University Handbook 2018

Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Arts

Course code/s: LZCOMA - Melbourne

Course Details
Location Melbourne
Course Coordinator Greg Jamieson
Course Code LZCOMA
Available to International students YES
CRICOS 084537E
Course duration 4 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit Points 480
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 customized arts degree which allows you to enhance your learning in an area of study aligned with your interests, ambitions and passions in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Through the core 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 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.Course structure

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 and the arts.

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 an arts core of three subjects 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.
  • An eight-subject arts major is also required to be completed by you and may be chosen from the list of majors offered within the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  • Six elective subjects provide you with the opportunity to extend the breadth of your course.
  • No more than 150 credit points (10 subjects) MAY be at first year level in either degree.
  • You must complete all prerequisite subjects before enrolling in a core or elective subject

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

To assist with planning your enrolment, download a PDF copy of the study plan guide here: Bachelor of Commerce-Bachelor of Arts (LZCOMA) Melbourne 2018 [PDF 137 KB]

First year

Semester 1 BUS1ECW FIN1FOF HUS1FAS OPTION
Economics for a  Changing World Fundamentals of Finance Rethinking Our Humanity Level 1 Commerce Primary Major Subject
Semester 2 BUS1ADI BUS1BAN OPTION OPTION
Analyse & Ideate* Analysing Business Data HUSS Elective Subject Level 1 Commerce Primary Major 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.

Second year

Semester 1 OPTION LST2BSL OPTION OPTION
HUSS Elective Introduction to Business Law and Ethics Level 2 Commerce Primary Major Subject Arts Major Subject
Semester 2 BUS2ENS HUS2NGP OPTION OPTION
Evaluate & Negotiate* Next Generation Professional Level 2 Commerce Primary Major Subject Arts Major 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.

Third year

Semester 1 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Arts Major Subject Level 2 Commerce Primary Major Subject Arts Major Subject HUSS Elective Subject
Semester 2 OPTION OPTION
HUS3RPL
OPTION
Arts Major Subject Level 3 Commerce Primary Major Subject Reseach for Professional Life: Shaping Your Future Level 3 HUSS Elective Subject

Fourth year

Semester 1 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Level 3 LBS Elelective Subject** Level 3 Arts Major Subject Level 3 Arts Major Subject Level 3 Commerce Primary Major Subject
Semester 2 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
One List A subject (15CP) Level 3 Arts Major Subject Level 3 HUSS Elective Subject Level 3 Commerce Primary Major 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.

** Taxation (ACC3TAX ) is no longer part of the membership requirements for CPA Australia, although it is required for membership of CAANZ. Students are therefore advised to choose to complete Taxation as one of their third year electives.

List  A

BUS3EMC Execute and Manage Change
ACC3AWP Accounting Work Placement*
BUS3ELP Experiential Learning Project*

* These subjects have entry requirements.

Majors

Commerce Majors:


In order to complete the requirements for this course you must choose an eight-subject major from the list below. For more information of available majors see commerce majors or arts majors.

  •     Accounting
  •     Economics
  •     Financial Management
  •     Management
  •     Marketing

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.

Note: Teaching periods are  provided as a guide only and subject to change. Please refer to Subject Search guide for further details.

Pre 2018 commencements

Course description

Qualify for a professional position in accounting, economics, finance, marketing or management, while pursuing your passion for the arts or extending your knowledge of development, international studies or your linguistic skills at the same time. The commerce component is designed to develop responsible, engaged and innovative, work-ready graduates through providing students with the 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, chosen from five key business disciplines: accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing. The common core, which extends through all three years of the degree is designed to offer you a broad introduction to business disciplines, the opportunity to apply your disciplinary knowledge, research, analytical and problem solving skills to resolving social, environmental and business problems and opportunities, and the opportunity to talk with business and community leaders and apply your knowledge and skills in a professional working environment. At the same time you complete a social sciences or humanities major in the discipline of your choice.

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.Course structure.

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 intended learning outcomes

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

  • Apply your thorough understanding of the knowledge and skills to the practice of your chosen commerce and arts disciplines;
  • 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;

Course requirements

  • The degree is designed to be completed in four years of full-time study, although part-time study is possible
  • You must complete 480 credit points (32 subjects) including ALL core subjects of each degree
  • No more than 150 credit points (10 subjects) MAY be at first year level
  • At least 75 credit points (five subjects) MUST be at third year level from each degree
  • You must complete 240 credit points (16 subjects) in the Bachelor of Commerce, eight common core subjects and eight subjects from your chosen primary major, chosen from accounting, economics, finance, management or marketing.  For information on the subjects required in the Bachelor of Commerce (LBCOM) primary majors visit commerce majors .
  • You must complete at least one major (eight subjects totalling 120 credit points) chosen from the list of majors offered within the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  • You must complete all prerequisite subjects before enrolling in any subject.
  • 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.

2017 commencements

Course structure

First year

Core Subjects

Semester 1 BUS1BUF BUS1AFB BUS1BUE BUS1BAN
Business Foundations Accounting and Finance for Business 1 Business Economics Business Analytics 2
Semester 2 OPTION OPTION HU1FAS HUS1TEN
Commerce primary major core subject (15 cps)2 Commerce primary major core subject (15 cps)2 Rethinking our Humanity 2 Ideas that Shook the World 2

1 Students enrolled in an Accounting major do not take BUS1AFB , instead accounting majors take the first subject of their Bachelor of Commerce major, ACC1AMD .

2 Subject may be taken in either Semester 1 or Semester 2. Students must not exceed 60 credit points per semester. 

Second year

Semester 1 LST2BSL OPTION HUS2AEA OPTION
Introduction to Business Law and Ethics Commerce primary major core subject (15 cps) 3 Engagement and Employability Second Year Arts Major Subject (15 cps)
Semester 2 BUS2SUS OPTION HU2HUC OPTION
Sustainability 4 Commerce primary major core subject (15 cps) 3 Humanities Count Second Year Arts Major Subject (15 cps)

3 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. This subject replaces BUS1AFB .

Students choosing to complete an accounting major should note that Taxation (ACC3TAX) is no longer part of the membership requirements for CPA Australia, although 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 will be admitted to membership of CPA Australia, but will be required to complete studies in taxation as part of their CPA program.  Students wishing to complete a CAANZ accredited degree may take ACC3TAX instead of BUS2SUS

Third year

Semester 1 or
Semester 2
HUS3REM OPTION OPTION OPTION
Social Research Methods Commerce Primary Major subject (15 cps) Commerce Primary Major subject (15 cps) Second Year Arts Major subject ( 15 cps)
OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Second Year Arts Major subject ( 15 cps) Second Year Arts Major subject ( 15 cps) Humanities and Social Sciences Elective subject (15 cps) Humanities and Social Sciences Elective subject (15 cps)

Note: Students must not exceed 60 credit points per semester.

Fourth year

Semester 1 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Commerce Primary Major Core subject (15 cps) Third Year Arts Major subject (15 cps) 5 Subject from List A (15 cps) Humanities and Social Sciences Elective subject (15 cps) 5
Semester 2 OPTION BUS3ENT OPTION OPTION
Commerce Primary Major Capstone subject (15 cps) Entrepreneurship Third Year Arts Major subject (15 cps) 5 Arts Primary Major Capstone subject (15 cps)

 

List A
BUS3PPB (S1, S2) Professional Practice in Business
BUS3ELP (S1, S2) Experiential Learning Project
ACC3AWP (WK 46-50) Accounting Work Placement
BUS3BST (WK 01-08) Business Study Tour
ACC3IAS (not offered in 2017) International Accounting Study Program
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2, WK = Week
 

Note: Teaching periods are  provided as a guide only and subject to change. Please refer to Subject Search guide for further details.

 

Pre 2017 commencements

Course structure

First year

Core Subjects

Semester 1 BUS1BUF BUS1AFB BUS1BUE BUS1BAN
Business Foundations Accounting and Finance for Business 1 Business Economics Business Analytics
Semester 2 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Commerce primary major core subject (15 cps) Commerce primary major core subject (15 cps) ABA discovery subject (15 cps)
See table below
ABA discovery subject (15 cps)
See table below

1Students enrolled in an Accounting major do not take BUS1AFB , instead accounting majors take the first subject of their Bachelor of Commerce major, ACC1AMD .

Discovery subjects

Subject code
HUS1FFT (S2) Food for Thought
HUS1DAU (S1 & S2) Discover Australia
HUS1MAP (S2) Mapping the Word
HUS1ABS (S1) Introduction to Aboriginal Australia
HUS1PDC (S2) Prisons to Detention Centres: Containing Confinement
HUS1MOV (S1) The Moving Text
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2

Second year

Semester 1 LST2BSL OPTION OPTION OPTION
Introduction to Business Law and Ethics Commerce primary major core subject (15 cps) 2 ABA Primary major Core subject (15 cps) Humanities and Social Sciences level 2 or 3 elective subject (15 cps)
Semester 2 BUS2SUS OPTION OPTION OPTION
Sustainability 3 Commerce primary major core subject (15 cps) 2 ABA Primary major Core subject (15 cps) Humanities and Social Sciences level 2 or 3 elective subject (15 cps)

2Students 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. This subject replaces BUS1AFB .

3Students choosing to complete an accounting major should note that 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.

Third year

Semester 1 or
Semester 2
OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Commerce primary major subject (15 cps) Commerce primary major subject (15 cps) ABA Primary major subject (15 cps) Humanities and Social Sciences level 3 elective subject (15 cps)
OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
ABA Primary major subject (15 cps) ABA Primary major subject (15 cps) Humanities and Social Sciences level 3 elective subject (15 cps) Humanities and Social Sciences level 3 elective subject (15 cps)

Note: Students must not exceed 60 credit points per semester.

Fourth year

Semester 1 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Choose from List A (15 cps) Commerce primary major subject (15 cps) ABA Primary major subject (15 cps) Humanities and Social Sciences level 3 elective subject (15 cps)
Semester 2 BUS3ENT OPTION OPTION OPTION
Entrepreneurship ABA Primary major subject (15 cps) Commerce primary major capstone subject (15 cps) ABA primary major capstone subject (15 cps)

 

List A
BUS3PPB (S1, S2) Professional Practice in Business
BUS3ELP (S1, S2) Experiential Learning Project
ACC3AWP (WK 46-50) Accounting Work Placement
BUS3BST (WK 01-08) Business Study Tour
ACC3IAS (not offered in 2017) International Accounting Study Program
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2, WK = Week

Note: Teaching periods are  provided as a guide only and subject to change. Please refer to Subject Search guide for further details.

 

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