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Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Psychology

Course code W75

For those looking to make their mark and to lead successful teams, this combination of business and psychology gives you a multidisciplinary understanding of human behaviour in a corporate environment.

You will gain practical experience and transferable employability skills including leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, communication and problem-solving and will also graduate with a qualification in Commerce (Human Resource Management Major) as well as in Psychology.

ECU is a leading university in the area of organisational work and wellbeing, with a dedicated strategic research centre, and lecturers passionate about employment relations and wellness at work. Join an exciting growth area and enact change today.

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Course overview

Choose student type

Entry requirements

70 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

W75

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $11,223

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT PT FT PT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online FT PT FT PT
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

W75

CRICOS code

0101101

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $34,700

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

4 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT FT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • AQF Cert IV;
    • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
    • Undergraduate Certificate;
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • University Preparation Course;*
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment; or*
    • Experience Based Entry Scheme.*

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

    For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

  • English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
    • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
    • University Preparation Course;
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment;*
    • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
    • Other tests, courses or programs defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

Available for early offer

Year 12 students with a predicted ATAR or completing a Cert IV or a university enabling course can now apply for an early offer of a place on this course.

How to apply

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Students are required to complete: 20 Commerce units, comprising 7 Core units, an 8-unit Human Resource Management Major and five Elective units plus 12 Psychology units.

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SBL1100Foundations of Business15
SBL1300Business Environments & Markets15
PSY1101Introduction to Psychology15
PSY1115Psychology of Motivation and Emotion15
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ACC1100Accounting I15
SBL1400Introduction to Business Analytics15
PSY1210Biopsychology, Sensation and Perception15
PSY1204Social Determinants of Behaviour15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ECF1110Economics I15
SBL1600Business Identity and Protocols15
PSY2102Fundamentals of Psychological Inquiry15
PSY2105Psychology of Personality and Individual Differences15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
Unit from Major2 x HR Major Units30
PSY2204Learning, Memory and Cognition15
PSY2231Developmental Psychology15
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
Unit from Major2 x HR Major Units30
PSY3105Advanced Methods of Psychological Inquiry15
PSY3456Mental Health and Psychological Interventions15
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
Unit from Major2 x HR Major Units30
PSY3217Cultural Issues in Psychology15
PSY3225Applications of Psychological Literacy15
Year 4 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
Unit from Major1 x HR Major Unit15
Elective Unit2 x Elective Units30
Plus select one unit from:
FBL3501 ^Business Practicum15
SBL3500 ^Integrated Business Application15
Year 4 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
Unit from Major1 x HR Major Unit15
Elective Unit3 x Elective Units45

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Majors you can study in this course

One or more of the majors in this course is externally recognised when studied within this course. Refer to the major for more information.

Course notes

Important course notes

  • Students will work on pre-defined learning outcomes in a public, private or not-for-profit organisation. This will enable students to develop a broad range of work-related skills that will enhance their graduate capabilities.

    Students will also be required to take significant responsibility for their own learning outcomes. Host organisations will be secured through the Work Placement Coordinator, or as a result of pre-approved networking and contacts developed by the student.

    Attendance requirements

    Students will be required to participate in an induction on the requirements and procedures for completing a work placement, including documentation and risk management compliance.

    Students will also be required to attend additional on-campus sessions during semester for debriefing and feedback purposes.

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

    A police clearance may be required in some circumstances.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply broad and coherent business and psychology knowledge to a range of situations, incorporating international/global/cultural perspectives.
  2. Access, analyse and critically evaluate relevant information to solve challenging business and psychology problems systematically.
  3. Communicate business and psychology knowledge, concepts and advice persuasively and clearly in both written and oral formats, using relevant technology.
  4. Collaborate effectively in team settings, with respect for cultural diversity, to produce measurable outcomes.
  5. Generate creative ideas for business and psychology innovations that anticipate challenges and respond to opportunities and constant change.
  6. Reflect on feedback, autonomy, accountability and critique one's own performance in order to identify and plan opportunities for development.
  7. Value professional behaviours and /or citizenship that reflect an appreciation of the interrelationship between ethics and both business and social responsibility.

Professional Recognition

Course

Accredited by: Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)

Accredited by: Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI)

Majors

One or more of the majors in this course is externally recognised when studied within this course. Refer to the major for more information.

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

Fees and Scholarships

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Fees

  • AUD $11,223 - Commonwealth supported estimated 1st year indicative fee 1
Note

1 The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculatorlink opens in new tab to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Fees

  • AUD $34,700 - International students estimated 1st year indicative fee 1
Note

1 The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculatorlink opens in new tab to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

Students graduate with an evidence-based career e-portfolio along with industry ready learning literacies and learn how to apply the theoretical concepts studied in a practical and real-world setting. There are employment opportunities in any job or role that involves understanding and guiding human behaviour, showing empathy and compassion, and displaying skills such as the ability to evaluate the needs of a client, write formal reports, and keep accurate and organised records. Finally, this course will prepare students for further postgraduate studies in business or psychology.

Possible future job titles

Human Resources Manager, Human Resources Consultant, Recruitment Officer, Training & Development Officer, Employment Relations Officer, Organisational Development Consultant, Management Consultant, Recruitment Consultant, Organisational Psychologist, Human Resource Case Manager

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Quick guide to uni-speak

    • ATAR is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate university courses in Australia. The ATAR is a percentile score which denotes a student's ranking relative to their state-wide peers upon completion of their secondary education.

    • CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. A CRICOS code is allocated to education institutions (like ECU) who are approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education to overseas students. Courses with a CRICOS code are available to international students who meet the entry requirements.

    • A major, or unit set, is your chosen area of in-depth study in an undergraduate course. It usually involves 8 units of study, or one-third of the units in a 3-year degree. Talk to your Student Information Office if you need help choosing a major subject.

    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

    • A lot of our courses start in Semester 2 each year, usually in the last week of July. We call this mid-year. There's a week of Orientation beforehand to help you get used to uni life.

    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

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Course Entry

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Fees & Scholarships

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