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Bachelor of Business Science

Undergraduate Course – Business and Economics

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the ‘Faculty information’ section of this Handbook by the Business and Economics.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Course code 4413

Credit points 144

Abbreviated title BBusSci

Managing faculty Business and Economics

Contact details School of Business and EconomicsTelephone: +27 11 950 4020Email:

Admission and fees

  • Course type


  • Standard duration

    3 years FT

    Full-time study only.

    You have a maximum of 8 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.

  • Mode and location

    On-campus (South Africa)

  • Award

    Bachelor of Business Science


This is a specialist accounting degree which will provide graduates with high-level specialised skills in accounting and general skills in South African business law. The course blends a conceptual theoretical framework with a range of practical applications and covers the basic discipline material through to more specialised accounting concepts.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 7 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that you will develop:

  1. fundamental knowledge of general principles and applications of a core range of business disciplines related to accounting
  2. technical knowledge, analytical skills and evaluative capabilities that are appropriate to accounting, as well as the ability to apply expertise to functional problem solving
  3. the capacity for critical thinking and articulate reasoning exhibited through effective written and oral forms of communication
  4. the ability to integrate and synthesise knowledge from different disciplines to innovative applications in the accounting and business settings, combined with an awareness of ethical and social responsibility
  5. the skills in interpersonal communication and sensitivity to a global environment.

Professional recognition

This degree is accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).


This course develops through the themes of foundation business knowledge and specialist discipline knowledge.

Part A. Foundation business knowledge

This will provide you with a study of accounting, economics and econometrics disciplines and the impact they have on decision making in organisations.

Part B. Specialist discipline knowledge

These studies will develop your capacity as a critical and creative professional who is able to apply your knowledge of accounting and South African business law to provide solutions for business. Units contained within the discipline will meet the requirements for professional accreditation by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).


This course comprises 144 points of compulsory business science study units.

Units are six credit points unless otherwise stated.

Part A. Foundation business knowledge (48 points)

You must complete:

  • ACS1000 Principles of accounting and finance
  • ACS1002 Introduction to financial accounting
  • BTS1201 South African business law A
  • ECS1101 Introductory microeconomics
  • ECS1102 Introductory macroeconomics
  • ETS1102 Business statistics
  • FIT1003 IT in organisations
  • MGS1010 Introduction to management

Part B. Specialist discipline knowledge (96 points)

You must complete:

Progression to further studies

Successful completion of the Bachelor of Business Science may provide a pathway to the one-year honours program 4414 Bachelor of Business Science (Honours). To be eligible to apply for entry into the Bachelor of Business Science (Honours), you must obtain a distinction grade average (70 percent) or above in 24 points of studies in relevant discipline units at level three.