Course Title: CPA Contemporary Business Issues

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: CPA Contemporary Business Issues

Credit Points: 12

Flexible Terms

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


615H Accounting


PGRDFlex18 (ZZZZ),

PGRDFlex18 (All)

Course Coordinator: Delyth Samuel

Course Coordinator Phone: Contact by email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: Please check with course coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities



Students must be an Associate Member of CPA Australia and be concurrently enrolled in the segment with CPA Australia


Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities
You are expected to have the knowledge and capabilities equivalent to an undergraduate degree or major in accounting or a post graduate certificate or diploma in accounting.

Course Description

This is a core course in the Master of Professional Accounting (CPA Australia Extension) degree. You will examine a number of contemporary and emerging global issues in order to familiarise you with the business environment you are likely to be operating in as an accountant. It also uses Contemporary Business Issues as a vehicle for advancing the development of professional values, ethics and attitudes. This course integrates the materials from the CPA Program Professional Level segment titled ‘Strategic Management Accounting’ and prepares you for the CPA examination.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. analyse and evaluate the development of professional values, ethics and attitudes by using complex, real-life scenarios that highlight how professional values, ethics and attitudes underpin all facets of an accountant’s work
  2. justify and interpret the origins and effects of contemporary and emerging global issues that are affecting the business environment
  3. apply an attitude of professional curiosity by challenging assumptions about contemporary and emerging issues and how they should be addressed
  4. critically evaluate current research and practice on the origins and effects of contemporary and emerging global issues
  5. judge the effects that disclosure requirements will have on financial and non-financial reporting, and consider the overall impact that a shift towards non-financial, sustainability and integrated reporting will have on enterprises and accounting functions

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities include: face to face workshops, use of online materials and resources, debates, case studies, applied research on current issues, guest speakers and completion of weekly work.

In this course you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities comprising individual and group work. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; conducting presentations; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT workshop notes and materials, RMIT online resources and CPA Australia materials including sample exam questions.

Various learning resources are available online through myRMIT/Blackboard. In addition to topic notes; assessment details and a study schedule you may also be provided with links to relevant online information; readings; audio and video clips and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers and to share information.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. If you require assistance with the RMIT library facilities contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school. Contact details for Business Liaison Librarians are located online on the RMIT Library website.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Task 1   20%

Linked to CLOs 1, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 2   30%

Linked to CLOs 1, 2,3, 4, 

Assessment Task 3   20%

Linked to CLOs 1, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 4   30%

Linked to CLOs 1, 2, 5