Bachelor of Business (Management)

  • This Bachelor of Business (Management) is issued by Swinburne University of Technology & is identical to the on-campus degree
  • Support from dedicated tutors available 7 days a week 
  • Learn to manage teams & build skills you can apply to a wide range of jobs

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Swinburne (RTO 3059)
Career Opportunities

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.
Recognised by the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) and the Chartered Secretaries Australia 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.

Reports, essays, projects & exams
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

As a graduate of this course, you'll be able to:

  • Plan, monitor and control key resources to best meet business objectives
  • Organise and lead others
  • Evaluate current situations
  • Make creative and well-informed decisions

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. 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.

  3. Strategic planning in dynamic environments

    This unit focuses on deepening students' knowledge and skills in strategic management by providing a practical and critical approach to formulating and implementing corporate, business and functional strategies. It is multidisciplinary, focusing on decision making in both the domestic and global environments. Through application of theoretical frameworks to practical cases, students will learn how strategic approaches can be aligned and integrated with major business targets through building and sustaining social capital to achieve strategic goals. This unit will prepare students to respond to a challenging socio-economic environment, take advantage of emerging opportunities, and to put in place processes, people, and systems to develop an effective and sustainable organisational strategy. The unit is designed to promote robust discussions based on real-world scenarios.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Fundamentals of marketing

    At the conclusion of this unit of study, the successful student will have acquired an understanding of key Marketing concepts and their application to modern business. This understanding of Marketing will also aid in the understanding of other disciplines in the Bachelor of Business/Commerce as well as providing a strong philosophical foundation for the vocational study of Marketing. In addition, students will have started the journey towards graduation and as such, this unit of study aims to provide students with opportunities to develop graduate attributes. This unit of study provides students with a series of learning opportunities designed to explore basic business and Marketing concepts from a variety of viewpoints including theoretical and applied perspectives.

  7. 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.

  8. Business & society

    Business has an urgent need to review the way it interacts with and contributes to society. Today's leaders and managers need to be aware of the holistic views on organisations and society, learn how to identify challenges and opportunities in the future and develop ways to meet those challenges and capitalise on emergent opportunities.

    The unit challenges students to identify and evaluate major issues and trends impacting society and explore potential business implications that can drive sustainable innovation. The unit is designed to facilitate critical/analytical, systems, and creative thinking. Students in this unit will adapt a trans-disciplinary approach, drawing on relevant concepts and theories from philosophy, history, economics, geography, sociology and political science. A major focus will be a critical appreciation of stake-holder theory and how this theory frames integrative thinking across strategic management, finance, accounting, human resource management, marketing, law, public policy, and environment. It also covers two important areas that stakeholder theory has helped to shape and define: business ethics and corporate social responsibility.

  9. Management & decision making

    This unit is designed to introduce students who are not majoring in accounting to the planning, controlling and decision making functions found in organisations. The unit introduces students to the relevant management accounting concepts, literature and information necessary for effective decision making and problem solving.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Introduction to business information systems

    Introduction to Business Information Systems aims to instil an appreciation of how technology can be used to assist business, without the technology becoming an end in itself. In particular, the unit aims to generate an awareness of the importance of information to decision-making and how to provide such information to ensure its usefulness to the decision makers. Students gain a strong foundation of business systems fundamentals and the influence of the Internet on business stakeholders; customers, suppliers, manufacturers, service makers, regulators, managers and employees.

  13. Critical thinking in management

    The purpose of this unit is to build an understanding of how economic, social and political factors influence organisational culture and management practice. Employers today hire those with a sound understanding of their chosen area and an ability to adapt their thinking to meet the needs of their business environment. This requires analysing and assessing our thinking for clarity, accuracy, precision, relevance, depth, breadth, logic and significance with a view to its improvement (Paul & Elder 2007). This unit helps students develop proactive reasoning abilities so they are better positioned to make, and persuasively present informed judgements about contemporary managerial issues.

    This unit provides students with an opportunity to review, analyse and critique the managerial knowledge and skills necessary to identify problems and make decisions in environments experiencing variable degrees of change. Students will gain insight into the value of developing reflective practice in the workplace.

  14. Sustainable organisational design

    The unit explores the nature of organisations and organisation theory in complex contemporary environments. Representative themes include the exploration of the structural dimensions of organisations; how organisational design accommodates a stakeholder approach; and the need for organisational design to respond to emergent local and global agendas. The implications of emergent organisational design for culture, ethical values, learning, performance, collaboration and leadership will also be considered.

  15. 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.

  16. Leadership in context

    This unit introduces key theories and debates relating to leadership traits, behaviours and approaches to influencing organisational culture and outcomes. Different models of leadership are explored using a case based comparative perspective. The unit will draw from challenges dealt with in the private sector, public sector, not for profit and non-government organisations. It will provide students with theoretical frameworks to critique the parameters of leadership with respect to building robust organisational culture. This includes responsiveness to issues of risk mitigation, decision making, sound governance and stewardship of resources both physical, and human, in increasingly complex organisational environments.

  17. Organisational behaviour

    This unit aims to provide students with a sound knowledge and personal understanding of the impact of human behaviour on work in groups and organisations. Furthermore, students will investigate the application of Organisational Behaviour theoretical concepts and apply them to the management of human resources. Another focus will be the determinants of individual behaviour, group dynamics and organisational processes, and their impact on organisational effectiveness. Finally, students will gain an understanding of the significance of key organisational processes and how they apply to current trends in the management of human resources.

Major units


    You will need to complete 8 electives as part of this course. You can select your units from a range of other Swinburne Online courses.

    Support and delivery

    Studying with Swinburne Online

    Support for students

    Set your own timetable

    This degree’s flexibility allows you to tailor your studies to your schedule. Studying online also means your course work is portable – you can study anytime, anywhere.

    There are 3 teaching periods a year, and you can enrol in 1 to 4 units every period. On average each unit requires approximately 8 hours of study time each week. This includes doing readings, activities, interaction with other students and assessment tasks.

    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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