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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Business and Economics

Managing facultyBusiness and Economics
Abbreviated titleAssocDegBusCom
CRICOS code050065B
Total credit points required96
Standard duration of study (years)2 years FT, 4 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Gippsland)
Off-campus (Gippsland)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details


Course coordinator

Professor Robert Brooks


The course provides a tertiary education for people interested in fast-track career progression in business. It is designed to provide either a detailed knowledge in a single field of business and commerce or broad fundamental knowledge of general principles and applications of business and commerce in two chosen fields of study.


The Associate Degree in Business and Commerce aims to produce graduates who will:

(a.) be critical and creative scholars who:

  • produce innovative solutions to problems
  • apply research skills to business challenges
  • communicate effectively and perceptively

(b.) be responsible and effective global citizens who:

  • engage in an international world
  • exhibit cross cultural competence
  • demonstrate ethical values

(c.) have an understanding of their discipline and who are able to provide discipline based solutions to business problems

(d.) have capacity to integrate and synthesise knowledge from across disciplines to create innovative applications in organisational settings.


The course structure has two main components:

  • a set of core units which provide an introduction to the key areas of business study
  • further studies from Faculty of Business and Economics units available on the students campus of enrolment. These studies must form either a major or two sub-majors.


The degree requires completion of 16 units (96 points) over a maximum of eight years as follows:

All unit codes displaying a 'G' as the third character are offered by Off-campus learning.

(a.) four compulsory common core units (24 points) from:

(b.) eight units (48 points) from the Faculty of Business and Economics as follows:

(i.) Option one:

  • a major of at least eight units (48 points) in a discipline from the faculty with at least two units (12 points) at each of second and third-year level. The major must come from the approved list of majors listed under 'Areas of study'.

(ii.) Option two:

  • completion of two sub-majors* of at least four units each (48 points) in disciplines from the faculty

(c.) a further four units (24 points) subject to the following conditions:

  • an option to include a maximum of four units (24 points) in disciplines taught by other faculties.

*Note: A sub-major is any four units within a major

Additional requirements:

  • a maximum of eight first-year-level units (48 points)
  • in addition to specific unit prerequisites, second-year level units require the successful completion of three first-year level units and third-year level units require the successful completion of two second-year level units.

Areas of Study


Associate Degree in Business and Commerce