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Associate Degree of Business and Commerce (ADBC) - ADegBusCom

QTAC code (Australian and New Zealand applicants): Springfield campus: 924571; Online: 904575; Toowoomba campus: 904571

CRICOS code (International applicants): 093267C

 On-campus*Online
Semester intake:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 3 (November)
Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 3 (November)
Campus:Springfield, Toowoomba -
Fees:Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Standard duration:2 years full-time, up to 4 years part-time 
Program articulation:

To: Bachelor of Business and Commerce

Notes

Students can commence study in Semester 3 at Springfield campus or Online only.

Footnotes
*Not all courses are available at all campuses.

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Contact us

Future Australian and New Zealand students  Future International Students  Current Students 
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Freecall (within Australia): 1800 640 678
Phone (from outside Australia): +61 7 4631 5315
Email:study@usq.edu.au 
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Phone: +61 7 4631 5543
Email: international@usq.edu.au 
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Freecall (within Australia): 1800 007 252
Phone (from outside Australia): +61 7 4631 2285
Email:usq.support@usq.edu.au 

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Program aims

The Associate Degree of Business and Commerce program is designed to prepare graduates to undertake para-professional work in business and commerce and as a pathway for further learning. Graduates will be able to apply underpinning technical and theoretical knowledge in a range of relevant contexts in both the public and private sectors.

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Program objectives

At the completion of the Associate Degree of Business and Commerce, students should be able to:

  1. synthesise underpinning business knowledge, concepts, theories, principles and processes

  2. think constructively and logically about business-related issues and problems

  3. communicate clearly and concisely in presenting business-related knowledge and ideas to a range of audiences

  4. apply business-related knowledge and technical skills to resolve routine problems and make ethical decisions across a range of contexts

  5. use initiative and judgement to plan and implement para-professional projects

  6. work autonomously and collaboratively as part of ongoing learning and para-professional practice.


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Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a single national, comprehensive system of qualifications offered by higher education institutions (including universities), vocational education and training institutions and secondary schools. Each AQF qualification has a set of descriptors which define the type and complexity of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills that a graduate who has been awarded that qualification has attained, and the typical volume of learning associated with that qualification type.

This program is at AQF Qualification Level 06. Graduates at this level will have broad knowledge and skills for paraprofessional/highly skilled work and/or further learning.

The full set of levels criteria and qualification type descriptors can be found by visiting www.aqf.edu.au.

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Program Information Set

View USQ’s admission criteria, student profiles and a summary of all offers made under Course Admission Information Set via the QTAC website.

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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Have achieved a minimum Overall Position (OP) 17, tertiary entrance rank 62 or equivalent qualification.^
  • Subject Pre-requisite: English (4, SA) or equivalent.

  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 2.


Applicants are advised to also address the following:

  • Assumed knowledge expectations: Mathematics A (4, SA) or equivalent.


All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.

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These are determined by the University for specific programs each Semester. The 2018 OP and tertiary entrance ranks are based on agreed QTAC schedules which assess formal study at Year 12 or equivalent level, tertiary, preparatory, professional or vocational qualifications or work experience, as detailed in the QTAC Assessment of Qualifications Manual and QTAC Assessor Guidelines.

Special admissions may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your Selection Rank. The additional points don't apply to all applicants or all programs. Please read the information about USQ's Special Admissions carefully to find out what you may be eligible for.

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Program fees

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth supported place is where the Australian Government makes a contribution towards the cost of a students' higher education and students pay a student contribution amount, which varies depending on the courses undertaken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Commonwealth Supported students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called HECS-HELP.

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

International full fee paying place

International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

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Program structure

The Associate Degree of Business and Commerce is comprised of 16 units as follows:

Area of Study  Number of units 
Core Courses 
2 x 4–unit minors from the Associate Degree of Business and Commerce or
1 x 4–unit minor and 4 other courses selected from the Associate Degree of Business and Commerce. Students may complete no more than ten (10) level 1 courses.
Available minors include:
  • Accounting

  • Advertising

  • Aviation Management and Safety

  • Banking and Financial Services

  • Business Administration

  • Business Economics

  • Business Law

  • Communication and Media Studies

  • e-Commerce

  • Economics and Politics

  • Finance

  • Global Political Economy

  • Human Resource Management

  • International Business

  • Information Technology Management

  • Journalism

  • Management and Leadership

  • Marketing

  • Politics and International Relations

  • Public Relations

  • Sustainable Business

  • Tourism Management


 
Total  16 

Please note: Subject to meeting prerequisite requirements and with the approval of the Program Coordinator, up to four courses may be taken from other undergraduate programs offered at the University of Southern Queensland.

Students in the Bachelor of Business and Commerce who wish to exit with the Associate Degree of Business and Commerce (ADBC) may apply to do so upon successful completion of the 8 core courses and 8 other courses from the Bachelor of Business and Commerce program, subject to the approval of the Program Coordinator.

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Required time limits

The standard duration for completion of this program is 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time. Students have a maximum of 6 years to complete this program.

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Core courses

All students are required to complete a core of eight single-unit courses. The purpose of the core courses is to expose business and commerce students to fundamental concepts and methods and the diversity of subject matter that they will encounter in their studies. The functional areas of business and commerce are identified and elementary tools underpinning specialist study areas are developed. Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

Course  Semester of offer
Distance/Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield Campus 
ACC1101 Accounting for Decision-Making  1, 2, 3  1, 2  1, 2 
CIS1000 Information Systems Concepts  1, 2, 3  1, 2  1, 2, 3 
ECO1000 Economics  1, 2, 3  2, 3 
FIN1101 Introduction to Corporate Finance  1, 2, 3  1, 2 
LAW1101 Introduction to Law  1, 2, 3  1, 2  1, 2 
MGT1000 Organisational Behaviour  1, 2, 3  1  
STA2300 Data Analysis  1, 2, 3  1, 2 
MKT1001 Introduction to Marketing  1, 2, 3 

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Minor Studies

Accounting minor

Course  Semester of offer
Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
ACC1105 Accounting Principles  1, 2, 3  1, 2  1, 2 
ACC2102 Financial Accounting  1, 2, 3 
ACC2113 Management Accounting I  1, 2 
LAW2106 Law of Business Organisations  2, 3 

Advertising minor

Course  Semester of offer
Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
ADV1001 Introduction to Advertising   
ADV2000 Advertising, Regulation and Ethics   
ADV2001 Advertising as Communication   
ADV2002 Advertising: Copywriting and Concept Design   

Aviation Management and Safety minor

Course  Semester of offer
Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
AVN1105 Introduction to Aviation Business     
AVN1106 Aviation Safety Systems     
AVN2101 Airport Operations and Management   
AVN2103 Airline Operations Management   

Banking and Financial Services minor

This minor is based on Australian financial regulations and may not be suitable for some international students.

Course  Semester of offer
Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
FIN1103 Financial Markets  2, 3 
FIN2108 Credit Analysis and Lending Management 
FIN2106 Personal Financial Planning 
FIN3109 Managing Financial Institutions 

Business Administration minor

Course  Semester of offer
Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
CIS1101 Business Online  2, 3 
MGT2001 Risk Mitigation, Work Health and Safety 
MGT3005 Workforce Design 
MGT3201 Organisational Administration  2,3     

Business Economics minor

Course  Semester of offer
Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
Compulsory courses: 
FIN1103 Financial Markets  2, 3 
ECO2000 The Macro-economy and Business     
ECO2001 Business Economics     
Select one of the following courses: 
ECO3010 International Economics and Trade     
ECO3030 Sustainable Economies     

Business Law minor

Course  Semester of offer
Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
LAW2104 Business and Consumer Law     
LAW2106 Law of Business Organisations  2, 3 
LAW3442 Workplace Law     
LAW3444 Competition and Consumer Law     

Communication and Media Studies minor

Course  Semester of offer
Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
Select four of the following courses: 
CMS1010 Introduction to Communication Studies 
CMS2009 Celebrity and Society   
CMS2017 Television: History, Texts and Industry 
CMS2018 Cultural Industries - Cultural Economies 
CMS2020 Broadcast Media: History and Theory   

e-Commerce minor

Course  Semester of offer
Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
CIS1101 Business Online  2, 3 
ACC1105 Accounting Principles  1, 2, 3  1, 2  1, 2 
ACC2102 Financial Accounting  1, 2, 3 
CIS3009 Enterprise Systems in Practice  2, 3 

Economics and Politics minor

Course  Semester of offer
Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
POL1000 Government, Business and Society  1, 2 
POL2000 Political and Economic Ideas   
ECO2001 Business Economics     
POL2001 Politics and International Business   

Finance minor

Course  Semester of offer
Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
Compulsory course: 
FIN1103 Financial Markets  2, 3 
Select three of the following courses: 
FIN2105 Portfolio Management 
FIN2106 Personal Financial Planning 
FIN2108 Credit Analysis and Lending Management* 
FIN2302 Financial Economics 

Footnotes
*This course is based on Australian financial regulations and may not be suitable for some international students.

Global Political Economy minor

Course  Semester of offer
Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
INR1000 International Relations in a Globalizing Era   
POL2001 Politics and International Business   
ECO2000 The Macro-economy and Business     
POL2000 Political and Economic Ideas   

Human Resource Management minor

Course  Semester of offer
Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
MGT1001 Foundations of Human Resource Management 
MGT2001 Risk Mitigation, Work Health and Safety 
MGT2004 Enhancing Performance 
MGT3006 Employment Relations 

International Business minor

Course  Semester of offer
Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
INR1000 International Relations in a Globalizing Era   
MKT2014 Global Marketing Channels 
POL2001 Politics and International Business   
MGT3010 Business Strategy in a Global Environment  1, 3     

Information Technology Management minor

Course  Semester of offer
Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
CIS1101 Business Online  2, 3 
CIS2000 Systems Analysis and Design  1, 3 
CIS2002 Database Design and Implementation  1, 3 
CIS2005 Principles of Information Security 

Journalism minor

Course  Semester of offer
Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
Select four of the following courses: 
JRN1020 Journalism Practice  2, 3 
JRN2000 News Reporting 
JRN2001 Photojournalism and Editorial Design 
JRN2006 Media Law and Ethics  1, 2   
JRN3003 Feature Writing 

Management and Leadership minor

Course  Semester of offer
Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
MGT2002 Perspectives of Organisation  2, 3 
MGT2007 Leadership     
MGT3001 Global Management  1, 3 
MGT3002 Managing Change 

Marketing minor

Course  Semester of offer
Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
MKT1002 Consumer Behaviour  1, 2 
MKT2001 Marketing Communications  2, 3 
MKT2013 Digital Marketing and Branding  1, 3 
MKT3001 Marketing Research  1, 2 

Politics and International Relations minor

Course  Semester of offer
Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
INR1000 International Relations in a Globalizing Era   
INR1001 Global Transitions and Human Security   
INR2000 Issues in a Globalizing World   
POL2001 Politics and International Business   

Public Relations minor

Course  Semester of offer
Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
Select four of the following courses: 
PRL1002 Principles and Practice of Public Relations   
PRL1005 Social Media Engagement   
PRL2001 Issues and Crisis Management   
PRL2002 Community Consultation and Development   
PRL2003 Writing for Public Relations   

Sustainable Business minor

Course  Semester of offer
Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
REN1201 Environmental Studies 
LAW2107 Environmental Law   
ECO3030 Sustainable Economies     
REN3302 Sustainable Resource Use 

Tourism Management minor

Course  Semester of offer
Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
TOU1003 Tourism Management   
TOU2008 Ecotourism     
TOU2009 Cultural Tourism   
TOU3010 Event Management   

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IT requirements

For information technology requirements please refer to the minimum computing standards.

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Other program requirements

Students must maintain good standing in this program. Please refer to the Academic Standing, Progression and Exclusion Procedure.

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Articulation

To articulate into USQ’s Bachelor of Business and Commerce program candidates must have successfully completed 8 courses from the Associate Degree of Business and Commerce and maintained satisfactory academic standing in the program. Students planning to articulate should choose the 8 core courses.

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Exit points

Students must maintain good standing in this program (see other program requirements section). Students not wishing to complete the Associate Degree of Business and Commerce program may be permitted to exit with a Diploma of Business and Commerce (DPBC) if they have completed eight courses with a minimum of four core courses, and four other courses from the Associate Degree of Business and Commerce.

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Credit

Credit may be granted on the basis of completed equivalent study from a recognised institution. In order for credit to be granted, the claim must meet the following specific requirements:

  • the course was passed within five years prior to the application (courses up to 10 years old may be considered if evidence is provided that the applicant has been employed in that field)

  • the course passed is sufficiently equivalent in objectives, content and weighting to a course prescribed in the Associate Degree of Business and Commerce course, or alternatively, the course is suitable as an elective

  • where the student has taken out an award from a recognised institution and is claiming credit on the basis of courses completed to meet the requirements of that program, the maximum credit allowable on the basis of such courses will be no greater than eight courses for the Associate Degree of Business and Commerce

  • credit approved in this program will not automatically apply to other programs offered by the USQ.


Claims for credit should be submitted prior to or at the time of enrolment in a course. Each claim will be assessed on individual merit in line with USQ policy. Please contact the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts for further information.

Please refer to the Program Structure for course details.

Recommended enrolment patterns

In this section:

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Recommended enrolment pattern - full-time enrolment

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
Core course1111
Core course1111
Core course1121
Core course1121
Core course1212
Core course1212
Minor/selective course1222
Minor/selective course1222
Core course2131
Core course2131
Minor/selective course2141
Minor/selective course2141
Minor/selective course2232
Minor/selective course2232
Minor/selective course2242
Minor/selective course2242

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Recommended enrolment pattern - part-time enrolment

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
Core course1111
Core course1111
Core course1212
Core course1212
Core course2121
Core course2121
Minor/selective course2222
Minor/selective course2222
Core course3131
Core course3131
Minor/selective course3232
Minor/selective course3232
Minor/selective course4141
Minor/selective course4141
Minor/selective course4242
Minor/selective course4242