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Course summary

Accountants are vital to the operation and success of businesses everywhere, with their input influencing financial strategies, daily operations, legal requirements and more.

This course is equally diverse. You'll cover topics including business accounting, information systems, financial reporting, contemporary issues in accounting, legal studies, finance economics and quantitative analysis.

The Graduate Diploma in Accounting is not just for newcomers to the profession; it can also benefit business owners and managers in other industries.

Graduates can anticipate a variety of career opportunities in the accounting and finance industry, including business accounting, auditing and financial services. This course is also a pathway to the industry-accredited Master of Professional Accounting for which graduates receive eight units of credit.

DurationLocationSession

1F/2P

Gold Coast1, 2, 3
Online1, 2, 3
DurationLocationSession

1F/2P

Gold Coast1, 2, 3

You will study eight units of the Master of Professional Accounting. Subjects covered include business accounting, information systems, financial reporting, contemporary issues in accounting, as well as management accounting, legal studies, finance, economics and quantitative analysis.

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Develop and create professional solutions to specific problem from a discipline area. Critically evaluate, analyse and synthesise a specific issue or theory from a professional area to arrive at a conclusion/decision with justification.

Creativity

Incorporated in Intellectual rigour.

Ethical practice

Analyse and compare challenging organisational ethical issues within a professional context. Apply discipline based knowledge and professional skills in situations that require autonomy and a high level of responsible behaviour.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate and apply well-developed discipline knowledge and professional skills in a specialised management area within a global perspective. Apply and integrate research principles and methods to professional management situations.

Lifelong learning

Incorporated in Intellectual rigour.

Communication and social skills

Prepare and deliver professional discipline advice, knowledge and ideas orally for a business or public context.

Prepare and deliver professional and justified, discipline advice using written communications suitable for business and public contexts.

Investigate and explain leadership research and practice in the management of people and self.

Appraise self and team regarding participation and performance.

Cultural competence

Incorporated in Knowledge of a discipline.

The course incorporates progressive assessment and examinations. Students are assessed in each unit on the basis of written and oral assignments. These may be business reports, case studies, presentations, research studies and/or business plans.

This course is flexibly delivered, designed to meet the demands of busy and highly mobile people. It is therefore a great option for those who juggle multiple work, personal or family commitments. On-campus classes are supplemented by online lectures, discussion forums and electronic resources.

On-campus classes offer a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. Lectures may be streamed live or pre-recorded; either way students can download a recording at their convenience. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

In addition, students can progress their learning each week by following activities, readings and case studies laid out, step-by-step, in a website for each unit. As they move through the learning outcomes, they can discuss their progress in class or in online forums and ask questions of their peers or lecturer.

This degree demands up to 150 hours of study for each unit.

Completion of this course opens opportunities in a variety of professional roles in the accounting and finance industry, including business accounting, auditing and financial services. The course will also enhance the financial knowledge and skills of business owners and managers in all industries. 

This course is a pathway to the Master of Professional Accounting, which is accredited by CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA)

Notice

The information on this page may be subject to change over time. Please check this web page again before acting and see our disclaimer

From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'

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