Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
From 2011, the University of Sydney Business School will offer a revitalized Bachelor of Commerce degree that has been enhanced to give you the best possible start to your career in business.
The degree will offer:
Integrated learning in the key areas of business
The newly integrated core units of study with a focus on commerciality are designed to progressively develop your knowledge and skills throughout the degree. This approach will help you to transition from school to university and then to the world of business with ease.
Greater flexibility to explore your interests
The revised structure will offer you the even greater flexibility to combine your interests in a wide range of areas. This will allow you to tailor your degree to suit your career aspirations. Students undertaking a cadetship will also have the flexibility to complete their studies part-time.
The degree's increased focus on connecting you with industry and exposing you to real-world business cases and experiences will make you truly career ready and prepare you to enter the marketplace with confidence.
To be awarded the Bachelor of Commerce, students complete units of study with a total value of 144 credit points, comprising:
- six core units of study (36 credit points), comprising five junior units of study (30 credit points) and one senior unit of study (six credit points)
- a major selected from the 'Commerce subject areas'
- either an optional second major and/or elective units of study selected from any of the 'Commerce subject areas' or from any other faculty of the University of Sydney (subject to the approval of the faculty offering the unit and degree requirements)
- a maximum of 60 credit points in junior (1000 level) units of study
- a minimum of 96 credit points in units of study from the Business School and the School of Economics (a maximum of 48 credit points in units from any other faculty).
Please Note: Students who commenced their degree prior to 2011 must complete their degree under the degree resolutions for the year they commenced their degree.
Core units of study
Students are required to complete their junior core units of study as follows:
- Full-time students: All junior core units must be completed within the first year of enrolment in a sequence set out in the degree progression table below.
- Part-time students: All junior core units must be completed within the first two years of enrolment.
The senior capstone core unit should be completed in a student's final year of enrolment.
Junior units of study (30 credit points):
- BUSS1001 Understanding Business
- BUSS1002 The Business Environment
- BUSS1020 Quantitative Business Analysis
- BUSS1030 Accounting, Business, and Society
- BUSS1040 Economics for Business Decision Making
Senior unit of study (six credit points):
- BUSS3500 Integrated Business Applications
Majors and electives
In the Bachelor of Commerce, students select a least one major from the 'Commerce subject areas' to fulfill the requirements of their degree. A major consists of a minimum of 36 credit points in senior units of study (usually six units) in a single subject area. Senior units may only be counted towards the requirements of one major. Commerce subject areas are as follows:
- Business Information Systems
- Commercial Law
- Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management
- International Business
- Quantitative Business Analysis
Note. The Quantitative Business Analysis major replaces the Operations Management and Decision Sciences major from 2012. Students who commenced study in 2011 can choose to complete either the Quantitative Business Analysis major or the Operations Management and Decision Sciences, major.
Additional majors and electives
Students may select an additional major and/or elective units of study from any subject area offered by the Business School or they can choose a major and/or elective unit from any other faculty of the University of Sydney (subject to the approval of the faculty offering the unit).
Other faculty majors may differ in size, however in most cases; a minimum of 36 credit points in senior (or intermediate and senior) units of study must be completed in a single subject area. For this degree, a maximum of 48 credit points in units of study (both junior and senior) from outside the Business School and School of Economics may be completed.
Professional accounting accreditation
Students planning to satisfy the entry requirements of CPA Australia or the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia should include in their course a prescribed set of units of study, including units of study from accounting, business law, business information systems and finance. Required units of study are listed under the Accounting major. For further information regarding accreditation requirements contact either CPA Australia or ICAA.
Australian Computer Society (ACS) accreditation
Students planning to satisfy the entry requirements of the ACS should include in their course a prescribed set of units of study, including a major in Business Information Systems.
Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) accreditation
All undergraduate award courses incorporating a major in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management are AHRI-accredited. Students wishing to satisfy the requirements for professional membership of AHRI should include this major in their course.
Part-time study is available in the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) for students holding an Accounting of Finance cadetship. A pattern of units of study that will allow students to complete core unit requirements and the prerequisite units for a major in Accounting and Finance or Business Law is taught in block-modes on a set day of the week to allow cadets to meet their work and study obligations.
Other students considering studying part-time should note that cadets generally alternate part- and full-time study throughout their degrees, and can only select from a limited range of majors. The BCom is not a truly part-time degree for other students.
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