The course provides students with the appropriate knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes for successful careers as accounting professionals. Its aims are to: * provide an appropriate orientation towards and perspective on their future role as professional accountants in contemporary society; * ensure that students are given access to and become proficient in using advanced technologies relevant to a professional accounting career; * provide students with the opportunity to progress professional as well as academic credentials; * enable students to meet the academic component of the relevant professional bodies' accreditation requirements.Learning outcomesStudents successfully completing this course should be able to: * produce accounts for a variety of organisations, including sole traders, partnerships and companies; * perform the major accounting tasks required for both financial accounting and management accounting; * demonstrate an understanding of the role of accounting information within an organisation; * articulate the sources of tax law and apply them to practical situations; * articulate the nature and purpose of auditing and assurance services; * demonstrate knowledge of the regulatory framework for accountants; * demonstrate awareness of the ethical issues facing the accounting profession; * articulate an understanding of the conceptual basis for the current system of accounting and alternative systems; * articulate the role of theory in informing the development of accounting practice.
The Master of Accounting is a graduate-entry degree. Applicants must hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. The degree may be in an area other than accounting. Students with an accredited degree in Accounting are not eligible to undertake the Master of Accounting.
Master of Accounting
The Master of Accounting is a graduate-entry degree which normally requires two years of full-time study (or up to six years part-time).
The course is offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences and meets the requirements for tertiary studies of CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.
PROGRAM OF STUDY [November, 2008]
To qualify for the Master of Accounting a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study.
Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.
Information Systems and Accounting Processes
Economics for Business
Principles of Business Law
Management and Cost Accounting
Financial Accounting Issues
Principles of Corporate Law
Principles of Taxation Law
Auditing and Assurance
Except with permission of the Faculty Board the course must be completed within six consecutive years or, where credit has been granted for previous work, a period determined by the Board.
The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's Policy on Student Progress.