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Anthony Sams

Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Business Administration


"The business world is a vast space and the opportunities are limitless. ACU has given me the tools to keep growing and advancing my career."

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Business / commerce / IT

Commerce (or Business) is the umbrella term for a diverse range of business-focused study areas on offer at ACU.

In order for businesses to operate successfully, fundamental skills in a number of discipline areas need to be acquired. These include accounting, finance, human resource management, marketing, event management, IT, business administration and management.

Exciting and rewarding careers can be built from these foundations.

Why study business/commerce at ACU?

ACU’s business programs are developed in consultation with sector leaders, and our academics are active in the business world and in research – so what you learn is up-to-date with industry needs. Our degrees satisfy the academic requirements for entry into the relevant professional associations.

ACU graduates are high achievers and enjoy one of the best rates of employment in Australia. The University emphasises the ethical, moral, social and environmental duties of the modern business leader.

A focus on practical experience includes internships, case studies, industry visits and community engagement opportunities – so you’re work-ready when you graduate.

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ACU student: Alexandra Sim

Alexandra Sim

ACU student

Bachelor of Commerce
(Accounting & Human Resource Management)

Accounting is crucial for business. It is the collecting, reporting and analysis of financial data. Accounting is a respected, internationally recognised method of communicating the financial health of a business or individual.

Career paths in accounting include:

  • Accountant
  • Financial manager
  • Financial adviser
  • Auditor
  • Financial planner
  • Chief financial officer
  • Financial assurance and compliance manager
  • Budget manager
  • Tax agent
  • Investment analyst

An accounting degree at ACU will teach you to analyse, research and make informed recommendations about a broad range of accounting problems and issues. You will learn essential accounting principles, practices and techniques and be able to apply them to a variety of situations, including:

  • Auditing
  • Financial reporting
  • Internal controls
  • Finance and management accounting

ACU offers undergraduate and postgraduate study options in accounting.

Our accounting degrees are accredited by the following industry bodies:

  • CPA Australia (Certified Practicing Accountants of Australia)
  • Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • IPA (Institute of Public Accountants)

Undergraduate   Postgraduate

ACU offers a comprehensive, specialist undergraduate degree in Accounting and Finance covering both the theories and applications for a successful career within the finance sector.

Unlike pure accounting degrees, this area of study offers a broader understanding of financial instruments, institutions, markets and systems, providing an extensive corporate accounting education that will prepare you for financial management roles in private enterprise, government, the not-for-profit sector and trans-national corporations.

Career paths in Accounting and Finance include:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • Financial planning
  • Financial services
  • Merchant banking
  • Stockbroking
  • Funds management

Undergraduate

Business administration is a generalist business qualification providing a broad understanding of the fundamentals of business. It will prepare you with the foundations for a management career in many different industries. Undergraduate business administration differs from the Bachelor of Commerce in that you do not choose a major area of study such as marketing or accounting. Instead you design your own degree from across the whole range of business subjects.

Career paths in business administration vary greatly and include:

  • Business analysis
  • Advertising
  • Human resource management
  • Personal investment
  • Purchasing, buying or trading
  • Employment relations
  • Marketing management
  • Policy administration
  • Financial management
  • Market research
  • Retailing and wholesaling
  • International trade and investment

ACU offers a suite of postgraduate business administration programs (MBA).

Undergraduate   Postgraduate

Commerce (or business) is the umbrella term for a range of business-focused study areas on offer at ACU. In order for businesses to operate successfully, fundamental skills in a number of discipline areas need to be acquired. These include accounting, human resource management, marketing, administration, management, and international business.

Career paths in commerce include:

  • Accounting
  • Forensic accounting
  • Business analysis
  • Advertising
  • Human resource management
  • Purchasing, buying or trading
  • Employment relations
  • Marketing management
  • Market research
  • Policy administration
  • Financial management
  • Market research
  • Retailing and wholesaling
  • International trade and investment

ACU offers undergraduate and postgraduate study options in commerce.

Our undergraduate Bachelor of Commerce has a first ‘common’ year undertaken by all business students that introduces the various major fields of study. From second year you will select a major – which is the area of study you have chosen to specialise in (such as accounting or marketing).

Postgraduate commerce is studied through the Master of Commerce with majors in marketing, human resource management or business information systems. Within your major there are two streams offered – the professional stream and the research stream (for those wishing to enter academia).

The Bachelor of Commerce, accounting major is accredited by the following industry bodies:

  • CPA Australia (Certified Practicing Accountants of Australia)
  • CAANZ (Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand)
  • IPA (Institute of Public Accountants)

The Bachelor of Commerce, business information systems major is accredited by the ACS (Australian Computer Society).

Undergraduate   Postgraduate

Event Management units are offered as a major and minor in the Bachelor of Commerce.

Event Management covers event branding, writing an event brief, production and technical, celebrity and artist management, types of media, creativity in events, event sponsorship, PR with context to events, marketing and promotions, wedding planning, award ceremonies etc.

An event manager is expected to conceptualise for whatever occasion is being planned keeping in mind the requirements and objectives of the client, planning, coordinating with different agencies, seeking permission from various government authorities, visualising stage design, arranging performers and media promoters for the event, as well as preparing run sheets and overseeing the smooth running of the actual event.

Students can study Event Management via the Bachelor of Commerce with a major or minor in Event Management.

Undergraduate

ACU student: Ahmed Hegazi

Ahmed Hegazi

ACU student

Bachelor of Commerce
(Human Resource Management)

The role of human resource management (HRM) in organisations is broad. As an HRM professional you will work to get the best from your organisation’s people for the entire employment cycle.

Our courses cover HRM processes such as:

  • Recruitment selection and retention
  • Learning and development
  • Managing diversity
  • Work/life balance
  • Inclusiveness
  • Workplace relations
  • Negotiation
  • Occupational health and safety (OHS) and work, health and safety (WHS)
  • Innovation
  • Remuneration
  • Employee engagement

Career opportunities arise in both the private and public sectors and cover a wide range of occupations, including:

  • Human resource management
  • Employment and industrial relations
  • Policy administration
  • Recruitment
  • Corporate training
  • Occupational Health and Safety

ACU’s courses in human resources will equip you with the knowledge and skills to tackle complex problems, make ethical decisions and manage organisational human resources. This is achieved through innovative teaching and learning strategies that demonstrate how to enhance organisational capabilities in an efficient and effective manner.

ACU offers undergraduate and postgraduate study options in HRM. Our undergraduate program is offered through the Bachelor of Commerce with a HRM major and our postgraduate program is offered through the Master of Commerce with a HRM major.

Our HRM degrees are accredited by the AHRI (Australian Human Resources Institute).

Undergraduate

Information technology (IT) is the application of computers and telecommunications equipment to store, retrieve, transmit and manipulate data often in the context of a business or other enterprise.

Although IT is commonly used to describe computers and computer networks, it also encompasses other information distribution technologies such as television and telephones. Several industries are associated with information technology, including computer hardware, software, electronics, semiconductors, internet, telecom equipment, e-commerce, and computer services.

Career opportunities arise in both the private and public sectors and cover a wide range of occupations, including:

  • Applications developer
  • Systems analyst
  • Systems administrator
  • Software architect
  • Database administrator
  • Information systems manager
  • IT support technician
  • Systems project manager
  • Programmer
  • Software engineer
  • Technical and network support professional
  • Web specialist and developer

ACU offers undergraduate and postgraduate study options in IT. At undergraduate level, the Bachelor of Information Technology provides general grounding in core business topics in the first year of study. The second year concentrates on foundation information technology topics including systems analysis, databases and programming. In the third year students will choose a professional pathway from industry-relevant options such as business analysis, applications development or database administration.

The Master of Information Technology provides students with the communications skills, critical thinking abilities and technical competencies needed to advance their career in information and communications technology.

Undergraduate   Postgraduate

Management units are offered as a major in the Bachelor of Commerce. Study areas include:

  • International Business
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management and Leadership
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Strategic Management
  • Operations Management
  • Managing Organisational Change and Development
  • Managing Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Undergraduate   Postgraduate

ACU student: Katrina McLaren

Katrina McLaren

ACU student

Bachelor of Commerce
(Marketing)

Marketing plays a pivotal role in the success of any business. Marketing communicates the value of a product, service or brand to customers, for the purpose of promoting or selling products, services, or brands.

Our courses cover marketing processes such as:

  • Marketing research
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Marketing communications
  • Marketing management
  • Managing advertising and promotion
  • Strategic marketing
  • E-marketing

Career opportunities arise in both the private and public sectors and cover a wide range of occupations, including:

  • Marketing management
  • Advertising
  • Market research
  • Sales management
  • Retailing and wholesaling
  • Direct marketing
  • Promotions
  • Social marketing
  • E-marketing
  • Event management

ACU offers undergraduate and postgraduate study options in marketing. Our undergraduate program is offered through the Bachelor of Commerce with a marketing major and our postgraduate program is offered through the Master of Commerce with a marketing major.

Undergraduate   Postgraduate