operatives contexts.
  • Apply co-operatives management and organisational decision making skills that incorporate understanding of ethical, cultural and global issues.
  • Apply relevant theories, principles and methodologies to research in co-operatives management.

Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University’s credit website and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Special Needs

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program,  contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility  before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit ESOS@newcastle.edu.au.

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