University Handbook 2018

Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws

Course code/s: LZCOML – Melbourne

Course Details
Location Melbourne
Course Coordinator Greg Jamieson
Course Code LZCOML
Available to International Students No
CRICOS NA
Course Duration 5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Exchange Opportunity Yes
Leave of Absence Available Yes
Course Queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

Current commencements from 2018

Course description

This multidisciplinary course combines the development of enterprise skills required for careers of the future, through a transdisciplinary core, with the development of your technical business skills, through a major in accounting, economics, finance, management or marketing, together with a complete degree in law.

The Bachelor of Laws offers an innovative, high quality legal education with a strong social justice perspective and a real emphasis on hands-on experiences. The program includes a wide range of law electives, including subjects complementary to business such as banking and finance law, income taxation law and global business law.

Through the core of the Bachelor of Commerce you will learn how to communicate and work effectively in multidisciplinary, multicultural teams to solve the type of complex social and commercial challenges faced by corporations and diverse communities, today.  You will learn how to create sustainable value in corporations and diverse communities, and in so doing you will learn how to communicate your own value to future employers

Admission requirements

Admission requirements are English Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 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.

Course intended learning outcomes

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

  • Research: Research and analyse business and social challenges from multiple disciplinary perspectives, so as to suggest a range of potentially innovative solutions.
  • Think: Evaluate a range of alternate solutions to business and social challenges and account for potentially competing economic, ethical, social and commercial perspectives in a responsible manner.
  • Communicate: Pitch an innovative solution for a business or social challenge, to a diverse group of stakeholders and negotiate amendments, support and resources for it within a corporation or diverse community.
  • Solve Problems: Manage the successful implementation of an innovative solution to a business or social challenge within the social and commercial constraints of a corporation or diverse community.
  • Work with Others: Engage professionally and effectively to the success of a multicultural, multidisciplinary team, in a manner which is respectful of the needs, values, personalities and capabilities of others.
  • Work with digital technologies: Utilise digital technologies to identify, source, analyse and communicate information relevant to business and social challenges.
  • Demonstrate Disciplinary Knowledge and Skills: Meet the disciplinary knowledge and skill requirements for graduates seeking to commence a career in business or in law.

Course requirements

  • LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that 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.
  • You will complete law core of eighteen subjects required for admission to the legal profession in the State of Victoria, and a commerce core of seven subjects designed to develop your transferable enterprise skills, such as research, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, working with others, quantitative and financial literacy.
  • You have the option of completing one of two work-integrated-learning subject as your capstone subject, instead of the commerce capstone subject, Execute and Manage Change.
  • An eight-subject commerce major, chosen from the following, will provide you with the technical skills required to practice your chosen business discipline: accounting, economics, financial management, management and marketing.
  • Six law elective subjects allow you to customise your law degree according to your personal interest.
  • Two elective subjects completes your commerce degree.
  • No more than 150 credit points (10 subjects) MAY be at first year level in either degree.
  • At least 90 credit points (six subjects) MUST be at third year level from each degree

You must complete all prerequisite subjects prior to enrolling in a core or elective subject and must complete all core subjects in the defined order.

LaTrobe Essential

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

To assist with planning your enrolment, download a PDF copy of the study plan guide here: Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws – Melbourne (LZCOML) [PDF 106 KB]

First year

Semester 1 FIN1FOF BUS1ECW LAW1LIM LAW1DR
Fundamentals of Finance Economics for the Changing World Legal Institutions and Methods Dispute Resolution
Semester 2 BUS1ADI BUS1BAN LAW1PPL OPTION
Analyse and Ideate* Analysing Business Data Principles of Public Law Primary Commerce Major Core Subject (15 cps)

*This subject is designed as a two-week Bachelor of Commerce cohort development experience.  Classes and learning activities will be scheduled for three hours each morning and afternoon of Monday, Wednesday and Friday of the two-week study period. Students may choose to complete this subject either in the Winter or Summer 3 study periods.

# Note that students completing an accounting major do not have to complete LST2BSL or LST2LBA .  As part of this degree the CPA and CAANZ requirements are satisfied by successful completion of LAW1LIM , LAW2CTA , and LAW3CMP .

Second year

Semester 1 LAW2CTA LAW2TOT OPTION OPTION
Contract Law A Principles of Tort Law Primary Commerce Major Core Subject Primary Commerce Major Core Subject
Semester 2 BUS2ENS LAW1CRL LAW2CTB OPTION
Evaluate and Negotiate* Principles of Criminal Law Contract Law B Primary Commerce Major core subject

* This subject is designed as a two-week Bachelor of Commerce cohort development experience.  Classes and learning activities will be scheduled for three hours each morning and afternoon of Monday, Wednesday and Friday of the two-week study period. Students may choose to complete this subject either in the Winter or Summer 3 study periods.

# Note that students completing an accounting major do not have to complete LST2BSL or LST2LBA .  As part of this degree the CPA and CAANZ requirements are satisfied by successful completion of LAW1LIM , LAW2CTA , and LAW3CMP .

Third year

Semester 1 LAW2STA LAW2FPL OPTION  OPTION
Statutory Interpretation Foundations of Property Law Commerce Primary Major Core Subjects  Commerce Primary Major Core Subjects
Semester 2 LAW2CSL LAW2CIV LAW2RPT OPTION
Principles of Constitutional Law Civil Procedure Real Property Law  Commerce Primary Major Core Subjects

Fourth year

Semester 1 LAW2ECP OPTION OPTION OPTION
Evidence and Criminal Procedure Select from List B (15 cps) One Commerce Primary Major Capstone Subject (15 cps) School of Law level 2 or 3 Elective Subject
Semester 2 LAW3ADN OPTION OPTION OPTION
Principles of Administrative Law Business Level 3 Electve Subject** Business Level 3 Electve Subject** School of Law level 3 List A Elective

LIST B
ACC3AWP Core Choice A: Accounting Work Placement
BUS3ELP Core Choice A: Experiential Learning Project

* This subject is designed as a two-week Bachelor of Commerce cohort development experience.  Classes and learning activities will be scheduled for three hours each morning and afternoon of Monday, Wednesday and Friday of the two-week study period. Students may choose to complete this subject either in the Winter or Summer 3 study periods.

** Students completing an accounting major MUST complete ACC3TAX “Taxation” in place of this elective subject, in order to meet the requirements for professional accreditation of the accounting major set by CPA Australia and CAANZ.

^ Students may choose to complete either one of two work-integrated-learning subjects, ACC3ACP or BUS3ELP , as their capstone subject in place of BUS3EMC.

Fifth year

Semester 1 LAW3CMP LAW3ETR OPTION OPTION
Company Law Principles of Equity and Trusts Law Level 2 or Level 3 Elective Subject (15 Credit points) Law Level 2 or Level 3 Elective Subject (15 Credit points)
Semester 2 LAW3LPC LAW3REM OPTION OPTION
Legal Practice and Conduct Remedies School of Law level 3 List A Subject School of Law Level 3 Elective Subject

Law electives

For information about law electives please refer to the list and information set out under the Law Electives page. Please see the University's Subjects webpage for electives offered in 2018.

Note: You may, if you wish, apply to undertake a placement

School of Law level 3 List A Subject

LAW3ITL  (S1)  Income Taxation Law
LAW3ELR (S2)  Employment and Labor Relations Law
LAW3BFL (S2)  Banking and Finance Law
LAW3ATL (WIN) (Weeks 27 & 28) Advanced Tax Law
(S1 or S2) Approved Global Business Law (GBL) subjects
S1 = Semester 1 – S2 = Semester 2 – WIN = Winter Semester

Majors

COMMERCE MAJORS:

Accounting

ACC1AMD (S1 & S2) Accounting for Management Decisions
ACC1AIS (S1 &S2)  Accounting and Information Systems
FIN1FOF (S1 & S2)  Fundamentals of Finance
ACC2CRE (S1 & S2) Corporate Reporting
ACC2CAD (S1 & S2)  Cost Accounting and  Decision Making
ACC3AFA (S1 & S2) Advanced Financial Accounting
ACC3MAC  (S1 & S2) Performance Management and Control
ACC3AUD   (S1 & S2)  Auditing and Assurance     
S1 = Semester 1 – S2 = Semester 2

Students choosing to complete an accounting major should note that: Introduction to Business Laws and Ethics (LST2BSL ) is a subject required for accreditation by CAANZ and must be taken as an elective subject in second year, AND that while Taxation (ACC3TAX ) is no longer part of the membership requirements for CPA Australia, it is required for membership of CAANZ, hence students are advised to choose to complete Taxation as one of their third year electives. 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.

Economics

ECO1RIG (S1 & S2) Recessions, Inflation and Economic Growth
ECO2CFC (S2) Consumers, Firms, Competition
ECO2MFG  (S2) Macroeconomic Fluctuations, Growth and Policy
ECO2IQA  (S1 & S2)  Introduction to Quantitative Analysis
ECM2IE  (S1 & S2) Introductory Econometrics
ECM3MEC  (S1) Modelling with Econometrics
ECO3CMF  (S1)  Competition, Market Failure and Government
ECO3EGS (S2) Economic Growth and Stability: Theory and Evidence (capstone)
S1 = Semester 1 – S2 = Semester 2 – WIN = Winter Semester – SUM = Summer Semester

Students choosing to complete an accounting major should note that: Introduction to Business Laws and Ethics (LST2BSL ) is a subject required for accreditation by CAANZ and must be taken as an elective subject in second year, AND that while Taxation (ACC3TAX ) is no longer part of the membership requirements for CPA Australia, it is required for membership of CAANZ, hence students are advised to choose to complete Taxation as one of their third year electives. 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.

Finance

FIN1FOF  (S1) Fundamentals of Finance
ECO2IQA (S1 & S2) Introduction to Quantitative Analysis
ECM2IE (S1 & S2) Introductory Econometrics
FIN2BFI (S1 & WIN) Banking and Financial Institutions
FIN3CFI  (S1 & S2) Corporate Finance
FIN3IFM  (S1 & SUM 2) International Financial Management
FIN3IPM (S1 & S2) Investment and Portfolio Management
 FIN3CSF (S2) Case Studies in Finance (capstone)
S1 = Semester 1 – S2 = Semester 2 – WIN

Students choosing to complete an accounting major should note that: Introduction to Business Laws and Ethics (LST2BSL ) is a subject required for accreditation by CAANZ and must be taken as an elective subject in second year, AND that while Taxation (ACC3TAX ) is no longer part of the membership requirements for CPA Australia, it is required for membership of CAANZ, hence students are advised to choose to complete Taxation as one of their third year electives. 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.

Management

MGT1FOM (S1 & S2) Foundations of Management
MGT2OBE (S1) Organisational Behaviour
MGT2BET (S2) Business Ethics
MGT2HRM (S1 & S2) Human Resource Management
MGT2IMG (S2 & SUM2) International Management
MGT3LWM (S1 & WIN) Leadership: What Matters?
MGT3SMG (S1 & S2) Strategic Management (capstone)
MGT3OCD (S2)  Organisational Change and Development
S1 = Semester 1 – S2 = Semester 2 – WIN = Winter Semester - SUM2 = Summer Semester 2

Students choosing to complete an accounting major should note that: Introduction to Business Laws and Ethics (LST2BSL ) is a subject required for accreditation by CAANZ and must be taken as an elective subject in second year, AND that while Taxation (ACC3TAX ) is no longer part of the membership requirements for CPA Australia, it is required for membership of CAANZ, hence students are advised to choose to complete Taxation as one of their third year electives. 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.

Marketing

MKT1MDP (S1 & S2) Marketing: Defined, Planned and Delivered   
MKT2BBM  (S2) Branding and Brand Management
MKT2CBE  (S1 & S2) Consumer Behaviour
MKT3ADV (S1) Advertising and Sales Promotion
MKT3SEM (S1) Social Marketing
MKT3MRE (S1) Marketing Research
MKT3IMK (S1 & S2) International Marketing
MKT3SMK  (S1 & S2) Strategic Marketing (capstone)
S1 = Semester 1 – S2 = Semester 2

Pre 2018 commencements

Course description

Combining a professional qualification in law with a commerce degree, this program offers an innovative, high quality legal education with a strong social justice perspective and a real emphasis on hands-on experiences. The program includes a wide range of law electives, including subjects complementary to business such as banking and finance law, income taxation law and global business law. The commerce component is designed to develop responsible, engaged and innovative work-ready graduates through providing students with opportunities to talk with business and work with business.

The Bachelor of Commerce comprises an eight-subject common core and an eight-subject primary major. You can choose your primary major from five key Business Disciplines: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management or Marketing. The common core, which extends through all three years of the degree, is designed to offer students a broad introduction to Business Disciplines, along with the opportunity to apply disciplinary knowledge, research, analytical and problem-solving skills to resolving social, environmental and business problems and opportunities. You will also have the opportunity to talk with business and community leaders and to apply knowledge and skills in a professional working environment.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements are English Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 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.

Course requirements

  • The degree is designed to be completed within five years of full-time study, although part-time study is possible.
  • You must complete the course set out below, comprising 600 credit points (360 credit points in Law and 240 credit points in Commerce – 40 subjects).
  • You must complete in sequence the compulsory Law subjects.
  • You must complete in sequence the compulsory Commerce subjects.
  • You must complete 24 subjects from the Bachelor of Laws degree, including all the compulsory subjects required for admission to the legal profession in the State of Victoria, eight common core subjects from the Bachelor of Commerce and eight subjects reserved for a primary Major chosen from Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management or Marketing. For information on the subjects required in the Bachelor of Commerce core Majors visit Commerce Majors.
  • You must complete all prerequisite subjects prior to enrolling in a core or elective subject.
  • Students will be required to complete a work integrated learning experience in the subject Professional Practice in Business and the scope of the degree allows for a range of international study tours to be offered as part of the range of work integrated learning opportunities.
  • LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that 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.

LaTrobe Essential

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

First year

Semester 1 BUS1BUF BUS1AFB LAW1LIM LAW1DR
Business Foundations Accounting and Finance for Business* Legal Institutions and Methods Dispute Resolution
Semester 2 BUS1BUE BUS1BAN LAW1PPL OPTION
Business Economics Business Analytics Principles of Public Law Primary Commerce Major Core 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 LAW2CTA LAW2TOT OPTION OPTION
Contract Law A Principles of Tort Law Primary Commerce Major Core Subject Primary Commerce Major Core Subject
Semester 2 BUS2SUS LAW1CRL LAW2CTB OPTION
Sustainability Principles of Criminal Law Contract Law B Primary Commerce Major core subject

Third year

Semester 1 LAW2STA LAW2FPL OPTION  OPTION
Statutory Interpretation Foundations of Property Law Commerce Primary Major Core Subjects  Commerce Primary Major Core Subjects
Semester 2 LAW2CSL LAW2CIV LAW2RPT OPTION
Principles of Constitutional Law Civil Procedure Real Property Law  Commerce Primary Major Core Subjects

Fourth year

Semester 1 LAW2ECP OPTION OPTION OPTION
Evidence and Criminal Procedure Select from List A (15 cps) One Commerce Primary Major Capstone Subject (15 cps) School of Law level 2 or 3 Elective Subject
Semester 2 LAW3ADN BUS3ENT OPTION OPTION
Principles of Administrative Law Entrepreneurship One La Trobe Business School Third Year Elective School of Law level 3 List A Elective
LIST A
BUS3PPB (S1) Professional Practice in Business
ACC3AWP (WK 46-50) Accoutning Work Placement
BUS3ELP (S1 or S2) Experiential Learning Project
BUS3BST (WK 01-08) Business Study Tour
ACC3IAS International Accounting Study Program (not offerered in 2017)

Fifth year

Semester 1 LAW3CMP LAW3ETR OPTION OPTION
Company Law Principles of Equity and Trusts Law Level 2 or Level 3 Elective Subject (15 Credit points) Law Level 2 or Level 3 Elective Subject (15 Credit points)
Semester 2 LAW3LPC LAW3REM OPTION OPTION
Legal Practice and Conduct Remedies School of Law level 3 List A Subject School of Law Level 3 Elective Subject

Law electives

For information about law electives please refer to the list and information set out under the heading ‘Law Electives’ in this Handbook for LVLGE Bachelor of Laws Graduate Entry (Melbourne). Please see the University's Subjects webpage for electives offered in 2018.

Note: You may, if you wish, apply to undertake a placement

School of Law level 3 List A Subject

LAW3ITL  (S1)  Income Taxation Law
LAW3ELR (S2)  Employment and Labor Relations Law
LAW3BFL (S2)  Banking and Finance Law
LAW3ATL (WIN) (Weeks 27 & 28) Advanced Tax Law
(S1 or S2) Approved Global Business Law (GBL) subjects
S1 = Semester 1 – S2 = Semester 2 – WIN = Winter Semester

Majors

COMMERCE MAJORS:

Accounting major

ACC1AMD (S1 & S2) Accounting for Management Decisions
ACC1AIS (S1 &S2)  Accounting and Information Systems
FIN1FOF (S1 & S2)  Fundamentals of Finance
ACC2CRE (S1 & S2) Corporate Reporting
ACC2CAD (S1 & S2)  Cost Accounting and  Decision Making
ACC3AFA (S1 & S2) Advanced Financial Accounting
ACC3MAC  (S1 & S2) Performance Management and Control
ACC3AUD   (S1 & S2)  Auditing and Assurance     
S1 = Semester 1 – S2 = Semester 2

Students choosing to complete an accounting major should note that: Introduction to Business Laws and Ethics (LST2BSL ) is a subject required for accreditation by CAANZ and must be taken as an elective subject in second year, AND that while Taxation (ACC3TAX ) is no longer part of the membership requirements for CPA Australia, it is required for membership of CAANZ, hence students are advised to choose to complete Taxation as one of their third year electives. 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.

Economics major

ECO1RIG (S1 & S2) Recessions, Inflation and Economic Growth
ECO2CFC (S2) Consumers, Firms, Competition
ECO2MFG  (S2) Macroeconomic Fluctuations, Growth and Policy
ECO2IQA  (S1 & S2)  Introduction to Quantitative Analysis
ECM2IE  (S1 & S2) Introductory Econometrics
ECM3MEC  (S1) Modelling with Econometrics
ECO3CMF  (S1)  Competition, Market Failure and Government
ECO3EGS (S2) Economic Growth and Stability: Theory and Evidence (capstone)
S1 = Semester 1 – S2 = Semester 2 – WIN = Winter Semester – SUM = Summer Semester

Finance major

FIN1FOF  (S1) Fundamentals of Finance
ECO2IQA (S1 & S2) Introduction to Quantitative Analysis
ECM2IE (S1 & S2) Introductory Econometrics
FIN2BFI (S1 & WIN) Banking and Financial Institutions
FIN3CFI  (S1 & S2) Corporate Finance
FIN3IFM  (S1 & SUM 2) International Financial Management
FIN3IPM (S1 & S2) Investment and Portfolio Management
 FIN3CSF (S2) Case Studies in Finance (capstone)
S1 = Semester 1 – S2 = Semester 2 – WIN

Management major

MGT1FOM (S1 & S2) Foundations of Management
MGT2OBE (S1) Organisational Behaviour
MGT2BET (S2) Business Ethics
MGT2HRM (S1 & S2) Human Resource Management
MGT2IMG (S2 & SUM2) International Management
MGT3LWM (S1 & WIN) Leadership: What Matters?
MGT3SMG (S1 & S2) Strategic Management (capstone)
MGT3OCD (S2)  Organisational Change and Development
S1 = Semester 1 – S2 = Semester 2 – WIN = Winter Semester - SUM2 = Summer Semester 2

Marketing major

MKT1MDP (S1 & S2) Marketing: Defined, Planned and Delivered   
MKT2BBM  (S2) Branding and Brand Management
MKT2CBE  (S1 & S2) Consumer Behaviour
MKT3ADV (S1) Advertising and Sales Promotion
MKT3SEM (S1) Social Marketing
MKT3MRE (S1) Marketing Research
MKT3IMK (S1 & S2) International Marketing
MKT3SMK  (S1 & S2) Strategic Marketing (capstone)
S1 = Semester 1 – S2 = Semester 2

 

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