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Bachelor of Commerce (B-COM)

Bachelors DegreeYear: 2019 Delivered: On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Award titleBachelor of Commerce
Year & campus2019 — Parkville
CRICOS code002143B
Fees informationSubject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date
Study level & typeUndergraduate Coursework
AQF level 7
Credit points300 credit points
Duration36 months full time or 72 months part time

The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) at Melbourne equips graduates with the knowledge and technical skills necessary to understand and participate in the modern business world. The course also prepares students for subsequent graduate studies and allows them to achieve the highest level of success in their professional careers.

The Bachelor of Commerce provides a solid foundation in economics, accounting, finance, quantitative methods and organisational behaviour. The structure of the course requires students to study compulsory and elective subjects from the core program. These determine a student's major field of study.

A feature of all the new generation undergraduate degrees is the compulsory breadth component. Students choose a number of subjects from disciplines outside of commerce, exposing them to multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills.

The course allows students to meet accreditation requirements specified by accounting and actuarial professional bodies. Graduate options upon completion of the degree include proceeding directly to employment, an Honours year, or further professional or research related graduate studies.

Entry requirements

1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:

one of

(a) the Victorian Certificate of Education including:

  • VCE Units 3 and 4 – either a study score of at least 25 in one of English, English Language or Literature or a study score of at least 30 in English as an Additional Language, and
  • VCE Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 25 in Mathematics Methods (CAS) or Specialist Mathematics;

Note: For applicants interested in the Bachelor of Commerce to Master of Engineering Graduate Degree Package, it's strongly encouraged that you complete Specialist Mathematics Units 3 and 4, or equivalent. If VCE Specialist Mathematics is not completed, applicants will be required to undertake an additional Mathematics subjects through the University's Community Access Program (CAP). Melbourne School of Engineering will provide a few waiver for one CAP subject.

(b) the International Baccalaureate Diploma including

  • at least Grade 4 in English or English B (Standard Level or Higher Level) and Mathematics;

(c) a senior secondary program, foundation studies program or equivalent approved by the Academic Board including appropriate English language and Mathematics studies.

Except for applicants eligible for Access Melbourne, minimum ATAR or equivalent overall performance rankings apply.

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.

2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider, prior academic performance.

3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.

4. For applicants who have not completed the Victorian Certificate of Education or the International Baccalaureate Diploma, the undergraduate English language requirements must be met.

Note. For applications through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre, “middle-band” selection adjustments are made only on the basis of eligibility for Access Melbourne.

Core participation requirements

The Faculty of Business and Economics welcomes applications from students with disabilities. It is University and Faculty policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the Faculty’s programs.

The BCom and Masters degrees of the Faculty of Business and Economics equip graduates with the knowledge and technical skills necessary to understand and participate in the modern business world. The degrees include the following academic requirements for study:

  • The ability to explain and evaluate concepts, theories, institutional arrangements and operations of modern mixed economies;
  • The ability to critically evaluate the economy, commerce and business in the broader social and political context;
  • The ability to explain and apply concepts across a range of commerce and business disciplines in solving business and policy problems;
  • The ability to contribute positively to the development of organisations and society in relation to business, government and the commercial professions.

All students of the Faculty’s courses must possess intellectual, ethical, and emotional capabilities required to participate in the full curriculum and to achieve the levels of competence required by the Faculty. Candidates for the BCom degree and for FBE Masters degrees must have abilities and skills in communication; in conceptual, integrative, and quantitative dimensions; and in behavioural and social dimensions.

  • Communication: The student must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in oral and/or written form. A student must have the ability to clearly and independently communicate knowledge and application of a discipline, principles or practices during assessment tasks, and in some discipline streams.
  • Intellectual‐Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities: The student is expected to have the ability to develop problem‐solving skills and demonstrate the ability to establish study plans and priorities. These abilities include measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis. Problem solving requires all of these intellectual abilities. Students should also have the ability to comprehend complex disciplinary and cross disciplinary information related to the BCom and Masters degrees.
  • Behavioural and Social Attributes: A student must possess behavioural and social attributes that enable them to participate in a complex learning environment and the emotional health required for full utilisation of his/her intellectual abilities. Students are required to take responsibility for their own participation and learning. They also contribute to the learning of other students in collaborative learning environments, demonstrating interpersonal skills and an understanding of the needs of other students. Assessment may include the outcomes of tasks completed in collaboration with other students. Integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest, and motivation are all personal qualities that are deemed necessary for students enrolled in FBE courses.

Students who feel their disability will prevent them from participating in tasks involving the inherent academic requirements of the BCom and FBE Masters courses are encouraged to contact the Student Equity and Disability Support. Adjustments can be provided to minimise the impact of a disability, but students should participate in the course in an independent manner.

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.

Course structure

GENERAL POINTS REQUIREMENT

The Bachelor of Commerce requires the successful completion of 300 points that must include at least 225 points of commerce discipline subjects and at least 50 breadth points.

There are compulsory requirements at each level, a compulsory quantitative requirement, and requirements for majoring in a commerce discipline.

Level 1

  • A minimum of 87.5 points must be taken at Level-1. A maximum of 125 points may be taken at Level-1. A maximum of 37.5 points of breadth may be taken at Level 1. Students admitted to a Graduate Degree Package (GDP) to the Master of Engineering will be exempt from this Level 1 breadth maximum, as the following four Level 1 subjects will need to be taken to meet the pathway requirements: MAST10006 Calculus 2, MAST10007 Linear Algebra, and two first year Science subjects. (Note: Calculus 2 and Linear Algebra may not be required for certain engineering streams)
  • Level-1 compulsory subjects:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
ECON10004 Introductory Microeconomics
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ECON10003 Introductory Macroeconomics
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ACCT10001 Accounting Reports and Analysis
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
FNCE10002 Principles of Finance
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5

Level 2

  • At least 62.5 points of commerce subjects at Level-2, including the compulsory subject:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MGMT20001 Organisational Behaviour
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5

  • Students commencing from before 2011 are not subject to the 62.5 point minimum.

Level 3

  • At least 50 points of commerce subjects at Level-3 to be completed at the University of Melbourne.
  • A minimum of 75 points must be taken at Level-3.

Remaining Points

  • The remaining 75 points must include one of the following:
    1. 50 breadth points and 25 commerce elective points
    2. 62.5 breadth points and 12.5 commerce elective points
    3. 75 breadth points
  • Students may not complete more than 37.5 breadth points at level-1 unless they have been admitted to the Graduate Degree Package (GDP) to the Master of Engineering.

COMPULSORY QUANTITATIVE REQUIREMENT

There are two ways to satisfy the quantitative requirement of the course:

Option 1 - Standard Path:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
ECON10005 Quantitative Methods 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5

AND one level-2 quantitative subject from the list below:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
ECON20003 Quantitative Methods 2
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ECOM20001 Econometrics 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MGMT20005 Business Decision Analysis
Semester 2
12.5
MKTG20004 Market and Business Research
Semester 2
12.5

Option 2 - Mathematics Path:

Two level-2 subjects are taken in second year:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MAST20005 Statistics
Summer Term
Semester 2
12.5

AND one of:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MAST20006 Probability for Statistics
Semester 1
12.5
MAST20004 Probability
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5

(Students pursuing actuarial studies must complete MAST20004)

Students who opt to complete the mathematics path, do not complete Quantitative Methods 1 and 2. They may, if they wish, complete any of:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
ECOM20001 Econometrics 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MGMT20005 Business Decision Analysis
Semester 2
12.5
MKTG20004 Market and Business Research
Semester 2
12.5

Students who complete the mathematics path are still required to complete 62.5 points of level-2 commerce subjects; the mathematics subjects are counted as breadth.

The level-1 prerequisites for the mathematics path subjects above are as follows:

Students with a study score of 25 or above in units 3/4 VCE Mathematical Methods (or equivalent):

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MAST10005 Calculus 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MAST10006 Calculus 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MAST10007 Linear Algebra
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5

Students with a study score of 27 or above in units 3/4 VCE Specialist Mathematics (or equivalent):

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MAST10006 Calculus 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MAST10007 Linear Algebra
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5

Students with a study score of 38 or above in units 3/4 VCE Specialist Mathematics (or equivalent):

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MAST10008 Accelerated Mathematics 1
Semester 1
12.5
MAST10009 Accelerated Mathematics 2
Semester 2
12.5

It is recommended that students not pursuing actuarial studies meet the prerequisites for MAST20006 Probability for Statistics and MAST20004 Probability by enrolling in MAST10006 Calculus 2 and MAST10007 Linear Algebra, even if they meet prerequisites for MAST10008 Accelerated Mathematics 1 and MAST10009 Accelerated Mathematics 2. Students intending to pursue actuarial studies will take the mathematics path and enrol in MAST20004 Probability.

Which Quantitative Subjects?

The choice of quantitative subjects will depend on your chosen field/s of study, your level of ability and interest in mathematics and the subjects in which you wish to enrol later in your degree.

Through the mathematics path, it is possible to satisfy the quantitative requirement of the course by taking mathematics subjects as breadth. This option is suitable for students who enjoy mathematics and have strong mathematical skills.

In deciding which quantitative subjects to take, you should check the prerequisites of the level-2 and level-3 subjects you wish to take to ensure you make the most appropriate choice.

MAJORS

Students must complete at least one major within the BCom, and may complete up to two majors. With the exception of the multidisciplinary business major and the economics major, a major requires the completion of 3 specified subjects at level-3. Subjects required for each of the majors are:

Accounting

37.5 level-3 points comprising:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
ACCT30001 Financial Accounting Theory
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ACCT30002 Enterprise Performance Management
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ACCT30004 Auditing and Assurance Services
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5

Actuarial Studies

37.5 level-3 points chosen from:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
ACTL30001 Actuarial Modelling I
Semester 1
12.5
ACTL30002 Actuarial Modelling II
Semester 1
12.5
ACTL30003 Contingencies
Semester 2
25
ACTL30004 Actuarial Statistics
Semester 2
12.5
ACTL30005 Models for Insurance and Finance
Semester 2
12.5
ACTL30006 Financial Mathematics III
Semester 1
12.5

Business

75 level-3 points from three or more areas of study within the BCom.

Economics

25 level-2 & 37.5 level-3 points comprising:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
ECON20001 Intermediate Macroeconomics
Semester 2
12.5
ECON20002 Intermediate Microeconomics
Summer Term
Semester 1
12.5

And three level-3 Economics elective subjects - one of which must have a prefix ECON and one must have a prefix ECOM - chosen from:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
ECON30001 International Trade Policy
Semester 1
12.5
ECON30002 Economic Development
Semester 2
12.5
ECON30003 Industrial Economics
Semester 2
12.5
ECON30005 Money and Banking
Semester 1
12.5
ECON30006 Labour Economics Not available in 2019 12.5
ECON30007 Economics of Food Markets
Semester 2
12.5
ECON30008 History of Economic Thought Not available in 2019 12.5
ECON30009 Macroeconomics
Semester 2
12.5
ECON30010 Microeconomics
Semester 1
12.5
ECON30011 Environmental Economics
Semester 2
12.5
ECON30013 Economic Analysis and Policy
Semester 1
12.5
ECON30016 The Economics of Taxation Not available in 2019 12.5
ECON30017 Organisations, Economics and Incentives Not available in 2019 12.5
ECON30018 Economics of the Law
Semester 1
12.5
ECON30019 Behavioural Economics
Semester 2
12.5
ECON30020 Mathematical Economics
Semester 1
12.5
ECON30022 Experimental Economics
Semester 2
12.5
ECON30023 Health Economics Not available in 2019 12.5
ECON30024 Economics of Financial Markets
Semester 1
12.5
ECON30025 Computational Economics and Business
Semester 1
12.5
ECOM30001 Basic Econometrics
Semester 1
12.5
ECOM30002 Econometrics 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ECOM30003 Applied Microeconometric Modelling
Semester 2
12.5
ECOM30004 Time Series Analysis and Forecasting
Semester 2
12.5

Finance

37.5 level-3 points comprising:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
FNCE30001 Investments
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
FNCE30007 Derivative Securities
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5

And one Level-3 Finance elective subject, chosen from:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
FNCE30003 International Finance
Semester 1
12.5
FNCE30004 Asian Capital Markets
Semester 2
12.5
FNCE30006 Entrepreneurial Finance
Semester 1
12.5
FNCE30008 Street Finance
Semester 1
12.5
FNCE30009 Ethics in Finance
Summer Term
12.5
FNCE30010 Algorithmic Trading
Semester 2
12.5
FNCE30011 Essentials of Corporate Valuation
Semester 2
12.5
FNCE30012 Foundations of FinTech
Semester 2
12.5

Note: This structure for the Finance major applies to 2017-commencing students. Students who commenced in 2016 or earlier and who have completed FNCE10001 Finance 1 and/or FNCE20001 Business Finance are required to complete FNCE30002 Corporate Finance (per the previous major requirements).

Management

37.5 level-3 points comprising:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
BUSA30000 Business Judgement
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5

And two level-3 Management elective subjects, chosen from:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MGMT30002 Managing in Contemporary Organisations Not available in 2019 12.5
MGMT30004 International Human Resource Management
Semester 2
12.5
MGMT30005 Managing Strategic Change
Semester 2
12.5
MGMT30006 Managing Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Semester 1
12.5
MGMT30008 Organisations, Ethics and Society Not available in 2019 12.5
MGMT30011 Supply Chain Management
Semester 2
12.5
MGMT30012 Management Consulting
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MGMT30013 Strategic Management
Semester 1
12.5
MGMT30015 Managing Work and Your Career
Semester 1
12.5
MGMT30017 Global Management Consulting
January
June
November
12.5
MGMT30018 Business Communication
Semester 2
12.5
MGMT30019 The Future of Work
Summer Term
12.5
MKTG30012 Business Ethics
Semester 1
12.5
IBUS30002 International Corporate Governance Not available in 2019 12.5
IBUS30003 Managing Conflict in Global Workplaces
Semester 2
12.5
IBUS30004 Chinese Business and Economy
Semester 2
12.5

Note: For students who commenced the Bachelor of Commerce prior to 2018, BUSA30000 Business Judgement is not a compulsory requirement for the Management or Marketing majors, but is highly recommended. BUSA30000 Business Judgement can only form part of ONE major. Students seeking a double major in Management and Marketing, must complete an additional level-3 subject in the second major (e.g. 37.5 level-3 points not including BUSA30000 Business Judgement).

Marketing

37.5 level-3 points comprising:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
BUSA30000 Business Judgement
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5

And two level-3 Marketing elective subjects, chosen from:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MKTG30003 Service and Relationship Marketing
Semester 1
12.5
MKTG30006 Retail Management
Semester 1
12.5
MKTG30007 Marketing and Society Not available in 2019 12.5
MKTG30008 Neuromarketing
Semester 2
12.5
MKTG30009 Digital Marketing
Semester 2
12.5
MKTG30010 Advertising and Promotions
Semester 2
12.5
MKTG30011 Product Management
Semester 1
12.5
MKTG30012 Business Ethics
Semester 1
12.5

Note: For students who commenced the Bachelor of Commerce prior to 2018, BUSA30000 Business Judgement is not a compulsory requirement for the Management or Marketing majors, but is highly recommended. BUSA30000 Business Judgement can only form part of ONE major. Students seeking a double major in Management and Marketing, must complete an additional level-3 subject in the second major (e.g. 37.5 level-3 points not including BUSA30000 Business Judgement).

Breadth in the Bachelor of Commerce

Breadth studies are those subjects chosen from outside the Faculty of Business and Economics. Students may take all of their 50 - 75 breadth points in one or more breadth disciplines. You can select subjects of your choice, or follow a breadth track: a set of complementary breadth subjects in various disciplines.

Note: Certain breadth subjects in law or mathematics must be taken to gain accounting or actuarial accreditation. Students pursuing an approved engineering breadth sequence or accreditation in actuarial studies should see 'special arrangements' below.

To view breadth subjects for this course, please refer to the Breadth Options section below.

Breadth subjects not available for Bachelor of Commerce students: any subjects offered by the Departments of Accounting, Economics, Finance and Marketing and Management and the Centre for Actuarial Studies cannot be taken as breadth subjects (even if expressly available as a breadth subject for students based in another degree).

Special arrangements

Students commencing in 2010 - 2016 who are pursuing an approved engineering breadth sequence in the civil, electrical, mechanical or software streams will undertake 112.5 points of breadth and 187.5 commerce points.

Students pursuing accreditation in actuarial studies will take 75 – 87.5 points of breadth, including two breadth subjects that are neither mathematics nor statistics.

Students enrolled in the Graduate Degree Package to the Master of Engineering, will be permitted to take up to fours specific Level 1 breadth subjects to meet the pathway requirements.

Progression

Students must complete 50 points of study at one year-level before proceeding to the next year-level.

Concurrent Diplomas

Certain breadth subjects may be cross-credited toward a concurrent diploma. These diplomas offer specialised study in a range of areas:

  • Diploma in Informatics
  • Diploma in Languages
  • Diploma in Mathematical Sciences
  • Diploma in Music (Practical)
  • Universitas 21 Diploma in Global Issues

Commencing students interested in pursuing a diploma should seek advice from both Stop 1 and the owning faculty of the diploma.

Breadth requirements

Find breadth subjects

Use the Handbook Breadth Search function to find subjects that can be used as breadth studies in the Bachelor of Commerce

Further study

Graduate degrees offer the opportunity for graduates to obtain a professional qualification or develop their expertise in an individual field. Graduate studies in commerce are also available for non-commerce graduates.

Graduate Professional Degrees are professional qualifications in disciplines including law, engineering and teaching. Fifty percent of designated places will be Commonwealth supported.

Graduate Programs in Commerce are business qualifications open to graduates from any discipline. They also allow commerce graduates to broaden their knowledge of business and management or extend their expertise in a particular field.

The Honours year provides advanced studies in individual commerce disciplines and is a gateway to research degrees such as the PhD.

Last updated: 17 January 2019