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Master of Professional Accounting (MPA)

  • M1211MASTER OF PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTING

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Title Master of Professional Accounting (MPA)
Course Code M1211
Study Level Master's by Coursework (Graduate)
School School of Business and Governance
Academic Contacts http://www.murdoch.edu.au/contacts/academic/school/School_of_Business_and_Governance
Qualification Master of Professional Accounting (MPA)
Duration 2 years full-time (over 4 semesters) or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Murdoch campus (external)
Kaplan Higher Education Institute and Kaplan Higher Education Academy (Singapore) ['KAPLAN-SGP'] (internal)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description Accounting is an integral part of the management and governance of any enterprise. It acts as a decision-making aid by providing the information necessary for planning, control and performance evaluation. The stakeholders of an entity rely on the accounting information to assist in a variety of decisions including the acquisition or sale of shares, lending of funds and the provision of services or goods.

This course is aimed at students from any discipline seeking to acquire an accredited accounting qualification.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings Recognised Bachelor's degree or higher, or equivalent training, or professional training. Students who have completed a degree with an accounting major from an Australian university will not be considered for admission.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Course Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
Graduates of the MPA will be able to demonstrate:
a) An advanced and integrated understanding of accounting principles, theories and practice through a process of individual, team based and problem based learning;
b) An in-depth understanding of the importance and potential of information technology tools and systems in contemporary accounting practice for business, public sector and not-for-profit entities;
c) The significance of accounting in decision making, planning, risk management, financial modelling and forecasting in a range of business, public sector and not-for-profit contexts;
d) A highly developed understanding of current accounting research and how research can be translated to inform real world decision making;
e) Advanced and integrated knowledge of a variety of approaches to problem solving;
f) The principles of socially, environmentally responsible business practice.

SKILLS
Graduates of the MPA will be able to demonstrate that they can:
a) Analyse critically, reflect upon and synthesise complex information to address current and/or future accounting problems and opportunities;
b) Identify and apply appropriate research approaches to accounting and business issues;
c) Evaluate strategic risk options and exercise professional and principled judgement to respond creatively to opportunities;
d) Be articulate, persuasive communicators to both specialists and non-specialist audiences across a range of media;
e) Embrace collaborative and creative problem-solving, both individual and within diverse groups;
f) Critically evaluate available options and exercise professional judgment ;
g) Collaborate effectively within and between organisations and stakeholders;
h) Demonstrate high levels of proficiency in contemporary information technology tools and systems applicable to accounting practice and research;
i) Critically analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources.

APPLICATION
Graduates of the MPA will apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy and the capacity for independent thinking and innovative and creative practice by:
a) Leading and managing team/project work;
b) Constructively giving and receiving critical advice;
c) Respecting diversity, demonstrating development of positive interpersonal relationships and cross-cultural sensitivity;
d) Constructing creative, analytical and realistic solutions to issues in business, the public sector and not-for profit entities;
e) Becoming reflective practitioners through adaptive and responsible leadership;
f) Promoting and practising ethical and professional business principles;
g) Understanding the contemporary global business environment.
Professional Recognition CPA Australia, Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). Students can satisfy the entry requirements for admission to membership of the professional accounting bodies. These include Associate membership of CPA Australia, and direct entry into the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia CA Programme and Associate membership of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). Students who have been granted Advanced Standing must discuss their enrolment and selection of units with the Academic Chair as their Advanced Standing may affect their ability to satisfy the admission requirements to the professional accounting bodies on completion of their degree.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 48 credit points

Core Units - 42 credit points

MBS538 Organisational Behaviour and Management - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TMA-internal, TSA-internal

MBS539 Accounting for Managers - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external, SUM-external, U-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TMA-internal, TSA-internal

MBS546 Business Finance - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external, SUM-external, U-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TMA-internal, TSA-internal

MBS544 Accounting Processes - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TMA-internal, TSA-internal

MBS678 Corporate Accounting - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TSA-internal

MBS614 Taxation Principles - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TMA-internal, TSA-internal

MBS669 Management Accounting - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TSA-internal

MBS679 Accounting Theory and Governance - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TSA-internal

MBS680 Auditing - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TMA-internal

MBS686 Economics and Business Strategy - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TMA-internal, TSA-internal

MBS520 Research Preparation for Business - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TMA-internal, TSA-internal

MBS659 Quantitative Research for Business - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TMA-internal

MBS518 Principles of Business Governance - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TMA-internal

MBS665 Business Valuation - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TMA-internal

Specified Electives - 6 credit points

Select from the following:

MBS643 Business and Governance Research Practicum - 6 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external, SUM-internal, SUM-external, U-internal, U-external

MBS663 Leading the Engaged Enterprise - 6 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TSA-internal

MBS664 Strategies for Growth and Excellence - 6 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TSA-internal

MBS654 Business Professional Placement - 6 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal, SUM-internal, U-internal, Y-internal

For assistance with course planning, please contact your Student Advisor.

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