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The Bachelor of Commerce (Sustainability) requires three years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time) and the honours program an additional year (or the equivalent part-time). The course is offered by the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

Enrolment in the honours program may be offered to a student who meets certain academic criteria and subject to the school/department being able to provide appropriate resources and staff to supervise the program of study.

The specialisation will be identified on the student’s transcript of academic record and on the parchment presented to the student on completion of the course.

Admission requirements

The minimum requirements for consideration for entry to all undergraduate courses are specified in detail in the University Entry Requirements.

Course aims

This course provides a broad and flexible educational preparation for a range of professional, business-related careers in private and public enterprise. A Bachelor of Commerce aims to provide students with:

  • sound knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes to facilitate careers in business-related fields
  • the opportunity to obtain professional knowledge in key business functions
  • the opportunity to obtain professional credentials (where relevant)
  • considerable scope for studies beyond business to broaden the overall educational experience.

Learning outcomes

Students successfully completing this course should be able to:

  • demonstrate an appreciation of the broad environment in which business operates
  • contribute effectively to the successful operation of a business  
  • apply analytical skills, relevant theory and logical thought to decision making processes within a business
  • communicate effectively in a business environment, both verbally and in writing
  • demonstrate commitment to ethical and socially responsible business practice
  • demonstrate detailed understanding of theory and practice in key business specialisations
  • apply specialist skills to analyse issues and develop appropriate reports or other documentation.

Program of study

To qualify for the Bachelor of Commerce (Sustainability) a student must complete 108 units with a grade of P or better or NGP in each topic. This must include:

  • 31.5 units of core topics
  • 31.5 units of specialisation topics
  • 18 units of BUSN option topics
  • Elective topics to bring the total to 108 units 

Elective topics may be selected from any offered by the University, provided course and topic prerequisites requirements are met. No more than 45 units of First Level topics may be included in the 108 units.

Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

Except with the permission of the Faculty Board, the course must be completed within ten consecutive years. Failure to do so may constitute evidence of unsatisfactory progress. Where permission is given to complete in more than ten consecutive years, there may be a requirement for additional coursework in order to ensure relevant and up-to-date knowledge. 

Core - Year 1, 2 & 3 topics

31.5 units comprising:

 BUSN1001  Accounting Principles  (4.5 units)
 BUSN1009  Quantitative Methods  (4.5 units)
 BUSN1012  Management, People and Organisations  (4.5 units)
 BUSN1013  Economics for Business  (4.5 units)
 BUSN1019  Law for Business  (4.5 units)
 BUSN3043  Governance, Sustainability and Ethics  (4.5 units)
 COMP1301  Information Systems in Business  (4.5 units)

Specialisation - Sustainability - Year 1, 2 & 3 topics

For students who commenced before 2016 only

31.5 units comprising:

 BUSN2024  Sustainable Resource Management  (4.5 units)
 ENVS2742  Environment, Economy and Culture  (4.5 units)
 POLI2012  Environmental Politics  (4.5 units)

Plus 18 units selected from:

 ASST3011  Environment and Development in Asia  (4.5 units)
 DVST2701  Sustainable Development  (4.5 units)
 ENVS3732  Environmental Impact Assessment  (4.5 units)
 ENVS3742  Issues in Environmental Management  (4.5 units)
 GEOG2711  Australian Environmental Change  (4.5 units)
 GEOG2712  Asian Regional Development  (4.5 units)
 GEOG2722  Society and Space  (4.5 units)
 LLAW3242  Environmental Law**  (4.5 units)
 PHIL2604  Environmental Philosophy  (4.5 units)
 BUSN3026  Business Planning for New Ventures*  (4.5 units)
 BUSN3045  Enterprise and Innovation Project#*  (4.5 units)

*Permission must be sought to enrol in this topic
**Permission required as prerequisites apply
#Quotas apply and access will be competitive

Option - Business - Year 1, 2 & 3 topics

Plus 18 units of BUSN topics, where topic prerequisites are met.

Elective - Year 1, 2 & 3 topics

Plus 27 units of electives from any topics offered by the University, where topic prerequisites are met.