Bachelor of Commerce

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Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2016 academic year unless otherwise specified.

About

The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) programme has been designed to equip students for a successful future in today's exciting commercial environment. It provides a strong foundation of the essentials required for work in all areas of public administration and private business.

A BCom at Victoria

Recommended preparation

It is useful to have studied Accounting, Economics, and Statistics and Modelling at high school. Any work experience in a commerce environment will also be beneficial for shaping your degree and future career aspirations.

First-year programme

A standard full-time programme for your first year of study is four 15-point courses in each of Trimesters One and Two. The summer trimester is optional.

Academically able students may be able to enrol in five courses in a trimester.

You should include as many core courses as possible in your first-year programme, together with any courses required for advancement in your chosen major subject areas, as follows:

  • Information Systems: core plus INFO 141 or 151
  • Economics or  Finance: six core courses plus ECON 141, QUAN 111 (or five core courses plus ECON 141 and MATH 141/142, 151)
  • Other majors: core plus one or more electives.

It may be possible to do some core courses during the summer trimester.

Duration

A full-time BCom will generally take three years to complete. There is no fixed upper limit for part-time students. However, if too much time has elapsed, students may have to repeat key courses for certain majors.

If you are planning to study part time it is important not to underestimate the workload of academic study. It is recommended that part-time students take one or two courses per trimester to begin with.

Part-time study may impact on eligibility for student allowances and borrowing levels of student loans. Visit our Financial Matters section to find out more.

Career opportunities

Commerce graduates are able to transfer the skills they acquire across many sectors and may become managers, accountants, economists, analysts and entrepreneurs in businesses and public sector organisations, both within New Zealand and overseas.

They can become financiers, marketing managers, researchers, financial advisers, managers of Māori enterprises and trusts, exporters and importers, human resource managers, tourism analysts and operators, information managers and e-commerce specialists, international managers, media professionals and policy analysts.

The BCom majoring in Accounting can lead to a qualification as a professional accountant. To find out more, visit the Accounting subject page.

Degree requirements

All BCom Students must complete the core and have at least one major subject (see below).Also, the BCom requires a total of 360 points of which:

  • at least 180 points are at the 200-level or above
  • at least 210 points are from the BCom schedule
  • at least 75 points are at the 300-level

These courses can be separated into four different groups:

Core courses

All new BCom students must take these seven courses:

except that:

It would be sensible to take most of these courses in your first year, though conjoint degree students may need to delay some until second year in order to get started on their other degree. However, FCOM 111 should definitely be taken in the first year, since it includes a writing component providing referencing and writing skills that will be useful in other courses.

Majors and subjects

The following majors are currently offered. Students must major in at least one of these subjects. Double majors are possible for students who satisfy the requirements of more than one subject area, but note that no 300-level course may be counted towards more than one major.

BCom majors
AccountingActuarial Science
Commercial LawEconomics
FinanceHuman Resource Management and Industrial Relations
Information SystemsInternational Business
ManagementMarketing
Public PolicyTaxation

Note: Econometrics is no longer offered as a major subject, however the courses are still offered and can be incorporated into an Economics or Finance major. Maori Business is not currently available as a major to new students, but some of the courses are still offered and can be used for a minor in Maori Business.

Double degree and conjoint options

Victoria's flexible learning structures allow a number of courses to be credited to separate degrees, making it possible for two three-year degrees to be completed within four to five years.

A conjoint or double degree programme offers the possibility of extensive interdisciplinary work. For example, many BCom students are interested in Law and find a BCom/LLB programme attractive. There are many other combinations which can be designed to suit your interests and ambitions. If you are interested in doing a conjoint or double degree, contact the Faculty of Commerce office to discuss your options.

Conjoint degree programmes require slightly fewer points than the corresponding double degree (540 points for two three-year degrees). However, a B- or better must be maintained and the two degrees studied together.

Admission and enrolment

Fees

Fees are set each year and are worked out on a per point basis. There are compulsory fees for student services, student union membership and internet access. Some courses have additional charges for items such as study materials, equipment or field trips.

Read more about the fees charges for Domestic Students and International Students.

Further study

The Faculty offers an extremely broad range of postgraduate programmes, which cater for the various requirements of the commercial, financial, administrative and academic worlds.

Faculty programmes range from modular courses for working managers, to Certificate and Graduate Diploma programmes for a variety of learning needs and for post-experience students, through to the Bachelor of Commerce (Hons), the Bachelor of Tourism Management (Hons), specialist Master's programmes and the PhD for extensive research.

How to find out more

Want to find out more about studying at Victoria? Register now to find out more about your study options and keep updated on application and enrolment information, open days and events.

If you need help deciding what degree might be right for you, or what courses to take, talk with a liaison officer or book a course planning session with us, call 0800 VICTORIA (842 867) or email course-advice@vuw.ac.nz.

If you’re a returning or transferring student, contact the Faculty office for help with degree planning and for information on admission requirements and transfer credit from other institutions.

Degree examples

Example 1—BCom majoring in Accounting and Taxation

Year 1 coursesCourse typePoints
FCOM 111 Government, Law and Businesscore15
ECON 130 Economic Principles and Issuescore15
MARK 101 Principles of Marketingcore15
QUAN 102 Statistics for Businesscore15
ACCY 111 Accountingcore15
ECON 141 Economics and Strategic Behaviourelective15
MGMT 101 Introduction to Managementcore15
QUAN 111 Mathematics for Economics and Financerecommended elective15
Year 2 coursesCourse typePoints
ACCY 223 Management Accountingaccounting major15
ACCY 231 Financial Accountingaccounting major15
FINA 201 Introduction to Corporate Financeaccounting major15
COML 203 Legal Environment of Businessaccounting major15
ACCY 225 Introduction to Accounting Systemsaccounting major15
COML 204 Law of Organisationsaccounting major15
TAXN 201 Introduction to Taxationtaxation major15
INFO 101 Foundations of Information Systemscore15
Year 3 coursesCourse typePoints
ACCY 302 Advanced Management Accountingaccounting major15
TAXN 301 Advanced Domestic Taxationtaxation major15
TAXN 303 International Taxation 1taxation major15
ACCY 308 Advanced Financial Accountingaccounting major15
ACCY 330 Auditingaccounting major15
TAXN 304 International Taxation 2taxation major15
1 x elective courseelective15
1 x elective courseelective 15

Example 2—Bcom majoring in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations (HRIR) with minors in Marketing and Psychology

Year 1 coursesCourse typePoints
FCOM 111 Government, Law and Businesscore15
ECON 130 Economic Principles and Issuescore15
MARK 101 Principles of Marketingcore15
PSYC 121 Introduction to Psychology 1psychology minor15
ACCY 130 Accounting for Decision Makingcore15
MGMT 101 Introduction to Managementcore15
QUAN 102 Statistics for Businesscore15
1 x elective courseelective15
Year 2 coursesCourse typePoints
HRIR 201 Managing Human resources and Industrial RelationsHRIR major15
MGMT 202 Organisational BehaviourHRIR major15
MARK 201 Marketing Managementmarketing minor15
PSYC 232 Research Methods in Psychologypsychology minor15
INFO 101 Foundations of Information Systemscore15
1 x elective courseelective15
MARK 202 Buyer Behaviourmarketing minor15
MARK 203 Market Researchmarketing minor15
Year 3 coursesCourse typePoints
HRIR 302 Managing Employment AgreementsHRIR major15
HRIR 303 International Employment RelationsHRIR major15
PSYC 334 Industrial and Organisation Psychologypsychology minor15
MARK 301 Marketing Communicationsmarketing minor15
HRIR 304 Workplace Industrial RelationsHRIR major15
HRIR 320 Strategic Issues in HRIRHRIR major15
PSYC 338 Cross-Cultural Psychologypsychology minor15
MGMT 318 Organisational Analysis and Designmarketing minor15