Course rules and resolutions - Professional Accounting coursework programs

Master of Professional Accounting and Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting

 

Master of Professional Accounting

Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting


These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2000 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Resolutions of the University of Sydney Business School, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.

Course resolutions

1 Course codes

Code

Course title

FC077

Master of Professional Accounting

FF056

Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting

FG019

Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting*


* No direct admissions to this course - exit point only.

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course is full time or part time according to candidate choice.

3 Master's type

The master's degree in these resolutions is a professional master's course, as defined by the Coursework Rule.

4 Embedded courses in this sequence

(1)
The embedded courses in this sequence are:
(a)
the Master of Professional Accounting
(b)
the Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting
(c)
the Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting
(2)
Providing candidates satisfy the admission requirements for the Master of Professional Accounting a candidate may progress to the award of any of the courses in this sequence. Only the longest award completed will be conferred.

5 Admission to candidature

(1)
Available places will be offered to qualified applicants ranked on merit in accordance with the following criteria:
(a)
Master of Professional Accounting
(i)
an Australian Qualifications Framework level 7 or higher qualification with a minimum credit average (or equivalent) at an institution approved by the Business School;
(ii)
satisfaction of the English language requirements; and
(iii)
any other minimum standards specified by the Business School.
(b)
Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting
(i)
an Australian Qualifications Framework level 7 or higher qualification (or equivalent) at an institution approved by the Business School and graded at a standard acceptable to the Business School;
(ii)
satisfaction of the English language requirements; and
(iii)
any other minimum standards specified by the Business School.
(2)
In exceptional circumstances the Business School may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the Business School, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

6 Requirements for award

(1)
The units of study that may be taken for the course are set out in the Table of postgraduate units of study: Professional Accounting.
(2)
To qualify for the award of the Master of Professional Accounting a candidate must complete 96 credit points, comprising:
(a)
84 credit points of core units of study; and
(b)
12 credit points of elective units of study.
(3)
To qualify for the award of the Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting a candidate must complete 48 credit points, comprising:
(a)
30 credit points of core units of study; and
(b)
18 credit points of elective units of study.
(4)
To qualify for the award of the Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting, which is an exit qualification only, a candidate must complete 24 credit points of units of study from the Table of postgraduate units of study: Professional Accounting.

7 Recognition of prior learning

(1)
Waivers may be granted or the volume of learning may be reduced in recognition of prior learning.
(2)
Candidates for the Master of Professional Accounting may be eligible for a reduction in the volume of learning of up to 48 credit points, subject to the following:
(a)
The maximum permissible reduction in the volume of learning is 24 credit points for an Australian Qualifications Framework level 7 qualification in a cognate discipline, as defined by the Business School.
(b)
The maximum permissible reduction in the volume of learning is 24 credit points for an Australian Qualifications Framework level 8 or higher qualification in a non-cognate discipline.
(c)
The maximum permissible reduction in the volume of learning is 48 credit points for an Australian Qualifications Framework level 8 or higher qualification in a cognate discipline, as defined by the Business School.
(d)
The maximum permissible reduction in the volume of learning is 24 credit points for relevant professional work experience deemed by the Business School to have conferred a volume of learning equivalent to that of a graduate certificate in a cognate discipline.
(3)
Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting may be eligible for a reduction in the volume of learning of up to 24 credit points for relevant postgraduate studies where no award has been, or will be made.
(4)
Notwithstanding any reduction in the volume of learning granted on the basis of work completed or prior learning, in order to qualify for an award a student must complete at least 50 per cent of the requirements prescribed for the award course at the University of Sydney.

8 Course transfer

(1)
Candidates for the Master of Professional Accounting or Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting may elect to discontinue study and graduate with an award from this embedded sequence, with the approval of the Business School, and provided the requirements of the embedded award have been met.
(2)
Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting may elect to upgrade to the Master of Professional Accounting with full recognition of prior learning upon completion of a minimum of 24 credit points and graded at a standard acceptable to the Business School.

9 Transitional provisions

(1)
These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2014.
(2)
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2014 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that requirements are completed by 1 January, 2019. The Business School may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.