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 Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)

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Overview

The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree programme enables each student to develop his or her own interests in business and related subjects. Students are able to create individualised courses using a range of papers offered across teaching departments in the School of Business and University as a whole. Students have the flexibility within the BCom degree to combine two specialisations and graduate with a double major.

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Major Subject Areas

For a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree you must major in at least one of the following subjects:

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Minor Subject Areas

Selecting a minor subject is not compulsory and there may be other combinations of papers more appropriate to your degree. There are no particular subject requirements for the other papers of your degree, but if you wish you may have another subject specified as a minor subject in your degree by passing the prescribed papers for any of the listed subjects.

Full list of available minor subject areas.

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For students enrolled in a BCom programme before 2017

From 2017 the required 100-level papers for all BCom programmes have changed from BSNS 102-108 to BSNS 111-115. BCom students who first enrolled in 2016 or earlier will normally complete the programme under the regulations in force when they first enrolled.

If you need to complete any of BSNS 102-108 the equivalent papers from 2017 onwards are:

Papers required before 2017 Equivalent from 2017 onwards
BSNS 102 BSNS 112
BSNS 103 MART 112
BSNS 104 BSNS 113
BSNS 105 MANT 101
BSNS 106 COMP 101
BSNS 107 BSNS 115
BSNS 108 BSNS 114

If none of the above options are available to you, you will need to seek advice from the Associate Dean (Academic) for the School of Business in order to decide on an appropriate paper or papers to use instead.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) majoring in Accounting

Level Papers Points
100-level

BSNS 112  Interpreting Business Data

BSNS 114  Financial Decision Making

BSNS 115  Accounting and Information Systems

ACCT 102  Principles of Accounting

Grades of at least C+ are needed in order to proceed to 200-level ACCT papers.

BSNS 111 Business and Society, BSNS 113 Economic Principles and Policy – must normally be taken in first year of study

18

18

18

18

 

36

200-level

ACCT 211  Financial Accounting and Reporting

ACCT 222  Cost and Management Accounting

ACCT 233  Fundamentals of Accounting for Financial Decisions

18

18

18

300-level

ACCT 302  Accounting Performance Management, or ACCT 307  Management Accounting

ACCT 310  Financial Statement Analysis, or ACCT 315  Advanced Financial Accounting

Two further 300-level papers

One must be an ACCT paper, and the other must be an ACCT, ACFI or FINC paper

18

18

36

Plus

126 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above. Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Commerce.

126
 

Every programme must include BSNS 111-115. At least three of these papers must be passed before enrolling in any 200-level Commerce paper, and all must be passed before enrolling in any 300-level Commerce paper. For single-degree BCom students, all five must be attempted in the first year of study or equivalent.

STAT 110 or STAT 115 will be accepted as an alternative to BSNS 112 as a required paper or as part of the major subject requirements or as a prerequisite when:
(a) the paper has been passed before the student has enrolled for a BCom degree; or
(b) a student is enrolling for both a BCom and another degree for which STAT 110 or STAT 115 is required.

 
Total 360

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Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) majoring in Economics

Level Papers Points
100-level

BSNS 113  Economic Principles and Policy

ECON 112  Principles of Economics 2

BSNS 111 Business and Society, BSNS 112 Interpreting Business Data, BSNS 114 Financial Decision Making, BSNS 115 Accounting and Information Systems – must normally be taken in first year of study

18

18

72

200-level

ECON 201 Microeconomics, or ECON 271  Intermediate Microeconomic Theory

ECON 202  Macroeconomics

One further 200-level ECON paper

18

18

18

300-level Four 300-level ECON papers 72
Plus

126 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Commerce.

90
 

Every programme must include BSNS 111-115. At least three of these papers must be passed before enrolling in any 200-level Commerce paper, and all must be passed before enrolling in any 300-level Commerce paper. For single-degree BCom students, all five must be attempted in the first year of study or equivalent.

STAT 110 or STAT 115 will be accepted as an alternative to BSNS 112 as a required paper or as part of the major subject requirements or as a prerequisite when:
(a) the paper has been passed before the student has enrolled for a BCom degree; or
(b) a student is enrolling for both a BCom and another degree for which STAT 110 or STAT 115 is required.

Total   360

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Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) majoring in Finance

Level Papers Points
100-level

BSNS 112  Interpreting Business Data

BSNS 114  Financial Decision Making

BSNS 115  Accounting and Information Systems

FINC 102  Business Mathematics

Grades of at least C+ in the BSNS papers are needed in order to proceed to 200-level FINC papers

BSNS 111 Business and Society, BSNS 113 Economic Principles and Policy – must normally be taken in first year of study

18

18

18

18

 

 

36

200-level

FINC 202  Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management

FINC 203  Financial Data Analysis

FINC 206  Fundamentals of Corporate Finance

18

18

18

300-level

FINC 302  Applied Investments

FINC 303  Financial Management

Two further 300-level papers, (one must be a FINC paper, and the other must be a  FINC, ACCT or ACFI paper)

18

18

36

Plus

126 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above. Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Commerce.

126

 

Every programme must include BSNS 111-115. At least three of these papers must be passed before enrolling in any 200-level Commerce paper, and all must be passed before enrolling in any 300-level Commerce paper. For single-degree BCom students, all five must be attempted in the first year of study or equivalent.

STAT 110 or STAT 115 will be accepted as an alternative to BSNS 112 as a required paper or as part of the major subject requirements or as a prerequisite when:
(a) the paper has been passed before the student has enrolled for a BCom degree; or
(b) a student is enrolling for both a BCom and another degree for which STAT 110 or STAT 115 is required.

 
Total 360

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Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) majoring in Information Science

Level Papers Points
100-level

COMP 101  Foundation of Information Systems

COMP 160  General Programming*

*In exceptional circumstances (such as having prior programming experience) and with approval from the Head of Department, the COMP 160 requirement may be waived or the paper replaced with COMP 150.

BSNS 111 Business and Society, BSNS 112 Interpreting Business Data, BSNS 113 Economic Principles and Policy, BSNS 114 Financial Decision Making, BSNS 115 Accounting and Information Systems – must normally be taken in first year of study.

18

18

 

 

 

90

200-level

INFO 201  Developing Information Systems 1

INFO 202  Developing Information Systems 2

INFO 203  Human-Computer Interaction and User Experience

INFO 204  Introduction to Data Science

18

18

18

18

300-level

INFO 312  Information Systems Development Project

Two of
INFO 321  Enterprise Data Management,
INFO 322  Information Systems Strategy and Governance,
INFO 323  Distributed Information Systems,
INFO 324  Adaptive Business Intelligence.

One further 300-level INFO paper or SENG 301  Software Project Management, or TELE 302  Network Design, or TELE 303  Wireless Communications

From 2018 the 300-level requirements will be: INFO 301 Applied Project, INFO 302 Information Systems Strategy and Governance, and two further 300-level INFO papers.

18

36

 

 

 
18

Plus

90 further points; must include 36 points at 200-level or above. May be taken from outside Commerce.

90
 

Every programme must include BSNS 111-115. At least three of these papers must be passed before enrolling in any 200-level Commerce paper, and all must be passed before enrolling in any 300-level Commerce paper. For single-degree BCom students, all five must be attempted in the first year of study or equivalent.

STAT 110 or STAT 115 will be accepted as an alternative to BSNS 112 as a required paper or as part of the major subject requirements or as a prerequisite when:
(a) the paper has been passed before the student has enrolled for a BCom degree; or
(b) a student is enrolling for both a BCom and another degree for which STAT 110 or STAT 115 is required.

 
Total 360

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Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) majoring in International Business

Level Papers Points
100-level

BSNS 113  Economic Principles and Policy

MANT 101  Managing for Performance

ECON 112  Principles of Economics 2 (recommended)

BSNS 111 Business and Society, BSNS 112 Interpreting Business Data, BSNS 114 Financial Decision Making, BSNS 115 Accounting and Information Systems – must normally be taken in first year of study

Language papers as outlined below

18

18

 

 

72

200-level

ECON 201  Microeconomics

MANT 217  International Management, or MANT 222 Interpersonal / International Business Communication

One further Commerce paper at 200-level

Language papers as outlined below

18

18

 

18

300-level

ECON 302  International Trade

MANT 332  International Management, or MANT 342  Global Business Strategy

MART 326  International and Export Marketing

One further Commerce paper at 300-level

18

18

18

18

Plus

126 further points, comprising 18 further Commerce points and 108 points of approved language and/or culture papers*, which will normally include an 18 point business language paper and an approved 18 point culture paper. At least 54 of these 126 points must be at 200-level or above.

*Papers requiring approval will in the first instance be approved by the Department concerned as necessary. However, overall approval including appropriate language and culture papers shall rest with the Director of the International Business major.

Note: if English or Māori is the student's native language it is required that 108 points of approved language and/or culture papers (18 points of which is business language, and at least 18 points of which is an approved related culture paper) be taken. If neither English nor Māori is the student's native language, the 108 points must be for language (not the native language) and/or cultural papers as approved by the Director, International Business.

126

 

 

 

Every programme must include BSNS 111-115. At least three of these papers must be passed before enrolling in any 200-level Commerce paper, and all must be passed before enrolling in any 300-level Commerce paper. For single-degree BCom students, all five must be attempted in the first year of study or equivalent.

STAT 110 or STAT 115 will be accepted as an alternative to BSNS 112 as a required paper or as part of the major subject requirements or as a prerequisite when:
(a) the paper has been passed before the student has enrolled for a BCom degree; or
(b) a student is enrolling for both a BCom and another degree for which STAT 110 or STAT 115 is required.

 
Total 360

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Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) majoring in Management

Level Papers Points
100-level

MANT 101  Managing for Performance

BSNS 111 Business and Society, BSNS 112 Interpreting Business Data, BSNS 113 Economic Principles and Policy, BSNS 114 Financial Decision Making, BSNS 115 Accounting and Information Systems – must normally be taken in first year of study

18

90

200-level

MANT 250  Managing People

MANT 251  Managing Organisations

One further 200-level MANT paper

18

18

18

300-level Four 300-level MANT papers 72
Plus

126 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above. Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Commerce.

126

 

Every programme must include BSNS 111-115. At least three of these papers must be passed before enrolling in any 200-level Commerce paper, and all must be passed before enrolling in any 300-level Commerce paper. For single-degree BCom students, all five must be attempted in the first year of study or equivalent.

STAT 110 or STAT 115 will be accepted as an alternative to BSNS 112 as a required paper or as part of the major subject requirements or as a prerequisite when:
(a) the paper has been passed before the student has enrolled for a BCom degree; or
(b) a student is enrolling for both a BCom and another degree for which STAT 110 or STAT 115 is required.

 
Total   360

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Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) majoring in Marketing Management

Level Papers Points
100-level

BSNS 112  Interpreting Business Data

MART 112  Marketing Management

BSNS 111 Business and Society, BSNS 113 Economic Principles and Policy, BSNS 114 Financial Decision Making, BSNS 115 Accounting and Information Systems – must normally be taken in first year of study

18

18

72

200-level

MART 212  Understanding Markets

Two of MART 201  Integrated Marketing Communications, MART 210  Consumer Behaviour, MART 211  Products to Market

18

36

300-level

MART 301  Strategic Marketing Management

three of MART 304, MART 305, MART 306, MART 325, MART 326, MART 328, MART 329, MART 330, MART 333, MART 355

18

54

Plus

126 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above. Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Commerce.

126
 

Every programme must include BSNS 111-115. At least three of these papers must be passed before enrolling in any 200-level Commerce paper, and all must be passed before enrolling in any 300-level Commerce paper. For single-degree BCom students, all five must be attempted in the first year of study or equivalent.

STAT 110 or STAT 115 will be accepted as an alternative to BSNS 112 as a required paper or as part of the major subject requirements or as a prerequisite when:
(a) the paper has been passed before the student has enrolled for a BCom degree; or
(b) a student is enrolling for both a BCom and another degree for which STAT 110 or STAT 115 is required.

Total   360

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Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) majoring in Tourism

Level Papers Points
100-level

TOUR 101  Introduction to Tourism

TOUR 102  Global Tourism or TOUR 103  Introduction to Hospitality

BSNS 111 Business and Society, BSNS 112 Interpreting Business Data, BSNS 113 Economic Principles and Policy, BSNS 114 Financial Decision Making, BSNS 115 Accounting and Information Systems – must normally be taken in first year of study

18

18

90

200-level

TOUR 217  Tourist Behaviour

TOUR 218  Tourism and Hospitality Enterprise Management

TOUR 219  Destination Management

18

18

18

300-level

TOUR 309  Tourism Research Methods

Three further 300-level TOUR papers

18

54

Plus

108 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above. Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Commerce.

108

 

Every programme must include BSNS 111-115. At least three of these papers must be passed before enrolling in any 200-level Commerce paper, and all must be passed before enrolling in any 300-level Commerce paper. For single-degree BCom students, all five must be attempted in the first year of study or equivalent.

STAT 110 or STAT 115 will be accepted as an alternative to BSNS 112 as a required paper or as part of the major subject requirements or as a prerequisite when:
(a) the paper has been passed before the student has enrolled for a BCom degree; or
(b) a student is enrolling for both a BCom and another degree for which STAT 110 or STAT 115 is required.

 
Total   360

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Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)

  1. Structure of the Programme

    Every degree programme

    1. shall consist of papers worth not less than 360 points,
    2. shall include at least 180 points for papers above 100-level of which at least 72 points shall be for papers above 200-level,
    3. shall satisfy the requirements for at least one of the major subjects listed above. No paper above 200-level may count for more than one Major Subject Requirement,
    4. shall include the following Required Papers*: BSNS 111, BSNS 112, BSNS 113, BSNS 114, BSNS 115
    5. may include one or more optional minor subjects listed above. No paper may count for both a Major and a Minor Subject Requirement or for more than one Minor Subject Requirement unless that paper is at 100- or 200-level and is specified as compulsory for both Requirements,
    6. may include papers which are not listed in Commerce Schedule C
      1. up to 90 points; or
      2. as specified in the Commerce Major Subject Requirements and/or the Commerce subjects in the Minor Subject Requirements; or
      3. as specified in the Minor Subject Requirements.

    * At least three of these papers must be passed before enrolling in any 200-level Commerce paper, and all must be passed before enrolling in any 300-level Commerce paper. For single-degree BCom students, all five must be attempted in the first year of study or equivalent.

  2. Prerequisites, Corequisites and Restrictions

    1. Every programme of study shall satisfy the requirements for prerequisites, corequisites, and restrictions set out in the Prescriptions (published in the Guide to Enrolment).
    2. A candidate with outstanding results in a subject prior to entering the University may be permitted by the Head of Department concerned to enrol for a paper at 200-level without having satisfied the normal prerequisites. In such cases the candidate shall not be credited with the prerequisite papers but shall be exempted from including those papers in a major subject requirement. A candidate may not, having passed any such paper at 200-level, enrol subsequently for any prerequisite paper from which the exemption has been given.
    3. A candidate will not be permitted to enrol for certain papers in the following circumstances:
      1. A candidate who has previously passed or is currently enrolled for LAWS 203 and either LAWS 307 or LAWS 407 may not enrol for BLAW 211.

      2. A candidate who has previously passed or is currently enrolled for LAWS 202 may not enrol for BLAW 212.

    For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in this paragraph will affect any credits a candidate may be entitled to pursuant to paragraph 3(b).

  3. Cross Credits

    1. A candidate who is enrolled for the degree concurrently with another degree, or who has completed one degree and is proceeding with another, may cross credit 100- and 200-level papers which are common to both degrees up to a maximum of 126 points where the other degree is a three-year degree and up to a maximum of 180 points where the other degree is longer than a three-year degree.
    2. A candidate who wishes to complete the requirements for the degrees of Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws may as part of the credits permitted in 3(a) be entitled to credit:
      1. LAWS 203 and either LAWS 307 or LAWS 407 as a pass in BLAW 211, and LAWS 202 as a pass in BLAW 212.

    In the event of a cross credit under this provision, the points credited to the degree of Bachelor of Commerce will be as for the appropriate BLAW paper.

  4. Credits

    A combination of specified and unspecified credits up to a maximum of 126 points may be granted for papers taken towards a New Zealand Diploma in Business (NZDB).

    Note: Enquiries may be directed to the Academic Manager (Commerce). Also see Credit for Study Elsewhere and Cross Credits in Admission to University Statute.

  5. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

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