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Master of Professional Accounting (Professional Practice)

2018

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Overview
Location
Satac Codes
CDU Melbourne
1CM559
CDU Sydney
1CM558
CDU Waterfront Darwin
1CM557
External Studies
1CM557
Course Duration
Full-time
2 year/s
Part-time
4 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
Summer Semester
International
Semester 1
Semester 2
CDU Reference
CRICOS codes
068547C
079954G
077876M
CDU Course Code

SPAPP1

Award
Master of Professional Accounting (Professional Practice)
Faculty/College
College of Business and Law
Sector
HE
Area of study
Business, Accounting and Services Industries

The Master of Professional Accounting (Professional Practice) complements your non-accounting or partial accounting qualifications to meet the entry requirements for membership of CPA Australia and The Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

This course focuses on the knowledge and skills required for practice as a public or chartered accountant, effective management, accountability and control, and effective decision-making for financial success.

You will develop your technical and conceptual skills required to become a competent accountant, and will develop abilities to analyse, criticise and synthesise various accounting and related principles, methods and techniques.

Key study areas include:

  • accounting principles
  • corporate accounting
  • accounting therapy
  • Australian taxation law
  • cost and management accounting
  • auditing corporate entities
  • computer-based accounting systems.

You will also combine academic studies with professional practice experience in business communications.

Professional recognition

A conversion course that enables graduates with non-accounting or partial accounting backgrounds to meet the academic requirements for membership of CPA Australia and The Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

Admission requirements

Successful completion of a recognised Bachelor degree in any discipline (other than accounting) is required for admission into this course.

Applicants who have fully satisfied the entry requirements of the accounting professional bodies in their first degree are not eligible for entry.

Domestic applications

All applications for this course are submitted through SATAC.

Course fees

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments, Tuition Fee and 2018 HE Units and Fees.
 

International full fees

International course fees are provided on the International Office Fee Schedule: www.cdu.edu.au/international/future-students/courses.

International applications

English Language Requirements for International Students

For detail on English Language Entry Requirements please read the entry requirements provided for International students.

How to Apply

International applicants apply directly to CDU and should refer to the information provided for International future students Apply.

Career opportunities

The qualification prepares you for roles in management or financial analysis.

  • This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

  • Australian qualification framework

    This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

    Campus notes

    This is a Full Fee course.

    AFB: This is an ABSTUDY approved course that may attract Away From Base (AFB) funding and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
    For further information and/or eligibility please visit cdu.edu/afb.

    This course is available online through distance education with some on-campus attendance requirements.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Course structure

This is a conversion course that enables graduates with non-accounting or partial accounting backgrounds to meet the academic requirements for membership of CPA Australia and The Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ). This course is also available for students whose current qualifications only partially satisfy the application requirements of these accounting professional bodies. The course will equip students with contemporary knowledge and skills required for professional practice as a public or chartered accountant. The course will provide the technical and conceptual skills required in a competent accountant, and will develop students' abilities to explore, analyse and synthesise various accounting and related principles, methods and techniques.

Where students have prior CPA/CAANZ assessed exemptions and require electives to complete the total of 160 credit points, electives may be selected from the MBA, on approval of the Course Coordinator.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 160 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type
Credit Points
Specific requirements
Core Units
(15 units)
160 cp

Compulsory Core units totalling 160 credit points as detailed below.

ACT501 Accounting Principles (previously PRBA001)
ACT502 Management Accounting (previously PRBA002)
ACT503 Corporate Accounting (previously PRBA003)
ACT504 Auditing (previously PRBA004)
ACT505 Accounting Theory (previously PRBA005)
ACT506 Accounting Information Systems (previously PRBA006)
ECO504 Business Economics
FIN510 Aspects of Corporate Finance (previously PRBF010) 
LAW511 Australian Tax Law (previously PRBL003)
LAW513 Corporate Law
LAW514 Commercial Law
STA510 Business Statistics

Professional Practice Experience Option
WIB601 Preparation for Professional Practice (new title 2018) (previously PRB001)
WIB602 Professional Practice Experience 1 (previously PRB002) (new title 2018)
WIB603 Professional Practice Experience 2 (previously PRB003) (new title 2018)

or
(Note: from Semester 2 2017 the Research Option shown below will no longer be available)
Professional Practice Research Option
WIB601 Preparation for Professional Practice (new title 2018) (previously PRB001)
WIB604 Professional Business Project #10 (no longer avail from S2 2017) (previously PRB006)
WIB605 Professional Business Project #20 (no longer avail from S2 2017) (previously PRB007)
 

Specialist Elective
(0 units)
0
There are no Specialist Elective units for this course.

 

Electives
(0 unit)
0
There are no elective units for this course
 
160
Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Masters Degree by Coursework AQF Level 9 course award.
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

COURSE TRANSFER Arrangements 2016

Students who have completed PRBA031, PRBE003, PRBL004 or PRBM022 should NOT transfer to this new course.

Unit Code and Course Requirements from 2016

Following is a summary of unit code changes. ALL students should enrol in the latest unit code from 2016.

Pre-2016 Unit Code (MACPP requirements)
2016 Unit Code (SPAPP1 requirements)
PRBA001 Accounting Principles ACT501 Accounting Principles
PRBA002 Cost and Management Accounting ACT502 Management Accounting
PRBA003 Corporate Accounting ACT503 Corporate Accounting
PRBA004 Auditing Corporate Entities ACT504 Auditing
PRBA005 Accounting Theory ACT505 Accounting Theory
PRBA006 Computer-based Accounting Systems ACT506 Accounting Information Systems
PRBA031 Business Communications Does not count towards the SPACC1 #see note below
PRBE003 Economics Statistics Does not count towards the SPACC1 #see note below
  ECO504 Business Economics (new unit)
  STA510 Business Statistics (new unit)
PRBF010 Aspects of Corporate Finance FIN510 Aspects of Corporate Finance
PRBL004 Commercial and Corporate Law for Managers Does not count towards the SPACC1 #see note below
  LAW514 Commercial Law (new unit)
  LAW513 Corporate Law (new unit)
PRBL003 Australian Tax Law LAW511 Australian Tax Law
PRBM022 Organisational Behaviour Does not count towards the SPACC1 #see note below
PRB001 Professional Practice Experience #10 WIB601 Professional Practice Experience #10
PRB002 Professional Practice Experience #10 WIB602 Professional Practice Experience #10
PRB003 Professional Practice Experience #20 WIB603 Professional Practice Experience #20
PRB006 Professional Practice Research #10 WIB604 Professional Business Project #10 (no longer avail from S2 2017)
PRB007 Professional Practice Research #20 WIB605 Professional Business Project #20 (no longer avail from S2 2017)

Additional Information

  • Students who have completed #PRBA031 Business Communications, #PRBE003 Economics Statistics, #PRBL004 Commercial and Corporate Law for Managers and/or #PRBM022 Organisational Behaviour should NOT transfer to this new course (SPAPP1) as these units are not transferrable.
  • COM510 Advanced Business Communication (previously PRBA031), ECO503 Economic Statistics (previously PRBE003), LAW512 Commercial and Corporate Law (previously PRBL004) and MAN506 Organisational Behaviour (previously PRBM022) DO NOT count towards this award and should not be completed by students enrolled in this course.

 

Study plan

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard load.

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective R = Research Core
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
ACT501 Accounting Principles (previously PRBA001) CO ACT502 Management Accounting (previously PRBA002) CO
ECO504 Business Economics CO ACT503 Corporate Accounting (previously PRBA003) CO
STA510 Business Statistics CO ACT504 Auditing (previously PRBA004) CO
LAW514 Commercial Law CO LAW513 Corporate Law CO
Year 2
ACT505 Accounting Theory (previously PRBA005) CO ACT506 Accounting Information Systems (previously PRBA006) CO
FIN510 Aspects of Corporate Finance (previously PRBF010) CO WIB602 Professional Practice Experience 1 (previously PRB002) (new title 2018) or
WIB604 Professional Business Project #10 (no longer avail from S2 2017) (previously PRB006)
CO
LAW511 Australian Tax Law (previously PRBL003)  CO WIB603 Professional Practice Experience 2 (previously PRB003) (new title 2018) or
WIB605 Professional Business Project #20 (no longer avail from S2 2017) (previously PRB007)
CO
WIB601 Preparation for Professional Practice (new title 2018) (previously PRB001) CO    

Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard load.

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective R = Research Core
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    ACT501 Accounting Principles (previously PRBA001) CO
    ECO504 Business Economics CO
    STA510 Business Statistics CO
    LAW514 Commercial Law CO
Year 2
ACT502 Management Accounting (previously PRBA002) CO ACT504 Auditing (previously PRBA004) CO
ACT503 Corporate Accounting (previously PRBA003) CO ACT506 Accounting Information Systems (previously PRBA006) CO
ACT505 Accounting Theory (previously PRBA005) CO LAW513 Corporate Law CO
FIN510 Aspects of Corporate Finance (previously PRBF010) CO WIB601 Preparation for Professional Practice (new title 2018) (previously PRB001) CO
Year 3
LAW511 Australian Tax Law (previously PRBL003)  CO    
WIB602 Professional Practice Experience 1 (previously PRB002) (new title 2018) or
WIB604 Professional Business Project #10 (no longer avail from S2 2017) (previously PRB006)
CO    
WIB603 Professional Practice Experience 2 (previously PRB003) (new title 2018) or
WIB605 Professional Business Project #20 (no longer avail from S2 2017) (previously PRB007)
CO    

Students commencing in Summer Semester

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in summer semester and enrolling in a standard load.

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective R = Research Core
Semester 1 Semester 2 Summer Semester
Year 1
        ACT501 Accounting Principles (previously PRBA001) CO
        ECO504 Business Economics CO
        STA510 Business Statistics CO
        LAW514 Commercial Law CO
Year 2
ACT502 Management Accounting (previously PRBA002) CO ACT504 Auditing (previously PRBA004) CO    
ACT503 Corporate Accounting (previously PRBA003) CO ACT506 Accounting Information Systems (previously PRBA006) CO    
ACT505 Accounting Theory (previously PRBA005) CO LAW513 Corporate Law CO    
FIN510 Aspects of Corporate Finance (previously PRBF010) CO WIB601 Preparation for Professional Practice (new title 2018) (previously PRB001) CO    
Year 3
LAW511 Australian Tax Law (previously PRBL003)  CO        
WIB602 Professional Practice Experience 1 (previously PRB002) (new title 2018) or
WIB604 Professional Business Project #10 (no longer avail from S2 2017) (previously PRB006)
CO        
WIB603 Professional Practice Experience 2 (previously PRB003) (new title 2018) or
WIB605 Professional Business Project #20 (no longer avail from S2 2017) (previously PRB007)
CO        

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