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Bachelor of Commerce (Co-op)

Get financial support while you study and receive up to 18 months industry training with sponsors including PwC, Colgate-Palmolive, Deloitte and Salesforce.

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The Bachelor of Commerce (Co-op), UNSW Sydney, is a scholarship program sponsored by distinguished industry partners. In addition to financial assistance, program sponsors provide exceptional, real-world experience through internships and association with students throughout the program.

Design the education to match your ambition. Develop specialist knowledge from flexible course options across accounting, information systems and marketing, with the option for a second major in business or language. Gain the hands-on experience, technical know-how, problem-solving and analytical skills that train your mind to be adaptable - all the skills required for a successful and exciting start to your business career.

Graduates gain the contacts, experience and technical skills for excellent job prospects that lead to exciting roles in their preferred industry.

Why choose this bachelor’s degree?

The Bachelor of Commerce (Co-op) has limited places for exceptional students. It incorporates a tax-free scholarship, a suite of professional development activities and leadership mentoring. There are global work and study opportunities, and the freedom to choose interesting electives. The 4 year program also provides an opportunity for professional recognition.

The Co-op Program scholarship is open to high achieving high school leavers. Visit the UNSW Co-op Program for more information and to apply.

Study

The first year of study will introduce you to accounting, financial management, economics, management and a choice of electives that include social impact and digital transformation. During this time, your mentor will be available to guide your future study choices, as your skills and knowledge will depend on your major and internships. The major areas of study you can choose for the Co-op are:

  • Accounting – accounting, financial management, reporting and analysis.
  • Information Systems – digital transformation, enterprise systems, and business databases, analytics and analysis.
  • Marketing – fundamentals, analytics, strategy and research, and consumer behaviour.

You can choose a second major in any business discipline, or a foreign language.

Global work/study opportunities

Co-op students can participate in an international student exchange, international business case competitions, study tours, and the Global Business Practicum or Social Entrepreneurship Practicum.

Co-op Scholarship, Mentoring and Internships

The Co-op scholarship is A$19,600 each year for 4 years. It is tax-free and paid fortnightly over the duration of the program.

Students are assigned their own mentor – a graduate of the Co-op Program who helps shape goals and strategies for success in the first industry placement, along with general career advice.

The program involves 3 work placements provided by Co-op sponsors, who are our distinguished industry partners. Sponsors include Coca-Cola Amatil, News Corp Australia, Salesforce and The Westpac Group. Visit the Co-op Program for more information.

Professional recognition

Depending on the chosen major, graduates are professionally recognised with accreditation toward industry bodies including the Australian Human Resources Institute, Australian Securities and Investment Commission, CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, ACCA and Institute of Public Accountants.

UNSW Business School degrees are shaped by industry leaders and world-class academics who recognise the future will present career opportunities that don’t exist today. Our Bachelor of Commerce (Co-op) is designed to train your mind to adapt to future challenges. You will understand business concepts, practise problem-solving, and build skills in critical thinking and decision making.

Limited places are also available for the Bachelor of Commerce (Co-op) (Honours), a 4 year program that incorporates the Co-op Program with a major in Finance & Banking and a research project.


Who is this degree for?

  • High-achieving students who want industry training and experience with their degree
  • Your career focus is accounting, finance, information systems or marketing
  • Those seeking financial support during study

Job and career prospects

Depending on your major(s), there is a wide range of career paths you can take with this degree. Here are just a few:

  • Accountant/Auditor
  • Commercial Manager
  • Consultant
  • Customer Experience Officer
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Digital Innovation Officer
  • Economist
  • Financial Advisor
  • Human Resource Consultant
  • ICT Business/System Analyst
  • International Business Development Manager
  • Investment Banker
  • Management Consultant
  • Marketing/Brand Manager
  • Property Business Analyst
  • Recruitment Officer
  • Tax Adviser
  • Strategist
  • Venture Capitalist

Find out how we prepare our graduates for career success


Why the Business School?

UNSW Business School is a leading business school in the Asia-Pacific, with our subjects consistently ranking within the top 50 worldwide. Within Australia we rank 1st for Accounting and Finance, and 2nd for Business and Management studies. Worldwide, these subjects rank within the Top 50 along with Economics and Econometrics, and Computer Science and Information Systems. Read more about our rankings and reputation.


The Bachelor of Commerce (Co-op) combines a strong, 4 year academic program with up to 18 months of industry experience with highly sought after sponsor organisations.

The program consists of 32 courses (192 UOC):

Stream A

  • Eight core courses
  • One commerce (Co-op) major
  • Free electives*
  • General education courses (choose from other faculties)
  • Industrial training courses

* You can use these to complete a second major (from approved areas of study). Some majors will require additional study above the minimum 192 UOC.

Core courses

Study four compulsory core courses

ACCT1501 Accounting and Financial Management 1A

The compulsory core accounting unit will have a preparer perspective. It will provide an introduction to basic concepts in accounting and their application for decision making by a wide range of potential users (eg, shareholders, investment analysts, lenders, managers etc).
 
This unit should benefit students who wish to specialise in accounting, and will also be of value to students whose primary interest lies elsewhere in the field of business. On completion, students should have a clear understanding of the accounting process and the language of accounting to enable communication with an accounting professional, understand the relevance of accounting information for informed decision making by a wide range of potential users, and have the ability to analyse and interpret accounting information.
 
Topics covered will include the accounting equation, general purpose financial reports, cash and accrual accounting, adjustments, internal control, financial statement analysis, and interpreting and preparing information for managers to use in planning, decision making and control.

ECON1101 Microeconomics 1

In order to understand the workings of markets and the economy, one has to take on an 'economic mindset'. This introductory course covers the fundamental principles that economists use to understand and analyse economic behaviour. Understanding these basic principles equips students for further studies in economics and business. Topics and issues covered in this course include how individuals or firms make decisions about the demand or supply of a particular product, how we can judge the relative efficiency of different types of markets, how we explain why governments may need to intervene in a particular type of market while not in others, and how different government policies are more efficient than others.

ECON1203 Business and Economic Statistics

This course introduces students to basic statistical concepts and methods that are widely used in economics, finance, accountancy, marketing and, more generally, business. Emphasis is placed on applying statistical methods to draw inferences from sample data as an aid to informed decision-making.  Course topics include: descriptive statistics, probability distributions, point and interval estimation of parameters, hypothesis testing, and regression models. Students will learn to solve statistical problems in an EXCEL spreadsheet environment.  This course provides the basis for further study of statistical and econometric methods.

MGMT1001 Managing Organisations and People

This course provides an introduction to the fundamental principles, practices, issues and debates associated with the management of public, business and third sector organisations. The frameworks, concepts and theories covered in the course are introduced to explain how managers deal with the diversity of issues faced in the effective management of contemporary organisations.
 
The underpinning themes of the course centre on how managers can deal with the multiple demands of complex and turbulent environments, promote and sustain competitive advantage, manage changing social, political and technological factors inside and outside the organisation, ensure ethical and social responsibility, develop global organisations and manage diversity in the workforce. How management goes about its principal tasks of managing strategy, structures, people and systems are the key focus issues of the course. The main roles of modern management - planning, leading, innovating, organising and controlling - are also examined.
 
Topics include the emergence, evolution and structure of management, conceptions of managerial work; management fads, fashion and knowledge; the task and internal environment; regulating people; the nature of organising; change and innovation; decision-making; influence processes; power and politics; ethical issues and professionalism in management; performance management: control and planning; and current trends.

Then choose four flexible core courses from

ACCT1511 Accounting and Financial Management 1B

During Summer Term, this course is available as General Education to students from faculties outside the UNSW Business School.

All students taking this course during Summer Term will be required to pay full tuition fees. This includes Commonwealth supported students who are studying at UNSW. Please see the Business School courses - Summer Term fees for more information.

Taken together, the accounting course in the compulsory core and this accounting course form an integrated study program designed to give students an understanding of the way in which financial information is generated and used, and to provide an appropriate platform for further study in accounting.

On completion the first year accounting courses seek to develop:

  • Technical competence in recording economic events in the accounting system
  • A critical understanding of key technical terms and concepts so as to interpret accounting information and reports in the financial press
  • An ability to argue a reasoned position on key questions of accounting theory and practice
  • Familiarity with institutional structures that affect the practice of accounting

Topics covered in this course will include accounting for the major transactions cycles, cash, receivables, inventory, non-current assets and liabilities, cash flow statements, accounting policy choice, further detail on management accounting (including costing systems and budgeting), corporate governance, and professional ethics.

COMM1000 Creating Social Change: From Innovation to Impact

Visit the CSI website for more information about this course.

ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1

Macroeconomics studies the aggregate behaviour of the economy. This course provides an introduction to the economic analysis of key macroeconomic variables such as output, employment, inflation, interest rates and exchange rates. The important elements of the course include measurement of macroeconomic variables, the development of models and theories to explain the behaviour of macroeconomic variables, the use of empirical evidence in evaluating different models, and the role of government policy in seeking to influence macroeconomic outcomes. The course will provide students with a framework for understanding the workings of the whole economy and the various interactions among households, business and governments.

FINS1613 Business Finance

This is a first level corporate finance course that looks at the essential aspects of financial decision-making. The course begins with the different ways in which companies can be structured and the differing types of ownership that exist. Thereafter, the principles and applications of financial mathematics are introduced and used to value securities and investment decisions.

Portfolio theory is used to provide a foundation for determining the relationship between expected risk and returns in financial and real asset investments. Dividend payouts and the choices between debt and equity financing, including methods of determining the cost of capital, are also covered.

Furthermore, this course includes analysis of the influence of the capital market environment, the implications of financial risk, taxation and the conflict of interest between managers and investors on the value and operation of businesses.

The course develops distinct conceptual frameworks and specialised tools for solving real-world financial problems at both the personal and corporate level. Illustrations from real-life corporate practices are used to highlight the importance and relevance of financial management to the realisation of personal and corporate financial objectives.

Examples include personal financial planning, funds management, capital raisings, portfolio selection of financial securities, private equity, public floats and the pricing of assets in the stock market.

INFS1602 Digital Transformation in Business

This is a foundational (Level 1) Information Systems (IS) course that introduces students to the use of IS in business and society. As an overarching theme, INFS1602 examines the issues and management of IS in relation to human behaviour and its consequences. Through this course, students will learn to appreciate existing and emerging technologies affecting businesses, business relationships and their products and services. In taking this course, students will be provided with tasks and assignments that will aid in refining their professional business skills and the ability to evaluate the value of technology to businesses. This includes communication and group work skills, time management and research skills.

The topics that are covered in INFS1602 include understanding the role of Information Systems and IS Professionals in Global Business, the relationship between Information Systems, Organisations, and Strategy, the dominant Business Models enabled by the Internet and the emergence of Web 2.0 technology. The course will also explore contemporary technology-enabled phenomena that are disruptive to the current business landscape such as Sharing Economy, Blockchain and the Internet of Things. The course also touches on popular enterprise-level information systems such as Enterprise Systems, Supply Chain and Customer Relationship Management Systems and the emergence of business intelligence in supporting organisation decision making. The course also involves discussion of the considerations behind the acquisition and building of IS and the issues common to the management of IS projects. Lastly, the course addresses the need to secure the IS and the potential ethical and social issues faced by businesses in relation to their use of IS.

MARK1012 Marketing Fundamentals

In today’s business world, marketing is viewed as central to creating and delivering value both to the organisation and to the customer. It impacts all aspects of a business organisation, shaping and directing corporate through to marketing strategy. Many companies acknowledge that their growth and survival depends on putting the customer at the centre of their planning. Thus, an understanding of marketing is essential for any business student.

This course introduces the student to the major concepts and theories, reflecting the breadth and diversity of marketing. It provides insights into where marketing fits within an organisation, its contributions to business in general, describes frameworks supporting marketing activities, and helps with challenges in the ever changing market place. It discusses the application of this understanding to consumer goods, as well as service, business-to-business, industrial and non-profit organizations, and to the growing area of e-commerce.

Topics include: marketing processes and planning, the use of market research, an understanding of consumers and customers, decision-making and the marketing mix, market segmentation, positioning and product differentiation, the changing global environment.

MGMT1101 Global Business Environment

This course examines key global environmental factors and issues impacting on the development of international business. Major topics include:
 
  • Globalisation of business
  • National differences in the political, social and legal environment, political and country risk
  • Cultural differences and their impact on international business
  • Ethical issues in international business
  • International trade issues
  • Theory and politics of foreign direct investment
  • International competitiveness
  • The internationalisation of business activities and the development of multinational enterprises
  • Foreign exchange markets
  • The international monetary system and development of the global capital market

TABL1710 Business and the Law

This subject deals with the Australian legal system; the Constitution and Commonwealth/State relations; Parliament and statute law; the courts and case law; the executive and administrative law; the legal process and alternative dispute resolution. Areas of substantive law relevant to commerce are examined including property law (with particular reference to intellectual property), tort law (with particular reference to negligence), contract law, competition law and consumer protection law.

Entry to this degree is based on successful Co-op Program application in addition to your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or an equivalent rank derived from the following:

  • Australian interstate Year 12 qualifications (e.g. OP rank)
  • New Zealand NCEA Level 3
  • Equivalent overseas qualifications e.g. International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, GCE A-Levels
  • Post-secondary or tertiary qualifications
  • An alternative entry qualification

Domestic students
For further information on domestic admission requirements, see UNSW Future Students degree finder.

International students
This degree is not available to international students.

The UNSW English Language requirements also apply to this degree.

Additional requirements
You are required to lodge a UNSW Co-op Scholarship application.

 

Domestic students

If you are an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, you apply online through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

You are required to apply online through UNSW Co-op program office. Find out more about applying for the Co-op scholarships program.

International students

This program is not available to international students.

Further information

Phone: +61 2 9385 5116

Email: cooprog@unsw.edu.au

Web: www.coop.unsw.edu.au 

Please note: If you want to study the Bachelor of Commerce (even if you are not offered a Co-op scholarship), you still need to list the Bachelor of Commerce (UAC code: 424000) in your preferences.

UNSW Business School students are some of Australia’s best and brightest, with a reputation for drive and innovation. Our graduates have exceptional employability rates, performing well above the national average. The majority of our students are employed full-time within four months of graduating and earning a wage higher than most business & management graduates.

Our degrees include up to two for-credit industry experiences, such as internships or global business practicums. These experiences are part of a suite of opportunities that is exclusive to UNSW’s Business School students and organised through Career Accelerator. The professional development opportunities complement your studies, build connections to industry and give you a clear advantage after graduation.

The opportunities are grouped within the Networking, Mentoring, Internships, and Global sections of Career Accelerator.

Networking

The people you meet during your time at university can play a profound role in positively shaping your career. Connect with like-minded and influential people through:

  • Business Connect - an introduction to Networking
  • Industry Insights – workshop sessions delivered by industry partners
  • Industry Events – invitation-only events hosted by industry partners
  • Business Case Competitions – impress future employers with your problem-solving skills

Mentoring

Participating in a mentoring program will boost your confidence, help grow your professional network, develop your communication, teamwork and leadership skills as well as building upon your business acumen.

  • Mentor Connect – a quick, online chat with an AGSM MBA student about your future
  • Career Mentoring Program – a 10-week program of career mentoring and coaching

Internships

UNSW Business School’s for-credit and not-for-credit opportunities such consultancy projects, social entrepreneurship practicums, virtual internships and extra-curricular experiences.

  • Internships & Consulting Projects – real-world and virtual projects for program credit
  • Social Entrepreneurship Practicum – practicum to develop professional team skills in a real project for program credit
  • Business Experience – real-world and virtual projects for professional development

Global Opportunities

The personal and professional benefits of living, studying or working in a different culture are immense and recognised by employers.

  • Global Business Practicum - work in small cross-disciplinary student consulting team on a genuine business issue, usually in Asia
  • Social Entrepreneurship Practicum - build entrepreneurial, workplace and leadership capabilities in India
  • Business Immersion China - blend business, culture and Chinese language classes with company visits and excursions to sights of significant cultural importance around Shanghai
  • International Information Systems & Technology Practicum – experience how e-business systems differ across international borders
  • Student Exchange – live and study overseas for up to 3 terms at one of our 200 partner universities

A Bachelor of Commerce prepares you for long-term business success. UNSW Business School graduates are currently employed in a variety of professions including: accountant/auditors, commercial managers, economists, financial advisors, human resource consultants, ICT business/system analysts, international business development managers, investment bankers, management consultants, marketing/brand managers, property business analysts, recruitment officers, and tax advisors – to name a few.



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Quick facts for students

Program code
3554
UAC code
424600
Award
Bachelor Degree
Assumed Knowledge
Mathematics
Lowest Rank
ATAR + Co-op
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
192
Study Mode
Face to face
Duration
4 years full-time
Commencing terms
Term 1 – February
HECS fee band
Band 3

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