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Course summary

To forge a business career you need creative and agile thinking as much as a calculator. Our Bachelor of Business is taught in a dynamic environment where fresh ideas and a global outlook are always flavour of the month.

Work placements are a feature – you can complete internships either in Australia or abroad in your field of interest, building your professional networks as you earn credit towards your degree.

You'll learn foundational business principles in law, accounting, economics, management and statistics. You can also pursue specialist knowledge from a diverse range of majors, including aviation (that includes a specific pathway to gain a Commercial Pilot’s Licence), or majors in finance, accounting, international business, management, human resources and marketing.

Our graduates gain the professional, critical thinking and communication skills to run their own businesses or pursue careers in marketing, product management, investment, finance and more.

DurationLocationSession

3F/6P

May be completed in a shorter duration subject to unit availabilities

Coffs Harbour1, 2
Gold Coast1, 2, 3
Lismore1, 2
Online1, 2, 3
DurationLocationSession

3F/6P

Gold Coast (Aviation Mgmt)1, 2, 3
Gold Coast1, 2, 3
Lismore1, 2
Melbourne1, 2, 3
Perth1, 2, 3
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port Moresby1, 2
Sydney1, 2, 3

Students have the option of completing the core units in the Bachelor of Business plus electives or they may specialise in one or more business disciplines of their choice through the study of a single or double major.

All majors are available in online study mode. On-campus students may also study any Bachelor of Business major online. Some majors, study streams and units may not be available at each campus location.

Majors are as follows:

  • Accounting  (Gold Coast, Lismore, Coffs Harbour, SYD*, MEL*, PER*, PNG, online)
    Equips students with the technical, conceptual and managerial skills to be effective business managers in modern commercial, government, social and not-for-profit organisations.
  • Aviation Management  (Gold Coast)
    Aviation management units help develop an understanding of the broader function of, and impacts on, the aviation industry. Students who have successfully completed a Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Flight Operations) with another institution may be granted up to eight units of advanced standing (credit) for the Bachelor of Business with a major in Aviation Management. This major also provides students with the opportunity to undertake a full accredited CASA Commercial Pilot License through Airways Aviation.
  • Finance (Gold Coast, Lismore)
    Students are taught to understand the key principles of wealth creation and risk analysis in a global economy. They learn to evaluate factors that impact on the value of the dollar, interest rates and stock market.
  • Human Resource Management  (Gold Coast)
    Students are equipped with the professional expertise and understanding needed to manage selection and recruitment procedures, training and development, and performance management of staff.
  • International Business  (Gold Coast, SYD*, MEL*)
    Prepares students to respond to the complexity of global markets, addressing issues such as cross-cultural communication and negotiation, alternative market structures, variations in consumer demand patterns and differing government regulations and policies.
  • Management  (Gold Coast, PNG)
    Equips students with the skills to monitor the changing business and social environment and make sound judgments on the most appropriate directions and actions.
  • Marketing  (Gold Coast, SYD*, MEL*)
    Students develop analytical business skills, excellent communication skills and an understanding of human behaviour and motivation. They learn how to creative effective marketing strategies and campaigns.

(SYD = Sydney, MEL = Melbourne, PER = Perth, PNG = Papua New Guinea)

* SydneyMelbourne and Perth locations are available to international students only.

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Develop and create effective solutions to straight forward problems from a discipline area. Critically evaluate, analyse and synthesise a straight forward issue or theory from a discipline area to arrive at a conclusion / decision with justification.

Creativity

Apply knowledge and skills creatively in devising solutions to challenges related to a business discipline.

Ethical practice

Describe and apply a recognised ethical framework to analyse behaviour in a discipline or workplace/ organisation. Apply discipline based knowledge and skills in situations that require autonomy and well-developed responsible behaviour.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate and apply in-depth discipline specific knowledge and skills with a global perspective. Demonstrate an understanding and application of research, analytical and technical skills in a broad business discipline.

Lifelong learning

Reflect on, assess and self-regulate own learning capabilities and performance.

Communication and social skills

Prepare and deliver well developed discipline advice, knowledge and ideas orally for a business and public context. Prepare and deliver well developed and justified, discipline advice using written communications suitable for business and public contexts.

Investigate and identify a broad range of leadership practices in the management of people and self.

Demonstrate the ability to effectively participate in and reflect upon self and team activities in general business situations.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate cultural competence in local, Australian-wide and international settings as applied in business and social situations.

Assessment may be in the form of essays, reports, audio or video presentations, online quizzes, case analyses, and examinations.

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Business gain the professional, critical thinking and communication skills to run their own business or to pursue career opportunities in a broad range of sectors, including marketing, product management, investment, finance and more.

The Bachelor of Business with a finance major is a pathway to many financial services positions in commercial banking, corporate finance, funds management and stockbroking, financial risk management, foreign exchange and investment banking. If your chosen career path is to become a licenced Financial Planner or Financial Adviser, you need to be aware that recent legislative changes in the finance industry now require new entrants to hold an Approved Degree. Southern Cross University is liaising with FASEA to develop and restructure its finance degrees to meet the new educational requirements.

For more information on Approved Degrees or educational pathways, please contact the Financial Advisor Standards Ethics Authority (FASEA) to confirm the educational accreditation requirements needed for your future career path.

Students may choose, as electives, one or two double-weighted internship units. Internships provide invaluable experience and professional networking opportunities. 

The Accounting major is accredited by Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand and CPA Australia. Students may apply for membership of the Institute of Public Accountants. Students are eligible to join the Australian Institute of Management.

The Finance major is aligned with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) RG146 accreditation requirements and Southern Cross University provides authorised assessment for certification. With the new FASEA legislative requirements, the provision of ASIC RG146 accreditation will only remain in place up until December 2023. Note: ASIC RG146 accreditation is not a substitute/equivalent for FASEA accreditation.

If your chosen career path is to become a licenced Financial Planner or Financial Adviser, you need to be aware that recent FASEA legislative changes in the finance industry now require new entrants to hold an Approved Degree. Southern Cross University is liaising with FASEA to develop and restructure its finance degrees to meet the new educational requirements.

For more information on Approved Degrees or educational pathways, please contact the Financial Advisor Standards Ethics Authority (FASEA) to confirm the educational accreditation requirements needed for your future career path. 

Notice

The information on this page may be subject to change over time. Please check this web page again before acting and see our disclaimer

From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'

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