Our commerce course is designed to meet the emerging demands of business and the broader community, so grasp the opportunity to develop your business skills through practical teaching and join a learning community that provides support to help you achieve your career aspirations and succeed in the business world.

You’ll be exposed to realistic business problems and environments through a qualification that’s also designed to be relevant to the national and global marketplace, a must have when starting out your career. Offering courses at both degree and associate degree levels, your studies will focus on developing your skills in key areas such as:

  • accounting (including auditing and taxation)
  • finance
  • management
  • marketing
  • business ethics
  • law
  • economics
  • communications
  • international business (subject to the number of students enrolled)

Our flexible study options include online learning, the opportunity to study extra units outside of standard teaching hours and varied unit delivery times including weekdays, evenings and weekends.

In your final year you’ll complete a 6-7 week (3 days per week) workplace internship, from which you’ll deliver and present a critical business project.

Our supportive small group environments mean you’re more than just a face in a crowded lecture theatre, with access to one-on-one support to assist your learning. Committed and passionate teachers, with practical experience in their field of expertise, use innovative teaching strategies to assist you in developing your subject knowledge.

Get an inside view of what it’s like to study commerce with us and read our student profiles from Rainier Culwick and Ekram Alpogut. One of our Commerce students, Huong Dang, has also won the ‘Victorian International Student of the Year Higher Education’ award and the Premier’s ‘International Student of the Year’ Award.

So enrol in our commerce course and take the first step towards making your mark in the dynamic world of business and commerce.

Course admission profile

Course Code BCOM1
VTAC Code Box Hill-5100251302; City-5100151302; Lilydale-5100551302;
Study Areas Commerce
Study Level Undergraduate
Study Type Local
Study Mode

FT: 3 years, (or PT equivalent)

Course Type Bachelor
Campuses City

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
Full Tuition Fee $14,760.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees No materials fee applies
Retain Course Items*** No fee applies

* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

February and July

Full time: 3 years or part time equivalent

Delivery is face to face with classes scheduled on weekdays

You can exit after 2 years of full time study and be awarded an Associate Degree


Applicants with higher education study

Applicants who have completed some of a higher education course, either at non-university higher education providers or university some time ago or recently, are welcome to apply. Applicants seeking to transfer to Box Hill Institute from another education provider or applicants changing to a different course at Box Hill Institute can apply for advanced atanding. All applications for advanced standing are assessed on an individual basis and are granted for subjects where the content and learning outcomes have been demonstrated through your completion of subjects in your prior course.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Applicants who have completed a VET course of study in Commerce/ Business at a public TAFE or other VET provider either recently or some time ago, are welcome to apply. All training packages of Diploma of Commerce/ Business are accepted regardless of date completed. You will receive credit for up to four degree subjects on the basis of your diploma studies.

Applicants with work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience, have left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. applicants who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then, are encouraged to apply.

‘Experience’ could include a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education. This includes mature-age entry, professional experience, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped them to prepare for tertiary education or are relevant to Commerce/Business.

Applicants with recent secondary education

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is based primarily on completion of Year 12 undertaken at school, TAFE or other VET or higher education provider (this includes both Australian or overseas equivalent) that was completed (or will be) in the current year or within the previous two years.

Applicants must have successfully completed VCE (or equivalent) with a study score of at least 20 in units 3 and 4 English (any). The following VCE subjects would benefit students undertaking the degree: accounting, economics, legal studies and mathematics.


NB: All relevant criteria will be considered – e.g. school results, work experience and other study whether VET or prior higher education.

After successful completion, you may apply for entrance to post-graduate studies at a range of universities.

The Bachelor of Commerce (Applied) is accredited by CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Undergraduates may apply for student membership of these professional accounting bodies, which they can convert to associate membership on graduation. You can then choose to undertake the professional body’s qualification program, and after 3-years relevant practical experience progress to full membership.

VTAC application and direct entry available

Applicants completing secondary education (Year 12) or equivalent must: 

All other applicants must:

  • submit an application (via Apply Now above)

This course is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and the qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 7 and Box Hill Institute Graduate Attributes.

Graduates will have:

  • a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning
  • cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge
  • cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas
  • cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgment in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
  • communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas

Completion of 23 subjects (144 points)

Students choose to study one of three major streams: International Business, Accounting or Digital Commerce

We expect to enrol between 41 and 50 students.





In undertaking this subject, students explore the regulations, relations and issues between the interest of the company (or entity) in generating business and maximising profits, and protecting the interests of investors, lenders, and consumers against unreasonable risks. Students develop familiarity with corporate regulation in Australia and develop knowledge and skills to accommodate corporate regulation with their quality involvement in company management, governance, financial reporting, corporate financing and solvency.

Contact hours are 1 hour lecture plus 2 hour tutorials for 13 weeks.
Prerequisites: Introduction to Business Law (CHM108)
Introduction to Management (CHM106)
Assessment: Assessment 1: In class discussion and participation 10%
Assessment 2: Individual assignment and presentation 20%
Assessment 3: Individual assignment 20%
Assessment 4: Examination 50%


This subject offers students critical knowledge of the regulatory framework governing company accounting and corporate activity and its relationship with the key elements of financial statements, such as preparing and presenting corporate financial reports. Students develop critical skills in the recognition, measurement and recording of company income tax, leases, business acquisition transactions, liquidation accounting, and in the preparation of consolidated financial statements. Students have an opportunity to evaluate the appropriate disclosure standards in the origination, presentation and reporting of published corporate financial statements.

Contact hours are 1 hour lecture plus 2 hour tutorials for 13 weeks.
Prerequisites: Accounting Theory (CA207)
Assessment: Assessment 1: Weekly tutorial questions & participation 10%
Assessment 2: Mid semester test 20%
Assessment 3: Group Report 20%
Assessment 4: Examination 50%


This subject offers students critical knowledge in the principles and commercial relevance of Australian Taxation Law, its legislative provisions, and ongoing tax reforms. Students develop critical skills in the practical application of relevant tax principles, provisions of the legislation and case law. Students develop advanced knowledge and skills in the effects of taxation on many commercial and personal decisions, and addressing taxation laws essential to inform and improve those decisions.

Contact hours are 1 hour lecture plus 2 hour tutorials for 13 weeks.
Prerequisites: Introduction to Business Law (CHM108)
Assessment: Assessment 1: Individual mid semester test 20%
Assessment 2: Group Assignment 30%
Assessment 3: Final Examination 50%


This subject offers students critical knowledge and skills in the standards and processes of auditing, including the application of auditing principles to accounting. Students develop critical knowledge of the auditor's decision-making process, changing environment, and methodologies, and with the legal liability and statutory responsibilities of auditors. Students develop confidence and assurance about business practice which is important for maintaining high standards of credibility, governance and accountability in commerce.

Contact hours are 1 hour lecture plus 2 hour tutorials for 13 weeks.
Prerequisites: Introduction to Management (CHM106)
Management Accounting (CA206)
Financial Accounting (CA208)
Assessment: Assessment 1: Individual in class test 25%
Assessment 2: Group case study and presentation 25%
Assessment 3: Final Examination 50%


This subject offers students an understanding of entrepreneurship, innovation and new venture generation, and start-up. Students explore the key characteristics of successful entrepreneurs and the processes and strategies that they apply to ensure the success of their ventures. Through a group project, a key focus of this subject will be the development of enterprising and entrepreneurial attitudes, skills and behaviours including creativity and innovative practice, to ensure the effective establishment of the entrepreneurial mindset, and exploration and exploitation of opportunities, and their implementation and management.

Students are given case studies, problems and assessments from the hospitality sector to explore, critique, resolve and apply commerce concepts, principles and techniques, particularly in tutorials.

Contact hours are 1 hour lecture plus 2 hour tutorials for 13 weeks.
Prerequisites: Nil
Assessment: Assessment 1: Individual Assignment: 30%
Assessment 2: Individual Assignment 25%
Assessment 3: Group Project 45%


The subject introduces the theories and themes of leadership within the dynamics of organisational context, processes and practices. The subject promotes student reflection on personal leadership. Students critically analyse and explore contemporary leadership issues and their implications for management through case studies, critiques, debate and reflection.
Students explore and discuss how the leadership concepts and ideas are played out in the workplace in relation to power. Topics covered are the classical and contemporary leadership theories, the dysfunctional organisation and its implications to the workplace, the management of change in turbulent times, and emotional leadership and its positive impact in turbulent times.
Throughout the course the student is encouraged to design and improve his or her leadership practices. Critiquing and testing hypothesis of various leadership theories in the modern workplace.

Contact hours are 1 hour lecture plus 2 hour tutorials for 13 weeks.
Prerequisites: Management of Organisational Behaviour (CHM107)
Assessment: Assessment 1: Individual Assignment 40%
Assessment 2: Individual report 30%
Assessment 3: Group Assignment 30%


As this is the capstone subject in the degree, students undertake a work-based internship project in an organisation. This project offers students an opportunity to creatively problem solve, and apply critical, analytical, self-directed, reflective, and practical skills. Students develop resourceful and industry-informed knowledge, with an ethical, attentive, respectful, and fair approach.

Students will undertake their project in a workplace under the supervision of an industry partner and a BHI academic staff member. With advice from both supervisors each student will design a suitable project which is confirmed by all three parties. The project is expected to include a literature review, collection of a range of data from a variety of sources, analysis of business contexts, analysis of issues, review of best practices, generation of alternative problem resolutions, evaluation and recommendations. Students deliver and present a critical business project. They will communicate the results and conclusions in a short verbal presentation and deliver a full report documenting the process, analyses, outcomes and lessons learned.
A scheduled set of classes and workshops prepare students for key tasks and support student learning and application.

Contact hours are 3 X 3 hour lectures and a work placement of 3 days a week for 6 to 7 weeks.
Prerequisites: All first year, second year and first semester of third year subjects or permission of the Academic Course Manager.
Assessment: Assessment 1: Project design report 30%
Assessment 2: Progress report 20%
Assessment 3: Final project report and presentation 50%


The subject will familiarise students with the international financial framework,markets,institutions and arrangements within which enterprise decisions are made and skill students in selecting and adapting financial instruments so that students can appropriately address and adjust exposure to financial risk.

This subject is about understanding the international supply, demand, availability, price and institutional management of money. This includes arrangements under the international monetary system, the determination of exchange rates, the role of banks and availability of credit, and the management of financial risk.

Contact hours are 1 hour lecture plus 2 hour tutorials for 13 weeks.
Prerequisites: International Business Economics (CI206) International Business Management (CI207)
Assessment: Assessment 1: 1000 word memo 15%
Assessment 2: Group presentation and report 20%
Assessment 3: Report 15%
Assessment 4: Examination 50%


This subject will enable students to recognise and succinctly profile the international environments within which marketing decisions are made, and to source, evaluate, prosecute and execute international marketing initiatives through the effective application of marketing techniques and strategies.

This approach to international marketing is about the international environment within which business is conducted, planning and responding to market behaviour, and implementing targeted market strategy.

Contact hours are 1 hour lecture plus 2 hour tutorials for 13 weeks.
Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Marketing (CHM104)
Assessment: Assessment 1: Market Analysis (Individual) report 20%
Assessment 2: Market Entry Strategy (Group) report and presentation 40%
Assessment 3: Develop a marketing campaign 40%


This subject introduces students to issues involved in international law. This will provide a background to the public environment within which commercial transactions are undertaken.

This subject also assists students to demonstrate their understanding of the principles and practices of international law, including its origins, interactions and supportive institutions.

This subject is about understanding the sources, boundaries and institutions in international law and their application. The subject identifies and applies international law issues that are available for improving the organisation's participation in the exchange of goods and services.

Contact hours are 1 hour lecture plus 2 hour tutorials for 13 weeks.
Prerequisites: Introduction to Business Law (CHM108)
Marketing Law (CAI204)
Assessment: Assessment 1: Board presentation & group report 15%
Assessment 2: Report 10%
Assessment 3: Essay 25%
Assessment 4: Examination 50%


This subject aims to enable students to understand the concept of international business strategy and how enterprises may benefit from its application, to provide students with the skills to conduct a global business strategy analysis and diagnose foreign market potential, and to familiarise students with a range of business entry strategies for foreign markets and explore issues associated with those strategies.

International business strategy is about the key questions that decision-makers must address and the information required when they consider enterprise activity moving beyond their domestic confines to foreign locations.

The subject seeks to explain and apply strategy principles in international commerce.

Contact hours are 1 hour lecture plus 2 hour tutorials for 13 weeks.
Prerequisites: International Business Economics (CI206)
Assessment: Assessment 1: Case Study (Individual) 20%
Assessment 2: Group Project 40%
Assessment 3: Reflective Journals - Individual 30%
Assessment 4: Peer Evaluation - Individual 10%

Last updated: March 26, 2019 08:11am