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Accounting (BBus)

  • B1318BACHELOR OF BUSINESS

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Title Accounting (BBus)
Course Code B1318
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
School School of Business and Governance
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Mr John Murphy | Email: j.murphy@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 7515

Qualification Bachelor of Business (BBus) in Accounting
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Murdoch campus (external)
Kaplan Higher Education Institute and Kaplan Higher Education Academy (Singapore) ['KAPLAN-SGP'] (internal) (language of instruction: English)
Description Accounting is an integral part of the management process in any business, public enterprise or not for profit entities. It acts as an evaluation and control aid when looking at the effectiveness and efficiency of the operations of an enterprise as well as employee performance. It provides information to assist users in making decisions for a variety of purposes, including the acquisition or sale of shares, lending of money, and provision of goods on credit.

In addition, Accounting helps managers, owners and investors to look after the assets and investments of the organisation. Capital investment and strategic decisions also use data produced by the accounting process.

A fourth year of study is available in the form of an honours year.
A Bachelor of Business provides a broad understanding of individual, organisational and societal issues. You will have the practical skills to identify business opportunities, analyse problems and implement solutions and you will be able to demonstrate a knowledge of business principles across key functional areas. You will have depth of knowledge in one or more business disciplines: accounting, banking, business law, economics, finance, hospitality and tourism management, human resources management, international business, management, and marketing.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Admission Requirements: Offshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements.
Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Major Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
Graduates of the Bachelor of Business (Accounting) will be able to demonstrate:
a) a comprehensive knowledge of accounting principles, theories and practice through a process of individual and team based and problem based learning;
b) an 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 role 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) an understanding of current accounting theory and research methods, and how they can be applied to inform real world decision making;
e) an understanding of the contemporary global business environment;
f) knowledge of a variety of approaches to problem solving;
g) familiarity with the principles of socially, environmentally responsible business practice.

SKILLS
2. Graduates of the Bachelor of Business (Accounting) will be able to:
a) demonstrate communications skills for presenting clear and coherent expositions of knowledge ideas and evidence, both orally and across a range of media, individually or in collaborative contexts, to a diverse range of audiences;
b) collaborate effectively with others including in formally constituted teams;
c) identify business problems or opportunities (diagnose);
d) retrieve and evaluate information/data (research);
e) critically evaluate available options and exercise professional and principled judgement (investigate);
f) respond creatively in the identification of opportunities and the management of risk (innovate);
g) apply interpretive, quantitative and analytical techniques as appropriate to develop business solutions (model);
h) make strategic decisions drawing on evidence from a range of sources (implement); and
i) engage in principled decision making that takes account of economic, social, environmental and ethical consequences.

APPLICATION
3. Graduates of the Bachelor of Business (Accounting) demonstrate a capacity for personal autonomy independent thinking and innovative and creative practice by:
a) exercising judgement, self-direction, time management and professional development;
b) thinking reflectively and critically about a range of Accounting issues;
c) constructively giving and receiving critical advice;
d) demonstrating interpersonal and cross-cultural sensitivity;
e) becoming reflective practitioners;
f) promoting ethical and professional business practices; and
g) respecting diversity.
Course Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
CLO 1 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Business will be able to:
a) identify, explain and synthesize core concepts and principles in at least one business discipline;
b) critically apply theoretical and technical skills to creatively solve disciplinary specific problems;
c) analyse the contemporary global business environment;
d) evaluate a variety of approaches to problem solving;
e) integrate understandings of current business theory and research methods, and how they can be applied to inform real world decision making;
f) evaluate the interaction of personal/individual, organisational and societal issues; and
g) demonstrate a critical understanding of ethical and professional practice including the principles of socially and environmentally responsible business practice.

CLO 2 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Business will be able to:
a) demonstrate communications skills for presenting clear and coherent expositions of knowledge ideas and evidence, both orally and across a range of media, individually or in collaborative contexts, to a diverse range of audiences;
b) collaborate effectively with others including in formally constituted teams;
c) identify business problems or opportunities (diagnose);
d) retrieve and evaluate information/data (research);
e) critically evaluate available options and exercise professional and principled judgement (investigate);
f) respond creatively in the identification of opportunities and the management of risk (innovate);
g) apply interpretive, quantitative and analytical techniques as appropriate to develop business solutions (model);
h) make strategic decisions drawing on evidence from a range of sources (implement); and
i) engage in principled decision making that takes account of economic, social, environmental and ethical consequences.

CLO 3 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Business demonstrate a capacity for personal autonomy independent thinking, and innovative and creative practice by:
a) exercising judgement, self-direction, time management and professional development;
b) thinking reflectively and critically about a range of issues;
c) constructively giving and receiving critical advice;
d) demonstrating interpersonal and cross-cultural sensitivity;
e) becoming reflective practitioners;
f) promoting ethical and professional business practices; and
g) respecting diversity.
Employment Prospects The Accounting major is usually chosen by students interested in a career as a professionally qualified accountant. Graduates of this course can gain employment with professional accounting firms (working with clients in areas such as audit, taxation, and business services), in government, in other private sector firms, and in not-for-profit organisations.
Professional Recognition Students can satisfy the entry requirements (when the right combination of core and elective units are selected) 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.
Recommended Double Majors Banking; Business Law; Economics; Finance; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resources Management; International Business; Management; Marketing
Professional Accreditation CPA Australia, Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA) and Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).
Further Information School of Business and Governance web site
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 - 72 credit points

Part I - 24 credit points

Year 1 - 24 credit points

Transition Unit - 3 credit points

BBS100 Academic Skills for Business - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Breadth Unit for Degree - 3 credit points

BBS150 Transforming Business - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 15 credit points

BUS130 Foundational Mathematics for Business - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

BUS176 Foundations of Management and Governance - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

BUS171 Foundations of Economics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

BUS170 Foundations of Accounting - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

BSL165 Foundations of Business Law - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TSA-internal

General Electives - 3 credit points

Select from any 100-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Part II - 48 credit points

University-Wide Breadth Units - 6 credit points  Unit List

Select from the prescribed list of University-Wide Breadth Units. A unit cannot be used to satisfy both this Breadth Unit requirement and the requirements of a major or minor. If taken at 100 level the unit(s) will be attributed to Part I. Note that no more than 30 credit points at Part I may be credited towards course completion requirements.

Year 2 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

BBS200 Understanding Business Research: An Introductory Approach - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TMA-internal, TSA-internal

Core Units - 9 credit points

BUS285 Technology and Accounting Processes - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TMA-internal, TSA-internal

BUS286 Corporate Finance - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TMA-internal, TSA-internal

BUS287 Management Accounting - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TSA-internal

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Year 3 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

BBS300 Empirical Research Methods for Business - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

OR

BBS301 Applying Mixed Methods Research to Business - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TSA-internal

Core Units - 9 credit points

BSL305 Company Law - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TMA-internal

BUS356 Contemporary Financial Accounting - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TSA-internal

BUS304 Accounting Theory and Accountability - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TMA-internal

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Recommended:

BUS358 Professional Internship in Business - 9 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal, SUM-internal, U-internal

BUS267 Work-Based Learning - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal (quota of 50 places)

Additional Professional Accreditation Requirements

In order to qualify for admission to membership of the professional accounting bodies (CPA Australia, ICAA and the IPA) students must complete the following two units which can be taken in lieu of two General Elective units.

BUS303 Taxation - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TSA-internal

BUS306 Auditing - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TMA-internal

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