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Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business

Approved Abbreviation: BA/BBus


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1818.4

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 089210K


Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.


Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is Spring 2021 or later.

For Commencement Year 2018 to Autumn 2021 - please refer to: 1818.3 Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business

For Commencement Year 2017 - please refer to: 1818.2 Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business

For Commencement Year 2016 - please refer to: 1818.1 Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

This double degree program is designed for students whose interests span the Arts and Business. Study in the Bachelor of Arts component is designed to develop communication and personal skills, creativity and a capacity for independent thought, adaptability to new situations and problem-solving skills, attributes increasingly demanded by employers. This will be combined with a high level of knowledge in one of eight specific Business majors. There is a wide choice of specialisations in the Arts part of the double degree, of which students will choose two, one as a major and the other as a sub-major. The Business majors prepare students for professional employment in the specialisation of their choice. Students complete a major and a sub-major in Arts specialisations; and a Business major in one of: Applied Finance, Economics, Hospitality Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Marketing or Sport Management.

Students in this double degree also have the opportunity to complete a semester of study overseas and receive advanced standing towards their BA majors and sub-majors subject to Western Sydney University limits on advanced standing. Students are encouraged to do so but must discuss this with a BA course advisor first.

  • Director of Academic Program - Dr Di Dickenson

Study Mode
Four years full-time or eight years part-time. Students may be required to travel between campuses in order to complete their units, Business units may, on occasion, only be available on Parramatta - Macquarie Street campus.

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Bankstown CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Bankstown CampusPart TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadPart TimeInternal See above

Accreditation
Major MT2021 Applied Finance satisfies the educational requirements for membership of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (Finsia). Major MT2024 Human Resource Management is accredited with the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI). Major MT2027 Marketing satisfies the educational requirements for recognition as a Certified Practising Marketer and eligibility for membership of the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI).

Admission

The following sets of Assumed Knowledge and Recommended Studies apply:

For Bachelor of Arts:

Assumed knowledge: two units HSC English

Recommended studies: HSC English Standard, or equivalent.

For Bachelor of Business:

Assumed knowledge: HSC Mathematics and any two units of HSC English.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

International applicants must apply directly to the Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 320 credit points as prescribed in the structure below. Students who complete this award will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Bachelor of Business (BBus), with the Major from the Bachelor of Business component of the course noted on their testamur.

Students will complete 160 credit points of Bachelor of Arts (BA) units and 160 credit points of Bachelor of Business (BBus) units in the specialisations listed below.

Arts Component

BA Core 40 credit points (four units)

102738Australian Politics and Active Citizenship
102736Diversity, Language and Culture
102735Foundations of Academic English
102737Thinking Critically About Texts and Society

And

BA Major 80 credit points from one of the following specialisations:

Note: Not all majors are available on both campuses.

M1097Anthropology
M1059Arabic
M1060Chinese
M1113Creative Writing
M1069Criminology and Criminal Justice
M1131Culture and Society
M1053English
M1071Geography and Urban Studies
M1077Heritage and Tourism
M1137History and Political Thought
M1041Indigenous Australian Studies
M1132International English
M1055International Relations and Asian Studies
M1056Islamic Studies
M1062Japanese
M1119Linguistics
M1114Musicology
M1115Music Performance
M1083Peace and Development Studies
M1058Philosophy
M1110Psychological Studies
M1073Sociology

And

BA Sub-major 40 credit points from one of the following specialisations:

SM1077Arabic
SM1078Chinese
SM1116Creative Writing
SM1138Culture and Society
SM1071English
SM1145History and Political Thought
SM1128Immersion Language
SM1049Indigenous Australian Studies
SM1139International English
SM1073International Relations and Asian Studies
SM1074Islamic Studies
SM1080Japanese
SM1119Linguistics
SM1065Musicology
SM1047Music Performance Studies
SM1076Philosophy
SM1115Psychological Studies

Business Component

Core units (compulsory 40 credit points)

The four compulsory core units that provide students with essential business knowledge are

200909Enterprise Law
200910Financing Enterprises
200911Enterprise Innovation and Markets
200912Enterprise Leadership

Professional units (choose 40 credit points)

The professional core provides a focus on careers. Students are required to complete one unit from each of the four key focus areas: numeracy, career planning, innovation and enterprise engagement, a total of 40 credit points. Students are advised to choose units that will support careers in one of three areas: Money (for majors in Applied Finance, Economics), Markets (for majors in Hospitality Management, International Business, Marketing, and Sport Management), Management (for majors in Human Resource Management and Management). The professional units that are recommended for each of the Bachelor of Business testamur majors are specified in the majors.

Majors (choose 80 credit points from one primary Business major)

Majors for Careers in Money

MT2021Applied Finance
MT2022Economics

Majors for Careers in Markets

MT2035Hospitality Management

Please note MT2035 Hospitality Management will no longer be available from mid year 2021.

MT2025International Business
MT2036Sport Management
MT2027Marketing

Please note: MT2027 Marketing is replaced by MT2040 Marketing for students who commence this course from the 2022 academic year. Continuing students enrolled in MT2027 will be able to remain in and successfully complete the requirements of this specialisation.

MT2040Marketing

Majors for Careers in Management

MT2024Human Resource Management
MT2026Management

Specialisations for Careers in Business Analytics

Please note Business Analytics is a new specialisation commencing from 2022.

MT2041Business Analytics

Recommended Sequence

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business (any Major)

Note: This progression pattern is highly recommended. Students’ progress through both degrees at the same pace, completing two units in each degree in each semester. Graduation after three years with either degree will be possible only if a student makes this decision at or before the end of year 2 and amends their progression pattern as prescribed by an Academic Course Advisor.

Recommended Sequence for students at Bankstown campus

Year 1

Autumn session

102738Australian Politics and Active Citizenship
102735Foundations of Academic English
102737Thinking Critically About Texts and Society
200909Enterprise Law

Spring session

102736Diversity, Language and Culture

BBus Core unit 2

BBus Core unit 3

BBus Core unit 4

Recommended Sequence for students at Parramatta campus

Year 1

Autumn session

102736Diversity, Language and Culture
102735Foundations of Academic English

BBus Core unit 1

BBus Core unit 2

Spring session

102738Australian Politics and Active Citizenship
102737Thinking Critically About Texts and Society

BBus Core unit 3

BBus Core unit 4

For Years 2, 3 and 4 the following sequence applies for both Bankstown and Parramatta campuses

Year 2

Autumn session

BA Major Level 1 compulsory unit

BA Sub-major level 1 unit

BBus Major unit 1

BBus Professional unit 1

Spring session

BA Major Level 1 compulsory unit

BA Sub-major Level 1 unit

BBus Professional unit 2

BBus Major unit 2

Year 3

Autumn session

BA Major Level 2 compulsory unit

BA Sub-major Level 2 or 3 unit

BBus Major unit 3

BBus Major unit 4

Spring session

BA Major Level 2 or 3 pool unit

BA Sub-major Level 2 or 3 unit

BBus Major unit 5

BBus Major unit 6

Year 4

Autumn session

BA Major Level 2 or 3 pool unit

BA Major Level 3 pool unit

BBus Major unit 7

BBus Professional unit 3

Spring session

BA Major Level 3 compulsory unit

BA Major Level 3 pool unit

BBus Professional unit 4

BBus Major unit 8



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