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Bachelor of Business (Insurance)

Graduation requirements

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points (24 subjects), comprising the core subjects, the Insurance specialisation subjects, the joint study in Finance and one free elective (with all subjects having been either awarded as credit or completed during enrolment in the course).

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU and the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF) have jointly designed the Bachelor of Business (Insurance).

Admission to undertake this specialisation is open to ANZIIF members who have completed an ANZIIF Diploma insurance qualification. Students must apply for this course through ANZIIF.

The degree combines the study of insurance specific subjects offered by the ANZIIF with broader business and financial services subjects offered by CSU. It provides students with the opportunity to expand their qualification base, acknowledging their insurance expertise and supporting their career progression in the wider financial industry.

On completion, graduates will hold a CSU degree that is internationally recognised and provides access to postgraduate studies.

The general aim of the Bachelor of Business is to provide the formal educational requirements for students to function competently in professional, specialist and managerial positions in private or public practice, commerce, industry and the public sector.

In both law and economics, insurance is a form of risk management primarily used to hedge against the risk of a contingent, uncertain loss. Insurance is the equitable transfer of the risk of a loss from one entity to another in exchange for payment and was practised by Chinese and Babylonian traders as long ago as the 3rd millennia BC.

Insurance can have significant effects on society through the way it changes who bears the cost of losses and damages and insurance companies world-wide are often under media scrutiny for the manner in which they handle claims particularly those associated with major natural disasters.

The Bachelor of Business (Insurance) includes a range of subjects such as risk assessment and management, underwriting management, providing customer advice, claims management, insurance law and regulation, financial planning, treasury risk management, investments and funds management. 

Professional recognition

Professional accreditation from ANZIIF applies to this course. Accreditation from ASIC (RG146 compliance) is applicable if specific Finance subjects are completed.

Flexible offering

This course is available by distance education only. It can be studied both full and part-time and has a minimum full-time duration of six sessions. The degree 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.

For students completing the Insurance specialisation, credit must have been awarded for all the specialisation subjects, which are undertaken through the ANZIIF, and the elective subjects must include a joint study in Finance.

While this course does not articulate with other courses, students who wish to terminate their study at an earlier stage may be eligible to receive one of three lower level awards, the Associate Degree in Business Studies, University Certificate in Business Studies, or the University Certificate in Business.

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

Students will be eligible to graduate with the award University Certificate in Business Studies (UnivCertBusStud) if they have completed 64 points in the Bachelor of Business, of which at least 48 points must be business or business related subjects, thus meeting the requirements of the University Certificate. However, the students must meet the University Certificate criteria (ie 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 program. However, the students must meet the University Certificate in Business criteria (i.e. complete the 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

As a graduate you will be qualified to find work in a number of different areas within the insurance industry. Career options are broad and include the following:

  • Life Insurance – distribution

    Course structure

    Core

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

    Foundation

    ACC100 Accounting 1
    ACC110 Accounting 2
    LAW110 Business Law
    MKT110 Marketing & Society
    QBM120 Business Data Analysis

    Specialisation

    INS101 Insurance Foundations
    INS102 Introduction to Insurance Classes and Products
    INS201 Policy and Claims Handling
    INS202 Introduction to Underwriting
    INS203 Insurance Law and Regulation I
    INS204 Insurance Law and Regulation II
    plus two (2) from the following six (6) subjects, each of which relates to a particular class of insurance:
    INS301 Liability Underwriting Management
    INS302 Personal Lines Underwriting Management
    INS303 Commercial Lines Underwriting Management A
    INS304 Commercial Lines Underwriting Management B
    INS305 Marine Underwriting Management
    INS306 Statutory Classes Underwriting Management
    plus two (2) from the following six (6) subjects, each of which relates to a particular class of insurance:
    INS311 Liability Claims Management
    INS312 Personal Lines Claims Management
    INS313 Commercial Lines Claims Management A
    INS314 Commercial Lines Claims Management B
    INS315 Marine Claims Management
    INS316 Statutory Classes Claims Management

    Electives

    Students must choose six (6) 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 six (6) 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 3 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.

    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

    Students are advised to contact the Course Director for enrolment pattern information.

    At a glance

    Study Mode

    Distance education

    Where

    Bathurst

    When

    Session 1; Session 2

    Level

    Undergraduate

    Duration

    The minimum full-time duration for the degree is six sessions by distance education.

    International?

    YES

    Indicative ATAR

    N/A

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