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CQ01 - Bachelor of Accounting

Overview

Course Overview

Accountants develop a range of skills in analysis, presentation and communication of organisational information, and find professional positions across areas such as computer auditing, taxation planning, management accounting, treasury, financial consulting and strategic management.
 

 

The accounting degree prepares graduates for all of these fields and ensures that students graduate with good communication and technical skills. Graduates from this program are currently working in positions in banking, large international public accounting firms, smaller regional public accounting firms and as accountants and managers in industry. They are readily employed in Asia, the United Kingdom and Europe. In particular Australian employers value the international and electronic communication skills of graduates.
 

 

The program is accredited by CPA Australia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and the Institute of Public Accountants, and graduates may also be eligible to apply for registration with the Tax Agents Board provided they meet the Board's requirements of practical experience. Graduates are also eligible to join the Association of Taxation and Management Accountants at the member level, without further study.  Students who complete the financial planning specialisation of this program will also meet the Australian Securities and Investment Commission's RG146 training standard and be eligible for membership of the Financial Planning Association (FPA).
 

 

The Bachelor of Accounting program not only offers students the opportunity to study a degree that is recognised by professional accounting bodies throughout Australia, but also allows students the flexibility to design a program of study that will best meet their individual career aspirations and take advantage of the rapidly changing career opportunities that exist in the modern business environment.
 
 

Career Information

Modern professional accountants are multi-skilled and dynamic. They enjoy a wide range of career opportunities in areas such as assurance services, consulting services, information technology (IT) services, forensic accounting, international accounting, strategic management, taxation and financial planning.

Given the need for financial accountability and cost effective decision making in just about every organisation throughout the world, qualified accountants are essential to international businesses, rock bands, government departments, sporting teams, small businesses, multinational corporations and dot-com start ups.

Course Details
Duration 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 144
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study Each unit at this level, typically requires 144 hours of student commitment over a period of 12 weeks.
Course Type Undergraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) BAcct
AQF Level Level 7: Bachelor Degree

Admission Codes

Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 3 - 2022

Melbourne
Online

Term 2 - 2022

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney

Term 1 - 2022

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney

Term 3 - 2021

Melbourne
Online

Term 2 - 2021

Online

Term 1 - 2021

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney

Term 3 - 2020

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online

Term 2 - 2020

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney

Term 1 - 2020

Bundaberg
Brisbane
Cairns
Gladstone
Melbourne
Mackay
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville

Term 3 - 2019

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online

Term 2 - 2019

Bundaberg
Brisbane
Cairns
Gladstone
Melbourne
Mackay
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville

Term 1 - 2019

Bundaberg
Brisbane
Cairns
Gladstone
Melbourne
Mackay
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville

Term 3 - 2018

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Sydney

Term 2 - 2018

Bundaberg
Brisbane
Cairns
Distance
Gladstone
Melbourne
Mackay
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville

Term 1 - 2018

Bundaberg
Brisbane
Cairns
Distance
Gladstone
Melbourne
Mackay
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville

Term 3 - 2017

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Sydney

Term 2 - 2017

Bundaberg
Brisbane
Cairns
Distance
Gladstone
Melbourne
Mackay
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville

Term 1 - 2017

Bundaberg
Brisbane
Cairns
Distance
Gladstone
Melbourne
Mackay
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville

Term 3 - 2016

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Sydney

Term 2 - 2016

Bundaberg
Brisbane
Cairns
Distance
Melbourne
Mackay
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville

Term 1 - 2016

Bundaberg
Brisbane
Cairns
Distance
Melbourne
Mackay
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville

Term 3 - 2015

Students wishing to study the financial planning major will only be able to study financial planning courses via distance education.
Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Sydney

Term 2 - 2015

Students wishing to study the financial planning major will only be able to study financial planning courses via distance education.
Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Mackay
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 1 - 2015

Students wishing to study the financial planning major will only be able to study financial planning courses via distance education.
Bundaberg
Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Mackay
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 3 - 2014

Students wishing to study the financial planning major will only be able to study financial planning courses via distance education.
Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Sydney

Term 2 - 2014

Students wishing to study the financial planning major will only be able to study financial planning courses via distance education.
Bundaberg
Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Mackay
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 1 - 2014

Students wishing to study the financial planning major will only be able to study financial planning courses via distance education.
Bundaberg
Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Mackay
Rockhampton
Sydney
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International Availability

Term 3 - 2022

Melbourne
Online

Term 2 - 2022

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney

Term 1 - 2022

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney

Term 3 - 2021

Melbourne
Online

Term 2 - 2021

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney

Term 1 - 2021

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney

Term 3 - 2020

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online

Term 2 - 2020

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney

Term 1 - 2020

Brisbane
Cairns
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 3 - 2019

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online

Term 2 - 2019

Brisbane
Cairns
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 1 - 2019

Brisbane
Cairns
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 3 - 2018

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Sydney

Term 2 - 2018

Brisbane
Cairns
Distance
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 1 - 2018

Brisbane
Cairns
Distance
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 3 - 2017

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Sydney

Term 2 - 2017

Brisbane
Cairns
Distance
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 1 - 2017

Brisbane
Cairns
Distance
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 3 - 2016

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Sydney

Term 2 - 2016

Brisbane
Cairns
Distance
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 1 - 2016

Brisbane
Cairns
Distance
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 3 - 2015

Students wishing to study the financial planning major will only be able to study financial planning courses via distance education.
Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Sydney

Term 2 - 2015

Students wishing to study the financial planning major will only be able to study financial planning courses via distance education.
Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 1 - 2015

Students wishing to study the financial planning major will only be able to study financial planning courses via distance education.
Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 3 - 2014

Students wishing to study the financial planning major will only be able to study financial planning courses via distance education.
Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Sydney

Term 2 - 2014

Students wishing to study the financial planning major will only be able to study financial planning courses via distance education.
Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 1 - 2014

Students wishing to study the financial planning major will only be able to study financial planning courses via distance education.
Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney
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For any problems regarding admissions availability for the selected course please contact 13 CQUni (13 27 86) or send us an email at http://contactus.cqu.edu.au/
What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Rank Threshold SR 60 | ATAR 60
Entry Requirements
Domestic students
 
Prerequisites - nil
 
International students
 
International students should visit www.cqu.edu.au/international for further information including English language requirements.

 

Security Requirements
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge

English and mathematics

Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

No Residential School for this course.

Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Previous and Current Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2021 216
2020 527
2019 556
2018 595
2017 696
Inherent Requirements
There are Inherent Requirements (IRs) that you need to be aware of, and fulfil, to achieve the core learning outcomes of the units and course. IRs are the essential capabilities, knowledge, behaviours and skills that are needed to complete a unit or course.

Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.

If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting accessibility@cqu.edu.au. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.

Ethical Behaviour

Examples are:

  • Complying with academic and non-academic misconduct policies and procedures such as CQUniversity’s Student Charter, Student Misconduct Policy and Student Behavioural Misconduct Procedures, and Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).
  • Demonstrating honesty and integrity in academic and accounting practice.
  • Critically reflecting on ethical dilemmas and issues and take responsibility for ethically correct decisions and/or ensuring awareness of applicable ethical thinking and behaviour.

Behavioural Stability

Examples are:

  • Being reflective with personal behaviours appropriate for professional performance and being positive and receptive to processing constructive supervisor/lecturer feedback or criticism.
  • Successfully processing and coping with your own emotions and behaviour when dealing with individuals or peers in the professional environment.
Legal Compliance

Examples are:

  • Functioning with an awareness and understanding that Accounting practice is mandated by specific legal and regulatory requirements and standards to enable the professional delivery of practice.
  • Having knowledge of and compliance with Australian Law and professional regulatory requirements and standards, which informs and determines accounting practices.
  • Applying appropriate legal principles and disclosure requirements in preparing financial reports.
  • Complying with the policies and practices of organisations in which you may be placed for find employment.
  • Complying with the requirements for registration with the Accounting Professional & Ethical Standards Board (APESB).
Communication Skills (Verbal, Non-verbal, Written and Technology)

Examples are:

  • Understanding and responding to verbal and communication accurately, appropriately and in a timely manner.
  • Providing clear instructions in the context of the situation.
  • Providing accurate, timely, clear feedback and reporting in the delivery of accounting practice.
  • Delivering interactivity with your communication (timeliness, accuracy and effectiveness) to resolve complex problems and maintain trusting and effective relationships.
  • Verbally communicating in the English language with accuracy, appropriateness and effectiveness.
  • Actively participating in discussion activities related to the course.
  • Using language that is appropriate to the context of the individual or group.
  • Establishing rapport with clients in the delivery of accounting practice and respond appropriately to clients, supervisors and other professionals.
  • Recognising, interpreting and responding appropriately to behavioural cues.
  • Being self-aware of your own use of non-verbal cues during interactions.
  • Having sensitivity and empathy to cultural, religious and individual differences.
  • Being able to consistently display appropriate facial expressions, eye contact, body movements and gestures while being mindful of personal space and boundaries.
  • Being able to demonstrate effective non-verbal communication that is respectful, clear, empathetic, honest and non-judgemental when communicating with students, families and professional colleagues.
  • Effectively and appropriately communicating, in written English, in a wide variety of contexts to engage in activities related to the course and in professional settings.
  • Acquiring, understanding, applying and conveying information in a written format.
  • Competently and appropriately producing written assessment work in a logical, coherent manner, and with correct grammar and punctuation to the required academic standards.
  • Expressing complex and detailed information and knowledge into a logical and legible report, in a timely manner that meets professional standards and clearly communicates the intended message.
  • Accurately conveying and documenting information in a written form that meets legal and accounting practice requirements.
Cognitive Abilities (Knowledge and Cognitive Skills, Literacy and Numeracy)

Examples are:

  • Demonstrating the mental functioning and thinking capacities to deliver competent accounting practice.
  • Having the cognitive capacity to acquire theoretical knowledge as well as develop the cognitive processing skills to successfully undertake the course, its learning activities and assessments.
  • Having the capacity to acquire, process, integrate and implement a comprehensive body of knowledge and skills in both academic and professional practice settings.
  • Competently and consistently demonstrating the ability to read, decode, interpret and comprehend multiple sources of information in accounting practice.
  • Acquiring and interpreting evidence and accurately conveying appropriate information both in data and numerical formats.
  • Having the ability to reason with numbers and other mathematical concepts, principles and operations and competently communicate and demonstrate these in a range of contexts to solve a variety of mathematical problems associated with accounting practice.
  • Demonstrating the capacity to undertake complex financial analysis of accounting reports, including the use of Excel spreadsheet software.
Relational Skills

Examples are:

  • Communicate effectively with a variety of clients, using a range of communication skills and tools.
  • Work effectively with your fellow students.
Reflective Skills

Examples include:

  • Demonstrating an understanding of how theory as well as personal, social and cultural experiences relate to practice or personal or professional knowledge.
  • Discovering and challenging own underlying assumptions.
  • Making connections between personal and work experiences and what is being learnt.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Abilities

Examples are:

  • Having the ability to use ICT appropriately and effectively in a wide range of accounting contexts.
  • Demonstrating sufficient computer knowledge and skills to engage in the on-line learning environment that may include completing relevant on-line assessments, participating in various on-line forums, responding to emails and using spreadsheet software such as Excel.
  • Preparing accounting entries and/or reports using accounting specific ICT.
  • Processing and presenting information relevant to accounting by using specific software programs and Excel spreadsheet software.
Core Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Accounting Program with Financial Planning Specialisation Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Explain the coherent body of knowledge, and the underlying principles and concepts, fundamental to, and in the broader context of, the accounting and financial planning disciplines.
  • 2. Apply critical thinking, evaluation, and problem solving skills in the integration and application of theoretical and technical knowledge within the context of accounting and financial planning practice and/or scholarship
  • 3. Communicate effectively, with justification, in collaborative contexts with professionals and non-professionals
  • 4. Exercise professional judgement and identify and respond to ethical issues in a range of contexts
  • 5. Evaluate information, synthesise relevant issues and undertake research in accounting and other contexts
  • 6. Learn and work independently and collaboratively and reflect upon feedback to identify and enact self improvements
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
Generic Accounting Program Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Explain the coherent body of knowledge, and the underlying principles and concepts, fundamental to, and in the broader context of, the accounting and related disciplines.
  • 2. Apply critical thinking, evaluation, and problem solving skills in the application of theoretical and technical knowledge within the context of accounting and related practice and/or scholarship
  • 3. Communicate effectively, with justification, in collaborative contexts with professionals and non-professionals
  • 4. Exercise professional judgement and identify and respond to ethical issues in a range of contexts
  • 5. Evaluate information, synthesise relevant issues and undertake research in accounting and other contexts
  • 6. Learn and work independently and collaboratively and reflect upon feedback to identify and enact self improvements
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure

Generic Accounting Program Major

Number of units: 8 Total credit points: 48

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
HRMT11010 Organisational Behaviour
MRKT11029 Marketing Fundamentals

6 electives

 

Electives should be selected from any 6 unit of credit undergraduate course offered by CQUniversity, subject to approval by the Dean.  A maximum of 12 Level 1 courses may be credited towards the Bachelor of Accounting.

It is recommened that students who have not completed Mathematics B (advanced maths) or an equivalent subject at secondary school level complete MATH11246.  This will assist students to successfully complete STAT11048 to fulfil the requirements for accreditation with accounting bodes - CPA Australia and ICAA.

Work Integrated Learning

Students wishing to undertake Work Integrated Learning as part of their program of study are encouraged to undertake BUSN19024 and BUSN12001 as electives in their program of study.  By undertaking this suite of courses, students will secure and undertake an approved full-time work placement of appropriately 12 weeks duration.

More Details

Study Schedule

A recommended study schedule for this program can be obtained from your Student Advisor (Programs and Careers) by contacting http://programadvice.cqu.edu.au

Students may determine their own schedule based upon credit transfers and personal study requirements. It is important to note that full-time students usually enrol in 4 courses per term and part-time students usually enrol in 2 courses per term.

For Program Planners please refer to the following website http://www.cqu.edu.au/academic/hed/changes-and-planners.

Students must also check to see when and where a course is offered before enrolling. See the course availability section in this handbook for details.

Application for credit transfer

Exemption/credit transfer will only be granted where a student is able to demonstrate that they have completed and received a 'Pass' or above in tertiary studies equivalent in content, depth and rated units of credit to a Bachelor of Accounting course, and that such credit meets the requirements of the professional bodies that accredit the program. Students must contact the relevant professional bodies to determine whether the credit transfer/exemption they have requested and/or received will affect their application for membership.

Refer to the Credit Transfer website at http://www.cqu.edu.au/credittransfer for further details on the guidelines and application process.

Professional Accreditation

'This program is accredited by CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA) and meets the membership requirements of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) - Restricted Member IPA status. However, these organisations accredit each campus individually, so students must check the current status of accreditation for their desired study location.

For eligibility criteria for membership of the Professional Bodies refer to these websites:

http://www.cpaaustralia.com.au/ (CPA Australia)

http://www.charteredaccountants.com.au/ (ICAA)

http://www.publicaccountants.org.au/ (IPA)

Graduates of this program may also be eligible to join the Association of Taxation and Management Accountants (ATMA) at the member level and may be eligible to apply for registration with the Tax Agents Board provided they meet the Board's study and work experience requirements.

Students who complete the financial planning specialisation of this program will also meet the Australian Securities and Investment Commission's RG146 traning standard and may be eligible for membership of the Financial Planning Association (FPA).

For more information or enquiries relating to RG146 and FPA eligibility, please refer to the below official websites:-

http://www.asic.gov.au/asic/asic.nsf

http://www.fpa.asn.au/