Bachelor of Business (Accounting)

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Swinburne (RTO 3059)
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Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.
Recognised by CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA) for membership requirements.


Relevant academic or work experience



Course length
Set your own timetable & finish the course within 2 years (minimum) to 9 years (maximum)
Study mode



Study from anywhere, when it suits you best and graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.


Study part of the course online. Combine your online learning with classes or practical sessions on-campus at a college or university.


Attend classes on-campus at a university, TAFE or college and interact face-to-face with teachers and fellow students.

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Start date

3 start dates per year.

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Swinburne (RTO 3059)

This Swinburne University of Technology qualification is delivered by Swinburne Online.

As a Swinburne Online student you'll graduate with a nationally recognised Swinburne University qualification, and have the flexibility of studying online when it suits you.

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Year 12 graduates need:

  • Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or equivalent (VCE studies must have included successful completion of units 3 and 4 in English with a minimum study score of 25 in English), and meet the associated minimum ATAR; OR

Non-year 12 and mature age students not holding an appropriate Year 12 or equivalent qualification may be eligible if they have:

What you'll learn

The Bachelor of Business (Accounting) gives you a solid foundation in accounting and will teach you how to:

  • Use accounting systems to record and analyse business activities
  • Use financial statements to guide investment decisions
  • Utilise information from cost accounting systems to make decisions
  • Price products
  • Develop operating strategies
  • Evaluate business performance

Course structure

24 units

Core units

  1. Learning & communicating online

    This unit will introduce fundamentals of communication and learning in an online environment. Students will gain increased capability in a range of skills such as online written communication, collaboration in individual and group work, and critiquing and analysing a variety of information sources. Students will be encouraged to draw on their own understanding and experience while contributing and sharing ideas with peers.

  2. Introduction to management

    This unit aims to provide a broad understanding of management and its importance in enabling organisations to be effective within a diverse globalised environment. Students will learn to describe the four basic management functions of planning, organising, leading and controlling across an organisation; understand the application of some basic management principles in an increasingly global business environment; understand the importance of behaving in a professional and ethical manner; and prepare academic reports and essays including case studies using the appropriate format.

  3. Management accounting for planning & control

    The aim of this subject is to expose students to the complexities of providing and analysing data for internal decision making for a range of business entities. There are few rules in management accounting and the key feature of management accounting is the ability to identify and apply data relevant to the particular issue at hand.

  4. Introduction to business law

    The aims of this introductory unit are to introduce students to the framework of the Australian legal system and to the business structures operating in Australia and to provide an introductory overview of various areas of the law including Contracts, Torts, Sale of Goods, Consumer Protection, Company Law and Remedies.

  5. Industry consulting project

    The unit provides an opportunity for students to apply skills and engage in a consulting project for an industry partner. Multidisciplinary teams will work on a live problem solving project from profit or not-for-profit enterprises operating in either private or public sectors. Teams will work under the guidance of a coach with project specific inputs from the industry client briefs. In the final week, teams will deliver their findings and recommendations to industry partner through an oral presentation and a written report. The unit aims at facilitating a successful transition from academic learning environment to work environment.

  6. Company accounting

    The aim of Company Accounting is to introduce and familiarise students with mandatory reporting practices with an emphasis on international accounting standards and the Australian corporate regulatory framework. Students will be made aware of different technical methods and the theoretical underpinning of these methods in order to assist them in the preparation of accounting information and financial statements in a form suitable for publication. These concepts will be illustrated and applied through the various stages of a business, from its inception through to further acquisitions, trading and termination of a business or group of related entities.

  7. Accounting theory

    This unit draws upon knowledge gained from earlier accounting units. In particular, students are required to apply and demonstrate insights derived from the areas of corporate accounting, management accounting and financial management. The unit seeks to instill in students a critical appreciation of both theory in accounting and contemporary accounting practice. It does this by locating the discipline of accounting into a wider context than that normally associated (or possible) with earlier accounting units. The unit will provide students with an understanding of various theoretical perspectives and the application of Accounting Standards to some important financial accounting problems. On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to understand, discuss, and critically analyse a range of issues pertaining to financial accounting theory and regulation.

  8. Auditing

    The broad aim of this unit is to familiarise students with the underlying concepts and objectives of auditing and the subsequent reporting function of the auditor. The unit covers both theoretical and practical aspects of auditing, and in particular aims to integrate the concepts of auditing with practical approaches taken by the auditor to ensure students gain a complete picture of the audit process.

  9. Financial statistics

    The modern business involves many decisions and managers need the skills, technologies, procedures to successfully derive appropriate solutions to benefit the organisation. This unit will focus on data science as an analytical and decision-making tool, in a variety of business contexts, with a major emphasis on interpretation and application using Excel.

  10. Company law

    At the completion of this unit, students will be able to: understand the importance of company law rules and company law regulation in the Australian commercial environment; develop an understanding of the role company law plays in regulating both business activity and company officers; develop an understanding of the role and duties of directors and other company officers; identify and implement problem solving skills in real world case examples; demonstrate an understanding of current regulation of companies and other business structures in Australia; and synthesise legal arguments from multiple points of view.

  11. Microeconomics

    This unit aims to help students understand some of the basic tools and concepts of microeconomics and apply them to a variety of economic issues faced by individuals, business, nonprofit organisations and governments. Students will develop expertise in using an analytical approach to problem-solving which will benefit them in their personal and professional lives. Students will appreciate the nature and significance of the key economic concept of opportunity cost and its relevance in a variety of personal and professional decision-making processes.

  12. Financial information for decision making

    The aim of this unit is to provide a framework for students to learn basic accounting concepts and show how these concepts can be applied to financial reports (for both internal and external use) that provide useful information for business evaluation and decision making. The unit has been designed to meet the needs of two broad categories of students. For those intending to take further studies in accounting, this unit will serve as an essential foundation and preparation for that continued study. For those who do not intend to take further units in accounting, the experience gained from this unit will be invaluable to their future business career. Whatever aspect of business students intend to specialise in, they will need to be familiar with the concepts and principles underlying the practice of accounting. Such knowledge will enable students to understand the importance of financial information in decision making and thereby provide them with the necessary financial literacy for their future role in the world of business.

  13. Contemporary issues in entrepreneurship & innovation

    This unit focuses on contemporary theoretical and practice based issues in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which will be integrated with business and management theories, models and frameworks. On completion of the unit students will be able to identify, analyse, evaluate and offer value creating solutions to local and global business and social problems from entrepreneurship and innovation perspective.

  14. Integrative business practice

    In this unit, students will consolidate past learning, with important issues discussed earlier in the program being revisited in crossdisciplinary contexts. We will, however, give you reading materials relevant to specific problems you will work on in class. These will form the basis for in-class tests that will demonstrate your preparation and understanding. By revisiting the unit material you have studied throughout your degree through scenarios and exercises, encouraging self-reflection, and providing feedback, the unit will hone your skills and give you the confidence to apply your learning holistically to business problems.

  15. Financial information systems

    The aim of this subject is to introduce students to financial information systems, both manual and computer based. The basis of the subject is the accurate recording of all transactions following the principles of double entry accounting. In addition, students are introduced to the concepts of internal control and management accounting.

  16. Taxation

    This unit aims to help students to understand: the basic concepts of income, capital and gifts; the rules governing allowable deductions and calculate taxable income; basic principles of the Fringe Benefit Taxation legislation; and the complexities of taxation in relation to various taxable entities. Students will research and explain the importance of current and landmark taxation decisions issued by the Courts and Administrative Appeals Tribunal. This will help them understand the major principles of tax planning issues and concepts.

  17. Analysis for competitive advantage

    The aim of this unit of study is to introduce, expound, and apply various management accounting concepts to evaluate and contextualise a company's competitive advantage. Students will be introduced to key management accounting concepts which will help them gain knowledge and understanding of the business environment. Students will be able to apply their knowledge to real world management accounting problems, develop critical thinking and problemsolving skills and will enhance their numeric skills, while developing structured explanations and arguments to accommodate multiple points of view (when necessary) before drawing conclusions.

  18. Macroeconomics

    On completion of this unit students should be able to: Understand the measurement, causes and costs of macroeconomic conditions; analyse the meaning and implications of Balance of Payments outcomes; explain the objectives, and workings of economic policies; evaluate conditions within an economy and the appropriateness of policies; draw and interpret graphs showing conditions in macroeconomic markets; recognise and interpret the meaning of key macroeconomic data.

  19. Financial management

    The aim of this unit is to enable students to focus on the goals and functions of corporate financial management. It is designed to enable students to acquire an understanding of the scope and nature of the finance function and its role within corporate management.


You will need to complete 5 electives as part of this course. You can select your units from a range of other Swinburne Online courses.

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Set your own timetable

Designed for maximum flexibility, this accounting course allows you to study anytime, anywhere.

There are 3 teaching periods a year, and you can enrol in 1 to 4 units every period.


Graduates may be eligible to apply for membership with the following professional organisations:

  • CPA Australia (CPAA)
  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia (ICAA)
  • The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)
  • The National Institute of Accountants (NIA)
  • The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Payment options

There are 2 ways you can pay for this course:

1. Study now pay later – HECS-HELP

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme.

This means you don’t need to pay upfront for the course if you:

  • are an Australian citizen, OR
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa, OR
  • hold a New Zealand Special Category Visa and meet the residency requirements.

Through HECS-HELP the Australian government pays the amount of your course to the education provider on your behalf. You’ll start paying back this loan through the tax system once your earn more than the minimum threshold (which is $54,869 for the 2016-2017 financial year).

The total cost of this course is government-subsidised if you pay via a HECS-HELP loan.

This means the price you pay for the course is much cheaper – the Australian Government covers part of the course fee. Government-subsidised places in this course are called Commonwealth-supported places.

2. Upfront payment

You can pay for this course upfront via credit card or bank transfer.

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