Faculty of Commerce & Economics

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Bachelor of Commerce (Bcom)

Course code: C3C
This on-campus, 3-year full-time or 6-year part-time course is offered at both Hobart and Launceston. With the exception of the units so designated, and subject to adequate student demand, all units will be available on both campuses. The first year of the course will be available by distance education, as will the majors in Management, Marketing and International Business.

Admission requirements & prerequisites
Possession of the University's basic admission requirements. In addition, applicants must have passed TCE MT730 Mathematics Applied or a higher level Mathematics subject. Candidates should note, however, that admission to the Faculty is subject to quota selection. Selection will be based on a score calculated on an applicant's five best TCE subjects - three of which must be taken in Year 12 - chosen from the list of subjects approved by the University for admission purposes. The mathematics subject referred to above does not have to be one of the five counted for the purposes of the calculation of the TE score.

Course objectives
The course is designed to produce well educated and adaptable graduates, with appropriate professional skills to meet the existing needs and demands of business and related professions. The course specifically prepares students to work in accounting, finance, management, marketing and international business, and in human resource management.

Course structure
The Bachelor of Commerce consists of 24 units of study. To qualify, students must complete a compulsory core of eight units, a major of eight units offered within the Faculty and eight elective units which may be in the form of minors or another major.

All students are required to complete the following core units:
* BFA101 Introductory Accounting A
* BFA102 Introductory Accounting B
* BFA121 Business Information Systems
* BMA101 Introduction to Management
* BMA141 Principles of Business Law
* BEA100 Principles of Economics 1
* BEA120 Principles of Economics 2

The first year is common to all students. Students then elect to specialise in one of the following majors offered by the Faculty consisting of eight units:
* Accounting
* Finance (N.B. not available at Launceston)
* Management
* Marketing
* International Business

The remaining eight elective units may be in the form of minors (4 units each) or another major (8 units). Such electives may, subject to the approval of the Academic Dean, or the Academic Dean's representative, be taken within the Faculty or from other departments of the University. Details may be obtained from the Department of Accounting & Finance or the Department of Management.

If students wish to be eligible for membership of a professional body they will need to select units endorsed by that body. Details may be obtained from the Department of Accounting & Finance or the Department of Management.

Details of the units offered are outlined in Schedule A while the 'Bachelor of Commerce: course structure' shows specimen courses. Students should also refer to the BCom degree specifications which are printed in full in the Rules Handbook.

Combined degree with Law
Students enrolled for the BCom at Hobart may, starting in Year 2, combine studies with the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree, in a course taking five years full time. Quotas apply. The availability of the first two years of the combined degree in Launceston is under consideration for 1997.

The BCom-LLB provides a strong basis for a subsequent career in business or public administration, with specialisation in the relationships between economic decisions and legal constraints and requirements.

The subject Introduction to Law is compulsory in Year 1 for those intending to transfer to the combined degrees. There is also a quota on enrolments in Introduction to Law.

(See Faculty of Law section of this Handbook for further information).

Combined degrees with Computing, Applied Science and Arts
Five-year combined degree programs are available based on the Bachelor of Commerce and the Bachelor of Applied Computing/Bachelor of Computing/Bachelor of Applied Science/Bachelor of Arts. Please refer to combined degrees section further on in this faculty entry.

Honours degree
The honours degree (in the fields of Accounting & Finance or Management) requires one year of full-time study in addition to the requirements for the BCom pass degree. Please see Bachelor of Commerce with Honours which follows the outline of the 'Bachelor of Commerce: course structure', further on in this Faculty entry.

Articulation with other courses
Students who have completed the Associate Diploma of Business from a Tasmanian TAFE College, and have been admitted to the course, will receive credit for all core units of the degree.

Faculty also offers direct credit for its awards across both campuses. For example, a BEc student wishing to transfer to the BCom with credit and vice versa.

Applicants wishing to obtain credit for study already undertaken at another Australian or overseas tertiary institution should consult the Admission Guide for information on procedure.

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