Bachelor of Commerce

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 degree is designed in consultation with industry leaders, graduate recruiters, current students and alumni. Core units of study have been designed to progressively develop your knowledge and skills, to help you transition from school to university and then into the world of business with confidence. The University of Sydney Business School’s Bachelor of Commerce program offers its students a strong commercial grounding in the main areas of business, preparing you for a career in virtually any field, anywhere in the world. It also offers you the flexibility to combine speciality study in a wide range of majors, allowing you to tailor your degree to suit your career aspirations and help you to get where you want to go.

The Sydney Bachelor of Commerce program gives you exposure to practical business cases and experiences, drawn from our wide network of Australian and international business partners, and taught by some of the most dedicated and experienced educators in the world.

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.

OVERVIEW

The three-year full-time (or equivalent part-time) Bachelor of Commerce will prepare you for a successful career in business. The program combines theory with practice to teach you how businesses operate and gives you the analytical, technical, and practical skills to apply your knowledge effectively in the business world. Our core units will provide you with grounding in areas such as accounting, economics and business statistics.

Building on this foundation, you can choose up to two majors. At least one major will be from the following areas of study: accounting, business analytics, business information systems, commercial law, econometrics, economics, finance, industrial relations and human resource management, international business, management and marketing. You might choose to focus your study to pursue a particular professional qualification, or to explore many different areas to gain a broad and versatile business education.

In addition to a major from the Business School or School of Economics, you have the option to choose a major or electives from many of the University’s other faculties. This gives you the opportunity to follow other interests or gain skills in areas that will benefit your career in business. For example, you might choose to enhance your employment prospects by learning a language through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Course outline


Structure



This degree may be undertaken full-time over three years or on a part-time basis over a minimum of six years.



The Bachelor of Commerce requires the completion of units of study worth 144 credit points, comprising:




  • seven core units of study (36 credit points)


  • a compulsory Commerce major


  • a second major and/or elective units of study from the Business School, School of Economics or from other faculties of the University of Sydney



Core units of study



All students complete six core units of study (five junior core units and a senior capstone core unit). Full-time students must complete all five junior core units of study in a set sequence within their first year of enrolment. The senior core/ capstone unit is completed in the final year of enrolment.



Junior core units




  • BUSS1001 Understanding Business


  • BUSS1900 Managing Business Communication A (zero credit point unit)


  • BUSS1002 The Business Environment


  • BUSS1020 Quantitative Business Analysis


  • BUSS1030 Accounting, Business and Society


  • BUSS1040 Economics for Business Decision Making



Senior core unit (capstone)




  • BUSS3500 Integrated Business Applications



Majors and electives for 2015



In the Sydney Bachelor of Commerce, 2015 commencing students select at least one major from the following 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 2000 or 3000 level units) in a single subject area. Subject to degree requirements, you may also complete a second major and/or electives from the Business School or from the faculties of Agriculture and Environment; Arts and Social Sciences; Education and Social Work; Science; Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) (electives only); or other faculties of the University of Sydney. The degree structure provides for the completion of two majors, which can be an asset in a competitive job market.


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. A major consists of at least 36 credit points in senior (2000/3000-level) units of study or at least six senior units of study (six credit points each) from a single area of study. Senior units of study cannot be counted towards more than one major.

Majors in the Business School 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 Bachelor of Commerce, at least one major from the following areas of study is completed: Accounting, Business Analytics, Business Information Systems, Commercial Law, Econometrics, Economics, Finance, Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, or Marketing - see "Core majors" below for further information. Additional majors may be completed from the 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), 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), Statistics (Faculty of Science), or a language from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The full range of available majors is listed below under "Optional majors"

Core majors

Optional majors

Further course information

Progression rules

All students complete seven core units of study - including a zero credit point unit (24 junior credit points + six senior credit points = 36 credit points) and at least one major (minimum 36 credit points of senior units of study) from Bachelor of Commerce subject areas.

All junior core units are completed in a set sequence in a students’ first year and the senior capstone core unit is completed in the final year. A second major or elective units of study may be undertaken from any of these subject areas, or from approved subject areas offered by any other faculties of the University of Sydney, subject to degree requirements. A student may not count a unit of study toward more than one major. A student may not complete more than 60 credit points in junior units of study and must complete at least 96 credit points in units of study offered by the Business School and School of Economics. A standard full-time enrolment is 24 credit points per semester; less than 18 credit points per semester is considered to be 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 Bachelor of Commerce, 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 allow for students to take part in the Business School'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 graduates enter a wide range of careers, including: accountancy, banking and financial management, research and consulting, human resource management and industrial relations, advertising and market research, marketing and sales, business analysis, policy analysis and formulation, foreign affairs and public sector management.

The dedicated Careers and Employer Relations Office (CEO) in the 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 Business School was the first 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 Business School 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 Accounts Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ)
  • Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI)
  • CFA Institute® Program Partner

Refer to the Business School (Undergraduate) Handbook for further details.

Further study

An additional honours year of study is available to Sydney Bachelor of Commerce 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 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 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.

Assumed knowledge: Mathematics. Other assumed knowledge depends on the first-year subjects selected.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

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

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics.

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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