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.

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.

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 Outcome

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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. 


Course overview

Course code

3002100

Course abbreviation

BBus

Credit points

288

Equivalent units

24

Duration

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

Duration

3 years full-time

Availability details

International

Location Teaching period Annual Fees CRICOS
Melbourne Session 1 $29,600 ($3,700 per unit) 081532A
Perth Session 1 $29,600 ($3,700 per unit) 081532A
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port Moresby Session 1 N/A N/A
Sydney Session 1 $29,600 ($3,700 per unit) 081532A

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Business students must complete 288 credit points, comprising:

  • 8 core units (96 credit points),
  • 1 major (96 credit points), and
  • a second major (96 credit points) or
  • 8 equivalent elective units (96 credit points).

Exit awards

Students may be eligible to exit with an Associate Degree of Business after completing the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points), comprising 8 core units, 4 major units, and 4 elective or major units.

Students may be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Business after completing the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points) comprising 4 core units and 4 elective or major units.


Schedule of units

Title Note

Core units

ACCT1001 - Accounting and Finance for Business
COMM1001 - Communication in Organisations
ECON1001 - Economics for Decision Making
LEGL1003 - Introduction to Business Law
MGMT1001 - Managing Organisations
MRKT1001 - Marketing Principles
SOCI1004 - Applied Ethics and Sustainability
STAT1001 - Statistical Analysis
OR
LEGL1007 - Introduction to the Business Law of Papua New Guinea Note 2

Majors

Note 4, Note 5

Title Note
This major is designed to provide students with skills in accounting and finance to prepare them for a career in general business and finance related areas. This major is not accredited with the Australian professional bodies and is suitable for international students seeking to return to their home country and not seek a professional accounting or finance career in Australia. The major comprises 8 core relevant accounting, finance and Chinese business law units. Students seeking an accredited course which will allow them to work in Australia should select either the Accounting or Finance major.
ACCT1002 - Financial Accounting
ACCT2002 - Financial Reporting
ACCT2003 - Management Accounting
ACCT2007 - Finance for Business
ACCT3002 - Advanced Management Accounting
ACCT3003 - Business Analytics and Big Data
FINC3001 - Investments and Portfolio Management
LAWS2027 - Introduction to Chinese Business Law

Title Note
ACCT2007 - Finance for Business
FINC2002 - Behavioural Finance and Client Relationships
FINC2004 - Superannuation and Retirement Planning
FINC2005 - Principles of Financial Planning
FINC2007 - Insurance and Risk Management
FINC3001 - Investments and Portfolio Management
FINC3003 - Estate Planning
LAWS2001 - Company Law
Bachelor of Business students studying the Finance Major and are seeking FASEA accreditation, will also be required to complete ACCT2001 Taxation, FINCXXXX Ethics and Professionalism and BUSN3005 Internship A from their elective units. Note 2
Note 3, Note 5

Electives

Title Note
Any undergraduate unit offered by the Faculty of Business, Law and Arts. Students can select any undergraduate unit offered by the University with Course Coordinator approval, ensuring that pre-requisites are met
Students wishing to meet the Tax Practitioner Board’s educational requirements for Tax Agent Licencing are recommended to complete two elective units as follows: ACCT3001 - Advanced Taxation AND LEGL2001 - Introduction to Land Law OR LAWS2022 - Competition and Consumer Law
Some suggested Elective units are:
BUSN2001 - Professional Development for the Workplace
BUSN3005 - Internship A Note 1
BUSN3006 - Internship B Note 1
EDUC1001 - Language and Learning in your Discipline
JUST2005 - EEO and OH&S Law and Practice
LAWS2019 - Employment and Industrial Relations Law
MATH1003 - Quantitative Methods with Economics

Unit groups

Electives

Title Note
Any undergraduate unit offered by the Faculty of Business, Law and Arts. Students can select any undergraduate unit offered by the University with Course Coordinator approval, ensuring that pre-requisites are met
Students wishing to meet the Tax Practitioner Board’s educational requirements for Tax Agent Licencing are recommended to complete two elective units as follows: ACCT3001 - Advanced Taxation AND LEGL2001 - Introduction to Land Law OR LAWS2022 - Competition and Consumer Law
Some suggested Elective units are:
BUSN2001 - Professional Development for the Workplace
BUSN3005 - Internship A Note 1
BUSN3006 - Internship B Note 1
EDUC1001 - Language and Learning in your Discipline
JUST2005 - EEO and OH&S Law and Practice
LAWS2019 - Employment and Industrial Relations Law
MATH1003 - Quantitative Methods with Economics