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Bachelor of Accounting

Graduation requirements

To graduate with the Bachelor of Accounting students must complete 192 points at pass level or better (24 subjects). These subjects are a combination of core subjects, specialisation subjects and electives.
To graduate with the Associate Degree in Business Studies (AssocDegBusStud) students must complete 128 points (16 subjects).
To graduate with the award University Certificate in Business Studies (UnivCertBusStud) students must complete 64 points (8 subjects).

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU's Bachelor of Accounting offers increased subject choice, greater workplace focus, and enhanced learning support.

Accounting is a dynamic and rapidly growing profession servicing all sectors of the economy from not-for-profit and public sector to global enterprises. Accountants in organisations hold important and highly paid roles ranging from financial and management accountants through to CEOs. Accounting is the language of business and this places accountants in a commanding position to lead organisations into the future.

The CSU Bachelor of Accounting degree is an excellent platform from which graduates can launch their accounting and management career. During the course of your study there are also opportunities to include an international dimension by studying overseas. The practical focus of the course ensures that on completion you will be a work-ready graduate with employment opportunities in professional accounting practice, commerce, industry, government and the not-for-profit sector.  It is widely recognised that CSU accounting graduates have an excellent record of achieving graduate positions at leading firms.

CSU courses are designed and delivered with flexibility in mind. Students can complete their course at full or part time study loads enabling their study to fit in with work and lifestyle commitments. You are able to study just one subject per session or, with approval, fast track your degree completion by undertaking four subjects per session. Suitable subjects may also be offered in session three for accelerated study.

Work placements are not available to international students due to current Australian Government visa regulations.

Flexible offering  

This course is available by distance education, or on campus at Albury, Bathurst, Dubbo, Wagga Wagga and at CSU's Study Centre in Sydney. It can be studied both full and part time and has a minimum full time duration of six sessions.

The degree is programmed over sessions 1 and 2 with a number of subjects offered in session 3 allowing students to fast track their degree if desired.

Exit point awards
While this course does not articulate with other courses, students who wish to terminate their study at an earlier stage may be eligible to receive one of the following lower level awards, the Associate Degree in Business Studies or the University Certificate in Business Studies.

Exit with Associate Degree
Students will be eligible to graduate with the award Associate Degree in Business Studies (AssocDegBusStud) if they have completed 128 points in the Bachelor of Accounting of which at least 88 points must be business or business related subjects excluding ITC coded subjects, thus meeting the requirements of the Associate Degree.

Exit with University Certificate in Business Studies
Students will be eligible to graduate with the award University Certificate in Business Studies (UnivCertBusStud) if they have completed 64 points in the subjects excluding ITC coded subjects, thus meeting the requirements of the University Certificate.  However, the students must meet the University Certificate criteria (i.e. no credit granted in the course) to be able to exit with the award.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Accounting is an accredited degree for admission to CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Graduates are also eligible to join the Association of Taxation and Management Accountants at the member level without further study and to become an Associate of the Institute of Public Accountants.

Workplace learning                       

You will study ACC275 Professional Practice in Accounting. This subject provides you with experience in the workplace, which assists in development of skills in searching and applying for work, and in working in a professional environment. There may be ancillary costs associated with your workplace learning subject (for example, travel costs to reach the workplace). These costs will vary depending on the location of a work placement.

Career opportunities

Where it will take you

You will have a basis for many vocational choices, including:

  • Public practice - auditing, business advisory services, taxation, management consulting, insolvency and corporate (business) recovery, information technology, external reporting
  • Commerce and industry - management accounting, budget planning and control, taxation planning, information systems design, electronic data processing, financial accounting and financial management, internal auditing, policy formulation, strategic planning, team research, product planning and marketing, and
  • Government, semi-government and non-profit organisations - financial accountability, budgeting and performance measurement, accounting control systems, policy formulation, prices surveillance, cost/benefit analysis, cost/effectiveness analysis

Course structure

The course consists of eighteen core subjects and six elective subjects.

Students must ensure that there are no more than 12 level one subjects in their degree. The level of a subject is designated by the first digit in the subject code, e.g. ACC100 is a level one subject.

Core Subjects

ACC100 Accounting 1
ACC110 Accounting 2
ECO130 Business Economics
LAW110 Business Law
MGT100 Organisations and Management
MGT230 Ethics, Sustainability and Culture
QBM117 Business Statistics
ACC200 Accounting Systems
ACC210 Management Accounting
ACC222 External Reporting
ACC275 Professional Practice in Accounting
ACC311 Strategic and Sustainable Accounting
ACC322 Company Accounting
ACC331 Auditing & Assurance Services
ACC341 Accounting Theory
FIN211 Financial Management
LAW220 Business Organisations Law
LAW301 Taxation Law (Principles)

Electives

Students may undertake six free electives or choose a Joint Study as their electives.

(A free elective is a subject that may be chosen from virtually any subject on offer across the University provided prerequisites, assumed knowledge, enrolment restrictions and any other Faculty requirements have been met.)

TAFE NSW -  North Coast Institute (NCIT) Port Macquarie

Articulated Program

Students who successfully complete the Advanced Diploma of Accounting through NCIT Port Macquarie will receive eleven (11) eight (8) point subject credits  and  will be required to successfully complete  thirteen (13) CSU degree subjects to graduate with the Bachelor of Accounting. 

Integrated Program

On successful completion of the NCIT Port Macquarie Certificate IV Accounting, students will complete the NCIT Port Macquarie Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Accounting while concurrently undertaking the required CSU subjects outline below to be eligible to graduate with the Bachelor of Accounting.

Required CSU Subjects

In addition to the 11 subject credits NCIT students will complete the following CSU degree Subjects:

ECO130 Business Economics
MGT100 Organisations and Management
MGT230 Ethics, Sustainability and Culture
QBM117 Business Statistics
ACC222 External Reporting
ACC275 Professional Practice in Accounting
ACC311 Strategic and Sustainable Accounting
ACC322 Company Accounting
ACC331 Auditing & Assurance Services
ACC341 Accounting Theory
FIN211 Financial Management
LAW220 Business Organisations Law
LAW301 Taxation Law (Principles)

The application of any TAFE NSW -  North Coast Institute (NCIT) Port Macquarie student seeking credit for partial completion of a NCIT course shall be considered for credit on a case by case basis

Joint Study

A joint study is a prescribed set of subjects taken from a discipline other than Accounting. Students are then able to use the title of the joint study in conjunction with Bachelor of Accounting (e.g. Bachelor of Accounting/Finance).

For a Joint Study either from within the Faculty of Business or consisting of subjects from another Faculty, students must take an established sequence or set of five subjects. Established sequences are determined by the Faculty Board. Students must ensure that they take the necessary pre-requisites or have the required assumed knowledge. 

No more than two subjects can be counted towards a Joint Study if they have already been undertaken as part of either the core or a specialisation. 

A student cannot claim more than one Joint Study.

The following Joint Studies are offered in the Bachelor of Accounting

Banking joint study

FIN211 Financial Management
FIN230 Financial Institutions and Markets
FIN310 Commercial Banking & Finance
FIN320 Financial Institutions Lending
LAW330 Finance Law

Business Chinese joint study

Four subjects from:
BUS301 Business Language and Culture (Economics)
BUS302 Business Language and Culture (Marketing)
BUS303 Business Language and Culture (Management)
BUS304 Business Language and Culture (Accounting)
BUS305 Business Language and Culture (Information Technology)

and one from:
ACC260 International Accounting
ECO320 International Economics
FIN340 International Finance
LAW335 International Business Law
MGT250 Asia-Pacific Business
MGT340 International Business Management
MKT260 International Marketing

Note: the four Business Language and Culture subjects are undertaken in a single session at a partner institution in China. Students should consult the Course Coordinator about this joint study. 

Economics joint study

Five of the following:

ECO130 Business Economics
ECO210 Labour Economics
ECO215 Managerial Economics for Business Strategy
ECO220 Macroeconomic Analysis
ECO240 Forecasting for Business
ECO320 International Economics
ECO330 Regional Sustainable Development
ECO355 Contemporary Economic Issues
ECO356 Environmental Economics 

eCommerce joint study

ACC200 Accounting Systems or  ITC105 Communication and Information Management
ITC331 Ethics and Professional Practice
LAW200 Commercial Activities: Law and Policy
LAW395 Electronic Commerce and the Law
MGT220 e-Commerce

Finance joint study

FIN211 Financial Management
FIN221 Investments
FIN230 Financial Institutions & Markets

and two from:
FIN331 Financial Planning
FIN340 International Finance
FIN350 Strategic Financial Management
FIN360 Treasury Risk Management
FIN370 Funds Management 

Financial Planning joint study

FIN211 Financial Management
FIN221 Investments
FIN331 Financial Planning
FIN380 Superannuation
LAW301 Taxation Law (Principles)

Human Resource Management joint study

HRM310 Developing Human Resources
HRM320 Issues in Human Resource Management
HRM330 Strategic Human Resource Management

and two from:
ECO210 Labour Economics
HRM210 Human Resource Management
INR310 Comparative Industrial Regulations
LAW370 Law of Employment
MGT210 Organisational Behaviour 

Industrial Relations joint study

INR210 Industrial Relations in Australia
LAW240 Industrial Law
INR310 Comparative Industrial Relations
LAW370 Law of Employment

and one from:
ECO210 Labour Economics
HRM210 Human Resource Management
LAW260 Administrative Law
MGT320 Managing Change 

Information Systems joint study

ITC114 Database Management Systems
ITC211 Systems Analysis

and three of the following, only one of which may be at Level 1:
ITC105 Communication and Information Management
ITC106 Programming Principles
ITC161 Introduction to Information Technology
ITC204 User Interface Design and Evaluation
ITC206 Programming in Java 1
ITC214 Database Implementation
ITC215 Modelling and Decision Support
ITC216 Online Multimedia
ITC230 Introduction to Web Development
ITC240 IT Infrastructure Management
ITC242 Introduction to Data Communications
ITC301 IT Project Management
ITC331 Security, Privacy and Ethics
ITC383 Strategic Information Management 

International Business joint study

MGT250 Asia-Pacific Business
MGT340 International Business Management

and three from:
ECO320 International Economics
FIN340 International Finance
INR310 Comparative Industrial Relations
LAW335 International Business Law
MKT260 International Marketing

Legal Studies joint study

LAW110 Business Law

and four from:
LAW200 Commercial Activities: Law & Policy
LAW220 Business Organisations Law
LAW240 Industrial Law
LAW260 Administrative Law
LAW301 Taxation Law (Principles)
LAW302 Taxation Law (Issues)
LAW330 Finance Law
LAW335 International Business Law
LAW350 Advanced Commercial Law
LAW370 Law of Employment

Management joint study

MGT310 Service Operations Management
MGT320 Managing Change
MGT330 Business Strategy

and two from:
LAW220 Business Organisations Law
MGT210 Organisational Behaviour
MGT340 International Business Management
INR310 Comparative Industrial Relations
ECO210 Labour Economics 

Marketing joint study

MKT110 Marketing & Society
MKT220 Buyer Behaviour
MKT230 Market Research

and two from the following:
MKT260 International Marketing
MKT310 Marketing Communications
MKT335 Marketing of Services
MKT336 B2B Marketing
MKT340 Strategic Marketing Management
MKT350 Product Innovation Management 

Tourism Management joint study

INR210 Industrial Relations in Australia
MGT230 Ethics, Sustainability and Culture
TRM210 Introduction to Tourism
TRM330 Issues in Tourism Policy & Planning
TRM360 Tourism Event Management 

From outside the Faculty

Advertising joint study (internal mode only)

ADV203 Principles of Advertising 
ADV205 Advertising Creative
ADV206 Principles of Channel Planning
ADV310 Advertising Strategy & Campaign Planning
ADV313 Advertising Client Management 

Agribusiness joint study

AGB233 Agribusiness Management
AGB250 International Agriproduct Trade
AGB310 Agricultural Marketing
AGB450 Agribusiness Decision Analysis

Plus one of the following:
AGB165 Agribusiness Systems
AGR175 Introduction to Rural Management
AGR220 Extension

 Cultural Heritage Management joint study

ENM163 Natural Resource Management
PKM260 Interpretive Planning
PKM266 Cultural Resource Management

Plus either
PKM397 Heritage Site Management (16 points)
or
PKM398 Cultural Heritage Policy & Planning (16 points) 

Crop Production joint study (Management Strand)

AGR156 Plants in Agriculture
AGR175 Introduction to Rural management
PSC236 Pasture Production and Management
PSC270 Annual Crop Management
AGS301 Weed and Pesticide Sciences

Crop Production joint study (SciencesStrand)

Students choose five of the following:
PSC102 Botany
PSC104 Soil Science
PSC202 Crop and Pasture Science
PSC271 Crop Agronomy
PSC371 Plant Pathology
AGS301 Weed and Pesticide Sciences

Ecotourism joint study

REC200 Principles of Ecotourism

and four from:
REC167 Recreation Leadership & Communication
REC302 Interpretive Guiding Management in Ecotourism
REC305 Advanced Principles of Ecotourism
PKM230 Social Psychology of Risk in Outdoor Recreation
PKM260 Interpretive Planning
PKM302 Philosophy of Outdoor Recreation 

Leisure and Health joint study

LES101 Introduction to Leisure and Health
LES102 Leisure Programming with Diverse Populations
LES202 Community Leisure & Health Issues
LES301 Health Policy and Program Development
LES302 Leisure and Social Relations 

Organisational Communication and Public Relations joint study

COM116 Principles and Practices of Public Relations
COM215 Public Relations Processes
COM313 Crisis and Issues Management

and two from:
COM115 Media Audiences and Public Opinion
COM232 Strategic Public Relations Practice
COM316 Advertising and Public Relations Research
COM318 Public Affairs

Psychology joint study

PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
PSY201 Research Methods in Psychology
PSY204 Psychological Testing

and one from:
PSY305 Psychology of Personality
PSY307 Cognition

Note: Students who have completed QBM117 Business Statistics, QBM217 Advanced Business Statistics and MKT230 Marketing Research are not required to complete PSY201 Research Methods in Psychology. 

Sociology joint study

SOC101 Introductory Sociology
SOC102 Social Inequality

Plus
Three SOC coded subjects, at least one at Level 2 and one at Level 3. 

Vocational Training joint study

Students must complete:

EEE220 Program Design and Assessment in VET
EPT301 Teaching and Training in VET (16 Points/two sessions)
EPT322 Effective Training in Workplace

And one subject from:
EEB320 The Vocational Education and Training Practitioner in an Entrepreneurial Environment
EEB330 Developing the VET Practitioner
EMT220 Flexible Delivery in VET Sector
EPT320 High Level Facilitation Skills for Post Compulsory Education 

Enrolment pattern

Full-time suggested study sequence

Year 1 Session 1

ACC100  Accounting 1
LAW110  Business Law
MGT100  Organisations & Management
[ ] Elective 1 

Year 1 Session 2

ACC110 Accounting 2
ECO130 Business Economics
MGT230 Ethics, Sustainability and Culture
QBM117 Business Statistics

Year 2 Session 1

ACC200 Accounting Systems
ACC210 Management Accounting
FIN211   Financial Management
[ ] Elective 2

Year 2 Session 2

ACC222 External Reporting
ACC275 Professional Practice in Accounting
LAW220 Business Organisations Law
[ ] Elective 3 

Year 3 Session 1

ACC322 Company Accounting
ACC331 Auditing & Assurance Services
[ ] Elective 4
[ ] Elective 5 

Year 3 Session 2

ACC311 Strategic and Sustainable Accounting
ACC341 Accounting Theory
LAW301 Taxation Law (Principles)
[ ] Elective 6

Part-time/distance education suggested study sequence

Year 1 Session 1

ACC100 Accounting 1
LAW110 Business Law 

Year 1 Session 2

ACC110 Accounting 2
ECO130 Business Economics

Year 2 Session 1

QBM117 Business Statistics
[ ] Elective 1 

Year 2 Session 2

MGT100 Organisations and Management
MGT230 Ethics, Sustainability and Culture 

Year 3 Session 1

ACC200 Accounting Systems
FIN211 Financial Management 

Year 3Session 2

LAW220 Business Organisations Law
[ ] Elective 2

Year 4 Session 1

ACC210 Management Accounting
[ ] Elective 3 

Year 4 Session 2

ACC222 External Reporting
ACC275 Professional Practice in Accounting

Year 5 Session 1

ACC322 Company Accounting
LAW301 Taxation Law (Principles) 

Year 5 Session 2

ACC311 Strategic and Sustainable Accounting
[ ] Elective 4 

Year 6 Session 1

ACC331 Auditing & Assurance Services
[ ] Elective 5 

Year 6 Session 2

ACC341 Accounting Theory
[ ] Elective 6

Please Note:  The above is a suggested study sequence.  A range of subjects will be offered in Session 3 each year.  Students may wish to enrol in Session 3 to accelerate their course completion.

TAFE NSW - North Coast Institute (NCIT) Port Macquarie Articulated Program

Study Sequence

Year 1 Session 1

MGT100 Organisations & Management

Year 1 Session 2

ECO130 Business Economics
QBM117 Business Statistics 

Year 1 Session  3

LAW220 Business Organisations Law
ACC222  External Reporting
 

Year 2 Session 1

MGT230 Ethics Sustainability and Culture
FIN211   Financial Management

Year 2 Session 2

ACC275 Professional Practice in Accounting
ACC311 Strategic and Sustainable Accounting

Year 3 Session 1

ACC322 Company Accounting
ACC331 Audit and Assurance Services

Year 3 Session 2

ACC341 Accounting Theory
LAW301 Taxation Law

TAFE NSW -  North Coast Institute (NCIT) Port Macquarie Integrated Program

Study Sequence

Year 1 Session 1

NCIT Certificate IV Accounting 

Year 1 Session 2

NCIT Certificate IV Accounting

Year 2 Session 1

NCIT Diploma  Accounting
MGT100 Organisations & Management

Year 2 Session 2

NCIT Diploma  Advanced Accounting
ECO130 Business Economics
QBM117 Business Statistics 

Year 2 Session 

LA W220 Business Organisations Law
ACC222  External Reporting
 

Year 3 Session 1

MGT230 Ethics Sustainability and Culture
FIN211   Financial Management
ACC322 Company Accounting
ACC331 Audit and Assurance Services

Year 3 Session 2

ACC275 Professional Practice in Accounting
ACC311 Strategic and Sustainable Accounting
ACC341 Accounting Theory
LAW301 Taxation Law

Articulation

Exit Point Awards
While this course does not articulate with other courses, students who wish to terminate their study at an earlier stage may be eligible to receive one of lower level awards, the Associate Degree in Business Studies or the University Certificate in Business Studies.

Exit with Associate Degree:
Students will be eligible to graduate with the award Associate Degree in Business Studies (AssocDegBusStud) if they have completed 128 points in the Bachelor of Accounting of which at least 88 points must be business or business related subjects excluding ITC coded subjects, thus meeting the requirements of the Associate Degree.

At a glance

Study Mode

On campus; Distance education

Where

Albury-Wodonga; Bathurst; Dubbo; Melbourne (Study Centre); Sydney (Study Centre); Wagga Wagga

When

Session 1; Session 2

Level

Undergraduate

Duration

The minimum full-time duration for the Bachelor Accounting is three years.
The minimum full-time duration for the University Certificate in Business is one year.

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

65

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