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A jumpstart into your commerce career.

The Diploma of Commerce is equivalent to first year Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Western Australia (UWA) or Curtin University. On successful completion of the Diploma, students will articulate into Year 2 of the bachelor degree at the relevant university.

CRICOS Course Code 114078H (UWA Stream), 114077J (Curtin Stream).

Training Accreditation Council 52903WA (UWA Stream), 52902WA (Curtin Stream).

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Diploma of Commerce.

INTAKE & DURATION

The Diploma is a one-year program, with intakes in February and July. Each intake completes two semesters, with 720 hours in total (20 hours per week).

FUTURE STUDIES

The Diploma of Commerce provides a pathway into Year 2 of a Bachelor of Commerce at either UWA or Curtin University. Students successfully completing the Diploma can also progress into Year 2 of Murdoch University’s Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Commerce, as well as the University of Notre Dame Australia’s Bachelor of Commerce.

TUITION

The Diploma of Commerce is offered over 2 semesters. This closely follows university academic calendars. The study program includes at least one week free from class in the middle of semester and a study week prior to final exams. These breaks allow students to prepare for assignments, tests and examinations.

CURTIN STREAM SUBJECTS

Students complete the four compulsory subjects of Accounting, Economics, Marketing and Management. They choose four other units, depending on their major.

This is a compulsory core unit. The purpose of this module is for students to understand the role of the accountant in society and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of accounting principles and how managerial, investment and financial issues are applied in a business environment.

This is a compulsory core unit. Students will develop an understanding of how society attempts to overcome the problem of scarcity and how this will deliver better living standards for everyone in society. This unit will cover the key principles of microeconomics (to do with demand, supply, elasticity and markets) and macroeconomics (to do with explaining and managing the business cycle). The unit examines current economic issues and analyses the implications of these issues on society. In explaining these principles and concepts, students will be introduced to the skills of economic analysis and explanation, to justify actions taken by the government and the Reserve Bank to manage the economy.  

This is a compulsory core unit. Students will develop an understanding of how society attempts to overcome the problem of scarcity and how this will deliver better living standards for everyone in society. This unit will cover the key principles of microeconomics (to do with demand, supply, elasticity and markets) and macroeconomics (to do with explaining and managing the business cycle). The unit examines current economic issues and analyses the implications of these issues on society. In explaining these principles and concepts, students will be introduced to the skills of economic analysis and explanation, to justify actions taken by the government and the Reserve Bank to manage the economy.  

This is a compulsory core unit. The purpose of this unit is for students to develop an understanding of the evolution of management theories and practices over time. Students will consider how internal and external environmental factors such as cultural attitudes, organisational goals and ethical expectations affect the implementation of management practices. They will also gain insights into the skills necessary to be an effective manager and the factors which impact employee motivation and productivity.

This is an elective. This unit aims to introduce students to the advanced knowledge and skills required in the field of managerial accounting. Students will learn the analytical and technical skills to prepare, analyse and apply management data to plan, control and make decisions in contemporary business settings. A foundational background in accounting is required for this course.

This is an elective. Students study the psychological and sociological factors influencing consumer decision-making processes. They explore concepts such as motivation, perception, attitudes, and cultural influences, gaining insights into how these factors shape consumer preferences and purchasing behaviours in various market contexts.

This is an elective. Students examine the integration of technology with business processes to enhance organisational efficiency and effectiveness. They learn about database management, enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, cybersecurity, and strategic information management, preparing them to analyse, design, and implement information systems solutions to meet the needs of modern businesses.

This is an elective. This module aims to introduce students to the basic concepts of corporate and investment finance. Students will be equipped with the fundamentals of financial theory and learn the financial tools required for financial decision making in corporations.

This is an elective. Business Law focuses on business contracts and civil cases concerning breaches of contract. Past law cases are studied focusing on the decisions of the courts and the importance of precedents. The historical cases are very interesting because of the final decisions of the court. As an introduction to civil and business law students will also study the basic structure and workings of the Australian federal and state parliaments. The different business structures are examined highlighting their strengths and weaknesses.

UWA STREAM SUBJECTS

Students complete the four compulsory core units of Financial Accounting, Economics, Marketing and Management as well as the broadening units Business Law and Communication Studies. They also choose two electives depending on their major.

This is a compuslory core unit. Topics taught in the unit include – the purpose of financial accounting, the conceptual framework and accounting regulations, basic accounting concepts, accounting practices for recording financial transactions, managing inventory, cash and non-current assets, profit determination and application of accrual accounting, preparation, analysis and interpretation of financial reports.
The purpose of this unit is for students to develop financial accounting knowledge related to the role of financial accounting in decision making, the purpose of accounting regulation and the conceptual framework, accounting systems and processes for recording and reporting financial information, preparation of financial reports for internal and external reporting and analysis and interpretation of financial reports for business performance evaluation.

This is a compulsory core unit. Students will develop an understanding of how society attempts to overcome the problem of scarcity and how this will deliver better living standards for everyone in society. This unit will cover the key principles of microeconomics (to do with demand, supply, elasticity and markets) and macroeconomics (to do with explaining and managing the business cycle). The unit examines current economic issues and analyses the implications of these issues on society. In explaining these principles and concepts, students will be introduced to the skills of economic analysis and explanation, to justify actions taken by the government and the Reserve Bank to manage the economy.

This is a compulsory core unit. Students typically study foundational principles of marketing, including market segmentation, consumer behaviour, and marketing mix strategies. They explore real-world case studies, engage in market research projects, and learn about contemporary marketing trends, preparing them for diverse careers in marketing, advertising, and business development.

 

This is a compulsory core unit. The purpose of this unit is for students to develop an understanding of the evolution of management theories and practices over time. Students will consider how internal and external environmental factors such as cultural attitudes, organisational goals and ethical expectations affect the implementation of management practices. They will also gain insights into the skills necessary to be an effective manager and the factors which impact employee motivation and productivity.

This is a compulsory broadening unit. Business Law focuses on business contracts and civil cases concerning breaches of contract. Past law cases are studied focusing on the decisions of the courts and the importance of precedents. The historical cases are very interesting because of the final decisions of the court. As an introduction to civil and business law students will also study the basic structure and workings of the Australian federal and state parliaments. The different business structures are examined highlighting their strengths and weaknesses.

This is a compulsory broadening unit. Students learn to understand and develop the skills necessary to be effective communicators. This includes the study of written and oral communication, development of effective interpersonal skills and an understanding of intercultural communication. Class activities and assessments provide students with practical experience to develop these skills.

This is an elective. This module aims to introduce students to the basic concepts of corporate and investment finance. Students will be equipped with the fundamentals of financial theory and learn the financial tools required for financial decision making in corporations.

This is an elective. Students study the psychological and sociological factors influencing consumer decision-making processes. They explore concepts such as motivation, perception, attitudes, and cultural influences, gaining insights into how these factors shape consumer preferences and purchasing behaviours in various market contexts.

This is an elective. The purpose of this unit is to provide students with the necessary understanding of statistics for other modules in their course that require such skills, develop the essential analytical skills necessary for decision making within a business environment, allow students to better analyse and understand business related data and use a computer software package to generate output that can be analysed.
Topics in this subject include, descriptive statistics (including data presentation and statistical measurement), probability (including discrete and continuous probability distributions), sampling methods, Inference (using normal, t, Chi-square and F distributions) and simple linear and multiple regression.

PREREQUISITES

Students are required to have an English standard approximately equal to IELTS 6.0 (no band less than 5.5). Students must also have satisfactory completion of Year 12 studies or equivalent.

COST

  • February Entry 2024: AUD$25,000 plus Overseas Student Health Cover*
  • July Entry 2024: AUD$25,000 plus Overseas Student Health Cover*

*OSHC — BUPA Overseas Student Health Cover. This is a compulsory medical cover for ALL international students, as required by the Department of Home Affairs. The price varies according to the length of the course.

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