Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) (BCom(Liberal Studies))

Course CodeBPCOMLST1000
Course TypeUndergraduate
Credit Points Required 192
CRICOS code025098A

Description

This degree has been revised for students commencing from 2013.

The Sydney Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) is a four-year (full-time) program which enables you to choose up to three areas of specialisation (majors) and opt for more elective units than you would be able to complete in a three-year program. You will be provided with boundless opportunities to explore an array of interests from business, as well as in the humanities and science.

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Degree structure

To be awarded the Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies), students must successfully complete a total of 192 credit points, comprising:

  • Four core units of study (18 credit points) comprising three junior units of study (including a zero credit point unit) and a six credit point senior capstone unit
  • At least 24 credit points of units of study from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (Table A subject areas)
  • At least 12 credit points of units of study from the Faculty of Science
  • Two majors - One selected from the subject areas specified under 'Major I subject areas' and one selected from the subject areas specified under 'Major II subject areas'
  • No more than 96 credit points in junior units of study (1000-level)
  • At least 108 credit points in units of study from the Business School (a maximum of 84 credit points in units form other faculties/non-Business School subject areas)

Please Note: Students who commenced their degree before 2013 must complete their degree under the degree resolutions outlined in the Handbook of the year they commenced their study.

Core units of study

Students are required to complete all their junior core units of study within the first year of enrolment in the sequence set out in the 'Degree progression' table.

All students must complete in BUSS1900 and BUSS1001 in their first semester of enrolment and BUSS1002 in their second semester of enrolment. The senior capstone core unit, BUSS3500, must be completed in a student's final semester of enrolment.

(i) Junior core units

^ The zero-credit point unit, BUSS1900, is designed to support students in developing their business communication skills at the very outset of their degree to ensure success in the semesters that follow. All commencing undergraduate students must enrol in BUSS1900 but have the option of withdrawing following a mandatory waiver test conducted during Orientation Week (O Week) preceding the start of each semester.

# From 2012 BUSS1001 replaces ECOF1003 Understanding Business (formerly named Business Contexts A) and BUSS1002 replaces ECOF1004 The Business Environment (formerly named Business Contexts B). Continuing students who have not completed ECOF1003 or ECOF1004 must complete BUSS1001 or BUSS1002 instead.

(ii) Senior core (capstone) unit

Students who commenced prior to 2013 may choose to complete the core units of study as set out above or follow the core unit requirements in the Handbook of the year they commenced study in their degree.

Compulsory Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Faculty of Science units of study

(i) Arts and Social Sciences units of study

Students select a minimum of 24 credit points worth of units of study from the Table A subject areas listed in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Handbook. Students can meet this requirement by completing a major from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (for example as a Major II option).

For full details of the unit of study options within these subject areas please refer to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Handbook: sydney.edu.au/handbooks/arts/subject_areas.

(ii) Science units of study
Students select a minimum of 12 credit points worth of units of study from the Table 1 subject areas listed in the Faculty of Science Handbook). Students can meet this requirement by completing a major from the Faculty of Science (for example as a Major II option).

For full details of units of study options within these subject areas please refer to the Faculty of Science handbook: sydney.edu.au/handbooks/science.

Majors and electives

Compulsory majors

Students in the Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) are required to complete two majors (selected from the two tables below). Most majors consist of a minimum 36 credit points in senior units of study. Students should refer to the individual major for details of exact requirements.

The Major I and Major II subject areas have changed for students commencing from 2013. Students who commenced study prior to 2013 follow the information in the handbook for the year they commenced study.

The majors that were available under Major I and Major 2 subject areas in 2011 and 2012 can be downloaded from the following link:

Students who commenced study prior to 2011 should refer to the handbook for the year they commenced study for details of their majors.

Major I subject areas

Accounting

Commercial Law

Business Information Systems 

Finance

Industrial Relations and
Human Resource Management

International Business

Management

Marketing

Business Analytics ^

^ The  Quantitative Business Analysis major has been renamed Business Analytics for students commencing study from 2015. Pre-2015 continuing students will be able to  complete all the units listed for the Business Analytics major under their Quantitative Business Analysis major. The Quantitative Business Analysis major replaces the Operations Management and Decision Sciences major from 2012. Students who commenced study in 2011 can choose to complete either the Quantitative Business Analysis major or the Operations Management and Decision Sciences major.

Major II subject areas

  • A major in any subject area listing under Major I (above). The second major must be different to the one chosen from the Major I subject areas
  • A major in a subject area offered by the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment (e.g. Agricultural Economics)#
  • A major in a subject area from Table A in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences#
  • A major in a subject area from Table 1 in the Faculty of Science#.

# These options are subject to any restrictions that the offering faculty may impose regarding the completion of their majors in out-of-faculty degrees and restrictions due to the maximum 84 credit points allowed in non-Business School units of study for the degree. The requirements for these majors will be according to the rules of the offering faculty - please refer to the relevant other faculty's handbook for details (sydney.edu.au/handbooks/).

If a major is chosen in a subject area offered by the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Agriculture and Environment or Science then in most cases, a minimum of 36 credit points in senior units of study (or senior and intermediate units) must be completed in that subject area. Junior units of study (1000 level) may be used to meet the prerequisite requirements for more than one major. However, senior (or in some cases intermediate and senior) units of study (2000 and 3000 level) can only be used to meet the requirements for one major. A maximum of 84 credit points in total (junior, intermediate and senior) can be taken in units of study from any faculty other than the Business School (this maximum includes the required 12 credit points in Science units and 24 credit points in Arts and Social Sciences units).

Students need to be mindful that it is not always possible to choose a major from outside of the Business School and still complete the 108 credit points needed within the Business School. For example, certain Table 1 Faculty of Science majors may require the completion of more than 60 credit points in Science units in order to complete the major, which with the required 24 credit points in Arts and Social Sciences units would exceed the maximum of 84 credit points allowed in units from outside the Business School.

Additional major and electives

In addition to the required two majors students may complete an additional major and electives from the Business School or the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Science, Education and Social Work or Agriculture and Environment  or any other faculty of the University of Sydney (subject to course rules and restrictions). Students can complete a maximum of 84 credit points in units of study from non-Business School subject areas for this degree.

Accreditation

Professional accounting accreditation (2013 commencing students)

Students planning to satisfy the entry requirements of CPA Australia or the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia should include in their course a prescribed set of units of study, including units of study from accounting, business law, business information systems and finance. Required units of study are listed under the Professional accreditation in accounting information. For further information regarding accreditation requirements contact either CPA Australia or ICAA. Please Note. The accreditation of this degree is subject to the successful re-accreditation review of 2012.

Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) accreditation

All undergraduate award courses incorporating a major in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management are AHRI-accredited. Students wishing to satisfy the requirements for professional membership of AHRI should include this major in their course. The required units of study for the major are listed under Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management major.

Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accreditation

The Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) is accredited by the APAC for students completing the three-year psychology major sequence (48 credit points in intermediate and senior units of study) as part of this degree. This study must be supplemented by an accredited fourth year of study in psychology before students are eligible to enrol in an APAC accredited Masters or Doctoral programs. The required units of study for the major are listed in the Faculty of Science handbook.

 

Progression guide

The following table below shows an example degree progression of study for a student enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) on a full-time basis undertaking four units of study per semester.

YEARSESSIONUNITS OF STUDY CREDIT POINTS

Year 1

Semester 1

junior for Major I

junior for Major II

Arts or Science (6 credit points)

BUSS1001 and BUSS1900

24

Semester 2

junior for Major I

junior for Major II

Arts or Science (6 credit points)

BUSS1002

24

Year 2

Semester 1

senior for Major I

senior for Major II

Arts (6 credit points)

Science or Arts (6 credit points)

24

Semester 2

senior for Major I

senior for Major II

Arts (6 credit points)

Science or Arts (6 credit points)

24

Year 3

Semester 1

senior for Major I

senior for Major II

Business (major or elective)

major or elective

24

Semester 2

senior for Major I

senior for Major II

major or elective

major or elective

24

Year 4

Semester 1

senior for Major I

senior for Major II

major or elective

major or elective

24

Semester 2

senior for Major I

senior for Major II

major or elective

BUSS3500

24

Please Note: This is a basic structure only. If the second major chosen is either an Arts or Social Sciences or a Science major then this structure would differ as the compulsory Arts/Science units of study in these areas could be counted towards the second major. For a Science major the term 'senior in the table above refers to 'intermediate' and 'senior' Science units of study.

Degree Progression Examples - majors and major combinations

Please click on the links below to download some example major/unit of study combinations for the Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) program.

Please Note: The information listed in these program of study examples are meant as a guide only. Students can complete a greater variety of combinations of majors than those listed below. The information is for students who commenced their degree from 2015. Students should always check the requirements for individual units of study and majors (see information at the bottom of this webpage. Students are advised to plan their degree based upon their individual needs and to contact the Student Information Office if they need any assistance in planning their progression in their degree. For majors from other Faculties, students are advised to contact the relevant Department, Discipline or School for further information on what is needed to complete these majors.

Honours year

For details the honours program, including honours preparation, admission requirements and areas of study available, please check the Honours information on this website.

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