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Excelerate ut the CBS The thing I enjoyed the most abo ses on campus clas g ndin atte Excelerate program was university life. The of on tati esen and obtaining a true repr taste of what is waiting experience allowed me to gain a in the future and also for me when I attend university the campus and style with iliar allowed me to become fam a big advantage. of study which in my opinion was Jeremy Desanker 9, current CBS student CBS Excelerate graduate 200


Career Pathways Business schools create new ideas, develop leaders and change societies. CBS takes this responsibility very seriously and adopts a long term view to the development of each student. A customised pathway, shown below, has consequently been developed for CBS Excelerate students to expedite their progression to the top of their field.

Full praise to everyone involved in this enriching and truly helpful program. It is definitely worth the extra effort that both the students and parents need to put in and I highly recommend it to everyone. Mrs Ann Costantin Parent of CBS Excelerate participant 2010

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Entrance Requirements CBS Excelerate is available to students studying Year 12 in 2011 who possess a strong academic record as well as the maturity, self discipline, time management skills and motivation required to succeed in an academically challenging university program. Admission to the program is based on a written application and a face-to-face interview. Student Commitment CBS Excelerate is designed to complement and support Year 12 study, not adversely affect it. The continued success of the program is evidence that the requirements of CBS Excelerate are not onerous and can be easily balanced with the demands of Year 12. Participants will be required to attend one three hour seminar each week, commencing at 5:30pm, and complete a mid-semester test, final examination and an industry-based case study. There will also be an opportunity to take part in a professional development retreat where participants will spend time with fellow attendees and develop their professional skills in areas such as networking, interview technique, leadership and teamwork. The retreat is not

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graduates of the CBS Excelerate program have full-time employment contracts with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Exclusive Year 12 Program • Accounting • Economics • Information Systems

• CBS Excelerate

CBS Undergraduate experience Bachelor of Commerce • Accounting • Business Law • Economics • Information Systems

• Curtin Business Club • Professional Development Precinct

CBS postgraduate experience Master of Business Administration Master of Business Leadership Master of Management

• Curtin Business Club Alumni

of past participants claim their motivation to learn has increased significantly as a result of their participation in the CBS Excelerate program.²

compulsory but is highly recommended to ensure participants gain the most from the program. Cost The fee for this program is covered by a scholarship awarded by CBS valued at $11071. Students accepted into the program need only pay for the relevant textbooks and a portion of the cost of the professional development retreat.3

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Application Details Applications for the 2011 program open on 9 August 2010 and close on 30 November 2010. All applications must be made online at the following address:

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Notes: 1 Scholarships take the form of a fee waiver, equivalent to a $1107 scholarship. ² Survey Results from School of Information Systems Student Experience program, Mark Graber, 2009. 3 Cost of textbook varies depending on program. Portion of cost of development retreat is approximately $30. 4 Survey results are based on 2009 figures from CBS Excelerate (Accounting) program.


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• Advisory Board Membership

Information in this publication is correct at the time of printing and is valid for 2010/2011, but may be subject to change. In particular, the University reserves the right to change the content and/or method of assessment, to change or alter tuition fees of any unit of study, to withdraw units of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program. Full details of units and course structure can be obtained by contacting the above or electronically from International students studying in Australia on a student visa can only study full-time and there are also specific entry requirements that must be met. Please refer to or phone +61 8 9266 7331 for further information, as some information contained in this flyer may not be applicable to international students. Australian citizens, permanent residents and international students studying outside Australia have the choice of full-time, part-time or external study. Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of Technology.

For more information, contact: Glen Hutchings Head of Development Curtin Business School Curtin University Tel: +61 8 9266 7253 Fax: +61 8 9266 2378 Email: Bentley Campus Kent Street Bentley WA 6102 GPO Box U1987 Perth WA 6845

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of past participants felt their professional skills, (communication, teamwork and critical thinking) improved as a result of the CBS Excelerate program.2

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Teaching Staff Each of the three Excelerate streams are taught by specialists with both academic and industry expertise, ensuring students are provided with a well-rounded learning experience.

Program Structure Each CBS Excelerate stream includes ten topics in the chosen area of specialty and three additional topics to provide a holistic business experience. The 2011 CBS Excelerate program is shown below.


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CBS Excelerate is a unique program that offers exceptional Year 12 students the opportunity to complete a customised, industry-based university unit in one of three streams; Accounting, Economics or Information Systems.


tudents accepted into the program will be enrolled as Curtin University students, receive a $1107 scholarship1, and be involved in technical and professional development training delivered by a team of national award-winning CBS academics and industry professionals. Student Opportunities and Benefits The CBS Excelerate program opens doors for students before they complete high school. Some of the benefits of the program include: • A deeper conceptual understanding of Accounting, Economics or Information Systems and the practical application of these concepts in the business world. • Training in state-of-the-art facilities including the Future Technologies Learning Space, simulated stock market trading room and professional development precinct. • A two-day professional development retreat involving training from industry experts. • Immersion within professional business environments. • The opportunity to network with senior industry professionals. • The chance to attain employment positions. • Credit towards a Curtin business degree.



Week 1

Induction/Welcome to Parents Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3 Topic 4 Topic 5 Topic 6 Business Law Topic 7 Information Systems Topic 8 Retreat Economics Topic 9 Topic 10

Induction/Welcome to Parents Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3 Topic 4 Topic 5 Topic 6 Information Systems Topic 7 Business Law Topic 8 Retreat Accounting Topic 9 Topic 10

Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Week 13 Week 14 Week 15

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Information systems The Competitive Edge Participants in each of the CBS Excelerate streams will learn how to apply their conceptual knowledge to resolve real business problems and add value to an organisation. As importantly, the program will develop within participants the skills required to attain a professional employment position and progress rapidly in their chosen career. Training is provided on interview technique, business etiquette, effective communication, productive teamwork and leadership. A significant focus is placed on developing a mature, commercial way of thinking with particular emphasis on developing the ability to think critically, creatively and laterally. As a consequence, graduates of the CBS Excelerate program think and act differently to their peers. They stand out from the crowd and possess a competitive advantage when applying for professional opportunities.

NB: Classes will not be conducted during school holidays.


of students felt there was no difficulty in balancing the requirements of CBS Excelerate with Year 12 study.4


Industry Engagement CBS has very strong links with industry and these relationships strongly influence the way in which CBS students are trained and developed. The CBS Advisory Boards, comprising 72 of Perth’s most senior business leaders, provide guidance on curriculum design and content while industry partnerships offer real-life case studies and training to ensure CBS graduates transition seamlessly to any professional workplace and add value from day one. The CBS relationship with industry begins with Excelerate. PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the largest professional services firms in the world, has provided ongoing training and job opportunities since 2003. The program also enjoys the strong support of Leeuwin Estate Winery, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bunnings, IKEA and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. Traineeship Opportunities In the Accounting stream, our partnerships with industry offer outstanding students the opportunity to achieve either a traineeship or a paid internship position.

I am proud to support the exceptional CBS Excelerate prog ram. The confidence and maturity of students who have graduated from the program is very impressive and it is clear the majority have outstand ing careers in business ahead of them . Mr Denis Horgan Chairman, Leeuwin Estate Win ery

INFORMATION SYSTEMS Induction/Welcome to Parents Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3 Topic 4 Topic 5 Topic 6 Economics Topic 7 Accounting Topic 8 Retreat Business Law Topic 9 Topic 10

A traineeship offers students part-time employment in some of the world’s top accounting firms during their degree and a full-time position after graduation. An internship provides students with two weeks of paid work experience.

of past participants claim that their self-confidence has improved significantly as a result of participating in the Excelerate program.²

I obtained a professional traineeship position at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as a result of my participation in the CBS Excelerate (Accounting) program at Curtin. I applied for a two year, full-time, paid traineeship within the organisation, went through the interview process and was deemed a successful candidate. I am now working in the International Tax Division at the Perth office. It has been fantastic to be able to put my uni study into practice whilst learning it and PwC have been very accommodating of my study schedule - “work, life, balance” is their motto! I love the fact that I was not treated like a trainee but was thrown into the deep end and expected to work like every other member of the tax team. My thoughts and decisions were put into practice and used on client accounts - it is great to think you are having a small impact in the running of a huge multinational company! In February of next year I will be working full-time as a Tax Consultant at PwC and will be looking to complete my professional studies in Chartered Accountancy.   Shaan Sahai CBS Excelerate graduate, current CBS student and Teaching Assistant, PwC Traineeship

Schools currently Involved All Saints’ College Applecross Senior High School Aquinas College Canning Vale College CBC Fremantle Chisholm Catholic College Christ Church Grammar School Churchlands Senior High School Como Secondary College Corpus Christi College Duncraig Senior High School Hale School Iona Presentation College La Salle College Leeming Senior High School Mater Dei College Mazenod College Mercedes College Mindarie Senior College Morley Senior High School Newman College Penrhos College Perth College Rossmoyne Senior High School Kelmscott Senior High School Sacred Heart College Santa Maria College Shenton College St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School Trinity College Wesley College Winthrop Baptist College

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Glen Hutchings Glen is the Head of Development at CBS and Chief Examiner for the Stage 3 Year 12 WACE Accounting and Finance Examination. He has received numerous awards for his outstanding teaching and innovative industry-based programs. The most significant of these awards are the 2004 Accounting/Finance Lecturer of the Year for Australia/New Zealand, 2005 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, 2007 Excellence in Innovation and Teaching Award and 2008 CBS Teacher of the Year Award. In 2009 Glen was one of only 24 recipients in the country to receive an Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Award for Teaching Excellence. Mark Graber Mark has been a lecturer within the School of Information Systems at CBS for over 10 years. Previously he taught Mathematics within the secondary education sector for 15 years. With a demonstrated aptitude for education, learning and development, professional development, student administration and team building across secondary and tertiary communities, Mark has earned a high degree of personal and organisational credibility. He has vast experience in web design and development, and numerous industry contacts in these related fields of business. Steven Kemp Steven is the Director of Teaching and Learning at the School of Economics and Finance and Unit Coordinator for the introductory economics unit, Economics 100. He is the author of several economics textbooks including Discovering Economics and Investigating Macroeconomics. Steven is also the Chief Marker for the Year 12 WACE examinations and conducts revision and preparatory sessions, in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, for Year 12 economics students. Lisa Goldacre Lisa is a senior lecturer in the School of Business Law and Taxation. She has worked as a solicitor in a large national law firm and as in-house counsel at one of Australia’s largest publically listed companies. Since 2007 Lisa has been the Unit Coordinator for Business Law 100, one of eight common core units in CBS. Lisa received a commendation from the Australasian Law Teachers Association for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching, a Curtin Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award and the CBS Teacher of the Year in 2009. In 2010 Lisa was a recipient of an ALTC citation for outstanding contribution to student learning.

The involvement of big businesses with the Excelerate program provided me with an invaluable insight into the reality which exists outside of the classroom. We were fortunate enough to be able to pick the brains of state-wide managers! Clinton D’Annolfo CBS Excelerate graduate 2009, current CBS student

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