Bachelor of Business, majoring in Economics

Courses and Study Australian courses Bachelor of Business, majoring in Economics

Studying a Bachelor of Business in Economics at JCU will give you a unique focus on regional issues such as natural resources and sustainability, Indigenous perspectives and their policy implications, plus a host of issues specific to the Asia-Pacific region. You'll gain local and global knowledge that is valuable to today's employers. To make your skills even more valuable to employers, JCU offers you the opportunity to study a range of elective business subjects in your area of interest. And 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.

Campus
Townsville, External
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
19/60

Career opportunities

Your JCU Economics degree can take you on many interesting and well paid career journeys. The list is long! It really depends on what your interests are and what other specialist subjects you have chosen to study. For example, economists are key professionals in public policy development and in the finance and banking sectors. Or you might choose to apply for a cadetship or scholarship with Australia's premier employers of economists - the Reserve Bank of Australia, the Federal Australian Treasurer, or any one of a number of State or Commonwealth government departments. Here are just a few of the sorts of directions you could choose, depending on your choice of subjects:

  • Banking
  • Accountancy
  • Statistician
  • Auditor
  • Business management
  • Financial risk analysis or financial consultancy
  • Investment analyst
  • Stockbroking

There’s more! Broader options include business intelligence, international development, human resource management, IT, journalism, law, management, market research, politics, public relations, market research, social research or taxation.

Graduates can apply for membership of The Economic Society of Australia (ESA) and internationally you can apply to join the American Economic Association (AEA), the Royal Economic Society (RES), and the European Economic Association (EEA).

Course highlights

It goes without saying that studying at JCU means you'll be living in what are among the world's most beautiful tropical locations. You'll be supported by expert lecturers who care about your success. Classes will be small. Studying Economics at JCU can also be done externally, or both externally and on-campus - so you can choose what works best for your lifestyle. Even better, you'll be able to build genuine work experience through an internship, independent project or a multidisciplinary project. You can add this experience to your CV, to ensure your talents stand out from the crowd.

Course overview

Study online*

Your JCU lecturers work hard to make sure you stay motivated throughout your online studies, so you'll participate in:

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

Your assessments will be via weekly quizzes, online discussion boards, essays, online exams - and sometimes physical exams.

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

Joint degree options

Joint degrees give you expertise in a complementary discipline in reduced time and can enhance your career prospects. At JCU the Bachelor of Business degree can be combined as a joint degree in:

Double major options

Double majors give you expertise in two complementary disciplines that can enhance your career prospects whilst not extending your study duration. Click here for a list of double major options.

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
External (312159) - Apply now

OP Score/Rank is representative of 2017 entry requirements and is therefore indicative only. Entry scores for 2018 will be finalised in the major offer round.

Subjects

BBus – Economics Major

Major code

BBU-ECN

Credit points

24 credit points

Major Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

BX2021:03 Managerial Economics

BX2022:03 Macroeconomic Policy

BX2123:03 Economics and Sustainable Resource Management

BX2124:03 Behavioural Economics for Sustainable Policy

BX3023:03 Economic Growth and Sustainable Development

BX3024:03 Contemporary Economic Policy and Social Welfare

BX3033:03 Cost Benefit Analysis

BX3122:03 Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation in Economics

Pathway into course

The Diploma of Higher Education is a one-year course (or two years, part-time) designed to help people who may not meet the academic requirements for entry into a Bachelor degree course. The course is also designed to help students develop the necessary skills to be successful university students.

The Diploma consists of a combination of introductory and first year degree subjects. Successful completion of the Diploma will give you a recognised qualification in its own right.

Graduating with the Diploma will also allow you to enter many JCU Bachelor degree programs and may give you credit, for some of the subjects you successfully complete.

Contact pathways@jcu.edu.au, if you have any questions or call Anne Chatelain (07) 47815740 in Townsville or Gabi Newman (07) 4232 1155 in Cairns.

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 New Zealand (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 New Zealand). To become full members of the accounting profession and practise as an accountant, they must then complete the professional programs of whichever body they join and undertake the required number of years of professional experience.

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 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 (All Majors except the 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 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. Please refer to Table A for possible double major combinations.

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

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. Please refer to Table A for possible double major combinations.

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

Allowable Second Majors

Potential Second Majors

*Please liaise with the Divisional Enrolment Team

Accounting

Brisbane

Cairns

Townsville

Singapore

External

Available mid-year

Business Law

Financial Management

 

Banking and Finance

External

Singapore

Available mid-year

Business Intelligence and Information Systems

Economics

Governance, Business and Society

Hospitality and Tourism Management

Human Resources Management

Management

Marketing

Sports and Events Management

Business Law (only available in Townsville and Cairns)

Corporate Environmental Management (only available in Townsville and Cairns)

International Business

Business Intelligence and Information Systems

Cairns

Townsville

Singapore

External

Available mid-year

Banking and Finance

Business Law

Corporate Environmental Management

Economics

Financial Management

Governance, Business and Society

Hospitality and Tourism Management

Human Resources Management

International Business

Management

Marketing

Sports and Events Management

 

Economics

Townsville

External

Available mid-year

Banking and Finance

Business Intelligence and Information Systems

Business Law

Corporate Environmental Management

Governance, Business and Society

Hospitality and Tourism Management

Human Resources Management

International Business

Management

Marketing

Sports and Events Management

Financial Management

Financial Management

Townsville

Singapore

External

Available mid-year

Business Intelligence and Information Systems

Business Law

Corporate Environmental Management

Governance, Business and Society

Hospitality and Tourism Management

Human Resources Management

Management

Marketing

Sports and Events Management

Economics

International Business

Governance, Business and Society

Cairns

Townsville

External

Available Mid-year

Banking and Finance

Business Intelligence and Information Systems

Business Law

Corporate Environmental Management

Economics

Financial Management

Hospitality and Tourism Management

Human Resources Management

International Business

Management

Marketing

Sports and Events Management

 

Health Management

Townsville (Suspended 2016 – 2018)

   

Hospitality and Tourism Management

Brisbane

Singapore

External

Available mid-year

Banking and Finance

Business Intelligence and Information Systems

Economics

Financial Management

Governance, Business and Society

Business Law (only available in Townsville and Cairns)

Human Resources Management

International Business

Management

Marketing

Human Resources Management

Cairns

Townsville

External

Available mid-year

Banking and Finance

Business Intelligence and Information Systems

Business Law

Corporate Environmental Management

Economics

Financial Management

Governance, Business and Society

Sports and Events Management

Hospitality and Tourism Management

Management

Marketing

International Business

Brisbane

Cairns

Townsville

Singapore

External

Available mid-year

Business Intelligence and Information Systems

Business Law

Corporate Environmental Management

Economics

Governance, Business and Society

Sports and Events Management

Banking and Finance

Financial Management

Hospitality and Tourism Management

Marketing

Management

Brisbane

Cairns

Townsville

Singapore

External

Available mid-year

Banking and Finance

Business Intelligence and Information Systems

Business Law

Corporate Environmental Management

Economics

Financial Management

Governance, Business and Society

Hospitality and Tourism Management

Human Resources Management

Marketing

Sports and Events Management

Marketing

Brisbane

Townsville

Singapore

External

Available mid-year

Banking and Finance

Business Intelligence and Information Systems

Business Law

Corporate Environmental Management

Economics

Financial Management

Governance, Business and Society

Sports and Events Management

Hospitality and Tourism Management

Human Resources Management

International Business

Management

Sports and Events Management

Townsville

Singapore

External

Available mid-year

Banking and Finance

Business Intelligence and Information Systems

Business Law

Corporate Environmental Management

Economics

Financial Management

Governance, Business and Society

Human Resources Management

International Business

Marketing

Management

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 Intelligence

Cairns

Townsville

Singapore

External

 

Financial Management

Townsville

Singapore

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

This is a non-business minor

Tourism Management

Brisbane

Townsville

Singapore

External

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Brisbane

 

Cairns

 

Townsville

 

Singapore

 

External

Some Majors are not available externally

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.

This course has a Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) program culminating in a third year core subject.  Students must successfully complete the prescribed WIL preparation modules and quizzes to be eligible to apply for a WIL capstone 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 have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.

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. Refer to the Bachelor of Business (Honours) Handbook for eligibility information.

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