Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies)

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

KEY FEATURES

The Sydney Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) is a customised degree with breadth and flexibility, and is recognised as a prestigious qualification both in Australia and abroad. Students are provided with an opportunity to develop enhanced communication skills and an unrivalled depth of knowledge. We provide a rich learning environment comprising an elite group of high-achieving students with a diverse range of interests.

OVERVIEW

The four-year full-time (or equivalent part-time) Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) enables you to choose up to three majors and more elective units than you would be able to complete in a three-year program.

You can choose majors that appeal to your interests from outside of the usual suite of business degrees, including languages, humanities and sciences. This depth of choice allows you to develop skills that go above and beyond, helping to set you apart from the pack when you graduate.

Employers often look for graduates with proficiency in more than one area of expertise, so the high-level skills in critical thinking and decision making that you will acquire from this degree will set you apart in an increasingly competitive employment market.

We offer students an opportunity to work for a leading firm, through our Industry Placement Program. Students are encouraged to incorporate either an exchange program or semester of independent study abroad into their degree.

Course outline


This degree can only be undertaken full-time over four years or part-time over a minimum of eight years.



The Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) requires the completion of  units of study to the value of 192 credit points, comprising:




  • four core units of study


  • a major selected from the Major I subject areas


  • a major selected from the Major II subject areas


  • a third optional major and/or electives from the Business School or other faculties of the University of Sydney (subject to degree requirements).



Core units of study



Students must complete three core junior units of study (1000 level) in their first year of study and a senior  capstone unit (3000 level) in their final semester of study.



Junior units




  • BUSS1001 Understanding Business


  • BUSS1900 Managing Business Communication A


  • BUSS1002 The Business Environment



Senior (capstone) unit




  • BUSS3500 Integrated Business Applications



Compulsory units of study



Students must also complete at least 24 credit points of study from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (`Table A' subject areas) and at least 12 credit points of study from the Faculty of Science (`Table 1' subject areas).



Majors



Students are required to complete two majors selected from `Major I' and `Major II' subject areas. For 2015, the available majors are as follows:



Major I




Major II




  • any subject area listed above under Major I


  • a subject area offered by the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment


  • a subject area from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences e.g. Agricultural Economics, Economics, History or a language.


  • a subject area from the Faculty of Science e.g. Computer Science, Financial Mathematics and Statistics, Geography or Psychology.



The `Major II' major must be different to the one chosen from the 'Major I subject areas'.



Students can also complete an optional third major from Business School or any other faculty of the University of Sydney (subject to degree requirements) e.g. an Education major from the Faculty of Education and Social Work or electives from the Sydney College of the Arts (SCA).


Majors

What is a major?

A major is usually a three-year defined sequence of study (in some cases, a two-year sequence), generally comprising specified units of study in a particular subject area. In most cases, a major consists of 36 credit points in senior (2000/3000 level) or intermediate (2000) and senior (3000) units of study. Senior and intermediate units of study cannot be counted towards more than one major. For the exact requirements of individual majors students should consult the relevant faculty handbook.

All Business School majors require the completion of at least one junior (1000-level) prerequisite units of study (six credit points each). Junior units may be prerequisites for the major itself and/or for senior units within the major's subject area. Junior units may be used as prerequisites for majors or senior elective units in more than one subject area.

For the Sydney Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) at least two majors from the two designated lists of majors are completed. Additional majors may be completed from the University of Sydney Business School or any other faculty of the University of Sydney (subject to approval by the offering faculty and degree requirements) for example, Agricultural Economics (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences), Computer Science (Faculty of Science), Environment and Resource Economics (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences), Environmental Studies (Faculty of Science), Financial Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science), Geogrpahy (Faculty of Science), Government and International Relations (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences), Mathematics (Faculty of Science), Philosophy (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences), Political Economy (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences), Psychology (Faculty of Science), Statistics (Faculty of Science), or a langauge from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The full range of available majors is listed below under "Core majors"

Core majors

Optional majors

Further course information

Progression rules

All students complete four core units of study (18 credit points - including a zero credit point unit ), 24 credit points from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and 12 credit points from the Faculty of Science and two majors from the specified Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) subject areas (listed as Major I and Major II).

All junior core units are completed in a students’ first year of study. In addition to the required majors, an additional major or elective units of study may be undertaken from any approved subject areas offered by any other faculty of the University of Sydney, subject to degree requirements.

A student may not complete more than 96 credit points in junior units of study and must complete at least 108 credit points in units of study offered by the University of Sydney Business School. No more than 84 credit points may be undertaken in units of study offered by other faculties.

A standard full-time enrolment is a maximum of 24 credit points per semester; less than 18 credit points per semester is considered part-time. A student may not enrol in a unit of study, before meeting any prerequisites and corequisites for that unit of study.

What is an elective?

An elective is a unit of study within a degree, usually an option within a course. Electives allow more detailed study of a particular subject.

For the Sydney Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies), electives can be selected from the University of Sydney Business School or from the any other faculties within the university (subject to approval by the offering faculty and degree requirements).

Course opportunities

Most subject areas within the Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) allow for students to take part in the faculty’s Student Exchange Program. The program involves you attending a host university overseas for a period of time (usually one or two semesters) before returning to complete your studies in Sydney. The program is literally a ‘swap’ of students between the universities, which means you can undertake approved overseas study and have the credits you achieve there count towards your degree at Sydney.

Credited towards your degree, the Business School also has an Industry Placement Program. Highly coveted by students, acceptance into the programs unit of study is competitive. The unit provides a preparation course before you enter the work placement for nine weeks. At the end of your placement, you are assessed based through a work-learning journal, your preparation of a business report that integrates your prior learning with your industry experience, and a presentation with the other students enrolled in the program.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Sydney Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) graduates have the same employment opportunities as Commerce graduates with the added scope of careers requiring skills in the arts and sciences. Previous graduates have developed careers in journalism, policy analysis, international aid and a vast number of other fascinating areas.

The dedicated Careers and Employability Office (CEO) in the University of Sydney Business School provides access to advice, resources and a wide range of opportunities and employer activities in the corporate and public sectors.

Course accreditation

The University of Sydney Business School is actively involved in quality assurance and accreditation activities aimed at further enhancing the quality of our teaching, research and community-related programs. We strive for excellence and this has earned us the top international accreditations available to business schools and enabled us to forge strategic alliances.

These include: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), of which the faculty is the only Australian business school to achieve accreditations in both business and accounting (aacsb.edu); EQUIS, the quality assurance arm of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) (efmd.org) and CEMS - the Global Alliance in Management Education. The faculty is the only Australian business school to be admitted to CEMS (cems.org), which is a prestigious alliance of 17 renowned European business schools, nine non-European academic institutions, and 60 of the world's leading multinational corporations.

Professional accrediations

For certain career options, external accreditation is a requirement for entering the workforce. Further accreditations are available to students who complete the requirements and meet eligibility criteria for the following:

  • CPA Australia
  • Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ)
  • Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI)
  • Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)

For full details of these accreditations refer the Business School (Undergraduate) Handbook.

Further study

An additional honours year of study is available to Sydney Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) students who complete their degree with meritorious achievement. The final honours year involves a combination of coursework and a thesis which gives students the opportunity to conduct meaningful research in a particular area of interest.

About honours

In some of the more specialised careers open to Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) graduates, employers may be looking for a level of specialisation that is not provided by a pass degree. Similarly, if a student wishes to qualify for specialised postgraduate research study, a pass degree is not normally sufficient. An additional honours year considerably enhances a qualification, and singles students out to an employer as having exceptional ability.

The Sydney Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) honours year, provides knowledge and training for candidates in research methods as well as experience in planning, performing and writing up research under the guidance of a supervisor. This year involves a combination of coursework and research toward the writing of a short thesis.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for domestic mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications for the University's undergraduate courses are made though the Universities Admission Centre (UAC).

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply:

(i) directly to the University's International Office,

(ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent), or

(iii) through the Universities Admissions Centre, for students applying on the basis of a current Australian Year 12 secondary school examination, or studying either an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2014 your student contribution may differ.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

International students

Indicative international tuition fees for undergraduate students

This international tuition fee is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact tuition fees that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

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