Bachelor of Commerce (Business Law) - 2017

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

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Course summary - 2017

Level: Undergraduate
Qualification: Bachelor Degree
Number of units: 24 units to complete
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Curtin University offers an opportunity for students to study a business law major as part of the Bachelor of Commerce degree. Students will examine the processes by which law is created, changed and applied to business and government. In this major you will gain a foundation in business law and develop significant knowledge of torts, real property, trusts and trade practices.

This course also provides students with the capacity to gain an understanding of contract law, company law, taxation law, industrial law, intellectual property law and trade practices law.

OUA Pathways

This course is an OUA Pathway course, which means there is a recommended series of units that, once successfully completed, can be credited towards this course.

OUA Pathway students also have the opportunity to study up to three free* preparatory units during their pathway studies. These units are ideal for students who either haven't studied before or haven't studied in a while, as they are designed to introduce them to online learning and what's required to achieve academic success. Students can enrol in these units at anytime during their pathway studies.

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*The three free preparatory units are PREP03 Preparing for University Learning Intensive, PREP04 Preparing for Academic Writing and PREP05 Basic Preparatory Mathematics.

At the completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. apply broad discipline knowledge to a range of theoretical and practical business situations through research and practical application
  2. think creatively and critically to generate innovative solutions to complex business and commercial problems
  3. access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from a range of organisational and external sources
  4. communicate appropriately and effectively in professional and public contexts
  5. apply technologies appropriately for a variety of commercial purposes
  6. demonstrate initiative, responsibility and lifelong learning skills by applying critical reflection and active participation
  7. describe global and cultural issues as related to the business area and their impact on local and international communities
  8. demonstrate respect for human rights, cultural diversity and the particular rights of Indigenous Australians and highlight the importance and impact of cultural diversity on the interactions of commercial agents
  9. show leadership, and employ ethical practice and professional integrity when working within a team and independently.

This major provides the knowledge and skills relevant to working in business or government. It does not lead to a professional legal qualification allowing admission to practice as a solicitor or barrister, but it does meet the increasing needs of government and industry for graduates with a background in law and business studies.

To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place in this degree, you must be:

  • An Australian citizen residing in Australia for all or part of your studies OR
  • A New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study OR
  • The holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study OR
  • The holder of a permanent humanitarian visa will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study
  • Able to meet the university course admission requirements

Please note: You can still enrol and pay for your units via FEE-HELP or an upfront payment if you are not eligible for CSP.

Students must satisfy the following requirements in order to be eligible for entry into the degree:

  • Entrance Requirements
  • English Language Competency

Entrance Requirements

Applicants need to meet one of the following:

  • Successful study through OUA – either:

* Successful completion of the Business Pathway OR
* Successful completion of four OUA full degree level units at pass level. (This satisfies English language competency requirement.) OR
* Successful completion of two OUA full degree level units with separate evidence of English competency is required.

  • Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) 70 or equivalent. Students must have English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR.
    To determine your eligibility for entry please refer to Interstate Year 12 and IB Students, TISC Tertiary Institutions Service Centre) link http://www.tisc.edu.au/static/guide/prerequisites-comparsion.tisc
  • Successful completion of one full time semester (four standard units) towards an Undergraduate or higher level of study at an Australian University (separate evidence of English competence is not required)
  • Enabling courses completed through other Australian Universities which meet minimum entry requirements for that institution will be accepted as minimum entry requirements for this course
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma or Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma. You may also be eligible for credit toward your university study.
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate IV and evidence of English competency
  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Entry Requirements' document at http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

English Language Competency

Applicants need to meet Curtin's English Language requirements. You normally need ONE of the following:

  • Must have a 50% minimum in English ATAR (or equivalent)
  • Completion of at least one full time semester (or equivalent) of Undergraduate level studies at an Australian University
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma or Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma.
  • Successful completion of two degree level units via Open Universities Australia (OUA) and English competence
  • Successful completion of two degree level units at an Australian university and English competence
  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Entry Requirements' document at http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, including eligibility please see Commonwealth supported places.

This course is an OUA Pathways course, which means there is a recommended series of units that, once successfully completed, can be credited towards this course. OUA Pathway students also have the opportunity to study up to three free* preparatory units during their pathway studies. Preparatory units are designed to introduce you to online learning and what's required to achieve academic success.

To enrol in the pathway, simply choose units from the OUA Pathways table below.

*The three free preparatory units are PREP03 Preparing for University Learning Intensive, PREP04 Preparing for Academic Writing and PREP05 Basic Preparatory Mathematics.

Students who aren't taking part in OUA Pathways can instead follow the study pattern below:

  • If you are new to university study, complete a foundation unit such as COM10006
  • Complete the Core Units
  • Complete the major
  • Complete electives

2017 Changes

From 2017, students must complete 24 units and meet the following requirements:

  • Complete eight compulsory core units
  • Complete eight major units in Business Law
  • Complete eight elective units
  • Complete at least eleven Curtin University units
  • You are expected to have an adequate level of English when undertaking all units in this degree

2016 Changes

From 2016, students must complete 24 units and meet the following requirements:

  • Complete eight compulsory core units
  • Complete eight major units in Business Law
  • Complete eight elective units
  • Complete at least twelve Curtin University units
  • You are expected to have an adequate level of English when undertaking all units in this degree

2014 Changes

For students who started the course prior to Study Period 2 2014, to qualify for the award of Bachelor of Commerce (Business Law), you must complete 24 units and meet the following requirements:

  • Complete nine compulsory core units
  • Complete eight major units in Business Law
  • Complete seven elective units
  • Complete at least eight Curtin University units
  • You are expected to have an adequate level of English when undertaking all units in this degree

For students starting the course on Study Period 2 2014, to qualify for the award of Bachelor of Commerce (Business Law), you must complete 24 units and meet the following requirements:

  • Complete nine compulsory core units
  • Complete eight major units in Business Law
  • Complete seven elective units
  • Complete at least twelve Curtin University units
  • You are expected to have an adequate level of English when undertaking all units in this degree

Please Note: Students who will complete their course by the end of 2015 will follow the old structure (8 core units, 8 major units, 8 elective units).

Majors

Students must complete eight core business units plus eight major units in business law.

Electives

Students must complete eight elective units. These units may be taken from a selection of business units listed below or from any OUA unit.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Tertiary Learning Strategies
SSK10 UniSA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Principles of Economics
ECO11 UniSA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Management Concepts (Introduction to Management)
IBA111 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Accounting for Business
ACG11 UniSA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Preparing for University Learning
PREP03 OUA PT 1 PT 2 PT 3 PT 4 PT 5 PT 6 PT 7 PT 8
Preparing for Academic Writing
PREP04 OUA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Basic Preparatory Mathematics
PREP05 OUA PT 1 PT 3 PT 5 PT 7
Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Accounting for Business
ACG11 UniSA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Business Law
BLW14 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Introduction to Business Information Systems
INF100031 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Business Communication
COM12 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Principles of Economics
ECO11 UniSA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Management Concepts (Introduction to Management)
IBA111 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Introduction to Marketing
MKT103 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Business Capstone
BCS3012 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -

1 Retired unit, INF10014 Information Methods, is an equivalent of this unit.
2 Before enrolling in this unit, students should have passed 16 units (i.e. be in the final year of their Commerce/Business course) although prior completion of 20 units (i.e. be in the final semester of their Commerce/Business course) is recommended.

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Applied Contract Law
BLW15 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Practical Consumer and Competition Law
BLW20 Curtin - - SP3 -
Tort Liability for Business
BLW202 Curtin SP1 - - -
Introduction to Australian Tax Law (Previously BLW22)
BLW32 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Practical Employment Law
BLW33 Curtin - - SP3 -
Business Intellectual Property
BLW370 Curtin SP1 - - -
Property Law for Business
BLW383 Curtin - - SP3 -
Company Law for Business
BLW212 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -

2 Students who have completed BLW24 Business Organisations Law are not required to complete BLW21 and should contact Curtin University for advice about registering in this course.

  Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Cyberlaw
LAW30006 Swinburne SP1 - - -
Foundations of International Taxation
BLW31 Curtin SP1 - - -

Students may select their eight electives from this list or from any OUA unit.

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at http://policies.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/policy/Credit_for_Recognised_Learning_Manual.pdf.

Students must be admitted in an award course of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all necessary documentation for a formal assessment.

To officially apply for CRL, students need to submit the CRL application form available from http://students.curtin.edu.au/administration/documents/Application_for_CRL.pdf to opencurtin@curtin.edu.au along with supporting documents. Accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For detailed scanned documents requirements and guidelines, please visit http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/scanned-documents.cfm.

For further information, please contact opencurtin@curtin.edu.au.

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If you wish to complete a degree course at Curtin you should register your intention after meeting minimum Curtin entry requirements. This can be found at http://futurestudents.curtin.edu.au/non-school-leavers/how-to-get-in/entrance-requirements.cfm. To register your intention you need to complete a 'Registration of Intent to Complete a Degree at Curtin University' form (http://elearn.curtin.edu.au/oua/study/registration_graduation.cfm) and submit it to Distance and Open Learning Services at Curtin.

Please Note: Not applicable to CSP students.

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can apply for loans through the Commonwealth government's Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP), which allows you to defer your fees. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a certain level.

There are currently two types of loan:

Loan scheme Who can access it? When can I use it? How do I find out more?
Course loan
(HECS-HELP)
  • Australian citizens
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders

After you've been admitted into an application course. (That's why we call it a course loan.)

If you complete units from different universities, each university will ask you to apply for HECS-HELP.

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HECS-HELP
Unit loan
(FEE-HELP)
  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia,
    at least one unit of study
    contributing to their course
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian
    visa holders who will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their unit
    OR
  • Permanent visa holders who
    are undertaking bridging study
    for overseas-trained professionals
    , and will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their study

When you enrol in OUA units without having been admitted into an application course.

If you're studying OUA units to become eligible to apply for this course, we recommend using FEE-HELP for them. Once you've completed the units to the required standard you can apply for the course and, once admitted, switch to the course loan (HECS-HELP).

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You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001
Australia

2016 Changes

From 2016 onwards, IBA205 Comparative Management (Griffith unit) has been removed as a core unit in the course structure. BCS301 Business Capstone which was introduced in 2015 will replace IBA205 Comparative Management.

  1. If students have completed both BCS301 and IBA205, they get CRL for an elective.
  2. If students have completed IBA205, it will be counted as an elective and students are to complete BCS301.
  3. In extenuating circumstances, if a student only has one more unit to do and has completed the Griffith unit but cannot complete on time because of e.g. BCS301 availability, then Curtin can allow them to substitute IBA205 for BCS301 and allow them to choose an elective that is available for them to finish their studies.
  4. From 2016, students are now required to complete 8 core units, 8 major units and 8 electives to qualify for the award.

2015 Changes

For accreditation and compliance purposes, a new unit, BCS301 Business Capstone is added to the common core of the course. Before enrolling in this unit, students should have passed 16 units (i.e. be in the final year of their Commerce/Business course) although prior completion of 20 units (i.e. be in the final semester of their Commerce/Business course) is recommended.

All new students enrolling from now on will be required to take the new unit. Current students who do not complete their course by the end of 2015 will be required to take the new unit in lieu of one of the existing optional/elective units. Students who will complete their course by the end of 2015 will follow the old structure (8 core units, 8 major units, 8 elective units).

For further information, please contact Curtin Business School Student Services business@cbs.curtin.edu.au.

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