The Bachelor of Business (Online Pathway) requires the completion of 108 units of study. It can be undertaken in three years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time) with the honours program as an additional year (or the equivalent part-time). The course may be completed without a named specialisation. The course is offered by the Flinders Business School in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

Admission requirements

The minimum requirements for consideration for entry to all undergraduate courses are specified in detail in the University Entry Requirements.

Course aims

This course provides a broad and flexible educational preparation for a range of professional, business-related careers in private and public enterprise. Its aims are to provide students with:

  • general knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes to facilitate careers in business-related fields
  • the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge in at least one business-related professional field (including business economics, entrepreneurship, human resource management, international business, management and marketing)
  • scope for studies beyond business to broaden their overall educational experience.

Learning outcomes 

Students successfully completing this course should be able to:

  • demonstrate an appreciation of the broad environment in which business operates
  • contribute effectively to the successful operation of a business, particularly in the area of their chosen specialisation
  • apply analytical skills, relevant theory and logical thought to decision making processes within a business
  • communicate effectively in a business environment, both verbally and in writing
  • demonstrate commitment to ethical and socially responsible business practice
  • demonstrate good understanding of theory and practice in their chosen specialisation
  • apply specialist skills to analyse issues and develop appropriate reports or other documentation relevant to the area of specialisation

Program of study

To qualify for the Bachelor of Business, a student must complete 108 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic. A minimum of 27 units, but no more than 45 units, of Year 1 topics is to be included in the 108 units.

Students undertake 40.5 units of core topics, 54 units of Business topics, and 13.5 units of electives.

Except with the permission of the Course Management Committee, the course must be completed within ten consecutive years. Failure to do so may constitute evidence of unsatisfactory progress. Where permission is given to complete in more than ten consecutive years, there may be a requirement for additional coursework in order to ensure relevant and up-to-date knowledge. Face to face topics are not able to be taken in the Online Pathway.

Core - Year 1, 2 & 3 topics

40.5 units comprising:

BUSN1009 Quantitative Methods (4.5 units)
BUSN1011 Accounting for Managers (4.5 units)
BUSN1012 Management, People and Organisations (4.5 units)
BUSN1013 Economics for Business (4.5 units)
BUSN1019 Law for Business (4.5 units)
BUSN1022 Marketing Principles (4.5 units)
BUSN2019 International Business Context (4.5 units)
BUSN2038 Human Resource Management (4.5 units)
BUSN3055 Strategic Management (4.5 units)

Option - Business - Year 1, 2 & 3 topics

Plus 54 units of Business topics, selected from the below:

BUSN1021 Organisational Behaviour (4.5 units)
BUSN2020 Consumer Behaviour (4.5 units)
BUSN2024 Sustainable Resource Management (4.5 units)
BUSN2028 Market Research (4.5 units)
BUSN2032 HR Planning, Recruitment & Selection (4.5 units)
BUSN2033 Marketing Communications (4.5 units)
BUSN2039 International Business Management (4.5 units)
BUSN2044 Managing Diversity (4.5 units)
BUSN2046 Operations & Supply Chain Management (4.5 units)
BUSN2048 Social Media Marketing (4.5 units)
BUSN3037 Import Export Theory & Practice (4.5 units)
BUSN3041 Services Marketing (4.5 units)
BUSN3042 Strategic Marketing (4.5 units)
BUSN3050 International HRM (4.5 units)
BUSN3051 International Marketing (4.5 units)
BUSN3052 Leadership in Business & Society (4.5 units)
BUSN3059 HR Strategy & Change Management (4.5 units)

Elective - Year 1, 2 & 3 topics

Plus 13.5 units of electives from online topics offered by the University selected from the below:

COMS1001 Academic and Professional Communication (4.5 units)
HIST1203 Creating a Nation: A Brief History of Australia to 1939 (4.5 units)
INTR1100 Exploring the International (4.5 units)
PROF1001 Professional Writing 1: Writing for Digital Environments (4.5 units)
PSYC1108 The Psychology of Surviving and Thriving (4.5 units)
INTR2100 Reimagining the Global South (4.5 units)


Refer to Bachelor of Business (Honours)