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Unit description

This unit introduces students to the fundamentals of financial and management accounting viewed from the perspective of the business manager. The focus is on critical evaluation of accounting information contained in financial statements and management accounting reports for use by managers to inform responsible decisions.

Unit content

Week 1: Introduction to accounting and measuring and reporting financial position

Week 2: Measuring and reporting financial performance and cash flows

Week 3: Analysis and interpretation of financial statements

Week 4: Cost-Volume-Profit analysis and costing

Week 5: Planning and control

Week 6: Working capital management and financing the business

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Study Period 2

  • Atrill, P, McLaney, D & Harvey, D,, 2018, Accounting for non-specialists, 7th edn, Pearson Australia, Australia. ISBN: 9781488612589 (paperback).

Study Period 6

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


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Fee information


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