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Start Date
February
July

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Program Code
DBIB

SATAC Code
424851 (Packaged)
424841 (Packaged)
424091 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
Selection Rank (Internal): 63.20 (for 2017)
Selection Rank (Guaranteed): 75.00 (for 2018)
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): DIP
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Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Key features

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the global business environment.
  • Focus on currency markets, economic exchange and global trade activities.
  • Learn how to write reports based on real policies.
  • Gain practical skills with computer simulation software.
  • Embed an internship, mentoring or work-integrated learning into your degree for valuable industry experience.
  • The University of South Australia’s Business School is in the top one per cent worldwide1 and awarded five stars in the QS Stars Business School Rankings 2017.

1 UniSA Business School is one of just nine institutions in the country and 163 globally to be accredited by EQUIS. There are a total pool of 16,585 business schools worldwide, AACSB, July 2016.

Snapshot

Snapshot

Develop an in-depth understanding of the global business environment focusing on currency markets, exchange and global trade, and how they operate worldwide.

As a graduate of this innovative degree, you’ll be at the forefront of these latest international business developments and have the expertise to apply logical, critical and creative solutions to business problems.

Your point of differentiation in the job market will be your unique blend of analytical, conceptual and strategic problem-solving skills to apply across a range of industry sectors. They are highly valued by employers and essential for success in global business. You will have the opportunity to embed an internship, mentoring or work-integrated learning into your degree – giving you valuable industry experience.  

Why Bachelor of Business (Economics, Finance and Trade)

Why this Degree

In your studies you will focus on the economic factors driving global market exchange, and you’ll develop the analytical skills to interpret this business activity.

You will gain practical skills with computer simulation software and use state-of-the-art technologies like IRESS X-Plan financial planning software. There is the opportunity to participate in an investigative study tour learning about business practices and political and cultural influences in other regions. 

This degree is diverse and dynamic. Many of our teaching staff are also current researchers and you will study their findings in class. We also involve our Australian and international business partners in course planning – so you’ll work on industry projects that are relevant today.  

Real-world connections

Get on the road to global citizenship with a student exchange program. We have more than 60 partner universities worldwide, and study options that range from two weeks to one year. The Business Career Mentor Program helps you build your industry networks and your career. In 2016 we matched over 190 students with business mentors. The six-month program runs from March every year. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

UniSA's Advanced Business Study Grants

The UniSA Business School offers high-achieving year 12 students the opportunity to enter the Advanced Accounting, Economics or Finance Stream, which includes a $1,000 grant towards a professional industry development or global study experience to boost employability. Learn more.

Your career

Between now and 2020 the availability of finance-related roles in Australia is expected to increase by:

  • 19 per cent (financial broker and dealer, and investment advisers)
  • 21.9 per cent (financial investment advisers and managers)
  • 11 per cent (insurance agent and sales representative)1

Careers to consider:

  • Business advisor: can work with new or established businesses; analysing business plans and financial statements; advising on investments, marketing, funding and financial trends; understanding consumer needs and how to improve profitability
  • Investment banker: raising capital for companies, governments and other entities; assisting with large, complicated financial transactions; providing advice in areas such as mergers and acquisitions, regulatory environments, and risk assessment
  • Financial planner or advisor: helping clients to meet short- and long-term financial goals; assisting with legal and financial documents, financial laws and legal restrictions; advising on investments and security planning, estate planning, tax planning, employee benefits planning and insurance planning
  • Investment fund manager: providing financial advice about investment matters such as buying and selling of trusts, shares and bonds; analysing data and available information to make decisions and recommendations about investments
  • Financial analyst: analysing financial information to help businesses make well-informed decisions; reporting to management through research documentation, presentations, and recommendations; developing annual budgets, quarterly forecasts, and strategic plans
  • Tax economist: conduct research and formulate plans on various economic issues; study the socioeconomic impacts of new public policies; forecast market trends through data analysis
  • Credit analyst: gathering and analysing financial data about clients and recommending a course of action; conduct financial risk statements; decide whether the borrower has adequate cash flows; compare ratios to industry standards and benchmark data 

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

Industry facts

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Between now and 2020 employment in Australia for financial brokers and dealers, and investment advisers is projected to increase by 17,500 (19 per cent)1.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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Between now and 2020 employment in Australia for financial investment advisers and managers is projected to increase by 11,400 (21.9 per cent)1.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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Australia’s financial services sector is the largest contributor to the national economy, contributing around $140 billion to GDP over the last year1.

Australian Government, Backing Australian FinTech, 2016

What others are saying

The UniSA Business School provides you with the tools and education to prepare you for a career in your chosen field. I attended the Chartered Accountant Employment Evenings and participated in the Business Career Mentor Program which allowed me to learn first-hand from industry professionals who had previously walked in my shoes.

Nicholas Abela

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Bachelor of Business (Finance)
Employment: Risk Advisor at Delloite Australia

Nick Abela, Business Finance student

Nicholas Abela

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Bachelor of Business (Finance)
Employment: Risk Advisor at Delloite Australia

My research area is in health economics with a particular focus on health system reform and the role of public policy in improving health system performance. I bring this research into my teaching as contemporary examples to demonstrate the relevance of economics in understanding market exchange activities and for informing public policy  in a global business environment.

Dr Ron Donato


Ron Donato

Dr Ron Donato


What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will start with core courses in areas such as analytics, accounting and economic theory. These will give you a solid grasp of business fundamentals that you can apply to a range of careers. You’ll then branch out into your specialisation, and learn the latest in areas such as macroeconomics, economic policy and analysis; portfolio and fund management; and international currency and banking markets. You can also embark on an overseas study tour, undertake an industry placement, or work on an industry-related research project.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week. 

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • reports, project documentation, case studies and presentations
  • essays and assignments
  • examinations
  • industry-relevant, research-based projects
  • practicals and team-based projects
  • participation in the workplace and in class

Global opportunities

International exchanges and intensive study-tours open doors to new possibilities and experiences, and our Business School has strong connections with prestigious universities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Travelling and studying with leading academic staff and your peers is a wonderful opportunity to develop first-hand knowledge of the international business environment. You’ll find the experience invaluable for your personal and professional development, giving you a global perspective.

UniSA has links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests. Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Once you are a current student, you will be able to explore various study tours and exchanges and take advantage of Student Mobility Grants to make going on an overseas exchange or study tour achievable.

Global opportunities

Combined degrees

If you wish to specialise in two fields, you can pair two single degrees and create your own combined degree. This gives you choice, flexibility and increased value to employers at the start of (and throughout) your career. The flexibility of Business School degrees also means that you may be able to complete your study in four years full-time, depending on the combination. There are many combined degree options, including:

  • accounting
  • economics, finance and trade
  • finance
  • human resource management
  • logistics and supply chain management
  • management
  • marketing
  • property
  • sport and recreation management
  • tourism and event management

Find out more about combined degrees.

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Principles of Economics ECON 1008 4.5 Note(s): 2,5
Accounting for Business ACCT 1008 4.5
Marketing Principles: Trading and Exchange MARK 1010 4.5
Business and Society BUSS 1057 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Business Law LAWS 1018 4.5
Quantitative Methods for Business MATH 1053 4.5 Note(s): 2
Professional Development in Business BUSS 1060 4.5
Macroeconomics ECON 1007 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Business Operations BUSS 2065 4.5
Growth Development and the Macroeconomy ECON 2012 4.5
Economic Analysis of Business Decisions ECON 2010 4.5
Management and Organisation BUSS 2068 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
International Business Environment BUSS 2067 4.5
Forecasting and Business Analysis ECON 2007 4.5
Business Finance BANK 2007 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Portfolio and Fund Management BANK 3004 4.5
Strategic Management BUSS 3023 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 1
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Economics of Public Policy ECON 3007 4.5
International Economics ECON 3008 4.5
International Currency and Banking Markets BANK 3011 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 1
Schedule for students awarded 36 units of block credit Note(s): 3
FIRST YEAR
First semester (Study Period 1, 2, or 3)
Macroeconomics ECON 1007 4.5
Professional Development in Business BUSS 1060 4.5
Business Finance BANK 2007 4.5
Economic Analysis of Business Decisions ECON 2010 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5, or 6)
Forecasting and Business Analysis ECON 2007 4.5
Economics of Public Policy ECON 3007 4.5
International Economics ECON 3008 4.5
International Currency and Banking Markets BANK 3011 4.5 Rule(s): 1
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2, or 3)
Growth Development and the Macroeconomy ECON 2012 4.5
Portfolio and Fund Management BANK 3004 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2 Rule(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5, or 6)
International Business Environment BUSS 2067 4.5
Strategic Management BUSS 3023 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2 Rule(s): 1
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2 Rule(s): 1
Schedule for students awarded 54 units of block credit Note(s): 4
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2, or 3)
Macroeconomics ECON 1007 4.5
Professional Development in Business BUSS 1060 4.5
Business Finance BANK 2007 4.5
Economic Analysis of Business Decisions ECON 2010 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5, or 6)
Forecasting and Business Analysis ECON 2007 4.5
Economics of Public Policy ECON 3007 4.5
International Economics ECON 3008 4.5
International Currency and Banking Markets BANK 3011 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2, or 3)
Growth Development and the Macroeconomy ECON 2012 4.5
Portfolio and Fund Management BANK 3004 4.5
Strategic Management BUSS 3023 4.5
International Business Environment BUSS 2067 4.5

I am passionate about creating recruitment opportunities for people with a disability and have continued my research through an Australian Research Linkage Grant (2011-2015) in partnership with Finding Workable Solutions Inc. Alongside my PhD (Marketing), I have a Diploma of Counselling and have worked in Alice Springs (Central Australian Aboriginal Congress) and Whyalla (Centacare Port Pirie Diocese).

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Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City West campus

City West is in Adelaide’s most lively precinct, close to art galleries, music venues, cafés and restaurants. It has brand new learning spaces; modern lecture theatres; architecture workshops, contemporary art and design studios; and well-equipped student lounges. Explore City West >

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student gyms, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

The Business School Hub is a convenient, central support service for Business School students, from first year through to graduation. The team provides expert advice on study options, elective choices and any academic difficulties. It also helps with referrals to support services across the University. The Business School Hub is there to facilitate your life at university, so you get the most out of your UniSA experience.

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including: 

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

This degree is offered online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in virtual classrooms
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use forums and discussion boards for team work and communication

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Please note some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any requirements like this are detailed on individual course pages.

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How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

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