Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) - 2018

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Course summary - 2018

Level: Undergraduate
Qualification: Bachelor Degree
Number of units: 24 units to complete
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Curtin University offers an opportunity for students to study a finance major as part of the Bachelor of Commerce degree. This course is designed to prepare students for the challenges in the global business environment. Students will study foundation areas of accounting, economics, business law, management, marketing and technology.

The course is designed for students who are interested in pursuing careers in finance, broadly defined to include corporate finance, financial institutions, financial markets and various branches of the financial services industry.

At the completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. understand, apply and analyse financial knowledge and issues and their impacts on national and international financial markets
  2. identify structures and formulate issues and apply appropriate skills to solve capital market problems
  3. collect and analyse empirical data and conceptual information and be able to synthesis into appropriate frameworks for analysis of financial issues
  4. communicate in oral, written, qualitative and quantitative media channels; be able to syntheses and select appropriate communication schemes dependent upon the nature of problem and audience
  5. distinguish, identify and apply available technologies and methodologies to investigate financial issues
  6. identify new developments in the field of finance and integrate available strategies into the existing body of knowledge; and be able to reflect upon their implications for the finance discipline
  7. understand the implications and potential impacts of current developments in the national and international capital markets on both domestic and international economies
  8. understand the importance and impact of cultural diversity on making financial decisions in both national and international contexts
  9. apply acquired skills individually and in a group to facilitate the understanding and solution of financial issues in a professional and ethical manner.

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Commerce from Curtin University you have a range of career opportunities depending on your chosen field of study. Most industries and organisations, whether private or public, local or international, employ commerce graduates. This course can help you become a:

  • Insurance Officer
  • Bank Officer
  • Financial Dealer and Broker
  • Financial Dealer's Assistant
  • Credit Analyst
  • Bank Manager
  • Financial Planner
  • Investment Banker
  • Finance Manager.

Curtin University’s School of Economics and Finance has joined the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program. Bachelor of Commerce Finance is part of the Program.

To be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) in this degree, you must be:

  • An Australian citizen residing in Australia for all or part of your studies; OR
  • A New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study; OR
  • The holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study; OR
  • The holder of a permanent humanitarian visa will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study;
  • Able to meet the university admission criteria requirements.

Please note: You can still enrol and pay for your units via FEE-HELP or an upfront payment if you are not eligible for CSP.

Students must satisfy the following requirements in order to be eligible for entry into the degree:

  • Admission criteria
  • English Language Proficiency (Please refer to Special Requirements section)

Admission criteria

A. Applicants with higher education study

Applicants need to meet one of the following:

  • Successful study through OUA – either:
    • Successful completion of the Business Pathway OR
    • Successful completion of four OUA full degree level units at pass level. (This satisfies the English language proficiency requirement.) OR
    • Successful completion of two OUA full degree level units with separate evidence of English proficiency is required.
  • Successful completion of one full time semester (four standard units) towards an Undergraduate or higher level of study at an Australian University (separate evidence of English proficiency is not required)

Completed bridging or enabling course

Enabling courses completed through other Australian Universities which meet minimum entry requirements for that institution will be accepted as minimum entry requirements for this course

B. Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma or Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma. You may also be eligible for credit toward your university study
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate IV and evidence of English proficiency

C. Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years) Australian Year 12 students

  • Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) 70 or equivalent. Students must have English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR. Mathematics Applications ATAR. Desirable Mathematics Methods ATAR or Mathematics Specialist ATAR. To determine your eligibility for entry please refer to Interstate Year 12 and IB Students, TISC Tertiary Institutions Service Centre link http://www.tisc.edu.au/static/guide/prerequisites-comparsion.tisc

D. Applicants with work and life experience

Additional information

To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, including eligibility please see Commonwealth supported places.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants need to meet Curtin's English Language proficiency requirements. You normally need ONE of the following:

  • Must have a 50% minimum in English ATAR (or equivalent).
  • Completion of at least one full time semester (or equivalent) of Undergraduate level studies at an Australian University
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma or Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma
  • Successful completion of two degree level units via Open Universities Australia (OUA) and English proficiency
  • Successful completion of two degree level units at an Australian university and English proficiency
  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements' document at http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

This course is an OUA Pathways course, which means there is a recommended series of units that, once successfully completed, can be credited towards this course. To commence the Pathway for this course, simply select units from the Pathway stream below.

Students who aren't taking part in OUA Pathways can instead follow the study pattern below:

  • If you are new to university study, complete a foundation unit such as APC100
  • Complete the core units
  • Complete the major
  • Complete electives

Students must complete 24 units and meet the following requirements:

  • Complete eight compulsory core units
  • Complete eight major units in Finance
  • Complete eight elective units
  • Complete at least twelve Curtin University units
  • You are expected to have an adequate level of English when undertaking all units in this degree

Required Textbooks as listed in the Unit Outline.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
To view the unit price, select the unit name. Check the box beside the unit to add it to your Study Cart.
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Tertiary Learning Strategies
SSK10 USA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Principles of Economics
ECO11 USA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Management Concepts (Introduction to Management)
IBA111 GRF SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Accounting for Business
ACG11 USA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
To view the unit price, select the unit name. Check the box beside the unit to add it to your Study Cart.
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Accounting for Business
ACG11 USA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Business Law
BLW14 CUR SP1 - SP3 -
Introduction to Business Information Systems
INF10003 SWI SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Business Communication
COM12 GRF SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Introductory Economics
BAN12 CUR SP1 - SP3 -
Management Concepts (Introduction to Management)
IBA111 GRF SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Introduction to Marketing
MKT103 GRF SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Introduction to Finance Principles
BAN23 CUR SP1 - SP3 -
Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Introduction to Financial Instruments and Markets
BAN24 CUR SP1 - SP3 -
Introduction to Financial Statement Analysis
BAN25 CUR SP1 - SP3 -
Corporate Finance
BAN26 CUR SP1 - SP3 -
Introductory Business Financial Modelling
BAN27 CUR SP1 - SP3 -

Select 4 Elective units at Level 2.

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
To view the unit price, select the unit name. Check the box beside the unit to add it to your Study Cart.
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Portfolio Management
BAN36 CUR Coming in 2019
International Finance
BAN37 CUR Coming in 2019
Introduction to Derivative Securities
BAN35 CUR Coming in 2019
Business Capstone
BCS301 CUR SP1 - SP3 -

Select 4 Elective units at Level 3.

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at http://policies.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/policy/Credit_for_Recognised_Learning_Manual.pdf.

Students must be admitted in an award course of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all necessary documentation for a formal assessment.

To officially apply for CRL, students need to submit the CRL application form available from http://students.curtin.edu.au/administration/documents/Application_for_CRL.pdf to opencurtin@curtin.edu.au along with supporting documents. Accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For detailed scanned documents requirements and guidelines, please visit http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/scanned-documents.cfm.

For further information, please contact opencurtin@curtin.edu.au.

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Any unit completed at the same AQF level that is not a core unit can be used as an elective. We don’t have any preference on what units are taken as electives, however we would advise the student to select electives that are 1) of personal interest to the student, OR 2) value-add to their degree – perhaps are complementary with the course being undertaken.

We recommend that all students, as soon as they are eligible, should apply for and take a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP). However, if you choose not to be a CSP student, please contact OpenCurtin via email to OpenCurtin@curtin.edu.au.

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can apply for loans through the Commonwealth government's Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP), which allows you to defer your fees. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a certain level.

There are currently two types of loan:

Loan scheme Who can access it? When can I use it? How do I find out more?
Course loan
(HECS-HELP)
  • Australian citizens
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders

After you've been admitted into an application course. (That's why we call it a course loan.)

If you complete units from different universities, each university will ask you to apply for HECS-HELP.

Find out more about
HECS-HELP
Unit loan
(FEE-HELP)
  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia,
    at least one unit of study
    contributing to their course
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian
    visa holders who will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their unit
    OR
  • Permanent visa holders who
    are undertaking bridging study
    for overseas-trained professionals
    , and will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their study

When you enrol in OUA units without having been admitted into an application course.

If you're studying OUA units to become eligible to apply for this course, we recommend using FEE-HELP for them. Once you've completed the units to the required standard you can apply for the course and, once admitted, switch to the course loan (HECS-HELP).

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FEE-HELP
You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001
Australia

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