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Bachelor of Business Administration

2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

About this course

The Bachelor of Business Administration 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 of their study. They can gain practical experience via an internship which counts as two units towards their degree and can study elective units from across the University’s undergraduate offerings to extend their knowledge of other disciplines.

Career opportunities

Graduates may find opportunities in management roles within private and government organisations, human resource management, marketing, international business, finance, information systems and management.

Professional recognition

Depending on units completed, students may be eligible to join the Australian Institute of Management or the Australian Marketing Institute.

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

Professional placement

Students may choose to undertake a 260-hour internship with a business as an elective which, depending on the study stream chosen, may count as two units toward their degree.

Major areas of study

Students develop an in-depth knowledge through study streams within specialist areas:

  • Accounting (GC, L, CH, DE)
  • Digital Marketing (GC, CH, DE)
  • Finance (GC, DE)
  • Human Resource Management (GC, DE)
  • Information Systems (GC, CH, DE)
  • International Business (GC, DE)
  • Management (DE)
  • Marketing (GC, L, DE)

On-campus students can also study any study stream by distance education.

University-wide majors: A number of University-wide majors are also available, but some are not offered by distance education.

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 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 distance education 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 cut months or years off 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, the University has evaluated the learning within some Australian and overseas qualifications/courses, visit SCU Pathways. If your previous study or educational institution is not listed, we still encourage you to apply for advanced standing because you might still be eligible.

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, email, phone, and one-on-one support.

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 complete twenty-four (24) units (288 credit points) in a sequence approved by the Course Coordinator, comprising:
    1. Eight (8) units from Part A;
    2. eight (8) units from Part B; and
    3. eight (8) units from Part C
    4. 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.
  2. To be eligible for an Associate Degree of Business Administration a candidate shall complete sixteen (16) units (192 credit points) comprising:
    1. Eight (8) units from Part A;
    2. four (4) units from Part B; and
    3. four (4) units from Part C
  3. To be eligible for a Diploma of Business Administration a candidate shall complete eight (8) units (96 credit points) comprising:
    1. Four (4) units from Part A; and
    2. four (4) units from Part C
  4. A candidate who while enrolled for the Bachelor of Business Administration 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 Bachelors degree.
  5. A candidate who while enrolled for the Bachelor of Business Administration 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 Bachelors degree.

Schedule of units

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How to apply

Domestic students

Applications for this course in session 2 and session 3, 2016 are made directly to SCU via our online application service.

International students

On-campus

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

Apply OnlineSouthern Cross University accepts applications directly through the International Application for Admissions form or via our online application services.

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

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