B2048 - Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Computer Science
Course Map Planning Guide
It is your responsibility to ensure that you chose the correct units, and this web page will give you all the information you need to do this. It will take you through each component of your degree and explain the decisions you need to make.
At Monash, we call our degrees “courses”. You are enrolled in a double degree called the Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Computer Science. It has a course code: B2048.
To graduate from this course you need to complete a total of 33 units. Most students do this by taking 4 units each semester for 8 semesters (two semesters each year for four years plus one summer internship). It is very important that you choose your units carefully because you have to meet the rules of the degree. If you get to the end of four years and have chosen the wrong units you won’t be able to graduate and will have to do another semester of study.
Your degree consists of two components:
- Business and Commerce
- Computer Science
You must complete 16 units from Business and Commerce component and 17 units from Computer Science component (giving you the total of 33 units). Each component has its own rules. The following sections take you through each part in detail, explaining exactly what you need to do to meet the rules.
Business and Commerce
The Business and Commerce component is divided into two parts:
- Part A - Business and Commerce Specified Study
- Part B - Business Listed Major
Each part has its own rules. The following sections take you through each part in detail, explaining exactly what you need to do to meet the rules.
As you read through this page you will notice that there are some special rules for students who want to major in Accounting. These rules are necessary to meet the requirements of accounting accreditation bodies. In other words, if you don’t follow these rules, you might not be able to practice as an accountant. We have set up a special page summarising the special accounting rules.
The computer science component is divided into five parts:
- Part A - Computer science foundation study
- Part B - Professional skills study
- Part C - Specialist discipline knowledge
- Part D - Problem solving and analytical skills study
- Part E - Applied practice
As with the Business and Commerce component, each part here has its own rules. The following sections take you through each part in detail, explaining exactly what you need to do to meet the rules.
- BUSINESS AND COMMERCE PART A
- BUSINESS AND COMMERCE Part B
- SPECIAL ADVICE FOR ACCOUNTANCY MAJOR
- COMPUTER SCIENCE
- ALTERNATIVE EXIT(S)
- How will my unit/major selection impact on my exchange program
Part A: Business and Commerce Specified Study (8 Units)
This part is quite easy to understand, but there are a couple of steps to look out for.
First, choose your first major.
If you are planning to study an Accountancy major, your 8 units in Part A will look different from those who are planning to study a major other than Accountancy
Second, you must take these seven core units:
Most of these units have a “1000” code indicating that they are first-year level units, except for ACW2220 that has a “2000” code indicating a second-year level unit. So, you should take these seven units in your first year of study (that is, the first two semesters of study). You must take at least three 1000 level units before taking a 2000 level unit.
You will notice a couple of things about this list.
|a||If you are planning to study an Accountancy major, you must take units under the Accountancy Major list starting with ACW1120 Financial accounting 1. Otherwise, students who don’t plan to study Accountancy must take units under the Non-Accountancy Major list starting with ACW1020 Accounting in business. Non-Accountancy students can study ACW1120 if you wish, as part of your free elective units in Part C. For more information about these two units click on the links for each of them.|
|b||Accountancy students must take ACW2220 Management accounting 1 whereas Non-Accountancy students must take MKW1120 Marketing fundamentals.|
Finally, you must take one “capstone” unit:
So far, we have only covered 7 units in Part A. You must take one more “capstone” unit to complete Part A.
They are called capstone units because they provide an advanced education experience that integrates the different elements of the degree. You will see that these are all 3000 code units, so you should take this unit in your final year of study. Once again there is a special rule for Accountancy students: they don’t have a choice of capstone and must study ACW3900 Global issues in accounting.
Part A summary
Seven first-year units + one third-year capstone unit = 8 units
Part B Business Listed Major (8 units)
In Part B you must complete what we call a “major”. A major is a set of eight units that concentrate on a single area of study. You can choose your major from the following list:
- Applied Economics
- Banking and Financial Management
- Business Analytics
- Econometrics and Business Statistics
- International Business Management
- Strategic Marketing
- Business and Commerce Studies
Each major has its own set of rules. You need to make sure that you follow the rules so you can count the major in your degree. If you don’t follow the rules of the major you won’t be able to graduate after three years.
It sounds complicated, but it’s not really. Majors have two different components.
- A “core” of compulsory units. All the majors in the degree have a core of compulsory units that you must study to complete the major. For some majors, the core is large: all eight units, so in these majors you have no choice, you must study all eight units in the list.
- Additional units. Some, but not all, majors have additional units, on top of the core. There is a list of additional units from which you can choose some, to complete the eight unit major. For example, if there are 5 compulsory core units, you will have to choose three additional units from the list. If there are 6 compulsory core units you will have to choose two additional units from the list. And, as we said in the point above, if there are 8 compulsory core units there is no list of additional units. Sometimes the list of additional units will have a mini-rule like “you must choose at least one 3000 level unit from the list.”
Sometimes students find it hard to decide which units in the additional unit list to study. To help you decide, read the unit descriptions (just click on the unit code to take you to the link). You may also find it useful to get the views of other students who have already taken some of the units. And you can always ask questions in our briefing sessions. It's your choice, so you need to do some research to help you decide.
If you look at the unit lists for the majors, you will notice that some of them have a special surprise: they include one of the 1000 level units you have already studied in Part A. That means you have already completed one of the units in the major. Congratulations! Does that mean that you only need to complete seven more units? Not quite, you have to pick up one more “additional” unit from the degree so that in Part A and Part B combined you have a total of 16 units.
Part B summary
You must complete one major = 8 units.
Special Advice for students who want to complete an Accounting Major
The double degree is accredited by ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), CA ANZ (Certified Accountants Australia and New Zealand) and CPA (Certified Practising Accountants). There is a list of units that you have to complete in order to be exempted from some modules set by these professional bodies. These units are already contained in Part A and Part B.
Part A. Business and Commerce Specified Study
You have to complete 8 units in Part A. In your first year, you will be completing these units:
- ACW1120 - Financial Accounting 1
- BFW1001 - Foundations of finance
- BTW1042 - Business Law
- ECM1953 - Principles of economics
- ETW1001 - Introduction to Statistical Analysis
- MGW1010 - Introduction to Management
- ACW2220 - Management Accounting 1
In your third year, you are required to complete 1 capstone unit: ACW3900 - Global Issues in Accounting.
Part B. Business Listed Major
To gain a major in Accountancy, you need to complete these 8 units:
- ACW2120 - Financial Accounting 2
- ACW2420 - Accounting Information Systems
- ACW3120 - Financial Accounting 3
- ACW3220 - Management Accounting 2
- ACW3620 - Assurance and Audit Services
- BFW2140 - Corporate finance 1
- BTW2213 - Malaysian Company Law
- BTW3153 - Malaysian Income Tax Law
Special Note: for Accounting students going for exchange: Students wishing to get professional bodies accreditation are highly advised to NOT enrol for Accounting units while going for Global Intercampus Program or the Inter-university Exchange Program. All accounting units should be taken in Monash University Malaysia to ensure the unit codes match the Monash University Malaysia's unit codes already approved by these accreditation bodies.
Part A. Computer science foundation study (7 Units)
This study will develop your understanding of the role and theoretical basis of computer science and computational methods.
- FIT1008 - Introduction to computer science
- FIT1045 - Introduction to programming
- FIT1047 - Introduction to computer systems, networks and security
- FIT2004 - Algorithms and data structures
- FIT2014 - Theory of computation
- MAT1830 - Discrete mathematics for computer science
- MAT1841 - Continuous mathematics for computer science
Part B. Professional skills study (1 Unit)
This study develops professional skills by providing an understanding and appreciation of the ethical and professional guidelines applicable to computer science, developing the ability to work as an effective team member, developing the ability to communicate proficiently and appropriately for professional practice, and developing formal project management skills.
Part C. Specialist discipline knowledge (6 Units)
This study will develop your in-depth knowledge of the specific computer science methods of your specialized field within computer science. Advanced computer science
- Core (5 Units)
- Level 3 Elective (1 Unit)
Part D. Problem solving and analytical skills study
This study will develop your ability to apply appropriate methodologies in computer science and develop efficient computational solutions. It develops strong problem-solving skills and the ability to apply analytical thinking.
Part E. Applied practice (3 Units)
The above knowledge and skills are integrated and consolidated in applied practice as demonstrated in a computer science project.
- FIT3161 - Computer science project 1
- FIT3162 - Computer science project 2
- FIT3199 - Industry work experience
Part A has seven units + Part B has one unit + Part C has 5 core units and 1 elective unit + Part E has 3 units = 17 units
You may be eligible to exit the double degree program and graduate with either a Bachelor of Business and Commerce or a Bachelor of Computer Science after three years, depending on the units studied.
If you wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Business and Commerce (B2026) prior to the completion of the double degree you must have completed at least 144 credit points of studies, including all of the requirements in Parts A and B for the Bachelor of Business and Commerce degree.
If you wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Computer Science (C2001) prior to the completion of the double degree you must have completed at least 144 credit points of studies, including all of the requirements in Parts A, B, C, D and E for the particular computer science specialisation.
How will my unit/major selection impact on my exchange program
During your course, you can opt to study a semester or two at any one of Monash's partner universities or study at a Monash campus in Australia for one semester.
You are encouraged to plan for this early in your course, preferably in your first semester, as you will need some flexibility in your course structure if deciding to study in Australia or a partner university.
Studying at a Monash Australia campus is the most convenient as you will find that most units you need for your major (or minor) are also offered in Australia. Apart from the Faculty conditions, you would also need to check if the units you need for your major are offered while you are in Australia.
If you prefer to study at a partner university, the choice of units you can take at the partner university will be dependent if you are substituting it with a Monash compulsory core unit, unit contributing to your major, or free elective unit. There are faculty policies in determining how the partner university subjects are assessed and approved:
- For compulsory core units, an equivalency assessment will be made where the partner university subject will need to share an 80% or greater overlap in learning outcomes, content and assessment.
- Units required for your major offers some flexibility in equivalency assessment and will be determined by the Faculty. This will be approved if the partner university subject is judged to have sufficient equivalent content and equates to six Monash credits on its own or in combination with another host subject.
- The most frequently used type of unit by students who exchange to a partner university are free electives. These units offer flexibility in your choice of study while overseas and can be anything judged suitable for credit at an appropriate learning volume.
Regardless of your study abroad location of choice, you will find that a single major offers greater flexibility in your course plan as you will have more ‘free electives’ to undertake while overseas. The choice is ultimately yours and we encourage you to plan early.