Bachelor of Business (Banking)

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What is this course about?

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.

The 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, and combines practical and specialist subjects with those that have a more conceptual or theoretical base.

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. Through these subjects, you will have the opportunity to secure a placement and gain first-hand experience working in a banking or financial organisation.

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.

Professional recognition

Completion of a set group of 5 subjects within the Bachelor of Business (Banking) fulfils the training standards in the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) Regulatory Guide 146: Licensing: Training of financial product advisers (RG146). CSU is a training provider for RG146.  See course structure for more information.

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.

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Flexible offering

This course is available by distance education only. It can be studied both full-time or part-time, and has a minimum full-time duration of six sessions.

The degree is programmed over sessions 1 and 2, with a number of subjects offered in session 3, allowing students to fast-track their degree if desired.

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.

Graduation requirements

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 24 subjects (192 points). These subjects are a combination of core subjects, specialisation subjects and electives.

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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