Bachelor of Commerce

Course summary for local students

Year

2017 course information

Award granted

Bachelor of Commerce

Campus
Cloud CampusYes
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

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

^Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong) and Cloud (online) only

Tuition fee rateAvailable fee rates for 2017 can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees
Faculty contacts

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

LevelUndergraduate
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

* 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.

 

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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 (technical, 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).  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. 

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, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Economics Society of Australia, 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

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

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 Learning Outcomes

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.

Approved by Faculty Board October 2014

 

Course rules

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), one zero credit point induction unit 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.

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.

Course structure

Core units

MAA103Accounting for Decision Making

MAE101Economic Principles

MAF101Fundamentals of Finance

MIS171Business Analytics

MLC101Business Law

MMK101Marketing Fundamentals

MMM132Management

MWL101Personal Insight

MCA010Communication for Academic Studies (0 credit point unit)

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), or a combination of units (again pre-requisites allowing) chosen by the student.

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

MWL201Community Based Volunteering

MWL202Team Projects

MWL203Work Based Learning

MWL301Team Internship

MWL302Advanced Team Internship

MWL303Business Internship

MWL304Advanced Business Internship

MWL311Industry Based Learning (3mth)

MWL312Industry Based Learning (6mth)

Other elective unit:

MAF367Treasury Operations


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

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLOs)

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Minimum Standards

1.  Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.

  • Apply a broad and coherent knowledge of the scientific disciplines of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and the environment within the chosen major area(s) of study to demonstrate a deep understanding of scientific facts, scientific practices and the edifice of science.
  • Apply technical knowledge and skills and use them in a range of activities, in a professional and/or academic setting within the major area(s) of study; this application of technical knowledge and skills being characterised by:

- Demonstrable in-depth knowledge of scientific methods and tools, and
- Demonstrable proficiency in the utilisation of chosen major area(s) knowledge.;

  • Use hypotheses, laws, facts and theories to investigate, test, analyse, and evaluate scientific data and demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgement and responsibility to argue about characteristics and aspects of scientific theory in the advancement of science.
  • Demonstrate broad knowledge of science concepts, methods, and the nature of science including, what science is and how science works, and the role of Science in society through an in-depth knowledge within (a) chosen major area(s) of study.
  • Consistently and autonomously select and apply technical knowledge and skills to determine acceptable scientific methods of inquiry for observation, experimentation and inference of scientific data.
  • Integrate and apply knowledge safely, within diverse science contexts, to collect and analyse scientific data, to evaluate and investigate of scientific problems, and to interpret and present logical arguments and results taking into account multiple perspectives including ethical, social and political factors underlying scientific breakthroughs.

 

 

2.  Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.

  • Demonstrate listening skills and the ability to use a range of communication skills to accommodate, encourage and answer audience questions.
  • Articulate the boundaries or limits of scientific information, experimental or field data, discuss error, probability, uncertainty, conclusions and arguments.
  • Judge how well to present essential details of scientific procedures, key observations, results and conclusions in a professional manner using appropriate style, language and references including local, national, and international contributions or contexts.
  • Use written, oral, visual and interpersonal communication skills and styles to elaborate and explain on the meaning and implication of scientific results, information, or arguments to specialist and non-specialist audience.
  • Use different genres of communication including formal and informal modes to engage and inform peers, experts and lay person about the nature of science, its implications and impacts and the controversies surrounding scientific inquiry.
  • Use a range of tools and techniques to document details of procedures, key observations, results and conclusions and present a clear and coherent argument to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

 

3.  Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.

  • Use well-developed technical skills, judgement and responsibility to independently locate, analyse, evaluate the merits of, synthesise and disseminate scientific literature, information, data and results.
  • Use web-based resources, digital tools and technology to find, use, evaluate, analyse, synthesise and disseminate scientific information, scientific data and results.

 

 

4.  Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.

  • Locate and evaluate scientific information from multiple sources and use scientific methods and frameworks to structure and plan observations, experimentation or fieldwork investigations.
  • Use critical and analytical thinking and judgement to analyse, synthesise and generate an integrated knowledge, formulate hypotheses and test them against evidence-based scientific concepts and principles.
  • Collect, record and evaluate scientific information or data from a variety of sources including self-selected sources and criteria related to the aims of the inquiry using appropriate methodologies.
  • Systematically and methodically discriminate between assertion or personal opinion and information substantiated by robust evidence.
  • Reveal insightful patterns, differences or similarities by interpreting and evaluating complex view points by asking rigorous questions to formulate hypotheses and test them against scientific facts, laws, principles and evidence.

 

5.  Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic (real world and ill-defined) problems.

  • Use initiative and creativity in planning, identifying and using multiple approaches to recognise, clarify, construct and solve problems taking into account relevant contextual factors.
  • Advocate scientific methodologies, hypotheses, laws, facts and principles to create solutions to authentic real world problems.

 

  • Propose one or more creative solutions that indicates a deep comprehension of the problem, ability to prioritise tasks, reflect on possibilities, judge the pros and cons of various solutions within a given context and formulate a logical solution.
  • Provide detailed and insightful scientific explanation and guidance to implement solutions in a manner that addresses multiple contextual factors and facets of the problem.

 

6. Self-management:          working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.

  • Take personal, professional and social responsibility within changing professional science contexts to develop autonomy as learners and evaluate own performance.
  • Work autonomously, responsibly and safely to solve unstructured problems and actively apply knowledge of regulatory frameworks and scientific methodologies to make informed choices.
  • Consistently consider the scientific context, background information, ethical consideration and intellectual property issues to demonstrate a framework of accountability, honesty and responsibility for own scientific learning.
  • Practice safety policies, compliance procedures and follow regulations when investigating, experimenting or conducting fieldwork and present data and evidence collected with accuracy and rigour, while acknowledging the contributions made by others.

 

7. Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.

  • Work independently and collaboratively as a team to contribute towards achieving team goals and thereby demonstrate interpersonal skills including the ability to brainstorm, negotiate, resolve conflicts, managing difficult and awkward conversations, provide constructive feedback and work in diverse professional, social and cultural contexts.
  • Consistently complete all assigned tasks by deadline, proactively assist others, lead, contribute to ideas and teamwork by engaging in research, constructive discussions, debates, arguments and dissemination of information in a manner that resolves conflicts and germinates ideas for further exploration.

 

8.  Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context

  • Apply scientific knowledge and skills with a high level of autonomy, judgement, responsibility and accountability in collaboration with others to articulate the place and importance of science in the local and global community.
  • Demonstrate ethical, professional, social and cultural awareness and apply a framework of accountability, honesty and responsibility that indicates professionalism, objectivity and an unbiased position when working with others, including members of the society.

 

 Approved by Faculty Board: 28 July 2016

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 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)

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.