Bachelor of Commerce

Course summary for current students

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Award granted Bachelor of Commerce
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code001838A
Deakin course codeM300

* Please note, from 2013 the Geelong-based courses and major sequences offered by the Faculty of Business and Law will be offered from the Geelong Waterfront Campus instead of the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus.


# Trimester 3 intakes are only available at the Melbourne Burwood Campus for Domestic and International Students. Trimester 3 Off Campus offerings are only available to Domestic Students.


** Not all major sequences are available via on campus study at the Warrnambool campus. Students may undertake major sequences not available on campus by enrolling in units via off campus study mode.

 

 


Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Commerce courses at Deakin are some of the most flexible and broadly based business programs on offer at any Australian university.

 

After a common first year of study in key business disciplines, students can choose from a wide range of specialist major sequences without having to lock themselves into one program from the beginning. Also students can choose from specialised areas offered by other faculties such as journalism, sociology, politics and policy studies, languages, psychology, or many other areas of interest (subject to satisfying entry requirements).


Business internship program

The Bachelor of Commerce incorporates a business internship program which provides students with a realistic business experience in their area of specialisation. Two 1-credit-point units, available to final-year students, have been developed to provide experiential learning opportunities which foster the development of practical capabilities and enhance employment prospects for graduates. These units complement each major area of study and are available on all campuses and off campus.

MIS390 Business Internship A
MIS391 Business Internship B

Unit selection

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 studies

Part-time study is available on and off campus. Part-time study refers to academic workload, not mode of study.

Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.

 

Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

Course rules

The BCom is a course of study amounting to 24 credit points.
At least 16 of these credit points must be units offered by the Faculty of Business and Law and must include the 10 credit points of core units and MCA010 ( 0 credit points).

At least one major sequence of 6 credit points must be included.

At least 6 credit points must be taken at level 3, of which 4 must be Faculty of Business and Law units course grouped to a Faculty of Business and Law undergraduate degree.

No more than 10 credit points may be taken at level 1.

 

Full-time enrolment is normally a maximum of 4 credit points per trimester. With the flexibility offered, students are able to choose one, two or even three major sequences within the 24 credit points required to complete the BCom degree. Students may take up to 8 credit points from approved units offered by other faculties.

Major sequences

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

Accounting ^
Accounting Information Systems
Business Information Systems
Business Security Management #
Commercial Law
eBusiness
Economics
Finance
Financial Planning^

Health Informatics  #
Human Resource Management
Interactive Marketing
International Business

International Management
International Trade and Economic Policy~
Management
Marketing

Professional Practice #

Quantitative Business Analysis

Supply Chain Management

Technology Management  #

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

~ previously titled International Trade

# Offered to continuing students only

Course structure

Core units

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Elective units

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Students are encouraged to join international study tours and to undertake internship units offered by the Faculty of Business and Law.

 

* MSC120 Business Information Systems has been replaced by MIS101 Business Information Systems

# MSQ171 Business Data Analysis has been replaced by MIS171 Business Analytics

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Details of major sequences

Accounting (B, S, W, X)^ - unit set code MJ-M30001

Accountants are information specialists. They provide information, which is the only means of summarising the activities and worth of an organisation in a manageable form, as the basis for all review, decision and action throughout virtually every layer of business and government.  An honours year is available upon completion of this major sequence.

Professional recognition
Graduates who complete the accounting major sequence plus specified finance and commercial law units will be eligible to apply for admission to the CA Program of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA), the CPA Program of CPA Australia, the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

 

To check your eligibility for entry to the CA Program of the ICAA click here.

To check your eligibility for entry to the CPA Program of CPA Australia click here.

To check your eligibility for entry to the IPA Program of the Institute of Public Accountants click here.


Career opportunities
You may find employment in accounting positions in the business community, industry, commerce, the service sector or private practice, or work in management consulting, the financial services sector or with government bodies.

 

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Students should consult with their course adviser regarding the units required for professional recognition.
For intending Accounting Honours students MAA302 and MAA303 are strongly recommended units and should be taken as electives.

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

Accounting Information Systems (B, S, W*, X) - unit set code MJ-M30023

Gain an understanding of information systems in an accounting context. You will look at the interaction between information and communications technology and the formal systems of financial control required by business. Learn about the central importance of accounting information in information systems processes and requirements in a business framework.

Career opportunities
You may be employed in roles such as a specialist accountant or business consultant.

 

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* Warrnambool students will be required to undertake two units in online or off campus mode.

Business Information Systems (B, S*, X) - unit set code MJ-M30024

Supplement your business studies with knowledge of the underlying information systems that support modern business processes. Learn about the business applications of information systems and gain the skills and knowledge relevant to understand this dynamic area.

Professional recognition
Graduates who complete this major sequence plus other relevant units will be eligible to apply for membership of the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

Career opportunities
You may find work as an IT professional, business systems programmer, member of implementation teams within corporations or within specialist systems development companies, business analyst or as an adviser to companies who have outsourced their IT function.

 

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* Geelong students will be required to undertake one unit in online or off campus mode.

Business Security Management (B, S*, X) - unit set code MJ-M30027

Offered to continuing students only. For all enquiries contact a student adviser.

Commercial Law (B, S, W*, X) - unit set code MJ-M30002

This major sequence is designed to provide business professionals with a foundation in commercial law. Specialised units such as Sport and the Law, Employment Law and International Commercial Law enable you to work in areas such as sport management, HR management or in an international environment.

Career opportunities
Career opportunities exist as commercial law experts in private and public companies, government bodies, public service and real estate.

 

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* Warrnambool students will be required to undertake one unit in online or off campus mode.

eBusiness (B, S, X) - unit set code MJ-M30025

Learn about information systems, technology and business aspects of online business. Gain an understanding of corporate policy issues, the strategic opportunities eBusiness offers organisations, and prepare yourself for commerce in the 21st century.

Career opportunities
You may work as a consultant or in ‘hands-on’ eBusiness operations, in policy or accounting roles, or in supply chain management within manufacturing, wholesale or retail industries.

 

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Economics (B, S, W, X) - unit set code MJ-M30003

Economics is an important element of any business career or the basis of a specialist career in economic research and policy. Economics is relevant to the study of a whole range of other disciplines: business; finance; international markets and trade; health; transport; democracy and voting patterns; the environment – including policies on global warming; as well as social equity and wellbeing.  An honours year is available upon completion of this major sequence.

Professional recognition
Graduates are eligible for membership of the Economics Society of Australia.  Professional recognition by the Australasian Institute of Banking and Finance is also available.

Career opportunities
An economics major sequence can provide the background for many versatile careers in industry and finance in roles such as an analyst, forecaster, researcher and manager. In government, you may work as a policy researcher and administrator, and in education.

 

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(i) Students intending to complete the Economics, Quantitative Business Analysis and/or the International Trade and Economic Policy major sequence will need to complete 2 distinct units at level 3 from each of the major sequences.
(ii)For intending Economics Honours students joining Honours in 2010 and thereafter:
MAE301 and MAE302 are compulsory units.  Students are also strongly encouraged to take MAE306 and/or MAE305.

^ MET code denotes study tour version of the unit.

Finance (B, S, W*, X) - unit set code MJ-M30005

Finance is all about decision making. Do I buy or sell, invest or borrow? Finance specialists research and analyse the financial aspects of organisations and provide advice on investments. Studying finance will give you a broad understanding of the structure and operations of financial markets in Australia, plus the theory and techniques underlying financial management.   An honours year is available upon completion of this major sequence.

Career opportunities
You may find employment opportunities in banking, brokering, credit analysis, funds management, insurance, international finance, risk management, securities analysis or treasury management.

 

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(i) Students who completed MAF101 in 2001 are ineligible to study MAF202.
(ii) At least two of the following units MAF302, MAF307 and MAF384 are compulsory units for intending Finance Honours students.
(iii) The units MAF305, MAF306/MFT306, MAF256.MAE356 and MAF308 are highly recommended units for intending Finance Honours students.

* Warrnambool students will be required to undertake one unit in off campus or online mode.

# MFT code denotes study tour version of the unit.

Financial Planning (B, S, W*, X)^ - unit set code MJ-M30014

Choosing a major sequence in financial planning will provide you with the skills you need to attain your own personal financial goals and to develop the expertise to advise others in a professional capacity. Financial planners specialise in key financial areas, including retirement taxation, investment and estate planning. You will examine both the theoretical framework of financial planning, plus the practical application of the theories and strategies.

Professional recognition
Graduates of this course are eligible to join the Financial Planning Association (FPA).

Career opportunities
Financial planners are innovative and lateral in their thinking, they are up to date with the latest changes and they are committed to providing sound, independent and ethical advice.

 

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(i) Students may be required to undertake additional units if seeking RG146 and should check the ASIC website.

(ii) Financial planning students intending to undertake an Honours degree must also complete the Finance major sequence.

* Warrnambool students will be required to undertake one unit in online or off campus mode.

Health Informatics (B*, S*, X) - unit set code MJ-M30029

Offered to continuing students only. For all enquiries contact a student adviser.

Human Resource Management (B, S, W*, X)~ - unit set code MJ-M30006

People management is one of the fastest growing fields of professional employment. HR management includes recruitment, selection, training and development, workplace diversity, employee relations, performance and change management, and remuneration. You will also gain invaluable counselling, mediation and negotiation skills that will stand you in good stead in any field you enter in the future.  An honours year is available upon completion of this major sequence.

Career opportunities
Career options include working in training and development in a variety of areas such as an equal employment opportunity officer, or a human resources practitioner or officer in business, industry and government.

 

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~ Students undertaking a Human Resource Management major sequence in a combined Commerce course are advised to select only level 3 elective units from the above listing.

* Warrnambool students will be required to undertake three units in online or off campus mode.

Interactive Marketing (B, S*, X) - unit set code MJ-M30026

Discover how you can market via the use of new and emerging technologies. Interactive marketing combines the principles of marketing and online marketing with the hands-on experience of internet development and the issues of managing new technologies.

Career opportunities
Careers in this field include marketing communication roles, online marketing strategist, web designer, market research analyst and marketing manager.

 

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* Geelong students will be required to undertake one unit in off campus or online mode.

International Business (B) - unit set code MJ-M30016

An understanding of the international business environment can turn a small business into a global giant. Develop the skills involved in the analysis of international markets, plus the personal skills and attitudes required to successfully engage in international business. You will study units with an international focus drawn from a wide range of business disciplines.

Career opportunities
Opportunities exist working with economic or management consultancies, financial institutions, government bodies, industry associations and major corporations.

 

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International Management (B, S*, X) - unit set code MJ-M30034

Business now operates in a dynamic global environment. Deakin has introduced this major sequence in response to the need for graduates who have the appropriate skills and knowledge to embrace this demanding and complex field.   You will focus on international managerial issues and the impact these global forces have on domestic business.

Career opportunities
This new major sequence responds to the ever-increasing complexities of international business in a dynamic and highly integrated world business environment. Graduates can expect to take on roles in industry, public or private sector, manufacturing, retail trade, agriculture locally or internationally.

 

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International Trade and Economic Policy~ (B, S, W*, X) - unit set code MJ-M30015

Acquire a sound understanding of the economic basis to trade and the institutions and market structures underlying global commerce. Gain the essential background in economics and, in particular, international trade, which business operators need to be successful participants in the global economy.   You will study the economic, political and cultural characteristics of the major trading regions, including North America, Western and Eastern Europe and the Middle East, but with a strong emphasis on Asian trade.

Career opportunities
Graduates can be found working in all aspects of international business, both in Australia and overseas, undertaking roles in trade promotion, government departments, banking and general business management.

 

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Students intending to complete the Economics, Quantitative Business Analysis and/or the International Trade and Economic Policy major sequences will need to complete 2 distinct units at level 3 from each of the major sequences.

* Warrnambool students will be required to undertake two units in off campus or online mode.

~ previously titled International Trade

^ MET code denotes study tour version of the unit.

Management (B, S, W*, X)~ - unit set code MJ-M30008

Examine change, innovation and technology, globalisation, quality service cultures, participation and performance to develop the management skills of communication, problem solving, planning, organising, managing change and working cooperatively.
An honours year is available upon completion of this major sequence.

Professional recognition
Graduates may be eligible for affiliate status membership of the Australian Institute of Management (AIM).

Career opportunities
You may find employment in management positions in the private and public sectors, operations or strategic management.

 

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~ Students undertaking a Management major sequence in a combined Commerce course are advised to select only level 3 elective units from the above listing.

* Warrnambool students will be required to undertake one unit in online or off campus mode.

Marketing (B, S, W, X) - unit set code MJ-M30010

Marketing is about relationships with customers and involves developing, maintaining and enhancing those relationships. Modern marketing is about adding value to the customer experience and building a relationship between buyers and sellers that benefits both.
You will gain knowledge of marketing in domestic and international markets.  An honours year is available upon completion of this major sequence.

Professional recognition
Professional recognition by the Australian Marketing Institute and the Market Research Society of Australia is available.

Career opportunities
Career options include working in advertising, brand/product management, customer relations management, event management, marketing research, public relations, retailing, web design and sales management.

 

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Professional Practice (B, S, W, X) - unit set code MJ-M30031

Offered to continuing students only. For all enquiries contact a student adviser.

Quantitative Business Analysis (B, S*, X) - unit set code MJ-M30011

Gain the quantitative skills required in business. Learn the techniques for optimising performance in areas such as market research, cost minimisation, risk analysis, insurance, forecasting and quality assurance.

Career opportunities
You may find work as a business analyst, business researcher, data analyst, economist, intelligence analyst, portfolio analyst, risk manager or workforce planner.

 

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(i) Students intending to complete the Economics, Quantitative Business Analysis and/or the International Trade and Economic Policy major sequences will need to complete 2 distinct units at level 3 from each of the major sequences.

* Geelong students will be required to undertake one unit in online or off campus mode.

Supply Chain Management (B, S, X) - unit set code MJ-M30033

Supply chain management is about managing the flow of materials, information and finances, from supplier to manufacturer, and retailer to end-consumer. It deals with the manufacturing, storage, and delivery of goods to end consumers. Learn the importance of an efficient supply chain operation within an organisation and obtain the skills to implement effective performance, taking into account customer expectations and demands.

Career opportunities
Opportunities exist in a range of industries such as retail, transportation, manufacturing, and many more. You may find employment as a warehouse manager, supply chain manager, purchasing manager, transportation manager, operations manager, eBusiness manager, electronic trading manager, order fulfilment manager, strategic sourcing manager, logistics manager or manager of procurement.

 

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Technology Management (B*, S/G, X) - unit set code MJ-M30030

Offered to continuing students only. For all enquiries contact a student adviser.

 

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