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Bachelor of Business (Insurance)

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Bachelor of Business (Insurance)

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CSU and the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF) have jointly designed the Bachelor of Business (Insurance) in order to deliver a professional, industry relevant course of study for those wishing to build their careers in this dynamic and challenging sector.

  • Why study this course?

    Admission to this specialisation is open to ANZIIF members who have completed an ANZIIF Diploma insurance qualification. Students must apply for this course through ANZIIF.

    The degree combines the study of insurance-specific subjects offered by ANZIIF with broader business and financial services subjects offered by CSU. It provides students with the opportunity to expand their qualification base, acknowledging their insurance expertise and supporting their career progression in the wider financial industry.

    On completion, graduates will hold a CSU degree that is internationally recognised and provides access to postgraduate studies.

    Why study this degree?

    The general aim of the Bachelor of Business (Insurance) is to provide the formal educational requirements for students to competently perform in professional, specialist and managerial positions in both the private and public sectors.

    In both law and economics, insurance is a form of risk management primarily used to hedge against the risk of a contingent, uncertain loss. Insurance is the equitable transfer of the risk of a loss from one entity to another in exchange for payment and was practised by Chinese and Babylonian traders as long ago as the third millennium BC.

    Insurance can have significant effects on society through the way it changes who bears the cost of losses and damages. Insurance companies worldwide are often under media scrutiny for the manner in which they handle claims, particularly those associated with major natural disasters.

    The Bachelor of Business (Insurance) includes a range of subjects such as risk assessment and management, underwriting management, claims management, insurance law and regulation, financial planning, treasury, risk management, investments and funds management.

    Flexible study options

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

    Part-time study options enable you to fit study with work and lifestyle commitments. The degree is programmed over Sessions 1 and 2, with a number of subjects also offered in Session 3 (November to February), allowing you the potential to fast-track your degree.

    For students completing the Insurance specialisation, credit must have been awarded for all the specialisation subjects, which are undertaking through ANZIIF, and the elective subjects must include a Joint Study in Finance.

    Joint Studies

    A principal advantage of the Bachelor of Business (Insurance) is the opportunity to specialise in a second area - a Joint Study. Normally your elective subjects will include the Joint Study in Finance, which will be included on your testamur. You may opt to undertake an alternate Joint Study relevant to your career aspirations with prior approval from the Course Director.

    Professional recognition

    Professional accreditation from ANZIIF applies to this course. RG146 compliance can be achieved if specific Finance subjects are completed. Read more about RG146 compliance.

    The following Finance subjects deliver the required RG146 knowledge and provide compliance in the listed specialist knowledge areas:

    • FIN211 Financial Management
    • FIN221 Investments
    • FIN230 Financial Institutions and Markets
    • FIN331 Financial Planning
    • FIN340 International Finance

  • Career opportunities

    As a graduate you will be qualified to find work in a number of different areas within the insurance industry. Career options are broad and include the following:

    • Financial Planning
    • General Insurance – underwriting
    • General Insurance – claims
    • Insurance Broking
    • Life Insurance – distribution
    • Life Insurance – underwriting and claims
    • Loss Adjusting
    • Risk Management
  • Credit and pathways
    Credit for TAFE or other University studies

    If you have studied and successfully completed relevant subjects at other universities or educational institutions then you may apply for credit for these subjects when applying to CSU. Credit will be granted for subjects which are equivalent in content and standard, at the discretion of the Course Director and where granting of the credits satisfy degree completion requirements.

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

    More about Credit

  • Workplace learning

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

    BUS110 Workplace Learning 1
    BUS220 Workplace Learning 2
    BUS370 Workplace Learning 3
    EPT320 High Level Facilitation Skills for Post Compulsory Education
    EPT322 Training in Workplaces

  • 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
    ACC100 Accounting 1
    ACC110 Accounting 2
    LAW110 Business Law
    MKT110 Marketing & Society
    QBM117 Business Statistics
    INS101 Insurance Foundations
    INS102 Introduction to Insurance Classes and Products
    INS201 Policy and Claims Handling
    INS202 Introduction to Underwriting
    INS203 Insurance Law and Regulation I
    INS204 Insurance Law and Regulation II

    plus two (2) from the following six (6) subjects, each of which relates to a particular class of insurance:
    INS301 Liability Underwriting Management
    INS302 Personal Lines Underwriting Management
    INS303 Commercial Lines Underwriting Management A
    INS304 Commercial Lines Underwriting Management B
    INS305 Marine Underwriting Management
    INS306 Statutory Classes Underwriting Management

    plus two (2) from the following six (6) subjects, each of which relates to a particular class of insurance:
    INS311 Liability Claims Management
    INS312 Personal Lines Claims Management
    INS313 Commercial Lines Claims Management A
    INS314 Commercial Lines Claims Management B
    INS315 Marine Claims Management
    INS316 Statutory Classes Claims Management

    Students must choose six (6) 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. A elective is any undergraduate subject offered by Charles Sturt University provided prerequisites and enrolment restrictions have been met.
    Note that at least 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.


    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 consisting of subjects 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 the core or restricted elective. 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

    Banking joint study

    FIN211 Financial Management
    FIN230 Financial Institutions and Markets
    FIN310 Commercial Banking & Finance
    FIN320 Financial Institutions Lending
    LAW330 Finance Law

    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

    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 Financial Management

    Human Resource Management joint study

    HRM210 Human Resource Management
    HRM310 Developing Human Resources
    HRM320 Issues in Human Resource Management
    HRM330 Strategic Human Resource Management
    and one from:
    ECO210 Labour Economics
    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
    ITC212 Internet Technologies
    ITC240 IT Infrastructure Management
    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

    See Bachelor of Business (Insurance) enrolment pattern

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    AGR220 Extension
    PSC271 Crop Agronomy
    PSC270 Annual Crop Management
    AGR175 Introduction to Rural 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

    Admission to this specialisation is open to ANZIIF members who have completed an ANZIIF Diploma insurance qualification. Students must apply for this course through ANZIIF.

    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

    Australian and New Zealand students

    Contact CSU for more information about fees and costs on 1800 334 733.

    International students

    The international offshore (distance education) fee is $2,500 per subject.

  • Course details
    Enrol Type Mode Campus Fee type Session1 Session2 Session3 Admission Code
    Distance Education
    Employer reserved
    Direct Distance Education Bathurst FPOS Y Y N JBIN

    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 satisfactorily complete 24 subjects (192 points), comprising the core subjects, the Insurance specialisation subjects, the Joint Study and one free elective (with all subjects having been either awarded as credit or completed during enrolment in the course).

  • How to apply

    Students must initially apply for this course through ANZIIF.

    Australian and New Zealand students

    Admission code: SBBI

    International students

    Admission code: JBIN


    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • 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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