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The Bachelor of Commerce offers significant flexibility and diversity for students. The degree allows you to study one or more business areas of your interests, including financial and management accounting, commercial law, economics, finance, business information systems, management, marketing, international business and corporate sustainability.You will acquire the skills and knowledge to meet the challenges of a changing business environment, develop the ability to critically analyse emerging business issues, and be exposed to scholarly research in the national and global business arena. Achieving these academic and professional qualities will lead you to a wide range of business related professions and careers, or progress to more advanced studies.
Students with a commerce degree can find work in different areas including
There are many job opportunities in accounting, and there is currently a skills shortage for qualified accountants in Australia. Some of the different areas that accountants work in are listed below.
- Business risk analyst
Identifies strategic and operational business risks. Provides assessments of the effectiveness of business controls and develops and delivers business risk solutions in support of business objectives.
Ensures that assets and liabilities mentioned in reports really exist, analysing samples of work done and interviewing staff about the way they go about their work.Taxation auditors examine the financial statements of taxpayers. Government auditors examine records of departments, statutory and local authorities, and government-owned companies.
Private sector auditors work with a range of clients from small businesses to large international firms, including banks, insurance companies and retailers.
- Budget/management accountant
Is primarily concerned with the development and maintenance of budgeting systems. This involves monitoring budgets and comparing them with actual costs and revenues related to production, marketing and capital. They analyse records to determine trends, which assists in managerial control.
- Systems accountant
Analyses financial information needs for organisations by reviewing existing systems and working out the best way to meet those needs with the design of new systems
Business Information Systems
- Consultant/business analyst
People in this role are involved in solving clients' problems in a variety of settings. Consulting requires excellent communication skills and the ability to quickly identify and define a problem. Consultants act as trainers, user and technical support specialists, project managers, or may specialise in a particular technology or method. Meeting with clients often involves interstate or international travel.
- Database administrator
The Database Administrator is responsible for designing, implementing, and maintaining the database systems of the organization, including establishing policies and procedures for security, management, and maintenance. The Database Administrator's role includes working with end users, programmers and system administrators to develop data requirements and protect the key information resources the company relies upon.
- System architect/systems analyst
Systems Analysts investigate business processes and determine user needs related to information-based problems. Analysts often work in a team environment. The output from the systems analysis process is a set of detailed specifications for a new or modified system. System architects design overall system solutions for companies. These systems are usually large and complex, with many inter-connected systems. The architect delivers these plans to an analyst/designer for construction.
Programmer analysts serve both as systems analysts, and then modify the programs involved in their analysis. For example, a programmer/analyst might work with the accounting department to determine what changes are necessary to the computer reports, and then actually make the programming changes.
In addition to hiring staff, developing employment contracts, interfacing with superannuation schemes and determining remuneration packages. Human resource officers are often required to develop strategies that ultimately increase the productivity of organisations. They can do this by measuring and increasing staff satisfaction, and identifying possible work place initiatives that support a healthy life style, good work-life-balance, career progression and skills development, and flexible working conditions.
- Employment/recruitment consultant
Employment consultants work on behalf of a client to recruit appropriate personnel to fill positions vacant, they also have to be mindful of revenue targets and profit margins. Employment consults assist employers to find the right people for the job by attracting highly qualified applicants, culling applicants, recommending them for interview and conducting necessary checks on qualifications, referee reports, security clearances if needed.
- Business consultant
Business consultants work with a number of different clients to help them solve a business problem. They assist clients by undertaking a variety of activities which range from assessing businesses processes and governance structures to examining organisational performing to identify opportunities for improvement.
- Business services/analyst
Use their skills to formulate business strategy, manage projects, assist in business planning and organisational performance, implement change management, and develop governance structures. This type of job is very similar to a business consultant except that this position is only ever
- Marketing coordinator
Uses skills in market research, product design and pricing, promotions and distribution networks to identify and meet consumer and organisational needs. Also prepares budgets, marketing plans and strategies.
- Advertising executive
Collaborates with organisational executives and possibly external agencies to develop advertising strategies and to create and promote a company product or image. Usually prepares budgets, develops promotional and sales support materials, and may be responsible for directing a team of specialist staff.
- E-commerce marketing manager
Coordinates and develops the marketing activities of a company over the internet, email and other electronic media, including online promotion, sales and communication.
Plans, develops, puts into place and evaluates information and communication strategies that position an organisation to the public, clients, and other stakeholders and promotes good information flows within the organisation.
- Marketing researcher
Collects and analyses qualitative and/or quantitative information essential in assisting marketing decisions, and can help determine whether a demand exists for a particular product or service.
- Sales manager
Plans and coordinates the activities of a sales team, controls product distribution, monitors budget achievement, trains and motivates personnel, and prepares forecasts.
- Business development manager
Emphasises the development of new business opportunities and client relationships, often required to source opportunities and secure business autonomously. This role varies from industry to industry and can offer opportunities both locally and internationally.
- Marketing communications specialist
Usually responsible for a variety of marketing functions including advertising strategy, design and placement, market research projects, sales promotions and product/service publicity including media relations. Collaborates with senior management and other specialist staff to initiate, develop and implement marketing plans to meet strategic goals set by the organisation.
The Bachelor of Commerce requires completion of 144 units, of which a maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses
- A minimum of 96 units must come from completion of courses on List 1 of the ANU College of Business and Economics
The 144 units must include:
- 48 units from completion of one of the following majors:
Business Information Systems
- 24 units from completion of the Business and Economics Essentials minor
- 6 units from completion of MGMT2100 Communication for Business
- 18 units from completion of courses from List 1 of the ANU College of Business and Economics
- 48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU
Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:
• An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
• A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma or Graduate Certificate; OR
• At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution; OR
• An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.
Requirements for domestic applicants
For international students:
Refer to the table to see if you meet the requirements:
English Language Requirements:
ANU recognizes a number of English language tests as meeting the University’s English language requirements. The acceptable tests are IELTS (an overall score of 6.5 with at least 6 in each component of the test), TOEFL-paper based test (a score of 570), TOEFL-internet based test (a score of 80, with a minimum of 20 in Reading and Writing and 18 in Speaking and Listening), Cambridge CAE Advanced (80, grade A), PTE Academic (overall 64, minimum 55 in each section
ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to current and future students to assist with the cost of their studies. The University is committed to enabling all students, regardless of their background, to achieve their best at ANU and realise their potential. Eligibility for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are. Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.
Students who achieve excellent academic performance in their Bachelor of Commerce studies may be invited to join the Honours Program.The Honours Program is an intensive two-semester program after completion of the degree requirements. The program extends undergraduate studies with advanced coursework and a research thesis. Classes are small and students study with leading academics in thier School. Students have the opportunity to compete for a range of scholarships, prizes and internships.Students from other universities who meet the entry requirements can apply for entry into the Honours Program after completing the pass degree requirements in their own institutions. Students aspiring to the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) should consult the Honours Convenor in the relevant School for advice.