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Programme overview

Do you want to work in finance? Explore the nature and function of financial markets, and apply financial management tools to analyse and advise on the financial aspects of managerial decisions. As a finance graduate, you could work for a company to finance the running of the business, make acquisitions, plan for its financial future and manage cash flows. You could also provide advice to businesses or to individuals on their financial futures.

Highlights

  • Gain a high level of competence in finance and the skills to apply your technical knowledge to business problems.
  • A work placement in an organisation of your choice in your final year - a chance to apply what you've learnt and make valuable contacts for your career in finance. Our sponsoring organisations range from large multi-national corporations to not-for-profit organisations and small local businesses.
  • Flexibility - you choose how many courses you want to take each semester and can complete the degree in your own time frame.
  • Full and part-time study options available, with day and evening classes offered.
  • The opportunity to graduate with a double major in Accountancy and Finance. If you're keen you could complete your double major in three years, the same time it takes to complete one major.

Double majors

In a world of change and complexity, it's an advantage to have multiple skills and to be adaptable. A Bachelor of Business double major consists of the common and major-specific compulsory courses from any two Bachelor of Business majors. A double major can be completed within three-to-four years of full-time study depending on the combination of majors. A double major in Accountancy and Finance can be completed in the same time as a single major.

Double majors available

  • Accountancy and Finance
  • Accountancy and Marketing
  • Accountancy and Management
  • Finance and Management
  • Finance and Marketing
  • Marketing and Management

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must meet the general, or the discretionary, or the special admission requirements and they must also meet any programme-specific admission requirements. Applicants must also meet the English language requirements and may be interviewed.

Generic Admission Requirements

General Admission

Applicants must have:

  1. A minimum of 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher on the National Qualifications Framework, with 14 credits at Level 3 or higher in each of two subjects from an approved subject list, with a further 14 credits at Level 3 or higher taken from no more than two additional domains on the National Qualifications Framework or approved subjects plus a minimum of 14 credits at Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau on the National Qualifications Framework, plus a minimum of 8 credits at Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori; a minimum of 4 credits must be in Reading and a minimum of 4 credits must be in Writing; OR
  2. At least 3 ‘C’ passes in the New Zealand University Bursaries Examinations; OR
  3. Successful completion of the Unitec Certificate in Foundation Studies: Whitinga Level 3 with a relevant pathway, where appropriate;OR
  4. Certificate of University Preparation (Level 4); OR
  5. Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 4); OR
  6. Equivalent

Special Admission

Applicants must have: 

  1. Attained the age of 20 years on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the degree is to commence; AND 
  2. Have provided sufficient evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other life experience that would indicate a potential successful outcome in the qualification. 

Discretionary Admission

In exceptional cases an applicant who does not meet the general admission requirements and who has not reached the age of 20 on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the degree is to commence may apply for discretionary admission.

In assessing whether to grant discretionary admission in exceptional cases, the primary focus will be on the applicant’s level of preparedness for study at the required level.

English Language Admission Requirements

General English Language Requirements
Applicants must have achieved a minimum standard of English as demonstrated by a minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in Reading, 4 in Writing).

International Students for whom English is not their First Language
Applicants must have achieved one of the following:

  1. Completion of NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL), Academic, Level 4;
  2. An overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5;
  3. An overall TOEFL pBT (Paper-based Test) score of 550 (plus essay TWE of 5) OR  an overall TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test ) score of 60 (plus writing score of 20);
  4. Level B2 under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR);
  5. First Certificate in English (FCE) with a pass at grade B OR Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with a score of 52 or higher under the Cambridge International standard tests of English as a foreign language;
  6. Pearson Test of English (PToE) (Academic) with a score of 50;
  7. City & Guilds Internal English for Speakers of Other Languages (IESOL) B2 Communicator with a score of 66.

Existing English Language Proficiency
Applicants may also provide evidence of satisfying one of the criteria for existing English proficiency as specified by the NZQA. For more information please visit the NZQA website.

Programme Specific Admission Requirements

To be admitted to this programme, applicants must also meet the requirements set out in this schedule.

  1. Applicants who meet the English Language requirements using an IELTS examination must have an overall IELTS (Academic) band score of at least 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5.

Courses and timetables

The following courses are valid for 2014. The courses may be offered as part of the programme. Click on the course links below to see the course details and timetables.

CoursesCredits Restrictions
Accounting for Business (ACTY5200) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To introduce students to the role of accounting information in business decision-making and to analyse and interpret financial statements.
Accounting Applications (ACTY5206) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to apply double entry accounting to prepare financial statements using both manual and computerised processes.
Information Systems and Applications (ACTY5230) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to gain an understanding of how information systems are used in a modern organisation and to be able to apply software skills to business related problems.
Economic Principles (ACTY5270) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to apply the fundamental elements of economic theory to contemporary business issues.
Principles of Managerial Finance (ACTY5290) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To introduce students to the fundamental concepts and analytical techniques used in financial management.
Law of Business Obligations (ACTY5320) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with an in depth understanding of legal rules and fundamental legal obligations in the New Zealand business environment.
Business Statistics (ACTY5401) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To introduce students to the importance of research and data collection in business and apply quantitative methods and statistical analysis to data.
Introduction to Professional Practice (Part 2) (ACTY5700) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)The aim of this course is to build on student’s knowledge of successful Business practices gained from Introduction to Professional Practice Part A. A theme running throughout the course is a focus on ethical business practices which acts as a foundation for later courses within the Bachelor degree programme. Throughout the course students will be expected to engage in individual and collaborative learning and assessment events. Students will continue to develop and refine their professional profile through the development of a portfolio of evidence. The course will enable students to continue to develop their digital, information and academic literacies for tertiary study.
Managing In Organisations (BSNS5390) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with an understanding of responsible management techniques and theories that are suitable for New Zealand business.
Introduction to Professional Practice (Part 1) (BSNS5600) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)The aim of this course is to introduce students to successful business practices. Attention will be given to developing student’s self-awareness in terms of business interests and approaches to study in a New Zealand tertiary context. Students will be required to engage in individual and collaborative learning and assessment events. Through the course students will also develop their ability to engage with digital, information and academic literacies for tertiary study and lifelong learning.
CoursesCredits Restrictions
Business Finance (ACTY6290) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with an understanding of the corporate finance theory and the ability to apply analytical techniques to facilitate investment, financing and dividend decisions of a firm.
Investments (ACTY6291) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with the skills to analyse and manage investment portfolios and an understanding of the theory underlying the practice.
Financial Markets and the World Economy (ACTY6292) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to analyse the role of national and international financial markets and the impact they have on the New Zealand economy.
Financial Modelling (ACTY6299) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)Spread sheet design, data graphing and presentation, introduction to macros, financial calculations, financial statistics and regressions, bonds, time value of money and capital budgeting in an applied setting.
CoursesCredits Restrictions
Advanced Business Finance (ACTY7290) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable the students to apply advanced analysis of financial decision-making at the business level and discuss recent developments in the field of business finance.
Financial Risk Management (ACTY7295) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To examine the theoretical and practical aspects of financial risk management with an emphasis on the effective use of derivatives, including futures, swaps, options and other financial instruments.
International Finance (ACTY7299) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)Globalisation and the multinational firm, international monetary system and balance of payments, international parity conditions, foreign currency futures options and swaps markets, transaction- operating- and translation exposure, sourcing debt and equity internationally, international capital structure and the cost of capital, foreign investment decisions, international working capital management, country risk management and import export financing in an applied setting.
Industry Based Learning - Finance (ACTY7319) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with the opportunity to integrate their learning across their programme of study and to apply theoretical and practical business skills to an approved project/placement in industry. To critically reflect upon the processes undertaken in completing the project/placement.
Industry Based Learning (Finance) (ACTY7499) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To provide students with the opportunity to integrate their learning across their programme of study and to apply theoretical and practical business skills at an approved project and work objectives in industry. To critically reflect upon the process undertaken in completing the project and work objectives so as to inform their future personal and professional development
CoursesCredits Restrictions
Marketing Fundamentals (BSNS5340) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To introduce students to the fundamentals of marketing practices in a business environment with the focus of satisfying customer needs and meeting organisational objectives.
Human Resource Management (BSNS5341) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To introduce students to human resource management (HRM) concepts, principles, practices and issues.
Business Process Management (BSNS5350) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To introduce students to the concepts, principles and practices of process management applicable to service and management industries.
Advertising and Promotion (BSNS5373) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)- To enable students to identify the foundational knowledge in the discipline of Advertising and Promotions in a marketing environment - To enable students to acknowledge and define the role and relationship of advertising in business and society, and the global effect that advertising has on business, industry and national economies - To help students recognise advertising and promotion strategies as an integral part of marketing strategy in business - To introduce students to the processes, roles, and operations in advertising agencies
Innovation and Entrepreneurship (BSNS5391) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with a broad overview of the principles, theories and practice of innovation, entrepreneurship and new venture development.
Business Fundamentals (BSNS5400) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with an understanding of how a business interacts with the New Zealand and international environment.
CoursesCredits Restrictions
Accounting Information Systems (ACTY6206) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to use and evaluate accounting information systems to provide information to support business processes.
Taxation (ACTY6210) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To introduce students to the fundamental tax principles and apply them to entities in the New Zealand environment.
Management Accounting (ACTY6212) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with an in-depth understanding of the core concepts and techniques for planning and control of costs in organisations.
Law of Business Entities (ACTY6320) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to explore the legal issues surrounding the creation, administration and termination of business structures.
Strategic Thinking for Managers (BSNS6340) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop students’ ability to critically evaluate business systems from a range of perspectives.
Training and Development (BSNS6341) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with a detailed examination of training and development management interventions to maximise an organisation?s effectiveness in the use of its human resources.
Organisational Behaviour (BSNS6342) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with a detailed examination of organisation behaviour concepts, principles, practices, and issues.
Employee Relations and Legislation (BSNS6343) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to explore the nature of the employment and regulatory environment, and the formal informal relationships between employee and employer.
Business Process Improvement (BSNS6350) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to examine activities relating to operations management concepts, principles, practices and issues.
Quality Management (BSNS6351) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To have students examine activities relating to quality management concepts, principles, practices and issues in order to meet changing business parameters.
Supply Chain Management (BSNS6352) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To introduce students to methods, systems and procedures for managing the supply chain of service and manufacturing companies.
Marketing Planning (BSNS6370) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to understand the concepts, principles and practices of effective marketing management for a business organisation.
Business Research Methods (BSNS6371) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to apply research methodologies and techniques with the purpose of completing a formal research proposal.
Buyer Behaviour (BSNS6372) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to critically evaluate the issues and processes related to the major psychological and sociological elements which influence both individual and group buying behaviours.
Sales Management (BSNS6373) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to investigate sales management, and propose appropriate interventions typical for sales management situations.
Strategic Marketing Communications (BSNS6374) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop integrated marketing communication programmes incorporating creative strategies and tactics.
Services Marketing (BSNS6375) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)Utilising a Service Dominant Logic context, provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the concepts of services marketing and its role in the economy and to develop and recommend approaches to the marketing of professional services.
CoursesCredits Restrictions
Advanced Financial Accounting (ACTY7201) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to critically examine accounting theories, current financial accounting issues and apply advanced financial accounting techniques.
Advanced Auditing (ACTY7209) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with an understanding of the role and practice of external auditing of financial statements.
Advanced Taxation (ACTY7210) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to critically examine contemporary taxation issues affecting the New Zealand business environment.
Advanced Management Accounting (ACTY7212) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to critically evaluate those management accounting techniques that contribute to business strategy and enhance organisational performance.
Industry Based Learning - Accounting (ACTY7219) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with the opportunity to integrate their learning across their programme of study and to apply theoretical and practical business skills to an approved project/placement in industry. To critically reflect upon the processes undertaken in completing the project/placement.
Financial Statement Analysis (ACTY7292) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with advanced analytical skills in using a company?s financial statements to understand its past, present and future performance and assess its current value.
Strategy (BSNS7340) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to analyse, evaluate and synthesise the critical aspects of strategy into a form that can be implemented and managed.
Global Issues in Human Resources Management (BSNS7341) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To critically examine the underpinnings of the human resource management (HRM) field and the impact of contemporary global issues.
Current Issues in Management (BSNS7343) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to follow a course of self-directed study that will critically examine selected aspects of organisation and management theories, and contemporary issues.
Negotiated Study Human Resource Management (BSNS7348) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to follow a course of self-directed study in their major discipline that will be in-depth study of an approved topic area.
Industry Based Learning - Human Resource Management (BSNS7349) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with the opportunity to integrate their learning across their programme of study and to apply theoretical and practical business skills to an approved project/placement in industry. To critically reflect upon the processes undertaken in completing the project/placement.
Operations Management (BSNS7350) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to investigate methods, systems and procedures for managing planned co-ordination and the global impact on firms in New Zealand.
Project Management (BSNS7351) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with an overview of project management and critically examine specific issues applicable to those who are employed by a project manager.
Negotiated Study Operations Management (BSNS7358) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to follow a course of self-directed study in their major discipline that will be in-depth study of an approved topic area.
Industry Based Learning - Operations Management (BSNS7359) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with the opportunity to integrate their learning across their programme of study and to apply theoretical and practical business skills to an approved project/placement in industry. To critically reflect upon the processes undertaken in completing the project/placement.
International Business (BSNS7360) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to examine the drivers and processes shaping the global economic environment of the twenty first century.
Marketing Strategy (BSNS7370) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to understand the factors and techniques that help to develop and implement a sound marketing strategy.
Digital Marketing (BSNS7373) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to explore the Internet and other forms of technologies are being used to transform business.
Negotiated Study Marketing (BSNS7388) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to follow a course of self-directed study in their major discipline that will be in-depth study of an approved topic area.
Industry Based Learning - Marketing (BSNS7389) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with the opportunity to integrate their learning across their programme of study and to apply theoretical and practical business skills to an approved project/placement in industry. To critically reflect upon the processes undertaken in completing the project/placement.
Advanced Sales Management (BSNS7452) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to critically examine the current models and processes in strategic sales management and to propose strategic sales interventions appropriate to New Zealand and international situations.
Strategic Brand Management (BSNS7454) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide a platform of knowledge that advances current theoretical and practical understanding of the future strategic role of brands in marketing, business and society, thereby developing the practical skills required to create a brand strategy.
Advertising Practice (BSNS7456) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)Advertising Practice is a workshop-based course designed to build off LOs from Levels 5 and 6 courses in business/marketing strategy, marketing principles, consumer behaviour, advertising and promotions, marketing communications, and digital marketing. This course will enable students to work individually as well as in a team-based environment. Assessments will be designed and staggered to mesh with the campaign creation process from the beginning to its final product ? the advertising campaign. This assessment approach will enable students to learn, apply and experience, hands-on, the range of skills that required in a real-world environment, to develop, drive, and manage marketing communications campaigns, from both the brand?s as well as the ad practitioner?s perspectives.