Bachelor of Business in Accounting

Courses and Study Australian courses Bachelor of Business in Accounting

Why study Accounting at JCU?

Studying Accountancy at JCU equips you with skills that will make you valuable to employers. Your skills will be especially valued if you choose to undertake one of the many complementary minors offered at JCU. You'll be able to follow your own interests, whether they are in accounting, auditing, taxation, law, performance management or financial management. Even better, you can choose minor subjects - for example tourism management, sustainability, economics or marketing - making your skills even more valuable and your career choices wider. JCU’s record of employability for accounting students is the second best result in Australia with only 15% of graduates still looking for full time work.*

*Graduate Careers Australia

Campus
Townsville;External;Cairns;Singapore
Start dates
February,July
Duration
3 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus; Off campus
Prerequisites
English, (Maths B desirable)
OP/Rank
19/61

Career opportunities

Your career choices are huge when you graduate with a JCU Bachelor of Business in Accounting.  After further study, you can specialise in the following areas:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Governmental Accounting
  • Tax Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Project Accounting
  • Social, or Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting
  • Sustainability Accounting.

When you graduate with your JCU degree you'll be work ready, as you'll have built genuine industry experience and networks through JCU's Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program, which connects you with the accounting and business community through either an internship, independent project or a multi-disciplinary project.

Accreditation

Your JCU Bachelor of Business in Accounting has full accreditation with Australian professional accounting bodies including Certified Practising Accountants Australia (CPA), Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). With further studies of which you'll find details on the professional bodies' websites, you will be eligible for membership of these Australian associations, and of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the global body for professional accountants. To be eligible for accreditation with Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA Australia) and/or Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) you must complete the Accounting major as well as:

  • Business Information Systems
  • Law of Business Organisations
  • Taxation Law

Course highlights

Our students tell us that they value the flexibility JCU's Bachelor of Business in Accounting offers, and the fact that JCU maintains strong links with northern Queensland's major accounting firms who provide real work experience. Not only can you tailor your studies to your own interests, but you can choose to study on campus or online - or a combination of both if that suits you better. If you choose to study online, your JCU lecturers make sure you stay motivated. So you'll participate in:

  • Downloaded podcasts and slideshows of lectures
  • Weekly quizzes
  • Web-based tutorials
  • Downloaded readings
  • Online discussions boards.

If you're studying online, your assessments will be via weekly quizzes, online discussion boards, essays, online exams - and sometimes physical exams, which are held in a location close to you.

You have the unique opportunity to undertake some of your subjects at JCU’s Singapore campus, giving you an edge over other graduates and invaluable life experiences of studying and living in the Asia-Pacific region.

Note: Sorry. Online study options are not available to international student visa holders.

Course overview

Your JCU Bachelor of Business in Accounting is a flexible degree with an innovative approach to subject choice that helps you personalise the course to suit your own interests. Your first year subjects include:

  • Accounting for Decision Making
  • Economics for Sustainable Business
  • Business, Environment & Society in the Tropics
  • Business Data Analysis & Interpretation
  • Managing Consumer Markets
  • Business Law.

Core subjects in the Accounting Major include:

  • Accounting Principles & Systems
  • Strategic Resource Management
  • Company Accounting
  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting
  • Performance Management & Control
  • Auditing

In your third year you choose a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) subject to connect you with the business community. This will include:

  • Professional internship
  • Multi-disciplinary project
  • Independent project.

You'll also choose a series of eight subjects (your major), and can specialise further by adding a second business major in Banking and Finance, or Business Law or Business minors.

There are even more choices!  As minors (groups of four subjects) you can choose from Accounting, Banking, Business Intelligence, Communication Design, Financial Management, Government & Policy, Management, Managerial Economics, Marketing, Media Design, Social Marketing & Not-for-Profit Marketing, Socio-Ecological Economics, Sustainability or Tourism Management.

Study online*

If you choose to study online, you will:

  • Download podcasts and slideshows of lectures
  • Participate in weekly quizzes and questions
  • Participate in web-based tutorials
  • Download readings
  • Participate in online discussion boards

Assessment is done via:

  • Weekly quizzes
  • Participation in online discussion boards
  • Essays
  • online exams (sometimes physical exams are held in a location close to you)

*Not available to international student visa holders

Joint degree options

A joint degree gives you expertise in a complementary discipline in reduced time and can enhance your career prospects. At JCU you can combine your Bachelor of Business in Accounting degree with:

How to apply

Check the QTAC information and apply by clicking on the relevant link below depending on where you wish to study.

Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (312151) - Apply now
Cairns (322151) - Apply now
External (312159) - Apply now

OP Score/Rank is representative of 2016 entry requirements and is therefore indicative only. Entry scores for 2017 will be finalised in the major offer round.

Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – three semesters per year. View academic calendars.

Subjects

BBus – Accounting Major

Major code

BBU-ACO

Credit points

24 credit points

Major Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

BX2011:03 Accounting Principles and Systems

BX2012:03 Cost and Management Accounting

BX2014:03 Financial Management

BX2016:03 Business Modelling

BX3011:03 Company Accounting

BX3012:03 Contemporary Issues in Accounting

BX3013:03 Performance Management and Control

BX3014:03 Auditing

Pathway into course

On successful completion of the Diploma of Higher Education you may be eligible to continue into this degree, and you may be able to receive some credit for successfully completed subjects.

Applicants with TAFE diplomas in Business, Business and Commerce Studies, Events, Hospitality, Human Resources Management, Management, and Travel and Tourism can apply for credit.

Handbook

Bachelor of Business

Course code

20510

Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

Professional accreditation status

The Accounting Major for this course is jointly accredited by CPA Australia and the Chartered Accountants Australia and NewZealand (CAANZ).

Students who complete the accredited award may join either or both of the professional accounting bodies (CPA Australia, and/or the Chartered Accountants Australian and NewZealand). They must then complete the professional programs of whichever body they join, plus undertake the required number of years of professional experience, in order to become full members of the accounting profession and practise as an accountant.

Division

Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English (Maths B desirable)

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Special admission requirements

Applicants must nominate one of the Business majors as part of their application. A second major and/or minor(s) can be chosen after admission to the course. Applicants who are admitted to the Bachelor of Business under an Articulation Agreement are subject to the terms of that agreement.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

72 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

A maximum of 30 credit points may be taken at level 1

A minimum of 18 credit points must be taken at level 2

A minimum of 18 credit points must be taken at level 3

Course learning outcomes

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

In the context of a JCU graduate on successful completion of the Bachelor of Business graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate essential knowledge necessary for a career in business related professions

  • Synthesise underlying principles and concepts for making business decisions

  • Critically analyse the core professional obligations, values and operations of organisations including sustainability

  • Critically evaluate data & resources in the context of relevant academic literature

  • Apply critical thinking to address issues in business

  • Convey information clearly and fluently, in high quality written form appropriate for their audience

  • Demonstrate effective oral presentation skills for academic and professional audiences

  • Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively

  • Apply technical skills, including numeracy necessary for professional practice in business

  • Demonstrate an awareness of ethical and social responsibility in professional practice

  • Identify and act upon, learning opportunities and self-improvements.

Course Structure

Course Structure (Accounting Major)

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

BU1002:03 Accounting for Decision Making

BU1003:03 Economics for Sustainable Business

BU1007:03 Business Data Analysis and Interpretation

BU1104:03 Business, Environment and Society in the Tropics

BU1105:03 Contemporary Business Communications

BU1108:03 Managing Consumer Markets

BU1112:03 Business Law

Level 2

BX2112:03 Law of Business Organisations

BX2019:03 Business Information Systems

Level 3

BX3112:03 Taxation Law

BU3101:03 Professional Internship or BU3102:03 Multi-Disciplinary Project or BU3103:03 Independent Project

PLUS

Accounting major

OPTIONS

Select one of the following options:

Option 1

Select a Business minor that is different to your major from Table B

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of any undergraduate subjects

Option 2

Select 3 credit points of BU or BX level 2 or level 3 subjects

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of any undergrad level 2 or level 3 subjects

PLUS

Select 9 credit points of any undergraduate subjects

OPTION 3

Select a second major from Table A

Course Structure (All other Majors)

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

BU1002:03 Accounting for Decision Making

BU1003:03 Economics for Sustainable Business

BU1007:03 Business Data Analysis and Interpretation

BU1104:03 Business, Environment and Society in the Tropics

BU1105:03 Contemporary Business Communications

BU1108:03 Managing Consumer Markets

BU1112:03 Business Law

Level 3

BU3101:03 Professional Internship or BU3102:03 Multi-Disciplinary Project or BU3103:03 Independent Project

OPTIONS

Select a Business major from Table A

PLUS

Select one of the following 4 options

Option 1

Select a second major from Table A

Option 2

Select a Business minor that is different to your major from Table B

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of any level 2 or level 3 undergraduate subjects

PLUS

Select 9 credit points of any undergraduate subjects

Option 3

Select a Business minor that is different to your major from Table B

PLUS

Select a second minor that is different to your major from either Table B or from the Inter-Disciplinary Minors list

Option 4

Select 6 credit points of level 2 BX subjects

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of level 2 or 3 BU or BX subjects

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of level 3 BX subjects

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of any level 2 or level 3 undergraduate subjects

PLUS

Select 9 credit points of any undergraduate subjects

TABLE A (MAJORS)

Type of major

Optional, single or double

Credit points in major

24 credit points

Special requirements

If choosing the single major option, the chosen major must be a Business major

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Accounting

Brisbane

Cairns

Townsville

Singapore

External

Business major

Available mid-year

Banking and Finance

External

Business major

Available mid-year

Not available as a second major with Accounting

Business Intelligence and Information Systems

Cairns

Townsville

Singapore

External

Business major

Available mid-year

Not available as a second major with Accounting

Business Law

Cairns

Townsville

Non-Business major

Available mid-year

Available only as a second major

Corporate Environmental Management

Cairns

Townsville

Available only as a second major

Not available to students wanting to complete prior to the end of 2019

Not available as a second major with Accounting

Economics

Townsville

External

Business major

Available mid-year

Not available as a second major with Accounting

Financial Management

Townsville

Singapore

External

Business major

Available mid-year

Governance, Business and Society

Cairns

Townsville

External

Business major

Available Mid-year

Not available as a second major with Accounting

Health Management

Townsville (Suspended 2016 – 2018)

Business major

Available mid-year

Not available as a second major with Accounting

Hospitality and Tourism Management

Brisbane

Singapore

External

Business major

Available mid-year

Not available as a second major with Accounting

Human Resources Management

Cairns

Townsville

External

Business major

Available mid-year

Not available as a second major with Accounting

International Business

Brisbane

Cairns

Townsville

Singapore

External

Business major

Available mid-year

Not all subjects within the major are available on campus and some subjects may need to be taken in external mode

Not available as a second major with Accounting

Management

Brisbane

Cairns

Townsville

Singapore

External

Business major

Available mid-year

Not available as a second major with Accounting

Marketing

Brisbane

Townsville

Singapore

External

Business major

Available mid-year

Not available as a second major with Accounting

Sports and Events Management

Townsville

Singapore

External

Business major

Available mid-year

Not available as a second major with Accounting

TABLE B (MINORS)

Type of minor

Optional, single or double

Credit points in minor

12 credit points

MINOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Accounting

Brisbane

Townsville

Cairns

Singapore

External

 

Banking

External

Business minor

Business Intelligence

Cairns

Townsville

Singapore

External

 

Financial Management

Townsville

Singapore

External

 

Government and Policy

Cairns

Townsville

External

 

Human Resources Management

Cairns

Townsville

External

 

Information Systems

Cairns

Townsville

Singapore

External

 

Management

Brisbane

Cairns

Townsville

Singapore

External

 

Managerial Economics

Townsville

External

 

Marketing

Brisbane

Townsville

Singapore

External

 

Socio-Ecological Economics

Townsville

External

 

Social Marketing and Not-for-Profit Marketing

Townsville

External

 

Sustainability

Cairns

 

Tourism Management

Brisbane

Cairns

Townsville

Singapore

External

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Brisbane

 

Cairns

 

Townsville

 

Singapore

 

External

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

10 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression requisites

Must successfully complete 12 credit points at level 1 before attempting any level 3 subject.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation requirements

To be eligible for accreditation with Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA Australia) and/or the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) students must complete the Accounting major as well as 9 credit points consisting of the following subjects:

BX2019:03 Business Information Systems

BX2112:03 Law of Business Organisations

BX3112:03 Taxation Law

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

A student who has failed a single subject towards the award in their final teaching period and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject, may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject. However if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by that accreditation will apply.

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

48 credit points

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 6 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 16 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Nil

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF BUSINESS

Approved abbreviation

BBus

Inclusion of majors on testamur

All majors studied shall appear on the testamur

No minors shall appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have successfully completed 24 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible to receive the award of Diploma of Higher Education

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

Available as an additional 24 credit points of study [end-on]

Eligibility

Application for entry to the Honours program is by approval of the College Dean

Normally a minimum average grade of Credit is required in the pass degree subjects relevant to the field in which Honours is to be taken

Honours

The Bachelor of Business (Honours) degree is available for high-achieving students. It consists of extra study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry to research higher degrees. Please refer to the Bachelor of Business (Honours) Handbook for eligibility information.

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