Short Courses

Complete a 5 or 6 week unit of study with the experts in business.

Your time is precious. Whether you’re looking for professional development or hoping to complete your study faster, these units from UNE Business School have been created with you in mind.

Each unit is delivered online over five or six weeks – the five week courses include required attendance at a two-day, high energy workshop at UNE's FutureCampus Parramatta. The courses will equip you with new ideas and strategies to implement in your own workplace.

The courses are delivered by experts who have curated the best knowledge available.  

Take the opportunity to work on your own professional development with a short course that provides all the resources of postgraduate study for the cost of a typical university unit. Assessment tasks are built around your daily work challenges and will become part of the toolkit you take away from this experience.

Complete a short course as a stand-alone experience, or count it as a 6-point unit towards a range of postgraduate degrees at UNE under the banner of BUS496/596. Discuss this option with your Course Coordinator.

Enrol Now for Short Courses in T1, 2017

Tri 1 - Locating Opportunities through Value Chain Analysis (5 weeks)
Dates6 March 2017 - 7 April 2017
WorkshopThursday 23 and Friday 24 March 2017
LocationUNE FutureCampus, Parramatta

Food and agricultural product value chains come in many different configurations. Some are very complex, involving many stages of processing and final consumers in many different countries; others are simpler, involving little processing and sales into local markets. Yet the factors which determine how well these value chains are performing are essentially the same.

In this course participants will work with real data to develop a case study analysis of a value chain of interest to them. They will leave with a set of principles and tools relating to

  • designing of an appropriate value chain strategy,
  • analysing the key drivers of performance,
  • uncovering obstacles to achieving good performance, and
  • highlighting opportunities for improvement.

Meet our Experts

This short course is led by Professor Derek Baker and Professor Garry Griffith from the UNE Business School. Both are internationally recognised experts in food and agricultural product value chain analysis.

Derek Baker is Professor of Agribusiness and Value Chains, and the Director of the Centre for Agribusiness. His research interests are in measurement and analysis of food industry performance, particularly in the development of empirical value chain analysis. Derek has worked in the private and public sectors of food, farm and primary industry in over 40 countries.


Garry Griffith is an Adjunct Professor at UNE Business School. His research interests are in the application of economic models of agricultural industries to predict the impacts of changes in production technologies, advertising programs, and government policies; and the links between the competitive structure of markets and the distribution of the benefits from effective technological change. He has an ongoing interest in price formation processes in food and fibre markets and in the changing nature of the relationships between farm and retail prices.

Tri 1 - Effective Digital Marketing (6 weeks)
Dates6 March 2017 – 14 April 2017
LocationOnline delivery (no workshop requirement)

What are the most effective digital marketing strategies?

By developing effective digital marketing strategies businesses can expand their reach targeting new markets, offering new services and/or applying new online communication techniques.

This short course immerses you in the theory and practice of Digital Marketing. By the end of the course you will have learnt the necessary skills for the development of successful digital marketing campaigns and also completed two practical assessments that can be used as a portfolio to demonstrate your digital marketing expertise to current and/or potential employers.

Develop a successful digital marketing campaign.

Learn the latest in digital marketing strategies including:

  • Digital Marketing Fundamentals;
  • Digital Marketing Channels;
  • Social Media Marketing;
  • Delivering the Online Customer Experience;
  • Marketing Analytics;
  • Digital Campaign Management

Meet our Expert

A/Prof. Fredy-Roberto Valenzuela is an Associate Professor in Marketing at UNE Business School. His area of research is marketing and in particular topics related with service recovery, customer satisfaction management, relationship marketing, tourism and distance education/social presence in the online environment.

Tri 2 - Leading with Values (5 weeks)
Dates10 July 2017 - 11 August 2017
WorkshopTuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 August 2017
LocationUNE FutureCampus, Parramatta

What does it mean to provide leadership that truly makes a positive difference?

By articulating your values, better decision making and increased productivity can be unleashed. Aligning the values of individuals and the organisation as a whole can enable positive difference in your organisation.  

This short course immerses you in the theory and practice of Values Based Leadership (VBL); a strategic leadership tool that allows organisational leaders to create and build an aligned values based culture.

Develop a successful values based culture.

Leading with values offers a deeper perspective on leading people to make a positive difference in your organisation.

  • Understand the power of values in organisational practice
  • Learn to use a range of diagnostic tools to assess values alignment within your organisation
  • Develop specific leadership workplace practices to build a values based culture
  • Prepare an Executive Report based on your own experience

Meet our Expert

Staff headshotDr Phil Harrell is the Executive Director and founder of New England Management Development training and consulting company. As a public speaker, educator and consultant, he has been presenting his unique and engaging style of leadership and management development training throughout Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific for over twenty-five years.  Phil consults and researches extensively in Values Based Leadership (VBL) and collaborates with an international network for the practice of leading with values. He is an accredited Master Coach in Leading, Managing and Coaching by Values through the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

Tri 2 - Communicating Big Data (6 weeks)
Dates10 July 2017 - 18 August 2017
LocationOnline delivery (no workshop requirement)

Are you interested in Big Data, what it is and how it can be used to transform your organisation or community? If you are, then this short course is for you!

Major technological advances in recent decades mean that data is omnipresent, springing from a diverse range of outlets, often in real time and in volumes never experienced previously. There is almost too much data from multiple and often-complex sources – but how do you capture, analyze and communicate what you need to enhance decision-making?

Big Data is transforming all sectors including agriculture, mining, utilities, health, trade and tourism, business and personal services, environment, government, and not for profit and community sectors.

This Short Course is designed to give you the chance to learn about the latest developments in Communicating Big Data.

With a focus on the implications for business and drawing on real-life case studies, this course covers topics including the architecture and evolution of Big Data, its collection, storage, systems management, and its application, analytics, presentation, regulation and ethics, delivering both theoretical and practical know-how.

Meet the Expert

Dr Boyd Blackwell is an applied economist with research, teaching, and consulting experience in resource, environmental, ecological and public-good economics and policy.

He is currently leading the Enduring Community Value from Mining Team within the Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation at the UNE Business School.

Questions? We're here to help! Phone 1800 818 865 to speak with our Future Students team.