Contemporary Accounting Thought

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 14 weeks
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Awarded by: RMIT University
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About this unit

This online Contemporary Accounting Thought unit provided by RMIT University and Open University Australia, is concerned with the 'why' rather than the 'how' of financial reporting. By exploring contexts of financial reporting from this angle, we can arrive at an analytical consideration of 'what' should be included in a modern financial report.

This unit examines a range of theories around the role of financial reporting, helping you to develop a deeper understanding of the nature and development of contemporary accounting thought. You will explore the conceptual basis for regulation of financial reports, and discuss how and why various organisations disclose financial information.

You will be exposed to a variety of academic ideas and approaches to accounting thought, including inductive and deductive thought processes. The influence of these methods will be explored and discussed in detail, using a number of modern accounting issues to illustrate key ideas.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to enter this program:

  • Be accepted into the Master of Professional Accounting

It is also recommended that students have completed the following units, or have equivalent knowledge:

  • Financial Accounting and Business
  • Financial Reporting and Regulation

Areas of study

Students will have access to their subject outlines upon enrolment, and can access this information at the Learning Hub.

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Master of Professional Accounting, RMIT University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

A solid foundation in contemporary accounting thought is a highly desirable skill in professional accountancy and a number of financially-driven job roles. On completion of this unit you will have developed a keen understanding of various theoretical perspectives used to develop standards in financial reporting.

You will develop an understanding of normative and positive approaches to the development of knowledge in accounting, and the differences between these approaches. You will also explore the difference between measurement and disclosure decisions in regulated and unregulated environments, and the role of financial reporting in corporations, capital markets and broader society.

In addition, you will develop an insight into the principles behind accounting standards and the authorities that develop and implement them. You will appraise a range of controversial accounting standards in terms of their theoretical and actual effect on the reporting of corporate information, with particular focus on standards before and after the adoption of IFRS. This unit forms a core part of the Master of Professional Accounting, and should leave you with the tools you need for a long and successful career in the financial field.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Contemporary Accounting Thought from RMIT University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUAs full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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