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Associate Degree of Business ADBS

Program focus


The Associate Degree of Business equips students
with foundation knowledge of a broad range of business activities
within the contemporary competitive business environment.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Duration

2 years full-time, up to 4 years part-time

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Program aims

The Associate Degree of Business is a program aimed
at equipping students with a foundation understanding of how business
organisations operate in different environmental contexts. It exposes
students to a range of issues and challenges faced by business as
it strives to make organisations successful, sustainable and responsible
stakeholders in society.

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Program objectives

At the completion of the Associate Degree of Business,
students should be able to do one of the following:

  • work in support of professionals or work in a business
    employment category in its own right at a similar level to paraprofessional
    personnel

  • understand a field of business with the emphasis
    on breadth rather than depth in one specific area.


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Program structure

Students enrolling into the Associate Degree of Business
can choose courses from the majors and minors from within the BCOM Bachelor of Commerce, BBUS Bachelor of Business and BBAD Bachelor of Business Administration programs.
Students undertaking an area of study from within the BCOM would complete
the BCOM core, while students undertaking an area of study from the BBUS would complete
the BBUS core. A student undertaking a generalist area of study in
line with the BBAD
would undertake the BBAD core.

The Associate Degree of Business has the following
structure:

  • 8 core courses

  • 8 courses from named business related discipline
    areas in the Faculty of Business and Law.


Please note: Subject to approval
by the Director of Coursework Studies, Faculty of Business and Law,
up to 4 courses may be taken from discipline areas outside of the
Faculty of Business and Law.

The Associate Degree of Business is comprised of
16 units as follows:

Area of study Number of units
Core courses from the Bachelor of Commerce
, Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Business Administration
8 units
Any 8 courses from the Bachelor of Commerce
, Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Business Administration listed below:
  • Accounting

  • Administrative Management

  • Business Law

  • Finance

  • General Commerce

  • Human Resource Management

  • Information Technology Management

  • International Business

  • Management and Leadership

  • Marketing

  • Supply Chain Management

  • Sustainable Business

  • Sustainable Economics and Policy

  • Tourism Management


8 units
Total 16 units

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Core courses

All students are required to complete a core of 8
single-unit courses. The purpose of the core courses is to expose
business students to fundamental concepts and methods and the diversity
of subject matter that they will encounter in their studies. The functional
areas of business are identified and elementary tools underpinning
specialist study areas are developed.

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Exit points

Students must maintain good standing in this program
(see Other program requirements section). Students not wishing to
complete the Associate Degree of Business program may be permitted
to exit with a Diploma of Business Administration if they have completed 8 courses as follows:

  • a minimum of 4 core courses from the Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Business
    or Bachelor of Business Administration

  • 4 other courses from the Bachelor of Commerce
    , Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Business Administration.


A maximum of 4 exemptions can be claimed towards
the Diploma of Business Administration.

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