MC083 - Master of Professional Accounting

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Plan: MC083 - Master of Professional Accounting
Campus: City Campus

Program delivery

Approach to learning and assessment
Work integrated learning
Program structure
Program transition plan

Approach to learning and assessment

Over the duration of your program you will experience a variety of approaches to teaching and learning.  The approaches used in each course will be appropriate to the core curriculum areas and graduate capabilities it is designed to develop, and to assist you in developing skills as an independent and life-long learner.  It is important for you to note that you will be treated as an ‘adult learner’.  This means you are expected to take responsibility for your own learning in a mature and independent way.  Your interests and the value of this program to your future career prospects are enhanced by your engagement in learning activities.  The primary styles of teaching and learning you will experience throughout your program will include:

Classroom teaching: utilises a range of teaching and learning techniques including lectures, group discussion and student-led discussion.  This style of learning is designed to maximise your understanding of the curriculum content and skills.  It is designed to provide an environment where you can ask questions, raise issues of concern and seek feedback as well as contribute to class discussion with your peers.

Problem-based learning: you may be in a small tutorial group or team, or work individually to interpret information, apply relevant knowledge, make judgements and apply concepts to solve problems and examine case studies.  This technique is designed to simulate the experiences you will encounter in the workforce.

Assignments and projects: these may be based on case study scenarios, specific problems, real-world applications of theory in practice, business simulations and research.  They may be undertaken in teams or individually.  They will provide you with experience at writing business reports and essays; enhance your research and reasoning capabilities; and may also require you to provide oral presentations.  Assignments and projects are also designed to provide a way to receive feedback on your skills development and be able to utilise this feedback to improve your skills and further develop your capabilities in the relevant area.

Assessment

 Assessment in the MPA is designed to provide you with opportunities to demonstrate the extent to which you have developed your capabilities and achieved specified learning outcomes in a given area.  Methods of assessment will vary between courses, as it is appropriate to the objectives, learning outcomes and capabilities to be developed in each course.  Successfully completing the assessment tasks assures the professional accounting bodies and prospective employers of a level of achievement in the capabilities outlined in the program.

Assessment may include:

Formal examinations: which provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding and application of fundamental principles to either practical or theoretical issues;
Assignments and projects: may be completed individually or in teams.  They will provide you opportunities to develop your abilities in communication, research and analysis, and problem solving;

Research projects: which assess your ability to assimilate, analyse and critically reflect on information, as well as your written communication skills;
In-class tests: provide you with timely feedback on your understanding within a course and allow feedback to assist you in further developing your skills and capabilities during the semester;

Formal presentations: enable the development of verbal communication skills and organisational abilities;
Reflective papers: where you reflect on what you have learnt and the methods you have utilised to enhance your learning.

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Work integrated learning

Work-integrated Learning (WIL), or the application of theoretical learning to a workplace or a simulated work environment is an essential part of this program. You will have the opportunity to directly apply your academic skills to a work context in ACCT1109 Managment and Cost Accounting. Opportunities will also exist in other courses to further expand your practical application of theoretical concepts, through activities such as case studies and assignments.

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Program Structure

To graduate you must complete the following:
 

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Year One of the Program

Complete the following Five (5) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Financial Accounting and Business12ACCT1106City Campus
Financial Reporting and Regulation12ACCT1110City Campus
Strategic Accounting for Management12ACCT1109City Campus
Financial Decision Making12BAFI1100City Campus
Business and Corporations Law12LAW2480City Campus
AND
Complete any Three (3) Courses from:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Economic Analysis for Business12ECON1113City Campus
Quantitative Methods for Accounting12ECON1232City Campus
Taxation Law and Practice12LAW2471City Campus
Assurance Services and Regulation12ACCT1111City Campus
Strategic Information Systems and Accounting12ISYS2391City Campus
Any Approved Postgrad Elective
 
AND

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Year Two of the Program

Complete the following One (1) Course:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Contemporary Accounting Thought12ACCT2111City Campus
AND
Complete any Three (3) Courses from:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Economic Analysis for Business12ECON1113City Campus
Quantitative Methods for Accounting12ECON1232City Campus
Taxation Law and Practice12LAW2471City Campus
Assurance Services and Regulation12ACCT1111City Campus
Any Approved Postgrad Elective
 

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Program transition plan

Studies in information technology and quantitative methods are identified as core curriculum business areas required by the accounting professional bodies to be studied by all accounting graduates. While these were prerequisite areas of study (required to be studied prior to enrolment in the MPA) under the old program structure, they have been integrated within the new program structure.  A separate course in quantitative methods is included within the program, whilst information technology is both integrated throughout the curriculum in the renewed program and concentrated in the new capstone course.  As a result, the curriculum, content and capabilities in some courses have changed.

As students commencing under the old program structure were required to study ACCT1106 Accounting for Business Decisions and ACCT1107 Introduction to Financial and Management Accounting in Semester 1 of their program we anticipate a very small number of students will be impacted by the change in structure.  The only students to be affected will be those who failed the course in Semester 2, 2006.  As a transitional arrangement students who failed ACCT1106 Accounting for Business Decisions will undertake the new course and move to the new structure.  We will offer ACCT1107 Introduction to Financial and Management Accounting if required in Semester 1, 2007 as a transitional arrangement.

ACCT2110 Accounting Research Project will be replaced with the new capstone course ISYS2391 Strategic Information Systems and Accounting.  The research skills previously covered in ACCT2110 are being addressed in other courses, including ACCT1111 Auditing & Assurance Services and ACCT2111 Contemporary Accounting Thought. Continuing students will be advised of the change to their program structure prior to the commencement of the renewed program in Semester 1, 2007.

The old and new program structures, which compares old with new or amended courses is provided in the following table:

 

Old CoursesNew or Amended Courses
Prerequisite courses:
Quantitative Methods
Information Technology
Prerequisite courses:
Nil
JUST2226 Commercial LawJUST2226 Business Law (new name)
ECON1113 Economic Analysis for BusinessECON1113 Economic Analysis for Business
BAFI1100 Financial Decision MakingBAFI1100 Financial Decision Making

ACCT1106 Accounting for Business Decisions

ACCT1107 Intro to Fin & Mgt Accounting

ACCT1109 Management & Cost Accounting

ACCT1106 Introduction to Financial Accounting (new name)

ACCT1109 Management & Cost Accounting

Note: Courses combined and content changed significantly to integrate information technology

JUST2225 Corporation LawJUST2225 Corporation Law
ACCT1110 Accounting for CorporationsACCT1110 Accounting for Corporations
No EquivalentECON1232 Quantitative Methods for Accounting
JUST1079 Taxation LawJUST1079 Taxation Law & Practice (new name)
ACCT1111 Auditing & Assurance ServicesACCT1111 Auditing & Assurance Services
ACCT2221 Accounting TheoryACCT2111 Contemporary Accounting Thought (new name)
ACCT2110 Accounting Research ProjectISYS2391 Strategic Information Systems and Accounting

 

  • Students commencing in 2010 will undertake the amended program structure.

  • Students enrolled in the program in 2009 and prior years will be advised by email of the changes in the program structure and of the option to select the new (amended) program structure. Students who choose to change to the new structure will be requested to complete a form to indicate their decision. This information will be retained on the student file for reference and to facilitate the phasing out of the existing two law courses (see next point).

  • Students enrolled in the program in 2009 and prior years who have completed the first of the two current law courses (JUST 2226) will be advised to take the second law course (JUST 2225) to ensure they meet requirements for professional accreditation.

 

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