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Bachelor of Business Administration


Faculty of Business and Economics
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
English Language Proficiency:
IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent
Study Mode:
Full-time, Part-time
Attendance Mode:
Candidature Length:
Full-time: 3 years
North Ryde — Session 1 (February)
North Ryde — Session 2 (July)
Volume of Learning:
Equivalent to 3 years
General requirements:
Minimum number of credit points for the degree 72
Of your 72 credit points, complete a maximum of 30 credit points at 100 level
Minimum number of credit points at 200 level or above 42
Minimum number of credit points at 300 level or above 18
Minimum number of credit points designated as Commerce 42
Completion of a designated People unit
Completion of a designated Planet unit
Completion of a designated PACE unit
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below
Students must complete one designated People unit and one designated Planet unit. Those units must be taken in two different Faculties. Any unit which is listed below will not satisfy the People unit requirement or Planet unit requirement.

In order to graduate students must ensure that they have satisfied all of the general requirements of the award.

Specific minimum requirements:

Credit points

100 level

Accounting in Society (3)
Finance 1A (3)
Principles of Management (3)
Microeconomic Principles (3)
Introduction to Human Resources (3)
Introduction to Business Information Systems (3)
Marketing Fundamentals (3)

200 level

Management Accounting (3)
Introduction to Global Business (3)
Business and Corporations Law (3)
Consumer Demographics (3)

300 level

Business Project (3)
Business Forecasting (3)
Strategic Management (3)
The Art of Negotiation (3)

Balance of credit points required:



Units marked with a C are Capstone units.
Units marked with a P are PACE units.

AQF Level Level 7 Bachelor Degree
CRICOS Code 027343K
Overview and Aims of the Program This broadly based degree includes study in the key business areas of marketing, management, accounting, finance, economics, human resources and computing. It also develops skills in strategic management and negotiation, preparing you to be able to fill roles in many parts of an organisation.

Key features:
• experience subjects similar to those in a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at an introductory level
• develop a broad skill set suitable for a range of roles within national and multinational organisations
• unique among business degrees due to the range of prospective careers
• flexibility of subject choice, and can be combined in our double degree programs to focus on areas such as accounting, organisational psychology or marketing.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes By the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:
1. demonstrate knowledge of consumer demographics in businesses (K);
2. develop knowledge of accounting's contribution to business decision making (K);
3. display knowledge of the challenges facing international businesses (K);
4. demonstrate competence in relation to forecasting (K);
5. apply critical thinking to strategy in analysing firm behaviour (T, I);
6. develop sound solutions to business problems (P, J);
7. demonstrate communication skills relevant to an appropriate professional environment (C);
8. understand contemporary challenges to business organisations (E, A);
9. demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues that challenge business organisations (E, A);
10. apply teamwork knowledge and skills for effective collaboration to achieve diverse purposes in a range of contexts (E).
Learning and Teaching Methods This program employs a range of learning and teaching methods to help students achieve the program level outcomes which include both discipline specific skills and various graduate capabilities. The methods are as follows:
• Lectures: although face-to-face lectures are the predominant method of delivering content, students are also exposed to innovative teaching methods like role plays, debates and exposure to industry guest speakers.
• Tutorials: these are small classes designed to facilitate more in-depth and interactive learning. They form a critical part of the learning process because students have a chance to ask questions and receive feedback. Tutorials are also where presentations of projects and case studies often occur, allowing them to practise their communication and collaborative skills.
• Peer-Assisted-Learning (PAL): PAL which is available in certain units provides another learning opportunity for students to understand the content of the unit. It is entirely voluntary. PAL facilitators are students who have successfully completed the unit. They are carefully selected, well trained and closely supervised by the lecturer.
• Participation and Community Engagement (PACE): all students are required to complete the Capstone/PACE unit BBA360 Business Project in their final year of study. The aim of this unit is to scaffold the knowledge acquired during the program and to apply it in a real world context, in the form of a project sponsored by an industry partner.
Assessment A mix of different assessment tasks are used in this program, which are both formative and summative in nature. Formative feedback is one in which students are assessed while completing a task. These are often not graded or only make a small contribution to the final grade. Summative feedback on the other hand is one in which students are assessed when a task is completed. Such tasks are more heavily weighted.

Most units in the program have a mix of quizzes, class tests, presentations, class participation, assignments, creative production and a final examination. They are designed to test a student’s prescribed knowledge as well as various graduate capabilities. These are clearly mapped to each assessment task for every unit. For each unit, clear standards and criteria for each assessment task are also clearly outlined.
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit. 

Domestic Students
For undergraduate RPL information visit
For domestic postgraduate RPL information visit

International Students
For RPL information visit

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability Career opportunities:
• administrator
• business analyst
• business manager
• communications manager
• financial analyst
• human resource manager
• public sector manager
• marketing consultant
• management consultant
• recruitment and staff development consultant
• sales manager.

• accounting and consulting firms
• large and small businesses
• business analyst firms
• financial institutions
• marketing and pr firms
• government organisations
• recruitment agencies
• international agencies
• software development companies.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

Accreditation This is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited qualification.

Inherent requirements are the essential components of a course or program necessary for a student to successfully achieve the core learning outcomes of a course or program. Students must meet the inherent requirements to complete their Macquarie University course or program.

Inherent requirements for Macquarie University programs fall under the following categories:

Physical: The physical inherent requirement is to have the physical capabilities to safely and effectively perform the activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Cognition: The inherent requirement for cognition is possessing the intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative capabilities to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Communication: The inherent requirement for communication is the capacity to communicate information, thoughts and ideas through a variety of mediums and with a range of audiences.

Behavioural: The behavioural inherent requirement is the capacity to sustain appropriate behaviour over the duration of units of study to engage in activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

For more information see

2018 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
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