At the University of Sydney, Students can undergo Finance majors under the Economics course or the Commerce course, with both courses offering different core subjects.
The core commerce subjects; Future of Business, Quantitative Business Analysis, Accounting and Economics for Business Decision Making were marginally more difficult than the core Economics subjects (such as introductory macroeconomics and microeconomics).
'Economics for Business Decision Making', for example, was almost exactly the same as the Microeconomics course, but instead was geared to a higher standard - with markers demanding deeper analysis from students.
While this core Commerce subject was more difficult than it's Economics equivalent, it did prove valuable as I did gather a more rounded and depthful view of Microeconomic theory.
Under Commerce, we also studied 'Future of Business', which gave us a very insightful and modern assessment of business strategy and future megatrends.
This subject was incredibly valuable for developing a more comprehensive and dynamic view of the modern business world.
So, in this way, the Commerce course appears to target broader horizons, while being more academically challenging than the similar Economics courses offered at USYD. In this way, studying a Bachelor of Commerce at USYD and majoring in Finance and Economics can prove more challenging, but more rewarding, than studying Economics and majoring in Finance and Economics.
While this is a major pro for the Commerce degree, it also means that there is less flexibility in the choice of elective subjects.
This means that if an individual wishes to pan out from the business discipline and study something like English, their options will be rather limited when compared to Economics - which demands less core units.
Another con of Commerce is the lack of the ability to major in 'Financial Economics', which appears to be a very valuable major for gaining traction in the finance / trading industry.
The course is enjoyable. There's plenty of detail to the subjects, with plenty of practical cases/examples to work on and through. There are some subjects which are pretty similar which can feel like a little bit of a time waste.
Staff are helpful and friendly.
Positive - I enjoy the subject and delivery method
Negative - I feel like some subjects are irrelevant and not required
My advice to future students is: Be consistent with study
Positive: Some great interaction with people. Some of the units are easy
Negatives: A lot of the maths subjects were hard - including statistical units
My advice to future students is: Work hard but also have some time to yourself
Positives: Competent course teachers and tutors, ability to network with individuals for future job prospects and well regarded university
Negatives: Nothing in particular. Didn't encourage exchange which i think is a part of university everyone should experience
My advice to future students is: Network and join as many societies as possible
Positives: Engaging, fun, and relatable to real life
Negatives: Certain units are long winded and not very engaging poor lecturer engagement
My advice to future students is: To do core units first then choose electives that give you depth and breadth
Positives: My major was marketing. The course is very practical - involves lots of team work, presentation, conduct real market research etc.
Negatives: There are lots of theory works involved... I feel like I don't really need to apply those theories to the workplace.
My advice to future students is: I would suggest potential future students to work for 1-2 years before going to university - to find out what they are passionate about and what they good at.
Positives: Some interesting subjects and content and overall generally good teaching
Negatives: Group assignments are a joke and the institution makes certain aspects of enrolment etc unclear and difficult
My advice to future students is: Be organised from the beginning of your course re: majors and subjects- plan out every semester
Positives: Flexibility to study what you want, lots of electives.
Lots of opportunity for industry engagement and leadership experience
Lots of opportunity to study abroad and do short term programs
Negatives: Some tutors and lectures aren’t that great. Content can be repetitive in some units
My advice to future students is: Always take every opportunity to get involved as the uni has lots and lots of things for you to do aside from your degree
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