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100% Online Course

Bachelor of Business with a Major in Accounting and Financial Planning

  • Qualification

    Undergraduate

  • Duration

    3 years full time or equivalent part time

  • Units

    24

  • Start Date

    Mar, Nov

Overview of the course

Overview of the course

Unlock countless career opportunities with a Major in Accounting and Financial Planning.

The world of finance is constantly innovating. Digital technologies are revolutionising accounting and finance – and you can be part of it. Taught by experienced financial professionals, this course will give you the tools to evaluate and communicate financial information to drive business outcomes. With a focus on the latest technology and sustainable investment, you’ll learn to help clients plan for investment, taxation, insurance, retirement and estate planning. Jump into a rewarding career path where you’ll help people secure the financial future they’ve been working for.

Boost your CV throughout your studies with exposure to the latest financial management software, such as Xero and Xplan. You’ll undertake assessments designed to prepare you for the workforce, such as developing strategies for live clients and undertaking a financial planning project, where you will learn to make investment decisions and get insight into what it’s like to be a financial advisor.   Through the Accounting and Financial Planning major, you’ll understand business practices from the ground up and graduate having already used many industry-standard software and strategies.

Throughout your course, you’ll hear from guest speakers who have meaningful experience in the business world. Past speakers from organisations such as Richmond Football Club and The Cheesecake Shop have boosted students’ work readiness and kept them connected to industry.

This course meets the educational requirements of the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA). It is also accredited by the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and CPA Australia. In addition, it is approved* by the Financial Advisers Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA), ensuring you’ll learn the skills needed to enter the financial planning industry with confidence.

* Undergraduate courses are awaiting confirmation of reaccreditation from Financial Advisors Standards (FAS), formally FASEA – 1 Feb 2022.

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What you will learn

Financial accounting: Generate logical solutions to finance problems that are fit for purpose and be aware of the impact of financial decisions on businesses.

Company accounting: Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to solve financial accounting problems.

Finance law: Evaluate legal issues in financial relationships between banks, consumers and regulators.

Ethical client relationships: Analyse and evaluate financial dilemmas and propose ethical solutions.

Investment planning: Construct and defend a multi – asset portfolio that meets client’s objectives and constraints.

Retirement and estate planning: Develop strategies and recommendations on superannuation and retirement planning based on clients’ requirements.

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).

Read our Applying and Enrolling FAQs.

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 needed a course that was fully online, and that would allow me to work at my own pace, so I chose Swinburne Online. It opened career prospects, created new networks, and gave me the necessary skills to achieve my dream.

Beth, Swinburne Online Graduate

Course Units

A total of 24 units are taken to complete the Bachelor of Business with a major in Accounting and Financial Planning, including eight core business units, 2 capstone units and 14 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)
Forensic Accounting (ACC30003)
Finance and Behavioural Bias (FIN20017)

Capstone units

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

Accounting and Financial Planning major units

Financial Information Systems (ACC10008)
Management Accounting for Planning and Control (ACC20007)
Company Accounting (ACC20013)
Taxation (ACC30005)
Accounting Theory (ACC30008)
Auditing (ACC30010)
Financial Statistics (FIN10002)
Principles of Financial Planning (FIN10003)
Financial Management (FIN20014)
Ethics and Client Relationships (FIN20015)
Law of Commerce (LAW20019)
Retirement Planning (FIN30023)
Personal Financial Risk and Estate Planning (FIN30022)

Career opportunities

Career opportunities

  • 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.

  • Accountant

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Financial Planner

    Assist individuals and companies to reach their long-term financial goals. Provide expert advice on investing, retirement planning, superannuation and other key financial aspects of people's lives.

  • Project Manager

    Take a leadership role not just in project planning, but delivering the exciting results. You'll be part of every process, from ideation to execution.

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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 Xero and Xplan.

  • 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 Financial Planning 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 Financial Planning is professionally accredited by Certified Public Accountants (CPA) Australia.

Financial Planning Association of Australia

Graduates of the Bachelor of Business with a major in Accounting and Financial Planning may be eligible for entry into the Financial Planning Association of Australia.

Chart a path towards your dream career

92% of Swinburne Online students are confident that online study will improve their employment outcomes*. Bolster your resume and gain the confidence to pursue your dream career – study online today.

 

*Swinburne Online’s Your Study Journey Survey, 2021

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 Financial Planning 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 Financial Planning.

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 a business discipline 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 environment, economy and society
  • 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

The Bachelor of Business (Professional) with all majors except the 200 cp Professional Majors is a 375-credit point course. If students wish to undertake the Accounting and Financial Planning Professional Major, the course would extend to 400 credit points and therefore require a separate CRICOS code.

On Student 1, two CRICOS codes cannot be allocated to the same Course, therefore a separate code for admin purposes has been created to facilitate offers and enrolments for students who may wish to undertake this major.

Note: The course name will remain unchanged ‘-Accounting and Financial Planning’ is not part of the Course title. No accreditation doc is available as this is an admin requirement. See BA-BUSPROF Bachelor of Business (Professional) with an Accounting and Financial Planning major

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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