Course Title: Ethics and Accountability

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Ethics and Accountability

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Singapore Inst of Management


615H Accounting


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Course Coordinator: Dr Joe Christopher

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1397

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed Knowledge
Knowledge of fundamental accounting concepts and practice are assumed. This includes:

  • be able to comprehend and communicate information in accurate, clear, concise and coherent English
  • have the ability to undertake research and demonstrate problem-solving skills
  • have an understanding of the unique role of the accountant in the business/commercial environment and an appreciation of legal frameworks applicable to business.

Course Description

The course aims to sensitise and develop your understanding of ethical issues as it relates to your future role in the accounting profession. You will also be introduced to a range of diagnostic tools to aid in the identification and resolution of ethical dilemmas from the use of ethical decision-making frameworks. The course is designed to enable you to apply your academic learning to a contemporary workplace situation

This course is a core course in the double degree Bachelor of Business (Financial Planning)/(Accountancy) is available as an elective course. Also it forms part of the Accounting Business Minor: Professional Advisory Services Minor, contained in the Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) degree.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Successful completion of Ethics and Accountability means that you should be able to identify and respond to ethical situations facing accountants in the business context.

In addition, the course provides an opportunity for you to develop generic capabilities. These include the ability to communicate effectively and work in teams.

  • collaborate and work in teams
  • undertake effective research
  • identify and critically evaluate ethical problems
  • apply the relevant ethical theories
  • analyse ethical issues in accountancy
  • effectively communicate an ethical decision.

In this course, is expected that you will acquire the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLO)

CLO 1: Collaborate and work in teams to research and provide advice to ethical issues facing accountants and financial planners(aligned to PLO 5).

CLO 2: Undertake effective research into ethical practice and theory in a business context (aligned to PLO 1,PLO 2, PLO 3).

CLO 3: Identify and critically evaluate and analyse ethical problems based on your understanding of ethical theories and prior research (aligned to PLO 4)

CLO 4: Effectively communicate your evaluation of ethical issues (aligned to PLO 5)

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is offered at multiple locations employing different learning modes. This means that the nature of the learning activities may vary depending on where you are enrolled. You may participate in face to face lectures, workshops,seminars, online discussions and collaborative activities. Working in groups and individually, you will identify, discuss, describe and analyse a range of strategic issues, and apply strategy related theory to cases and practical problems. The activities are designed to facilitate your achievement of learning outcomes.

Overview of Learning Resources

The RMIT web site for this course, accessed via the RMIT Student portal, has announcements about activities to be undertaken by you and materials for your use, e.g. material here includes semester work schedules, assessment marking guides, lecture material, background reading items, etc.

Overview of Assessment


Assessment Task 


Task 1


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Task 2


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Task 3


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