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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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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) majoring in Accounting

LevelPapersPoints
100-level

BSNS 102  Quantitative Analysis for Business

BSNS 107  Understanding Accounting

BSNS 108  Business Finance

ACCT 102  Principles of Accounting

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

BSNS 103 Marketing and Consumption, BSNS 104 Principles of Economics 1, BSNS 105 Management and Organisations, BSNS 106 Information and Communication in Organisations, must normally be taken before enrolling in 300-level Commerce papers

18

18

18

18

72

200-level

ACCT 211  Financial Accounting and Reporting

ACCT 222  Cost and Management Accounting

ACFI 201  Corporate Financial Decisions

18

18

18

300-level

ACCT 302  Accounting Performance Management, or ACCT 307  Management Accounting

ACCT 310  Issues in Financial Reporting, or ACCT 315  Advanced Financial Accounting

One further 300-level ACCT paper

One further 300-level  ACCT, ACFI or FINC paper

18

18

18

18

Plus

90 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

May be taken from outside Commerce

90
 

Every BCom programme must include BSNS 102-108. 100-level BSNS papers need not all be taken in the first year of study; all 100-level BSNS papers must normally be passed before enrolling in 300-level Commerce papers.

STAT 110 or STAT 115 will be accepted as an alternative to BSNS 102 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.

 
Total360

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Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) majoring in Economics

Level Papers Points
100-level

BSNS 104  Principles of Economics 1

ECON 112  Principles of Economics 2

BSNS 102 Quantitative Analysis for Business, BSNS 103 Marketing and Consumption, BSNS 105 Management and Organisations, BSNS 106 Information and Communication in organisations, BSNS 107 Understanding Accounting, and BSNS 108 Business Finance, must normally be taken before enrolling in 300-level Commerce papers

18

18

108

200-level

ECON 201 Microeconomics, or ECON 271  Intermediate Microeconomic Theory

ECON 202  Macroeconomics

At least one further 200-level ECON paper

18

18

18

300-level Four 300-level ECON papers 72
Plus

90 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

May be taken from outside Commerce

90
 

Every BCom programme must include BSNS 102-108. 100-level BSNS papers need not all be taken in the first year of study; all 100-level BSNS papers must normally be passed before enrolling in 300-level Commerce papers.

STAT 110 or STAT 115 will be accepted as an alternative to BSNS 102 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

LevelPapersPoints
100-level

BSNS 102  Quantitative Anaysis for Business

BSNS 107  Understanding Accounting

BSNS 108  Business Finance

FINQ 102  Business Mathematics

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

BSNS 103 Marketing and Consumption, BSNS 104 Principles of Economics 1, BSNS 105 Management and Organisations, and BSNS 106 Information and Communication in Organisations, must normally be taken before enrolling in 300-level Commerce papers

18

18

18

18

 

 

72

200-level

FINC 202  Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management

FINC 203  Financial Data Analysis

ACFI 201  Corporate Financial Decisions

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

90 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

May be taken from outside Commerce

90

 

Every BCom programme must include BSNS 102-108. 100-level BSNS papers need not all be taken in the first year of study; all 100-level BSNS papers must normally be passed before enrolling in 300-level Commerce papers.

STAT 110 or STAT 115 will be accepted as an alternative to BSNS 102 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.

 
Total360

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Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) majoring in Information Science

LevelPapersPoints
100-level

BSNS 106  Information and Communication in Organisations

COMP 150  Practical Programming, or COMP 160  General Programming

BSNS 102 Quantitative Analysis for Business, BSNS 103 Marketing and Consumption, BSNS 104 Principles of Economics 1, BSNS 105 Management and Organisations, BSNS 107 Understanding Accounting, and BSNS 108 Business Finance, must normally be taken before enrolling in 300-level Commerce papers.

18

18

108

200-level

INFO 211  Systems Analysis, Design and Modelling

INFO 213  Business ICT Strategy

INFO 214  Business ICT Infrastructure

INFO 221  Application Software Development

18

18

18

18

300-level

INFO 312  Information Systems Development Project

Two of
INFO 321  Database Systems,
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

18

36

 

 

 

18

Plus

72 further points; must include 36 points at 200-level or above.

May be taken from outside Commerce

72
 

Every BCom programme must include BSNS 102-108. 100-level BSNS papers need not all be taken in the first year of study; all 100-level BSNS papers must normally be passed before enrolling in 300-level Commerce papers.

STAT 110 or STAT 115 will be accepted as an alternative to BSNS 102 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.

 
Total360

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Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) majoring in International Business

LevelPapersPoints
100-level

BSNS 102  Quantitative Analysis for Business

BSNS 104  Principles of Economics 1

BSNS 105  Management and Organisations

BSNS 107  Understanding Accounting

BSNS 108  Business Finance

ECON 112  Principles of Economics 2, recommended

BSNS 103 Marketing and Consumption, and  BSNS 106 Information and Communication in Organisations, must normally be taken before enrolling in 300-level Commerce papers.

18

18

18

18

18

18

36

200-level

ECON 201  Microeconomics

ACFI 201 Corporate Financial Decisions

One of MANT 217  International Management, MANT 222 Interpersonal / International Business Communication,

18

18

18

300-level

ECON 302  International Trade

ACFI 305  International Financial Management

MANT 332  International Management, or MANT 341  Management in Asia-Pacific

MART 326  International and Export Marketing

18

18

18

18

Plus

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 36 of these 108 points must be at 200-level or above.

Students must either include a total of 54 points at 200-level or above in the language/culture component or take 18 further Commerce points at 200-level or above.

Language papers must be in a language other than the student's native language.

108

 

 

 

Every BCom programme must include BSNS 102-108. 100-level BSNS papers need not all be taken in the first year of study; all 100-level BSNS papers must normally be passed before enrolling in 300-level Commerce papers.

STAT 110 or STAT 115 will be accepted as an alternative to BSNS 102 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.

 
Total360

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Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) majoring in Management

Level Papers Points
100-level

BSNS 105  Management and Organisations

BSNS 102 Quantitative Analysis for Business, BSNS 103 Marketing and Consumption, BSNS 104 Principles of Economics 1, BSNS 106 Information and Communication in Organisations, BSNS 107 Understanding Accounting, and BSNS 108 Business Finance, must normally be taken before enrolling in 300-level Commerce papers

18

108

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

108 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Commerce

108

 

Every BCom programme must include BSNS 102-108. 100-level BSNS papers need not all be taken in the first year of study; all 100-level BSNS papers must normally be passed before enrolling in 300-level Commerce papers.

STAT 110 or STAT 115 will be accepted as an alternative to BSNS 102 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 102  Quantitative Analysis for Business

BSNS 103  Marketing and Consumption

MART 112  Marketing Management

BSNS 104 Principles of Economics 1, BSNS 105 Management and Organisations, BSNS 106 Information and Communication in Organisations, BSNS 107 Understanding Accounting, and BSNS 108 Business Finance, must normally be taken before enrolling in 300-level Commerce papers.

18

18

18

90

200-level

MART 210  Consumer Behaviour

MART 211  Products to Market

MART 212  Understanding Markets

18

18

18

300-level

MART 301  Strategic Marketing Management, and three further 300-level MART papers.

72

Plus

90 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

May be taken from outside Commerce

90
 

Every BCom programme must include BSNS 102-108. 100-level BSNS papers need not all be taken in the first year of study; all 100-level BSNS papers must normally be passed before enrolling in 300-level Commerce papers.

STAT 110 or STAT 115 will be accepted as an alternative to BSNS 102 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

LevelPapersPoints
100-level

TOUR 101  Introduction to Tourism

TOUR 102  Global Tourism or TOUR 103  Introduction to Hospitality

BSNS 102, BSNS 103, BSNS 104, BSNS 105, BSNS 106, BSNS 107, BSNS 108 must normally be taken before enrolling in 300-level Commerce papers.

18

18

126

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

72 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

May be taken from outside Commerce

72

 

Every BCom programme must include BSNS 102-108. 100-level BSNS papers need not all be taken in the first year of study; all 100-level BSNS papers must normally be passed before enrolling in 300-level Commerce papers.

STAT 110 or STAT 115 will be accepted as an alternative to BSNS 102 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 102, BSNS 103, BSNS 104, BSNS 105, BSNS 106, BSNS 107, BSNS 108
    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 below
      1. up to 90 points; or
      2. as specified in the Major Subject Requirements; or
      3. as specified in the Minor Subject Requirements.

    * Note: These papers should normally be completed before enrolling in 300-level Commerce papers.

  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 Student and Course Administrator (Commerce). Also see Credits, Exemptions, and Cross Credits in General Regulations.

  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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