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Bachelor of Commerce (B-COM) // Attributes, outcomes and skills

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Professional accreditation

Accreditation information is available on the Faculty's website.

Intended learning outcomes

The Bachelor of Commerce has the objective of preparing graduates who embody the University of Melbourne graduate attributes. It aims to provide students with the knowledge, tools of analysis and skills with which to understand and participate in the modern business and economics world, to prepare them for subsequent graduate studies and to achieve success in their professional careers.

1. Graduates of this degree will be knowledgeable across the core requirements of the degree.
Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of major theories and models in key areas of organisational behaviour.
  • Analyse organisational problems and generate realistic solutions based on current academic research in organisational behaviour
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of macroeconomic theory as it relates to current macroeconomics policy and issues
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of microeconomic theory as it relates to markets, firms, government policy, and resource allocation
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of key concepts underlying quantitative decision analysis
  • Apply basic mathematical and statistical skills necessary for analysis of a range of problems in economics, actuarial studies, accounting, marketing, management and finance


2. Graduates of this degree will be knowledgeable of an area of specialisation in the Faculty.
Graduates, subject to their areas of specialisation, will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the theories, concepts and findings of the Faculty specialisations


3. Graduates of this degree will be knowledgeable of domestic and international economic and organisational environments.
Graduates will be able to:

  • Analyse commerce / business issues in the international contexts
  • Compare international contexts and issues through the lens of the commerce disciplines
  • Evaluate national and international debates and discussions on economic, commercial, and business issues


4. Graduates of this degree will be knowledgeable of disciplines outside the faculty.
Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts, principles, theories and arguments of their selected areas of study outside the core disciplines of economics and business.

Generic skills

Graduates of the degree will have the capacity to:

  • work collaboratively and productively in groups.
  • use basic mathematical and statistical tools of analysis.
  • apply critical and analytical skills and methods to the identification, evaluation and resolution of complex problems.
  • engage confidently in self-directed study and research.
  • communicate ideas effectively in both written and oral formats.
  • operate effectively in multicultural and diverse environments.
  • effectively use information from diverse sources.
  • be proficient in the use of appropriate information technologies.
  • critically evaluate new ideas, research findings, methodologies and theoretical frameworks in a specialised field of study.
  • recognise and understand the ethical responsibilities of individuals and organisations in society.

Graduate attributes

Bachelor of Commerce graduates will have the following attributes and skills:

Academically excellent

  • Analysis and evaluation of evidence in the commerce disciplines in support of an argument, proposition or solution to problems in organisations and in society.
  • Strategic and critical thinking in relation to business and commerce related issues.

Research skills including the retrieval of information from variety of business, commerce and economics sources.

  • Knowledgeable across disciplines.
  • Synthesis of knowledge across disciplines.
  • Problem solving through the application of appropriate theories, principles and data.
  • Skilled in the use of computer systems and software used in commerce and business through practical assignments, exercises and demonstrations.

Attuned to cultural diversity

  • Aware of cultural differences and able to account for these in developing solutions to commerce related problems.

Active global citizens

  • Effective communicators on matters related to economics and commerce.
  • Participants in discussion and debate on national and international issues related to the disciplines of the faculty.

Leaders in communities

  • Effective decision makers in business and commerce.
  • Ethical and collegial in professional practice.