Available in 2022
Course code



20 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course provides a detailed analysis of historical and theoretical issues in commerce. Students may choose to focus on the discipline of finance, economics, or accounting.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2022

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): ACFI4005, ACFI4030 and ECON4008. Students who have successfully completed ACFI4005, ACFI4030 or ECON4008 are not eligible to enrol in BUSN4001.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of key theoretical concepts in commerce

2. Demonstrate knowledge of the methodological foundations of commerce

3. Apply key theoretical concepts to qualitative and empirical data

4. Use advanced communication skills to disseminate findings in a professionally acceptable manner


This course will advance the purpose and objectives outlined above by exploring practical, theoretical, and methodological issues in commerce. Topics may include:

  • Theory in accounting, Finance, and/or economics
  • Foundations of commerce
  • Key methodological concepts in commerce
  • Practical application of key concepts to empirical data
  • Critical perspectives toward commerce theory and research


Students who have successfully completed ACFI4005, ACFI4030, or ECON4008 cannot enrol in this course.

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) [10801] program.

Assumed knowledge

An undergraduate degree with at lease a GPA of 5.0 and a major in Commerce, Accounting, Finance, or Economics; or equivalent.

Assessment items

Presentation: Presentations 20%

Written Assignment: Written Critiques 30%

Report: Written Report 50%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

This course may be taught as a reading course for small enrolment numbers. Students are expected to complete 4 hours of guided learning or self-directed learning and an additional 6 hours of independent study per week.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.