Bachelor of Accounting - 2016

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

The 2017 course information for this course is now available. View 2017 course details.

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Course summary - 2016

Level: Undergraduate
Qualification: Bachelor Degree
Number of units: 24 units to complete
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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 three 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.

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*The three free preparatory units are PREP03 Preparing for University Learning Intensive, PREP04 Preparing for Academic Writing and PREP05 Basic Preparatory Mathematics.

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:

Graduates of the OUA Bachelor of Accounting will satisfy the educational requirements for entry to the professional program of CPA Australia (the CPA Program) and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand's professional program (the Chartered Accountants Program).

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:

  • Successful completion of Business Pathway and maintained a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0 or higher OR
  • Completed at least 4 OUA Undergraduate units and maintained a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0 or higher OR
  • Completed an award from TAFE or from another registered training organisation at AQF Diploma or above and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements OR
  • Completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma, obtaining a minimum score of 24 points and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements.
  • Completed the University Foundation Studies program or Australia’s Preparation Program for Adult Learners (UniSA-PAL).
  • 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

For assistance with OUA/UniSA specific questions, please visit the UniSA FAQ page.

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.

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 three 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 three free preparatory units are PREP03 Preparing for University Learning Intensive, PREP04 Preparing for Academic Writing and PREP05 Basic Preparatory Mathematics.

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. A progression checklist is also provided to assist you in tracking your progress through the degree and includes changes made to units in this degree over recent years.

Progression_Checklist.pdf (88KB)

Current Unit

Discontinued Unit

STA10003 Foundations of Statistics

OR

AFE134 Business Statistics

STA102 Foundations of Statistics

IBA134 Business Statistics

BMS11 Business Mathematics and Statistics

IBA111 Management Concepts (Introduction to Management)

MAN11 Introduction to Management

MKT10007 Fundamentals of Marketing

OR

MKT103 Introduction to Marketing

MAR110 Marketing Concepts

MAR110 Fundamentals of Marketing

MAR11 Marketing Theory and Practice

ACG22 Business Intelligence

ACG10 or ACG20 Communication and Information Systems in Business

ACG23 Business Finance

ACG32 Finance and Investment

BLW17 Business Law

BLW16 Foundations of Business Law

ACG37 Strategic Financial Analysis

ACG33 Global Issues for Accounting

BLW32 Introduction to Australian Tax Law

BLW22 Taxation

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

Majors

Students who commenced their studies prior to 2015 should also refer to the Transition Arrangements section before choosing units 

Core Units

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

  • eight Level 1 Core units
  • five Level 2 Core units
  • six 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 (please refer to the non-approved elective list which for units which will not be approved as electives, please note this is not an exhaustive list). Students may also wish to select from the table of Recommended Elective Units provided below. These recommended elective units are complementary to your accounting studies.

Students wishing to undertake any elective unit not listed as a 'Recommended Elective Unit' or included in the approved elective list must obtain approval by emailing the Student Service Advisors at UniSA (ouainfo@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. 

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 or on the list of previously approved electives students must obtain approval of elective choices by emailing the OUA Student Advisers at UniSA prior to enrolling.

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Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Tertiary Learning Strategies
SSK101 UniSA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Principles of Economics
ECO11 UniSA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Management Concepts (Introduction to Management)
IBA111 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Accounting for Business
ACG11 UniSA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Preparing for University Learning
PREP03 OUA PT 1 PT 2 PT 3 PT 4 PT 5 PT 6 PT 7 PT 8
Preparing for Academic Writing
PREP04 OUA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Basic Preparatory Mathematics
PREP05 OUA PT 1 PT 3 PT 5 PT 7

1 Students who undertake the Business Pathway unit SSK10 'Tertiary Learning Strategies' will be granted credit for one of the Course elective units.

Total number of units to complete: 6 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Accounting for Business
ACG112 UniSA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Financial Accounting 1
ACG12 UniSA - SP2 - SP4
Business Law
BLW171 UniSA - - SP3 SP4
Principles of Economics
ECO11 UniSA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Management Concepts (Introduction to Management)
IBA111 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Business & Society
MGM143 UniSA - SP2 - SP4

1 This unit has replaced BLW16. Please do not enrol in this unit if you have completed BLW16. Alternative law units will not be awarded credit in this degree.
2 ACF110 'Accounting Fundamentals' will not be awarded credit in this degree.
3 Do not complete MGM14 if: you have completed 8 level 1 units including ACG10 OR you have completed ACG10 OR you have been granted credit for ACG10.

Students who commenced their studies prior to 2015 should refer to the Transition Arrangements section before choosing your units.

Complete 1 unit from the following 2 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Foundations of Statistics
STA10003 Swinburne SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Business Statistics
AFE1341 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 -

1 This unit was previously known as IBA134 Business Statistics.

Complete 1 unit from the following 2 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Fundamentals of Marketing
MKT10007 Swinburne SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Introduction to Marketing
MKT103 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Total number of units to complete: 5 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Business Intelligence
ACG221 UniSA - SP2 - SP4
Business Finance
ACG232 UniSA SP1 - SP3 -
Management Accounting
ACG24 UniSA SP1 - SP3 -
Financial Accounting 2
ACG27 UniSA - SP2 - SP4
Company Law for Business
BLW213 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -

1 ACG22 has replaced ACG20 in this stream. They are not considered academically equivalent but share significant content. Do not enrol in ACG22 if you have completed ACG20.
2 ACG23 has replaced ACG32. Do not enrol in ACG23 if you have completed ACG32.
3 Alternative law units will not be awarded credit in this degree.

Total number of units to complete: 6 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Introduction to Australian Tax Law (Previously BLW22)
BLW321 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Auditing Theory and Practice
ACG31 UniSA SP1 - SP3 -
Contemporary Issues in Accounting
ACG35 UniSA - SP2 - SP4
Strategic Financial Analysis
ACG372 UniSA - SP2 - SP4
Financial Accounting 3
ACG36 UniSA SP1 - SP3 -
Sustainability Accounting and Reporting
ACG383 UniSA - SP2 - SP4

1 BLW32 - Introduction to Australian Tax Law has replaced BLW22 - Taxation.
2 ACG37 Strategic Financial Analysis has replaced ACG33 Global Issues in Accounting in this stream. However, these units are not considered academically equivalent.
3 If you commenced your studies prior to 2015 you are not required to complete ACG38, however it can be taken as an elective. Please see Transition Arrangements for more detailed information.

Complete 5 units from the following 7 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Macroeconomics 1
ECO12 UniSA - SP2 SP3 -
Issues in Small Business Management
MAN15 UniSA SP1 - SP3 -
Communication and Organisational Practices
MGM212 UniSA - SP2 SP3 -
Cost Management Systems
ACG251 UniSA - - SP3 SP4
Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting
ACG26 UniSA - SP2 - SP4
Foundations of Human Resource Management
EHS200 UniSA - SP2 - SP4
Business and Professional Ethics
PHIX201 Macquarie SP1 - SP3 -

1 This elective is highly recommended for Bachelor of Accounting students.
2 Please note: MGM21 remains a core unit for all students who commenced this program before 2015.

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.

Students may only receive credit for previous studies conducted at other institutions. The credit application form can be found below and should be submitted at least six weeks prior to the relevant close of enrolment.  

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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 in the Units in the Degree section above.

Once you have enrolled:

Once your enrolment has been confirmed, your details will be sent through to the University of South Australia (UniSA). Your details will then be used to send out your UniSA log in details. If you enrolled two weeks before (or earlier) to the start of the study period your log in details for the UniSA student portal will be sent out two weeks prior to the start of the study period. If you enrol during the last two weeks before the start of the study period the email will be sent the following Monday after you enrol.

If you have not received your log in details by the start of the study period date please contact UniSA directly on 1300 361 450.
 

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can apply for loans through the Commonwealth government's Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP), which allows you to defer your fees. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a certain level.

There are currently two types of loan:

Loan scheme Who can access it? When can I use it? How do I find out more?
Course loan
(HECS-HELP)
  • Australian citizens
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders

After you've been admitted into an application course. (That's why we call it a course loan.)

If you complete units from different universities, each university will ask you to apply for HECS-HELP.

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Unit loan
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  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia,
    at least one unit of study
    contributing to their course
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian
    visa holders who will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their unit
    OR
  • Permanent visa holders who
    are undertaking bridging study
    for overseas-trained professionals
    , and will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their study

When you enrol in OUA units without having been admitted into an application course.

If you're studying OUA units to become eligible to apply for this course, we recommend using FEE-HELP for them. Once you've completed the units to the required standard you can apply for the course and, once admitted, switch to the course loan (HECS-HELP).

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You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001
Australia

Changes in 2014:

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. In 2015 both of these units were replaced by ACG22 Business Intelligence. If you have already completed ACG10 or ACG20 do not enrol in ACG22. If you have not completed either ACG10 or ACG20 please complete ACG22.

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, you will be required to enrol in MGM14 if:

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

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 CampusCentral.OUAEnquiries@unisa.edu.au

Changes in 2015:

Current Units

Discontinued Units

BLW17 - Business Law

BLW16 – Foundations of Business Law

ACG22 - Business Intelligence

ACG10 or ACG20 - Communication and Information Systems in Business

ACG23 - Business Finance

ACG32 – Finance and Investment

ACG37 - Strategic Financial Analysis

ACG33 – Global Issues in Accounting

Recoded Units:
IBA134 Business Statistics has been recoded to AFE134.
BLW22 - Taxation has been recoded and renamed to BLW32 - Introduction to Australian Tax Law

Another new unit is being introduced in 2016:
ACG38 - Sustainability Accounting and Reporting.

For students who have commenced the Bachelor of Accounting prior to 2015, please see the transition document supplied below:

Pre2015_Students_Bachelor_of_Accounting_Transition_Table.pdf (180 KB)

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