How to plan your study

Tips on planning your BCom and answers to some frequently asked questions - so you can get the most out of your business degree.


First-year core programme

Our first-year programme is designed to provide maximum flexibility. Students in both the BCom and BProp study a common core of seven Stage I courses and select an eighth course from the schedule for their chosen degree programme. BCom students should plan to study any additional Stage I course needed to keep options open for their preferred major(s). 

Semester One

BUSINESS 101 Business and Enterprise
ACCTG 101 Accounting Information
ECON 151 Understanding the Global Economy OR ECON 152 Principles of Economics
INFOSYS 110 Business Systems or STATS 108 Statistics for Commerce 

Semester Two 

BUSINESS 102 Business and Enterprise 2 
COMLAW 101 Law in a Business Environment 
INFOSYS 110 Business Systems or STATS 108 Statistics for Commerce 
Plus one course chosen from the following:
BCom: ACCTG 102, ECON 152, MATHS 108 (or MATHS 150 or 153) or General Education or Elective
BProp: PROPERTY 102 

Which Economics course should I choose?

ECON 151 is intended for students with no or limited prior study in Economics. You should enrol in ECON 152 if you have achieved 16 credits in NCEA Level 3 Economics with a Merit average including standard 91399, a Scholarship pass in Economics, a B grade in CIE Economics, or 4 out of 7 in Economics (HL) in IB, or the equivalent.

What additional courses are required for my majors?

The following majors require the additional Stage I courses listed below. If you need more than one extra course, we suggest you defer one course to your next semester of study. Our advisers can help you with your plan.

Accounting: ACCTG 102 Economics: ECON 152 Finance: ACCTG 102 and MATHS 108 (or 150 or 153) 

General Education

Courses in General Education are a distinctive feature of the University of Auckland’s bachelors degrees.

The General Education courses available to you will depend on the degree or conjoint combination in which you are enrolled. Find out more about General Education.

Conjoint degrees

Both the BCom and BProp can be taken as part of a conjoint degree programme. Conjoint degrees enable combinations of specialisations across two degree programmes.

Conjoint degrees offer the opportunity to acquire a greater breadth of knowledge and skills, and provide a strong base for an exciting range of career options.

You are able to complete the requirements for two degrees concurrently, reducing the total time required up to the equivalent of two years’ full-time study.

How do I plan my conjoint?

Information about the specific requirements for the BCom and BProp conjoints, refer to the 2018 Business School Undergraduate Planning Guide.

Planning tips:

  • Use the conjoint degrees planner for your chosen programme
  • Seek planning advice on a regular basis to mix and match the courses from each degree. Consult with the student advisers in the student centres for each of your degrees.
  • Get sign-off at least once a year from a student adviser to indicate that your plan has been checked.
  • Plan to complete the core requirements for the BCom or BProp component of your conjoint degree by the end of your second year of study.
  • Expect to be able to include only one major in the BCom conjoint component. Enrol in a maximum of four courses in your first semester of study

Talk to us

You are encouraged to discuss your needs and to seek academic advice about how best to plan your programme to take full advantage of the many options available.

Contact the Business Student Centre.