Business & Commerce (Diploma of Commerce )

Get the foundational business skills that will prepare you for the widest possible range of specialisations and career paths.

Key Information


Stage 1: 2-3 Trimesters (8-12 months)
Stage 2: 2-3 Trimesters (8-12 months)

Intake dates

Stage 1: February, June, October
Stage 2: February, June, October

Campus location

Curtin Bentley


Stage 1 = $16,200 ($2,025 per unit)

Stage 2 = $16,800 ($2,100 per unit)

FEE-Help available

Domestic International


Stage 1 = $25,800 ($3,225 per unit)

Stage 2 = $30,000 ($3,750 per unit)

Course overview

The Diploma of Commerce will help you in building following employability skills in business context.

  • Logical, critical and creative – Apply broad discipline knowledge, and some in-depth areas of specialist knowledge to creatively and critically evaluate, solve problems and add value to core areas and functions of business.
  • Competent in communication and digital literacy – Use information and technologies as appropriate for communication, decision-making and other diverse business purposes
  • Globally aware – Identify international issues and challenges that have an impact on business locally, nationally and globally.
  • Culturally Capable – Demonstrate culturally competent behaviours and respect into all aspects of academic and business practices.
  • Career capable – Work independently or/and in teams to manage self, plan and undertake tasks that appropriately contribute to business success.

The Diploma of Commerce pathways into Curtin University’s

  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Business Administration

Curtin Business School is recognised as an elite global business school through accreditation by EQUIS, AACSB International and an EFMD Accredited MBA.

Leading to:

Bachelor of Commerce

Available Majors include:

  •   Accounting 
  •   Accounting & Finance 
  •   Accounting & Taxation 
  •   Business Information Systems
  •   Business Information Systems (Extension)
  •   Business Law 
  •   Economics 
  •   Finance 
  •   Human Resource Management 
  •   International Business 
  •   Logistics & Supply Chain Management 
  •   Management 
  •   Marketing 
  •   Tourism & Hospitality 

Bachelor of Business Administration

Choose any of the following specialisations. For example:

  •   Accounting for Business Decisions
  •   Business Law
  •   Human Resource Management

Careers Include

  •   Accountant 
  •   Administrator 
  •   Business Analyst 
  •   Business Manager
  •   Company Secretary 
  •   Compliance Officer 
  •   Contract Manager 
  •   Marketing Specialist 
  •   Human Resources Officer 
  •   IT Manager 
  •   Logistics Manager 
  •   Market Research Analyst 
  •   Media planner
  •   Procurement Manager 
  •   Recruitment Consultant 
  •   Supply Chain Manager 
  •   Systems Analyst 

Diploma of Commerce Units (Stage 1)

CRICOS Code 087940C

Stage 1 Diploma has following 8 core units that provides you with the basic conceptual understanding of various areas of business and skills to apply the concepts.

o   Study Period 1

  • Academic Research and Writing
  • Computer Skills
  • Management
  • Accounting

o   Study Period 2

  • Academic Communications Skills
  • Marketing
  • Economics
  • Studies in Society

Diploma of Commerce Units (Stage 2)

CRICOS Code 087940C

Stage 2 Diploma starts with following 5 core units that provides you with knowledge of various fields of business and generic skills required for a business 

Study Period 1

  • Communication, Culture, and Indigenous Perspectives in Business 
  • Financial Decision Making
  • Market and Legal Frameworks
  • Strategic Career Design

Study Period 2

  • Analytics for Decision Making

Understanding of the core areas will help you to know your business area of interest that you may like to pursue as your major. You can choose from the following electives based on your selection of pathway and major.
  • Introduction to Business Information Systems (for General and Business Administration related pathway)
  • Introductory Economics (for Accounting/Finance related pathway)
  • Marketing Across Borders (for General pathway and Marketing related major)
  • Applied Contract Law (for General, Accounting/Finance pathway and Business Law Major related major)
  • Human Resource Management Introduction (for General and Business Administration Pathway and Management, Human Resources Management related major)
  • Introduction to Finance Principles (for Accounting/Finance/Business Administration related pathway)

*Disclaimer: Please note that for some of the double major, major -minor-specialisation combination; student may need to do additional units and their study plan may extend. While great care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, this information may be subject to change as Curtin College reserves the right to change program offerings, unit offerings, elective choice, major options, and requirements. Applicants and students should check with Curtin College & Curtin University at the time of application and unit enrolment for latest information.  

Diploma of Commerce Stage 2 Core Units – 25 Credit Points Each

This unit develops students' understanding of cultural, academic, and professional integrity in a business context. Students will reflect on their own cultural background and consider how this impact on communication with diverse cultures including Indigenous Peoples. By applying knowledge about global and Indigenous cultures, and ways of working that are respectful, students will develop capability to communicate responsibly and in ways that are aligned with varied audiences. Responsible business practices will be explored, with students examining Indigenous perspectives in global business and how these perspectives should inform business communication and decision making. Students will be equipped with fundamental communication and academic integrity skill development appropriate for all business disciplines, in academic and professional settings.

This unit develops skills and knowledge that enable students across all disciplines to make informed and responsible decisions using accounting and financial information. The unit explores different forms of business and financing options and how these affect business decisions through the understanding of financial statements. Students will learn about basic accounting and financial terminologies, cash and accrual accounting, capital investment decisions, business financing, time value of money, triple bottom line reporting and business budgeting. Students will also learn how to interpret financial statements and how global events impact on business decisions.

This unit explores how key business disciplines are connected. Students will develop an understanding of market types, and how business and marketing strategies can create value and impact upon society and the environment. Students will also develop an understanding of the relationship between a business enterprise and various stakeholders, including government, customers and the broader community. The unit also explains basic concepts of law and regulation and identifies the legal structures of business.

This unit develops students’ awareness of the impact of global labour markets, changing social trends, and technological innovation on career opportunities and the future of work. Through the application of career theory and design thinking frameworks, students will examine and develop the critical employability skills required to create and sustain meaningful work across a broad range of industry sectors and cultural contexts. The unit demonstrates strategies for effective individual and organisational career management, incorporating theory and concepts on career choice, career change, organisational and entrepreneurial careers, and careers in the ‘gig’ economy. Global and industry trends will be explored with a specific focus on the implications for individual and organisational career management strategies and personal and professional branding in a digitised global economy.

This unit will develop analytical capabilities, equipping students with knowledge about basic data analysis to derive essential information from numerical, textual and visual datasets. As consumers and producers of data, students will learn about data management and security practices, as well as developing an understanding of legal and ethical issues relating to the collection and use of data. Students will develop their analytic capabilities by understanding and interpreting a range of data types including macroeconomic data, which will be used as a base case study where students will examine how macroeconomic conditions affect business decisions across a variety of disciplines including marketing, management, and finance. Students will have the opportunity to personalise their learning experience as they examine case study data sets relating to a range of business disciplines including economics, marketing, human resources, and finance. Students will also develop skills to effectively communicate the results of their analysis to an audience and recommend business actions from a considered range of alternatives.

Diploma of Commerce Stage 2 Electives Units – 25 Credit Points Each

This unit covers the formation negotiation and operation of contracts, the role and structure of the contents of a business contract including boilerplate and common clauses, risk management and termination clauses, the type and scope of contract remedies and dispute resolution.

This unit provides an introduction to theoretical, applied and professional issues associated with the management of human resources (HR) within organisations. The unit introduces students to major functions of human resources management (HRM) in the contemporary workplace and explores how HRM has an impact on effectiveness at the organisational and individual levels. The integration of these functions with each other and with organisational strategy is emphasised throughout.

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.

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.

This unit will introduce basic concepts and principles to financial processes, products and institutions. It will introduce finance theory as it applies to financial processes, products and institutions. It will develop a foundation in finance for students specialising in related fields and present a set of financial tools that facilitate financial analysis and decision-making

The aim of this unit is to provide an introduction to international marketing that extends learning acquired from basic marketing principles. Specifically, the unit examines key issues involved in entering overseas markets and offers practical marketing perspectives of international, multinational, and global operations