Graduate Certificate in Business Forensics

Course F02AA (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Year and Campus: 2010 - Parkville
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 50 credit points taken over 6 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.


Associate Professor Brad Potter


Graduate School of Business and Economics Student Centre
Level 4, 198 Berkeley Street
Telephone: +61 3 8344 1670
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Course Overview: The overall aim of the Graduate Certificate in Business Forensics is to improve students' applied knowledge, skills and capabilities as accounting professionals and broaden students' horizons intellectually. The degree is designed to stimulate students' awareness of existing and emerging issues, and advance students' skills in identifying and solving accounting and business analysis problems of an applied nature. The Graduate Certificate aims to provide students with the opportunity to gain specialist skills and knowledge in business forensics. The four subjects taken in the Graduate Certificate can be credited towards the Master of Accounting.
Objectives: On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
  • Understand the investigative processes involved in recognising and collecting accounting and business evidence which is used in law courts in Australia;
  • Recognise the key differences in legislation across Australian jurisdictions;
  • Understand the role of legal practitioners and the processes involved in working with regulatory authorities;
  • Apply knowledge of accounting and business to practical case studies as well as legal and investigative issues;
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of information technology; and
  • Know the requirements for obtaining, preserving, analysing and presenting digital evidence that will be acceptable in legal proceedings.
Course Structure & Available Subjects: Sequence of Study

Year 1 Semester 1

306-690 Forensic Business Processes

One elective subject

Year 1 Semester 2

306-691 Information Technology Forensics

306-667 Accounting Information and Security Valuation

Subject Options:

One elective subject:

Students may select one 600 level elective subject from the offerings within the Faculty of Business and Economics. This will be subject to the student having the required pre-requisite subject(s) and the approval of the Program Director and subject co-ordinator.

Three core subjects:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Entry Requirements: The minimum entry requirement is completion of an undergraduate degree in accounting, finance, law or another relevant discipline, and at least one year of documented relevant professional work experience, or an undergraduate degree in any discipline plus one year of relevant work experience. Students in this latter category will not be permitted to proceed to the Master of Accounting program.
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purpose of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Description, Course Objectives and Generic Skills of this entry.

The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:

Graduate Attributes:

On successful completion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate the following attributes and skills:

  • Critical thinking;
  • Analysis and synthesis of information;
  • Problem solving;
  • Written communication; and
  • Oral communication, including presentation skills.
Notes: Assessment

Students must pass four semester length subjects (50 points) under the structure listed above in order to qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Business Forensics.

Students who have successfully completed the Graduate Certificate and who satisfy the entry requirements of the Master of Accounting program may proceed to the Master of Accounting program. Students who do so are eligible for a 4 subject credit in the Master of Accounting program.

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