Commerce / Computer Science - 3784

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

Domestic Entry Requirements: See Domestic Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Commerce (Major)

Bachelor of Science (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.

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
The Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) (BSc) 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 UNSW Business School 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)
    • UNSW Business School 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 UNSW Business School electives to fulfil the requirement for 96 UOC of UNSW Business School 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 UNSW Business School 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.

    UNSW Business School Electives account for 6 -18 UOC (1 - 3 courses)
    Students have a minimum of 6 UOC of UNSW Business School 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 UNSW Business School.

    Click here to view the Progression Plan for your Commerce program

    Requirements for the Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) in dual degree mode are as follows:

    The 96 units of credit for the BSc component consists of all of the requirements for the Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) except for the 12 units of credit General Education requirement and 36 units of free electives.

    Students must complete one of the COMP major streams listed in the specialisation section.


    Bachelor of Commerce

    After completion of the dual program, or 144 UOC including all requirements for the Bachelor of Commerce 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 Bachelor of Commerce (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 Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) program and plans for entry requirements.

    Bachelor of Computer Honours (Optional) Program 4515

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

    Students are expected to have attained an average WAM of 65 to qualify for entry to the Honours year. Students who do not meet this expectation may be admitted in special circumstances. Students who have graduated with a three-year computer science degree from UNSW or another university can apply for admission to Honours.

    Detailed information about the program and admissions is available at the Honours website at:
    • Computer Science Honours Year (48 UOC)

    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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    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 the program requirements according to the year they started their degree. 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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    School of Computer Science and Engineering
    tel: + 61 2 9385 4329
    location: Ground Floor, K17 Building

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