Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)

Course CodeFH027
Course TypeUndergraduate
Credit Points Required 144
CRICOS code012849G

Description

This degree is only available for students who commenced prior to 2011. All commencing students from 2011 must enrol in FH037 Bachelor of Commerce.

This three year (full-time) program provides students with the opportunity to study in areas that are of particular relevance to the management and conduct of business, such as accounting, business information systems, commercial law, econometrics, economics, finance, industrial relations and human resource management, international business, management, management decision sciences, and marketing. Depending on the units of study chosen, this award course may also be recognised by CPA Australia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, the Australian Computer Society, and the Australian Human Resources Institute.

Course Rules

To be awarded the Bachelor of Commerce, students must successfully complete a total of 144 credit points, comprising:

  • 11 core units of study (66 credit points)
  • a major or an extended major selected from the Commerce subject areas
  • a second major or elective units of study selected from the Commerce subject areas or from the Faculties of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Arts, Education and Social Work or Science.
  • No more than 60 credit points in junior units of study (1000-level)
  • At least 96 credit points in units of study from the Faculty of Economics and Business (no more than 48 credit points in units from another faculty).

Please Note: Students who commenced their degree in 2006 may complete their degree under the 2006 degree resolutions outlined in the 2006 Faculty Handbook. Students who commenced prior to 2010 must complete their degree under the degree resolutions of the year they commenced. (Please refer to the Handbook of the year of commencement for details).

Core units of study

Junior units of study (42 credit points):

  • ACCT1001 Accounting 1A
  • ACCT1002 Accounting 1B
  • ECMT1010 Business and Economic Statistics A
  • ECON1001 Introductory Microeconomics
  • ECON1002 Introductory Macroeconomics
  • INFS1000 Digital Business Innovation Business Information Systems Foundations
  • MKTG1001 Marketing Principles

Senior units of study (24 credit points):

  • CISS2001 Business in the Global Environment *
  • FINC2011 Corporate Finance I
  • WORK2218 People and Organisations
  • ECOF3001 Business Strategy #

* Students who commenced their degree prior to 2008, may complete either CISS2001 or GOVT2558 to meet core unit requirements for their degree. From 2012, CISS2001 will no longer be offered. Students who have not completed this unit will have to substitute it with BUSS1002 The Business Environment.

# From 2012, ECOF3001 will no longer be offered. Students who have yet to complete this unit will complete BUSS3500 Integrated Business Applications as a substitution.

For the availability of units listed above please refer to the University's Online unit of study handbook.

Majors and Extended Majors

Students must complete at least one Commerce major (or extended major) from the options listed in the table below to meet degree requirements. For most majors, students must complete at least 36 credit points in senior units of study (usually six units) in a single subject area. For an extended major, students must complete at least 48 credit points in senior units (usually eight units) in a single subject area. The exact requirements for majors differ and students should refer to the individual majors listed below for details.

Commerce subject areas for majors

Accounting

Business Information Systems

Commercial Law

Econometrics

Economics

Finance

Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management

International Business

Management

Marketing

Operations Management and Decision Sciences *

* The Quantitative Business Analysis major will replace the Operations Management and Decision Sciences major in 2012. Continuing students can choose to complete either an Operations Management and Decision Sciences major or complete the requirements for the new Quantitative Business Analysis major.

Students may select additional majors and/or electives offered by the Business School and School of Economics (formerly the Faculty of Economics and Business or from the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Science, Education and Social Work, Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources or from other faculties of the University of Sydney (subject to approval by the Business School). For details of majors from other faculties, students should consult the handbook for the relevant faculty.

Due to prerequisites and other limitations not all combinations of majors are possible. Senior units of study cannot be counted towards more than one major or extended major.

Progression guide

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

Year / SemesterUnit of study 1Unit of study 2Unit of study 3Unit of study 4Total credit point
Year 1
Semester 1

junior core

junior core

junior core

junior core OR junior requirement for major OR junior elective

24

Year 1
Semester 2

junior core

junior core

junior core

junior core (or senior core) OR junior requirement for major OR junior elective

24

Year 2
Semester 1

senior for major

junior OR senior core

senior core

senior elective OR senior for 2nd major

24

Year 2
Semester 2

senior for major

junior OR senior core

senior core

senior elective OR senior for 2nd major

24

Year 3
Semester 1

senior for major

senior for major

senior elective OR senior for 2nd major

senior elective OR senior for 2nd major

24

Year 3
Semester 2
senior for major

senior for major

senior elective OR senior for 2nd major

ECOF3001/BUSS3500

24

Note. More core units than the six shown in this table can be completed in a student's first year of study if desired and all senior core units including the capstone unit, ECOF3001/BUSS3500, are offered for both Semester 1 and Semester 2 enrolments.

Possible Economics and Business Major Combinations for the Bachelor of Commerce

Accreditation

Professional Accounting Accreditation

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 Accounting major. For further information regarding accreditation requirements contact either CPA Australia or ICAA.

Australian Computer Society (ACS) accreditation

Students planning to satisfy the entry requirements of the ACS should include in their course a prescribed set of units of study, including a major in Business Information Systems. Required units of study are listed under the Business Information Systems major.

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.

Honours Year

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