Bachelor of Commerce

Course summary for local students


2016 course information

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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)#

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016$10,023 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016Not applicable
Faculty contacts

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

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)
CRICOS course code001838A
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:

This new course version commences in Trimester 1 2016

Trimester 3 2015 commencing students, please refer to the below link:

M300 Bachelor of Commerce (prior to 2016)

** 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

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).

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 considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.

Full-fee paying (FFP)
A full-fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course.

Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

Fee information for all domestic students
The current Federal Government has proposed a number of major reforms for the higher education sector (see the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014), including fee deregulation in respect of domestic student fees. This legislation may be reintroduced to the parliament in the latter half of 2015 and if passed, will impact on the CSP and FFP course fees applicable in 2016.

* Therefore, the indicative annual course fee shown is 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 full-time study within the specified discipline. The 2016 CSP and FFP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline 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 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search. Should a change in Government policy affect the cost of units offered, the website will be updated as soon as possible.

The fees per unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This information is provided as a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email au for more information about 2016 fees.

Fee payment assistance
Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or FFP, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

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 8 credit points of core units and MCA010 (0 credit points).

At least one major sequence of 8 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 or two 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:


Business Analytics

Commercial Law



Financial Planning^

Human Resource Management

International Trade


Management Information Systems


^ 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


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) a second commerce major (as above),
(b) a major available in another Faculty (provided any prerequisites can be met), or
(c) 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 unit(s) offered by the Faculty which are specifically designed to enhance a student’s experience of the workplace:

MWL201Community Based Volunteering

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


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:

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


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.


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


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

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)