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Bachelor of Commerce

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

BCOM
  • Length 3 years full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
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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

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.

Professional Accreditation

Accounting: students wishing to qualify for membership of CPA Australia or the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia should complete specified professional sequences of courses. Further information is available from the College office.

 Business Information Systems: student wishing to qualify for membership of the Australian Computer Society should complete specified professional sequences of courses. Further information is available from the College office.

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 or Graduate Certificate; 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
• An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.

Click HERE for further information about domestic admission pathways.

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

ATAR:
82
QLD Band:
9
International Baccalaureate:
30

Domestic applicant entry requirements

From 2010, the UAI/ENTER/TER will be referred to as ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) for admission. See http://www.uac.edu.au/undergraduate/atar/ for further information.

Queensland Band equivalents are a guide only - selection is made on a UAI 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.

Prerequisites

None. But assumed knowledge is:-
ACT: Advanced Mathematics Major
NSW: HSC Mathematics
QLD: Mathematics B or Mathematics C
SA/NT: Mathematics 1 (single) or Mathematics 1 (double) or Mathematics 2
TAS: Mathematics Stage 2 or Mathematics Stage 3
VIC: Mathematical Methods 3/4 or Specialist Mathematics 3/4
WA: Applicable Mathematics or Calculus
IB: Mathematics (SL) OR Mathematics (HL)

Bonus Points

The National Access Scheme 2014

ANU offers bonus points for nationally strategic senior secondary subjects, and in recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies.  Please note that Bonus Points do not apply to the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery program.

Bonus points are applied to all 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.

Bonus points to do not apply to programs with an ATAR cutoff of 98 or higher.

Bonus Points are only awarded to domestic applicants applying for admission through UAC who have not previously attempted tertiary study.

How to apply

Academic Bonus Points: senior secondary students do not need to apply for ANU academic bonus points. They are automatically added in accordance with the schedule.

Educational Access Scheme: senior secondary students do not need to apply if their school is part of the Priority School Funding Program or Country Areas Program. All other applicants should refer to www.uac.edu.au/undergraduate/eas for more information.

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

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

 

Majors

Minors

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective major,  minor 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

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.

Indicative Fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$30,112.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to current and future students to assist with the cost of their studies. The University is committed to enabling all students, regardless of their background, to achieve their best at ANU and realise their potential. 

Eligibility 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.

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