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Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance)

This course has been discontinued - this course is closed for new enrolments, the information on this page is provided for continuing students.

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This course has been replaced by Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Finance) (BA-BUSACF1). 
Accounting and finance share many common themes relating to the management of an individual’s or business’s wealth. Your studies will introduce the concepts of accounting, management, statistics, microeconomics, business law and information systems. You will be well-equipped to enter the global, challenging and dynamic industries of accounting, banking and finance.
Duration3 years full-time or 6 years part-time. An optional and additional year of Industry-Based Learning (IBL) is also available.
Students holding an international student visa are required to study full-time and are unable to undertake IBL.
Campus and intakes  Calendar
Hawthorn - Semester 1, Semester 2
Study modeFull-time
Part-time (day & evening)
Swinburne course codeBCAF140

On this page: course description, course structure, major specialisations and units of study.

Course description

This course has been replaced by Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Finance) (BA-BUSACF1). 
Accounting and finance share many common themes relating to the management of an individual’s or business’s wealth. Your studies will introduce the concepts of accounting, management, statistics, microeconomics, business law and information systems. You will be well-equipped to enter the global, challenging and dynamic industries of accounting, banking and finance.

Course structure

For completion of the Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) students are required to complete a total of 24 units of study (300 credit points) consisting of; 
Units normally carry 12.5 credit points. In each year, four units per semester (eight per year) normally constitutes a full-time load of 100 credit points and two units per semester (four per year) normally constitutes a part-time load of 50 credit points. Students holding an international student visa are required to study full-time.
Students wishing to enrol in units of study that are not a formal part of this course will be required to seek approval from the Faculty Administration Manager prior to enrolment.
Course restrictions
  • A minimum of 100 credit points must be completed at Swinburne University of Technology. This regulation must be observed in program plans that include unit exemptions; studies completed through international exchange, cross-institutional study or study abroad.
  • Students will not be allowed to study more than 26 units (325 credit points) as part of the Bachelor of Commerce.
  • Students are not permitted to enrol in units where they have completed other units that are deemed to be equivalent. Equivalent units cannot both be used for credit.
Careers in the Curriculum (CIC)
In addition to the above, all Swinburne undergraduate students must complete a compulsory unit of study, HBG0004 Careers in the Curriculum. Careers in the Curriculum is an innovative unit designed to assist Swinburne students to enhance their employability and career prospects.
Careers in the Curriculum has been developed by Swinburne Careers and Employment who provide advice and feedback on completing job applications and undergoing interviews, directed at obtaining graduate employment. Careers in the Curriculum is a one semester compulsory unit usually undertaken in second year.
Students will not incur a HECS or fee debt as the cost will be met by the university as part of an initiative to enhance students' employability skills.

Prerequisites/Corequisites

Students must have passed prerequisites/corequisites listed for each unit of study and must check that they have fulfilled these requirements before enrolling. Unit of study convenors must be consulted if students wish to enrol in a unit of study for which they do not have the stated requisites.
Final Year Experience – Major Projects
As part of the Swinburne Model for Professional Learning, we would expect that all incoming undergraduates from 2009 will undertake 25 credit points of professionally focused final year major projects within their programs of study. Entry with advanced standing may require alternate study sequences to be undertaken.
Winter and Summer Terms
The Faculty of Business and Enterprise is offering optional six-week Winter and Summer terms allowing you to complete extra study between the standard semesters. These terms are not mandatory. However, if you wish to vary your study load you may want to consider this option. Follow this link for more information on units offered.

Major specialisations

The Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) does not include any co-majors, minors or electives.

On this page: aims and objectives, career opportunities, professional recognition and graduate attributes.

Aims and objectives

In addition to the university’s graduate attributes, Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) graduates will be:
  • comprehensively knowledgeable about accounting and finance appropriate for entry-level positions in the accounting and finance fields
  • able to evaluate the financial position of an organisation through the examination of financial statements and non-financial data
  • able to demonstrate an understanding of the principles of accounting and apply these accurately and correctly
  • strong analytical problem solvers who are able to operate within an ethical framework
  • excellent communicators in both written and verbal contexts
  • adaptable and able to implement principles into a range of different contexts globally
  • able to satisfy the academic admission requirements for accounting professional bodies

Career opportunities

Just some of the many roles graduates may be eligible for are: graduate accountant, account manager, auditor, fund accounting officer and taxation agent, merchant banker, corporate treasurer, investment banker, import and export manager, and financial adviser. 
Graduates may find employment with large or small companies, private practices, government-owned entities, and banks.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible to apply for membership of CPA Australia (CPA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia (ICAA), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) (replaced NIA May 2011), the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) and the Stockbrokers Association of Australia (SAA) (formerly SDIA).

Graduate attributes

The intent of the course is for graduates to have well-developed attributes, which will equip them for their early career and life. Specifically graduates will potentially be:
  • capable in their chosen professional, vocational or study areas
  • entrepreneurial in contributing to innovation and development within their business, workplace, or community
  • effective and ethical in work and community situations
  • adaptable and able to manage change
  • aware of the local and international environments in which they will be contributing to (e.g. socio-cultural, economic, natural)
In order to build all of the graduate attributes, the Bachelor of Commerce aims to:
  • ensure that the body of knowledge and technology imparted in the program will be relevant to immediate and potential employment opportunities
  • develop self-confidence through learning experiences aimed at an understanding of the unit areas; and including the development of life-long learning skills
  • offer Industry-Based Learning (IBL)* and experiential learning opportunities that link theoretical learning with applied practical work experience
  • develop creativeness and analytical skills
  • provide an understanding of the conventional ways of seeking answers to particular problems, including the use of library and other reference sources such as the internet and electronic information sources
  • develop multi-disciplinary, applied research skills through the honours year option
  • develop both written and oral communication skills, and teamwork capacities
  • develop perspective and general knowledge through the study of a variety of disciplines and their relationship to one another, forming an integrated, holistic business understanding
  • develop an ability and willingness to adapt to change, given the turbulent, competitive and volatile nature of many businesses
  • develop a broad understanding of the business and social environment, and especially its global and complex nature
  • develop skills and attitudes conducive to life-long learning
* Please note that IBL is not available to international students who hold a student visa.

On this page: IBL (industry based learning), honours and Swinburne Abroad.

Industry learning

An optional Industry-Based Learning (IBL) unit may be undertaken by local students who have entered university after completing Year 12 at the completion of 100 credit points at Swinburne. Pathway students who have entered with exemptions may register with the IBL office once completing one semester of their degree. The IBL program is available to students who have a pass result. Due to government regulation, the IBL program is not available to international students who hold a student visa.

An academic staff member is assigned to each student who has an IBL placement. The role of the staff member is to act as a mentor to the student by means of visits and email and phone contact. After each visit with the student, the academic mentor completes a ‘mentor visit report form’ detailing the student’s progress and job satisfaction, with a copy being forwarded to the IBL office. All visits are logged as per the IBL policy of the university.

The Faculty of Business and Enterprise has a full-time IBL manager to liaise with undergraduate students and employers. The IBL program also has an academic convenor who ensures that the program is academically rigorous and meets the student's learning needs.

Honours

An honours degree at Swinburne provides an opportunity for students with a demonstrated academic ability to pursue their undergraduate studies to an advanced level - to deepen their intellectual understanding in their major area of study and to develop their research skills. Honours students work independently but in close consultation with a supervisor on a substantial project of their choice. Students are required to collect and analyse data and produce a substantial written thesis (15,000 to 20,000 words) on their findings. The honours program is a recognised point of entry into postgraduate research studies. For further information contact the Faculty of Business and Enterprise.

Swinburne Abroad

Swinburne offers International Exchange Programs as well as other Education Abroad Programs to help internationalise your degree. International Exchange is an academic program allowing you to study at a Swinburne Partner Institution for one or two semesters during your degree. Swinburne's Partner Institutions offer many relevant subjects as well as a secure base to explore a different culture. Your studies whilst on exchange can be credited towards your Swinburne degree, provided they are relevant and approved by Swinburne. For further information visit the Swinburne Abroad website.

On this page: entry requirements, pathways, credit transfer and recognition of prior learning

Entry requirements

Successful completion of an appropriate Victorian Year 12 or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification. 

VCE Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4–a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or at least 25 in any other English.

Non-Year 12

For Australian TAFE qualifications undertaken in Australia, the following criteria will be used:
  • Associate degree holders - Minimum requirement - credit grade average (at least 65% or above) with no fail grades in their business units in the final year.
  • Advanced diploma holders - Minimum requirement - credit grade average (at least 65% or above) with no fail grades in their business units in the final year.
  • Diploma holders - Minimum requirement - 50 percent of grades achieved are Distinctions (75% or above) with no fails in their business units.
  • Certificate IV - Minimum requirement - 75 percent of grades achieved are Distinctions (75% or above) with no fails in their business units.
Where Australian TAFE qualifications are delivered offshore, equivalent grades will be adopted.

Partially completed tertiary qualifications

Applicants must also have completed a minimum of one year (100 credit points) of equivalent full-time study - Minimum requirement - Credit grade average (65% or above) with no fails in their business or commerce units.

Special Entry
Applicants who do not satisfy any of the above requirements (including applicants with a non-competitive Year 12 completed a minimum of two years prior to the time of application) are required to sit a STAT Multiple Choice test run by VTAC.

Not all eligible applicants can be offered a place as quotas do apply.

Pathways

An advanced credit transfer system, known as the Pathways program, is in place at Swinburne. Through Pathways, students with one or more of a wide range of post-secondary qualifications (both local and international) can gain entry into a course with advanced standing. Certain subject requirements must be met and an acceptable standard of results achieved in order to gain admission and for maximum credit to be granted. For most degrees students will be granted matched exemptions for foundation units or some Stage 2 units only. For further information refer to the Pathways website.

Note: Eligibility for credit does not guarantee a place in the course: acceptance depends on the number of applicants and available places.

Credit transfer

Applicants with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be granted ‘credit’ and/or entry into the course with ‘advanced standing’. University policies apply and applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. For most degrees Students will be granted matched exemptions for foundation units or some Stage 2 units only. For further information refer to the Credit Transfer website.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process where a student may be granted credit or partial credit towards a qualification in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. However, it must be noted that RPL is not normally recognised for undergraduate qualifications. Students may not obtain RPL for the Professional Practice units.

For further details for students considering Higher Education courses visit the RPL website.

On this page: how to apply, course fees, scholarships and find out more.

How to apply

Please note that this course is closed for new enrolments.

Course fees

For information about Swinburne's fees visit the Fees website.