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Associate Degree of Business (Marketing)

This associate degree from APM explores a broad range of business and marketing fundamentals, from consumer behaviour to project management and audience research.

Whether you want to work in social media, digital marketing, brand management or sales, this nationally recognised qualification will help you develop the skills needed to break into the marketing world.

You can choose to study on-campus in Sydney or Brisbane, or complete your course online.


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Provider

APM at Torrens University Australia (RTO 0269)
Career Opportunities
Recognition

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.
Meets membership requirements for selected industry bodies.

Prerequisites
  • Year 12 ATAR score of 58 or equivalent, OR
  • A completed diploma level course, OR
  • Demonstrated ability, including work experience, formal/informal study, or a statement of intent
Location

NSW - Sydney

QLD - Brisbane

Online

Course length
Full-time: 1 -2 years | Part-time: 2 - 4 years
Study mode

Online

Blended

In-class


Online

Study from anywhere, when it suits you best and graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.

Blended

Study part of the course online. Combine your online learning with classes or practical sessions on-campus at a college or university.

In-class

Attend classes on-campus at a university, TAFE or college and interact face-to-face with teachers and fellow students.

Assessment
Practical assignments & written examinations
Start date

Six start dates a year.

Provider
APM at Torrens University Australia (RTO 0269)

APM College of Business and Communications at Torrens University Australia is renowned for delivering excellent marketing, PR and event management qualifications.

Developed by the industry for the industry, APM at Torrens University Australia (RTO 0269) courses are highly regarded and focus on career-relevant and practical skills. Combined with the work experience you gain through APM at Torrens University Australia's internship program, you'll graduate with your foot in the door.

APM College of Business and Communication is a trading name of Think: Colleges Pty Ltd and Torrens University Australia Ltd, Think: Colleges Pty Ltd: RTO No. 0269, HEP No. 4375| Torrens University Australia Ltd: RTO No. 41343, HEP No. 4449

Price

The course price can vary depending on a few factors, including whether you are an Australian resident or your chosen payment option. To find out more, contact the course provider.

Prerequisites

  • Year 12 ATAR score of 58 or equivalent, OR
  • a completed diploma level course, OR
  • demonstrated ability, including work experience, formal/informal study, or a statement of intent

What you'll learn

This course will teach you how to:

  • Understand the role and nature of marketing in a contemporary business environment, and critically reflect on the roles and responsibilities of marketing
  • Engage and influence target audiences
  • Apply marketing theories and practices in an ethical context

Course structure

16 units

Level 100

  1. Managing in a global environment


    This unit introduces students to key management and leadership theories and concepts such as organisational structure and culture, corporate social responsibility, sustainable business and triple bottom line management, managing groups and motivating staff, managing human resources and employee relations, strategic management and planning, leadership and decision-making. It discusses how to manage conflict in organisations and how to effectively negotiate in a business environment. 

    The unit is designed and delivered from the point of view of leadership and management requirements, but provides students with an understanding of the needs and expectations of key stakeholders such as staff, customers, suppliers, government, and the wider community and society. Managing for sustainability and the future is a major theme in this core unit.

  2. Introduction to HR management & leadership


    The unit provides students with a comprehensive introduction and overview of the theory and practice of HRM, and discusses how it developed from a largely administrative function - the personnel manager - to a strategic activity closely aligned with developing workplace culture, organisational goals and business competitiveness. 

    Throughout the unit students study a range of human resources approaches and issues within a range of organisational contexts, and are introduced to concepts and practices of human resource planning, human resource development, and performance management and appraisal. The unit also focuses upon several key 'environmental' factors that influence the development of human resource policies and procedures providing quality work and a good work environment along with the contribution of equal opportunity employment, productive diversity and other relevant legislation and regulation. It also addresses new and emerging issues in workplace reform in Australia and internationally.

  3. Research & academic skills


    This unit introduces students to the concept of academic literacy in a higher educational context. Students will be able to study the relevant resources and explore strategies and techniques which will allow full participation in their new academic environment. The course will provide students with research skills (information literacy), critical analysis, writing and language techniques. Transferable skills including time management and teamwork are incorporated in the course. The aim of this unit is to provide knowledge and skills needed for Higher Education, to help students to manage their own success and to assist students in reaching their academic potential.

  4. Marketing fundamentals


    Students will gain a solid foundation in the marketing discipline introducing relevant and contemporary concepts, theories and models. The unit magnifies the importance of understanding consumer behaviour, segmentation, targeting and positioning, the extended marketing mix and ethics in marketing. Industry relevance provides students with the opportunity of applying key concepts in practical settings. These marketing foundations are expanded on in other units available as electives.

  5. Introduction to business accounting


    The unit aims to provide non-accounting students with a broad, business-based introduction to the conceptual foundations of accounting and finance and the use of management accounting information to assist in key areas such as planning, controlling, reporting, and decision making. It introduces students to such basic concepts and functions as the balance sheet, profit and loss statements, cash flow statements, techniques for analysing financial statements investment decisions, full costing and opportunity costing analysis and managing working capital.

  6. Understanding advertising


    Understanding Advertising introduces students to the fundamentals of advertising and explains how students can use this important tool to solve communication problems in today's complex and fast-changing world. The unit provides an introduction to the advertising industry and the process of creating advertisements for different media. It begins by looking at the initial steps of advertising planning and research, and the development of an advertising strategy.

  7. Integrated marketing communications


    Integrated Marketing Communications provides students with a contemporary view on the use of all different promotional tools available to marketers today such as sales promotions, direct marketing, events, social media and public relations. The unit explores how marketers can increase the number of touch points a brand can explore among its target audience in a consistent and effective manner.

  8. Business-2-business marketing


    Business-to-business introduces students to the principles of industrial marketing, also known as B-2-B. The unit highlights the importance of firms in building strong relationships with their corporate clients in the process of value creation. Students will develop an understanding of business markets and the business marketing environment and will build upon their knowledge of marketing principles and market segmentation to formulate their own B2B marketing strategy.

Level 200

  1. Project management


    Businesses today are increasingly adopting a project-based approach to undertake and manage a diverse mix of business activities ranging from recruitment and change management to product development and implementation. Project management allows organisations to more effectively manage human and financial resources and to meet specific time constraints. 

    This unit introduces students to the field of project management. It explores the historical development of project management and introduces students to the Project Management Body of Knowledge. It examines the theoretical underpinnings of project management and looks at such specific elements as the project life cycle, the role of the project manager, the use of project teams, issues affecting project implementation, and planning, scheduling, and costing. It also explores how technology is used to assist in the management of projects and discusses various project management tools.

  2. Economics


    This unit looks at how society chooses to allocate its scarce resources to satisfy unlimited wants. We will examine the role played by households, firms and the government in the production and consumption of resources and the consequences flowing from various domestic and international economic management policies. Microeconomics and macroeconomics theories are main focus. The former provides students with a working understanding of microeconomic concepts needed in decision-making processes. Areas covered include theory of demand and supply, theory of the firm and production, price determination and market structure. Macroeconomics concepts provide students with essential understanding of the global environment, and advocates analysis and evaluation of economic happenings and issues. Topics include monetary and fiscal policies, inflation, international trade and finance.

  3. Business & law


    This unit introduces students to the Australian legal system and to the relationship between law and the structures, transactions and operations of business. It examines the general principles and concepts of business law. The unit is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge of legal method, research and reasoning through case study and application to real and hypothetical business situations.

  4. Research & enquiry for managers


    This unit provides students with an introduction to the statistical techniques used in decision-making in business. It begins with a basic introduction to statistics, which covers the use of tables and graphs to organize a set of data. It also covers rudimentary statistical concepts such as descriptive measures and probabilities. The unit examines techniques for data analysis, as well as sampling, statistical theory, and interpretation.

  5. Consumer behaviour


    This unit introduces students to the main aspects of consumer behaviour, including the societal, family and cultural influences on behaviour. The unit examines vital topics such as consumer learning, needs and wants, motivations, perceptions and experience, and specific consumer behaviours and the factors involved in consumer decision making. Students undertaking this unit are encouraged to critically appraise their own buying behaviour, which in turn assists them in acquiring, critically examining, and communicating information from a range of different sources.

  6. Marketing & audience research


    This unit provides students with both theoretical knowledge and practical application of the quantitative and qualitative marketing research process. It begins with the concept of marketing research and the research process. It discusses how to design a research project and define the research question. It identifies primary and secondary data sources, and introduces students to qualitative and quantitative research methods using statistical analysis packages as a manipulation tool.

  7. Services marketing


    The unit examines the 7Ps (price, product, place, promotion, people, processes and physical evidence) of the services marketing mix. It places emphasis on relationship management, customer service and customer behaviour, and the link between service quality and customer satisfaction. The unit critically analyses service marketing planning and strategy and provides students with the opportunity to participate in a practical exercise to plan and develop their own service marketing strategy.

You will need to complete 1 elective unit in Level 200.

Support and delivery

Studying online explained

When you study online with APM at Torrens University Australia, you can:

  • Study from anywhere, when it suits you best.
  • Graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.
  • Get comprehensive support from teachers via phone and email.
  • Access course materials online.
  • Interact with teachers and fellow students via platforms like virtual classrooms, forums and video calls.

Learn from industry experts

APM at Torrens University Australia courses are designed and delivered by industry practitioners, ensuring that what you learn is practical, relevant and up-to-date.

Recognition

APM at Torrens University Australia is affiliated with a large number of key industry bodies including:

  • Australian Marketing Institute (AMI)
  • NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS)
  • Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA)
  • International Special Events Society (ISES)
  • Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS)
  • Meetings and Events Australia
  • Australian Institute of Management
  • Communications Council

As an APM at Torrens University Australia student you're entitled to a complimentary membership to one of these associations. This membership will introduce you to a valuable network within relevant communities to assist you with establishing your career.

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