Bachelor of Business

Award Bachelor of Business (BBus)
AQF Level AQF 7
Typical Duration 3 years
CRICOS Code 085157J
Units of Study 24


The Bachelor of Business (BBus) is an innovative and comprehensive degree program conforming to the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF Level 7). The course focuses on finance and accounting, and covers the fundamentals of business, combined with considerable knowledge and skills in leadership and project management. The Bachelor of Business has been designed to lay the foundation for students to develop skills and competencies in business and financial management, project management, communications and relational management.
APIC's focus is on the promotion of holistic and integrative thinking, and self-direction. In this course, you should expect to develop the following attributes:

  • Creativity and lateral thinking.
  • Financial management skills.
  • Project management skills.
  • Leadership, critical thinking skills.
  • Ethics and sustainability skills.
  • Openness to new ideas and entrepreneurship skills
  • Leadership, communication and people skills.

Career Outcomes

Because of the range of knowledge, skills and perspectives obtained in this program, graduates will be able to join a range of employers, including multi-national companies, government agencies and non-profit organisations. BBus graduates will be especially well equipped to fit into and contribute to international companies, who seek graduates with a global perspective and proper training in business, finance, leadership, communication and project management. The skill sets students gain in this degree will provide them with the competitive advantage required to pursue a successful career in today's globalised business world.

The Bachelor of Business responds to the emerging challenges and the requirements for a holistic approach in management education, embodying core concepts of business and financial management as well as leadership and project management. Students are immersed in the fundamental concepts and then involved in practical learning in project work with due emphasis on the integrated application of knowledge, creative thinking and intellectual development.


All formal award courses offered by APIC, including the Bachelor of Business, are accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency and included in the National Register of Higher Education Institutions and Courses.

The Bachelor of Business is professionally accredited with CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (Chartered Accountants ANZ).

Students seeking accreditation with CPA Australia (CPA) and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (Chartered Accountants ANZ), should complete the following Elective Units in addition to the Core Units specified for this course (see CPA and CA ANZ Accredited Structure):

  • SBM3201 Management Accounting
  • SBM3208 Information Systems Design and Development
  • SBM3306 Audit and Assurance
  • SBM3303 Taxation
  • SBM3304 Accounting Theory
  • SBM3309 Advanced Financial Accounting
  • SBM3310 Corporations Law

In order to achieve CPA status completion of the CPA Program and Practical Experience Requirement is also necessary.

Course Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Business will have:

  • Broad and coherent knowledge of the theories, concepts, and principles of a range of business-related fields and disciplines including accounting, project management, economics, statistics, general management, and marketing
  • Broad and demonstrated knowledge and awareness of business practice, and industry standards and expectations
  • Knowledge of contemporary business ethics, codes of practice, and corporate governance standards

Graduates of the Bachelor of Business will have:

  • Cognitive skills to undertake basic research and to analyse and evaluate new information, concepts and evidence from a range of business, industry, and academic sources
  • Cognitive and technical skills to facilitate problem solving and critical thinking in a business environment, and to present reasoned arguments and analyses of key business and technical data
  • Communication skills to facilitate working effectively with people and teams and to present clear and coherent information in recognised and expected business, professional and academic formats

Application of knowledge and skills

Graduates of the Bachelor of Business will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:

  • Through the resolution of problems; the practice of technical functions, for instance, in accounting, project management, statistics, general management and economics; the application of initiative and innovation; and effective planning and decision making within a business environment
  • Through the identification, implementation, and evaluation of innovative, professional, business practice
  • With responsibility and accountability for their own learning and professional practice and ethical standards, and in collaboration with others within a business or industry environment


Bachelor of Business Credit points
Semester 2 total 24
Total year 1 48
Semester 1
SBM3101 Professional Development and Business Communication 6
SBM3105 Foundations of Accounting 6
SBM3106 Fundamentals of Management 6
SBM3107 Introduction to Economics 6
Semester 1 24
Semester 2
SBM3102 Marketing and Sales Management 6
SBM3103 Mathematics and Statistics 6
SBM3205 Human Resource Management 6
SBM3207 Finance 6
Semester 3
SBM3104 Introduction to Business Law 6
SBM3108 Financial Accounting 6
Elective 6
Elective 6
Semester 3 total 24
Semester 4
SBM3202 Leadership & Governance 6
SBM3206 Project Management Fundamentals and Practices 6
Elective 6
Elective 6
Semester 4 total 24
Year 2 total 96
Semester 5
SBM3301 Entrepreneurship and Innovation 6
SBM3204 Sustainability and Ethics 6
Elective 6
Elective 6
Semester 5 total 24
Semester 6
SBM3305 Organisational Development 6
SBM3203 Strategic Planning 6
Elective 6
Elective 6
Semester 6 total 24
Year 3 total 144
Electives List
SBM3201 Management Accounting 6
SBM3208 Information Systems Design and Development 6
SBM3306 Audit and Assurance 6
SBM3307 Project Development and Optimisation 6
SBM4305 IS Project Management 6
SBM3302 Project Execution Planning and Management 6
SBM3303 Taxation 6
SBM3304 Accounting Theory 6
SBM4101 Foundations of Information Systems 6

To be eligible to graduate from the Bachelor of Business, students must successfully complete 24 units in total comprising 16 core units: SBM3101; SBM3105; SBM3106; SBM3107; SBM3102; SBM3103; SBM3205; SBM3207; SBM3104; SBM3108; SBM3202; SBM3206; SBM3301; SBM3204; SBM3305; SBM3203; plus eight elective units.


Possible Exit Point: Diploma Business Enterprise

Please note: Not all units are offered in every semester.

CPA and CA Accredited Structure


Domestic and Offshore International students
The course may be studied in full-time and/or part time modes, allowing students complete flexibly. The normal full-time duration is 3 years (6 semesters).

The number of units undertaken in each semester can be varied to suit individuals, subject to the total duration of candidature not exceeding 9 years (18 semesters), and subject to any conditions as advised at the time of enrolment.

Onshore International students
The CRICOS-registered duration is 3 years of full-time study (6 semesters). Please note the part time mode is not available to holders of a student visa, who are not a citizen of Australia or New Zealand, or who are not an Australian permanent resident, or who are a temporary resident of Australia.

Delivery Method
All units of study are hosted on the College’s Online Learning System (OLS), and lectures are generally delivered face-to-face for campus-based students. All tutorials are also conducted under close academic supervision. Students have uninterrupted access to course information, library and other learning resources, and learn from a highly qualified faculty, many of whom have considerable industry experience. The OLS manages the whole process; it has a formalised structure, framework and processes, and regulates the entire delivery process in each semester, providing 24-hour access to course information and learning resources.

Other learning resources include:

  • Lecture notes and suggested readings.
  • Sample assignments and case studies.
  • E-Library.
  • EBSCO Library.

APIC's e-Library hosts a collection of specialised papers and presentation slides often not found in the online databases, and includes a mix of academic and industry-focused studies in project, business and general management. The collection is always expanding as more resources are obtained.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

APIC Admission policy

Academic Admission Requirements

English language entry requirements

All applicants from a non-English speaking background applying to any AQF Level 7 qualification at APIC must satisfy the following additional English language requirements:

IELTS Academic: overall band score of 6.0 or higher with no band below 5.5 in writing and speaking; OR
IBT (Internet-based TOEFL): Overall score of 65 with a writing section minimum of 21 and speaking 18; OR
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE):Total score of 169 or over and with no band below 162 in writing and speaking; OR
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Total score of 169 or over and with no band below 162 in writing and speaking ; OR
PTE Academic Module with a minimum score of 50 with a writing and speaking minimum score of 42.

Applicants who do not meet APIC’s English proficiency requirements can be made a conditional offer with a requirement to complete an approved intensive English language course and meet the required standard prior to their commencing their APIC award course.


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