Bachelor of Commerce

Course summary for local students

Year2015 course information
Award granted

Bachelor of Commerce


(i) Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool**, Cloud (Online)


(ii) Offered at Deakin Learning Centres:

Cloud (online)Yes
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3)#

Indicative annual fee 2015$9,832* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers
Tel 03 9244 6555
Deakin Customer Service
Tel 1800 624 316

CRICOS course code001838A
VTAC Codes1400414511 - 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 course code M300
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

Please note:

** 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.

# Trimester 3 intakes are only available at Burwood (Melbourne) for Domestic and International Students. Trimester 3 Cloud (online) mode offerings are only available to Domestic Students.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s Bachelor of Commerce is one of the most flexible business programs available at any Australian university. Bachelor of Commerce graduates will acquire a broad knowledge in all aspects of business.

After a first year of study in key business disciplines, you can choose from a wide range of major sequences in areas such as accounting, business information systems, commercial law, economics, finance, human resource management, management and marketing. You can also choose from specialised areas offered by other faculties such as journalism, sociology, politics and policy studies, languages and psychology (subject to satisfying entry requirements).

You have the option of undertaking a business internship program as part of this course, providing hands on experience in your chosen major sequence.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Commerce can lead to accreditation with many professional bodies, such as the Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) Program of CPA Australia, entry into the CA program of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), the Institute of Public Accountants, the Australian Computer Society (ACS), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) the Economics Society of Australia and the Australian Marketing Institute, providing you meet the specified requirements within the course.

Eligibility may also depend on work place experience and students are advised to consult the professional body.

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.

Details are also available from Faculty Enrolment Officers, who can assist you with course planning.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study.

* The "indicative annual course fee" cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on "indicative course fees" to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Career opportunities

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.

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

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:

Accounting ^
Accounting Information Systems
Business Analytics
Business Information Systems
Commercial Law 
Financial Planning ^
Human Resource Management 
Interactive Marketing 
International Business
International Management
International Trade and Economic Policy
Quantitative Business Analysis
Supply Chain Management
^ M300 Bachelor of Commerce is the recommended pathway to qualify for membership of professional organisations.

Course structure

Core units

MAA103Accounting for Decision Making

MAE101Economic Principles

MAE102The Global Economy

MAF101Fundamentals of Finance

MCA010Communication for Academic Studies (0 credit point unit)

MIS101Business Information Systems

MIS171Business Analytics

MLC101Business Law


MMH299Business Communication

MMK277Marketing Management

Elective units

MIS291Community Based Volunteering A

MIS292Community Based Volunteering B

MIS293Work Based Learning

MIS390Business Internship A

MIS391Business Internship B

MIS393Team Based Learning B

MIS394Industry Based Learning in Business A

MIS395Industry Based Learning in Business B

MIS396Industry Based Learning in Business C

MIS397Industry Based Learning in Business D

MME101Business Academic Skills

MMM233Business and the Environment

MMM241Entrepreneurship and Innovation

MMM385Business in Asia

MMP111Introduction to Property

MMS308Sport Marketing

SHD201Creating Sustainable Futures

SHD301Creating Sustainable Futures

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


The Business Scholars Program (BSP) is open to students of Commerce, Information Systems, Management, Property and Real Estate, Sport Management and Sport Development to recognise, reward and nurture high achieving students admitted to a business degree in the Faculty of Business and Law.

Please refer to the following link for further information:

Entry requirements - general

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.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

Applicants should have successfully completed VCE or equivalent. Prerequisites are units 3 and 4 a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English. Those aged 21 or over on 1 January and who do not hold VCE or equivalent should apply under Alternative Admission. This category is open to those who do not satisfy normal entrance requirements, but can demonstrate relevant work or life experiences.

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

How to apply

Applications for Campus and Cloud (online) study in Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Further study

M400 Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)