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Bachelor of Business (Banking)

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Bachelor of Business (Banking)

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In the globalised, financial system, banking professionals not only need an understanding of financial theory, markets and techniques but also an appreciation of the broader economy and business. CSU’s Bachelor of Business (Banking) blends theory and best practice to prepare students for a career in the dynamic world of banking and finance.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU's Bachelor of Business (Banking) will provide you with a solid foundation in business economics, accounting and management practices, financial institutions and markets, international finance, commercial banking and business and finance law. The course presents you with the formal educational requirements for managerial positions in banking and other financial institutions anywhere in Australia and overseas.

    The course contains three workplace learning subjects, which provide students with the opportunity to undertake a business placement in each of their three years or stages of study, starting with 35 hours in the first year, 70 hours in the second year, and 120 hours in the final year of study. Through these subjects, you will have the opportunity to secure a placement and gain first-hand experience working in a banking or financial organisation, or organisation in a related field.

    A principal advantage of the Bachelor of Business (Banking) is the opportunity to specialise in a second area - a joint study. You may opt to undertake a joint study relevant to your career aspiration with prior approval from the Course Director.  Joint study areas include accounting, economics, finance, information systems or management. Alternatively, you may wish to develop knowledge in non-business subjects of your choice. The degree is designed to produce graduates who are skilled and work-ready in their selected discipline or profession.

    Flexible offering

    CSU's flexible learning environment allows students to study this course by distance education from anywhere in the world. Subjects are taught using a range of blended learning techniques, which include online education study materials, video-captured lectures, online meetings and subject forums.

    Full-time and part-time study options are available to fit in with work and lifestyle commitments. Students can choose to study just one subject a session or, with approval, fast-track completion by studying up to four subjects a session.

    While this course does not articulate with other courses, students who wish to terminate their study at an earlier stage may be eligible to receive one of two lower level awards: the Associate Degree in Business Studies or the Diploma in Business Studies.

    Students will be eligible to graduate with the Associate Degree in Business Studies if they have completed 128 points in the Bachelor of Business, of which at least 88 points must be business or business-related subjects.

    Students will be eligible to graduate with the Diploma in Business Studies if they have completed 64 points in the Bachelor of Business, of which at least 48 points must be business or business-related subjects.

  • Career opportunities

    Graduates of the Bachelor of Business (Banking) will have many career opportunities, including employment in the following areas:

    • commercial banking (e.g. bank manager, loans manager, branch manager, loans officer)
    • investment banking (e.g. corporate finance, international finance, Treasury, risk management, investment advisor)
    • funds management
    • corporate treasuries
    • stockbroking
    • investment analysis
  • Professional recognition

    Bachelor of Business (Banking) – not accredited but provides ASIC RG146 compliance if a specified set of five Finance subjects are completed.

    The degree meets the educational requirements for FINSIA associate membership . Those who wish to join FINSIA must also have three years relevant work experience. For more information please contact  FINSIA. FINSIA also has Student and Affiliate memberships available which enable students to access the FINSIA professional network while they work towards their three years of industry experience. Please consult the FINSIA website for more information.

  • Credit and pathways

    The Faculty has a large number of standard credit packages for TAFE and other vocational education institutions. 

    Applicants who have successfully completed a relevant Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma at TAFE may be eligible for credit of up to four subjects (Certificate IV), up to eight subjects (Diploma) or up to 12 subjects (Advanced Diploma) into this course. Credit for prior learning or study at other higher education institutions will be assessed as part of the application process and will be granted to eligible applicants.

    Check your eligibility for credit

  • Workplace learning

    Industry requires graduates who are better equipped for the workplace, and students are looking for greater flexibility in subjects studied while retaining the ability to specialise in core discipline areas.

    Three workplace learning subjects provide students with the opportunity to undertake a business placement in each of their three years of study (or equivalent). The expectations and outcomes associated with these subjects increases each year - for example, the length of placement will increase from 35 hours in Year 1 to 70 hours in Year 2 and 120 hours in Year 3. Placements may occur in practicum blocks or a dedicated regular time through the session. Students will be expected to make a meaningful contribution that will benefit the business and enhance the student's key employability skills. The focus of each of the workplace learning subjects will be the nexus between theory (what the student will be learning in their studies) and practice (what actually happens in the workplace).

    There may be ancillary costs associated with your workplace learning subject (for example, travel costs to reach the workplace). These costs may vary depending on the location of the work placement.

    Work placements are not available to international students due to current Australian Government visa regulations.

    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

    EPT331 Workplace Training
    EPT332 Training in Adult and Vocational Education
    BUS110 Workplace Learning 1
    EPT333 Assessment in Adult and Vocational Education
    BUS370 Workplace Learning 3
    EPT320 High Level Facilitation Skills for Post Compulsory Education
    BUS220 Workplace Learning 2
    COM223 Communication Management

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure


    ECO130 Business Economics
    MGT100 Organisations & Management
    MGT230 Ethics, Sustainability & Culture

    BUS110Workplace Learning 1
    BUS220 Workplace Learning 2
    BUS370 Workplace Learning 3
    QBM117 Business Statistics

    ACC100 Accounting 1
    ACC110 Accounting 2
    FIN310 Commercial Banking & Finance
    FIN320 Financial Institutions Lending
    FIN350 Strategic Financial Management

    plus at least four (4) Restrictive electives from
    FIN211 Financial Management
    FIN221 Investments
    FIN230 Financial Institutions & Markets
    FIN331 Financial Planning
    FIN340 International Finance
    LAW110 Business Law
    LAW220 Business Organisations Law
    LAW330 Finance Law

    Students must choose eight (8) electives either by:


    • Completing a Joint Study in another discipline area which will be included on the testamur, and adding the number of electives needed to bring the total number of subjects to 24; or by
    • Selecting eight (8) electives. An elective is any undergraduate subject offered by Charles Sturt University provided prerequisites and enrolment restrictions have been met.

    Note that at least three (3) electives must be Business or Business related subjects.

    Students must ensure that there are no more than twelve (12) level one subjects in their degree. Students must also ensure that they complete a minimum of five (5) level three subjects in their degree. The level of a subject is designated by the first digit in the subject code, e.g. MGT100 is a level one subject.

    The following 5 subjects deliver the required RG146 knowledge and provide compliance in the listed specialist knowledge areas: - FIN221 Investments - FIN230 Financial Institutions and Markets - FIN331 Financial Planning. - FIN340 International Finance - FIN211 Financial Management. The listed specialist areas mapped to subjects are:
    Skills - FIN221, FIN331;
    Generic Knowledge FIN230;
    Financial Planning - FIN230, FIN221, FIN331, FIN211;
    Securities - FIN230, FIN221, FIN211;
    Derivatives - FIN230, FIN221, FIN331;
    Managed Funds - FIN230, FIN221, FIN331, FIN211;
    Superannuation - FIN331;
    Deposit Products - FIN221, FIN331, FIN211;
    Foreign Exchange - FIN221, FIN331, FIN340.



    A joint study is a prescribed set of subjects taken from a discipline other than the chosen specialisation. Students are then able to use the title of the joint study in conjunction with the specialisation (e.g., Bachelor of Business (Management/Finance).

    For a Joint Study either from within the Faculty of Business or from another Faculty, students must take an established sequence or set of five subjects. Established sequences are determined by Faculty Board. Students must ensure that they take the necessary prerequisites.

    If a Joint Study is chosen from those offered within the Faculty of Business, it must be in an area other than that of the specialisation chosen. No more than two subjects can be counted towards a Joint Study if they have already been undertaken as part of a specialisation. A student cannot claim more than one Joint Study.

    Students enrolled through the CSU Study Centres may only choose the Accounting, Management or Marketing joint studies.

    Accounting joint study

    ACC100 Accounting 1
    ACC110 Accounting 2

    PLUS three subjects from the list below, at least one of which should be at Level 3:
    ACC200 Accounting Systems
    ACC210 Management Accounting
    ACC222 External Reporting
    ACC311 Strategic and Sustainable Accounting
    ACC322 Company Accounting

    Economics joint study

    Five subjects from the list below, one of which must be at level 3:
    ECO130 Business Economics
    ECO210 Labour Economics
    ECO215 Managerial Economics for Business Strategy
    ECO220 Macroeconomic Analysis
    ECO320 International Economics
    ECO356 Environmental Economics

    Finance joint study

    FIN211 Financial Management
    FIN221 Investments
    FIN230 Financial Institutions & Markets

    PLUS two subjects from the following list below:
    FIN331 Financial Planning
    FIN340 International Finance
    FIN350 Strategic Financial Management
    FIN360 Treasury Risk Management
    FIN370 Funds Management

    Financial Planning joint study

    FIN211 Financial Management
    FIN221 Investments
    FIN331 Financial Planning
    FIN380 Superannuation
    LAW301 Taxation Law (Principles)

    Note: Finance and Banking students should substitute LAW302 Taxation Law (Issues) for FIN211

    Human Resource Management joint study

    HRM210 Human Resource Management
    HRM330 Strategic Human Resource Management

    PLUS three subjects from the list below:
    ECO210 Labour Economics
    HRM310 Developing Human Resources
    HRM320 Issues in Human Resource Management
    INR310 Comparative Industrial Relations
    LAW370 Law of Employment
    MGT210 Organisational Behaviour*
    MGT340 International Management
    *Students studying the Bachelor of Business (Management) need to choose an additional elective in place of MGT210

    Industrial Relations joint study

    LAW110 Business Law
    INR210 Industrial Relations in Australia

    PLUS three subjects from the list below, at least one of which should be at level 3:
    LAW240 Industrial Law
    INR310 Comparative Industrial Relations
    ECO210 Labour Economics
    HRM210 Human Resource Management
    LAW260 Administrative Law
    LAW370 Law of Employment
    MGT320 Managing Change

    Information Systems joint study

    ITC114 Database Management Systems
    ITC211 Systems Analysis

    PLUS three subjects from the list below, one of which must be at level 3 and only one may be at level 1:
    ITC105 Communication and Information Management
    ITC106 Programming Principles
    ITC161 Computer Systems
    ITC204 Human Computer Interaction
    ITC206 Programming in Java 1
    ITC240 IT Infrastructure Management
    ITC212 Internet Technologies
    ITC218 IT Project Management
    ITC331 Ethics and Professional Practice

    International Business & Culture joint study

    MGT250 Asia-Pacific Business
    MGT340 International Management

    PLUS three subjects from the list below:
    ECO320 International Economics
    FIN340 International Finance
    INR310 Comparative Industrial Relations
    MKT260 International Marketing
    BUS201 International Project
    POL111 International Relations (From Faculty of Arts).

    Legal Studies joint study

    LAW110 Business Law

    PLUS four subjects from the list below, at least one of which should be at level 3:
    LAW200 Commercial Activities: Law & Policy
    LAW220 Business Organisations Law
    LAW240 Industrial Law
    LAW260 Administrative Law
    LAW301 Taxation Law (Principles)
    LAW302 Taxation Law (Issues)
    LAW330 Finance Law
    LAW370 Law of Employment

    Management joint study

    MGT330 Business Strategy

    PLUS four subjects from the following:
    MGT210 Organisational Behaviour
    MGT290 Project Management
    MGT245 Managing Yourself & Others
    MGT310 Service Operations Management
    MGT320 Managing Change
    MGT340 International Management
    MGT367 Leadership Issues


    Marketing joint study

    MKT110 Marketing & Society
    MKT220 Consumer  Behaviour

    PLUS three subjects from the list below, at least one of which should be at level 3:
    MKT230 Market Research
    MKT240 Market Analysis and Analytics
    MKT235 Brand Management
    MKT260 International Marketing
    MKT303 Social and Environmental Marketing
    MKT310 Integrated Marketing Communications
    MKT335 Marketing of Services
    MKT340 Strategic Marketing Management
    MKT350 Product Innovation Management

    Marketing, Communication & Digital Media joint study

    COM112 Digital Media
    MKT310 Integrated Marketing Communications

    PLUS three subjects from the list below, at least one of which should be at level 2:
    MKT110 Marketing & Society*
    COM116 What is Public Relations?
    CCI100 Introduction to Media Production
    COM222 Public Relations Tactics
    COM219 Media, Communication & Globalisation
    JRN101 Newsgathering and Writing
    ADV206 Channel Planning
    *Students studying the Bachelor of Business (Marketing) should replace MKT110 with another level 1 subject from the above list.

    Online Business Technologies joint study

    ITC212 Internet Technologies

    PLUS four subjects from the list below, at least one of which should be at level 3:
    ITC114 Database Management Systems
    ITC106 Programming Principles
    ITC105 Communication and Information Management
    MGT220 eCommerce
    ITC331 Ethics and Professional Practice
    ITC314 Virtualisation Technologies


     From outside the Faculty of Business

    Advertising joint study (choose 40 points from)

    ADV104 Understanding Advertising
    ADV205 Advertising Creative
    ADV206 Principles of Channel Planning
    ADV317 Advertising Srategy and Planning (16 points)
    ADV105 The Advertising Business

    Agribusiness joint study

    AGB165 Agribusiness Systems
    AHT231 Agricultural Finance & Business Management

    PLUS three subjects from the list below, at least one of which should be at level 3:
    AGB110 Agricultural Economics
    AGB351 Commodity Trade and Pricing*
    AGB310 Agricultural Marketing
    AGR220 Extension
    AHT101  Professional skills in Agriculture and Horticulture
    *AGB110 is assumed knowledge.

    Cultural Heritage Management joint study

    ENM163 Natural Resource Management
    PKM260 Interpretive Planning
    PKM266 Culture and Heritage
    PLUS either
    PKM397 Heritage Site Management (16 points)
    PKM398 Cultural Heritage Policy & Planning (16 points)

    Ecotourism joint study

    REC200 Principles of Ecotourism

    PLUS four subjects from the list below, at least one of which should be at level 3:
    PKM208 An Introduction to Outdoor Recreation and Adventure
    PKM230 Social Psychology of Risk in Outdoor Recreation
    PKM260 Interpretive Planning
    PKM266 Culture and Heritage
    PKM364 Outdoor Recreation Design
    PKM363 Shoreline Recreation Management
    PKM302 Philosophy of Outdoor Recreation
    REC167 Recreation Leadership & Communication
    REC205 Open Space Planning
    REC302 Interpretive Guiding Management in Ecotourism

    Leisure and Health joint study

    Five subjects from the list below, one of which must be at level 3:
    LES101 Introduction to Leisure and Health
    LES102 Leisure Programming with Diverse Populations
    LES110 Foundations of Leisure Activity
    LES202 Community Leisure & Health Issues
    LES301 Health Policy and Program Development
    LES302 Leisure and Social Relations

    Organisational Communication and Public Relations joint study

    COM116 What is Public Relations?

    PLUS four subjects from the list below, at least one of which must be at level 3:
    COM124 Communication in Context
    COM232 Public Relations Strategy
    COM222 Public Relations Tactics
    COM223 Communication Management
    COM236 Making it Happen: Event Management
    COM224 Communication Research Strategies
    COM313 Crisis and Issues Management
    COM322 Going Glocal: Regional and Global Public Relations

    Psychology joint study

    PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
    PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2

    PLUS three subjects from the list below, at least one of which should be at level 3:
    PSY201 Research Methods in Psychology
    PSY203 Social Psychology
    PSY204 Psychological Testing
    PSY305 Psychology of Personality
    PSY307 Cognition
    Note: Students who have completed QBM117 Business Statistics or QBM120 Business Data Analysis and MKT230 Marketing Research should not complete PSY201 Research Methods in Psychology but should select an alternative subject from the list above.

    Sociology joint study

    SOC101 Introductory Sociology
    SOC102 Social Inequality

    PLUS Three SOC coded subjects, at least one at Level 2 and one at Level 3.

    Vocational Training joint study

    EPT331 Workplace Training
    EPT332 Training in Adult & Vocational Education
    EPT333 Assessment in Adult & Vocational Education
    EEL320 Learning Theories for Post Compulsory Education

    PLUS one subject from the list below:
    EEE404 Assessment and Evaluation Practices
    EEL407 Mentoring/Workplace PD Strategies for VET
    EMT409 Technology for Adult Learning and Teaching
    EPT320 High Level Facilitation Skills

  • Residential schools

    Depending on joint studies selected, online students may be required to attend residential schools on campus for the following subjects:

    PKM363 Shoreline Recreation Management
    AGR220 Extension
    PKM397 Heritage Site Management
    PKM398 Cultural Heritage Policies and Planning
    PKM266 Culture and Heritage

  • Admission information

    To be admitted into this course, students need to demonstrate their likelihood of success through previous studies and other attainments and experience.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2016 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Tuition costs
    Commonwealth supported place

    You will make a student contribution (formerly HECS) towards the cost of your tuition fees. Commonwealth supported places may be limited for this course.


    1. Defer your payment using a HECS-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your student contribution fee up-front each session
    10240*Student contribution fee for your first year of study

    * This is an estimated fee for your first year of study based on a full-time study load (eight 8 point subjects). Should you be studying less than eight subjects in your first year, the fees would be decreased proportionally. This figure excludes the Student Services and Amenities fee. If your entire course is less than the equivalent of one year of full-time study, then the figure displayed is calculated as a percentage of a full-time study load e.g. 50%.

    More about Commonwealth supported places

    Distance education (offshore) study mode
    2700*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstFPOSY
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstCGSY

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must complete 192 points at pass level or better. These subjects are a combination of core subjects, restrictive electives and electives. 

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  • About the School

    School of Accounting and Finance

    The School of Accounting and Finance offers subjects across a range of disciplines including accounting, economics, finance and law, in both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Subject material and content is kept up-to-date to ensure the latest issues and topics are included, as well as incorporating industry specific learning and teaching aids. Many of the staff within the School are industry experts who bridge the gap between the theories taught in subjects and their application in the workplace. Courses are practically focussed, and include workplace learning, either through work placements in our undergraduate courses, or practically based assessment in our postgraduate areas. This ensures graduates are work-ready and equipped with qualifications recognised globally. The School is committed to providing quality teaching informed by research and backed by a supportive learning environment. The School of Accounting and Finance designs subjects with input from industry professionals to ensure courses meet the academic requirements for accreditation with key professional bodies including CPA Australia, the Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand, the Financial Planning Association and to satisfy ASIC core knowledge areas.

  • Preparing for Study


    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS014 - Stepping into Statistics
    • SSS018 - Foundation Mathematics
    • SSS021 - Transition to University Study
    • SSS033 - Transition from TAFE / VET to University (F2F Workshop)

    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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