single degree

Bachelor of Commerce

A single three year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Business and Economics

BCOM
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Field of Education
    • Management and Commerce
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Field of Education
    • Management and Commerce

The Bachelor of Commerce offers significant flexibility and diversity for students. The degree allows you to study one or more business areas of your interests, including financial and management accounting, commercial law, economics, finance, business information systems, management, marketing, international business and corporate sustainability.

You will acquire the skills and knowledge to meet the challenges of a changing business environment, develop the ability to critically analyse emerging business issues, and be exposed to scholarly research in the national and global business arena. Achieving these academic and professional qualities will lead you to a wide range of business related professions and careers, or progress to more advanced studies.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

Students with a commerce degree can find work in different areas including


Accounting

There are many job opportunities in accounting, and there is currently a skills shortage for qualified accountants in Australia.  Some of the different areas that accountants work in are listed below.

Business risk analyst
Identifies strategic and operational business risks. Provides assessments of the effectiveness of business controls and develops and delivers business risk solutions in support of business objectives.

Auditor
Ensures that assets and liabilities mentioned in reports really exist, analysing samples of work done and interviewing staff about the way they go about their work.

Taxation auditors examine the financial statements of taxpayers.
Government auditors examine records of departments, statutory and local authorities, and government-owned companies.
Private sector auditors work with a range of clients from small businesses to large international firms, including banks, insurance companies and retailers.

Budget/management accountant
Is primarily concerned with the development and maintenance of budgeting systems. This involves monitoring budgets and comparing them with actual costs and revenues related to production, marketing and capital. They analyse records to determine trends, which assists in managerial control.

Systems accountant
Analyses financial information needs for organisations by reviewing existing systems and working out the best way to meet those needs with the design of new systems


Business Information Systems

Consultant/business analyst
People in this role are involved in solving clients' problems in a variety of settings. Consulting requires excellent communication skills and the ability to quickly identify and define a problem.  Consultants act as trainers, user and technical support specialists, project managers, or may specialise in a particular technology or method.  Meeting with clients often involves interstate or international travel.

Database administrator
The Database Administrator is responsible for designing, implementing, and maintaining the database systems of the organization, including establishing policies and procedures for security, management, and maintenance.  The Database Administrator's role includes working with end users, programmers and system administrators to develop data requirements and protect the key information resources the company relies upon.

System architect/systems analyst
Systems Analysts investigate business processes and determine user needs related to information-based problems.  Analysts often work in a team environment.  The output from the systems analysis process is a set of detailed specifications for a new or modified system.  System architects design overall system solutions for companies.  These systems are usually large and complex, with many inter-connected systems.  The architect delivers these plans to an analyst/designer for construction.

Programmer/analyst
Programmer analysts serve both as systems analysts, and then modify the programs involved in their analysis.  For example, a programmer/analyst might work with the accounting department to determine what changes are necessary to the computer reports, and then actually make the programming changes.


Management

Human resources
In addition to hiring staff, developing employment contracts, interfacing with superannuation schemes and determining remuneration packages.  Human resource officers are often required to develop strategies that ultimately increase the productivity of organisations. They can do this by measuring and increasing staff satisfaction, and identifying possible work place initiatives that support a healthy life style, good work-life-balance, career progression and skills development, and flexible working conditions.

Employment/recruitment consultant
Employment consultants work on behalf of a client to recruit appropriate personnel to fill positions vacant, they also have to be mindful of revenue targets and profit margins.  Employment consults assist employers to find the right people for the job by attracting highly qualified applicants, culling applicants, recommending them for interview and conducting necessary checks on qualifications, referee reports, security clearances if needed.

Business consultant
Business consultants work with a number of different clients to help them solve a business problem.  They assist clients by undertaking a variety of activities which range from assessing businesses processes and governance structures to examining organisational performing to identify opportunities for improvement.

Business services/analyst
Use their skills to formulate business strategy, manage projects, assist in business planning and organisational performance, implement change management, and develop governance structures.  This type of job is very similar to a business consultant except that this position is only ever


Marketing

Marketing coordinator
Uses skills in market research, product design and pricing, promotions and distribution networks to identify and meet consumer and organisational needs.  Also prepares budgets, marketing plans and strategies.

Advertising executive
Collaborates with organisational executives and possibly external agencies to develop advertising strategies and to create and promote a company product or image.  Usually prepares budgets, develops promotional and sales support materials, and may be responsible for directing a team of specialist staff.

E-commerce marketing manager
Coordinates and develops the marketing activities of a company over the internet, email and other electronic media, including online promotion, sales and communication.

Public relations
Plans, develops, puts into place and evaluates information and communication strategies that position an organisation to the public, clients, and other stakeholders and promotes good information flows within the organisation.

Marketing researcher
Collects and analyses qualitative and/or quantitative information essential in assisting marketing decisions, and can help determine whether a demand exists for a particular product or service.

Sales manager
Plans and coordinates the activities of a sales team, controls product distribution, monitors budget achievement, trains and motivates personnel, and prepares forecasts.

Business development manager
Emphasises the development of new business opportunities and client relationships, often required to source opportunities and secure business autonomously. This role varies from industry to industry and can offer opportunities both locally and internationally.

Marketing communications specialist
Usually responsible for a variety of marketing functions including advertising strategy, design and placement, market research projects, sales promotions and product/service publicity including media relations. Collaborates with senior management and other specialist staff to initiate, develop and implement marketing plans to meet strategic goals set by the organisation.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of a Bachelor of Commerce, graduates will be able to:

1.       Demonstrate clear knowledge of material relevant to the major(s) studied.

2.       Apply theoretical and technical business knowledge, skills and research techniques relevant to the major(s) studied.

3.       Exercise critical thinking and reasoning in the analysis of business problems within the purview of the major(s) studied.

4.       Communicate business analyses to stakeholders in a clear, effective, appropriate and ethical manner.

5.       Integrate best judgement within the purview of the major(s) studied, to implement and evaluate business solutions.

Further Information

Electives: 

Students have 48 units of electives in a single degree program. Electives can be selected from CBE or other Colleges. No more than 10 courses at 1000 level.

Students wish to undertake an out of college elective may contact the relevant College directly.

Student Responsibility:

It is the student's responsibility to select electives in such a way that:

  • they satisfy prerequisites for the corresponding course/s.
  • they conform to the rules set out in Programs and Courses or if unsure seek advice from the CBE office.

It is the student's responsibility to select the courses appropriate for his/her program.

FDD BCOMM (Major in Accounting) with Law (ALLB):

Due to incompatibilities between BUSN1101 and LAWS1204 students will need to replace BUSN1101 with an alternative course from the bottom section of the Accounting major. 
Due to incompatibilities between BUSN2101 and LAWS2203 students will need to replace BUSN2101 with an alternative course from the bottom section of the Accounting major. 

If a you wish to study BUSN3014 and do not wish to study LAWS4221, you will meet the prerequisites by studying LAWS1204.

Study Plans:
Study Plans for Commencing Semester 1 or 2

Admission Requirements

Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:

• An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
• A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or international equivalent; OR
• At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution or international equivalent; OR
• An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.

Click HERE for further information about domestic admission.

More information about ATAR requirements for individual programs can be found HERE.

The National Register of higher education providers is an authoritative source of information that will help you confirm your institution of choice is registered to deliver higher education in Australia.

The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) website is HERE. Based on surveys done by thousands of students across Australia you can find out about universities that interest you, doing side-by-side comparisons.

The table below is a guide to the entry level required for domestic applicants. Exact entry level will be set at time of offer.

Domestic applicant entry requirements

Queensland Band equivalents are a guide only - selection is made on an ATAR equivalent that is not available to students.

International applicant entry requirements

International applicants may view further information on admissions requirements at Entry Requirements for International Undergraduate Applicants

The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs as required.

ATAR:
82
QLD Band:
9
International Baccalaureate:
29

Prerequisites

None. But assumed knowledge is:-
ACT: Mathematical Methods (Major)
NSW: Mathematics
QLD: Mathematics B
SA/NT: Mathematical Studies
TAS: Mathematics Methods
VIC: Mathematical Methods (CAS)
WA: Mathematics 3C/3D
IB: Mathematics (SL)

Bonus Points

ANU offers bonus points for nationally strategic senior secondary subjects, and in recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. 

Bonus points are applied to Bachelor degree applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedule, and no more than 10 points (maximum 5 academic points and maximum 5 equity points) will be awarded. Academic bonus points do not apply to programs with an ATAR cutoff of 98 or higher.

Visit the ANU Bonus Points website for futher information.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$42,960.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

 

The Bachelor of Commerce requires completion of 144 units, of which:

A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

A minimum of 96 units must come from completion of courses on List 1 of the ANU College of Business and Economics

The 144 units must include:

48 units from completion of one of the following majors:

Accounting

Business Information Systems

Corporate Sustainability

Economic Studies

Finance

International Business

Management

Marketing

 

24 units from completion of the Business and Economics Essentials minor


6 units from completion of MGMT2100 Communication for Business


18 units from completion of courses from List 1 of the ANU College of Business and Economics

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

The minor in Business and Economics Essentials will not be listed on transcripts for students completing the Bachelor of Commerce. The minor in Advanced Accounting will not be listed on transcripts for students completing the Bachelor of Commerce with an Accounting major.

For majors and minors offered by the ANU College of Business and Economics, students may count a course towards multiple majors and minors. If a minor is a subset of all stated courses and/or prerequisites for a major, then completion of the major overrides completion of the minor, and only the major is regarded as having been completed.

Students who complete a course from the subject area VCUG are exempted from the requirement to complete MGMT2100 towards the requirements of the Bachelor of Commerce.

To view individual study plans for each major, please click here

 

Honours

Students who achieve excellent academic performance in their Bachelor of Commerce studies may be invited to join the Honours Program.

The Honours Program is an intensive two-semester program after completion of the degree requirements. The program extends undergraduate studies with advanced coursework and a research thesis. Classes are small and students study with leading academics in thier School. Students have the opportunity to compete for a range of scholarships, prizes and internships.

Students from other universities who meet the entry requirements can apply for entry into the Honours Program after completing the pass degree requirements in their own institutions.

Students aspiring to the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) should consult the Honours Convenor in the relevant School for advice.

Majors

Minors

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective majorminor or specialisation.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units BUSN1001 Business Reporting and Analysis 6 units ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 6 units Major course 6 units MGMT2100 Communication for Business 6 units
ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1 6 units STAT1008 Quantitative Research Methods 6 units Major course 6 units Elective course 6 units
Year 2 48 units List 1 elective course 6 units Elective course 6 units Major course 6 units Elective course 6 units
List 1 elective course 6 units Major course 6 units Major course 6 units Elective course 6 units
Year 3 48 units List 1 elective course 6 units Major course 6 units Major course 6 units Elective course 6 units
Elective course 6 units Elective course 6 units Major course 6 units Elective course 6 units

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The Bachelor of Commerce offers you significant flexibility and diversity. The degree is comprised of core courses including business reporting, financial and management accounting, commercial law, economics, finance, business information systems, and quantitative methods and techniques. You must choose one or more majors from the areas of accounting, business information systems, corporate sustainability, finance, international business, management or marketing.

Single degree

  • This degree requires 24 courses (144 units)
  • A maximum of 10 courses (60 units) of 1000 level courses
  • 13 compulsory courses
  • 11 electives (of which 3 must be CBE  List 1 electives)
Commencing Semester 1:

Semester 1 

  • BUSN1001 Business Reporting and Analysis - 6 units
  • ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 - 6 units
  • STAT1008 Quantitative Research Methods - 6 units
  • Major Course

Semester 2 

  • ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1- 6 units
  • MGMT2100 Communication for Business - 6 units
  • Major Course or elective
  • Major Course


Commencing Semester 2:
Semester 2 

  • BUSN1001 Business Reporting and Analysis - 6 units
  • ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 - 6 units
  • STAT1008 Quantitative Research Methods - 6 units
  • Major Course

Double degree

  • This degree requires 16 courses (96 units) of CBE courses
  • A maximum of 8 courses (48 units) of 1000 level CBE courses
  • 13 compulsory courses
  • 3 CBE List 1 elective courses
Commencing Semester 1:

Semester 1 

  • BUSN1001 Business Reporting and Analysis - 6 units
  • ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 - 6 units

Semester 2 

  • STAT1008 Quantitative Research Methods - 6 units
  • ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1- 6 units


Commencing Semester 2:
Semester 2 

  • BUSN1001 Business Reporting and Analysis - 6 units
  • ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 - 6 units

About this degree

Single degree
In a Bachelor of Commerce single degree program you will study a total of 144 units.  Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 24 courses across your whole degree. You will need to complete a minimum of 16 CBE courses (96 units) but will also get to choose 8 courses (48 units) from other ANU Colleges.  You can try a range of courses or take a major or minor in a non-CBE subject, the choice is yours.

Double degree
In a Bachelor of Commerce double degree program you will study a total of 96 units.  Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 16 courses across your whole degree.  However, for each semester you are likely to take 2 courses from your Commerce degree and then 2 courses from the other half of you degree - still a total of 4 courses a semester.


Enrolment Status

It is possible to enrol in fewer courses per semester but it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be enrolled full-time in 24 units each semester.

Important things to keep in mind when choosing your 1000-level courses

When you enrol for the first time you will study ‘1000-level’ courses. These courses have ‘1’ as the first number in their course code, such as BUSN1001.

Please also note that:

  • You need to enrol in courses for both First Semester and Second Semester.
  • You cannot study more than four courses (24 units) per semester, eight for the year.
  • You may take 1000-level courses later in your program.   But remember you can’t count more than ten 1000-level courses (60 units) in total towards your single degree.
  • You can change your enrolment via ISIS in courses up until the Monday of Week 2 (27 February).  

Majors and Minors

See available majors and minors for this program

You must choose one or more majors from the areas of accounting, Economic Studies, business information systems, corporate sustainability, finance, international business, management or marketing.

Electives

You can use your electives to enrol in any courses that you like, provided you meet prerequisite requirements.

Remember that you can choose up to 8 courses from another ANU College if you are undertaking the single Bachelor of Commerce degree.
If you are in a double degree, your electives must be CBE courses.

Don't forget the maximum number of 1000 level courses is 10 in single degree.

Study Options

Bachelor of Commerce (Business Information Systems major)

This is a typical study plan for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Business Information Systems

Study Options

Year 1 48 units BUSN1001 Business Reporting and Analysis 6 units ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 6 units COMP1100 Programming as Problem Solving 6 units INFS1001 Business Information Systems 6 units
ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1 6 units STAT1008 Quantitative Research Methods 6 units COMP2400 Relational Databases 6 units MGMT2100 Communication for Business 6 units

Bachelor of Commerce (Corporate Sustainability major)

This is a typical study plan for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in corporate sustainability

Study Options

Year 1 48 units BUSN1001 Business Reporting and Analysis 6 units ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 6 units STAT1008 Quantitative Research Methods 6 units MGMT2100 Communication for Business 6 units
ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1 6 units CBE List 1 elective 6 units CBE List 1 elective 6 units Elective course 6 units

Bachelor of Commerce (Finance major)

This is a typical study plan for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in finance

Study Options

Year 1 48 units BUSN1001 Business Reporting and Analysis 6 units ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 6 units STAT1008 Quantitative Research Methods 6 units FINM1001 Foundations of Finance 6 units
ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1 6 units FINM2001 Corporate Finance 6 units Finance major core course (EMET1001, MKTG2003 or STAT2032 MGMT2100 Communication for Business 6 units

Bachelor of Commerce (International Business major)

This is a typical study plan for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in international business

Study Options

Year 1 48 units BUSN1001 Business Reporting and Analysis 6 units ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 6 units STAT1008 Quantitative Research Methods 6 units MGMT2100 Communication for Business 6 units
ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1 6 units BUSI2025 International Business 6 units CBE List 1 elective 6 units Elective course 6 units

Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing major)

This is a typical study plan for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in marketing

Study Options

Year 1 48 units BUSN1001 Business Reporting and Analysis 6 units ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 6 units STAT1008 Quantitative Research Methods 6 units MGMT2100 Communication for Business 6 units
ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1 6 units MKTG2004 Marketing 6 units CBE List 1 elective 6 units Elective course

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting major)

This is a typical study plan for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in accounting and meeting professional accounting requirements

Study Options

Year 1 48 units BUSN1001 Business Reporting and Analysis 6 units ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 6 units STAT1008 Quantitative Research Methods 6 units FINM1001 Foundations of Finance 6 units
BUSN1002 Accounting Processes and Systems 6 units ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1 6 units BUSN1101 Introduction to Commercial Law 6 units Elective course

Single Degree Bachelor of Commerce (Economic Studies major)

This is a typical study plan for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in economic studies

Study Options

Year 1 48 units BUSN1001 Business Reporting and Analysis 6 units ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 6 units STAT1008 Quantitative Research Methods 6 units Elective Course
ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1 6 units MGMT2100 Communication for Business 6 units List 1 Elective Elective Course

Bachelor of Commerce (Management major)

This is a typical study plan for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in management

Study Options

Year 1 48 units BUSN1001 Business Reporting and Analysis 6 units ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 6 units STAT1008 Quantitative Research Methods 6 units MGMT1003 Management, People and Organisations 6 units
ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1 6 units MGMT2007 Organisational Behaviour 6 units MGMT2100 Communication for Business 6 units Elective courses 6 units

Bachelor of Commerce - Double degree

This is a typical study plan for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Commerce degree with another degree, such as the Bachelor of Arts (degree B).

Study Options

Year 1 48 units BUSN1001 Business Reporting and Analysis 6 units STAT1008 Quantitative Research Methods 6 units Degree B course 6 units Degree B course 6 units
CBE List 1 elective 6 units Commerce major course Degree B course 6 units Degree B course 6 units

Disciplines

For further information on specific discipline you can:

Academic Advice

If after reading through these guidelines you are unsure about your which courses to enrol in, you can email info.cbe@anu.edu.au

If you are seeking status (credit) from previous study at another university you will need to submit a copy of your official transcript, detailed course outlines and a completed credit application form to info.cbe@anu.edu.au

Please refer to the CBE Fast Track page:
https://www.cbe.anu.edu.au/fasttrack 

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