Bachelor of Commerce (Business Law) - 2018

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Course summary - 2018

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.

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 (CSP) 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:

  • Admission Criteria
  • English Language Proficiency (Please refer to Special Requirements section)

Admission criteria

A. Applicants with higher education study

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 the English language proficiency requirement.) OR
    • Successful completion of two OUA full degree level units with separate evidence of English proficiency is required.
  • 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 proficiency is not required)

Completed bridging or enabling course

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

B. Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

  • 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 proficiency

C. Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years) Australian Year 12 students

  • 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

D. Applicants with work and life experience

Additional information

To learn more about Commonwealth Supported Places, including eligibility please see Commonwealth Supported Places.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants need to meet Curtin's English Language proficiency 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 proficiency
  • Successful completion of two degree level units at an Australian university and English proficiency
  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)

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

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. To commence the Pathway for this course, simply select units from the Pathway stream below.

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

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

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 USA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Principles of Economics
ECO11 USA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Management Concepts (Introduction to Management)
IBA111 GRF SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Accounting for Business
ACG11 USA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Accounting for Business
ACG11 USA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Business Law
BLW14 CUR SP1 - SP3 -
Introduction to Business Information Systems
INF100031 SWI SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Business Communication
COM12 GRF SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Principles of Economics
ECO11 USA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Management Concepts (Introduction to Management)
IBA111 GRF SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Introduction to Marketing
MKT103 GRF SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Business Capstone
BCS3012 CUR SP1 - SP3 -

1 This unit replaces and is equivalent to INF10014 Information Methods.
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 CUR - SP2 - SP4
Practical Consumer and Competition Law
BLW20 CUR - - SP3 -
Tort Liability for Business
BLW202 CUR SP1 - - -
Introduction to Australian Tax Law (Previously BLW22)
BLW32 CUR SP1 - SP3 -
Practical Employment Law
BLW33 CUR - - SP3 -
Business Intellectual Property
BLW370 CUR SP1 - - -
Property Law for Business
BLW383 CUR - - SP3 -
Company Law for Business
BLW212 CUR 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
International Business Law
BLW26 CUR SP1 - - -
Foundations of International Taxation
BLW31 CUR SP1 - - -

Students may select their eight electives from this list or from any OUA unit. Students must complete at least twelve Curtin University units to meet the award requirements.

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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We recommend that all students, as soon as they are eligible, should apply for and take a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP). However, if you choose not to be a CSP student, please contact OpenCurtin via email to OpenCurtin@curtin.edu.au.

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

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