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Bachelor of Business Administration

2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

About this course

The Bachelor of Business Administration from Southern Cross University gives students the opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of management and professional practice, and the option to specialise in a range of industry-specific disciplines. Students have flexibility in determining the structure and industry focus of their study. They can gain practical experience via an internship which counts as two units towards their degree or study elective units from across the University’s undergraduate offerings to extend their knowledge of other disciplines. 

Career opportunities

In administrative management roles within private and government organisations, human resource management, marketing, international business and management. 
 
Note: Students wanting to gain professional accreditation for accounting should study the Bachelor of Accounting

Professional recognition

Students may be eligible to join the Australian Institute of Management (AIM). 

Students wanting to gain professional accreditation for accounting should study the Bachelor of Accounting or the Bachelor of Business.

Students wanting to gain professional accreditation for finance should study the Bachelor of Business.

Professional placement

Students may choose, as electives, one or two double-weighted internship units.

Major areas of study

Students may study one or two specified majors,or may develop an individual study plan to complete a generic Bachelor of Business Administration without a major. 
 
Specified majors and campus availabilities:
 
Gold Coast and Online:
Human Resource Management: Equips students with the professional expertise and understanding needed to manage selection and recruitment procedures, training and development, and the performance management of staff.
 
Management: Equips students with the skills to monitor the changing business and social environment and make sound judgments on the most appropriate directions and actions for an organisation.
 
Marketing: 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.
 
Tourism: Prepares students for a career in tourism, by providing an understanding of tourism management. 

On-campus students can also study any study stream online.

Please note that some majors, study streams and units may not be available at each location. Unit availabilities are published for each study period and may vary from year to year.

Assessment methods

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

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including face-to-face lectures and tutorials. Some units offer online activities, classes, pre-recorded and/or live lectures. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

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

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.
  • Recognition of informal learning
    Credit may be awarded on the basis of current informal learning (that takes place through work, social, family or leisure activities).

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

 Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.

Learning support

Learning resources

MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.

The SCU Library provides a wide range of services that include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. To find out more, see the Library Toolbox.

The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, assignment reviews and small group or one-on-one face-to-face, phone or Skype consultations during business hours 9am to 4.30pm. Appointments can be made via the MySCU Hub ‘Connect Now’ button or on the Academic Skills home page. Students can also book appointments online in Career Hub.

The YourTutor service provides online after-hours study support for SCU students. This service is available from 4pm to midnight Sunday to Friday via the 'Connect Now' button on MySCU Hub or from a link in nominated unit learning sites. The YourTutor service offers generic writing feedback and live online chat assistance for foundational concepts and study skills.

Equipment and facilities

Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.

Course structure

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

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Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of the Bachelor of Business Administration a candidate shall successfully complete twenty-four (24) units (288 credit points) comprising:
    1. Eight (8) units from Part A;
    2. eight (8) units from Part B; and
    3. eight (8) units from Part C; or
    4. one (1) eight-unit (8) University-wide Major selected from the University-wide Schedule of Majors.
    5. Unless approved by the Course Coordinator, a minimum of six (6) units must have a Level of Learning classified as Advanced and a maximum of ten (10) units must have a Level of Learning classified as Introductory.

Exit Awards

Associate Degree of Business Administration

  1. To be eligible for an Associate Degree of Business Administration a candidate shall successfully complete sixteen (16) units (192 credit points) comprising:
    1. Eight (8) units from Part A;
    2. any four (4) units from Part B; and
    3. any four (4) units from Part C
  2. A candidate in the Bachelor of Business Administration who has completed the requirements for the Associate Degree of Business Administration may elect to be awarded the Associate Degree of Business Administration following withdrawal from candidature for the Bachelor degree.

Diploma of Business Administration

  1. To be eligible for a Diploma of Business Administration a candidate shall successfully complete eight (8) units (96 credit points) comprising:
    1. Four (4) units from Part A; and
    2. any four (4) units from Part B or C
  2. A candidate in the Bachelor of Business Administration who has completed the requirements for the Diploma of Business Administration may elect to be awarded the Diploma of Business Administration following withdrawal from candidature for the Bachelor degree.

Schedule of units

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How to apply

Domestic students

International students

Confirm you meet the entry requirements including English language and academic entry and any specific pre-requisites.

Southern Cross University accepts applications directly through the International Application for Admissions form.

Additional information on how to apply is available at SCU International. Please note applicants from some countries need to go through an Education Agent.

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

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