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Where you want to be. If your interests lie in the dynamic and exciting world of business, a Lincoln University commerce degree will help get you work-ready with a combination of strong applied skills as well as valuable specialist options. With the skills you gain at this University, you have a choice to participate right across the value chain in sectors that span domestic and international economies. Depending on your choice of majors (there are 10 to choose from), employment opportunities for Lincoln University BCom graduates range across government, accountancy, property management, computing, finance, teaching, marketing, agribusiness, the energy industry, insurance, valuation and retail management. Graduates moving into New Zealandâ€™s largest export industry, agriculture, with a Lincoln University Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture) can land careers ranging from farm and horticultural consultancy, farm management and property management, through to rural banking, rural valuation, agribusiness and the fertiliser, seed and livestock industries. There is particularly high demand for our graduates in the banking sector, with many banks seeking the unique combination of skills provided by this degree. Those studying for the Lincoln University Bachelor of Commerce (Valuation and Property Management) degree can choose a career as property valuer, but they are just as likely to look at a range of other lucrative opportunities ranging from property management, property development and project management to managing property investment portfolios, asset management, real estate and sales and marketing.
Five reasons to choose our specialist university Lincoln University’s Commerce degrees have professional accreditation in a number of areas which means your degree will also be recognised overseas. For example, the BCom has accreditation with the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA), Certified Practising Accountants Australia (CPA) and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS). The BCom (VPM) has accreditation with the New Zealand Property Institute and the Valuers Registration Board.
Our degrees are more applied and relevant than many alternatives, which is why Lincoln University graduates have a reputation for “hitting the ground running”. Theories that underpin the courses in Commerce degrees are uniquely grounded to reallife situations.
All of our lecturers have industry experience bringing real world examples and issues to your learning environment. We have staff from 12 countries to give you exposure to a range of perspectives. PAGE 2
Lincoln University offers you opportunities to consider a double major or focus your Commerce degree in a particular industry that interests you. Options include a BCom with 10 different majors and two specialist commerce degrees.
A teacher to student ratio of about 1:15 means that unlike commerce at some other universities, you’ll get plenty of support from staff. Lecturers have an “open door” policy so help is there when you need it.
The Programme Bachelor of Commerce
The Lincoln University Bachelor of Commerce is flexible, practical and prepares you for a surprising range of careers throughout the world and in a wide range of industries. This three year degree offers you a choice of 10 different majors.
Accounting The Accounting major is designed to provide students with accreditation as a Chartered Accountant (New Zealand). This professional qualification is recognised by institutes in many other countries and provides a wide range of career opportunities wherever financial expertise and rigour are required, most notably, in business, government, sport and cultural and voluntary organisations.
Agribusiness This major is appropriate for students who wish to work in marketing of agribusiness products. Students are strongly advised to combine this major with another BCom major to ensure broad employability. Marketing and Supply Chain Management are common choices.
Business Management Business Management underpins all business activity. With this major you start by examining the basic areas involved in running a business or any kind of organisation - motivating, leading, controlling, planning and organising - and then branch out to explore these areas in greater depth. This is the major for students who aspire to make their mark through a well paid and dynamic career.
Economics Economic analysis is used in practically every situation where the aim is to make the most of business opportunities. Training in economics provides students with a set of very useful transferable skills and opens up a wide range of career opportunities. Graduates become great policy and business analysts helping companies to anticipate and better respond to changing trends in their external environments and supporting central and regional government agencies with the development of effective and efficient policies.
Finance Wherever financial resources are involved â€“ and the activities of most organisations have financial implications â€“ they need to be valued and managed by appropriately qualified people. A major in Finance provides graduates with a wide range of career options such as corporate finance, financial management, treasury management, financial analysis in banks, stock broking, insurance, retail, government and statutory bodies. Students at Lincoln can select from a range of finance courses and also complete a double major in Finance with Accounting, Economics and other areas of study.
Hotel Management The Hotel Management major offers professional international management career opportunities for those seeking managerial positions in the best hotels all over the world. Hotels are multi-million dollar businesses employing hundreds of professional staff. The Hotel Management major provides skills to succeed in the hospitality sector.
Exporting has long been a major force in the New Zealand economy and itâ€™s very likely that the business that you work for will depend on overseas sales or sourcing for its success and growth. The International Business major includes specialised courses such as International Trade, International Accounting, International Marketing, and International Business. As a graduate you could become an international market analyst, an export manager, a global account executive, export broker, or an international marketing manager. These international business positions tend to have significant opportunities for travel, market development and increased profile in the firm which could help career advancement.
Marketing is the process of satisfying the needs and wants of consumers by creating and exchanging products and services. Every day we engage in selling, buying, production, or consumption and it is likely that as a commerce graduate, your job will have a marketing component. In the marketing field, you could work in advertising and promotion, marketing research and strategy, supply chain management, retailing or brand/product management.
Supply Chain Management Supply Chain Management is a unique way of controlling the production and distribution of all goods and services from raw materials to final consumption. Supply chains can serve local or global markets and can be very complex. This major will teach you how to manage the activities (such as logistics, transportation, distribution and inventory management) happening between firms as a single entity. Graduates of this major are very employable in a variety of jobs as every single firm is part of a wider supply chain. Graduating with this major will give you accreditation with the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS, UK), an internationally recognised professional body.
Individual Major It is also possible to create your own major with the individual major or shape your degree with a double major if you have a particular career in mind. Some of the options include Accounting and Finance, Agribusiness and Marketing, Economics and Finance, and Business Management and Supply Chain Management.
Specialist Commerce Degrees
COMM 101 Introduction to the Commercial Environment
Lincoln University also offers two specialist Commerce degrees.
This course provides an overview of the context for commerce in the Asia/Pacific region and looks at the development of communication, research and organisational skills necessary to underpin a career in commerce.
Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture)
Agricultural commerce is one of the recognised areas of excellence in teaching and research at Lincoln University. The BCom (Ag) is a specialised, industry-based degree that prepares you for leadership in both the farming and agribusiness sectors. The three year degree uses a â€œpractical professionalâ€? approach to teaching. Specialisation options include: Agricultural Management, Horticultural Management and Rural Valuation. You complete 39 weeks of work in approved businesses associated with the agribusiness value chain. At least 26 weeks of that will be with production based enterprises while the rest may focus on input supplies, processing, marketing or supply chain management.
Bachelor of Commerce (Valuation and Property Management) Everyone uses property as an owner, occupier or investor. The BCom (VPM) is a three year degree and prepares students for careers in valuation and property management. It is highly respected by the property industry in New Zealand and internationally for the comprehensive nature of the qualification. By taking a number of specified courses, you can gain registration as an urban valuer by the Valuersâ€™ Registration Board. The practical work requirement is 12 weeks of work in approved businesses associated with the property sector.
A typical Commerce student will take a selection of the following courses in the 1st year.
Introduction to the Legal Environment of Business
An introduction to legal structures, fundamental legal concepts and processes relevant to commerce. The course includes basic principles of the New Zealand constitution, statutory interpretations, equity, law of contract, negligence and land law.
Principles of Marketing
This introductory course provides an overview of the principles of marketing and their application to consumer and industrial marketing.
This is an introductory course in basic statistics with a business management perspective.
An introduction to how computers work and the concepts underlying their operation.
Primary Industry Systems
Primary Industry Systems offers an introduction to the breadth and complexity of agricultural, horticultural, forestry and food systems and emphasises the scientific, technological, environmental and socio-economic inter-relationships involved.
Introduction to Applied Economics
An introduction to microeconomics, macroeconomics and international trade in the context of the New Zealand economy, with applications to environmental and natural resource problems.
Introduction to Property
This course is an introduction to urban and rural property and studies the physical, legal and economic characteristics of rural and urban property and their markets. It also looks at the principles of valuation and property investment as well as the role of property professionals.
Financial Information for Business
This course is an introduction to the use of financial information to analyse and interpret data relating to business activities.
Introduction to Management
An introduction to the basic functions of management: Planning, leading, organising and controlling in an Australasian/Pacific context.
Other study options
Other areas of study at Lincoln University
So you’re keen to further your study in Commerce
If you are interested in Commerce, you may also be interested in some of the other programmes on offer such as:
There is a range of graduate and postgraduate qualifications offered at Lincoln University that prepare you for the everchanging business world and open up a range of careers.
• Applied science • Environmental policy
Qualifications options in Commerce include:
• Horticultural science
• Graduate Certificate (1 semester)
• Landscape architecture • Ma-ori and indigenous planning and development
• Graduate Diploma (2 semesters)
• Natural resources management and ecological engineering
• Postgraduate Certificate (1 semester)
• Park, recreation, leisure and tourism management
• Postgraduate Diploma (2 semesters)
• Resource studies
• Master in Commerce and Management (2 years)
• Master in Commerce (Agricultural) (2 years)
• Social science
• Master of Property Studies (part-time)
• Software and information technology
• Master of Professional Studies (part-time)
• Viticulture and oenology.
• PhD (3 years).
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• Honours Degree (2 semesters)
The Graduate Diploma in Commerce is particularly suited for students who want to gain expertise in areas such as accounting, supply chain management, business and sustainability, innovation and product development. For further details contact us on 0800 10 60 10.
Look where they’ve landed
JENNA HARRIS BACHELOR OF COMMERCE (VALUATION & PROPERTY MANAGEMENT) GRADUATE MANAGER, CHRISTCHURCH APARTMENTS
Personal experience of a family-run residential property business made the Bachelor of Commerce, Valuation and Property Management (VPM) degree at Lincoln University the obvious choice for Jenna Harris. “The BCom (VPM) degree at Lincoln University offers students a good understanding of what the industry is really about. I loved the field trips and the practical work and enjoyed the variety of subjects from building and property management to statistics and finance.” Soon after graduation Jenna set off on an OE. When she returned to New Zealand her mother had semi-retired and the family business was being managed by a property agency so Jenna decided it was a good time to take over the reins. “I took immediate management of 160 apartments, houses and bedsit rooms in Christchurch and hired a team of staff.’’ Jenna organised renovations, upgrades of furnishings and managed to get full occupancy for most of the properties soon after. This was a big challenge but one she felt her degree had well prepared her for. “Learning about property law and construction was very helpful, especially when renovating and managing properties. I was also given a good insight into the accounting side of things, which is a great asset.” Jenna has most properties running at full capacity, and continues renovations and upgrades as tenants vacate. ‘Once I have the city office running well, I will also take on the management of Wigram Lodge (200 accommodation units) and Franklyn Village (180 rooms and apartments).”
“Managing a residential property business is a big challenge but one my degree has prepared me well for.”
BRAD KIRNER BACHELOR OF COMMERCE (MARKETING & BUSINESS MANAGEMENT) GRADUATE MARKETING COORDINATOR (UK & EUROPE), TOURISM NEW ZEALAND
A visit to Canterbury’s universities in Year 12 put Lincoln University on Brad Kirner’s radar. “Lincoln was a lot more personal… less people, beautiful campus, and a lot more laid back.” Brad started his BCom degree majoring in Transport & Logistics but decided to switch to Marketing after taking Marketing 101 as a first-year paper. After discovering that a double-major in Business Management was also an option he thought that it was well worth a try. Brad says he enjoyed the opportunity to solve current industry problems through both group learning and a personalised teaching environment. “During my course I was given several assignments that involved hands-on work, brainstorming and creative design sessions to develop the answer to a particular marketing question or problem - very similar to what you will be doing once you enter the workforce.” He adds that the most important skill he gained during his studies was the ability to set a goal and then achieve it. “Working for Tourism New Zealand and promoting New Zealand was pretty much the ultimate goal I set myself as soon as I began my marketing degree. My role with TNZ generally involves coordinating between our off-shore teams present in UK/Europe and our advertising, media-buying and web development agencies in New Zealand. I am also responsible for content on the UK/European gate-ways of www.newzealand.com, and am involved in the new ‘Go All The Way, New Zealand’ brand, which specifically targets youth/ backpacker travelers.” During his first year of study Brad stayed in the Halls of Residence. “I can recommend this to anyone, it’s a great way to meet new friends and get involved in the various clubs and events on campus.”
“I’d recommend Lincoln to anyone who’s looking to actually challenge themselves… you come out a stronger and more confident person.”
Frequently asked questions
What is the difference between a BCom and the specialist Commerce degrees such as BCom(Ag)?
Do I have the opportunity to study more than commerce courses in my degree?
The specialist Commerce degrees focus on a specific industry, while the BCom focuses on majors. All Commerce students study the general commerce and management courses.
Yes. You can add courses of interest or courses that complement what you are doing in your degree. You might be interested in courses such as: The Treaty of Waitangi, Computer Programming, The Living Landscape, Global Environmental Issues, Society, Culture and Economy, Evolutionary Biology and Introduction to Psychology. Please contact your course advisor before each semester to make sure your degree is well planned.
What should I be studying at school to prepare me for Commerce study at Lincoln University? Subjects such as accounting, economics, computing, mathematics and statistics would be helpful but they are not pre-requisites.
Are there opportunities to study overseas? Can I do a double major? And will it still only take three years? Yes, it is possible to do a BCom double major within three years. Most students complete their double major within three years if they plan well and pass their courses. Note that if you choose accounting, it is a professional requirement that you study for four years. Some students choose to study for a BCom then a graduate diploma to allow them to bring in another subject area. What is a minor? Can I do one within my degree? A minor is an area of specialisation within your degree that has fewer compulsory courses than a major. You can include a minor from the Schedule of Additional Major and Minor Courses. Options include Sustainable Business, Environmental Biogeosciences, Human Resource Management, Tourism Management and Landscape and Urban Ecology plus many more.
Lincoln University has some great opportunities to study abroad and has exchange agreements in place with a number of universities in Canada, Denmark, the United States of America, United Kingdom, Norway and Sweden. You continue to pay Lincoln University fees and credit your overseas study back to your Lincoln University degree. Itâ€™s also a great way to broaden your knowledge and experience a new culture. Is there flexibility to switch between the Commerce degrees if I change my mind? Certainly, and in many cases you can carry over all of the courses passed, as long as you fulfil the course requirements for that degree. Can I get a one year commerce qualification at Lincoln? Yes, the Diploma in Commerce requires two semesters of 100 or 200 level courses.
See www.lincoln.ac.nz/majorsandminors for a full list of majors and minors available.
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