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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Business and Economics

Managing facultyBusiness and Economics
Abbreviated titleBBus(Hons)
CRICOS code059935K
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Contact details

Course coordinator

Mr Jeff McLean (management stream); Dr Jan Brace-Govan (marketing stream); Mr Bill Orow (taxation stream)


This course aims to provide a post-degree level of study for students seeking to widen their knowledge in one of management, marketing or taxation and to expose students to both substantive theory and practice of research in the field of business. The course gives graduates the training necessary to conduct independent high-quality research in either business or academic settings, cultivates analytical and critical skills, and an awareness of emerging developments in business. The course is particularly suited to those who may wish to undertake further study at the higher degree level.


The Honours degree of Bachelor of Business aims to produce graduates who will:

(a.) be critical and creative scholars who:

  • produce innovative solutions to problems
  • apply research skills to business challenges
  • communicate effectively and perceptively

(b.) be responsible and effective global citizens who:

  • engage in an internationalised world
  • exhibit cross cultural competence
  • demonstrate ethical values

(c.) have a comprehensive understanding of their discipline and be able to provide discipline based solutions relevant to the business, professional and public policy communities that we serve

(d.) have a well developed understanding of multi disciplinary decision making in organisations

(e.) have an ability to undertake research informed by advanced studies in their discipline.

Entry requirements

Applicants need to have attained a minimum average grade of 65 per cent in the final two years of their bachelor's degree in the relevant discipline to be considered.


The course structure has three main components:

  • studies in research methods
  • honours units from the student's area of specialisation
  • a research report.


The degree requires completion of 48 points as follows:

Management stream

Five compulsory units (48 points):

  • MGX4000 Introductory management research methods
  • MGX4100 Perspectives and paradigms in management theory
  • MGX4200 Data analysis for organisational research
  • MGX4300 Contemporary issues in management
  • MGX4400 Research thesis (24 points)

Marketing stream

Five compulsory units (48 points):

  • MKX4050 Marketing theory
  • MKX4060 Marketing research practice
  • MKX4070 Qualitative methods: paradigms and approaches
  • MKX4080 Quantitative research methods in marketing
  • MKX4900 Independent research project (24 points)

Taxation stream

Option one - coursework

Eight units (48 points) from the following list:

  • BTF4200 Income and deductions
  • BTF4220 Taxation of companies and shareholders
  • BTF4230 Taxation of capital gains
  • BTF4240 Workplace taxation
  • BTF4250 Business tax planning
  • BTF4260 Tax administration and policy
  • BTF4270 Superannuation and retirement benefits
  • BTF4280 Taxation of international transactions
  • BTF4290 GST and other indirect taxes
  • BTF4310 Research project - tax
  • BTX4001 Financial institutions law
Variations to option one
  • Students may select other appropriate units offered by the Department of Business Law and Taxation, subject to approval by the course coordinator
  • Students may take up to two equivalent units (12 points) from any other department, subject to approval by the course coordinator.

Option two - coursework and research

(i.) Completion of six units (36 points) from the units listed in option one

(ii.) Completion of BTX4900 Research report (12 points)

Variations to option two
  • BTF4310 is a prohibited unit
  • Students take up to four units (24 points) from the units listed in option one and up to two equivalent units (12 points) from any other department, subject to approval by the course coordinator.


The honours degree of Bachelor of Business