Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

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Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

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30th Jul 2016 8:17pm

Program Code

40037

AQF Level

Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree

Locations and UAC Codes

Mode of Delivery

  • Face to Face

Duration

Domestic - 5 years full time.

International - 5 years full time.

ATAR (2016)

Cut-off Median
Callaghan Campus90.3093.85

Assumed Knowledge

HSC Mathematics or equivalent

Term Type

Semesters

Relevant University rules and policies

CRICOS Code

Description

Within the combined degree program, students study a combination of Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) courses over a period of five years full-time. On completion of the first three years students will have completed all the courses required for the Bachelor of Commerce degree. In the final two years of the combined degree program students complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and may enrol in these two years on a less than full time basis.

Students completing this combined degree program become specialists in Commerce and meet the academic requirements to practice law in NSW. However, students wishing to practice law must also complete postgraduate professional training approved by the Legal Profession Admission Board. Alternatively, students completing this degree may apply for entry to the Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Diploma of Legal Practice Program - see separate handbook entry - which allows immediate admission to legal practice on graduation.

Commencement in this program is only available in Semester 1. Due to timetabling issues this program is not available for a Semester 2 commencement.


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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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/future-students .  Admission information for international students can be found at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/study-with-us/how-to-apply .

You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).  Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/domestic-students/options-for-entry/bonus-points.html 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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438

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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ 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: www.aiaworldwide.com

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: http://www.asic.gov.au/online-services/search-asics-registers/asics-training-register/asics-training-register-search-results/training-registers/bachelor-of-commerce-finance-2/

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 https://www.cpaaustralia.com.au/ or CA Australia and New Zealand at http://www.charteredaccountants.com.au/

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

400 units

Program Duration

5 years full time 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

The Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) is undertaken over five years for full-time study. It is a combined degree program offered by the Faculty of Business and Law. The combined degree program involves completion of 160 units of courses from the Bachelor of Commerce and 240 units of LAWS courses from the Bachelor of Laws (Honours).

To meet the requirements of the Bachelor of Commerce you must complete 160 units, including 60 units of Core Commerce Courses, a 10 unit directed course (STAT1060 or ECON1003), a major sequence of study and elective courses (20 units of electives if undertaking the Actuarial Studies and Risk Management major, 30 units of electives for all other majors). Please refer to the Program Description for the Bachelor of Commerce for further details on course requirements within each Major Sequence. Please note combined Law students receive an exemption for LEGL1001 in the Commerce degree.

Credit towards the Bachelor of Commerce degree is granted for the 80 units of the Bachelor of Laws courses taken in the first three years, taking the total Bachelor of Commerce units to 240. On successful completion of the first three years of the combined degree program outlined above, you will have completed all the required courses for the Bachelor of Commerce degree.

To meet the requirements for the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree you must complete 240 units including 170 units of Core Laws courses and 70 units of directed LAWS courss. The final two years of the combined degree program comprises study in LAWS courses only.

 


Transition Arrangements

Students wishing to transfer from the pre-2016 Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Program No 12345) to the revised Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Program No 40037) should contact the Bachelor of Laws Program Advisor at law-bl@newcastle.edu.au for the transition arrangements.


Program Structure

Core Courses - Law

Complete all core courses

LAWS1001ALegal System and Method - Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS1001BLegal Systems and Method - Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS1003ATorts - Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS1003BTorts - Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS2004ACriminal Law & Procedure - Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS2004BCriminal Law and Procedure - Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS3004AContracts - Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS3004BContracts - Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4001Constitutional Law
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4002Administrative Law
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4003Civil Procedure
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4004Evidence
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4005Company Law
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4007Professional Conduct
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4010Equity and Trusts
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4011Property
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4012Public International Law
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units

Core Courses - Commerce

Core Courses - Commerce

Complete all core courses

ACFI1001Accounting for Decision Makers
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Central Coast)
  • Trimester 3 - 2016 (Singapore)
  • 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)
  • Trimester 3 - 2016 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Central Coast)
10 units
MNGT1001Introduction to Management
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2016 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Central Coast)
10 units
Directed Courses - Commerce Core

Choose 10 units from the following directed courses Note: Students wishing to study an Economics and/or Finance major should choose ECON1003. Students who completed STAT1060 prior to 2016 and who wish to undertake the Finance major will not be required to complete 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 - Law

Choose 70 units from the following directed courses across Years 4 and 5

LAWS5003Advanced Criminal Law
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5005Adv Legal Research and Writing
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5006Child Law
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5009Employment Law
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5010Environmental Law
  • Compressed Summer - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5011Equal Opportunity Law
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5014International Human Rights Law
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5015Intellectual Property Law
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5016Law ReviewNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5017Legal History
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5024Indigenous People, Issues and The Law
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5027International Trade LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5028Competitive MootingNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5029Workplace Health and Safety LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5030Legal Theory
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5031Competition Law and Policy
  • Winter - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5032Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5033Native Title Law and PracticeNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5034Crime and Australian Society
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5035Law and Religion
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5036International Clinical Legal Externship
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5037Public Interest Advocacy
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5039Internet LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5040Financial Services RegulationNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5041Mining Law
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5042Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Winter - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5043International Study Experience
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5061Commercial Law
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5063Family Law
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5065Taxation Law
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units

Accounting Major

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfill the requirements of this major

ACFI2003Management Accounting
  • Trimester 1 - 2016 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Central Coast)
  • Trimester 2 - 2016 (Singapore)
10 units
ACFI2011Financial Accounting for Reporting Entities
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Central Coast)
  • Trimester 3 - 2016 (Singapore)
10 units
ACFI3000Contemporary Accounting IssuesNot currently offered10 units
ACFI3001Accounting Theory
  • Trimester 1 - 2016 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Central Coast)
  • Trimester 2 - 2016 (Singapore)
10 units
ACFI3004Taxation
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Central Coast)
  • Trimester 2 - 2016 (Singapore)
10 units
ACFI3005Auditing and Assurance
  • Trimester 1 - 2016 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2016 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Central Coast)
10 units

Actuarial Studies and Risk Management Major

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfill the requirements of this major

ACST2000Financial MathematicsNot currently offered10 units
STAT2100Modelling (Actuarial)Not currently offered10 units
ACFI3130Derivative Securities
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
ACST3000ContingenciesNot currently offered10 units
ACST3001Financial EconomicsNot currently offered10 units
ACST3002Statistical MethodsNot currently offered10 units
STAT3010Statistical Inference
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units

Economics Major

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfill the requirements of this major

ECON2001Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
ECON2002Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
ECON3008International Macroeconomics
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
Directed Courses

Choose 30 units from the following directed courses

BUSN3001Project in Business
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Central Coast)
10 units
ECON3002Economic Development
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
ECON3003Global Trade and Finance
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
ECON3004Money and Banking
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
ECON3005Economics of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
ECON3006Environmental Economics
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
ECON3007Intermediate Econometrics
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
Electives

Complete 10 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

10 units

Finance Major

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfill the requirements of the major

ACFI2070Business Finance
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Central Coast)
10 units
ACFI2080Corporate Finance
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Central Coast)
10 units
ACFI3018Portfolio Management
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
ACFI3130Derivative Securities
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
ACFI3140International Finance
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
ACFI3190Financial Institutions Risk Management
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units

Honours

Honours is embedded in the Law component of this program. All students who successfully complete the program will graduate with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours). Students who excel in their studies will have access to graded Honours, which will be calculated according to the University's policy. The policy is available at: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/policy/000990.html . See Program Convenor for further information regarding eligibility for Graded Honours.

Honours in Commerce is available to students as a separate program with a duration of one year full time (or part time equivalent) to those who meet the entry requirements. For more information about Honours please follow the link below:

http://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-commerce-honours/why-study-with-us


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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students

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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation 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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.

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