SCU OnlineStudy Period 5Study Period 5

Unit description

Introduces students to the Australian tax system. This subject seeks to provide you with an understanding and knowledge of the theory and practice of tax law in Australia. More specifically, this subject is designed to enable you to understand the major types of taxes in Australia, including the income taxation regime, the Goods and Services Tax, Fringe Benefits and Capital Gains Taxes. Taxation of companies, partnerships, trusts and some aspects of international taxation are also considered. In addition, this subject aims to enable you to comprehend the impact that various taxes have on business, individual decisions and consequent tax planning.

Unit content

Topic 1: Foundation of Taxation

Topic 2: Income

Topic 3: Capital Gains Tax

Topic 4: Deductions

Topic 5: FBT and GST

Topic 6: Taxation of Different Business Structures

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 5

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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

SCU Online (intensive)

Teaching method
Structured online learning
Exam: take home40%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 3

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