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Business & Commerce

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.

Diploma of Commerce Units (Stage 1)

CRICOS Code 087940C

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

Core Units

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

Specialist Units (dependent upon chosen major)

  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Macroeconomics Principles*
  • Public Relations Foundations
  • Web Communications

*Macroeconomics Principles: Please contact us to determine availability of this unit. This unit will not be available from Trimester 2, 2019.

All Business & Commerce Majors Diploma of Commerce (Core Units - Stage 2)

Stage 2 Units (Core) – 25 Credit Points Each

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 (BIS) and Business Information Technology (BIT), different types of BIS and BIT and their role in organisations and contribution to organisational success. Students will learn how 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 BIS.

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, 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 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 the psychological foundations. This unit focusses on the decision processes in consumption behaviour in different buying situations.

Financial Accounting

Explore financial accounting issues relating to the objective of general purpose financial reporting; the definition; recognition and measurement of financial statement elements; and accounting for business transactions. Success in this unit requires students develop both a theoretical and practical understanding.

Management Accounting

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

Macroeconomic Principles

Classical Macroeconomics: Output, employment, money, prices and interest rates, macroeconomic policy, fiscal policy, monetary policy and policies for intermediate-run growth.
The Keynesian System: Aggregate demand, money, interest rate, income and aggregate supply.
Economic Fluctuations: IS-LM models.
Open Economy Macroeconomics: Exchange rate and the international monetary system, monetary and fiscal policy in the open economy.
Long-run Economic Growth: The neo-classical growth models and recent developments in the theory of economic growth.

Public Relations Foundations

An introduction to the principles, practice, history and evolution of public relations. Learn the importance of ethical practice, how to identify publics, the need for public relations programs and how to plan, manage and evaluate their effectiveness.

Web Communications

This unit will look at the ways in which the internet has changed communication and how this affects individuals, groups, businesses and organisations. Online communication has presented a myriad of opportunities for collaboration with others and it has become common practice to share knowledge and skills via the online space. It is essential that we understand how people communicate and collaborate online and why this is important. This unit will enable you to become an effective and sophisticated internet user, able to deploy its techniques, technologies and underlying concepts for online communication and collaboration. 


2019 Fees

Australian Students

Course Per Unit Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 1,725 13,800
Diploma (Stage 2) 1,850 14,800

International Students

Course Per Unit Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 2,925 23,400
Diploma (Stage 2) 3,575 28,600

Entry Requirements

Australian Students

Course Entry Requirements
(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

For more information about entry requirements and pre-requisites for Australian and International applicants:

View Entry Requirements View Pre-Requisites Student & ATAR Profiles


Diploma of Commerce (Stage 1)
February | July | October

Diploma of Commerce (Stage 2)
February | July | October


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.

Next Intake February 2019 (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. 

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