Victoria University

Bachelor of Business (Financial Risk Management) (Top-Up) - awarded by Victoria University – Australia

The Bachelor of Business (Financial Risk Management) has been developed by Victoria University, Australia in conjunction with LSBF, Singapore. It provides an opportunity for current Advanced and Higher Diploma graduates in Accounting & Finance to further their studies with Victoria University at LSBF Singapore.

Programme Aims

This degree programme will help launch your career in financial planning and risk management through the Financial Risk Management major and your expertise could see you excel in this thriving, fast-paced field.

Students will acquire the specialist knowledge and fundamental business skills to combat the complex challenges faced by businesses within the financial sector.

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Critically review, synthesise and adapt business theories to analyse authentic contemporary problems in a variety of domestic and international contexts appreciating the value of diversity and intercultural settings;
  • Exhibit professional judgement in the selection and use of common business tools to support decision-making and project management in a general business context;
  • Critically evaluate priorities and articulate key issues in complex business problems;
  • Analyse and reflect on the impact of contemporary external (strategy, cultural and other competitive pressures) and internal factors (structure, culture and systems) to achieve effective business practices;
  • Critically review and apply practical, effective and ethically responsible solutions with initiative and professional judgement to a range of business-related challenges at both strategic and operational levels;
  • Contribute effectively, with personal accountability for outcomes in a dynamic 21st century work team, working in an ethical and socially responsible manner whilst acknowledging the contributions of others in achieving both individual and team goals;
  • Clearly and coherently communicate independent insights and ideas using verbal, written and visual modes of delivery to both specialist and non-specialist audiences;
  • Exemplify personal awareness, self-motivation, change readiness and resilience in response to dynamic environments/conditions; and,
  • Reflect lifelong learning attributes including autonomous, self-directed learning skills and habits.
Mode of Delivery
  • Lectures,
  • Case studies and exercises
  • Class discussion
Course Duration
  • Course Duration = 18 Months
  • Monday to Friday
  • Course Duration = 18 Months
  • 3 hours per lesson
  • 3 lessons per week
Course Intakes

Full Time and Part Time - June, September, December 2018

Entry Requirements
  • Minimum Academic Entry Requirement:
    • LSBF Higher Diploma in Accounting and Finance
    • LSBF Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Finance
    • Polytechnic Diploma in a relevant field
    • Students, who have obtained equivalent qualifications in relevant fields, will be assessed case-by-case and subjected to university approval.
  • Minimum English Language Entry Requirement:

    English entry requirements into VU undergraduate programs for international students requires evidence that students have achieved one of the following levels of English language proficiency:

    • IELTS* (Academic module): Overall score of 6.0 (no band less than 6.0)
    • TOEFL* Internet: Overall score of 66. Section score no less than:
      • Listening: 12
      • Speaking: 18
      • Reading: 15
      • Writing: 21
    • Pearson Test of English (PTE)*: Overall score of 50-57 (no section score less than 50)
    • University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE)*: Overall score of 169. No individual band less than 169.
    • VU English - English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 5): achieved
    • English Language School in Sydney (ELSIS)- EAP 2 (advanced): B grade

    *IELTS, TOEFL, PTE and CAE: These tests must be taken no more than two years prior to commencing your course.

    If students have completed a qualification where English was the primary language of instruction, they may be eligible for an English language exemption.

  • Exceptions

    Students, who have other qualifications, will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

  • Minimum Age:

    18 years or above

Module Synopsis


Corporate Finance
This unit investigates alternative financing proposals that firms may face in both the shorter and longer term. Through this process students develop a high level of financial literacy enabling them to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex financial information including knowledge of theoretical and practical developments in finance and solving complex problems through the application of specific techniques of analysis.

Applied Business Statistics
The focus of this unit is to expose students to statistical techniques that are specific to the areas of business, economics and finance. Students will develop an understanding and ability to use these techniques across a range of empirical problems. The application of such techniques will involve collection of relevant data, the use of professionally popular computer software and the interpretation and use of computer outputs.
Topics include sampling methods and estimation of point and confidence intervals; hypothesis tests; non-parametric tests; analysis of variance; Chi-square tests; multiple regression and residual analysis; discriminant analysis and factor analysis.

Risk Management and Insurance
The aim of the unit is to provide students with knowledge of insurance and how it can be used to manage risk plans for individuals and small firms. It contextualises this theoretical knowledge within complex problems to develop and evidence students technical, creative and conceptual skills in their devise of innovative responses to industry based challenges.

Taxation Law and Practice
The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the general principles of the taxation laws of Australia through a study of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and other important legislative provisions as well as a study of the common law applying to taxation principles.

Personal Financial Planning
The aim of this unit is to provide students with underpinning knowledge and skill in the area of personal financial planning. Topics include introduction to financial planning, the economics of the financial process, financial planning services, various options in financial planning, developing, implementing and reviewing financial plans, matching of ongoing clients' needs and financial planning services.

Risk Management Model
This unit provides an overview of investment and risk, and proposes strategies to manage the risks of different investment practices. Students will discriminate between different types of risks encountered by contemporary organisations and investigate models designed to help manage those risks. Students will apply statistics to assess distribution of asset returns, to make decision under uncertainty to choose between alternative investments, measure risk, measure the components of total risk, measure the risk in portfolio construction and management, the efficient market concept option pricing models and volatility.

Investment and Portfolio Management
This unit addresses problems and challenges that the international financial environment presents to modern day investment analysts and fund Managers. A third year unit in the Bachelor of Business Banking and Finance and International Trade specialisations, that interrogates investment analysis and portfolio management while addressing asset allocation decisions, securities markets organization, functioning and Indexes. Students will apply theories in economics and finance namely Efficient Market Hypothesis (EMH), modern portfolio theory, Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) and multifactor models to analyse asset pricing, equity, bond, and derivatives valuation and managing securities portfolio and evaluation of portfolio performance.

International Business Challenge
The unit focusses on engagement with global business particularly in Asia, business project management and career development and management. The unit continues the development of academic, professional and personal skills commenced in the First Year units and in particular in the Integrated Business Challenge unit.
The International Business Challenge unit provides an international context to analyse the trends and opportunities in the global market through a problem solving and project management framework via an international project. Students develop an intercultural understanding from a personal, professional and business perspective as well as an appreciation of the distinctive nature of working in diverse local and global communities.

Applied Business Challenge
This is a capstone unit which focuses on the development, demonstration and application of students skills around the themes of leadership and challenge provides a thematic link from the Business Challenge stream as well as business specialisations. In this unit, students will demonstrate their understanding of the business environment and the knowledge and skills required for professional practice. The assessments emulate professional practice by combining multi-disciplinary, simulation and research based projects.

Operations Management
This unit is a gateway to other specialised units of the course. The unit aims to empower business graduates to develop the ability to understand and analyse specific operational problems and to propose solutions. This requires a thorough understanding of both the operations management principles and techniques so as to be able to apply this knowledge in practice. This unit includes the following topics: operations function in manufacturing and service industries; the planning and control of the operations process; application of operations management tools and techniques.

Strategic Management
Students study normative theories and models of organisation strategy, policy and decision making to critically assess their value to the organisation and its stakeholders. Through this study, students will develop knowledge, personal skills and competencies in the application of the strategic management principles to contemporary organisations.

International Management
This unit investigates the critical factors impacting upon management in an international context. Students explore the role of management in any nationality, encouraging a truly global perspective in dealing with dynamic management issues in foreign and local environments. Culture is considered from a management perspective and also evaluated in a global context. Various theories, models and frameworks will be introduced that provide different perspectives on understanding and managing internationally.

Course fee

Local students: SGD$18,000
International Students: SGD$21,000

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