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Commerce

Engineering, Commerce

Bachelor Double Degree

BB-ENGCOM

Course
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), Bachelor of Commerce
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 80
Duration
5 years, 6 months full-time
Credit
1100
Location
Curtin Perth

Outline

Engineering

Get the Curtin edge

Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019).

Global education

You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

The Engineering/Commerce double degree is an extended, optional program for engineering students. It is designed to further develop your business skills, giving you an added level of experience to take into the first stage of your engineering career after you graduate. As with any of our engineering degrees, you will graduate as an Engineers Australia accredited professional in your chosen engineering stream.

In your first year you will complete the Engineering Foundation Year (EFY). The EFY builds a solid base of the fundamental concepts common to all areas of engineering. The EFY was developed in partnership with industry to create a curriculum that is reflective of engineering practice.

To satisfy professional requirements, students must complete at least 12 weeks or equivalent of exposure to professional engineering practice. This requirement can be met by appropriate work experience or through a combination of technical and non-technical activities. Students must demonstrate that they have met these requirements by using a formal Log Book to record their professional experiences during the period of their degree study.

You can combine one of the following Engineering streams:

with one of the following commerce Majors:

Other Engineering majors are not available as part of this double degree program.

About this double degree

This double degree will develop your business knowledge and practical commerce skills to give you an advantage for a diverse range of careers. You will study six common core units (accounting, economics, information systems, business law, management and marketing) to gain an introduction to the various aspects of business before starting your business major.

You'll develop communication skills and key professional skills identified by employer groups. You may also receive career guidance and study overseas. One of the most unique elements of this course is the Business Capstone unit in your final year. You will run a simulated multi-million dollar company, applying your skills and knowledge to reinforce your learning while providing workplace deliverables.

There are four different commerce majors available to study. (Note: not all are available in all the engineering streams.)

Finance

This major will give you a broad understanding of the structure and operations of financial markets in Australia and the theory and techniques underlying financial management. This includes investment evaluation, decisions on how to fund activities and the roles played by financial markets and instruments. You will learn specialised analytical skills. You will study a variety of finance, economics, business and mathematics-based units.

Management

The management major provides you with a foundation of knowledge, insights and abilities required of managers in a wide range of sectors, industries and functions. You will learn skills in management, problem solving, planning, organising and strategic management. Units of study will cover management topics from different perspectives such as strategy, ethics, change, entrepreneurship.

Economics

This major will give you an understanding of the big picture of how companies, governments and households work. You will gain a sound understanding of how the choices made by government, producers and consumers impact on economic growth, unemployment, inflation and wealth. You will also acquire analytical skills which are highly valued in the business world.

Accounting

This major will equip you with a comprehensive understanding of accounting and its associated fields of business law and financial management, preparing you for a professional career in commerce, industry, government or public practice.

High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information. 

Why study

  • When the job market is competitive, a double degree with Engineering and Commerce can give you an extra edge over other candidates. You should be able to demonstrate a deeper understanding of the business environment.
  • Cut 1.5 years off the time it takes you to do two degrees.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

Graduates fulfil the stage one competencies stipulated by Engineers Australia (EAust) as the pathway to chartered-engineer status (CPEng).

Upon completion of the Finance major, you may seek membership of professional bodies such as the Financial Services Institute of Australasia

If you complete the Management major, you may receive recognition from the Australian Institute of Management

Graduating with the Economics major will make you eligible for associate professional membership of the Economic Society of Australia (W.A. Branch).

The Accounting major meets the educational requirements for membership of CPA Australia, and if you complete two extra units (Taxation 231 and Accounting (Auditing) 300) you will also be eligible for membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Career information

  • Civil and Construction Engineer
  • Metallurgical Engineer
  • Mining Engineer
  • Economist
  • Tourist Information Officer
  • Advertising Account Executive
  • Accountant (General)
  • Marketing Officer
  • Business Systems Analyst
  • Valuer
  • Management Consultant
  • Industrial Relations Officer
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer

What you'll learn

  • apply broad discipline knowledge to a range of theoretical and practical situations through research and practical application in the field of science and humanities
  • think creatively and critically to generate innovative solutions to complex scientific social and political problems
  • access, evaluate, synthesise and communicate relevant information from a range of organisational and external sources using appropriate technologies
  • describe global and cultural issues as related to the engineering and commerce areas and their impact on local and international communities
  • demonstrate respect for human rights, cultural diversity and the particular rights of Indigenous Australians
  • show leadership and employ ethical practice and professional integrity, both within a team and independently

Admission criteria

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

I recently attended high school

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 80
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics: Methods ATAR and at least one of the following courses: Physics ATAR, Chemistry ATAR or Engineering Studies ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics: Specialist ATAR, or equivalent.

  • STAT entry : Not accepted.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options

Lowest selection rank to which a recent Year 12 student offer was made (including the consideration of any equity or other adjustment factors)

View the lowest selection rank (incorporating ATAR plus any adjustments) of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made in the most relevant recent intake period, this includes any ATAR adjustments.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 80
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics: Methods ATAR and at least one of the following courses: Physics ATAR, Chemistry ATAR or Engineering Studies ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics: Specialist ATAR, or equivalent.

  • STAT entry : Not accepted.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 80
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics: Methods ATAR and at least one of the following courses: Physics ATAR, Chemistry ATAR or Engineering Studies ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics: Specialist ATAR, or equivalent.

  • STAT entry : Not accepted.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve gone to university before

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

  • Curtin offers a variety of bridging courses to help you meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about our bridging courses.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics: Methods ATAR and at least one of the following courses: Physics ATAR, Chemistry ATAR or Engineering Studies ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics: Specialist ATAR, or equivalent.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to have:

  • attained an ATAR of 80 and met the prerequisites; or
  • if you have studied Maths Applications or equivalent:
    • completed 75 credits within one semester, with a semester weighted average (SWA) of 70%; or
    • completed 100 credits within one semester with an SWA of 65% or higher, plus any unit/s assessed as comparable to Maths Methods ATAR and Physics ATAR or Chemistry ATAR; or
  • if you have studied Maths Methods or equivalent:
    • completed 75 credits within one semester with an SWA of 65%; or
    • completed 100 credits within one semester with an SWA of 60% or higher, plus any unit/s assessed as comparable to Maths Methods ATAR, AND Physics ATAR or Chemistry ATAR.

The Maths Methods prerequisite can be met with:

  • Maths Methods ATAR; or
  • MATH1013 Introductory Mathematics or MATH1005 Pre-Calculus (12.5 credits); and
  • MATH1014 Foundations of Calculus.

The Physics prerequisite can be met with:

  • Physics ATAR; or
  • PHYS1006 Foundations of Physics.

The Chemistry prerequisite can be met with:

  • Chemistry ATAR; or
  • CHEM1003 Introduction to Chemistry.

Higher education course switcher criteria

To switch into this course from another higher education course, you need to have:

  • attained an ATAR of 80 plus any unit/s assessed as comparable to Maths Methods ATAR, and Physics ATAR or Chemistry ATAR; or
  • if you have studied Maths Applications or equivalent:
    • completed 75 credits within one semester, with a semester weighted average (SWA) of 70%; or
    • completed 100 credits within one semester, with an SWA of 65% or higher, plus any unit/s assessed as comparable to Maths Methods ATAR, and Physics ATAR or Chemistry ATAR; or
  • if you have studied Maths Methods or equivalent:
    • completed 75 credits within one semester, with an SWA of 65%; or
    • completed 100 credits within one semester, with an SWA of 60% or higher, plus any unit/s assessed as comparable to Maths Methods ATAR, and Physics ATAR or Chemistry ATAR.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

Student type Cost
Commonwealth supported $8,820*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

On Campus

Semester 1 and Semester 2

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

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  • Curtin course code: BB-ENGCOM
  • CRICOS code: 066675M
  • Last updated on: December 11, 2019