BCom: planning your degree

Planning your first year in a BCom? The Bachelor of Commerce has a core of seven courses at first-year level, called Part I.

Part I

The core seven courses at first-year level are:

Course code Title
BUSINESS 101 Business and Enterprise 1
BUSINESS 102 Business and Enterprise 2
ACCTG 101 Accounting Information
COMLAW 101 Law in a Business Environment
INFOSYS 110 Business Computing
STATS 108 Statistics for Commerce
AND one of the following (see Course advice below):
ECON 151 Understanding the Global Economy 
ECON 152 Principles of Economics

The following majors require the following additional Stage I courses:

Major  First year Second year
Accounting ACCTG 102  
Economics ECON 152 and MATHS 108 (or MATHS 150 or 153)  
Finance ACCTG 102 MATHS 108 (or MATHS 150 or 153)
Information Management INFOMGMT 192  

A typical first-year BCom programme is:

Semester One Semester Two
BUSINESS 101 BUSINESS 102
ACCTG 101 COMLAW 101
ECON 151 or 152 STATS 108 or INFOSYS 110
INFOSYS 110 or STATS 108 ACCTG 102 and MATHS 108 (or MATHS 150), INFOMGMT 192 or General Education or elective*

For outlines for the above courses see our course outline database.

Course advice

It is recommended that in your first year you plan to study eight courses. You should ensure that you plan to study the seven core courses and then prioritise any additional Stage I courses required for your chosen major(s). You can also choose to enrol in an elective course* or General Education course.

Economics courses
Direct entry into ECON 152 may be possible for students with sufficient prior knowledge and skills in Economics at secondary school level. For more information please visit the Economics major page.

Both quantitative and non-quantitative major pathways are now available. Students intending to take the quantitative pathway are advised to plan to complete MATH 108 or 150 in your second year for your major. If progressing with the non-quantitative pathway you should take ECON 152 as your eighth course in the first year. 

Accounting major
If you are intending to major in Accounting you should enrol in ECON 151 unless you have already been credited with a pass in ECON 191 or 101 in a previous semester. If you are planning to complete the requirements to become a Chartered Accountant you are advised that the professional bodies are likely to require a pass in either ECON 151 Understanding the Global Economy, ECON 152 Principles of Economics or ECON 191 Business Economics (or both ECON 101 Microeconomics and ECON 111 Macroeconomics).

*(Any course at any stage of your choosing, EXCEPT General Education, ie, courses that are offered by both the Business School or any other faculty).