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Bachelor of
Business

Program Aim

To produce graduates who have a broad knowledge and skills of business with particular expertise in their chosen field(s) to meet industry demand in local and global business environment.

Program Rationale

The Bachelor of Business program helps students to build the knowledge and skills necessary for a career in a wide range of areas within business and the not-for-profit and public sectors. The Bachelor of Business program is designed to allow learners to customise their program by sampling a range of business disciplines prior to choosing the business discipline in which to specialise through a selected Major. The program adopts enquiry-based learning approach that helps learners to develop important problem-solving and decision-making skills relevant to any business. Graduates go on to develop careers in the management of large, medium and small businesses in government and private sectors, both domestically and internationally.

Program Learning Outcomes

The Bachelor of Business program has the following learning objectives:

  • To demonstrate ability to think critically and analyse complex business situations;
  • To demonstrate ability to apply business theory of their area of specialisation in practice;
  • To demonstrate well-developed oral and written communication skills;
  • To demonstrate awareness of business ethics principles, corporate social responsibility and sustainability in global context;
  • To demonstrate knowledge and skills in their field of expertise;
  • To demonstrate the capacity to work individually and as part of a team;
  • To demonstrate an understanding of corporate, legal, and regulatory environments.

Industry Needs

As identified by Andrew Norton1 in Grattan Institute’s report ‘Mapping Australian Higher Education’, there is a demonstrable skills shortage for qualified individuals across a broad range of business disciplines that need to be satisfied. In addition to that, generally, the demand for higher education in Australia has been on the rise in the last decade and is still growing rapidly. The proposed Bachelor of Business with majors in Accounting, Hospitality Management, Information Systems and Management are likely to contribute in satisfying that increased demand of higher education among domestic and international students.

Graduate Career Outcomes

The Canterbury Institute of Management (‘the Institute’) qualifications are aimed to provide a broad-based foundation for entry into graduate positions that can lead to a wide range of rewarding careers. It is expected that graduates start a career in the fields including:

  • Accounting
  • Multinational Corporations Management
  • Public Accounting Practice
  • Hospitality Services Professions
  • Public Sector Accounting /Auditing
  • Project Management
  • Business Analysis
  • Systems Analysis

Accounting Major

The Bachelor of Business – Accounting Major students will achieve a strong foundation skills and knowledge required to successfully enter the workforce as an accountant. Upon graduation, students are equipped with a specialist understanding of accounting and its associated business fields. This profession has seen a major shift in recent times, from a strictly financial focus of economic accountability to a more strategic role within business organisations and management. The accounting profession has also expanded to include areas such as information systems.

 

Hospitality Management Major

The Bachelor of Business – Hospitality Management Major student will achieve an excellent basis for a management career in the hospitality industry. Students are provided with a comprehensive understanding of hospitality and business management principles and fine-tuning relevant industry skills. This discipline of study will endow students with strong, real-life problem-solving capabilities, the ability to anticipate change and a commitment to lifelong personal development.

Information Systems Major

The Bachelor of Business – Information Systems Major students will gain technical and analytical skills in choosing this discipline as well as the ability to assess, evaluate, and communicate the key aspects of Information Systems as an enabler of modern organisations. Students will also study key commerce courses such as accounting and management. Students will also participate in team projects, developing solutions to real-world problems based on real organisations in the business world.

As part of their specialisation study, CIM graduates of Bachelor of Business – Information Systems Major will meet the prerequisites for their eligibility to apply for the membership of professional bodies in their area such as Australian Computer Society.

Management Major

The Bachelor of Business – Management Major students in this discipline will develop the skills needed to successfully lead teams in a broad range of organisations. Students will learn how to plan, monitor and control resources, meet key business objectives, and master the art of managing themselves and others. This discipline prepares a student for a diverse range of management roles. Student will know how to make effective, well-informed business decisions, in any situation.

As part of their specialisation study, CIM graduates of Bachelor of Business – Management Major will meet the prerequisites for their eligibility to apply for the membership of professional bodies in their area such as Australian Institute of Management.

Program Structure

It is proposed that the Bachelor of Business program will have the following delivery structure:

  • 3 years full-time delivery over 6 semesters
  • Each semester will run over 16 weeks (6 weeks delivery + 1-week break + 6 weeks delivery + 1-week study break + 2 weeks examinations)
  • 24 courses
  • Each course has 4 contact hours per week broken down into lecture and tutorial components (2 hours lecture + 2 hours tutorial)
  • For each contact hour 2 hours of independent study are expected (4 + 8 = 12) hours workload per course per week)
  • Full time workload: 4 courses x 12 hours per course = 48 hours per week
  • 12 credit points (cps) per course (1 credit point per hour)
  • 288 credit points to complete the program.
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