BUS312 Contemporary Issues in Accounting

Unit outline

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Enrolment modes: Year 3, Semester 2
Credit point(s): 12.5
EFTSL value: 0.125
Prerequisite: Nil
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 

Accounting and finance are constantly developing and changing, greatly influenced by external factors in a global marketplace and evolving societal expectations of governance, sustainability, and business ethics. This unit will provide students with a comprehensive practical understanding of contemporary issues in accounting. Students will have the opportunity to critically evaluate these issues. Topics covered include accounting standards, measurement in accounting, theories in accounting, regulations, and international accounting.

Unit Outline Outcomes (ULO)

  On the successful completion of this units student will be able to:
ULO1 Discuss contemporary issues in accounting and finance.
ULO2 Analyse the role of regulation in financial reporting.
ULO3 Evaluate complex contemporary financial accounting issues, formulate well-reasoned and coherent arguments and reach well-considered conclusions in relation to these issues.
ULO4 Utilise accounting standards and theories in decision making.

Topics to be included  

1. Contemporary issues in accounting
2. Financial conceptual framework
3. Accounting standards
4. Measurement in accounting
5. Theories in accounting
6. Corporate governance systems
7. Accounting regulation
8. Earning management
9. International accounting
10. Fair value accounting
11. Sustainability and environmental accounting 
12. Accounting change


Assessment Description Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: Individual Assignment 20% 8
Assessment 2: Group Assignment #1  20% 12
Assessment 3: Group Assignment #2 10% 12
Assessment 4: Final Exam 40% 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.