Master of Professional Accounting (C7B)

Overview

Duration
Minimum 1.5 Years, up to a maximum of 4 Years
Entry requirements
ATAR Clearly-In Rank: See entry requirements
Course rules
Current students
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Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2
Duration
Minimum 1.5 Years, up to a maximum of 4 Years
Entry requirements
ATAR Clearly-In Rank: See entry requirements
Course code
Course rules
CRICOS: 048893F
Current students
View 2016 information
Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2
This course provides training in accounting primarily for those who do not have an accounting background. Successful completion of this course means that you will be eligible for professional accounting body associate membership.  

This is an 18 month (12 unit) full-time or 3 year part-time course of study offered by the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics. The course is available in both on campus and off campus modes.  All units are subject to formal assessment including the completion of continuous assessment such as assignments, and a final examination.  

The course is full fee-paying, which means that you will be charged at the full fee-paying rate listed for each unit.

Please note that if you are awarded advanced standing (credit) for any units in this degree, you should be aware that the accounting accrediting bodies will assess this advanced standing separately and that this advanced standing may not be approved. You should seek advice from the accrediting bodies on any units you wish to seek advanced standing for, as it may affect your membership eligibility if not approved.

The MPA is primarily designed for graduates with an undergraduate degree, from disciplines other than accounting, to develop skills to meet the entry requirements necessary for Associate Membership of the professional accounting bodies. You develop the skills to question and find solutions by applying your technical knowledge and ability to research authentic situations in the accounting context. You also learn to interact within diverse groups and communicate your findings to both accountants and non-accountants through the most appropriate method.

The Course Learning Outcomes are:

  • Research, critique and integrate advanced technical, specialist and theoretical knowledge with recent developments in commerce;
  • Clear and concise oral and written communication skills to justify business advice and ideas in diverse collaborative contexts involving both accountants and non-accountants;
  • Anticipate and solve complex problems and through this process demonstrate information literacy, judgement and the ability to apply theoretical and technical knowledge;
  • Apply interpersonal and collaborative skills when making decisions, and working with people from diverse backgrounds;
  • Seek and reflect on feedback to improve personal, professional and ethical conduct and initiate learning opportunities for self and others;
  • Reflect on issues of social responsibility and sustainability in the business context.

Career outcomes

This course offers participants from different academic and experiential backgrounds the opportunity to specialise in accounting for professional recognition purposes. Accounting is often cited as the language of business. People with accounting skills are in high demand in the business and corporate world embracing areas such as finance, marketing, entrepreneurship, banking and information systems, and such skills are increasingly important to groups performing an overview function such as directors.

Professional Recognition

Students with a recognised undergraduate or masters degree or approved graduate certificate who complete this course are eligible for membership of CPA Australia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA) and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). This course is accredited with the professional accounting bodies in Australia.

Course structure

The Master of Professional Accounting consists of 12 core units, as outlined in Schedule A.

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

Schedule A

You will study the 12 core units:

This unit develops your statistical knowledge through application to accounting information systems. Interpretation and application of the various statistical techniques is emphasised, and limitations and assumptions explored. Accounting information systems are interrogated through their transaction and systems development life cycles…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides you with knowledge of ethics, corporate governance frameworks and mechanisms and the skills to apply them as a professional accountant in a global business environment. You will develop your analytical and decision‐making skills and knowledge to identify…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

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

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

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

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit covers a wide range of interesting legal topics and teaches you how to analyse, and solve legal problems, all essential skills for those wishing to work in both the fields of accounting and business management.The unit combines topics…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

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 that you gained while studying BFA507 The Accounting Framework will…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

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

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The unit aims to develop your understanding of economics. This is achieved by identifying significant economic issues and problems facing Australia, with an investigation of possible courses of action for businesses and other organisations. You will examine the role of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

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

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces you 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

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

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

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit examines a number of contemporary and emerging global issues in order to familiarise you with the business environment you are likely to be operating in as an accountant. This unit has a heavy emphasis on research and critical…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

For entry to this course, you need to have:

The equivalent of an undergraduate degree or a Masters Degree in a non-accounting discipline;
or
A 4 unit Graduate Certificate or equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution;

For entry into all 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.

Articulation from

Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting (only for students who hold an undergraduate or masters degree)

Articulation to

Master of Professional Accounting (Specialisation)

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

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

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.

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