Note: This course is not available in 2024.

Course overview


This course is delivered online to students, who will study the foundational business units to develop foundation knowledge and skills vital for the management of core business functions. This course may be taken as a stand-alone course or as a pathway into one of several masters courses offered by the Business School.

Course title
Graduate Certificate in Commerce (Online)
Award abbreviation
Course code
Course type
Postgraduate certificate
Not available in 2024
Administered by
UWA Business School

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
Part-time only
Credit points required
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
0.5 years
Time limit
2 years
Delivery mode
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Available to international students
Not available to international students on student visas. Available to international students on other visas if visa conditions allow (see For information on international student fees see 'Student Procedures: Fees'. (Enquiries:
Course Coordinator(s)
Professor Vincent Chong
Visit the fees calculator.

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

No study plans found for this course. See study plans for more information.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
Semester 1
Semester 2
summer teaching period
not available in 2024 – may be available in 2025 or 2026
to be advised

Take units to the value of 24 points, as advised by the Faculty:

AvailabilityUnit codeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2ACCT5432Introductory Financial Accounting
ACCT1101 Financial Accounting, ACCT5602 Accounting
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S1, S2ECON5541Economics for Business: Applications and Policy
ECON5503 Economic Management and Strategy.
ECON1000 ECON1101 or equivalent.
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S1, S2FINA5533Finance Essentials
FINA5432 Introduction to Finance
AND FINA5635 Corporate Finance
lectures: 3 hours per week (maximum students per class: 45)
S1, S2HRMT5504Introduction to Human Resource ManagementNoneseminars: up to 3 hours per week
S1, S2MGMT5504Data Analysis and Decision Making
MGMT5513 Data Driven Decision Making
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S1MKTG5561Marketing Management
MKTG5550 Marketing Principles
1 hour lectures, 2 hour tutorials

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.


Note: This course is not available in 2024.

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials and Communication and Research Skills modules

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and either:

(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent;


(c) at least two years professional experience in a relevant occupation; or

(2) significant work experience including at least 5 years with a material level of responsibility.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6. The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 40610 Master of Professional Accounting (96 points)
  • 41660 Master of Human Resources and Employment Relations (96 points)
  • 41670 Master of Business Information and Logistics Management (96 points)
  • 41680 Master of Commerce (96 points)
  • 41690 Master of Marketing (96 points)
  • 42260 Graduate Certificate in Commerce (Online) (24 points)
  • 42560 Master of Applied Finance (96 points)
Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 24 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress a student must pass units to a point value greater than half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module) when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) A student who makes satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.

(2) Unless the relevant board determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances—

(a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the first time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation';

(b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the second time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Suspended';

(c) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the third time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded'.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. This rule is not applicable to this course.


13. Applicants awarded admission to the course are entitled to a deferral of up to 12 months, as per the University Policy on: Admissions (Coursework).