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100% Online Course

Bachelor of Business with a Major in Accounting

  • Qualification

    Undergraduate

  • Duration

    3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

  • Units

    24

  • Start Date

    Mar, Jul, Nov

Overview of the course

Overview of the course

Ready to start your rewarding career in finance? Study a Bachelor of Business with a Major in Accounting.

Accounting skills maximise your career opportunities. In the Accounting major, not only will you gain in-demand accounting knowledge, but you’ll learn to help people and organisations reach their financial goals.

To kick-start your rewarding career in accounting, this course will equip you with key communication and analytical skills and experience in the latest financial management software such as Xero and Tableau. Your studies will focus on the impact of emerging technologies and sustainability on the accounting discipline, setting you up for success for work with organisations or individuals.

With this degree you’ll gain the essentials that will prepare you for the workplace.  Through an industry consulting project with a live client, you’ll have the confidence to hit the ground running when you graduate. Swinburne Online Business students also benefit from guest speakers throughout their degree, with past speakers representing organisations including, NAB, Genesis Group and World Vision.

This course is accredited by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), and Certified Practising Accounts (CPA) Australia.

Please note: To be eligible for a CA/CPA students must complete the Law of Commerce (LAW20019) elective unit.

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What you will learn:

Accounting Systems: Record and analyse business activities with an understanding of the accounting cycle and its systems.

Business Systems: Evaluate business performance using accounting systems and help to drive positive changes in a business environment.

Financial Statements: Understand financial statements, how they guide business decisions and provide useful information.

Company Accounting: Gain an overview of international accounting standards and the Australian corporate regulatory framework.

Economics: Develop expertise in analytics and problem solving to improve decision making in business and government settings.

What are the entry criteria?

Non-Year 12 entry

Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees). Additional performance criteria and prerequisite requirements may also apply.

Applicants without a formal qualification but with significant and relevant work experience and appropriate English language skills, or a suitable Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) result, will be considered if they can demonstrate that they can undertake the course with a reasonable prospect of success.

Read our Applying and Enrolling FAQs.

The University may determine selection criteria and restrictions in respect of courses to apply in addition to these entry requirements.

Year 12 entry

2022 Guaranteed Entry ATAR: 60

Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.

VCE prerequisites: Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 25 in English (or equivalent) or 30 in English (EAL).

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Credit arrangements

Credit transfer

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Speak to a Course Consultant about applying for credit.

Applicants who have completed a Diploma in a related discipline may be eligible for credit of up to 8 units; the equivalent of a third of the course. Students admitted to the course with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be eligible for academic credit of up to 16 units.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows students to gain credit (advanced standing) towards their course in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Speak to a Course Consultant about applying for RPL.

Diploma entry pathways

Pathways allow students to progress from one qualification to another where the first course is recognised as an entry requirement and provides advanced standing to the second.

Credit available may vary depending on the major selected within any given degree but in most instances you may receive up to 8 unit credits.

Our Course Consultants will step you through the process of entry and credit using previous study.

Fees and scholarships

This course is offered to domestic and offshore international students. Depending on your citizenship, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place.

Domestic students also contribute to student services and amenities via an annual fee.

Scholarships are available for both commencing and current students. You may be eligible for Swinburne Scholarships.

After working for 32 years, I wanted to formalise my knowledge and further my career prospects. As I worked full-time, I needed an interactive online program. The cost of studying has quickly been absorbed as I have been able to apply for positions with greater remuneration based on my qualifications. For anyone considering studying, I highly recommend enrolling with Swinburne. Their resources, teaching staff and presentation of courses are of the highest standard.

Jennifer, Swinburne Online Graduate

Course Units

A total of 24 units are taken to complete the Bachelor of Business with a major in Accounting, including six core business units, two capstone units, eight accounting major units and eight electives.

In capstone units you combine the skills you'll learn throughout your degree and apply them to practical scenarios to solidify your knowledge. You'll collaborate with your peers and solve real business problems, giving you the confidence to step into the workforce with practical experience.

Core business units

Learning and Communicating for Innovative Business Practice (COM10011)
Financial Information for Decision Making (ACC10007)
Economic Principles (ECO10004)
Introduction to Business Information Systems (INF10003)
Introduction to Management (MGT10001)
Fundamentals of Marketing (MKT10007)

Capstone units

Advanced Innovative Business Practice (BUS30024)
Industry Consulting Project (BUS30009)

Accounting major units

Financial Information Systems (ACC10008)
Company Accounting (ACC20013)
Taxation (ACC30005)
Accounting Theory (ACC30008)
Auditing (ACC30010)
Financial Statistics (FIN10002)
Financial Management (FIN20014)

Recommended electives

Law of Commerce (LAW20019)
Big Data Management (INF20016)
Planning for Career Success (CAR10001)
Analysis for Competitive Advantage (ACC30009)
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Career opportunities

Career opportunities

  • Accountant

    Help clients manage their finances and give expert advice on financial reporting, forecasting and analysis.

  • Financial Accountant

    Take the reins and run the accounting and financial activities of an organisation. Ensure reporting requirements are met and provide timely and accurate information to the management team.

  • Financial Controller

    Oversee the day-to-day operations of your finance department. Through a strong analytical lens, you'll lead the development and implementation of complex financial strategies.

  • Finance Manager

    Play a crucial role in supporting organisations to make informed financial decisions. You'll be able to find ways to improve profitability, a key aspect of financial leadership.

  • Management Accountant

    Drive the future of your organisation - you'll communicate your financial expertise to inform important decisions that will affect your company and its' growth.

  • Bookkeeper

    If you've got an eye for detail, you'll love working as a Bookkeeper. Maintain accurate financial records and create statements. You'll be involved in processing payroll, sending invoices and maintaining employee records.

  • Business Analyst

    In this dynamic role, you'll use data analytics to assess processes, determine requirements and deliver data-driven recommendations and reports to key stakeholders.

  • Manager

    Oversee every aspect of your business - from finance, people, data, distribution, sales and growth - you'll be part of it all. You'll set goals, make change and enjoy working with people.

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Industry connections

Industry connections

  • Projects

    Work on an industry consulting project, solidifying your knowledge and giving you highly employable skills.

  • Software

    You’ll get to use industry standard software, such as Python and Xero.

  • Teaching

    Your learning advisors work in the industry themselves, helping you to stay connected to your career goals.

  • Guest Speakers

    You’ll hear from a range of industry experts, giving you the opportunity to collaborate with professionals in your field.

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Accreditations

Accreditations

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International

Swinburne business degrees are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, and are a part of the five per cent of business schools worldwide accredited by AACSB. The alumni of AACSB accredited business schools are among the world’s most influential leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs impacting business, government, and non-profit sectors.

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ)

The Bachelor of Business with a major in Accounting is professionally accredited by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

Certified Practising Accountants (CPA)

The Bachelor of Business with a major in Accounting is professionally accredited by Certified Public Accountants (CPA) Australia.

Professional Body Memberships

Graduates of the Bachelor of Business with a major in Accounting may be eligible to apply for membership of CPA Australia (CPAA), Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) or the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).

Chart a path towards your dream career

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The Swinburne Online connection

The Swinburne Online connection

The suite of Swinburne Online Business degrees provides students with the opportunity to forge connections with industry. Students hear from guest speakers and live clients with demonstrated experience within their respective fields.

Past speakers have included Richard Lugg, Richmond Football Club’s Senior Partnerships Manager, who detailed his career journey and the importance of stakeholder management within the sporting industry, and Peter Dable, The Cheesecake Shop’s General Manager of Marketing and Operations, who gave students an insight into his career progression from an entry level position at Red Bull to an executive-level role.

Career Insights

Career Insights

Whether you have ambitions to work at a multinational corporation, work for a not-for-profit, your local business, or your own company, a Bachelor of Business with a Major in Accounting at Swinburne will give you the skills and knowledge to make it in any market.

Industry Consulting Project

Industry Consulting Project

Gaining hands on experience is a key part of making sure students are ready to hit the ground running after their degrees. This teaching period students in the BUS30009 Industry Consulting Project subject will work on briefs for real world clients including MyDeal and Second Bite to solve tricky industry problems and present recommendations live to their clients. Along the way students work in inter disciplinary teams to share the skills each has developed in their own learning journey in order to dig into the client problem, understand key stakeholders and be ready to sell their recommendations to the client.

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Behind the major

Behind the major

Meet those who create and deliver the Bachelor of Business with a Major in Accounting.

Dr Richard Busulwa

Lecturer and Researcher

“At Swinburne, we see that rather than replacing accountants, technology can augment their accounting skills and supercharge their ability to create business value. Being a technology university, we draw on our technology research to equip future accountants with the technology knowledge and skills necessary for them play critical roles in their organisation’s digital transformation and digital business agendas.”

On successful completion of this Course students will be able to:

  • Define and integrate theoretical principles applicable to accounting and apply those principles in a range of practices
  • Systematically review and critically evaluate research from a variety of sources in order to make informed judgements on options for innovatively solving a range of problems that arise in business contexts
  • Formulate creative solutions that are fit for purpose and demonstrate cognisance of the impact of business decisions on the triple bottom line
  • Coherently articulate a line of reasoning demonstrating cultural sensitivity and apply a framework to analyse and offer solutions to ethical dilemmas
  • Communicate a range of business arguments by evaluating and implementing alternative communication strategies as appropriate to the audience
  • Build on and continuously develop the intellectual independence to be critical and reflective learners, cognisant of new technologies
  • Work collaboratively in diverse groups

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Business (Accounting) students must complete 300 credit points comprising of:

  • Eight [8] core units of study (100 credit points)
  • Eleven [11] units of study from the Accounting discipline major (137.5 credit points) and
  • Five [5] units of study comprising of a minor and/or electives; (62.5 credit points)

Students have the opportunity to undertake a WIL Professional Placement. Students may not complete any more than 125 credit points (normally ten units) at Introductory Level. A unit of study can only be counted once. Where there are overlaps between majors and/or minors, students in the first instance choose another unit from the list of units available in the major/minor.

Please note: After Semester 2, 2015, Careers in the curriculum will no longer be offered at Swinburne. This unit was previously compulsory for all undergraduate students. It will not be replaced by another unit.

Professional Placements

Professional Placements are subject to a competitive selection process. International students may be eligible for a Professional Placement where a relevant Professional degree exists. International students who successfully gain a placement through the selection process will be required to change courses to the relevant Professional degree, in order to complete a placement and should consider any visa and extended study duration implications prior to applying.

Students who undertake a 12-month professional placement are subject to the following course rules and must complete 375 credit points comprising of:

  • Eight [8] core units of study (100 credit points)
  • Eleven [11] units of study from the Accounting discipline major (137.5 credit points) and
  • Four [4] units of study from the Professional Placement Co-Major (100 credit points); and
  • Three [3] units of study comprising electives (37.5 credit points)

Students who elect to undertake a 6-month professional placement are subject to the following course rules and must complete 325 credit points comprising:

  • Eight [8] core units of study (100 credit points)
  • Eleven [11] units of study from the Accounting discipline major (137.5 credit points) and
  • Two [2] units of study from the Professional Placement Co-Major (100 credit points); and
  • Three [3] units of study comprising electives (37.5 credit points)

Volume of Learning

The Bachelor of Business (Accounting) consists of 300 credit points. Units normally carry 12.5 credit points (cps). In each year eight (8) units normal constitute a full-time load of 100 credit points and four (4) units normally constitute a part-time load of 50 credit points. The volume of learning of the Bachelor of Business is typically 3 years. For students who complete a Professional Placement the Bachelor of Business (Accounting) consists of 325-375 credit points. Units normally carry 12.5 credit points with placement units carrying 25 credit points each. A standard annual full-time student load comprises 100 credit points, and a standard part-time load comprises 50 credit points. The volume of learning of the Bachelor of Business (Accounting) with a 6-month placement is typically 3.5 years. The volume of learning of the Bachelor of Business (Accounting) with a 12- month placement is typically 4 years.

The full Course Information Set and Whole of Institution Set are available for reference.

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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

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  • Do I have to purchase learning materials?

    For students undertaking a degree, most of your learning materials are included with a free license provided to you by Swinburne Online. However, in some cases, you will be notified via your student email that you will need to buy specific software or eTexts. For TAFE Business students, all of your learning materials will be available online and are covered by your course fees. You won’t need to purchase any further materials.

  • Which units should I start with?

    When you enrol to study a degree with us, you will nominate how many units you would like to select per teaching period, based on a recommendation from one of our Course Consultants. From here, our enrolments team will allocate you automatically to the units they feel will be best suited to your needs, so you don’t need to worry about choosing units. If you want to choose something different than what you are allocated to, that is no problem, just get in touch with our Student Advisors and they will take care of it for you.

  • Do I need to be logged on to study at specific times?

    You won’t normally have to be online at a specific time. Your course material is available for you from the beginning of each teaching period and you can work through it in the hours that suit you.

    There are some live webinar sessions that run approximately once a month. These are a special opportunity for students to sign in at the same time as their tutors, normally before an assessment deadline. It gives you the chance to ask any questions relating to the assignment in real time and hear other student’s questions and thoughts. We understand that students won’t always be able to make these sessions, so they can be replayed the next day.

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