Commerce / Information Systems - 3584

Program Summary

Faculty: UNSW Business School

Contact:  UNSW Business School 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 Requirements: See Domestic Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Commerce (Major)

Bachelor of Information Systems (Major)

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Program Description

The handbook provides you with information on the degree structure you would need to follow for the year you commence your study.

If you are a prospective student researching your study options, please visit UNSW Business School website for more information.

This 4 year dual program leads to the award of a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Information Systems (BCom/BIS) and will meet the needs of students who want a strong, focused and highly regarded business degree combined with an Information Systems degree. Organisations are always looking for “business savvy” IS graduates who understand the business and technical issues which surround and impact their information systems. As part of the degree program students will complete a major stream in both Information Systems (IS) and an approved disciplinary stream within the UNSW Business School.

In selecting their combination of majors, students should note that while there is a wide range of choice, not every combination may be able to be completed in 4 years of full-time study. Students are also not able to take a modern language as their major.

For detailed information on the professional recognition this degree offers please visit Professional Recognition of Programs in the UNSW Online Handbook.

It is assumed that students have a certain level of knowledge in advanced mathematics in order to cope well with the mathematical or statistical component of a business degree. If you are successful in obtaining a place without this assumed knowledge, you are strongly encouraged to consider studying a Mathematics Bridging Course before starting your degree.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

On successful completion of the BCom, 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.
The objective of the BIS is to develop students’:
  • professional competence in the use and application of IS and Information Technology (IT) in a commercial environment
  • understanding of the business implications of IS and IT systems
  • competence in the management of IS and IT systems.

Program Structure

Studies leading to the award of the Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Information Systems degree normally consists of 192 UOC or 32 courses to be completed over 4 academic years.

These UOC need to be made up of:
  • Compulsory core courses
  • Flexible core courses
  • Major requirements (Commerce and IS)
  • UNSW Business School electives
  • General education courses
Compulsory Core Courses account for 24 UOC (4 courses):
And ONE of:
Flexible Core Courses account for 18 UOC (3 courses):

Three of the following flexible core courses:
Major Requirement

Students must complete at least 72 UOC (12 courses) in the Bachelor of Information Systems courses (INFS courses). This 72 UOC includes INFS1602. A full list of INFS core and elective courses is provided at program plan page.

Students must also complete 48 UOC in an approved disciplinary stream offered by the UNSW Business School containing at least 18 UOC at level 3. (Note that the 48 UOC includes the first disciplinary course(s) in the Core (Compulsory or Flexible). This means that, for the majority of majors, students will complete 42 UOC in specified disciplinary courses outside the core). Students should refer to the Bachelor of Commerce program for further information.

UNSW Business School Electives

24 UOC – 30 UOC, depending on choice of Commerce major. These courses are to be taken from within the UNSW Business School in order to fulfil the requirement for this dual program of 180 UOC in Information System and Business courses. Students may wish to use these UOC to complete a minor (30UOC) in an approved Business stream.

Click here to view the Progression Plan for your Commerce/ Information Systems program

General Education Requirements

Students in this program must complete 12 UOC in General Education courses. General education courses must be taken outside the UNSW Business School. These courses allow you to select either courses that were developed especially for the General Education Program (beginning with GEN) or to choose mainstream courses that are offered in the degree programs of other UNSW faculties. For further information about General Education Requirements please refer to the UNSW Online Handbook.

Please note that students enrolled in programs within the UNSW Business School cannot take General Education courses offered by the Business School (i.e. cannot complete courses with a GENC code). These restrictions also apply to the following courses:
  • GENL2015 The World of Work
  • GENL2021 An Introduction to the Australian Legal System
  • GENL2032 Cyberspace Law 2.0
  • GENL5021 Business Law Basics
If students are unsure of their General Education Requirements they should contact the UNSW Business School Student Centre (Level 1, room 1028, Quadrangle Building).


High achieving students may undertake honours in the area of their business major by enrolling in 4501 BCom(Hons) program.

Academic Rules

Rules relating to the award of the degree of Bachelor of Commerce / Information Systems shall apply wherever relevant. Students are advised to consult the Academic Rules for the Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Information Systems for further information.


For information regarding fees for UNSW programs, please refer to the following website:  UNSW Fee Website.

Professional Recognition

For further information, refer to the Professional Recognition of Programs in the UNSW Online Handbook.

Further Information

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

Contact the UNSW Business School Student Centre for advice.
tel: + 61 2 9385 3189
location: Level 1, room 1028, Quadrangle Building
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