Diploma of Business & Commerce

General

Program Description

Designed to prepare you for the challenges in the global business environment. Commerce students study foundation areas of accounting, economics, business law, management, marketing and technology.

Through specialised study in your chosen major at Curtin University, you will gain the theoretical and practical skills you need to be confident and industry-ready when you graduate.

Leading to:

Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Business Administration

Available Majors include:

  • Advertising
  • Accounting
  • Accounting Technologies
  • Banking
  • Business Information Systems
  • Business Information Technology
  • Business Law
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Event Management
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Logistics & Supply Chain Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Property Development and Evaluation
  • Tourism & Hospitality

Careers Include:

  • Advertising Account Executive
  • Accountant
  • Business Systems Analyst
  • Economist
  • Financial Dealer and Broker
  • Industrial Relations Officer
  • Management Consultant
  • Marketing Officer
  • Tourist Information Officer
  • Valuer

Your Business and Commerce Pathway

If you have:

  • Completed Year 12 with an ATAR (or the equivalent in your country).

Diploma of Commerce (Stage 2)

  • 8 university-level units studied over 2-3 trimesters. Equivalent to Year 1 of the corresponding Curtin University degree.

Direct Entry into Year 2 at Curtin University

  • Choose from the Bachelor of Commerce or the Bachelor of Business Administration.

Or if you have:

  • Completed Year 11 (or the equivalent in your country).

Diploma of Commerce (Stage 1)

  • 8 pre-university level units are studied over 2-3 trimesters.

Diploma (Stage 2)

  • Equivalent to year 1 of the corresponding Curtin University Bachelor Degree.

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Diploma of Commerce Units (Stage 1)

  • CRICOS Code 087940C

Students must complete the following core units and course-specific units:

Core Units

  • Accounting
  • Academic Communication Skills
  • Academic Research and Writing
  • Economics
  • Information and Media Technologies
  • Management
  • Marketing

Elective Units (select 1)

  • Chemistry
  • Design Skills
  • Essential Mathematics
  • Human Biology
  • Introduction to Design Skills
  • Media Culture and Communications
  • Physics
  • Project Management
  • Programming
  • Technical Mathematics

Diploma of Commerce Units (Stage 2)

  • CRICOS Code 087940C

Students must complete the following core units and one major related unit:

Core Units

  • Business Law
  • Communication in Business
  • Discovering Marketing
  • Fundamentals of Management
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Introduction to Business Information Systems
  • Introductory Economics

Major related units (electives):

  • Consumer Behaviour (preferred for Marketing related major)
  • Management Accounting (preferred for Accounting related major)
  • Introduction to Finance Principles (preferred for Finance related major)

All Business & Commerce Majors

  • Diploma of Commerce (Core Units - Stage 2)
  • Stage 2 Units (Core) – 25 Credit Points Each

Communication in Business

The unit covers key aspects of research, written and oral communication in academic and professional business contexts, as well as working to develop students’ teamwork skills including roles of team members. Emphasis will be placed on students’ ability to locate, understand, and critically evaluate business information. Students will learn about business meeting procedures and practices, how to identify and examine the importance of different business stakeholder relationships and the variety of tools used by business to communicate information in a culturally diverse and global setting. Skills in accessing information, synthesising information, argument development, the Chicago author-date referencing system, principles of effective communication with a focus on verbal and non-verbal forms and the professional presentation of documents are all covered during the development of the key assignments.

Introduction to Accounting

This unit delivers the following topics:

  • Introduction to business structures and start-up options.
  • Development of a strategic plan.
  • Cost volume profit analysis and assessment of special orders.
  • Appraisal of capital investments using capital budgeting.
  • Preparation of cash budgets and loan schedules.
  • Preparation and interpretation of financial statements.
  • Accounting for basic transactions, (GST) and end-of-period adjustments.
  • Investigating the methods and motivations for earnings management.

Introduction to Business Information Systems

This unit provides an overview of Business Information Systems (B.I.S.) and Business Information Technology (B.I.T.), different types of B.I.S. and B.I.T. and their role in organisations and contributes to organisational success. Students will learn how to use technology appropriately to develop BIS that effectively support, enable and enhance business and organisational processes. Proves an introduction to the different activities and tools used to develop, maintain and operate effective B.I.S.

Introductory Economics

An introduction to economic concepts and principles, supply and demand analysis, elasticity, economic efficiency, market failure and macroeconomics. This unit also covers the areas of unemployment and inflation, the model of aggregate supply and demand and global markets.

Discovering Marketing

Introducing the topic of marketing, it’s role and importance in any type of organisation. Topics include the marketing concept, marketing environment, marketing information systems, market segmentation, identification of target markets, buyer behaviour, product, place, price and promotion decisions, and the special aspects of marketing.

Business Law

An introduction to law with a business focus. Students examine the nature and sources of law in Australia. The key aspects of civil law are explored in relation to business, with particular emphasis on contract law.

Fundamentals of Management

This unit outlines the management theory and practice. After examining the current landscape of management practice, students analyse the major functions of management and some of the key areas of management practice. This unit also introduces the key skills required of contemporary managers. Specifically, students are required to prepare solutions to management problems and develop team-working skills.

All Business & Commerce Majors

  • Diploma of Commerce (Specific Units - Stage 2)
  • Stage 2 Units (Specific) – 25 Credit Points Each

Consumer Behaviour

Introducing the role of consumer behaviour and how it is shaped by the social and cultural environment and psychological foundations. This unit focusses on the decision processes in consumption behaviour in different buying situations.

Management Accounting

Managerial accounting techniques integrated with statistical methods applied to cost models, profit planning and decision-useful information.

Introduction to Finance Principles

This unit will:

  1. Introduce basic concepts and principles to financial processes, products and institutions.
  2. Introduce finance theory as it applies to financial processes, products and institutions.
  3. Develop a foundation in finance for students specialising in related fields.
  4. Present a set of financial tools that facilitate financial analysis and decision-making.

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2020 Fees

Australian Students

Course Per Unit Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 1,875 15,000
Diploma (Stage 2) 1,950 15,600

International Students

Course Per Unit Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 3,075 24,600
Diploma (Stage 2) 3,650 29,200

Entry Requirements

Australian Students

Course Entry Requirements
Diploma (Stage 1) Year 11 with 50%
Diploma (Stage 2) Minimum ATAR 50 OR AQF Certificate IV OR equivalent Foundation Year grades.

International Students

Diploma (Stage 1) Diploma (Stage 2)
General Certificate of Education (GCE) GCE O-Level with 4 passes Minimum of 2 points from 2 GCE A‐Level OR 1 point from 1 GCE A‐Level and 2 points from GCE AS‐Level
International Baccalaureate (IB) Completion of Year 1 Diploma with at least 18 points (minimum of 4 subjects) Minimum of 20 points over 6 IB units in one sitting
Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) Enquire at Curtin College Enquire at Curtin College

We accept students from a variety of academic backgrounds, as well as students who have completed alternative training. We also accept students with work and/or life experience.

English Language Requirements

Note: The requirements listed below are not exhaustive. Other evidence of English proficiency may be considered.

Australian Qualifications: English Language Requirements

Diploma (Stage 1)

  • Year 11 English with 50% or better

Diploma (Stage 2)

  • Year 12 English with a C grade or 50%
  • English ATAR with a scaled mark of 50
  • English Literature ATAR with a scaled mark of 50

International Qualifications and Tests: English Language Requirements for Diploma (Stage 1)

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 5.5 (no band below 5.0)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): iBT 54 (R7, L6, S15, W17)
  • General Certificate of Education (GCE): O-level / SPM 1119: C
  • (GCE) AS-Level English: C grade or better
  • (GCE) A-Level English: E grade or better
  • Hong Kong - New Academic System: HKDSE Core English Level 2
  • Pearson Test of English - Academic (PTE-A): 42 (no score below 36)
  • Pearson Versant English Placement Test: 50 (no score below 46)
  • ELICOS at Curtin English Language Centre (CELC): Gateway with B grade (no skill below C)
  • Group of Eight (G8) University Foundation Programmes: C or 50%
  • Phoenix Academy Cert IV English for Academic Purposes: B2 (no band below B1+)
  • International Institute of Business and Technology (IIBT): Academic English III with B2 (no band below B2)

International Qualifications and Tests: English Language Requirements for Diploma (Stage 2)

Diplomas of Commerce, Engineering and Information Technology

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 5.5 (no band below 5.5)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): iBT 54 (R12, L11, S17, W20)
  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) O Level /SPM 1119: C
  • Hong Kong - New Academic System: HKDSE Core English Level 2
  • Pearson Test of English - Academic (PTE-A): 42 (no score below 42)
  • Pearson Versant English Placement Test: 50 (no score below 50)
  • ELICOS at Curtin English Language Centre: Gateway with B grade (no skill below B)
  • Group of Eight (G8) University Foundation Programmes: C or 50%
  • Phoenix Academy Cert IV English for Academic Purposes: B2+ (no band below B2)
  • International Institute of Business and Technology (IIBT): Academic English III with B2 (no band below B2)

Intakes

Diploma of Commerce (Stage 1)

  • February
  • June
  • October

Diploma of Commerce (Stage 2)

  • February
  • June
  • October

Next Intake

  • February 2020 (Stage 1 & Stage 2)

Apply now for Diploma of Commerce and you could be on your way to year 2 of the Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Business Administration at Curtin University within 8 or 12 months.

Duration

Diploma of Commerce (Stage 1)

  • 2-3 Trimesters (8-12 months)

Diploma of Commerce (Stage 2)

  • 2-3 Trimesters (8-12 months)

Note: This is a full-time course at Curtin’s Bentley campus.

Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

Curtin College is your pathway to a bachelor degree at Curtin University, Western Australia’s largest university. If you do not qualify for direct entry into Curtin University, a Curtin College Diplom ... Read More

Curtin College is your pathway to a bachelor degree at Curtin University, Western Australia’s largest university. If you do not qualify for direct entry into Curtin University, a Curtin College Diploma will help you gain entry. We are on campus at Curtin University in Perth, so you will experience university life from day one. As a Curtin College student, you will be able to participate in University events, join clubs and enjoy other Curtin campus facilities. Since 2000, Curtin College has helped over 10,000 students realise their dreams of a Curtin University bachelor degree. Curtin University is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 and has risen 20 places to 230th in the world in the QS World University Ranking 2020. Curtin College is located in Building 205 on Curtin University’s Bentley Campus. Read less