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  • Objectives
    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.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants should have successfully completed VCE or equivalent. Prerequisites are units 3 and 4 a study score of at least 25 in English (ESL) 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.
  • Academic title
    Bachelor of Commerce
  • Course description
    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, the Australian Computer Society (ACS), the Economics Society of Australia and the Australian Marketing Institute, providing you meet the specified requirements within the course.

     Details are 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. All Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and holders of a permanent visa will receive a Student Learning Entitlement (SLE). The SLE entitles a student to the equivalent of 7 years of full time study in a Commonwealth supported place.

    * 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 2009, 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.
    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 core units.

    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 (all Commerce units are worth 1 credit point).

    All commencing students are required to successfully complete at least one wholly online unit.

    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 majors 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
    Business Systems Implementation #
    Business Systems Management #
    Commercial Law
    Electronic Commerce Implementation #
    Electronic Commerce Management #
    Facilities Management
    Financial Planning

    Health Informatics
    Human Resource Management
    Information Business Systems #
    Interactive Marketing
    International Business
    International Trade

    Professional Practice

    Quantitative Business Analysis
    Sport Economics #

    Technology Management

    # continuing students only

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

    Course structure

    Core units

    MAA103 Accounting for Decision Making  

    MAE101 Economic Principles  

    MAE102 The Global Economy  

    MAF101 Fundamentals of Finance  

    MLC101 Business Law  

    MMM132 Management  

    MSC120 Business Information Systems  

    MSQ171 Business Data Analysis  

    MMH299 Business Communication  

    MMK277 Marketing Management  


    Elective units

    MLL382 Indian Commercial Law  

    MME101 Communication Skills for University Business Studies  

    MMI301 Business Internship 1  

    MMI302 Business Internship 2  

    MMK330 Tourism and Leisure Marketing  

    MMS308 Sport Marketing  

    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.
    MMI301    Business Internship 1
    MMI302    Business Internship 2

    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.

    Admission 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 Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

    Admission 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 (ESL) 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.

    Advanced standing - 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 Advanced Standing System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

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