units

ACF5350

Faculty of Business and Economics

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Accounting
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2014 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Dr Michael De Martinis

Synopsis

This capstone unit requires students to synthesize, analyse, evaluate and apply prior knowledge and skills gained throughout the Master of Accounting in a manner that is designed to enhance their ability to transition to a chosen career path. The unit adopts a thematic approach that examines how external and regulatory factors, decision making processes, and stakeholder expectations interact to drive contemporary organisational success. Collectively, these three interrelated pillars of knowledge provide a comprehensive framework for those aspiring for challenging accounting and finance positions. Content is delivered in a weekly seminar format and draws upon selected case studies that cover topics including strategy, corporate governance, financial reporting and performance management. Given the integrative nature of the unit, assessment is primarily based on a combination of individual and group case study analysis.

Outcomes

The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. analyse, synthesize and evaluate the effect of accounting policies, regulatory requirements and other external factors on organisational performance
  2. analyse, synthesize and evaluate drivers of sustainable competitive advantage and value creation in various organisational and industry settings, including their impact on stakeholder satisfaction
  3. analyse, synthesize and evaluate contemporary performance management systems (PMS) and the role played by PMS in strategy formulation and decision making
  4. demonstrate written and presentation skills at a level required for a senior career in accounting and business
  5. demonstrate research and analytical skills to solve complex accounting and business problems and ethical dilemmas
  6. demonstrate a capacity to work independently and lead and participate in teams.

Assessment

Within semester assessment: 60%
Examination: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester.

Prerequisites

Students must have passed AFF5100 or ACF5100 and AFF5130 or ACF5130.