• Length 4 years full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan BCOMM / BPPE
  • CRICOS code 079093D
  • UAC code 130010
  • Academic contact
  • Mode of delivery
    • BCOMM: Not Specified
    • BPPE: In Person

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.

Are you a leader? The Australian National University is a leader too, especially in the fields of philosophy, politics and economics. This progressive and well-regarded degree will arm you with the moral, economic and political perspectives you need to make a real impact.

You will develop exceptional problem solving skills and critical and conceptual thinking, all while gaining a passport to some of the world’s most promising careers.

 

Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

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.

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.

  1. major philosophical theories and approaches to the evaluation of social institutions;

  2. the methods of economics to the study of political institutions and processes;

  3. the methods of economics to questions within political philosophy;

  4. the assumptions, ‘tools’ and limitations of political economy; and

  5. the core arguments and principles of public choice and rational choice theory.

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.

Further Information

Majors (FDD):

Bachelor of Commerce with a Finance major cannot be combined with Bachelor of Finance. Bachelor of Commerce with an Accounting major cannot be combined with Bachelor of Accounting.

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.

The major in Business Information Systems is not available to Bachelor of Commerce students in double degrees with the Bachelor of Information Technology, Bachelor of Software Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering(Honours), Bachelor of Engineering (Research and Development), Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Research and Development) and Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Honours).

Study Plans:
Study Plans for Commencing Semester 1 or 2

Majors (FDD):

Bachelor of Commerce with a Finance major cannot be combined with Bachelor of Finance. Bachelor of Commerce with an Accounting major cannot be combined with Bachelor of Accounting.

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.

The major in Business Information Systems is not available to Bachelor of Commerce students in double degrees with the Bachelor of Information Technology, Bachelor of Software Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering(Honours), Bachelor of Engineering (Research and Development), Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Research and Development) and Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Honours).

Study Plans:
Study Plans for Commencing Semester 1 or 2

Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not guarantee entry into the program.


In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors.


The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs and change admission requirements as needed.

ATAR:
91
International Baccalaureate:
34

Domestic applicants

Before applying for a program, you should review the general information about domestic undergraduate admission to ANU programs and how to apply, and the program-specific information below.

  • Applicants with recent secondary education are assessed on:
    • completion of Australian Year 12 or equivalent, and the minimum Selection Rank (from their academic qualifications, plus any adjustment factors) requirement for this program; and
    • co-curricular or service requirement (applies to applicants who complete secondary education in the year prior to commencing at ANU); and
    • English language proficiency; and
    • any program-specific requirements listed below.
  • Applicants with higher education study are assessed on:
    • previous higher education studies; or secondary education results if completed less than one full-time equivalent year (1.0 FTE) of a degree; or the result from a bridging or preparatory course; and
    • English language proficiency; and
    • any program-specific requirements listed below.
  • Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are assessed on:
    • previously completed VET qualifications at AQF level 5 or higher (i.e. a Diploma or above); or secondary education results if the VET qualification is not completed; and
    • English language proficiency; and
    • any program-specific requirements listed below.
  • Applicants with work and life experience are assessed on:

International applicants

Applicants who complete a recognised secondary/senior secondary/post-secondary/tertiary sequence of study will be assessed on the basis of an equivalent selection rank that is calculated upon application. A list of commonly observed international qualifications and corresponding admission requirements can be found here. Applicants must also meet any program specific requirements that are listed below.

Diversity factors & English language proficiency  
As Australia's national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe. If required, competitive ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency.

Further information is available for English Language Requirements for Admission

Prerequisites

There are no formal program prerequisites. But assumed knowledge is:-ACT: Mathematical Methods (Major)/Further Mathematics/Specialist Mathematics (major)/ Specialist Methods or NSW: Mathematics or equivalent. More information about interstate subject equivalencies can be found here.

Adjustment Factors

Adjustment factors are additional points added to an applicant's Selection Rank (for example an applicant's ATAR). ANU offers adjustment factors based on performance and equity principles, such as for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and for recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. 

Selection Rank adjustments are granted in accordance with the approved schedules, and no more than 15 (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustment factors and maximum 10 equity-based adjustment factors) can be awarded. 

You may be considered for adjustment factors if you have:

  • applied for an eligible ANU Bachelor degree program
  • undertaken Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate
  • achieved an ATAR or equivalent at or above 70
  • not previously attempted tertiary study.

Please visit the ANU Adjustment Factors website for further information.

Bachelor of Commerce - Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics - Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

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

Annual indicative fee for international students
$44,470.00

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

This double degree requires the completion of 192 units.

The Bachelor of Commerce flexible double degree component requires completion of 96 units, of which:

A maximum of 48 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

The 96 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

If your flexible double degree is within the College of Business and Economics (for example Commerce and Economics), the below study plan may show the same course twice. If this is the case, you must only do the course once and replace the other course with a University Wide Elective or CBE List 1 elective. Please note that you cannot exceed 8 out of college electives.

The major in Business Information Systems is not available to Bachelor of Commerce students in double degrees with the Bachelor of Information Technology, Bachelor of Software Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering(Honours), Bachelor of Engineering (Research and Development), Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Research and Development) and Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Honours).

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.

If all courses in a major and/or minor are compulsory courses in the degree, the major and/or minor will not be listed on the transcript.

The Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy, and Economics flexible double degree component requires completion of 96 units, of which:

A maximum of 48 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

The 96 units must include:

48 units from the completion of the following compulsory courses:

ECON1101 Microeconomics 1

ECON2101 Microeconomics 2

ECON3056 PPE Integration 3: Classic Literature in PPE

PHIL1005 Logic and Critical Thinking

PHIL2116 PPE Integration 2

POLS1002 Introduction to Politics

POLS1008 PPE Integration 1

POLS1009 Research and Writing in Political Science


6 units from completion of the following courses:

PHIL1004 Fundamental Ideas in Philosophy: An Introduction

PHIL1008 Introduction to Ethics


Note: A minimum of 6 units from completion of courses from the following list, which must also be counted towards completion of any other requirements for the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics ( these courses are included in the following lists. )

ECON2141 Strategic Thinking: An Introduction to Game Theory

POLS2125 Game Theory and Social Sciences

POLS2130 Public Choice and Politics


12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ANIP3003 Australian National Internships Program A

ASIA2090 Study Tour: The Political Economy of Myanmar

EURO3002 Comparative European Politics

POLS2043 Pressure Groups and Political Lobbying

POLS2063 Contemporary Political Theory

POLS2094 Issues in International Political Economy

POLS2111 Elections, Political Behaviour and Public Opinion in Australia

POLS2114 Australian Political Institutions

POLS2120 Foundations of Political Theory

POLS2125 Game Theory and Social Sciences

POLS2126 Democracy and Dictatorship

POLS2127 U.S. Politics

POLS2130 Public Choice and Politics

POLS3022 Washington DC Internship

POLS3029 Sharing Power: Federalism in Comparative Perspective

POLS3031 Comparative Judicial Politics

POLS3039 Political Leadership and Executive Government


12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

PHIL2016 Philosophy of Language

PHIL2020 Theories of Social Justice

PHIL2057 Philosophy of Science

PHIL2080 Logic

PHIL2082 Sex and Death: The Philosophy of Biology

PHIL2101 Democracy, Difference and Desire

PHIL2113 Global Justice

PHIL2121 Philosophical Logic

PHIL2122 Philosophy and Public Policy

PHIL2124 Philosophy of Cognitive Science

PHIL2125 Rationality and Social Cooperation

PHIL2126 Science in Society: Ethics, Public Policy and Scientific Practice

PHIL2290 Philosophy, AI and Society

PHIL3073 Advanced Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy

PHIL3075 The Philosophy of Gender: Knowledge, Power, Bodies

PHIL3076 Philosophy of the Life Sciences


12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

CRIM2000 The Illicit Economy

ECHI1006 The Australian Economy: Past and Present

ECHI3008 History of Economic Thought (P)

ECHI3009 World Economy Since 1800

ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1

ECON2013 Behavioral Economics

ECON2014 Managerial Economics

ECON2016 Economics II (H)

ECON2026 Money and Banking

ECON2091 The Economy, Politics and the State

ECON2102 Macroeconomics 2 (P)

ECON2120 Law and Economics (P)

ECON2125 Optimisation for Economics and Financial Economics

ECON2141 Strategic Thinking: An Introduction to Game Theory

ECON3100 Economics 3 (H)

ECON3101 Microeconomics 3

ECON3102 Macroeconomics 3

EMET1001 Foundations of Economic and Financial Models

INDG3003 The Indigenous Economy


6 units from the completion of 2000- and 3000-level courses from the following subject areas and courses:

ECON Economics

PHIL Philosophy

POLS Political Science

ANIP3003 Australian National Internships Program A

Majors

Bachelor of Commerce Majors

Minors

Bachelor of Commerce Minors

Study Options

Year 1 BUSN1001 Business Reporting and Analysis 6 units STAT1008 Quantitative Research Methods 6 units POLS1002 Introduction to Politics 6 units PHIL1004 Fundamental Ideas in Philosophy: An Introduction 6 units
ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 6 units Commerce major course 6 units POLS1009 Research and Writing in Political Science 6 units PHIL1005 Logic and Critical Thinking 6 units
Year 2 ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1 6 units Commerce major course 6 units ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 6 units Non-compulsory Politics list Course 6 units
CBE LIST 1 Elective course 6 units Commerce major course 6 units POLS1008 PPE Integration 1 6 units Non-compulsory Philosophy list Course 6 units
Year 3 MGMT2100 Communication for Business 6 units Commerce major course 6 units ECON2101 Microeconomics 2 6 units Non-compulsory Economics list Course 6 units
Commerce major course 6 units Commerce major course 6 units PHIL2116 PPE Integration 2 6 units Non-compulsory Politics list Course 6 units
Year 4 CBE LIST 1 Elective course 6 units Commerce major course 6 units Non-compulsory Philosophy list Course 6 units ANIP/ECON/PHIL/POLS 2000/3000 Level Course 6 units
CBE LIST 1 Elective course 6 units Commerce major course 6 units ECON3056 PPE Integration 3: Classic Literature in Politics, Philosophy and Economics 6 units Non-compulsory Economics list 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.

Back to the Bachelor of Commerce page

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, economic studies, 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.
  • In your first year, 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.

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 

Single degree

This following information is to be read in conjunction with the program rules that are outlined on the “Study” tab.   Please always make sure that you refer to the program rules for the year that you commenced your program.

Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics consists of 144 units. Most courses are worth 6 units each, with 48 units (8 courses) per year being the standard full-time load.

For the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics you will need to complete:

  • Eight compulsory courses (48 units)
  • One introductory Philosophy course from the designated list (6 units)
  • A minimum of one course from the designated list, which may also be counted towards any other requirement (6 units)
  • Two Political Science courses from the designated list (12 units)
  • Two Philosophy courses from the designated list (12 units)
  • Two Economics courses from the designated list (12 units)
  • One 2000-level or 3000-level course from the designated list (6 units)
  • Eight electives from across the ANU (48 units)

Please note that you are only permitted to count ten 1000-level courses (60 units) towards your program.

You are advised to complete a Program Plan for the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics. This will help you seek advice on your course choices, ensure you meet the program requirements and give you a plan that you can refer to for the duration of your program.

Double degree

This following information is to be read in conjunction with the program rules that are outlined on the “Study” tab.   Please always make sure that you refer to the program rules for the year that you commenced your program.

Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics Double Degree program consists of 96 units. Most courses are worth 6 units each, with 48 units (8 courses) per year being the standard full-time load. During each semester you are likely to take two courses from your Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics degree and another two courses from the other half of your double degree – making up a total of four courses per semester.

You will need to complete:

  • Eight compulsory courses (48 units)
  • One introductory Philosophy course from the designated list (6 units)
  • A minimum of one course from the designated list, which may also be counted towards any other requirement (6 units)
  • Two Political Science courses from the designated list (12 units)
  • Two Philosophy courses from the designated list (12 units)
  • Two Economics courses from the designated list (12 units)
  • One 2000-level or 3000-level course from the designated list (6 units)

Please note that you are only permitted to count eight 1000-level courses (48 units) towards your degree.

You are advised to complete a Program Plan for the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics. This will help you seek advice on your course choices, ensure you meet the program requirements and give you a plan that you can refer to for the duration of your program.

Enrolment Status

While it is possible for domestic students to enrol in fewer than four courses per semester, which is called studying part-time, it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be full-time.

First year students are not permitted to study more than four courses (24 units) per semester.

If you are beginning your program in Semester 1, you should enrol for all your courses for both Semester 1 and Semester 2 (8 courses for full time), so that you can plan your study year.

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 ARTS1234. Whilst it is important to take 1000-level courses in your first year (so that you can meet the pre-requisites for later year courses) they also can be taken later in your program.

You can only count a maximum of ten 1000-level courses (60 units) towards your single degree or six 1000-level courses (36 units) towards your Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics half of the double degree.

In your first year you need to enrol in:

  • Following compulsory courses:
    • ECON1101 - Microeconomics 1
    • PHIL1005 - Logic and Critical Thinking
    • POLS1002 - Introduction to Politics
    • POLS1008 - PPE Integrative Seminar Year 1: Puzzles in Politics, Philosophy and Economics
    • POLS1009 - Research and Writing in Political Science
  • Either PHIL1004 or PHIL1008
  • Elective courses for students undertaking the single degree.

Majors and Minors

See available majors and minors for this program

You are not required to take a major or a minor in the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics degree, however you can use your electives to make up a major or a minor.

A course (usually 6 units) can only be counted towards one list such as in a major or minor or designated list. For example, you are not permitted to count POLS1002 towards the compulsory courses list and the Political Science major.

Electives

For students in the single degree, your electives (48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU) can be additional courses from your discipline (including the option of a major or minor) or courses from another ANU College.  If you have an interest in another discipline such as management, psychology or mathematics, then you should explore first year courses in these areas. In particular look at the majors and minors in these areas.  These will give you an idea of the first year courses you can study.

If you are interested in undertaking a language and have prior knowledge/experience with that language you may need to undertake a placement test – you should check with the relevant language area for further details.



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