The Faculty of Commerce utilises the University SMP OnLine Tutorial System for enrolling in tutorials, seminars, workshops and/or computer labs. If your Commerce subject is not listed in SMP, enrolment in tutorials will usually take place at the first lecture.
Rooms at the University are coded according to a building, floor and room number. For example:
Lectures are large, formal classes in which lecturers present course material to all students enrolled in a given subject. They commence in Week 1 of session immediately following Orientation Week.
Lectures in Commerce subjects are generally 2 hours in duration for undergraduate subjects and 3 hours for postgraduate subjects.
Depending on the size of an undergraduate class, lectures in the Faculty of Commerce may be scheduled as:
Tutorials are small classes of usually between 20 and 25 students in which material from lectures and readings can be discussed in more detail.
Tutorials start in Week 2 of session, and are conducted by tutors who may not be the lecturer for the subject.
All subject codes at the University of Wollongong are alpha-numeric. This means that they have either 3 or 4 letters followed by 3 numbers. You can identify which discipline and School or Faculty a subject belongs by the letters in the subject code:
The numbers in the subject code signify the level of study:
You can see all the subjects being offered by a School or Faculty in the Subject Database.
There are 9 subjects which make up the core of the Bachelor of Commerce. These subjects are compulsory and common to all students studying a BCom:
Credit points are gained by successful completion of subjects. Most Commerce subjects are worth 6 credit points. Students undertaking the Bachelor of Commerce degree must complete a minimum of 144 credit points.
A major is a sequence of subjects which make up the main area of study in a degree. Majors consist of 8 subjects totalling 48 credit points. The majors available in the Bachelor of Commerce are:
A minor is a sequence of subjects which make up a secondary area of study in a degree. Minors in the Faculty of Commerce consist of 4 subjects totalling 24 credit points. There are 17 minors available in the Faculty of Commerce.
The University also offers a minor in International Studies.
All students should familiarise themselves with key dates throughout each session. For example, there are deadlines relating to:
On enrolment day:
All issues relating to advanced standing should be discussed with the Commerce Sub-Dean.
International students should initially ask at Commerce Central.
In all cases, the Sub-Dean must authorise any recommended advanced standing.
Many second and third year subjects offered by the Faculty of Commerce have prerequisites. Students who have enrolled in a subject but do not meet the prerequisites for that subject will show a "provisional" enrolment status. In order to have the provisional status removed from your academic record, you should either withdraw from the subject or, if you wish to apply for a waiver of the prerequisite, seek approval from the relevant Associate Head of School. The appropriate form for a waiver is an Academic Approval Form.
Some subjects have prerequisites. A pre-requisite is a requirement which must be completed before enrolling in the next level of subject eg completing ACCY111 or ACCY100 before progressing to ACCY112.
A corequisite is a subject that must be taken at the same time as another subject.
You must complete an Academic Approval Form and have it approved by the relevant Associate Head of School, e.g., for a ACCY subject, you need to seek approval from the Accounting Associate Head of School
Subject outlines are available online and some are provided at lectures. You may obtain a copy from the Commerce Central website.
Plagiarism means using the ideas of someone else without giving them proper credit. There are penalties for plagiarising so you must be aware of what it means and how to avoid it. More information can be obtained from http://www.uow.edu.au/about/policy/UOW058648.html.
Staff and students must comply with copyright laws. It is important that you are aware of what you can copy and how much you can copy. More information can be obtained from http://www.library.uow.edu.au/copyright/.
The University provides a number of services for students experiencing difficulties or requiring assistance with their studies. If you are experiencing problems, you are encouraged to seek advice from any of the following services:
How much maths is involved in a Commerce/Business or Bachelor of Economics degree?
It is a common misunderstanding that studying business is all about maths which is just not true. Our degrees are about application, not just the maths. In our lectures, we concentrate on common scenarios faced by individuals, businesses and industry, analyse that problem using common statistical tools, then come up with solutions. Even students studying accounting , involved 30% numeracy while the other 70% is about logic and analytical thinking. Dr Sam Jebeile, Senior Accounting Lecturer at UoW, says, “Most accountants aren’t mathematicians. Once you learn the principals of accounting, those principals are applied to business finances. Mostly accounting is about planning, organising and performance on improving every aspect of business.