Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

  • Career opportunities in almost any industry
  • Opportunity to study an additional business major
  • Fully accredited by CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia

Program title: Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) (Program code: BU356)
Award abbreviation: BCom(Acc)
QTAC code: 012151 * (Sippy Downs); 018151 ** (Southbank); 012851 *** (Gympie)
OP / Rank for 2014 entry: OP-16 / Rank-64
Duration: 3 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Commence: Semester 1 or Semester 2
Recommended prior study: English; Maths A, B or C
Fee type 2014: Commonwealth supported places, Fee paying places, International fee-paying places
Total units: 288
CRICOS code: 076978B. Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa.
Prerequisites: (South Bank only): Successful completion of a Diploma of Accounting through a nationally recognised training organisation within the last 10 years  

* Campus note: In addition to being able to study all courses at Sippy Downs, students may choose to complete some core and foundation business subjects at the Noosa Centre or Gympie campus. There may be a limited selection of subjects available at South Bank. The option to study at Noosa or Gympie is not available to international students on a Student visa.
** Prerequisties: South Bank only: successful completion of Diploma of Accounting through a nationally recognised training organisation within the last 10 years.
*** Only some first-year core and foundation business courses are offered at Gympie. The remainder of the degree is completed at Sippy Downs.
 

Accounting offers a wide variety of career opportunities in many different organisation types.

Students major in accounting and gain skills in financial management, business consulting and financial advising. First year courses include accounting principles, management and economics. Specialised courses include financial accounting, law of business associations, company accounting, taxation law and practice, auditing and professional practice, and contemporary accounting issues.

Career opportunities

Accounting, auditing, company secretary, stockbroking, financial administration, taxation consulting, banking, business development manager.

Membership

CPA Australia^; Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia^; Institute of Public Accountants^; Tax Practitioners Board †

^ It is the responsibility of the student to confirm with the three Australian accounting bodies (CPA, ICAA and IPA) whether any credit granted will impact on their eligibility for professional association membership.
† Students who complete FIN320 Tax and Estate Planning and PED122 Property Law  in addition to all required courses in the Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) will satisfy the Tax Practitioners Board education requirements for becoming a registered tax agent.

Accreditation

The program is fully accredited with CPA Australia, Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and Institute of Public Accountants.

Enquiries
Program leader
Greg Laing

Dr Greg Laing
Tel: +61 7 5459 4675
Email: glaing@usc.edu.au

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Complete 6 required introductory level (100 coded) courses.
  • Complete 10 required advanced level (200/300 coded) courses.
  • Complete 8 elective courses, 4 must be advanced level (200/300 coded) courses.
  • Complete no more than 10 introductory level (100 coded) courses, including the core course.
  • Complete no more than 6 courses from the School of Communication, School of Social Sciences or Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering.
  • (Optional) Use electives to complete a major (8 courses) or minor (4 courses).
  • Register any selected majors or minors with the Faculty of Arts and Business.
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses).
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods including essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations. Not all courses will necessarily include all methods.
  • As part of your USC program, you may apply to participate in the Global Opportunities (GO) Program to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider. It is advisable to contact your Program Advisor to discuss timing and course issues.
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student visa.

Program Structure

Introductory courses (6)

ACC106 Accounting Principles
BUS101 Business Analytics
BUS102 Introduction to Economics
BUS104 Management and Organisational Behaviour
BUS108 Introduction to Informatics
COR109 Communication and Thought

Advanced courses (10)

ACC210 Financial Accounting
ACC211 Business Finance
ACC220 Law of Business Associations
ACC221 Company Accounting
ACC310 Management Accounting
ACC311 Taxation Law and Practice
ACC320 Contemporary Accounting Issues
ACC321 Auditing and Professional Practice
BUS203 Business Law and Ethics
BUS320 Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility

Elective courses (8)

Select 8 elective courses, 4 must be advanced level (200/300 coded) courses.

Up to 6 electives may be from either faculty (Arts and Business or Science, Health, Education and Engineering).

 

TOTAL UNITS 288 

 

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Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) – Use the relevant QTAC code specified on the program summary

Exceptions
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

If you have questions about domestic applications and admissions:

International students should contact USC International

If you have questions about your program:

New students

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps for Getting Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your classes.

Please note: USC will complete the enrolment for:

  • Headstart students
  • Honours students (excluding Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)(Honours) students)
  • Cross-institutional and visiting students  
  • Higher Degree by Research students
Current students

Information on how to enrol is contained in tutorial videos in the USC Central Guide.

Your study load can be varied between full-time (3-4 courses) or part-time (1-2 courses) in a study period. Your Study Plan in USC Central will guide you with choosing your courses, or alternatively contact your faculty office for advice.

Refer to the timetable for class information and the Academic Calendar for key semester / trimester / session dates.

It may be useful to use the Program Planner (PDF 283KB) * to plan your degree and Student Timetable Planner Semester 2, 2014 (PDF 356KB) * to plan your classes for the semester / trimester / session.

Confirm your enrolment

View your class timetable in USC Central to confirm you are enrolled in the classes you selected. Close to the beginning of the semester/session, details of the course requirements can be found in My Courses in the USC Portal / BlackBoard.

To prove your enrolment to Centrelink, print an unofficial transcript from USC Central. Refer to the steps at View your Unofficial Transcript in the USC Central Guide.

Once you are enrolled, learn how to manage your enrolment.

More information

Contact Student Administration.

* For PDF documents you must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded from the Adobe Download page.


Sarah O'Keefe
Sarah O’Keefe

Accountant — Private Enterprise Division, KPMG

Sarah began her career with KPMG through her USC internship and was then offered employment as a graduate accountant. She now works in the Private Enterprise Division where she is constantly learning new things.

She particularly enjoyed the open and friendly atmosphere at USC. “Everyone there was always willing to help, especially the lecturers and tutors who have an open door policy.”

Manuel Barth

Accountant — KPMG
Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

As the recipient of multiple awards and bursaries while at USC, it is no surprise that Manuel scored a top job upon graduating. As an accountant at KPMG he handles private enterprise, superannuation and audits. “I chose USC because it really does give you the best of both worlds. The location is absolutely fantastic. It is close to home, the lecturers and tutors are always willing to help with any problem you have and the student to teacher ratio is also very good.”

business and IT graduate Doug Francis
Douglas Francis

Accountant — Audit Services, Ernst & Young

“The Bachelor of Commerce at USC has given me a strong foundation to allow me to be successful in my role. Studying a semester in Korea with the GO Program was also important in helping me develop my personal skills … The ability to live at the beach while also studying at a first-class university that offered smaller class sizes, experienced teaching staff and industry-recognised study programs, made USC an obvious choice to complete my studies.”

Get real-world experience

You’ll have the chance to complete an internship in your final year of study. The internship consists of 96 hours in the accounting sector. Many students have received graduate employment as a direct result of their internship.

There’s help available

Find out about student support services and scholarships including the Poole Group Scholarship and the Holmans Taxation and Accounting Bursary specifically for accounting students.

Study commitment

In general, you will attend lectures and tutorials for 3-4 hours per course per week. You will require further time to complete readings, research and assessment tasks. Your assessment tasks include reports, tests, essays and exams.