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Bachelor of Accounting

The business world demands the best from those who work in it. A Bachelor of Accounting degree through Open Universities Australia is the first step you can take to achieving this excellence. With this online degree you will be learning what you really need to know to get ahead.

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Overview

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

Level of study: What does Undergraduate mean?

Undergraduate

Number of units: What are units?

24 units

How to enrol

  1. Select the units you want to study, then enrol.

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If eligible, apply for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP). A CSP is a place in a course where part of the cost of your studies is covered by the Australian government.
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Accounting is a fundamental organisational tool for business planning and control. Proficiency in this specialised field can create a range of career opportunities in government and in business, management and finance across a multitude of industries.

Through a combination of required units and electives, students will gain knowledge and skills in many areas of Accounting and related fields. As students develop an understanding of accounting principles and practices, they explore the relationship between accounting, finance and economics, the law, management and marketing. Students will study, in detail, specialised areas including Financial Accounting, Corporate Reporting, Taxation Law, Auditing, Management Accounting and Communications. Students also have the opportunity of selecting elective units, so as to tailor the degree to individual needs.

OUA Pathways

This course is an OUA Pathway course, which means there is a recommended series of units that, once successfully completed, can be credited towards this course.

OUA Pathway students also have the opportunity to study up to two free* preparatory units during their pathway studies. These units are ideal for students who either haven't studied before or haven't studied in a while, as they are designed to introduce them to online learning and what's required to achieve academic success. Students can enrol in these units at anytime during their pathway studies.

Learn more about OUA Pathways.

*The two free preparatory units are PREP03 Preparing for University Learning Intensive and PREP04 Preparing for Academic Writing.

Career Outcomes

This broad-based business degree will enable students to primarily develop expertise in professional accounting. Coupled with a dedicated industry focus and an extensive range of unit choices, the degree will produce highly employable graduates with a strong and diverse skill base.

For information about Accounting careers please refer to the following links:

Award Requirements

To qualify for the Bachelor of Accounting from University of South Australia, students must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Students must complete 24 units
  • Students must complete 19 set units
  • Students must complete 5 elective units
  • Students must complete at least 8 units through University of South Australia

Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit

Students cannot receive RPL for this course. However, students may receive credit for previous studies conducted at other institutions.

Credit applications can be found at http://w3.unisa.edu.au/oua/admin/forms.asp and should be submitted at least four weeks prior to enrolling in the units.

Recommended Study Pattern

This course is an OUA Pathways course, which means there is a recommended series of units that, once successfully completed, can be credited towards this course. OUA Pathway students also have the opportunity to study up to two free* preparatory units during their pathway studies. Preparatory units are designed to introduce you to online learning and what's required to achieve academic success.

To enrol in the pathway, simply choose units from the OUA Pathways table below.

*The two free preparatory units are PREP03 Preparing for University Learning Intensive and PREP04 Preparing for Academic Writing.

Students who aren't taking part in OUA Pathways can instead follow the study pattern below:

  • Study SSK10 if you are new or returning to university study
  • Start with Level 1 core units
  • Study Level 2 core units and/or electives
  • Finish with Level 3 core units and/or electives

A number of units have undergone change over the past several years. If you have completed units which have been discontinued or which have had a title change, please do not complete the new unit listed.

Current unit

Discontinued unit

STA102 Foundation of Statistics (Previously STA15)OR IBA134 Business Statistics

BMS11 Business Mathematics and Statistics

IBA111 Management Concepts (Introduction to Management)

MAN11 Introduction to Management

MAR110 Marketing Concepts OR MKT103 Introduction to Marketing

MAR11 Marketing Theory and Practice


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Please Note: Not applicable to CSP students.

Subject to degree requirements, the University of South Australia will award students with a Bachelor of Accounting upon successful completion of the appropriate Open Universities Australia units.

With the exception of CSP students, there is no requirement for students to register for the degree. All students must follow the unit sequence outlined below.

Course Admission Eligibility Criteria

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There are no set entry requirements. To enrol, select units from the Course units tab and add them to your Study Cart. Then follow the steps to complete your enrolment online.

Want to apply for Commonwealth support?

A Commonwealth supported place (CSP) is when the Federal government contributes to the cost of your tertiary studies, though you will still need to make a contribution – it’s not fully funded.

Please note: You can still enrol and pay for your units via FEE-HELP or an upfront payment if you are not eligible for CSP.

To be eligible for Commonwealth support, you must be:

  • An Australian citizen residing in Australia for all or part of your studies; OR
  • A New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study; OR
  • The holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study

To be eligible for Commonwealth support for this course, you must also meet one of the following requirements:

  1. Successful completion of Business Pathway and maintained a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0 or higher OR
  2. Completed at least 4 OUA Undergraduate units and maintained a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0 or higher OR
  3. Completed an award from TAFE or from another registered training organisation at AQF Diploma or above and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements OR
  4. Qualified for SACE or equivalent secondary school education: To be eligible for selection in 2014, applicants are required to have the following SACE qualifications:
    • completed 200 credits of subjects;
    • achieved a grade of C1 or better in the Personal Learning Plan, 20 credits of literacy, 10 credits of numeracy and the Research Project at Stage 2;
    • achieved a grade C- or better in an additional 60 credits at Stage 2; and
    • obtained a competitive ATAR of 70 or higher
  5. Completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma, obtaining a minimum score of 24 points and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements.
  6. Completed the University Foundation Studies program or Australia’s Preparation Program for Adult Learners (UniSA-PAL).

Professional Recognition

The Bachelor of Accounting is accredited by the two major Australian accounting professional bodies, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and CPA Australia.

Transition Arrangements

A new Level 1 (first year) unit titled MGM14 Business and Society has been introduced into the Bachelor of Accounting.

The unit ACG10 Communication and Information Systems in Business has been superseded and is now being taught as a Level 2 (second year) unit titled ACG20 Communication and Information Systems in Business.

Impacts to existing Accounting students

If you have successfully completed ACG10 you will not need to complete ACG20. However, you will need to complete 6 elective units instead of 5.

If you are an existing accounting student in the following categories listed below, you will not need to enrol in MGM14:

  • Completed 8 level 1 Units including ACG10 or;
  • Completed ACG10 or been granted credit for ACG10;

However:

  • If you have completed some level 1 Units but have not yet completed ACG10; or
  • If this is your first Study Period with OUA and you are working toward an Accounting degree;

You will be required to enrol in MGM14.

Further enquiries:

If you do not fall into any of the above mentioned circumstances or would like additional advice before enrolling, please contact UniSA on busoua@unisa.edu.au.

How to Apply

You have two options for enrolling in this course:

Option 1 – Just enrol! (no application required)

Enrolment is open to all students and does not require any applications.

Select your units from the Course units tab and add them to your Study Cart. Then follow the steps to complete your enrolment online.

You'll also be able to select from a number of payment methods, including upfront payment, or deferring the cost of your studies with FEE-HELP.

Option 2 - Apply for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

This course is also eligible for Commonwealth supported places (CSP).

Please note: You can still enrol and pay for your units via FEE-HELP or an upfront payment if you are not eligible for CSP.

A CSP is when the Federal Government contributes to the cost of your tertiary studies, though you will still need to make a contribution – it’s not fully funded.

To enrol in this course as a Commonwealth supported student, submit your application by clicking on the Apply Online button below. Don't forget to check the eligibility requirements for a Commonwealth supported place in the Requirements Tab.

To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, please see Commonwealth supported places or call 1300 322 870.

Apply online

If you require an application form in an alternative format please phone a CSP Student Advisor on 1800 870 322.

About Commonwealth supported places

A Commonwealth supported place is a higher education place for which the Australian Government provides funding to the university towards the cost of your education. Commonwealth supported places are only available for students who wish to enrol in a full course of study and are required to contribute to the cost of their higher education through a student contribution. Eligible students in Commonwealth supported places can also receive assistance with their student contribution in the form of HECS-HELP.

To be eligible for Commonwealth support, you must be:

  • An Australian citizen OR;
  • A New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study OR;
  • The holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.

For more information and to download an information booklet on the eligibility requirements and the payment options available including the process for applying for HECS-HELP assistance, please visit http://studyassist.gov.au/sites/StudyAssist/

Alternatively if you do not wish to apply as a Commonwealth supported place student or are not eligible, you can still apply to study this course or units within this course. Click on the Course units tab above to find out more.

Please note that depending on the course eligibility requirements, you may be required to provide scanned and certified copies of the following supporting documents:

  • Certified copies of academic transcripts - required in most cases but check course eligibility rules.(Please ensure you attach all pages of your academic transcript including both the front and back pages)

A “certified copy” is a copy of an original document which has been certified as being a true copy by an authorised person. These include a justice of the peace, lawyer, medical practitioner, pharmacist, accountant, school principal or minister of religion.

  • English language test results - if your courses were not predominantly in English e.g. IELTS or equivalent test results.
  • IMPORTANT:  Please do not send original documents as they will not be returned.

Pricing and Payment Options

The total cost of completing a degree will vary depending on the course you have chosen to study.

Fees can also vary according to the type of unit you enrol in and the applicable fee band. Below is a guide to help you find the fees applicable for your own study path.

Please also note that the fees listed here are only indicative costs for new students in 2012. These fees may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks.

Course Structure

Majors

Core Units

Bachelor of Accounting students complete a total of 19 core units:

  • eight Level 1 Core units
  • six Level 2 Core units
  • five Level 3 Core units

Students must complete the compulsory core units. Alternative units of study will only be allowed in this degree after a formal application for credit has been completed. Students must not enrol in alternative units without receiving written confirmation of their eligibility for credit.

Electives

Students must complete five elective units. These can be taken from any discipline area; however, their content must not be comparable to the Foundation or Core units. Students may also wish to select from the table of 'Recommended Elective Units' provided.

Students wishing to undertake any elective unit not listed as a 'Recommended Elective Unit' must obtain approval by emailing the OUA Student Advisors at UniSA (busoua@unisa.edu.au)  before enrolling.

Students who complete alternative electives without prior written approval from UniSA may not be granted credit towards the degree when applying to graduate.
 

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Business Pathway Total number of units to complete: 4 units
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Required Units: Complete the following 4 units
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1 Students who undertake the Business Pathway unit SSK10 'Tertiary Learning Strategies' will be granted credit for one of the Course elective units.

Level 1 Core units Total number of units to complete: 6 units
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1 Alternative law units will not be awarded credit in this degree.

2 ACF110 'Accounting Fundamentals' will not be awarded credit in this degree.

Please refer to the Transition Arrangements section before choosing your units.
Level 1 core units - Statistics Total number of units to complete: 1 unit
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Level 1 core units - Marketing Total number of units to complete: 1 unit
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Level 2 Core units Total number of units to complete: 6 units
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1 Alternative law units will not be awarded credit in this degree.

2 ACG20 has superseded ACG10. Please do not complete this unit if you had previously completed ACG10.

Level 3 Core units Total number of units to complete: 5 units
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Students must select 5 Elective Units in total. Those students who have completed SSK10 as a Business Pathway unit need only complete 4 electives. Students can choose to study other units as electives if preferred but if selecting Elective Units other than those on the recommended list students must obtain approval of elective choices by emailing the OUA Student Advisers at UniSA prior to enrolling.
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