Course Description

This course is registered with CPA Australia  and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

The Bachelor of Professional Accounting (BPA) course (CRICOS Course Code 102219K / TEQSA Course Code 1400690) offered by the Australian School of Accounting is designed to develop confident, competent, innovative and work-ready graduates with the analytical, conceptual and technical skills to contribute to accounting and business success, in accounting professionals working environment. This course includes work-integrated learning and industry placements. The BPA is offered in full-time study mode with the option of fast track study mode for domestic students utilising a quadmester structure.

The BPA course aligns with the Australian Qualifications Framework (Level 7), Higher Education Standards Framework and once professional accreditation are granted the BPA will meet the competencies required for approval by the three accounting professional associations in Australia.

This course of twenty-four (24) units is professionally focused with accreditation that provides students with a good, strong grounding in the knowledge, skills, and application required through the first eight-core foundation units:

  • ACC100 Accounting in Society
  • ACC101 Fundamentals of Accounting
  • BUS100 Business Communications
  • BUS101 Quantitative Methods
  • BIS100 Introduction to Business Information Systems
  • BUS102 Economics
  • LAW100 Business Law
  • MGT100 Organisational Behaviour

The Bachelor of Professional Accounting course comprises of a suite of five accounting specialization units that add value to the core foundation units. There are prerequisites throughout the course at intermediate and advanced levels.

  • ACC202 Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • ACC201 Management Accounting
  • ACC203 Corporate Accounting
  • ACC300 Management and Performance Appraisal
  • ACC301 Auditing and Assurance Services

The next set of seven core units provides a framework for the accountant of the future that covers and supports the core and accounting specialization units. These units below have prerequisites which are from either core or accounting specialization units.

  • LAW200 Taxation Law and Practice
  • LAW300 Corporate Law
  • MGT200 Fundamentals of Business Analytics
  • MGT201 Business Logistics Management
  • ACC200 Business Finance
  • BIS200 Business Forecasting and Technology
  • BUS300 Project Management

There is one capstone unit that draws together all the previous units with respect to accounting:

  • ACC303 Accounting in Context

To complete the Bachelor of Professional Accounting students must select three advanced electives units from the list below:

BUS301 Internship
ACC304 Group Project
ACC302 Strategic Management Accounting
*BIS300 Information and Cyber Security
*BIS301 Data Visualisation
*BIS302 Knowledge Management and Data Governance
#MGT300 Purchasing Management
#MGT301 Warehouse Management
#MGT302 LPS Project

The first three units listed above enhance the student’s knowledge of accounting by working in the accounting industry as an intern or working with a group on an accounting issue or addressing a strategic management accounting concern. The two sets of three units marked with * and # provide students with an opportunity to keep abreast of advanced technology or logistics and at the same time bring innovative and creative learning that promotes critical thinking and collaboration in their future careers.

A graduate who has completed this course of study with work-integrated learning or the internship unit as mentioned above will have the applied practical experience as well as the theoretical knowledge and skills along with judgment and critical thinking that has been gained throughout the course to be ready for any position in accounting.

Through the development of core knowledge, skills and application gained whilst undertaking this degree, graduates will be both advocates and practitioners of lifelong learning especially when they join a professional group or an industry peak body to further their careers through further postgraduate studies.

Graduates will be in high demand in the accounting industry as trainee accountants, accountants or other related accounting positions whether in a small or large organization that requires their judgment to critically evaluate any decision-making situation.

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