Courses & Units

CPA Contemporary Business Issues BFA731

Hobart

Note:

Students intending to enrol concurrently in the CPA program must have completed the 8 foundation units in order to seek associate membership with the CPA.

Introduction

The CPA as an innovator

The Contemporary Business Issues (CBI) subject 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. It also uses contemporary issues as a vehicle for advancing the development of professional values, ethics and attitudes. In particular, attitudes that:

  • value learning combined with well-developed personal communication, networking and information technology skills;
  • acknowledge the importance of professional curiosity as a means of avoiding imprudent decision-making; and
  • welcome divergent opinions and creative approaches to problem-solving as a means of gaining insights into an increasingly complex and dynamic business world.

This subject will offer you the challenges and opportunities presented by contemporary issues—such as operating in a carbon-constrained economy and in an environment of tight liquidity and dwindling resources.

The aims of the subject are to:

  • promote the development of professional values, ethics and attitudes by using complex, real-life scenarios that highlight how professional values, ethics and attitudes underpin all facets of an accountant’s work; and
  • develop a broader awareness of the origins and effects of contemporary and emerging global issues that are affecting the business environment.

This unit is a CPA Professional Level subject Contemporary Business Issues but concurrent enrolment with CPA is not required for completion of this unit within the MPA. If you wish to count this unit towards the CPA Professional program you will need to enrol with CPA and pay their examination costs.

Summary

Unit name CPA Contemporary Business Issues
Unit code BFA731
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Accounting and Corporate Governance
Coordinator

Dr Claire Horner

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic

Key

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International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 13/4/2020 31/5/2020
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Learning Outcomes

LO1Critique and evaluate the impact of contemporary issues impacting on the role of the accountant and the implications for professional values, ethics and attitudes by using complex, authentic scenarios.
LO2Work Collaboratively in teams to communicate a contemporary issue as might be expected of an accountant as business adviser.
LO3Appraise social responsibility and sustainability as part of the role of the accountant.

Fees

Please note that there are fees associated with CPA membership, enrolment and examinations which are payable directly to CPA Australia and which are in addition to the UTAS tuition fee. For more information please contact CPA Australia.

Domestic

Band Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2020: $2,701.00 080101

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.

Requisites

Prerequisites

BFA503 AND BFA507 AND BFA601 AND BFA605 AND BFA612 AND BEA603 AND BFA714 AND BFA715

Teaching

Assessment

Presentation (20%), Research Paper (30%), Examination (50%).

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Textbooks

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