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Diploma of Commerce Units (Stage 2)

  • Diploma

Designed to prepare you for the challenges in the global business environment. Commerce students study foundation areas of accounting, economics, business law, management, marketing and technology.

Key details

Degree Type
8 - 12 months full-time
Course Code
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
Feb, Jun, Oct
Domestic Fees
$15,600 per year / $15,600 total
International Fees
$29,200 per year / $29,200 total

About this course

Designed to prepare you for the challenges in the global business environment. Commerce students study foundation areas of accounting, economics, business law, management, marketing and technology.

Through specialised study in your chosen major at Curtin University, you will gain the theoretical and practical skills you need to be confident and industry-ready when you graduate.

Entry requirements

Minimum ATAR 50 OR AQF Certificate IV OR equivalent Foundation Year grades

What you will learn

Stage 2 Units (Core) – 25 Credit Points Each

Communication in Business

The unit covers key aspects of research, written and oral communication in academic and professional business contexts, as well as working to develop students’ teamwork skills including roles of team members. Emphasis will be placed on students’ ability to locate, understand, and critically evaluate business information. Students will learn about business meeting procedures and practices, how to identify and examine the importance of different business stakeholder relationships and the variety of tools used by business to communicate information in a culturally diverse and global setting. Skills in accessing information, synthesising information, argument development, the Chicago author-date referencing system, principles of effective communication with a focus on verbal and non-verbal forms and the professional presentation of documents are all covered during the development of the key assignments.

Introduction to Accounting

This unit delivers the following topics:

  • Introduction to business structures and start-up options.
  • Development of a strategic plan.
  • Cost volume profit analysis and assessment of special orders.
  • Appraisal of capital investments using capital budgeting.
  • Preparation of cash budgets and loan schedules.
  • Preparation and interpretation of financial statements.
  • Accounting for basic transactions, (GST) and end-of-period adjustments.
  • Investigating the methods and motivations for earnings management.
Introduction to Business Information Systems

This unit provides an overview of Business Information Systems (BIS) and Business Information Technology (BIT), different types of BIS and BIT and their role in organisations and contribution to organisational success. Students will learn how use technology appropriately to develop BIS that effectively support, enable and enhance business and organisational processes. Proves an introduction to the different activities and tools used to develop, maintain and operate effective BIS.

Introductory Economics

An introduction to economic concepts and principles, supply and demand analysis, elasticity, economic efficiency, market failure and macroeconomics. This unit also covers the areas of unemployment and inflation, model of aggregate supply and demand and global markets.

Discovering Marketing

Introducing the topic of marketing, it’s role and importance in any type of organisation. Topics include the marketing concept, marketing environment, marketing information systems, market segmentation, identification of target markets, buyer behaviour, product, place, price and promotion decisions, and the special aspects of marketing. 

Business Law

An introduction to law with a business focus. Students examine the nature and sources of law in Australia. The key aspects of civil law are explored in relation to business, with particular emphasis on contract law.

Fundamentals of Management

This unit outlines management theory and practice. After examining the current landscape of management practice, students analyse the major functions of management and some of the key areas of management practice. This unit also introduces the key skills required of contemporary managers. Specifically, students are required to prepare solutions to management problems and develop team-working skills.

Stage 2 Units (Specific) – 25 Credit Points Each

Consumer Behaviour

Introducing the role of consumer behaviour and how it is shaped by the social and cultural environment and the psychological foundations. This unit focusses on the decision processes in consumption behaviour in different buying situations.

Management Accounting

Managerial accounting techniques integrated with statistical methods applied to costing models, profit planning and decision useful information.

Introduction to Finance Principles

This unit will:

  1. Introduce basic concepts and principles to financial processes, products and institutions
  2. Introduce finance theory as it applies to financial processes, products and institutions
  3. Develop a foundation in finance for students specialising in related fields
  4. Present a set of financial tools that facilitate financial analysis and decision-making

Career pathways

  • Advertising Account Executive
  • Accountant
  • Business Systems Analyst
  • Economist
  • Financial Dealer and Broker
  • Industrial Relations Officer
  • Management Consultant
  • Marketing Officer
  • Tourist Information Officer
  • Valuer

Course structure

  • 7
  • 1
  • 8

Core Units

  • Business Law
  • Communication in Business
  • Discovering Marketing
  • Fundamentals of Management
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Introduction to Business Information Systems
  • Introductory Economics

Major related units (electives):

  • Consumer Behaviour (preferred for Marketing related major)
  • Management Accounting (preferred for Accounting related major)
  • Introduction to Finance Principles (preferred for Finance related major)

How to apply

here are 4 ways to submit your application to Curtin College.

  1. Apply online.
  2. Apply via an agent in your country.
  3. Apply in person at Curtin College Perth.
  4. Apply via post/paper application.

All applications will require that you attach copies of your supporting documentation, such as your academic transcripts (translated if not in English), English test results (if English is not your first language) and proof of identification.

The date of your application is the date that we receive it.

If your application is successful you will receive a Letter of Offer confirming which course has been offered, the fees payable, conditions to be met (if any), orientation details and the start date of your course.

You must then follow these instructions to accept your offer.

Please note, online applications attract priority processing and are the quickest way for you to receive your offer.