The Bachelor of Commerce requires the completion of 108 units of study. It can be undertaken in three years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time) with the honours program as an additional year (or the equivalent part-time). The course may be completed without a named specialisation. The course is offered by the College of Business, Government and Law.

Enrolment in the honours program may be offered to high achieving students who meet certain academic and other criteria.

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
  • 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
  • communicate effectively in a business environment, both verbally and in writing
  • demonstrate commitment to ethical and socially responsible business practice
  • apply specialist skills to analyse issues and develop appropriate reports or other documentation.

Program of study

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

  • 63 units of core topics
  • 45 units of BUSN option topics

Option 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 Course Management Committee, 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

63 units comprising:

BUSN1001 Accounting Principles (4.5 units)
BUSN1002 Financial Accounting Processes (4.5 units)
BUSN1008 Introductory Macroeconomics (4.5 units)
BUSN1009 Quantitative Methods (4.5 units)
BUSN1012 Management, People and Organisations (4.5 units)
BUSN1013 Economics for Business (4.5 units)
BUSN1014 Financial Markets (4.5 units)
BUSN1015 Foundations of Finance (4.5 units)
BUSN1019 Law for Business (4.5 units)
BUSN2019 International Business Context (4.5 units)
BUSN2022 The Australian Economy (4.5 units)
BUSN2034 Interpersonal Skills for Professionals (4.5 units)
BUSN2037 Financial Management (4.5 units)
BUSN3043 Governance, Sustainability and Ethics (4.5 units)

Option - Business - Year 1, 2 & 3 topics

Plus 45 units selected from the following of which at least 18 units must be at third-year level and provided prerequisites are met:

BUSN1021 Organisational Behaviour (4.5 units)
BUSN1022 Marketing Principles (4.5 units)
BUSN2020 Consumer Behaviour (4.5 units)
BUSN2026 Entrepreneurship and Small Business (4.5 units)
BUSN2027 International Finance (4.5 units)
BUSN2028 Market Research (4.5 units)
BUSN2029 Financial Reporting (4.5 units)
BUSN2030 Training and Development (4.5 units)
BUSN2031 Business Forecasting (4.5 units)
BUSN2032 Human Resource Planning, Recruitment and Selection (4.5 units)
BUSN2033 Marketing Communications (4.5 units)
BUSN2036 Financial Accounting Issues (4.5 units)
BUSN2038 Human Resource Management (4.5 units)
BUSN2039 International Business Management (4.5 units)
BUSN2040 Macroeconomics (4.5 units)
BUSN2043 Managerial Economics (4.5 units)
BUSN2044 Managing Diversity (4.5 units)
BUSN2046 Operations and Supply Chain Management (4.5 units)
BUSN2048 Social Media Marketing (4.5 units)
BUSN3026 Business Planning for New Ventures (4.5 units)
BUSN3027 E-Business (4.5 units)
BUSN3029 Investments and Portfolio Management (4.5 units)
BUSN3030 Marketing Applications (4.5 units)
BUSN3031 Derivatives and Risk Management (4.5 units)
BUSN3032 Reward and Performance Management (4.5 units)
BUSN3033 Occupational Health and Safety (4.5 units)
BUSN3035 Employee Relations (4.5 units)
BUSN3037 Import-Export: Theory and Practice (4.5 units)
BUSN3041 Services Marketing (4.5 units)
BUSN3042 Strategic Marketing (4.5 units)
BUSN3044 Industry Placement (4.5 units)
BUSN3045 Start-up Ventures (4.5 units)
BUSN3047 Company Accounting (4.5 units)
BUSN3048 Auditing (4.5 units)
BUSN3049 Corporate Finance (4.5 units)
BUSN3050 International Human Resource Management (4.5 units)
BUSN3051 International Marketing (4.5 units)
BUSN3052 Leadership in Business and Society (4.5 units)
BUSN3059 Human Resource Strategy and Change Management (4.5 units)