University Handbook 2017

Bachelor of Commerce

Course code/s: LBCOM - Melbourne

Details
Location Melbourne
Course Coordinator Greg Jamieson
Course Code LBCOM
Available to International students Yes
CRICOS 084539C
Course duration 3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit Points 360
Exchange opportunity Yes
Leave of absence available Yes
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

Course Description

The Bachelor of Commerce is designed to develop responsible, engaged, innovative and work-ready graduates by providing you with opportunities to talk with business and work with business. The degree comprises an eight-subject common core; an eight-subject primary major; and eight elective subjects. You can choose your primary major from five key business disciplines: accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing.

The common core extends through all three years of the degree and is designed to offer you a broad introduction to business disciplines as well as the opportunity to apply disciplinary knowledge, research, analytical and problem solving skills to resolving social environmental and business problems. It also provides you with the opportunity to talk with business and community leaders and to apply your knowledge and skills in a professional working environment.

Course Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Design and evaluate innovative solutions through the application of their disciplinary knowledge and skills to researching, analysing and resolving social, environmental and business challenges;
  • Recognise and apply future-focused, socially and environmentally responsible, business principles to generate sustainable economic value;
  • Engage professionally and effectively with individuals and organisations, in a manner which is respectful of the needs, values, personalities and capabilities of others;
  • Communicate professionally and effectively with a range of audiences, for a variety of purposes, using appropriate communication tools;
  • Practice the knowledge and skills required of your chosen discipline.

Course Requirements

  • Two not-for-credit online modules: one will provide you with an introduction to concepts of academic integrity and the other an introduction to local indigenous culture.
  • A common core of seven subjects is designed to: enhance your understanding of business principles and develop your business skills; and develop and assess your communication, research, thinking, problem-solving and teamwork skills through all three levels of the course.
  • Three of the  common core subjects, Business Foundations, Sustainability, and Entrepreneurship, deliver the La Trobe Essentials by providing you with opportunities at each level of your course to apply your disciplinary knowledge and skill, through multidisciplinary teams, to researching, analysing and resolving global, sustainability and entrepreneurial challenges typical of those facing business today.
  • An additional core subject unique to the Bachelor of Commerce degree, Professional Practice in Business (BUS3PBB), which requires students to complete an approved internship, practicum or study tour.
  • An eight-subject primary major chosen by you must be completed as a core requirement of this course, in order to provide you with the disciplinary depth required to practice your chosen discipline.  This primary major must be chosen from the five majors listed below.
  • Eight elective subjects provide you with the opportunity to extend the breadth of your course by choosing subjects from any discipline offered at La Trobe, including a practicum subject or a study tour subject.
  • Students may also choose to use these eight elective subjects to complete a second eight-subject major or one or two minors.
  • This degree is designed to be completed within three years of full-time study, although part-time study is possible.
  • You must complete the course set out below, comprising 360 credit points (24 subjects).
  • No more than 150 credit points (10 subjects) may be at first-year level.
  • At least 120 credit points (eight subjects) must be at third-year level.
  • Students must complete all prerequisite subjects prior to enrolling in a core or elective subject.
  • LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject which you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.
  • ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce you to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements are English Units 3 and 4 with a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL. Applicants with comparable qualifications may be considered. A limited number of students may also be considered under Special Entry Schemes.

La Trobe Essentials

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking - are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. They will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject database by distinct icons.  The list of approved subjects is also on the Essentials webpage.

Course Structure

For a guide on how to suitably structure this degree and plan your enrolment download a copy of the Course Map.

First year

Semester 1 BUS1BUF BUS1AFB BUS1BUE OPTION
Business Foundations Accounting and Finance for Business* Business Economics Primary Major Core Subject (15 cps)
Semester 2 BUS1BAN OPTION OPTION OPTION
Business Analytics Primary Major Core Subject (15 cps) Second Major Core Subject or elective subject (15 cps) Second Major Core Subject or elective subject (15 cps)

*Students enrolled in an Accounting major do not have to take BUS1AFB , instead accounting majors take the first subject of their BCom major, ACC1AMD .

Second year

Semester 1 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Primary Commerce Major Core Subject (15 cps)* Primary Commerce Major Core Subject (15 cps)* Primary Commerce Major Core Subject (15 cps)* Second Major Core Subject or elective subject (15 cps)*
Semester 2 BUS2SUS LST2BSL OPTION OPTION
Sustainability Introduction to Business Law and Ethics Second Major Core Subject or elective subject (15 cps)* Second Major Core Subject or elective subject (15 cps)*


*Subjects may be completed in Semester 1 or 2. Students must not exceed 60 credit points per semester.

**Students choosing to complete an accounting major should note that Law of Business Associations (LST2LBA ) is a subject required for accreditation by both CPA Australia and CAANZ and must be taken as an elective subject in second year.

Third year

Semester 1 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Choose from List A Level 3 Primary Commerce Major Core Subject (15 cps)* Level 3 Primary Commerce Major Core Subject (15 cps)* Level 3 Primary Commerce Major Core Subject (15 cps)*
Semester 2 BUS3ENT OPTION OPTION OPTION
Entrepreneurship Level 3 Second Major Core Subject or elective subject (15 cps)* Level 3 Second Major Core Subject or elective subject (15 cps)* Level 3 Second Major Core Subject or elective subject (15 cps)*

*Subjects may be completed in Semester 1 or 2. Students must not exceed 60 credit points per semester.

Note: Taxation ACC3TAX is no longer part of the membership requirements for CPA Australia. However, students can choose to complete this subject as an elective to support their application for professional membership of CAANZ. Students who do not complete the taxation subject as part of their degree may be required to undertake further study to be admitted to membership of CPA Australia.

List A
BUS3PPB Professional Practice in Business
BUS3ELP Experiential Learning Project 
ACC3AWP  Accounting Work Placement
BUS3BST Business Study Tour
ACC3IAS International Accounting Study Program

Majors

Majors and minors

In order to complete the requirements for this course you must choose an eight-subject major from the list below. For information on the subjects required in the Bachelor of Commerce core majors visit commerce majors.

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Financial Management
  • Management
  • Marketing 

You may also choose to complete a second major, or one or two minors, instead of completing all nine elective subjects.  The majors and minors may be chosen from any on offer in the university, subject to their being no more than eight subjects for a major and four subjets for a minor, and subject to having completed any prerequisite subjects required. 

The four-subject minors available within the Business School are listed below:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Economics
  • Environmental Management
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Commerce
  • International Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Sport Management
  • Event Management
  • Tourism and Hospitality

For more information on business majors and minors and the subjects on offer within them, please see Business Majors or Business Minors.

Internationalise your course

You may internationalise your course by completing:

  • The International Business major as a second major to complement your disciplinary major; or
  • Either or both the International Commerce and/or the International Management minors; or
  • International elective subjects such as:  International Accounting (ACC3IAC); International Financial Management (FIN3IFM); International Management (MGT2IMG); International Marketing (MKT3IMK); International Trade (ECO3ITR).
  • A language as a second major; or
  • A semester of study, on exchange, at an approved international university; or
  • International Study Tour subjects such as International Accounting Study Program (ACC3IAS), or Business Study Tour BUS3BST.
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