The Diploma of Commerce will give you a holistic perspective of business processes and fundamental business skills.

Course overview

This course has been Accredited by TEQSA as an AQF Level 5 – Diploma course.

Diploma of Commerce (Year 1) provides you with an overall perspective of business processes and foundational business skills. The units you will study are designed to enhance your learning experience, and provide you with the underpinning knowledge necessary to prepare you for further studies at university level.

Diploma of Commerce (Year 2) provides you with an overall perspective of business processes and fundamental business skills. The units you will study should be selected from the area in which you plan to specialise for your degree.

Key Information


Year 1: 8 units (8-12 months)
Year 2: 8 units (8-12 months)

Intake dates

Year 1: February, June, October
Year 2: February, June, October

Campus location

ECU Joondalup Campus West

International Domestic


2024 Year 1: A$26,000

2024 Year 2: A$30,500


2024 Year 1: A$16,400

2024 Year 2: A$17,500

Leads to ECU

Your Diploma of Commerce can lead into ECU second year of below degrees:

Diploma of Commerce units (Year 1)

CRICOS Code 092032G

The program consists of 8 units of study and can be completed over 2 or 3 trimesters, and provides opportunities for scaffolded learning and the development of core academic and employability skills. Students will study the 5 core units outlined below, plus 3 Year 1 Electives.

This course will provide students entry into ECC Diploma of Commerce (Year 2).

This unit introduces the foundations of academic writing – from library research using databases, selection of approved academic resources, to writing paragraphs and essays, using the APA referencing system and delivering oral presentations using multi-media.  The unit also includes essential study skills to assist with time management, note-taking and the use of memory aids for study purposes.

This unit develops knowledge and skills in computing systems – software, hardware, digital security, communication networks, internet, information and data management. Students will develop their digital literacy and gain practical skills in specific computing applications from the Microsoft Office Suite. Students will also be introduced to some basic hands-on skills in program design using Pseudocode.

This unit is designed for students who require a general mathematics background suitable for studies in business, health sciences and computing/IT courses.  Students will learn to use a scientific calculator and develop critical thinking skills to identify, analyse, synthesize and solve mathematical calculations in arithmetic, statistics, algebra, functions and their graphs, optimisation, sequences, series, growth and decay, trigonometry, geometric sequences, series, set theory and interest.

Students will identify, analyse and apply communication, social and intercultural skills for effective interpersonal and workplace relationships.  This unit develops written skills, oral presentation skills and research skills, to prepare students for academic or professional environments.  Students will make connections between learning and future employability through topics such as effective workplace relationships, negotiation, managing conflict, and skills for teamwork and leadership.

This unit introduces concepts and skills used by managers to propose, plan, secure resources, budget and lead project teams to successful project completion.  Students will examine and apply fundamental principles, strategies and approaches for project management in a variety of contexts that are universally applicable across organisations and project types.

ICS100 Intercultural Studies

The unit introduces students to intercultural interaction in the contemporary world, focusing on multiple and diverse audiences, modalities, globalisation, cultural symbols and values, language, and interpretations of intercultural sites. Accounting for the international students' experiences, they are given a practical introduction to relevant processes leading to expanding their cultural knowledge. Global citizenship, including intercultural communication skills, is introduced and enhanced, focusing on cultural diversity and contemporary implications for professional practice. Students will explore, report and present on their intercultural communication journey, and its' relevance to their discipline / professional interests.

CPT100 – Information Design

This unit introduces fundamentals of information design and how best to present information using graphics, colour and layout.  Students will investigate principles and elements of visual communication – and learn to apply them in practical workshops.   It includes a range of information products (paper-based media, way-finding systems, exhibition installations, desktop publishing and electronic media) and uses desktop publishing to plan, coordinate, evaluate and justify choices in the development of a website and other information products.

BUS129 – Introductory Marketing

This unit explains theoretical principles/practices for marketing in changing environments.  It introduces fundamental marketing concepts across many institutions (government, manufacturing, services and not-for-profit sectors) and how marketing concepts are applied in the real world.   Students identify, analyse and combine key marketing tools to develop a marketing mix for specific markets and market segments; identify, collect and evaluate data for different marketing requirements and apply them in simulated contexts.   Students will also investigate social media and develop communication skills as part of a marketing campaign pitch.

Diploma of Commerce units (Year 2)

CRICOS Code 092032G

The course consists of 8 units of study and can be completed over 2 or 3 trimesters.

  • Foundations of Business
  • Introduction to Business Analytics
  • Accounting
  • Business Identity and Protocols
  • Business Environments and Markets
  • Economics
  • Professional and Academic Communication
  • 1 elective according to your intended major

15 Credit Points each unit