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Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Communication in Journalism - 232JA

Course Code: 232JA
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline(s): Canberra Business School
Discipline of Communication and Media
CRICOS Code: 077607K
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0


The Bachelor of Journalism prepares students to be adaptable, reflective and skilled practitioners in a rapidly changing media environment. The degree reflects changing industry practices by integrating the teaching of journalism skills in print, video, audio and online formats. We offer reflective training in investigation, specialist forms of journalism, long form journalism and emerging digital techniques. Students will learn how to be adaptable practitioners in an industry which is undergoing rapid change. Students have access to industry-standard broadcast and online facilities to produce and present their work. Staff bring a broad range of experience to their teaching - from newsroom journalism to more specialist forms of practice - and teaching is informed by cutting-edge research. Students produce news and current affairs stories in print, radio and TV disciplines for publication on the student journalism website. The degree examines the role of journalists in the broader media context, and through journalism and communication theory, develops the ability of students to think critically, analytically and ethically. It integrates theory and practice so that graduates are informed practitioners who understand the broader context of their work. The aim of the Bachelor of Commerce program is to develop business professionals who have the relevant knowledge and skills for admission to their respective professional communities but who are also equipped to solve problems within a multi-disciplinary business environment. Graduates will appreciate their chosen discipline in the context of the wider social, legal, economic and political environment. Students select one of the following Commerce majors: Accounting; Banking &Financial Service; Business Administration; Economics; Financial Planning; Human Resource Management; Information Systems; International Business; Marketing Management; Public Sector Management; Tourism Management.


Prospective Domestic Students
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students
Email or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students
In person Faculty of Business, Government and Law student support area (Building 11, Level B, Room 27 - Reception counter) or Email

Admission Requirements

Normal UC admission requirements to an undergraduate course.

Additional Admission Requirements

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Assumed Knowledge

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Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Commerce BCom
Bachelor of Communication in Journalism BComm Jnl

Alternate Exit Awards

Bachelor of Communication in Journalism Bachelor of Commerce

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

This course is closed from the end of 2015. Please contact the Faculty via the enquiry details below for other course options.

Professional Accreditation

For the Bachelor of Commerce: This course is accredited by CPA Australia and the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ). The Financial Planning major is accredited by the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA).

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Graduates of the Bachelor of Commerce will have acquired in-depth disciplinary knowledge and a cohesive set of cognitive, technical and generic skills in one or more of the following areas: Accounting, Banking & Financial Services, Business Administration, Economics, Financial Planning, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, International Business, Marketing Management, Public Sector Management, or Tourism Management.

The program is designed to produce graduates with professional attributes appropriate to their intended careers. This degree also prepares students for postgraduate studies.
Graduates who complete the Bachelor of Commerce will obtain an in-depth knowledge of relevant disciplinary theory and practices, as well as the practical application of this in one or more of the discipline areas listed above. In addition, graduates will have a broad understanding of concepts which are fundamental to commerce, such as statistics, commercial law, information systems, management, plus the interrelationships between government and business. ---
Graduates will develop:
- the cognitive skills required to critically analyse, evaluate and synthesize concepts and theories acquired in one or more of the following discipline areas, Accounting, Banking & Financial Services, Business Administration, Economics, Financial Planning, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, International Business, Marketing Management, Public Sector Management, or Tourism Management,
- the technical and generic skills required to apply discipline-specific technologies in one or more of those discipline areas,
- the independent learning skills needed to stay up-to-date with advances in theoretical frameworks and professional practices after graduation,
- the personal skills required to provide professional advice in the discipline or disciplines they choose to study. Graduates will be able to exercise critical thinking and applied analytical skills in identifying which information is relevant to specific decisions being made. They will also be able to identify whether they have all relevant information when advising clients or management, and have the ability to succinctly request or obtain missing information.
- the communication skills needed to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of stakeholders using technical and non-technical language, depending on the audience.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Commerce will be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to a diverse range of problems that early career professionals would be expected to deal with. As students progress through the course, they will develop the capacity to exercise their own initiative and professional judgement in an ethically responsible manner to analyse problems that are less clearly defined, more complex, and require application of concepts in a variety of disciplinary and sub-disciplinary contexts. Communication, applied research, teamwork, and negotiation skills will be developed through team based assignments, some of which deal with ambiguously defined problems. ---
1. Produce a range of content to media industry standards.
2. Demonstrate production and presentation techniques in broadcast, print and online environments to industry standard.
3. Demonstrate an ability to apply the journalistic and communication theories which underpin journalism practice.
4. Develop analytical and critical thinking skills, and apply them to journalistic practice.
5. An understanding of the theoretical principles of communication in society.
6. Understand and apply media research methods.
7. Understanding of the role of the media in society and the impact of journalism on public debate. In particular, understand the rapid changes currently occurring in media industries.
8. Understand and apply the legal and ethical principles of contemporary journalism.
9. Experience in a professional journalism or media environment through a compulsory internship.
10. Develop generic communication and personal presentation skills to equip graduates for success in professional life.
1. Communication
The ability to present knowledge, ideas and opinions effectively and communicate within and across professional and cultural boundaries.

2. Analysis and inquiry
The ability to gather information, and to analyse and evaluate information and situations in a systematic, creative and insightful way.

3. Problem solving
The ability to apply problem-solving processes in novel situations; to identify and analyse problems then formulate and implement solutions.

4. Working independently and with others
The ability to plan their own work, be self-directed, and use interpersonal skills and attitudes to work collaboratively.

5. Professionalism and social responsibility
The capacity and intention to use professional knowledge and skills ethically and responsibly, for the benefit of others and the environment.

Course Duration

Standard eight semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twenty semesters.


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UCC Pathway

Diploma of Business; Diploma of Business Extended; Diploma of Communication; Diploma of Communication Extended.


  • Past Offerings
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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