First year courses - UC Business School - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

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Selecting first year courses for your Bachelor of Commerce degree

Deciding what to study at university is a big decision and it's best to seek advice from as many people as you can including your teachers and careers advisors, as well as the UC Liaison team and College student advisors. Explore the subjects that interest you and find out more about courses and careers that tie in with your future goals and aspirations.

For students who have taken commerce-related subjects throughout high school – such as Accounting, Economics, Business Studies, Information Technology and Computing – your study pathway may seem more familiar and straightforward. While for those new to business , it can seem a bit daunting studying a subject for the first time. Rest assured, the core commerce courses can be started without prior study.

Business students at UC range from those who have always wanted to be an accountant, economist or IT consultant, through to those who dream of running their own business. Whatever your aspirations, studying with the UC Business School provides you with a solid background for working in a variety of industries and organisations in New Zealand and around the world.

BCom core courses

Most students in the first year of their Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) will take the five 'core' commerce courses as they provide a good general business background and are prerequisites (required courses) for 200 and 300-level Commerce courses.

The BCom core courses are:

  • ACCT 102 Accounting and Financial Information
  • Either ECON 104 Introduction to Microeconomics or ECON 105 Introduction to Macroeconomics or ECON 199 (a STAR course for secondary school students)
  • INFO 123 Information Systems and Technology
  • MGMT 100 Fundamentals of Management
  • STAT 101 Statistics 1

All BCom core courses can be studied without a previous high school background in the subject. It is possible to complete some of these courses in your second and third years depending on the requirements of your BCom major.

What should I study?

Courses at UC are given a points value. The courses you will take in your first year are 100-level courses and are normally 15 points each. For example ECON 104 is the first year Microeconomics course and contributes 15 points toward your degree. Most students studying fulltime take 120 points of courses in their first year. This equates to four courses (60 points) in each semester.

If you are looking for an all-round intermediate year that keeps your study options open, consider adding on to your core courses, any of the following courses according to your interests:

If you are interested in

Consider adding on

Accounting and Taxation
Business and Law (BCom/LLB)
  • LAWS 101 Legal System: Legal Method and Institutions
  • LAWS 110 Legal System: Research, Writing and Legal Foundations
Business Economics
  • both Economics courses ECON 104 Introduction to Microeconomics and ECON 105 Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • FINC 101 is recommended
Human Resources
Information Systems
  • INFO 125 Introduction to Programming with Databases
  • COSC 121 Introduction to Computer Programming or COSC 122 Introduction to Computer Science
International Business
Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Operations and Supply Chain Management

Direct Entry

If you have achieved top results in accounting and/or economics at secondary school you may be eligible for direct entry to some 200-level courses, at the discretion of the Head of Department.

Talk to a student advisor

Depending on your interests and aspirations, you may decide to change your major or programme of study at some stage. Make sure you talk over your options with a UC Business School Student Advisor. They will make sure you are doing the right combination of courses to meet your degree requirements. You can email a student advisor at

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