BCom - College of Business and Economics - University of Canterbury

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BCom Degree Structure and Graduate Attributes

While you are at UC, make sure you enrol in the right courses each year towards your degree and get involved with activities that support your future career aspirations. You can contact a College Student Advisor to discuss your degree options and plan your study programme. The College also has a dedicated Student Support Advisor and Maori and Pasifika teams who are available for advice and referrals on issues that affect your academic and social life at UC.

BCom Degree Structure

The Bachelor of Commerce is a flexible three-year degree. The BCom requires a minimum total of 360 points, of which:

Of the 360 points required, students must pass courses to the value of at least 225 points above 100-level; and at least 90 points at 300-level. Students must also satisfy the requirements for one of the 12 BCom majors. Link to the BCom major diagrams below. These diagrams show a typical degree structure for a particular BCom major and satisfy all the points, course and level requirements outlined above.

Degree Plans for BCom Majors

Double majors and Double degrees

Students can study for a second major (called a double major) as part of a BCom. Common majors that combine well include: Accounting & Finance; Economics & Finance; Management & Human Resources; Management & Marketing, and other combinations are also possible. With careful planning a BCom double major can be completed within three years and with some combinations does not require any additional courses to be taken. The strength of a double major is that you specialise in more than one discipline, and have more to offer as a BCom graduate.

Many students study for a second degree in addition to a BCom (called a double degree). In particular, a BCom and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is a highly marketable combination. The BCom also combines well with degrees in Arts, Science, Forestry Science and Engineering. It is normally possible to complete the two degrees in five years (some degree combinations may take longer).

If you are thinking of undertaking a double degree you should also consider postgraduate study. In the time it takes to finish a double degree (five years) you can complete a Master of Commerce (MCom). Alternatively, in four years you can complete a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours (BCom(Hons)).

Both the BCom(Hons) and MCom are postgraduate qualifications and represent a higher level of achievement than a bachelor’s degree. In an increasingly competitive job marketplace these qualifications help you to distinguish yourself.

Students considering a double major, double degree or a postgraduate qualification should seek advice from a UC Business School Student Advisor

BCom Minors

BCom students have the option of competing a minor in a subject from the BCom degree schedule or Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree schedule. This allows you to complement your major subject with study in a different discipline (called a 'minor'). A BCom minor can increase breadth of knowledge at an undergraduate level, and potentially employability.

Visit the BCom Minors webpage for the list of commerce minor subjects and required courses.

Graduate Attributes

This table outlines the BCom graduate attributes and learning outcomes:

Attribute 1: Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their degree
Learning Objective 1.1 Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Learning Objective 1.2 Students have a broad understanding of the key domains of commerce.
Attribute 2: Employable, innovative and enterprising
Learning Objective 2.1 Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers which can be used in a range of applications.
Attribute 3: Biculturally competent and confident
Learning Objective 3.1 Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Attribute 4: Engaged with the community
Learning Objective 4.1 Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Attribute 5: Globally aware
Learning Objective 5.1 Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.

UC Co-curricular Record (CCR)

The UC Co-curricular Record (CCR) is a new initiative that recognises your participation in pre-approved activities outside of your academic programme. It is available as a trial to 2015's first year undergraduate degree students on an opt-in basis. You can register with the CCR, apply to join activities and submit a claim for recognition through the Career Hub portal on the UC Career, Internships & Employment web pages. Or navigate to the 'How to Guides' section of the CCR web pages and follow the guides.

www.canterbury.ac.nz/support/ccr/