Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Commerce


Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Commerce

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27th Jun 2016 7:24pm

Program Code


AQF Level

Level 7 Bachelor Degree

Locations and UAC Codes

Mode of Delivery

  • Face to Face


Domestic - 4 years full time or part time equivalent.

International - 4 years full time.

ATAR (2016)

Cut-off Median
Callaghan Campus70.9082.00

Assumed Knowledge

HSC Mathematics or equivalent

Term Type


Relevant University rules and policies



This combined degree program provides students with the opportunity to increase the depth and breadth of their study in relevant disciplines within Business and Commerce whilst completing two awards over four years of full-time study or part-time equivalent.

A combined degree program enhances the academic and professional qualities gained in each separate degree. At the same time, it recognises the increasing need for students to graduate with multidisciplinary skills.

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Admission Information

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students.  Admission information for Australian students and residents is available from .  Admission information for international students can be found at .You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).  Please visit to see if you are eligible.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at

Assumed Knowledge

HSC Mathematics or equivalent

Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.

Professional Recognition

Association of International Accountants

The Association of International Accountants (AIA) is a global body for professional accountants. They aim to create world class accountants; through offering high-standard, relevant and innovative qualifications, and providing first-class, tailored and pertinent services for their members around the world. The AIA qualification is recognised in over 30 countries worldwide. Qualification of full-membership requires completion of the AIA examinations plus three years relevant work experience.   Exemptions from selected examinations may be awarded to University of Newcastle graduates who have completed the Bachelor of Commerce degree program with a focus on Accounting. For specific information regarding exemptions please refer to the AIA Database at:

Australian Securities and Investment Commission

Students may also be able to gain accreditation with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) with regard to various education and knowledge requirements under RG146. The suite of courses meet the various RG146 knowledge requirements as they stood at 2012 and as the requirements continue to be under review by ASIC it is assumed that the courses continue to meet those knowledge area requirements. Consequently, students need to convey such information to prospective employers (and the employers then need to respond with acceptance or that they require further evidence). For more details see:

CPA Australia and CA Australia and New Zealand

Students must complete the units set out in the CPA and CA Australia and New Zealand accreditation requirements in order to meet the academic requirements for Associate membership of CPA Australia and enrolment in the CPA Program, and for enrolment in the Chartered Accountants Program of CA Australia and New Zealand.

For further information see the document in the Additional Information section or go to CPA Australia at or CA Australia and New Zealand at

Financial Services Institute of Australiasia

The Finance Major Sequence in the Bachelor of Commerce meets the requirements for the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA).

Academic Requirements for Program Completion

Total Units required

320 units

Program Duration

4 years full time or part time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.

International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.

Program Requirements


To complete the program, students must pass courses totalling 320 units (generally made up of 32 courses worth 10 units each).

The 320 units required to complete the program must include:

  • All core courses listed
  • A Major sequence from the Bachelor of Business, including all compulsory and directed courses (seeBachelor of Business handbook)
  • A Major sequence from the Bachelor of Commerce, including all compulsory and directed courses (see Bachelor of Commerce handbook)
  • Elective courses. Students who are interested in undertaking Honours and/or those wishing to enhance their quantitative/econometric skills may choose ECON2003 Introductory Econometrics as an elective.
  • At least 40 units at each level of the program;
  • No more than 120 units at 1000 level
  • No more than a maximum of 100 units at the 2000 (second year) level.

Students should refer to the individual program structures for the Bachelor of Business ( and Bachelor of Commerce ( for information regarding the majors in each program, accreditation requirements and transition arrangements.

Students may study 40 units of courses which comprise a minor (see additional program information below). When you have successfully completed your program, your transcript and testamur will specify completed major/s but will not specify completed minors. Details of minors are listed below.


ACFI1002 Accounting Practice

ACFI2003 Management Accounting

ACFI2011 Financial Accounting

ACFI3001 Accounting Theory

Business Information Systems

EBUS2000 Information and Communication in Business

EBUS3050 The Digital Economy

INFT3100 Project Management

INFT3150 Business Analysis




CHIN1110 Elementary Chinese I

CHIN1120 Elementary Chinese II

CHIN2301 Intermediate Comprehensive Chinese I

CHIN2302 Intermediate Comprehensive Chinese II


CMNS1230 Foundations of Media Production

CMNS1000 Introduction to Digital Communication

CMNS2800 Creative Industries Entrepreneurship

CMNS3310 Communication, Creativity and Cultural Production


ECON1001 Microeconomics for Business Decisions

ECON1002 Macroeconomics in the Global Economy

Plus one of the two options: Option A

ECON2001 Intermediate Microeconomics

ECON3005 Economics of Entrepreneurship & Innovation

OR Option B

ECON2002 Intermediate Macroeconomics

ECON3008 International Macroeconomics


MNGT1002 Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation

MNGT2002 Business Venturing

MNGT2003 Entrepreneurial and Innovation Diversity

MNGT3007 Social Entrepreneurship


ACFI1002 Accounting Practice

ACFI2070 Business Finance

ACFI2080 Corporate Finance

ACFI3130 Derivatives Securities


IRHR1002 Dynamics of People and Work in Organisations

IRHR2270 Human Resource Management

IRHR2010 Introduction to Industrial Relations

IRHR3000 Applied Human Resource Management and Employment Relations


MNGT1002 Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation

MNGT2003 Entrepreneurial and Innovation Diversity

MNGT2004 Innovation and Technical Management

MNGT3008 Advanced Innovation Management

International Business

IBUS1000 Managing International Business Risk

IBUS2001 Cross Cultural Management and Negotiations

IBUS2003 International Trade Logistics

Plus one from the following:

ACFI3140 International Finance

ECON3003 Global Trade and Finance

IRHR3540 International Human Resource Management

MKTG3060 International Marketing


JAPN1110 Elementary Japanese 1

JAPN1120 Elementary Japanese 2

JAPN2111 Intermediate Japanese 1

JAPN2112 Intermediate Japanese 2


MNGT1001 Introduction to Management

MNGT2005 Leadership & Ethics

MNGT2006 Dynamic Business Decisions

MNGT3011 Leading Organisational Change


MKTG1001 Foundations of Marketing

MKTG2101 Consumer Behaviour

MKTG2010 Marketing Research

MTKG3002 Digital and Social Media Marketing

Governance, Policy and Political Economy

POLI1010 Australian Politics and Government

POLI2203 International Political Economy and Global Development

POLI2180 Politics, Policy and Government

POLI3130 Principles of Public Policy


PSYC1010 Psychology Introduction 1

PSYC1020 Psychology Introduction 2

PSYC2600 Personality and Social Psychology

PSYC3600 Advanced Social and Organisational Psychology

Sports Management

LEIS1000 Leisure Behaviour and Organisation

LEIS2000 Contemporary Sports and Club Management

TOUR2002 Visitor Management

LEIS3000 Managing Events

Tourism Management

LEIS1000 Leisure Behaviour and Organisation

TOUR2001 Tourism and Cultural Heritage

TOUR2003 Global Tourism Management

TOUR3000 Tourism and Environmental Management

Program Structure

Core Courses

Core Courses

Complete all core courses

ACFI1001Accounting for Decision Makers
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
ACFI1002Accounting Practice
  • Trimester 1 - 2016 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2016 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Central Coast)
10 units
ACFI1003Introduction to Finance
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2016 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2016 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Central Coast)
10 units
ECON1001Microeconomics for Business Decisions
  • Trimester 1 - 2016 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
ECON1002Macroeconomics in the Global Economy
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Central Coast)
10 units
LEGL1001Foundations of Law
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2016 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Central Coast)
10 units
MKTG1001Foundations of Marketing
  • Trimester 1 - 2016 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
MNGT1001Introduction to Management
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Central Coast)
10 units

Core Courses

Directed Courses

Choose 10 units from the following directed courses. Note: Students studying the Economics and/or Finance major must choose ECON1003.

ECON1003Basic Econometrics and Quantitative Modelling
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
STAT1060Business Decision Making
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Central Coast)
  • Trimester 3 - 2016 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
Directed Courses

Choose 10 units from the following directed courses. Students wishing to study the following majors must complete the appropriate course in the directed list: International Business major - IBUS1000; Sports Management major - LEIS1000; Tourism Management major - LEIS1000; Human Resource Management major - IRHR1002; Entrepreneurship and Innovation major - MNGT1002; Governance, Policy and Political Economy major - POLI1010.

IBUS1000Managing International Business Risk
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
IRHR1002Dynamics of People and Work in Organisations
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Central Coast)
10 units
LEIS1000Leisure Behaviour and Organisation
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Central Coast)
10 units
MNGT1002Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
POLI1010Australian Politics and Government
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Central Coast)
10 units

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Communicate effectively, (a) orally and/or (b) in writing

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Special Needs

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit for more information.

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