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100% Online Course

Bachelor of Business with a Major in Accounting and Finance

  • 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

Find out how to kick your career goals with a Major in Accounting and Finance.

Master the key skills to help people and organisations reach their financial goals, with a focus on doing it sustainably and utilising the latest in financial software. In this course taught by financial experts, you’ll pair expertise in managing risks and advocating for your clients with knowledge of emerging financial trends including cryptocurrency and blockchain analysis.

The major in Accounting and Finance will see you team up with your peers to work on a consulting project with a live client, using cutting-edge financial programming software, such as Python, Tableau and Xero. Be set up to make meaningful decisions for future organisations and clients with experience in key, industry-specific software.

In this degree, you’ll gain knowledge about core business needs across an organisation and hear directly from guest speakers with a broad range of Business experience. Past speakers have included representatives from NAB, Genesis Group and Richmond Football Club.

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

 

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What you will learn

Financial management: Examine the fundamentals of corporate finance and the role finance plays within corporate management.

Management accounting: Learn technical skills required to analyse information that supports decisions which enhance both customer and shareholder values.

Analysis for competitive advantage: Examine the role of management accounting in solving real world business problems.

Finance law: Understand the laws of financial regulations and how they impact the provision of financial services to retail and wholesale clients in Australia.

Ethics and International Finance: Learn to navigate the technology-driven environment of international finance, as well as ethical values and principles.

Management of investment portfolios: Apply investment knowledge in allocating assets to a portfolio.

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.

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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.

I found the flexibility of studying while also working full time very useful, as it allowed me to access study around my busy lifestyle. My degree has provided me with skills that are a requirement in my current role. Without them, I may not have been as successful in obtaining this role.

Leah, Swinburne Online graduate

Course Units

A total of 24 units are taken to complete the Bachelor of Business with a major in Accounting and Finance, including eight core business units and 16 accounting and finance major units. 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 and Finance major units

Financial Information Systems (ACC10008)
Management Accounting for Planning and Control (ACC20007)
Company Accounting (ACC20013)
Taxation (ACC30005)
Accounting Theory (ACC30008)
Analysis for Competitive Advantage (ACC30009)
Auditing (ACC30010)
Financial Statistics (FIN10002)
Financial Management (FIN20014)
Financial Risk Management (FIN30014)
Ethics and International Finance (FIN20016)
Management of Investment Portfolios (FIN30016)
Alternative Investments (FIN30020)
Fixed Income and Debt Markets (FIN30021)
Law of Commerce (LAW20019)
Finance Law (LAW30002)

Career opportunities

Career opportunities

  • Accountant

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

  • Stockbroker

    Be the trusted connection between your clients and the stock market. Working with organisations or individuals, you'll buy and sell stocks, build relationships with clients and share expert financial advice.

  • International Business Consultant

    Develop strategies for large companies and clients all over the world. You'll use outstanding problem solving skills to create solutions to problems your clients might not have even anticipated.

  • Investor Relations Associate

    Connect your company to its' investors. Not only will you compile information from potential investors, but you'll analyse internal and external data to create reports. You'll be a key part of ensuring your company keeps up with the rapidly changing business world.

  • Entrepreneur

    With a solid understanding of business practices, you'll have the tools you need to set up your own business. Bring your fresh ideas to the market and put your knowledge into practice as you assess your growth and innovation.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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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 and Finance is professionally accredited by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

Certified Practising Accountants (CPA)

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

Professional Body Memberships

Graduates of the Bachelor of Business with a major in Accounting and Finance 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).

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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, or your own company, a Bachelor of Business with a Major in Accounting and Finance 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 and Finance.

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.”

Mardy Chiah

Senior Lecturer

“I am passionate about the growing complexity of financial markets and the interconnectedness of different capital markets not only in Australia but across the globe. Specialising in the finance major would help students to understand risk and return tradeoff across different capital markets, allowing them to make better informed decisions.”

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

  • Define and integrate theoretical principles applicable to accounting and finance 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 and Finance) students must complete 300 credit points comprising of:

  • Eight [8] core units of study (100 credit points)
  • Sixteen [16] units of study from the Accounting and the Finance discipline major (200 credit points)

Students have the opportunity to undertake a WIL Professional Placement.

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 400 credit points comprising of:

  • Eight [8] core units of study (100 credit points)
  • Sixteen [16] units of study from the Accounting and the Finance discipline major (200 credit points)
  • Four [4] units of study from the Professional Placement Co-Major (100 credit points)

Students who elect to undertake a 6-month professional placement are subject to the following course rules and must complete 350 credit points comprising:

  • Eight [8] core units of study (100 credit points)
  • Sixteen [16] units of study from the Accounting and the Finance discipline major (200 credit points)
  • Two [2] units of study from the Professional Placement Co-Major (50 credit points)

Volume of Learning
The Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Finance) consists of 300 credit points. Units normally carry 12.5 credit points (cps). In each year eight (8) units normally 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 350-400 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 and Finance) with a 6-month placement is typically 3.5 years. The volume of learning of the Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Finance 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

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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.

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    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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