Bachelor of Business

Learn from leading industry experts with real-world experience and gain the skills you need to move into management roles or become an entrepreneur and launch your own business

The Bachelor of Business looks at business education in an innovative light in understanding core business strategies and how to apply them in a real business environment. Gain a competitive edge for the future with the sought-after skills to succeed in the modern global business environment.

This degree will give you the skills you need to research, critically analyse and create strategic business and marketing plans that will identify strategic business opportunities. Plus you have the opportunity to take a broad range of electives in marketing, public relations, events, tourism and hospitality so that you can design your degree based on your interests and what career you want in the future. Additionally, students must complete a subject, Industry Consulting Project – to experience a business environment first hand and gain practical skills to complement their theoretical knowledge. We will support students in their responsibility to find an industry placement(s). Students will graduate with invaluable work experience, a built-in professional network and a serious competitive advantage to easily transition from University into the workforce.

Torrens’ Bachelor of Business gives you the option to study in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide or dynamically online.

CRICOS CODE
090275E

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About the School

APM College of Business and Communication courses are delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd, ABN 99 154 937 005, RTO 41343, CRICOS 03389E.

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Workload and Assessment

No. of timetabled hours per week:

10 hours study required per subject, per week, during a trimester.

e.g. If you undertake two subjects in a trimester, the study requirement is 20 hours each week.

Typical assessment includes:

Methods of assessment will include a combination of invigilated examinations, online testing, individual assignments, group assignments, project reports, presentations and in-class work.

Subject Information

This subject explores how a customers’ perceptions – both conscious and subconscious – effect their relationship with a brand’s value proposition. Students will explore how a customer’s interactions with a brand during the customer life cycle will determine levels of customer satisfaction. Students will analyse Customer Journey Mapping techniques, Employees engagement in the customer experience strategy and metrics of satisfaction, loyalty and advocacy.

This subject introduces students to the concept of an organisation, and their role within the organisational context. The student will explore the impact of their relationships and emotional intelligence within a business context, as well as developing the skills to foster effective workplace relationships and to learn how to continue to develop and refine these skills in the workplace. Students will gain an understanding of the idea of cultures within organisations, and how their actions interact within these relationships.

This subject introduces students to the concepts of business communications and transferable academic skills. This subject presents an analysis of the types of communication processes which occur in the internal and external business environment, including an examination of the theoretical underpinning of communication in businesses. Emphasis is placed on writing skills, reports, and presentations, and using technology to communicate. The course will provide students with research skills (information literacy), critical analysis, writing and language techniques. Transferable skills including time management and teamwork are incorporated in the course. The aim of this subject is to provide knowledge and skills needed for Higher Education, to help students to manage their own success and to assist students in reaching their academic potential.

This subject describes the skills and knowledge required to identify, evaluate and take advantage of marketing opportunities by analysing market data, distinguishing characteristics of possible markets and assessing viability of changes to operations. Is also addresses the skills and required to determine the optimum marketing mix for a

BSBMKG501 Identify and evaluate marketing opportunities

BSBMKG502 Establish and adjust the marketing mix

This subject covers the analysis of the macro and micro influences on a business’ strategy and operations. Includes the interactions of Australia’s legal frameworks and global economic principles and the influence on modern organisational decision making. Students will learn about legacy and modern management styles and their application in a dynamic business environment.

The subject aims to provide non-accounting students with a broad, business-based introduction to the conceptual foundations of accounting and finance. The use of management accounting information assists in key areas of planning, controlling, reporting, and decision making. It introduces students to basic concepts and functions of the balance sheet, profit and loss statements, cash flow statements, techniques for analysing financial statements investment decisions, full costing and opportunity costing analysis and managing working capital.

This subject is built on broad aspects of sustainable development, corporate responsibility, stakeholder thinking and accountability. It explores how organisations acknowledge their impact of their activities in economic, social, and environmental terms. Students will examine why organisations around the world are increasingly moving to reduce the adverse effects of business operations on their stakeholders and local communities. It discusses some of the most common practices associated with environmental ethics evolving to sustainability ethics. It also examines the link between social responsibility and corporate governance.
This course will equip you with a set of tools for managing and leading organisations more ethically and sustainably.

This course seeks to build the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to succeed as an entrepreneur. These knowledge and skills are then applied to identify and evaluate innovative high-growth product and service opportunities in the context of a start-up, a corporation, a not-for-profit or a government institution. The course equips students with practical skills, including creativity tools, cash-flow modelling, business model analysis and lean experimentation.

Organisations face increasing environmental uncertainty with shortening product and technology life cycles and increasing competition. Managers need to develop an understanding of their organisation’s industry structure, external environment as well as its internal strengths and weaknesses. It is also important that managers are able to think creatively in formulating and implementing their strategies to ensure their organisation’s success in its industry. This subject focuses on providing future managers with relevant strategic management concepts to advance their skills and abilities so that they can contribute towards an organisation’s competitive advantage.

This capstone subject enables students to apply theory and learning to practical management in an industry relevant operation. Students will utilise their research skills for real and current management issues on an industry relevant operation and experience personal growth through setting goals, establishing schedules, and accepting responsibility to an organisation and to self for project completion.

This subject enables students to:
a) Formulate an industry consulting project through diagnosis of the industry phenomenon.
b) Apply relevant frameworks, theoretical models and concepts to underpin analysis and proposed outcomes of an industry consulting project.
c) Produce a substantial, well organised, clear and coherent independent business research report.
d) Present a clear and coherent exposition of recommendations to a business.

This subject encompasses the fundamentals of PR Writing. The subject explains the Australian media environment to public relations students, including media ownership and the differences between media forms. It introduces students to the main aspects of public relations writing, including selecting the right medium, writing for a range of different media such as internet, broadcast, speeches, and publications, as well as learning to write for ‘campaigns’, undertaking financial and annual report writing. It also provides students with a comprehensive style guide that they can use as a reference when working in the industry. Students also develop a thorough understanding of emerging media technologies and how they influence public relations writing. The subject provides students with a background of the ethical and legal issues associated with public relations and provides information on dealing with crisis communications, such as natural disasters or company problems caused by bad planning or poor decisions.

This subject introduces students to the main aspects of consumer behaviour, including the societal, family and cultural influences on behaviour. The subject examines vital topics such as consumer learning, needs and wants, motivations, perceptions and experience, and specific consumer behaviours and the factors involved in consumer decision making. Students undertaking this unit are encouraged to critically appraise their own buying behaviour, which in turn assists them in acquiring, critically examining, and communicating information from a range of different sources.

Integrated Marketing Communications provides students with a contemporary view on the use of all different promotional tools available to marketers today such as sales promotions, direct marketing, advertising, personal selling and public relations.

The subject explores how marketers can increase the number of touch points a brand can explore among its target audience in a consistent and effective manner.

Marketing of sports and recreation is more than simply about the product; it is about broader health and wellness, entertainment, community and generating team or brand loyalty. This unit applies the marketing principles and mix to the field of sports and recreation, to take a broader view on how marketing can support health promotion and advocacy through sport.

In this subject students will be introduced to the field of Sport Management. Students will investigate the historical foundations of sport, management principles, socio-cultural influences of sport, and the role of governance in sport. Students will investigate the role sport plays in building communities and analyse the importance that professional sport plays in contemporary society.

The subject introduces students to key communication and Public Relations theories, as well as to the history of Public Relations. The relevance of basic communication and mass communication theory within the field of Public Relations is discussed and applied. The subject demonstrates the ethical and legal implications of Public Relations decision making through case studies, application and debate. Different contexts and subfields are explored, with specific reference to emerging technologies and the changing social environment. The role of public relations as a relationship builder and reputation manager is developed together with current issues and cutting edge topics such as risk communication, interactive media, deep branding, social networking, media and regulatory convergence. The transformations in contemporary communication industries and global patterns will be of special significance.

This subject introduces the student to events at the initial concept phase, working through the design and planning phases of event creation. The subject will expose students to a wide variety of types of events and students will develop a solid understanding of appropriate event themes and design concepts.

This subject introduces students to the scope and diversity of the events industry and how it functions as a key component of broader business industries. Students will be exposed to a range of events, both large and small, private and public, covering the broader spectrum of the types of events in the Events industry.

This subject introduces students to the ways in which the internet and new digital and interactive technologies can be used in the development of digital marketing strategies. It also highlights the integration of digital marketing with traditional marketing strategies and practices. It focuses on new digitally orientated business models that add customer value, build customer relationships and increase company profitability. The subject examines vital topics such as digital marketing strategy development and planning, the impact of emergent technologies, social media marketing, web design, digital communications and customer relationship management as well as the ethical and legal issues involved in digital marketing.

This subject provides students with both theoretical knowledge and practical application of the quantitative and qualitative marketing research process. It begins with the concept of marketing research and the research process. It discusses how to design a research project and define the research question. It identifies primary and secondary data sources, and introduces students to qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Business-to-business introduces students to the principles of industrial marketing, also known as B2B. The subject highlights the importance of firms in building strong relationships with their corporate clients in the process of value creation. Students will develop an understanding of business markets and the business marketing environment and will build upon their knowledge of marketing principles and market segmentation to formulate their own B2B marketing strategy.

This subject requires students investigate how to manage, plan and evaluate the sporting facilities that sports teams and local communities rely on for their recreational and sporting needs. Different types of sports venues, construction and refurbishment, venue design, risk management, technology, and venue management will be discussed in detail.

There are more to sports teams than the team playing the sport. There are the support teams, the behind the scenes teams, the training teams, and so forth. Being able to manage a team in different circumstances for different outcomes is the focus of this unit, drawing on theory and practice from industry as well as sports literature, paying particular attention to different leadership models and team roles.

Sports law as a discipline cuts across a number of areas of law such as contract law, employment law, competition law, intellectual property, criminal law and tort law. In addition, there are a number of areas of law which are specific to sport such as anti-doping policy, sports disciplinary issues, player agency and selection processes. This subject will examine a number of these areas and will analyse the way in which sport and law interact. Students will analyse a number of legal issues connected to the organisation of sporting events, the communication of such events to the public, and participation in sporting events and organisations.

In Corporate Communications the student will focus on all elements and applications of Public Relations in corporate and professional contexts. Students will address the tactics and strategies around Issues and Crisis Management, Stakeholder Management, Not for Profit, Government and Community Relations, and well as the fundamentals of corporate and financial Public Relations and the benefits of corporate and community relationships.

This subject allows students to refine the theory that they have learned in the course, take their understanding and application of PR to another level and put it into action. Students will further investigate media channel strategies, while focusing on the production of context driven written materials, with an emphasis on the completion of an industry standard Public Relations writing portfolio.

This subject explores the scope and application of the various channels available in the modern Public Relations landscape. Students will learn about the speed of transmission afforded by modern media channels and how to maximise the return on investment (ROI) by using these mediums, highlighting the benefits and risks associated with these most modern methods of social interaction and communication.

This subject introduces students to the processes behind the targeting, procuring and managing financial support for events. The subject explores alternative revenue sources available to the event; it extends the student beyond a traditional understanding of sponsorship into thinking of events as assets and saleable commodities.

This subject introduces the student to venue management as an integral part of event management and operations. It acknowledges that each venue is different but that each venue operates within a broad industry model. Students will be exposed to different venue types and sectors and the general management principles; including the asset management, maintenance, repair and purchase processes.

Building upon event concepts and design knowledge, this subject introduces the student to the skills and knowledge of event operation and management and the student will be able to learn how and where to apply the various operations and management tools. The unit further exposes the student to the strategic framework and strategic planning function; contextualised within the event management and operations environment.

This subject introduces students to the concept of marketing strategy and its position within business strategy and organisational goals. It covers the principles and techniques of creating, implementing, and evaluating a marketing strategy, including analysis of market opportunities and formulating marketing strategies for a variety of different business environments. This subject culminates with a discussion of useful tools and techniques for developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating a marketing plan.

This course challenges students to utilize sports and recreation to make an impact. Mental health problems and disorders contribute significantly to the burden of disease; unipolar depression is now the second leading cause of disability worldwide. Students will learn about the strong relationship between mental health and physical health. Mental health disorders and problems with alcohol and other drugs are closely intertwined and linked to the social determinants of health for which sport and recreation can play a pivotal role. It introduces students to being change agents, teaching them how to recognise health needs in a community and equipping them with the skills they need to communicate to a wide variety of audiences, preparing them to engage with communities to promote health and engage in health advocacy with intersectoral stakeholders and influencers. Strategies to engage with different communities through sport, and form of partnerships with other sectors will be a key focus of this subject.

This subject draws together the public relations skills and knowledge students have acquired throughout the course to date, and applies them to the international arena. Students critically question the ethnocentric assumptions that American or Western public relations can be transferred to any country and culture, and instead ask how public relations theory and practice should be different in different national or cultural contexts. International theory of public relations that can be used in and adapted to different countries of the world are further explored. Students will also debate whether there could be generic principles of public relations applicable to specific contextual conditions in all cultures. Students are provided with an understanding of the role of international companies, communities, governments, and the international media and how these bodies influence the formulation of corporate messages and responses to issues and crisis. It highlights the importance of sensitivity to and understanding of different cultures, and the crucial role of effective intercultural communication. It examines the role of key technologies such as the Internet and other new media to international public relations. The subject concludes with an examination of how international corporations can work effectively with local communities and examines a number of region-specific public relations issues.

This subject provides students with the opportunity to examine strategic management functions and process in the context of events. The unit focuses on the application of the latest thinking on the area of strategic management to the event environment reinforcing a strategic planning and management framework.

This unit explores the sport event in depth. It takes the student through the depth and breadth of the sport event industry and the process of delivering a sport event. Students will examine the importance of the sport event sector to the Australian economy and culture, and explore some of the social and ethical impacts of sport. Students will be introduced to unique aspects of sport events and the specific tools used to deliver and manage them. Students will have the opportunity to become familiar with sport event scheduling and the issues surrounding implementing and managing large scale sporting events.

This subject provides students with theoretical knowledge and practical application of the brand building process and the role of the marketing mix within it. It begins with the strategic importance of brand management and presents a consumer-focused model of brand equity. It explores the contribution of advertising to strategies for building and sustaining strong brands over time.

The subject provides students with a comprehensive introduction and overview of the theory and practice of HRM, and discusses how it developed from a largely administrative function – the personnel manager – to a strategic activity closely aligned with developing workplace culture, organisational goals and business competitiveness. Throughout the subject students study a range of human resources approaches and issues within a range of organisational contexts, and are introduced to concepts and practices of human resource planning, human resource development, and performance management and appraisal. The subject also focuses upon several key ‘environmental’ factors that influence the development of human resource policies and procedures providing quality work and a good work environment along with the contribution of equal opportunity employment, productive diversity and other relevant legislation and regulation. It also addresses new and emerging issues in workplace reform in Australia and internationally.

This subject explores the Wedding event in depth. It takes the student through the gamut of the Wedding industry and the process of delivering the client’s dream. Students will be exposed to the contemporary and traditional, the conservative and the alternative, the religious and secular in wedding concept and design. Students will have the opportunity to examine contemporary issues in marriage and marriage law.

Understanding Advertising introduces students to the fundamentals of advertising and explains how students can use this important tool to solve communication problems in today’s complex and fast-changing world. The unit provides an introduction to the advertising industry and the process of creating advertisements for different media. It begins by looking at the initial steps of advertising planning and research, differentiation and targeting, and the development of an advertising strategy.

This subject describes the skills and knowledge required to select and confirm an appropriate international market. It applies to individuals who possess a sound theoretical knowledge base in international business management, and demonstrate a range of managerial skills to ensure international business activities are conducted effectively.

BSBMKG516 Profile international markets and development

BSBPMG522 – Undertake project work describes the skills and knowledge required to undertake a straightforward project or a section of a larger project. It covers developing a project plan, administering and monitoring the project, finalising the project and reviewing the project to identify lessons learned for application to future projects.


BSBPMG522 – Undertake project work