Accounting for Business - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assessment - Weekly assessment activity (15%) , Assignment 1 - 1250 words plus calculations (25%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,305.00
HECS 1,305.00
International 1,555.00

This unit provides an overview of the field of accounting and the conceptual and practical foundation required to analyse and interpret accounting information in the business environment.

This unit is part of the Business Pathway.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. discuss the role of the accounting profession in business
  2. identify accounting as an information process for business decision making and describe the workings of the accounting cycle
  3. explain the accounting equation and the determination of financial position
  4. discuss the basic accounting concepts, principles and procedures 
  5. analyse and interpret financial accounting information from a management and user perspective.
  6. work independently to solve accounting problems with consideration of ethical issues.
  • Assessment — Weekly assessment activity (15%)
  • Assignment 1 — 1250 words plus calculations (25%)
  • Invigilated Exam — 3 hours (60%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Other special requirement — Students will require Windows Vista, Windows 7 or higher. UniSA does not support Windows XP.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to accounting
2Organisations and the accounting process
3Recording accounting data
4Preparation of financial reports from accounting data
5Accounting for Merchandise
6Using financial accounting reports for decision making
7Statement of cash flows
8Management accounting - planning and control through budgeting

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Accounting 9E

    By: Hoggett, John

    ISBN: 9781118608227


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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