Courses & Units

Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting C5B

Hobart

Introduction

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting is the first part of a suite of accounting courses that culminate in eligibility for professional accounting body membership.  The course is a a 6 month full-time (1 year part-time) course of study offered on a full fee paying basis by the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics. 

The course involves the completion of 4 units of study.  Completion of this course alone does not lead to professional accounting body membership (see Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) and Master of Professional Accounting (Specialisation) (MPAS)).

International students can find additional information at http://www.utas.edu.au/international/how-to-apply.

Summary

Course Name Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting
Course Abbreviation GCPA
Course Duration 0.5 Years
Maximum time to complete (Part-time) 2 Years
CRICOS code 048891G
Responsible Faculty Tasmanian School of Business & Economics (TSBE)

Intake

Locations

Location Semesters
Hobart Semester 1, Semester 2

Career Outcomes

The units in this course form part of the MPA and/or MPAS and, once the MPA or MPAS is completed and, depending on the qualifications of the applicant on entry, it is the first part of a pathway for students to qualify for membership of the professional accounting bodies.The students are then able to pursue professional year studies with these bodies.

Prerequisites

For admission to this degree you need to have: 

  1.  the equivalent of an undergraduate or masters degree in a non-accounting degree. International applications are subject to assessment for equivalency; OR
  2. approved relevant work experience or other special circumstances (eg post secondary qualifications) as approved by the Dean or delegated authority.

For entry into all postgraduate courses, international students must provide an IELTS test score of at least Band 6 with a minimum of 6.0 on all bands, or a TOEFL score of 575 with a Test of Written English score of no less than 4.5. This test must not be more than 24 months old. Further information can be found under international admissions http://www.international.utas.edu.au/static/admissionRequirements.php

At the discretion of the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics, admission may also include an interview.

If you've previously undertaken study overseas, please review our list of equivalent qualifications.

Please note: international students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements.

Credit Transfer and Articulation

Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting

Master of Professional Accounting (only for students who hold an Undergraduate or Masters degree)

Master of Professional Accounting (Specialisation)

These course rules and specifications apply to students who commenced the course in 2014. For students who commenced prior to 2014 the applicable course rules are those from the year of commencement: i.e. students who commenced in 2009 should refer to the 2009 Handbook

Course Structure

Schedule A

  • Students may qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting upon completing four (4) of the following twelve (12) units:
  • BFA503Introduction to Financial Management

    This unit introduces students to the major concepts and analytical tools used in the theory and practice of financial management within an Australian context. It is designed to provide you with with an understanding of:- the scope and nature of…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • BFA506Business Law

    Provides an introduction to the Australian legal system, sources of law such as Parliament and the courts, the Federal system, the legislative process, precedent, alternative dispute resolution, the law of torts, the law of contract, consumer protection law, consumer law,…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

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  • BFA507The Accounting Framework

    Provides a foundation for students intending to study units towards the Masters of Professional Accounting. The institutional framework and the fundamental principles underpinning accrual accounting and financial reporting are examined. The elements of the accounting cycle, and techniques of measurement,…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

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  • BFA605Financial and Corporate Accounting

    This unit has been planned and guided by ideas about what a future accountant or manager would need to know in order to perform effectively in the workplace. The understanding gained in your previous core accounting unit will be extended…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • BFA612Management and Cost Accounting

    In this unit we explore the key functions fulfilled by managerial and cost accounting. The primary purpose of managerial and cost accounting is to provide relevant information to managers within an organisation. Managerial accounting can be thought of as the…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

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  • BFA636Organisational Risk, Technology and AIS

    This graduate unit provides students with an appreciation of the purpose, nature and operation of the accounting information system. The focus of the unit is on technology and the information system, and the implications of both for the accountant and…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

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  • BEA674Data and Business Decision Making

    This unit introduces students to statistical methods which are useful in the decision making process. It seeks to provide basic statistical knowledge for analysing data, and aims to develop skills in using appropriate statistical methods to make and carry out…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • BEA683Economics for Managers

    The unit aims to develop a general overview and understanding of economics. It does this by identifying significant economic issues and problems facing Australia and an investigation of possible courses of action for businesses and other organisations. It examines the…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

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  • BFA713Audit and Assurance

    This unit examines the role of auditing, focusing particularly on the role of the external auditor in the assessment of the validity and reliability of financial information of publicly listed companies. It highlights the audit function and the important role…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

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  • BFA714Australian Tax Law

    This unit introduces students to the core concepts in Australian taxation and identifies the framework (both legal and administrative) behind such concepts. The knowledge gained through this exploration enables the application of the framework to current issues faced by individuals…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

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  • BFA715Accounting Theory

    Accounting Theory is an advanced unit that seeks to provide students with an understanding of historical and contemporary issues that have influenced and continue to influence the development of accounting thought and underlie practice that has developed. Accounting theory has…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • BFA726Corporate Law and Regulation

    The focus of this unit is the Corporations Act 2001, how it regulates the business activities of corporations and the role and powers of bodies such as the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Topics covered in the unit include: the…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • Annual Course Cost

    Fees for domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

    International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

    Scholarships

    For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

    Course Rules


    Entry

    1Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting shall be qualified for entry if they have:
     oThe equivalent of an Undergraduate Degree or a Masters Degree1 in a non-accounting discipline;
     Or
     oA 4 unit Graduate Certificate2 or equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution
     Or
     oApproved relevant work experience or other special circumstances as approved by the Dean or delegated authority.
     For entry into all courses, international students must provide:
     oEvidence of proficiency in the English language. An overall band score of 6+ in the IELTS test or a TOEFL score of 550 or more with a written English score of 5+ is the normal method of demonstrating English language proficiency.
     At the discretion of the Faculty, admission may also include an interview with the applicant.
    2Candidates for the GCPA shall complete the requirements, as hereinafter prescribed, in not less than one semester of equivalent full time study and not more than two semesters of equivalent full time study from the time of first enrolment.

    Course structure

    3To qualify for the GCPA the candidate shall pass any 4 units from the list of 12 units in Schedule A.
    4The units that may be included in a course for the GCPA shall, unless otherwise approved by the Dean, be in accordance Schedule A
    5Units may be counted towards the GCPA only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites determined by the Faculty of Commerce and as summarised in Schedule A
    6A candidate normally may not enrol in any year in units totalling more than 100% weighting or if the candidate is in full-time employment during any given Semester, more than 50% weighting.
    7Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the GCPA.
    8In every case the candidate's choice of units and the order in which they are taken shall be subject to approval by the Dean in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 3.

    Credit for previous studies

    9Passes in completed subjects or units in other courses in this University or another approved tertiary institution (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the degree, provided that the Faculty may specify what more a candidate so credited shall be required to do to qualify for the GCPA.

    Miscellaneous

    10The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the Schedules to these specifications.
    11These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2004 and shall apply to all candidates for the GCPA, including those enrolling for the first time in that year and those enrolled subsequently.
    12The approved abbreviation for the award of Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting shall be GCPA.