The Accounting major provides capability and credibility across a broad spectrum of careers. It opens the door to many other markets and professions where the ability to understand and interpret financial information is the key capability. Students are provided with the opportunity to develop strong, technical, analytical and problem solving skills, whilst keeping abreast of contemporary issues in accounting practice. A feature of the Business School's program is that it takes an analytical perspective of how accounting is practised and how it should be practised. These and other questions are explored in an atmosphere that encourages a sense of enquiry.

Requirements for a major in Accounting

For the award of a major in Accounting, students must complete:

(1)18 credit points of junior prerequisite units of study for the major, as follows:

  • BUSS1020 Quantitative Business Analysis; (OR ECMT1010 Introduction to Economic Statistics) +
  • BUSS1030 Accounting, Business and Society
  • ACCT1006 Accounting and Financial Management.

+ Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce and related combined degrees MUST complete BUSS1020 as it is a core unit for these programs.

(2) 36 credit points of senior units of study, comprising:

(i) 12 credit points of compulsory units of study, as follows:

  • ACCT2011 Financial Accounting A
  • ACCT2012 Management Accounting A.

(ii) 24 credit points in elective units of study selected from the following:

  • ACCT3011 Financial Accounting B
  • ACCT3012 Management Accounting B
  • ACCT3013 Financial Statement Analysis
  • ACCT3014 Auditing and Assurance
  • ACCT3031 International Corporate Governance
  • ACCT3032 Current Issues in Management Accounting
  • ACCT3098 Accounting Honours Preparation A (3 credit points) *
  • ACCT3099 Accounting Honours Preparation B (3 credit points) *
  • CLAW2201 Corporations Law. +

* Not offered for 2015

+ CLAW2201 requires the completion of additional prerequisites not listed for this major.

Note: All units of study listed are six credit points unless otherwise indicated. The units ACCT3098 and ACCT3099 are worth three credit points each. If students wish to include these units as part of their major, they would need to complete five units of study to meet elective requirements.

Please check the Business School units of study table for details of unit prerequisites, corequisites and other requirements.

Professional accreditation in Accounting

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) or the combined Bachelor of Commerce degrees, may choose to pursue a program of study that would allow them to seek accreditation with CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. (CAANZ).

See the 'Professional accreditation requirements' entry under the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws sections for further details.