Commerce / Computer Science - 3967

Program Summary

Faculty: Australian School of Business

Contact:  Australian School of Business Student Centre

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 4 Years

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 192

UAC Code: 424100

Domestic Entry Cut-off: 96.30  

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Commerce (Major)

Bachelor of Science (Major)

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Program Description

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Students should always follow the program requirements according to the year they started their degree. For more information please visit PreviousUNSW Online Handbooks.

The dual degree program Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) (BCom/BSc(Comp Sc)) degree provides the latest thinking in business and technology for today and the future. It offers excellent career options, equipping graduates with unique skill sets that can lead to a wide range of career opportunities.

Whether you want to focus your career in computer science and also want the commercial skills that a business degree can give you, or you want a career in business with the added dimension of a computer science degree, then this dual degree gives you the flexibility to choose a program to meet your needs.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) is a highly valued business qualification that can open the door to a wide variety of career options for graduates. The degree is also flexible enough to allow students to design a degree which aligns with their interests and career ambitions in accounting, finance, human resource management, marketing, information systems or Taxation. Students also have the option to design this degree with a broader business focus through management, international business, business economics or business law specialisations.

On successful completion of the BCom component, students will have the ability to:
  • demonstrate business knowledge and apply that knowledge in business problems
  • demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • present complex issues in coherent written statements and oral presentations demonstrate understanding of disciplinary issues in a local or global context
  • demonstrate understanding of the principles of working collaboratively in teams
  • understand the social and ethical dimensions in their chosen disciplinary areas
Computer Science involves the study of the design, construction and uses of computer systems. It is concerned with the representation of data and data structures in computer systems and the design of algorithms for automatic manipulation of this information by programming languages and machine systems. It is very much concerned with the design and development of hardware and software tools by which computer applications may be developed, but not so much with the applications themselves. It is, however, noted that non-computing elements (such as human interface or psychological aspects) can often dictate the level of success of computing systems. At UNSW, particular emphasis is given to comprehension of the basic principles behind computing tools, operating systems, compilers and translators, and computer hardware.

Please contact the School of Computer Science and Engineering for information on the Program Objectives and Learning Outcomes for this component.

Program Structure

Studies leading to the award of the Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) degree normally consists of 192 UOC or 32 courses to be completed over 4 academic years (16 Australian School of Business courses (96 UOC) and 16 Computer Science courses (96 UOC).

These UOC need to be made up of:
  • BCom Compulsory core courses (18 UOC)
  • BCom Flexible core courses (24 UOC)
  • Commerce Major requirements (48 UOC)
  • ASB electives (6-18 UOC)
  • Computer Science courses
BCom Compulsory core courses account for 18 UOC (3 courses)
NOTE: The usual requirement to complete ECON1203 within the BCom is fulfilled by students completing either MATH1231 or MATH1241 within the BSc component of this dual program. Hence students must complete another 6 UOC of ASB electives to fulfil the requirement for 96 UOC of ASB courses within this dual program.

BCom Flexible core courses account for 24 UOC (4 courses). Students should choose four courses from the following list:
Commerce Major Requirements: A single major within the Australian School of Business consisting of 48 UOC, which includes 42 UOC in an approved disciplinary stream and 6 UOC from the core (compulsory or
flexible) requirements. Students are unable to take a modern language as a major stream.

ASB Electives account for 6 -18 UOC (1 - 3 courses)
Students have a minimum of 6 UOC of ASB electives to complete due to the ECON1203 requirement being fulfilled by MATH courses within the BSc component (refer to note above). Any remaining credit requirements within the B Com component (a total of 96 UOC must be completed) must be taken in courses offered by the Australian School of Business.

BSc program requirements:
Optional double majors:

The flexibility of the Computer Science Program allows specialisations within the program such as Robotics and Computer Games. Hence a student may use some of the Core Computer Science courses and electives to specialise in up to two of the following areas:
  • COMPA1 Computer Science (Compulsory)
  • COMPG1 Computer Game Design & Construction
  • COMPI1 Artificial Intelligence
  • COMPH1 Human Computer Interaction
  • COMPR1 Robotics
  • COMPE1 Electronic Commerce
  • COMPN1 Computer Networks
  • COMPD1 Database Systems
Full details of these streams can be found using the Computer Science and Engineering link in the Area(s) of Specialisation section below.


B Commerce

After completion of the dual program, or 144 UOC including all requirements for the BCommerce component, high achieving students may apply for entry to the 4501 Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) program to undertake honours in in particular business disciplines. The BCommerce (Honours) is one year of full-time study (48 UOC) which provides students with advanced knowledge of their chosen field and develops research and communication skills. Students usually complete advanced courses/seminars and a thesis. Students interested in studying at Honours Level should refer to the BCommerce (Honours) program and plans for entry requirements.

B Science (Honours) Computer Science

After completion of 96 UOC, including all requirements for the BSc (Computer Science) component, students may apply for entry to honours year.

The Computer Science Honours program takes one year full-time or two years of part-time study.

Normally, students are expected to have attained an average mark of 65 to qualify for entry to the Honours program. Students who have graduated with a three-year computer science degree from UNSW or another university can apply for admission to Honours directly.

Academic Rules

Academic Rules relating to the Bachelor of Commerce component

Rules relating to the award of the degree of Bachelor of Commerce in dual mode shall apply wherever relevant. Students are advised to consult the Academic Rules for further information.

Academic rules relating to the Bachelor of Science (Computer science) in dual mode are as follows:

1. Students must complete a minimum of 96 units of credit for the Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) including all core and elective options;

2. Student may graduate from the Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) on completion of 144uc in the dual award, including all core and elective options for the BSc.


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Further Information

Please note that these requirements may be subject to change. Students should always follow the program requirements according to the year they started their degree. For more information please visit Previous UNSW Online Handbooks

Contact the Australian School of Business Student Centre for advice.
tel: + 61 2 9385 3189
location: Level 1, room 1028, Quadrangle Building
Forms, policies and procedures
Frequently asked questions

School of Computer Science and Engineering Student office for issues concerning the B Science (Computer Science) component.
Ph: +61 2 9385 4329
Location: Ground Floor, K17 Building

Area(s) of Specialisation