Bachelor of Business

Undergraduate degree

This challenging course provides real-world experience and management skills - offering majors from retail management to organisational psychology.

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Key facts

ATAR

Burwood:
63.2
Waterfront:
60.05
Cloud:
62.3
Lowest selection rank

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 3 2020 close 6 November 2020
Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2021 close 21 February 2021
Late VTAC entry closes 6 November 2020 at 5pm. View other VTAC dates

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Deakin's Bachelor of Business focuses on emerging and innovative contexts, embedded soft skills and personal development, to prepare you with the skills and experience you need to succeed in the business world. You can major in event, people or project management, entrepreneurship, sustainability and innovation and more.

This general business course equips you to work in many sectors, from health and retail, to marketing and events. Tailor the course to your interests and career goals, choosing from 8 majors on offer. Nurture your entrepreneurial spirit whilst developing your soft skills, including communication, teamwork, and problem solving. There are many opportunities to enrich your studies with practical experience, both in Australia and abroad. Gain a global perspective of business with an international study tour, and leverage our industry partnerships to secure sought-after work placements.

Why not graduate career ready, with the skills and industry experience for the job you want?

Tailor the course to your interests and career goals, choosing from the following majors:

  • business and digital communication
  • entrepreneurship and innovation
  • event management
  • people management
  • organisational psychology
  • project management
  • retail and supply chain management
  • sustainability and development

This general business course equips you to work in any sector, from health to retail, marketing to public relations. If you’ve got an entrepreneurial flair, you’ll build the skills and experience you need to get your own business up and running.

Through Deakin Business School’s work-integrated learning opportunities you gain work experience and credit towards your degree. This practical experience can make all the difference when you’re applying for jobs after graduation. Our curriculum is complemented by a range of experiential learning opportunities including:

  • mentoring
  • volunteering
  • consulting
  • internships. 

International experiences across Asia, Europe or North America will help improve your global employability, developing skills in teamwork and intercultural communication. Choose from:

  •  overseas internships
  •  study tours
  •  exchange programs.
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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Business, students must attain a total of 24 credit points. The 24 credit points include 10 credit points of core units, 8 credit points of units from a major and 6 credit points of elective units (you may choose to undertake a 4 credit point minor from a specified list) plus completion of the compulsory 0-credit point unit, MAI010 Academic Integrity. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.  Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake 2 trimesters each year.

To complete the course you must include:-

  • completion of MAI010 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • 10 credit points of core units (7 credit points of foundation units, 3 credit points of Personal Skills units)
  • one 8 credit point Bachelor of Business major
  • 6 credit points of elective units^
  • Level 1 - no more than 10 credit points
  • Level 3 - at least 6 credit points (4 must be Business and Law undergraduate units)

^which may include a 4 credit point minor selected from a specified list

10

Core units

8

Units from a major

6

Elective units

24

Total units

Core Units

Seven credit points of Foundation units:

  • Financial Literacy
  • The Global Economy
  • Making Sense of Information
  • Marketing Fundamentals
  • Management
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Business Logistics
  • Plus three credit points of Personal Skills units:

  • Intrapersonal Skills
  • Team Dynamics
  • Global Mindset and Citizenship
  • Compulsory 0-credit point unit

    To be completed in the first trimester of study:-

  • Academic Integrity
  • Major sequences

    Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.

    Major sequences that may be chosen include:

     

    Elective units

    Students must complete six credit points of elective units (which may include a 4 credit point minor) or a combination of units chosen by the student (provided pre-requisites can be met).

    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Business
    Year

    2021 course information

    VTAC code
    1400414091 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400514091 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400614091 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    M325
    CRICOS code?
    095262C
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waterfront (Geelong)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waterfront (Geelong)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    For students who have commenced before Trimester 1 2020, please refer to the handbook archives.

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Mandatory student checks

    Units which contain work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. These requirements will be detailed in unit guides upon enrolment.

    Workload

    As a student in the Faculty of Business and Law, you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Participation requirements

    Units in this course may have participation requirements that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

    More information: WIL Programs

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    Entry requirements

    Current or recent Year 12

    If you are currently studying Year 12 in 2020 or completed Year 12 in 2018 or 2019 and have not attempted higher education or VET study since, your selection is based on the following.

    Prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

    ATAR

    This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection consideration

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Higher education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    f your performance in previous studies has been affected by factors outside of your control or you wish your professional work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    VET education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your secondary education and subsequent academic records as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    If your performance in previous studies has been affected by factors outside of your control or you wish your professional work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    If your performance in previous studies has been affected by factors outside of your control or you wish your professional work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Selection adjustments

    Subject adjustment

    A study score of 30 in Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics equals 3 aggregate points per study. A study score of 30 in any Business, English other than EAL, any Information Technology or Maths: Further Mathematics equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    Admissions information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the ComparED website.

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enables Deakin to consider disadvantageous circumstances you may have experienced and their impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you're from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements.

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2020 students (PDF, 581.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Recognition of prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    The estimated tuition fee for this course is not currently available due to pending Government legislation.
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    The estimated tuition fee for this course is not currently available due to pending Government legislation.
    Learn more about fees.

    The estimated tuition fee for Commonwealth supported places (CSP) is not currently available due to the Job-ready Graduates Package – higher education reforms recently announced by the Australian Government.

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    VTAC applications are now open for:

    • current Year 12 students.

    Apply to VTAC after reading the course entry requirements, or learn more about the application process.

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Direct applications are now open for:

    • recent Year 12 students who completed secondary education in the past two years
    • applicants with work and life experience
    • applicants with TAFE experience
    • applicants with higher education experience.
    • Please note: If you’re applying for more than one course, you need to apply through VTAC.

      Apply to Deakin after reading the course entry requirements, or learn more about the application process.

    Entry pathways

    View pathways into the Bachelor of Business with our pathways finder.

    Contact information

    Student Services Network (Faculty of Business and Law)
    Tel 03 9244 6555
    Email buslaw@deakin.edu.au

    Why choose Deakin

    Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

    1 of 3 business schools in Victoria accredited by AACSB International

    Graduate job ready through work placements

    5-star rated university^

    Combine travel and study to broaden your experience

    Career outcomes

    The Bachelor of Business can lead to a variety of careers in Australia and overseas, including:

    • business analyst
    • business development manager
    • business operations manager
    • customer relations manager
    • events manager
    • procurement manager
    • product manager
    • project manager
    • retail manager
    • small business owner.

    Professional recognition

    Deakin Business School is in the top 1% of business schools globally by holding both AACSB and EQUIS accreditations. These prestigious accreditations are awarded to business schools that meet strict standards of quality, academic and professional excellence, and demonstrate a commitment to ongoing improvement and innovation in their courses, ensuring our graduates are employable worldwide.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcome Course Learning Outcome
    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Evaluate, analyse and apply business theory and practice for real world business problems.

    Communication

    Communicate in a coherent manner using a variety of platforms for a range of purposes and audiences.

    Digital literacy

    Use a range of digitally based technologies to communicate and create solutions to business issues

    Critical thinking

    Evaluate information, exercise and express sound judgement, ideas and reflection in relation to a range of business issues.

    Problem solving

    Create solutions to a diverse range of authentic business challenges and problems.

    Self-management

    Manage independent work and study, reflect on own performance, take personal responsibility for actions, and plan for future development needs.

    Teamwork

    Interact and collaborate with others from a range of disciplines and backgrounds.

    Global citizenship

    Engage and apply business knowledge in different environments and contexts reflecting social, sustainability, ethical, economic and global perspectives.

     

    Discover the difference between business and commerce

    Thinking of pursuing a career in business but unsure which of our degrees is right for you? We offer both a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Business to allow you to align your studies to your career goals.

    * 2019 Student Experience Survey, based on undergraduate students
    # ARWU Rankings 2020
    ~ According to the Voice Project IT Service Quality Support Benchmark Survey
    ^ Australian Graduate Recruitment Industry Awards, 2017, 2018, 2019 winner
    ^^ Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2019 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)
    **QS Stars University Ratings 2016–2017

    +Deakin references data from a range of government, higher education and reputable media sources. For more information, visit our list of media references.