BUS210 Advanced Financial Accounting

Unit outline

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Enrolment modes: Year 2, Semester 2
Credit point(s): 12.5
EFTSL value: 0.125
Prerequisite: BUS201 Financial Accounting.
Typical study commitment: Students will on average spend 10 hours per week over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
Scheduled learning activities: 4 timetabled hours per week, 6 personal study hours per week

Unit description 

A deeper appreciation of accounting theories and a closer look at contemporary issues will enhance the understanding of the framework and standards which underpin accounting practices. This unit aims to further educate students in their knowledge of financial accounting and its relationship with ethics. Students will learn extended accounting theories in addition to applying their prior body of knowledge. Students will investigate key topics such as decision usefulness approach, agency theory, earnings management and accounting standard setting.

Unit learning outcomes (ULO)   

  On the successful completion of this units student will be able to:
ULO1 Apply an understanding of earnings management to detect and avoid earnings manipulation.
ULO2 Examine the impact of information asymmetry on financial decision making and investigate the role of financial information disclosure.
ULO3 Study a series of accounting theories from the perspectives of both financial information providers and users.
ULO4 Critique the current domestic and international accounting environments to comprehend the rationale behind financial accounting regulations.
ULO5 Review contemporary accounting issues and practices using theoretical frameworks.

Topics to be included in the unit

1. Information asymmetry
2. Accounting under ideal conditions
3. Efficient securities markets
4. The value relevance of accounting information
5. The measurement approach to decision usefulness
6. Measurement applications
7. Positive accounting theory
8. Agency theory
9. Executive compensation
10. Earnings management and ethics
11. Standard setting: economic issues
12. Standard setting: political issues


Assessment Description Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1: Individual Assignment  20%  11
Assessment 2: Group Assignment 20%
Assessment 3: Final Exam 60% Final exam week


The assessment due weeks provided may change. Your lecturer will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.