University Handbook 2018

Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Business

Course code/s: SZSBB

Course details
Location Bendigo
Course code SZSBB
Mid year intake available Yes (students can commence in either semester without a change in the course structure)
Course coordinator Dr Sabine Wilkens
Available to international students No
Course duration 4 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit points 480 credit points
Exchange opportunity Yes
Leave of absence available Yes, for a maximum of 12 months
Study plan guide To assist with planning your enrolment, you can download the course structure PDF here
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students
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Course description

Bring together your interests in science and business in this double degree at La Trobe University's Bendigo campus. The combination of business subjects with science opens up your career opportunities, particularly in the field of management in the science sector.

Along with standard business subjects in accounting, business practice, business law and economics, you'll follow your science interests through one of four science majors (Mathematics, Molecular Biology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Physics). You'll develop your critical thinking and capacity for analysis, as well as concrete knowledge of your field of study, and gain greater understanding of how business and science interact.

With your combination of business skills, scientific grounding and a global perspective, you'll graduate with in-demand skills. Employment options include working in management or business analysis at a hospital, medical centre, pharmaceutical company or research facility. You could also work as an economic or marketing advisor to a medical body in the government or private sector or in consultancy.

The course comprises 32 subjects in total and contains the required components of each degree within the structure of the course with each component requiring 16 subjects. For the sequence of subjects that comprise a major in science, please refer to the individual handbook entry - Bachelor of Science. For the sequence of subjects that comprise a minor in Business, please refer to the individual handbook entry -Bachelor of Business.

Student exchange & overseas short programs

Student exchange and overseas short programs offer a unique opportunity for a meaningful learning and educational experience abroad.  La Trobe University encourages all students to make the world their campus by participating in an exchange or overseas short program that fits within your degree structure.  Student exchange and overseas short programs may also be eligible for a mobility grant.

College of Science, Health and Engineering students with a third-year elective option in their course have a unique opportunity to enrol in SHE3ISP, with permission from their course coordinator and the subject coordinator.  Please note: enrolment into SHE3ISP requires students to be accepted into an LTU approved short term international program.

Essentials subjects

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. Essentials will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject search by distinct icons. The list of approved subjects can be found on the Essentials webpage.

Course intended learning outcomes

Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) are brief statements defining what students are expected to demonstrate they know and can do by the end of a course.

Critically review and analyse business and scientific knowledge and data from a range of sources
Evaluate solutions to business, social and scientific problems with academic integrity, scientific rigour and ethical responsibility.
Apply critical thinking to local, national and global challenges to help develop solutions that are commercially sound and scientifically feasible
Communicate business and scientific information and ideas to a broad range of stakeholders using a variety of formats.
Apply technical skills to scientific investigations and business technologies
Work independently and collaboratively with diverse teams using team-building, self-reflection and interpersonal skills to complete tasks
The course intended learning outcomes for the individual degrees can be viewed through the handbook pages Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Business.

Course structure

This double degree is a four-year full-time or equivalent part-time duration course and requires the completion of 480 credit points overall.

First year

First year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject Title Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Academic Integrity Module (online)* LTU0AIM 0
TE-SEM-1 Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education (online) ** ABS0WOM 0
TE-SEM-1 Dollars and Sense BUS1AFB 15
TE-SEM-1 Big Ideas in Business BUS1BIB 15
TE-SEM-1 Big Ideas in Science: Life, the Universe and Everything SCI1LUE 15
TE-SEM-2 Investigating Economic Issues BUS1BUE 15
TE-SEM-2 Analysing Business Data BUS1BAN 15
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Students to select first-year level science subjects to the value of 30 credit points in keeping with chosen major   30
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Students to select a first-year level business subject to the value of 15 credit points   15

Key * LTU0AIM (Academic Integrity Module) is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

** ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

Second year

Second year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject Title Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Introduction to Business Law LST2BSL 15
TE-SEM-1 Working with Others MGT1OBE 15
TE-SEM-1 Big Ideas in Science: Career Options and Professional Identity SCI2COP 15
TE-SEM-2 Sustainability BUS2SUS 15
TE-SEM-2 Marketing: Stand and Deliver MKT1MDP 15
TE-SEM-2 Students to select a Quantifying Science subject to the value of 15 credit points from the following list: MAT1CDE, STA1STM or STA1CTS 15
  Calculus and Differential Equations MAT1CDE 15
  Statistical Methods STA1STM 15
  Critical Thinking with Statistics STA1CTS 15
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Students to select first or second-year level science subjects to the value of 30 credit points in keeping with chosen major.   30

Third year

Third year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject Title Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Managing Across Borders MGT2IMG 15
TE-SEM-2 Leadership MGT3LWM 15
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Students to select second or third-year level science subjects to the value of 45 credit points in keeping with chosen major.   45
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Students to select a first, second or third-year level science subject to the value of 15 credit points   15
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Students to select a second or third-year level science subject to the value of 15 credit points   15
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Students to select a third-year level business subject to the value of 15 credit points.   15

Fourth year

Fourth year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject Title Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Digital Business BUS3DIG 15
TE-SEM-2 Entrepreneurship BUS3ENT 15
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Students to select third-year level business subjects to the value of 30 credit points.   30
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Students to select third year-level science subjects to the value of 60 credit points in keeping with chosen major.   60

Please note: Some of these subjects may not be offered in the current year. For a full description of subjects, including the subject name, subject code, credit points, campus/location, teaching period and availability, subject coordinator, class requirements, assessment, prerequisites and readings, please click on the appropriate subject code.

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