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Bachelor of Business (Finance)

Graduation requirements

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 point s (24 subjects). These subjects are a combination of core subjects, foundation subjects, specialisation subjects and electives.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU's Bachelor of Business (Finance) is designed to prepare graduates for managerial and specialist positions in commerce, industry and the public sector.

The course is designed to give graduates a broad range of skills, ensuring good prospects to work in local, national or global companies. It provides the foundation and specialist skills and knowledge vital for a successful career in finance and to operate successfully within the business environment.

The course consists of three core subjects, four foundation subjects, eight specialisation subjects and nine electives. This allows the students the opportunity to study a range of subjects to suit their interests, such as financial management, accounting and management theory, financial planning, investments, funds management, international finance and finance law. It also offers the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in what actually happens in financial planning and management within an organisation, as part of a business placement program.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Business (Finance) fulfils the training standards in the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) Regulatory Guide 146: Licensing: Training of financial product advisers (RG146). CSU is a training provider for RG146.

Workplace learning

Industry requires graduates who are better equipped for the workplace and students are looking for greater flexibility in subjects studied, while retaining the ability to specialise in core discipline areas.

Three workplace learning subjects provide students with the opportunity to undertake a business placement in each of their three years of study (or equivalent). The expectations and outcomes associated with these subjects increases each year - for example, the length of placement will increase from 35 hours in Year 1 to 70 hours in Year 2 and 120 hours in Year 3. Placements may occur in practicum blocks or a dedicated regular time through the session. Students will be expected to make a meaningful contribution that will benefit the business and the student's key employability skills. The focus of each of the workplace learning subjects will be the nexus between theory (what the student will be learning in their studies) and practice (what actually happens in the workplace).

There may be ancillary costs associated with your workplace learning subject (for example, travel costs to reach the workplace). These costs may vary depending on the location of the work placement.

Work placements are not available to international students due to current Australian Government visa regulations.

Flexible offering

This course is available by distance education and can be studied full-time or part-time.

International students may also choose to study this course through CSU Study Centres in Sydney and Melbourne.

The course is programmed over sessions 1 and 2, with a number of subjects offered in session 3 allowing students to fast-track their degree if desired.

Students will be eligible to graduate with the Associate Degree in Business Studies if they have completed 128 points in the Bachelor of Business, of which at least 88 points must be business or business-related subjects.

Students will be eligible to graduate with the University Certificate in Business Studies if they have completed 64 points in the Bachelor of Business, of which at least 48 points must be business or business-related subjects. However, the students must meet the University Certificate criteria (i.e. no credit granted in the course) to be able to exit with the award.

Students in the Bachelor of Business programs may use the University Certificate in Business as an exit point should they decide to withdraw from the Bachelor of Business Studies or Bachelor of Business program. owever, the students must meet the University Certificate in Business criteria (i.e. complete three core subjects plus five of the available foundation subjects, and no credit granted in the course) to be able to exit with the award.

Career opportunities

Where it will take you

Graduates with technical, analytical and conceptual skills in finance are in demand in areas such as:

  • business development
  • marketing
  • real estate development
  • merchant banking
  • investment banking
  • superannuation management
  • insurance
  • corporate treasuries
  • trade and marketing
  • exports and imports
  • treasuries
  • government departments
  • project management enterprises
  • financial modelling
  • financial advice
  • investment analysis
  • academic pursuits
  • policy advice

Course structure

Core

ECO130 Business Economics
MGT100 Organisations & Management
MGT230 Ethics, Sustainability & Culture

Foundation

BUS110 Professional Practice
BUS220 Business Placement
BUS370 Business Internship
QBM120 Business Data Analysis

Specialisation

ACC100 Accounting 1
ACC110 Accounting 2
FIN211 Financial Management
FIN230 Financial Institutions & Markets
plus at least four (4) from
ECO220 Macroeconomic Analysis
FIN221 Investments
FIN331 Financial Planning
FIN340 International Finance
FIN350 Strategic Financial Management
FIN360 Treasury Risk Management
FIN370 Funds Management
LAW330 Finance Law

Electives

 Students must choose nine (9) electives either by:

  • completing a joint study in another discipline area, which will be included on the testamur, and adding the number of free electives needed to bring the total number of subjects to 24; or by
  • selecting nine (9) free electives. A free elective is any undergraduate subject offered by Charles Sturt University provided prerequisites and enrolment restrictions have been met. 

Note that at least four (4) electives must be Business or Business related subjects.

Students must ensure that there are no more than twelve (12) level one subjects in their degree. Students must also ensure that they complete a minimum of five (5) level three subjects in their degree. The level of a subject is designated by the first digit in the subject code, e.g. MGT100 is a level one subject.

In addition, students wishing to meet accreditation requirements for ASIC must complete FIN340 FIN350 FIN360 FIN370 LAW330 and ECO220. Two of these subjects will count towards the number of required electives. In addition, FIN221 and FIN331 must also be completed as part of their elective choice. Note that students undertaking this group of subjects should consult with their Course Manager to discuss options in regard to the completion of a Joint Study.

Joint Studies

Students may also undertake a joint study, aprescribed set of subjects taken from a discipline other than the chosen specialisation. Students are then able to use the title of the joint study in conjunction with the specialisation (e.g. Bachelor of Business (Management/Finance).

  • Joint Study disciplines

Enrolment pattern

Part time suggested study sequence

Session 1

ACC100 Accounting 1
MGT100 Organisations & Management

Session 2

ACC110 Accounting 2
BUS110 Professional Practice

Session 3

QBM120 Business Data Analysis
1 subject from:
ITC105 Communication & Information Management
LAW110 Business Law
MKT110 Marketing & Society

Session 4

ECO130 Business Economics
MGT230 Ethics, Sustainability & Culture

Session 5

BUS220 Business Placement
FIN211 Financial Management

Session 6

2 x Specialisation subjects from:
FIN331 Financial Planning
FIN350 Strategic Financial Management
FIN360 Treasury Risk Management

Session 7

1 x Specialisation subject from:
ECO220 Macroeconomic Analysis
FIN221 Investments
FIN340 International Finance
FIN370 Funds Management
LAW330 Finance Law
1 x Elective

Session 8

FIN230 Financial Institutions & Markets
1 x Specialisation subject from:
FIN331 Financial Planning
FIN350 Strategic Financial Management
FIN360 Treasury Risk Management

Session 9

2 x Electives

Session 10

2 x Electives

Session 11

2 x Electives

Session 12

BUS370 Business Internship
1 x Elective

At a glance

Study Mode

On campus; Distance education

Where

Melbourne (Study Centre); Sydney (Study Centre)

When

Session 1; Session 2; Session 3

Level

Undergraduate

Duration

The minimum full-time duration for this course is six sessions by distance education or on campus.

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

N/A

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