Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (BCom/MBBS)

Course CodeBPCOMMES2000
Course TypeUndergraduate
Credit Points Required 336
CRICOS codeN/A

Description

Please Note. This combined degree is for students who commenced study before 2013. Students who commence study from 2014 will be enrolled in the new Bachelor of Commerce and Doctor of Medicine degree.

You might be surprised to learn that the skills you gain through a Bachelor of Commerce also benefit a number of careers within the medical profession. This unique seven year full-time (or equivalent part-time) combined Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery degree program allows you to study the management and conduct of business while gaining a professional qualification in medicine. Business skills are highly valued within the medical profession. For example, doctors in private practice need a solid grounding in business in order to establish and maintain a thriving practice. Medical professionals in supervisory roles, such as hospital chief executives, require high-level management skills to successfully coordinate staff, manage large budgets and make important administrative decisions.

Degree structure

Please Note: This information is for 2013 commencing students. Students who commenced their degree prior to 2013 should refer to the course structure set out in the handbook of the year they commenced study. Archived handbooks can be accessed on the Handbooks website.

To be awarded the Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, students must successfully complete units of study with a total value of 336 credit points, comprising:

  1. all requirements for the Bachelor of Commerce degree (units of study with a total value of 144 credit points) as set out under Bachelor of Commerce degree requirements, in the minimum time allowed and maintaining a credit average (65 percent)
  2. all requirements for the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (units of study with a total value of 192 credit points) as outlined in the Sydney Medical School handbook.

This combined degree program is sequenced so that successful students proceed first through the Bachelor of Commerce degree and then onto the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.

Bachelor of Commerce degree structure

To be awarded the Bachelor of Commerce in the combined degree, students must successfully complete units of study with a total value of 144 credit points, comprising:

  • seven core Commerce units of study (36 credit points) comprising five junior units (including a zero credit point unit) and six credit point a senior capstone unit.
  • a compulsory major selected from the Commerce subject areas
  • 18 credit points in compulsory Science junior units of study
  • one zero credit point compulsory medicine (SMTP) unit of study
  • no more than 60 credit points in junior units of study (1000-level)
  • at least 96 credit points in units of study from the Business School and School of Economics

Students who commenced study in this degree should refer to the degree structure outlined in the handbook of the year they commenced study.

Commerce core units of study

(i) Junior units of study (30 credit points)

Students must complete BUSS1001 and BUSS1900 in their first semester of enrolment.

^ 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.

(ii) Senior (capstone) unit of study (six credit points)

The capstone unit of study must be completed in a student's last semester of study.

Transitional arrangements for 2011 and 2012 commencing students

From 2012, ECOF1003, ECOF1004 and ACCT1005 will no longer be offered and students who have not completed these units must complete the substitute unit as indicated in the following table (i.e. BUSS1001, BUSS1002 and BUSS1030). Students who commenced study in 2011 can still count ECMT1010 and ECON1001 as junior core units. However, if 2011 continuing students have not yet completed these units, it is recommended that they complete BUSS1020 and BUSS1040 instead.

Students commencing study prior to 2013 are not required to complete BUSS1900 as a core unit.

2011 junior core unit 2012 junior core unit

ECOF1003 Understanding Business (formerly Business Contexts A)

BUSS1001 Understanding Business

ECOF1004 The Business Environment (formerly Business Contexts B)

BUSS1002 The Business Environment

ACCT1005 Accounting, Business and Society

BUSS1030 Accounting, Business and Society

ECMT1010 Business and Economic Statistics A

BUSS1020 Quantitative Business Analysis

ECON1001 Introductory Microeconomics*

BUSS1040 Economics for Business Decision Making*

The senior capstone core unit from 2012 is BUSS3500. This unit substitutes for ECOF3010.

* Note. BUSS1040 and ECON1001 are not prohibitions for each other. Pre-2013 continuing students can choose to complete both BUSS1040 and ECON1001 (depending on degree requirements).

Compulsory Faculty of Science units of study

Students must complete three six credit point junior units of study from each of the following Science subject areas (18 credit points in total):

Compulsory Medicine (SMTP) unit of study

As part of this program, students are required to complete the following zero-credit point unit of study:

  • SMTP3007 elective unit of study (for completion in the third year of enrolment). This unit is a field of interest unit of study approved by both the Sydney Medical School and the Business School.

Bachelor of Commerce majors and electives

In the Bachelor of Commerce component, students select one major from the 'Commerce subject areas' to fulfil the requirements of their degree. A major consists of a minimum of 36 credit points in senior units of study (usually six units) in a single subject area. Senior units may only be counted towards one 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.

Students who commenced study prior to 2013 should refer to the handbook of the year they commenced study for major options.

Please Note. Because of the nature of this combined program and to prerequisites and other limitations, not all major combinations maybe available within this combined degree program.

Progression guide

The following table illustrates a degree progression example of the first three years of study for a student enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery on a full-time basis undertaking units of study with a total of (24 credit points) per semester.

In this table, core units of study for the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) are indicated in 'bold' type, compulsory Science units of study are in 'italics' and compulsory Medicine prerequisite units of study are in 'bold italics'.

Year / Semester Unit of study 1 Unit of study 2 Unit of study 3 Unit of study 4 Unit of study 5 Total credit points

Year 1 / Semester 1

BUSS1001

BUSS1900

BUSS1030

BUSS1040

Science junior (compulsory)

24

Year 1 / Semester 2

BUSS1002

BUSS1020

BCom junior (elective of major)

Science junior (compulsory)

24

Year 2 / Semester 1

BCom senior (major)

BCom junior or senior (major or elective)

BCom senior (major or elective)

Science junior (compulsory)

24

Year 2 / Semester 2

BCom senior (major)

BCom senior (major)

BCom senior (major or elective)

BCom senior (major or elective)

24

Year 3 / Semester 1

BCom senior (major)

BCom senior (major)

BCom senior (major or elective)

BCom senior (major or elective)

SMTP3007

24

Year 3 / Semester 2

BUSS3500

BCom senior (major)

BCom senior (major or elective)

BCom senior (major or elective)

24

Please Note: The information listed in this example is based on the unit of study offerings for 2013 and is intended as a guide only. Students are usually able to complete the units of study for their course in different sequences to that which is listed (including enrolling in units in Summer or Winter School sessions when available). Students are advised to plan their course based upon their individual needs and to contact the Student Information Office if they need any assistance in planning their progression in their degree.

Progression requirements for the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

The end of the third year, full-time students should have completed the requirements for their Commerce degree. Students who maintain a minimum credit average (65 percent) or above and successfully complete all required Science and 'SMTP' units of study may be eligible to apply for admission to candidature for the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. Students must meet the admission requirements set out on Sydney Medical School website in order to progress onto the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. After admission, they will then complete an additional four years of study. (For details, please refer to the Sydney Medical School Handbook or the Sydney Medical School website). If a student fails to satisfy the minimum requirements for admission to the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees, they will be transferred to candidature for the Bachelor of Commerce degree only.

Accreditation

Within the Bachelor of Commerce component of the combined degree, students may choose to pursue a program of study that would allow them to seek accreditation with particular professional bodies. See Bachelor of Commerce for details of available professional accreditation requirements.

Honours

Students may choose to complete an additional honours year in their Bachelor of Commerce. Students must successfully complete an additional honours year of study. For details of this program, students should refer to the honours information listed under the Bachelor of Commerce.

Further information

For further information regarding the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery component of this course and information regarding admissions please refer to the Sydney Medicial School website.

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