Financial Accounting

Subject ACCT90013 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 3-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours per semester


ACCT90012 Corporate Reporting or equivalent

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2


Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

Analysis of contemporary accounting issues within the frameworks of agency theory, capital markets theory and human judgement theory. The aim is to develop a critical understanding of established theories and assumptions underpinning financial accounting.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Analyse the role of theory development in explaining accounting behaviour;
  • Evaluate the principal existing theories that explain the production and/or usage of financial accounting reports;
  • Describe and critically evaluate the accounting regulatory process;
  • Explain the principles that underlie the recognition and measurement of core accounting concepts and critically analyse their shortcomings;
  • Evaluate the impact of globalisation on contemporary financial accounting practice;
  • Synthesise the range of emerging issues in financial accounting.
  • 3-hour end-of-semester examination (70%)
  • 2000 word assignment due between Week 7 and Week 9 (20%)
  • Seminar presentations and participation (ongoing) (10%)

Note: Successful completion requires a pass (50%) in the final exam.

Prescribed Texts:

You will be advised of prescribed texts by your lecturer.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:

  • Critical thinking, particularly in respect of the body of knowledge of the accounting discipline;
  • Explanation of how a body of knowledge is created and disseminated;
  • Application of theory to practice;
  • Analysis of accounting problems and issues by applying conceptual frameworks;
  • Oral and written communication, particularly in relation to the presentation of a logical, authoritative argument;
  • Collaborative learning and teamwork.

This subject cannot be taken by Master of Accounting students except with the permission of the Program Director, Master of Accounting.

Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting
Master of Accounting
Master of Applied Commerce (Accounting)
Master of Management (Accounting)
Master of Management (Accounting)

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