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.
In your first year you will complete the Engineering Foundation Year (EFY).The EFY was developed in partnership with industry to give you a solid base of the fundamental concepts common to all areas of engineering and reflect current engineering practice.
To satisfy professional accreditation requirements, you will complete at least 12 weeks or equivalent of exposure to professional engineering practice. You can meet this requirement through appropriate work experience or through a combination of technical and non-technical activities.
You can combine one of these Engineering majors:
with one of these 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. A unique element of this course is the Business capstone unit you'll complete in your final year. You'll 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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 commerce
- 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