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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
  • Credit and pathways

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

    Students who have studied and successfully completed relevant subjects at other universities or vocational education institutions may apply for credit for those subjects when applying to CSU courses. Credit will be granted for subjects which are equivalent in content and standard, at the discretion of the Course Director and where granted if the credits satisfy degree completion requirements.

    For more information on the Faculty of Business credit packages for graduates from TAFE and other institutions, click here.

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about 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:

    EPT327 Effective Teaching in VET
    BUS110 Workplace Learning 1
    BUS370 Workplace Learning 3
    EPT322 Training in Workplaces
    EPT320 High Level Facilitation Skills for Post Compulsory Education
    EEE303 Training Design and Assessment
    BUS220 Workplace Learning 2

  • 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
    ACC200 Accounting Systems
    and any two of the following subjects:
    ACC210 Management Accounting
    ACC222 External Reporting
    ACC311 Strategic and Sustainable Accounting
    ACC322 Company Accounting

    Economics joint study

    Five of the following:
    ECO130 Business Economics
    ECO210 Labour Economics
    ECO215 Managerial Economics for Business Strategy
    ECO220 Macroeconomic Analysis
    ECO240 Forecasting for Business
    ECO320 International Economics

    Finance joint study

    FIN211 Financial Management
    FIN221 Investments
    FIN230 Financial Institutions & Markets
    and two from:
    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

    Human Resource Management joint study
    HRM310 Developing Human Resources
    HRM320 Issues in Human Resource Management
    HRM330 Strategic Human Resource Management
    and two from:
    ECO210 Labour Economics
    HRM210 Human Resource Management
    INR310 Comparative Industrial Regulations
    LAW370 Law of Employment
    MGT210 Organisational Behaviour

    Industrial Relations joint study

    INR210 Industrial Relations in Australia
    LAW240 Industrial Law
    INR310 Comparative Industrial Relations
    LAW370 Law of Employment
    and one from:
    ECO210 Labour Economics
    HRM210 Human Resource Management
    LAW260 Administrative Law
    MGT320 Managing Change

    Information Systems joint study

    ITC114 Database Management Systems
    ITC211 Systems Analysis
    and three of the following, only one of which may be at Level 1:
    ITC105 Communication and Information Management
    ITC106 Programming Principles
    ITC161 Computer Systems
    ITC204 User Interface Design and Evaluation
    ITC206 Programming in Java 1
    ITC240 IT Infrastructure Management
    ITC212 Internet Technologies
    ITC301 IT Project Management
    ITC331 Security, Privacy and Ethics

    International Business joint study

    MGT250 Asia-Pacific Business
    MGT340 International Business Management
    and three from:
    ECO320 International Economics
    FIN340 International Finance
    INR310 Comparative Industrial Relations
    LAW335 International Business Law
    MKT260 International Marketing

    Legal Studies joint study

    LAW110 Business Law
    and four from:
    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
    LAW335 International Business Law
    LAW350 Advanced Commercial Law
    LAW370 Law of Employment

    Management joint study

    MGT310 Service Operations Management
    MGT320 Managing Change
    MGT330 Business Strategy
    and two from:
    LAW220 Business Organisations Law
    MGT210 Organisational Behaviour
    MGT340 International Business Management
    INR310 Comparative Industrial Relations
    ECO210 Labour Economics

    Marketing joint study

    MKT110 Marketing & Society
    MKT220 Buyer Behaviour
    MKT230 Market Research
    MKT340 Strategic Marketing Management
    and one from the following:
    MKT260 International Marketing
    MKT303 Social and Environmental Marketing
    MKT310 Integrated Marketing Communications
    MKT335 Marketing of Services
    MKT350 Product Innovation Management

    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

    AHT231 Agriculltural Finance
    AGB351 Commodity Trade and Pricing
    AGB310 Agricultural Marketing
    AGB450 Agribusiness Decision Analysis
    plus one of the following:
    AGB165 Agribusiness Systems
    AHT101 Professional Skills in Agriculture & Horticulture
    AGR220 Extension

    Cultural Heritage Management joint study

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

    Crop Production joint study (Management Strand)

    AGR156 Plants in Agriculture
    AHT101 Professional Skills in Agriculture & Horticulture
    PSC236 Pasture Production and Management
    PSC270 Annual Crop Management
    AGS301 Weed and Pesticide Sciences

    Crop Production joint study (Sciences Strand)

    Students choose five of the following:
    PSC102 Botany
    PSC104 Soil Science
    PSC202 Crop and Pasture Science
    PSC271 Crop Agronomy
    PSC371 Plant Pathology
    AGS301 Weed and Pesticide Sciences

    Ecotourism joint study

    REC200 Principles of Ecotourism
    and four from:
    REC167 Recreation Leadership & Communication
    REC302 Interpretive Guiding Management in Ecotourism
    REC305 Advanced Principles of Ecotourism
    PKM230 Social Psychology of Risk in Outdoor Recreation
    PKM260 Interpretive Planning
    PKM302 Philosophy of Outdoor Recreation

    Leisure and Health joint study

    LES101 Introduction to Leisure and Health
    LES102 Leisure Programming with Diverse Populations
    LES202 Community Leisure & Health Issues
    LES301 Health Policy and Program Development
    LES302 Leisure and Social Relations

    Organisational Communication and Public Relations joint study

    COM116 Principles and Practices of Public Relations
    COM215 Public Relations Processes
    COM313 Crisis and Issues Management
    and two from:
    COM115 Media Audiences and Public Opinion
    COM232 Strategic Public Relations Practice
    COM316 Advertising and Public Relations Research
    COM318 Public Affairs

    Psychology joint study

    PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
    PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
    PSY201 Research Methods in Psychology
    PSY204 Psychological Testing
    and one from:
    PSY305 Psychology of Personality
    PSY307 Cognition

    Note: Students who have completed QBM117 Business Statistics, QBM217 Advanced Business Statistics and MKT230 Marketing Research are not required to complete PSY201 Research Methods in Psychology.

    Sociology joint study

    SOC101 Introductory Sociology
    SOC102 Social Inequality
    Three SOC coded subjects, at least one at Level 2 and one at Level 3.

    Vocational Training joint study

    EPT327 Effective Teaching in VET
    EPT322 Training in Workplaces
    EEE303 Training Design and Assessment
    EEB312 Reflective Practice and Lifelong Learning
    and one of the following:
    EEL320 Learning Theories for Post Compulsory Education
    EPT320 High Level Facilitation Skills for Post Compulsory Education
    EEB330 Developing the Vocational Education and Training Practitioner
    EEB321 Reflective Practice in VET

    See Bachelor of Business (Banking) enrolment pattern

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    AGR220 Extension
    PSC271 Crop Agronomy
    PSC270 Annual Crop Management
    PSC102 Botany
    AGR156 Plants in Agriculture
    AGS301 Weed and Pesticide Sciences
    PKM397 Heritage Site Management
    PSC104 Soil Science
    PSC371 Plant Pathology
    PKM398 Cultural Heritage Policies and Planning
    PKM266 Culture and Heritage
    PSC236 Pasture Production and Utilisation
    PSC202 Crop And Pasture Science

  • 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 2015 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
    10056*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
    2500*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2015.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstCGSYYNEBAB
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstFPOSYYNJBAB

    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.

  • 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.

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