Bachelor of Business Administration
Course information for - 2023 entry
Offered at 4 locations
Learn to lead, innovate and problem-solve in fast-changing business environments with our Bachelor of Business Administration.
Upon graduating you'll be ready to launch straight into your career thanks to our Future Ready employability program, designed to systematically build each of the elements of your personal brand: your professional identity; experience; job-ready skills; and networks.
The Bachelor of Business Administration will provide you with a good understanding of the fundamentals of business and hone your communication skills by starting you off with our unique Business Foundation Program that helps you transition to university study and provides a solid foundation of business skills. You will then go on to complete eight core business units that will provide you with a broad understanding of various business aspects. All our business units are embedded with the United Nations sustainable goals. And Microsoft certification is also embedded into units in the degree, so you'll graduate with a strong foundation in the Microsoft programs favoured by employers.
In today’s world, you need professional, technical and cross-cultural skills. Our intercultural communication module is designed to build cultural awareness and communication skills which are vital in the global workplace. You can further extend your intercultural experience by taking part in a Global Virtual Classroom, studying at our Rome Campus or participating in an international study tour.
We know that practical experience is important to you, so it’s important to us. Our Work Integrated Learning (WIL) programs prepare you for the future world of work and build your employability skills, foster an entrepreneurial mindset and develop your communication and project management skills.
As this is a flexible, generalist degree, you are free to choose up to eight units from any of the business subjects we offer, rather than specialising in one area. Alternatively, you can choose four business units and four units from any other faculty, such as global studies, health, or arts just to name a few.
To broaden your potential career path, opt for a double degree and study business administration with law, nutrition science, commerce or global studies.
You’ll gain up to 175 hours of workplace and community experience before you even graduate.
As part of our Work Integrated Learning program you’ll gain 105 hours of industry placement in your area of specialisation. We have embedded employability into your degree with our Future Ready program where we build on your professional skills each year, supporting you every step of the way. These placements will give you the confidence, knowledge and skills to prepare for your future profession. You’ll learn to apply what you learn in the classroom to real life scenarios.
As part of your degree you’ll have the opportunity to work with not-for-profit organisations with 35 to 70 hours of community engagement experience. You’ll foster knowledge and understanding and its application within communities experiencing marginalisation and disadvantage while applying ethical personal and professional skills developed during your studies at ACU.
As the Bachelor of Business Administration is interdisciplinary, it is not intended to fulfil the requirements for membership in a professional organisation and does not meet the requirements for entry into CPA programs. These requirements are met by other ACU business degrees, such as the Bachelor of Commerce or the Bachelor of Finance.
Our graduates have pursued careers in:
- general management
- human resource management
- business analysis
- policy administration
- market research
- international trade and investment
- purchasing, and trading management
- financial management
We enjoy deep industry connections with many well-known organisations across Australia. Our relationships with these organisations includes internships, guest lectures, international study tours and collaborations with industry, community and government departments to undertake consulting and research projects with industry partners.
To complete the Bachelor of Business Administration, a student must complete 240 credit points (cp).
Sample program map
|Year - Study period||Unit 1||Unit 2||Unit 3||Unit 4||Unit 5|
|Year 1 - Semester 1|
BUSN113 Managing People and Organisations
ITEC100 Information Technology Professional Skills and Practices
BUSN104 Money Matters
BUSN112 Managing Markets
|Year 1 - Semester 2|
Business Elective 1
Business Elective 2
UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society
PHCC102 Being Human
PHCC104 Ethics and the Good Life
|Year 2 - Semester 1|
HRMG204 Organisational Behaviour
ECON200 Economics: Policy Frameworks and Markets
BAFN200 Principles of Finance
ITEC200 Data and Information Management
|Year 2 - Semester 2|
ITEC201 Fundamentals of Information Technology
BIPX202 Community Engagement: Building Strengths and Capabilities
Business Elective 3
|Year 3 - Semester 1|
ENTR301 Managing Entrepreneurship and Innovation
MKTG207 Marketing Toolkit
UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World
PHCC320 The Just Society
|Year 3 - Semester 2|
MGMT304 Strategic Management
BUSN304 Working with Diversity and Conflict
BIPX301 Professional Experience
Business Elective 4
This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.
Overseas study available
We offer two business units at our Rome Campus: BUSN304 and BIPX202. The dates for these units are to be confirmed.
If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.
Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.
There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.
Pathways into course for international applicants
If you don’t currently meet the direct entry requirements for admission to your chosen program, don’t worry. Our range of pathway programs can help you build the language proficiency, academic skills and confidence you need to succeed.
- Unit fee: $3708
- Average first year fee: $29664
- Estimate total cost: $88992
The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.
Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.
You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.
You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.
How to apply
Yes. See Defer your offer.
Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.
Dr Sugumar Mariappanadar
Dr Sugumar Mariappanadar is a senior lecturer in management and human resource management at the Peter Faber School of Business in Melbourne. His teaching and publications cover sustainable human resource management, human resource measurement, organisational behaviour, and culturally indigenous management practices.
Associate Professor Dr Nasir Butrous
Discipline Leader in Management and HR
Associate Professor Nasir Butrous specialises in and is Discipline Leader of, Management and HR at the Peter Faber Business School. He has been a member of the faculty board for over 10 years, a campus community engagement coordinator
for five years, and a member of the university senate for two years. Associate Professor Butrous’s research and special interest areas include management and leadership, organisational behaviour, strategic decision-making, women in management and leadership positions, and ethical business leadership.