Sustainability Accounting

Subject ACCT90031 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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

Approximately 2.5 hours of personal study per hour of class time is required to achieve a satisfactory level of performance


FNCE90055 Financial Decision Making OR ACCT90004 Accounting for Decision Making or equivalent

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2015
Summer Term, Semester 1, Semester 2
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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

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Dr Brad Potter


Melbourne Business School @ Berkeley Street
Level 4, 198 Berkeley Street
Telephone: +61 3 8344 1670

Subject Overview:

Companies in diverse industries globally are facing greater challenges to understand the environmental implications of their operations. Against this setting, managers have become more acutely aware of the need for greater transparency and environmental accountability when seeking to create organisational value. This subject seeks to enhance a general understanding of the complex ways in which such issues impact the core functions performed by professionals in accounting and business. This includes a consideration of the various reporting frameworks that can be used to report the environmental implications of entity operations, as well the ways in which such information might be incorporated into decisions made within the entity. The implications of such information for the assurance function are also considered.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Critically evaluate the diverse reporting frameworks which may be used by organisations to report the environmental impacts of their operations;
  • Critically examine the implications of present and potential future government policy relating to the reporting of the environmental implications of organisational operations;
  • Identify the factors affecting the environmental information reported by diverse organisations. This includes a consideration of the relevance of such information to diverse stakeholder groups including lenders, investors, governments and the community generally as well as the complex factors which may affect the incentives for organisations to report such information on a voluntary basis;
  • Examine ways in which environmental information may be incorporated in assessments of accountability and performance in diverse organisational settings;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how environmental information can be used to inform resource allocation decisions made by organisational management; and
  • Evaluate the implications of environmental information for the conduct of the assurance function.
  • 3000 word assignment due mid-semester (40%)
  • 2-hour end of semester examination (60%)

Note: The examination for this subject will be a hurdle, whereby a minimum result of 50% for the exam is required in order to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts: None
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 in relation to accounting:

  • Thinking critically about the core functions of financial and managerial accounting and assurance in the context of environmental information;
  • Evaluating, analysing and interpreting relevant environmental information for informing assessments of organisational accountability and performance;
  • Evaluating the implications of present and potential future government policy relating to the environmental implications of organisational operations;
  • Utilising problem-solving skills to identify relevant environmental information and to use that information to inform a range of decisions made by management;
  • Critically analyse the implications of a range of environmental issues for the conduct of the assurance function; and
  • Articulating responses, either orally or in written form.
Related Course(s): Master of Accounting
Master of Accounting
Master of Energy Systems
Master of Management (Accounting and Finance)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Development
Energy Studies
Energy Studies
Governance, Policy and Communication
Governance, Policy and Communication
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

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