Program structure

BCom structure
In COM 205: Business & Sustainability, student teams create business solutions for sustainability challenges around the world.

Current BCom students should make sure they are familiar with the BCom program structure and key features. This will ensure you stay on track in Year 1 and Year 2, before you progress to Year 3 core.

Year 3 curriculum

In Year 3 BCom core you will take a set of foundation business courses. There are no electives in Year 3.

Fall 2018 courses

COM 205 Professional Skills Development  
COM 315 Financial Accounting
COM 321 Leading People & Organizations I
COM 351 Marketing Principles & Management
COM 362 Business & Sustainability
COM 371 Management Finance

Spring 2019 courses

COM 205 Professional Skills Development (year-long, zero credit)
COM 316 Management Accounting
COM 322 Leading People & Organizations II
COM 331 Introduction to Management Information Systems
COM 341 Operations Management
COM 361 International Business

Co-op 

Most students complete a co-op work term in the summer between Year 3 and Year 4. You will know your individualized program sequence in the spring of Year 3.

Year 4 curriculum 

All BCom students must complete the following courses to graduate:

Mandatory courses

COM 405 Career Preparation Across Borders (year-long, zero credit)  
COM 400 Strategic Management
COM 402 Legal Issues in Management
+ 12.0 units (8 courses) of upper-level commerce courses. These may be specialization courses and/or electives, depending on your individualized program sequence.

COM 405 Career Preparation Across Borders 

What is COM 405?

COM 405 is a Career Preparation course that is designed to support the development of lifelong learners through self-reflection and personal experience to create sustainable value. Complementing each student’s career goals, this course is based upon the adult learning model self-directed learning – where the student is the principle decision maker in the learning process.

How does COM 405 work?

COM 405 is a self-directed and required course, typically yearlong, that is designed to be entirely online. Students identify areas of personal growth and development they’d like to improve on for success after graduation, and work with the course instructors to create a personal professional development plan to be completed before they finish their 4th year courses.

Students can select any activity that they identify has having value for their career development to complete the course requirements. Students must rationalize how a chosen activity will assist them after graduation, and assign a value to the activity based on the course learning objectives. Students are required to complete 50 units of activities to successfully complete the course.

What are the COM 405 expectations?

To successfully complete the course, students must complete:

1. A minimum of 50 units of professional development activities (by the course deadline)
2. A minimum of three 1 on 1 Instructor Meetings
3. An introductory assignment (before first instructor meeting)
4. A course Action Plan (before the second instructor meeting)
5. A Personal Branding Capstone Assignment (and the training for it)
6. Participation in the Beyond Your BCom Conference (May)

Details for each component of the course is available on the COM 405 CourseSpaces site for student participants.

In the interest of mutual respect and professionalism, we also ask that students abide by the Gustavson Standards of Professional Behaviour throughout the course.

Where can I find out more?

Current BCom students can find out more about the course in their Core Year Handbook, the Academic Calendar, or by checking out the BCom Handbook in CourseSpaces. There will also be an information session in COM 205 at the end of 3rd year.

For upcoming events and activities: check the COM 405 Facebook page with the #COM405 hashtag.

For questions, concerns or remarks please contact bcomasst@uvic.ca.

What have students done in COM 405?

Check out the sites below to see what it takes to be a COM 405 rockstar! 

Beyond your BCom

More details about the mandatory Beyond Your BCom event will be provided once they are available. Current students can find information through the COM 405 CourseSpaces site.

Resources for life post-graduation:

Specializations

Specialization courses are grouped in modules, and each module must be completed within one academic term. Learn more about our BCom specializations: Entrepreneurship, International Business and Service Management.

Upper-level commerce electives 

Fall 2018 electives

COM 410 Leadership Strategies
COM 425 Taxation for Managers
COM 426 Management Accounting II
COM 435 Corporate Responsibilities
COM 446 Investments
COM 450 A01 Infusing Sustainability in Operations
COM 450 A02 Social Entrepreneurship
COM 450 A03 Business Analysis
COM 450 A04 Workplace Law
ENT 402 Entrepreneurship and Small Business for the Non-Specialist (not available to students specializing in Entrepreneurship)

IB 415 A02 Cross-National management (offered as a stand-alone elective - not available to students specializing in International Business)

IB 416 A02 International Marketing (offered as a stand-alone elective - not available to students specializing in International Business)

Spring 2019 electives

COM 410 Leadership Strategies
COM 435 Corporate Relations
COM 450 A01 #MeToo & #BlackLivesMatter at Work: How to address diversity and inclusion

COM 450 A04 Innovation and Design Studio

ENT 402 Entrepreneurship and Small Business for the Non-Specialist (not available to students specializing in Entrepreneurship)
IB 415 Cross-National Management (offered as a stand-alone elective - not available to students specializing in International Business)
IB 416 International Marketing (offered as a stand-alone elective - not available to students specializing in International Business)

Summer 2019 electives

Please check back in March 2019 for the summer schedule.

Co-op 

Most students complete a co-op work term in the spring of Year 4. You will know your individualized program sequence in the spring of Year 3.