Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Commerce

Study Deakin's Bachelor of Commerce to gain a wealth of business knowledge and skills through course material, internships and international experiences.

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Key facts

ATAR

Burwood: 80.00
Waterfront: 64.70
Warrnambool: 57.25
Cloud: N/A
Clearly-in ATAR 2017

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Course information

A Bachelor of Commerce graduate can be confident that they have a philosophy for decision-making that prepares them for the careers of the future.  Studying Commerce at Deakin gives you a world-class degree accredited by AACSB and EPAS.

From accounting, to economics, to marketing, tailor your degree and open up opportunities in every area of business, not for profit organisations and government.

The core of the Bachelor of Commerce is built around three pillars (financial, market and personal acumens) designed to provide a common and comprehensive foundation for students in their first year.  From second year students can extend their knowledge within career focussed, discipline areas (majors and minors). Students must complete one major and will have the option to complete up to two minors which are designed to complement the major and enhance graduate employability. A range of experiential opportunities including internships and international experiences are offered to ensure graduates are professionally ready.  You can also choose from specialised areas offered by other faculties such as public relations, politics and policy studies, languages, and psychology. 

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Commerce students must attain 24 credit points. The 24 credit points include 8 core units, 8 units from a major (you will be required to complete at least one major), and 8 elective units (you may choose to undertake another 8 unit major). Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake 2 trimesters each year.

8

Core units

8

Units from a major

8

Elective units

24

Total units

Core units

  • Accounting for Decision Making MAA103
  • Economic Principles MAE101
  • Fundamentals of Finance MAF101
  • Business Analytics MIS171
  • Law for Commerce MLC101
  • Marketing Fundamentals MMK101
  • Management MMM132
  • Personal Insight MWL101
  • Major Sequences

    Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.

    All students in the Bachelor of Commerce are required to complete at least one major sequence chosen from the following:

    ^ M300 Bachelor of Commerce is the recommended pathway to qualify for membership of professional organisations.

    * Available from 2019. (Students can commence the M300 Bachelor of Commerce in 2018. Units in the major will commence at Warrnambool campus from 2019).

    Minor Sequences

    Refer to the details of each minor sequence for availability.

    All students in the Bachelor of Commerce have the option to complete up to two minor sequences chosen from the following:

    Elective units

    Students may choose up to eight credit points of electives. These may constitute a second commerce major, or a major available in another Faculty (provided any prerequisites can be met), up to two minor sequences (as above) or a combination of units (again pre-requisites allowing) chosen by the student.

    These may include the following Work Integrated Learning (WIL) units offered by the Faculty which are specifically designed to enhance a student’s experience of the workplace:

  • Community Based Volunteering MWL201
  • Team Projects MWL202
  • Work Based Learning MWL203
  • Global Business Experience MWL204
  • Team Internship MWL301
  • Business Internship MWL303
  • Advanced Business Internship MWL304
  • Industry Based Learning (3mth) MWL311
  • Industry Based Learning (6mth) MWL312
  • Key information

    Award granted

    Bachelor of Commerce

    Year

    2018 course information

    VTAC code
    1400414511 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400514511 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400614511 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400714511 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    M300
    CRICOS code
    001838A
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.
    Deakin Learning Centre course codes

    Students who wish to study this course at the Deakin Learning Centres, must enrol into the following course codes:

    Hume Global Learning Centre-Craigieburn - course code M300CR

    Deakin Learning Centre Dandenong - course code M300DA

    Werribee Learning Centre - course code M300WE

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waterfront (Geelong)
      • Warrnambool*
      • Cloud Campus

      Or

      Offered at Deakin Learning Centres:

      • Hume Global Learning Centre Craigieburn
      • Deakin Learning Centre Dandenong
      • Werribee Learning Centre

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waterfront (Geelong)
      • Warrnambool*
      • Cloud Campus

      Or

      Offered at Deakin Learning Centres:

      • Hume Global Learning Centre Craigieburn
      • Deakin Learning Centre Dandenong
      • Werribee Learning Centre

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waterfront (Geelong)~
      • Cloud Campus

    ~ Students commencing at the Waterfront (Geelong) campus will be required to enrol in units offered in Cloud (online) mode in Trimester 3

    * Not all major sequences are available via Campus study at Warrnambool. Students undertaking units in major sequences that are not available in Campus mode may enrol in units offered in Cloud (online) mode.

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    Students admitted to the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) will be given advice on unit selection, however students must take responsibility for planning their own studies within the course structure and course rules.

    Part-time study is available via Campus and Cloud (online) mode.  Part-time study refers to academic workload, not mode of study.

    Workload

    As a student in the Faculty of Business and Law, you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
    In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Entry for school leavers will be based on their performance in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL. Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published clearly-in Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year.

    Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au

    Entry for non school leavers will be based on their performance in:

    • a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
    • a Diploma in any discipline OR
    • successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units OR
    • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent for example relevant work or life experience

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit Deakin Policy Library.

    Helpful information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.

    Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our Trimester 1 2017 cohort of students (PDF, 657.3KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    To be advised (currently pending an announcement from the Australian Government on the 2017-18 Budget).
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)
    To be advised (currently pending an announcement from the Australian Government on the 2017-18 Budget).
    Learn more about fees.

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    The Australian Government recently announced proposed increases to tuition fees for students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP).  It is proposed that CSP fees will increase by 1.8% in 2018 and continue to rise to a total of 7.5% by 2021. The fee rates for 2018 will be available later in the year once the Government has confirmed the 2018 student contribution rates.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Graduate outcomes

    Career outcomes

    There are employment opportunities for Bachelor of Commerce graduates in virtually every area of business and government – in Australia and overseas. Potential careers include becoming a professional accountant, IT and systems professional, economist, financial planner, human resources manager, social and economic policy developer, international trade officer and marketing assistant/manager. As this is a very broad course there are further possibilities in other professions especially if taken with further study.

    Professional recognition

    Graduates who complete the accounting major sequence plus specified finance and commercial law units, provides an opportunity for students  to be eligible to apply for admission to the:

    CA Program of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ)
    Associate membership for the CPA Program, CPA Australia
    IPA Program of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) and
    Exemptions may apply for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

    Graduates who complete the Financial Planning major sequence in the Bachelor of Commerce are eligible to join the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and eligible for entry into the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® Certification Program which is offered by the Financial Planning Association of Australia and is recognised by the Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) as a pathway into the Fellow Chartered Financial Practitioner (FChFP) designation.

    Students should consult with a Faculty course adviser to identify the units required by each professional body, and also consult with the professional body. Eligibility may depend on work place experience.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

    Apply a broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of commerce and its applications

    Communication

    Communicate commerce concepts and information effectively including in oral, written and visual forms in a cohesive and understandable manner to academic audiences, business professionals and laypersons.

    Digital Literacy

    Use technologies to Identify, locate, evaluate, synthesise and disseminate and communicate information in the field of commerce.

    Critical thinking

    Evaluate and critically analyse academic, professional and business information and values.

    Problem Solving

    Identify solutions to a diverse range of authentic problems in commerce.

    Self-management

    Take personal responsibility for actions, self- reflect and critique own performance and identify and plan future professional development.

    Teamwork

    Interact and collaborate with others from a range of disciplines and backgrounds.

    Global Citizenship

    Engage effectively in different environments and contexts reflecting social, sustainable, ethical, economic, and global perspectives in the field of commerce.

     

     

    Application information

    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    If you studied Year 12 in 2017 or you're applying for more than one course offered through VTAC, your application must be made via VTAC.

    Apply Through VTAC

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.

    Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Learning Centre

    Applicants for courses offered at a Deakin Learning Centre can be made directly to Deakin online or via the application form.

    PDF Learning centre application  - 213 KB

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.

    How to apply

    Register your interest to study at Deakin

    Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.

    Entry pathways

    Expand your career options and create pathways into further study. Visit our Honours in Business page for further information.

    Course pathways to obtain Bachelors degree include: 1. Through a Deakin Learning Centre – Study first year at DLC then transfer to online/campus study; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe – Complete one-year diploma, then start your Deakin Course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning; 5. Through Deakin – Start a related course, then transfer to this course.

    Tap the infographic to explore your options

    Disclaimers:
    Through a DLC: Some courses are only available for first year and students must transfer to online or campus based study.
    Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
    Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.

    Further study options

    M400 Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)

    Credit for prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Faculty contact information

    Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers
    Tel 03 9244 6555
    Email buslaw@deakin.edu.au

    I learnt so much about the corporate world and studying overseas was single handily the most amazing, educating and broadening experience of my life.

    Taylar Farquhar

    Bachelor of Commerce

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