Frequently asked questions

Faculty of Business and Law Frequently Asked Questions

The Faculty utilises the University SMP OnLine (SOLS) Tutorial System for enrolling in tutorials, seminars, workshops and/or computer labs. If your subject is not listed in SMP, enrolment in tutorials will usually take place at the first lecture.

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 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 may be scheduled as:

  • a 2 hour lecture weekly and a 2 hour repeat lecture covering the same material scheduled at another time in the same week, or
  • 2 x 1 hour lectures weekly with repeat 2 x 1 hour lectures covering the same material at another time in the same week, or
  • one 2 hour lecture weekly.

Tutorials/seminars are small classes of usually between 20 and 25 students in which material from lectures and readings can be discussed in more detail.

Tutorials/seminars are conducted by tutors who may not be the lecturer for the subject.

Rooms at the University are coded according to a building, floor and room number. For example:

  • 14.G01 is located in Building 14 on the Ground Floor in Room 1
  • 67.104 is located in Building 67 on the First Floor in Room 104, and

40.224 is located in Building 40 on the Second Floor in Room 224.

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 if a subject belongs to a discipline and School or the Faculty by the letters in the subject code: 

 

Table shows columns from left to right the codes, disciplines then the schools that own each code.

Code

Discipline

School/Faculty

ACCY

Accounting

School of Business

BALA

Business Analytics

School of Business

COMM

Commerce subjects

Faculty of Business and Law

ECON

Economics

School of Business

FIN

Finance

School of Business

LLB

Law 

School of Law

LAW

Law

School of Law

MARK

Marketing

School of Business 

MGNT

Management

School of Business

PRMM

Public Relations

School of Business

The numbers in the subject code signify the level of study:

Code Starting Number

Code Example

Subject Year/Level

Table shows columns from left to right the code starting numbers, code example then the subject year/level of each code.

Codes starting with 1

e.g., ACCY111

First year undergraduate subject

Codes starting with 2

e.g., FIN221

Second year undergraduate subject

Codes starting with 3

e.g., MARK344

Third year undergraduate subject

Codes starting with 4

e.g., COMM404

Honours subject

Codes starting with 9

e.g., MGNT911

Postgraduate subject

You can see all the subjects being offered by a School or Faculty in the Subject Database.

Credit points are gained by successful completion of subjects. Most of our Faculty subjects are worth 6 credit points. Students undertaking the Bachelor of Commerce degree or the Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) must complete at least 144 credit points where students completing the Bachelor of Laws (Direct Entry) must complete at least 180 credit points. 

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:

ACCY111: Accounting Fundamentals In Society

COMM101: Principles of Responsible Business

COMM121: Statistics for Business

ECON100: Economic Essentials for Business

FIN111: Introductory Principles of Finance

MGNT110: Introduction to Management

MARK101: Marketing Principles

Plus at least one subject from the following:

OPS113: Business Oriented Information Systems

ACCY112: Accounting In Organisations

ECON102: Economics and Society

MGNT102: Business Communications

Plus one capstone subject

COMM331: Integrative Business Capstone

 

Some subjects have prerequisites. A pre-requisite is a requirement which must be completed before enrolling in the next level of subject e.g. completing ACCY111 before progressing to ACCY112.

 

A corequisite is a subject that must be taken at the same time as another subject.

 

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:

Accountancy
Business Analytics
Business Law
Economics
Finance
Financial Planning
Human Resource Management
International Business
Management
Marketing
Public Relations
Sport Marketing and Management
Supply Chain Management

 

A minor is a sequence of subjects which make up a secondary area of study in a degree. Minors in the Faculty of Business and Law consist of 4 subjects totalling 24 credit points. There are 12 minors available in the Faculty of Business and Law.

The University also offers a minor in International Studies.

 

If you are a new domestic student seeking credit for your studies you should register for the Academic Advice Day held in January or February for Autumn session or July for Spring session via the Get Started website. Remember to bring your original Transcript for staff from the Faculty (Head of Students) to assess.

If you are a new international student seeking credit for your studies attend the Academic Advice Day held in February for Autumn session or July for Spring session. Remember to bring your original Transcript for staff from the Faculty (Head of Students) to assess.

If you are a current student seeking credit for your studies you should enquire at Business and Law Central with your original Transcript on hand.

 

Many second and third year subjects offered by the Faculty of Business and Law 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 through SOLS.

 

Current students may want to:

  • change campus of enrolment
  • transfer from a single degree to a double degree (add a course)
  • transfer from a double degree to a single degree (remove a course)
  • transfer into a different degree

In these situations, students are required to take the trasfer procedure steps:

  1. Refer to the table below for session of intake and degree specific information
  2. Check the release of results date for the current session
  3. Once you have received your results, complete a 

    Course Transfer Form

  4. Print an enrolment record from SOLS and attach it to the form
  5. Submit the completed form and enrolment record to Business and Law Central
  6. Once the application has been assessed, successful and unsuccessful students will be notified of the outcome via SOLSMail.

Transferring into the Bachelor of Laws

 

All students should familiarise themselves with key dates throughout each session. For example, there are deadlines relating to:

  • enrolment in a course,
  • enrolment in a subject and how students can enrol in a subject,
  • withdrawal from a subject to avoid either financial or academic penalties being imposed,
  • payment of fees.

 

Subject outlines are available online. You can print a copy from the Business and Law Student Resources webpage.

 

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 the Academic Integrity Policy webpage.

 

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 the Copyright & Disclaimer website.

 

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:

 

Students looking for information about legal studies subjects and enrolment can visit the Law FAQs webpage.

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.