Bachelor of Business - Management major

Today’s managers face many challenges, requiring a rethink of how businesses are run. The complexity of organisations means managers are responsible for achieving performance goals in diverse areas – profitability, sustainability, innovation, social responsibility, stakeholder relations, market share and resource utilisation. Our world needs managers who can lead in uncertain and changing environments, and understand that complex problems are solved by teams from various disciplines.

The Management major provides you with the skills to manage projects and change, motivate people and influence behaviour. It’s a great stepping stone for a career in any area of business, and a good combination with any other major.

The outcomes for graduates of this major are outlined in the Graduate Profile.

Structure and content

Part One

Papers in part 1 provide you with an introduction to the roles of business and fundamental concepts in business disciplines. You complete 5 core papers in part 1 which are:

  • Business in Context (30 points)
  • Management and Organisation (15 points)
  • Accounting for Decision Making (15 points)
  • Quantitative Methods for Business (15 points)
  • Economic Principles I (15 points)

In addition to the 5 core papers you choose 2 elective papers from the list below, or from elsewhere in the university:

  • Economic Principles 2 (15 points)
  • Introduction to Finance (15 points)
  • Marketing, Advertising, Retailing, Sales: Positioning in an Omni Environment (15 points)
  • Business Information Systems (15 points)
  • Design for Business (15 points)
  • Leadership for Sustainable Enterprise (15 points)
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation (15 points)

Part Two

Over the next two years, you gain an understanding of the factors that influence people’s behaviour in organisations, learn processes to manage projects and change in the workplace, and analyse aspects of developing and managing people.

Part Three

Workplace experience (Co-operative Education) is the final part of your degree and takes a full semester. This is a supervised work placement related to your major(s), for an organisation of your choice in New Zealand or overseas. You apply what you’ve learnt in a real-world business, not-for-profit organisation, entrepreneurial venture or through an applied project, which is a supervised research project.

Recent placements included:

  • Air New Zealand
  • Auckland Council
  • Bidvest
  • Chubb New Zealand Ltd
  • Coca-Cola Amatil NZ
  • Counties Manukau DHB
  • Holiday Inn Auckland Airport
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • The Warehouse Group
  • Vodafone NZ
  • Waitemata District Health Board

Further information about Co-operative Education

PAPERS (90 POINTS)

Level Six:

MGMT601 Organisational Behaviour

Select Two:

BSYS603 Project Management
BSYS604 Operations Management
HRMG601 Human Resource Management
MGMT602 Management of SMEs
MGMT603 Leadership for Change

Level Seven:

MGMT703 Strategic Management

Select Two:


BSYS703 eBusiness Management
BSYS704 Logistics and Supply Chain Management
MGMT702 Management of Technology and Innovation
MGMT704 Management in the Not for Profit Sector
MGMT705 Occupational Stress and Resilience
MGMT706 Contemporary Themes in Organisational Behaviour

Related programmes

Please visit our AUT Postgraduate Business Qualifications page to view our range of postgraduate programmes.

Career opportunities

  • Manager or executive
  • Business researcher
  • Functional manager
  • Management consultant
  • Project manager
  • Small business operator

Graduates and students of business

Last updated: 26-Aug-2016 3.03pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.