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Courses Handbook 2014

This handbook contains information for courses and units at Curtin in 2014.
Information for the previous year's courses and units is available at Courses Handbook 2013.

130099 v.3 Bachelor of Commerce

BCom(Curtin)

Course CRICOS Code: 013905G
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 3 Years


Course Overview

Bachelor degrees prepare students to develop broad and coherent knowledge and skills in a discipline for professional work and further learning corresponding to AQF level 7 qualifications.


This course is designed to prepare you for the challenges in the global business environment. You will study foundation areas of accounting, economics, business law, management, marketing and technology. Through specialised study, in your chosen major, you will gain the theory and practical skills needed to be confident and industry-ready. The following major combinations are available with disciplines in the Humanities: Accounting and Chinese; Advertising and Creative Advertising Graphic Design; Business Law and International Relations; Economics and International Relations; Public Relations and Journalism;


Professional Recognition

Graduates from this course may be eligible for membership of appropriate professional bodies. See information about the specific majors for details.


These include Public Relations major - Public Relations Institute of Australia. Taxation majors - Taxation Institute of Australia, Association of Taxation and Management Accountants, Tax Agents Board of Western Australia. A combination of the Property and Property Valuations majors is accredited for Certified Practicing Valuer status of Australian Property Institute (API).


Career Opportunities

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Commerce from Curtin University you have a range of career opportunities depending on your chosen field of study. Most industries and organisations, whether private or public, local or international, employ commerce graduates.


Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase textbooks, and other essential study materials.


Course Overview Note

Students should be aware that they need to undertake prerequisite units for their major in Year 1, Semester 2. Please refer to the relevant major to determine what prerequisites are required.



Course Entry and Completion Details

Applicants are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at http://futurestudents.curtin.edu.au and include flexible entry pathways.


STAT elements considered are E and either V or Q.


Credit for Recognised Learning

Applications for credit towards a course are assessed on an individual basis. Credit reduces the amount of learning required to complete the course and may be granted for formal education qualifications, non-formal learning from non-award programs of study and informal learning through work experiences. Further information can be found at http://futurestudents.curtin.edu.au.


Pathway to Further Study

Graduates may qualify for entry to a bachelor degree with honours and some graduate certificates, graduate diplomas and master degrees. For further details, see the University website http://curtin.edu.au.



Course Organisation

Bachelor degrees typically contain a series of units which may include compulsory (core), optional or elective units to cater for student preferences. They may contain a range of majors/streams for students to choose from to pursue learning in a specialised area of study.


The first year of this course provides a foundation consisting of a set of common core units which includes units from a range of disciplines. This provides a basis for more concentrated study in your chosen major. You will have the choice of a combination of two majors, or a single major and an elective stream. This elective stream will provide you with the possibility of taking further study in the same or another discipline. Two introductory units from the interfaculty discipline together with six units from the Bachelor of Commerce common core in the first year. Wherever possible, the final unit, Business Capstone 301, will be taken in a student's final semester of study. This unit involves small teams of students from each CBS undergraduate School (Accounting, Business Law and Taxation, Economics and Finance, Information Systems, Management and Marketing) combining their knowledge and skills in a multi-disciplinary virtual business project. One aim of the unit is to integrate and synthesise in an applied way all the learning experiences obtained by students in their undergraduate study programs.


Course Learning Outcomes

A graduate of this course can:

1. apply broad discipline knowledge to a range of theoretical and practical business situations through research and practical application

2. think creatively and critically to generate innovative solutions to complex business and commercial problems

3. access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from a range of organisational and external sources

4. communicate appropriately and effectively in professional and public contexts

5. apply technologies appropriately for a variety of commercial purposes

6. demonstrate initiative, responsibility and lifelong learning skills by applying critical reflection and active participation

7. describe global and cultural issues as related to the business area and their impact on local and international communities

8. demonstrate respect for human rights, cultural diversity and the particular rights of Indigenous Australians and highlight the importance and impact of cultural diversity on the interactions of commercial agents

9. show leadership, and employ ethical practice and professional integrity when working within a team and independently


Duration and Availability

3 years full-time study or the equivalent part-time. Some external units may be available via external study. Advertising, Business Law, Finance, Management and Marketing majors are available fully online.


Location and delivery Mode


Year Location Period All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2014 Bentley Campus Semester 1   Y     Y
2014 Bentley Campus Semester 2   Y     Y
2014 Sydney Campus Trimester 1A Y        
2014 Sydney Campus Trimester 2A Y        
2014 Sydney Campus Trimester 3A Y        
2014 Charles Telfair Inst Mauritius Semester 1   Y      
2014 Charles Telfair Inst Mauritius Semester 2   Y      
2014 Dongbei Uni Econs Fin China Semester 1 Y        
2014 Dongbei Uni Econs Fin China Semester 2A Y        
2014 Miri Sarawak Campus Semester 1 Y        
2014 Miri Sarawak Campus Semester 2 Y        
2014 Singapore Campus Trimester 1A Y        
2014 Singapore Campus Trimester 2A Y        
2014 Singapore Campus Trimester 3A Y        
2014 UHK SPACE Admiralty Ctr Trimester 1A Y        
2014 UHK SPACE Admiralty Ctr Trimester 2A Y        
2014 UHK SPACE Admiralty Ctr Trimester 3A Y        
2014 UHK SPACE CIDP Trimester 1A Y        
2014 UHK SPACE CIDP Trimester 2A Y        
2014 UHK SPACE CIDP Semester 2A Y        
2014 UHK SPACE Main Campus Trimester 1A Y        
2014 UHK SPACE Main Campus Trimester 2A Y        
2014 UHK SPACE Main Campus Trimester 3A Y        
2014 Uni Bina Nusantara Indonesia Semester 1 Y        
2014 Uni Bina Nusantara Indonesia Semester 2A Y        

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

* The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^ Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

# Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.




Course Structure Hrs/Wk Credit
312436 v.1   Bachelor of Commerce Common Core 200.0
312679 v.2   Accounting and Taxation Double Major 400.0
  OR  
312714 v.1   Property and Marketing Double Major 400.0
  OR  
312701 v.1   Finance and Management Double Major 400.0
  OR  
312667 v.1   International Business Major (Extended) 400.0
  OR  
312710 v.1   Marketing and Public Relations Double Major 400.0
  OR  
312666 v.1   Accounting and Financial Planning Double Major 400.0
  OR  
314574 v.1   Accounting and Chinese Double Major 400.0
  OR  
312677 v.2   Accounting and Business Law Double Major 400.0
  OR  
312665 v.1   Accounting and Finance Double Major 400.0
  OR  
312734 v.1   Marketing Major (Extended) 400.0
  OR  
313173 v.1   Business Information Systems and Logistics and Supply Chain Management Double Major 400.0
  OR  
312733 v.1   Management Major (Extended) 400.0
  OR  
312692 v.1   Economics and Management Double Major 400.0
  OR  
312731 v.1   Human Resource Management Major (Extended) 400.0
  OR  
312702 v.1   Finance and Marketing Double Major 400.0
  OR  
312676 v.1   Accounting and Banking Double Major 400.0
  OR  
312675 v.1   Accounting and Accounting Technologies Double Major 400.0
  OR  
313089 v.1   Accounting and Business Information Systems Double Major 400.0
  OR  
312703 v.1   Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations Double Major 400.0
  OR  
312708 v.1   Marketing and Advertising Double Major 400.0
  OR  
312707 v.1   Management and Marketing Double Major 400.0
  OR  
312780 v.2   Business Law and International Relations Double Major 400.0
  OR  
312699 v.1   Financial Planning Major 400.0
  OR  
312694 v.1   Entrepreneurship and Marketing Double Major 400.0
  OR  
312715 v.1   Public Relations and Management Double Major 400.0
  OR  
312688 v.2   Business Information Technology ACS Major 400.0
  OR  
312772 v.1   Economics and International Relations Double Major 400.0
  OR  
312108 v.2   Property Development and Valuation Major 400.0
  OR  
312691 v.1   Economics and Finance Double Major 400.0
  OR  
314703 v.1   Event Management and Public Relations Double Major 400.0
  OR  
312753 v.1   Public Relations and Journalism Double Major 400.0
  OR  
313049 v.3   Tourism and Hospitality and Public Relations Double Major 400.0
  OR  
312709 v.1   Marketing and Business Law Double Major 400.0
  OR  
312732 v.1   Logistics and Supply Chain Management Major (Extended) 400.0
  OR  
314744 v.1   Event Management Major (Extended) 400.0
  OR  
312704 v.1   Logistics and Supply Chain Management and Marketing Double Major 400.0
  OR  
314574 v.1   Accounting and Chinese Double Major 400.0
  OR  
312689 v.1   Advertising and Public Relations Double Major 400.0
  OR  
312736 v.1   Public Relations Major (Extended) 400.0
  OR  
312729 v.1   Entrepreneurship Major (Extended) 400.0
  OR  
312727 v.2   Business Law Major (Extended) 400.0
  OR  
312706 v.1   Management and Human Resource Management Double Major 400.0
  OR  
312680 v.1   Accounting Major 400.0
  OR  
312719 v.3   Tourism and Hospitality and Marketing Double Major 400.0
  OR  
312693 v.1   Economics and Marketing Double Major 400.0
  OR  
312685 v.2   Business Information Systems ACS Major 400.0
  OR  
312730 v.1   Finance Major (Extended) 400.0
  OR  
312678 v.1   Accounting and Entrepreneurship Double Major 400.0
  OR  
312713 v.1   Property and Finance Double Major 400.0
  OR  
314566 v.1   Tourism and Hospitality Major (Extended) 400.0
  OR  
312721 v.1   Advertising Major (Extended) 400.0
  OR  
312769 v.1   Advertising and Creative Advertising Graphic Design Double Major 400.0
  OR  
312683 v.1   Banking and Finance Double Major 400.0
  OR  
312728 v.1   Economics Major (Extended) 400.0
  OR  
312687 v.1   Business Information Technology and Systems Double Major 400.0
  600.0



Further Information

To apply for the Bachelor of Commerce, applicants need only select the course code for the campus of their choice once; majors will be selected upon enrolment. A brochure with detailed information on majors and career options is available from Curtin Business School Student Services on telephone (08) 9266 7713 (Bentley campus).


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