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ACCG8127 – Current Issues in Accounting and Corporate Governance

2021 – Session 2, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Grant Richardson
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
ACCG848 or ACCG8048 or ACCG921 or ACCG8121 or ACCG923 or ACCG8123
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
ACCG7027
Unit description Unit description

This is an advanced unit in financial accounting and corporate governance which examines accounting theories and their relationship to a broad range of issues of current concern to both the accounting profession and accounting information users. Given the current focus and importance of global harmonisation and the convergence of accounting and corporate governance, students are required to examine current issues and problems in complex contexts using social, ethical, economic, political and global perspectives. Students will also be required to analyse relevant scholarly research papers. The objective of the unit is for students to critically evaluate accounting theories, governance policies and procedures. Students will use critical analysis skills to evaluate, synthesise and judge through research and essay writing. Research findings are used to underpin all theories. Students will be challenged to question the foundations of accounting and corporate governance and to think critically about current issues in accounting and accountability.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Demonstrate an advanced level of theoretical accounting knowledge, including knowledge in financial and management accounting and corporate governance, and critically apply knowledge in a range of contexts.
  • ULO2: Evaluate relevant quantitative research methods and principles applicable to accounting.
  • ULO3: Conduct independent research to recommend appropriate solutions to complex business problems.
  • ULO4: Demonstrate communication skills relevant to an appropriate professional environment.
  • ULO5: Appreciate the need for corporate social responsibility and ethical thinking

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Qualitative Analysis Task 15% No Weeks 3 to 5
Written Quiz 10% No Week 7
Quantitative analysis task 15% No Weeks 9 to 12
Essay 30% No Week 13
Final Exam 30% No Exam period

Qualitative Analysis Task

Assessment Type 1: Qualitative analysis task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Weeks 3 to 5
Weighting: 15%

 

Individual Critical Reflections (15%) You will produce three written individual critical reflections of 250 words on allocated lectures. This assessment is designed to introduce you to different contemporary accounting and corporate governance issues and how to apply theoretical concepts to real-world cases.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an advanced level of theoretical accounting knowledge, including knowledge in financial and management accounting and corporate governance, and critically apply knowledge in a range of contexts.
  • Evaluate relevant quantitative research methods and principles applicable to accounting.
  • Conduct independent research to recommend appropriate solutions to complex business problems.
  • Demonstrate communication skills relevant to an appropriate professional environment.

Written Quiz

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Week 7
Weighting: 10%

 

The class quiz is a one hour diagnostic assessment designed to allow you to demonstrate knowledge and skills attained.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an advanced level of theoretical accounting knowledge, including knowledge in financial and management accounting and corporate governance, and critically apply knowledge in a range of contexts.
  • Evaluate relevant quantitative research methods and principles applicable to accounting.
  • Conduct independent research to recommend appropriate solutions to complex business problems.

Quantitative analysis task

Assessment Type 1: Quantitative analysis task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Weeks 9 to 12
Weighting: 15%

 

Group Presentations (15%) You will participate in a group case studies based on analysing and critiquing quantitative accounting research critiques and will be required to make a presentation on your analysis. This assessment is designed to help you and your group to develop skills in working together with critical thinking, quantitative analysis and presentation skills.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an advanced level of theoretical accounting knowledge, including knowledge in financial and management accounting and corporate governance, and critically apply knowledge in a range of contexts.
  • Evaluate relevant quantitative research methods and principles applicable to accounting.
  • Demonstrate communication skills relevant to an appropriate professional environment.
  • Appreciate the need for corporate social responsibility and ethical thinking

Essay

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Week 13
Weighting: 30%

 

The purpose of the individual essay is to allow you to put accounting and corporate governance concepts into practice and to allow you to demonstrate your research and writing skills. The assignment and the arguments you develop should help you reflect on your learning and link accounting theory to practice. This assessment is designed to prepare you for the final exam. World limit 2000.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an advanced level of theoretical accounting knowledge, including knowledge in financial and management accounting and corporate governance, and critically apply knowledge in a range of contexts.
  • Evaluate relevant quantitative research methods and principles applicable to accounting.
  • Conduct independent research to recommend appropriate solutions to complex business problems.
  • Demonstrate communication skills relevant to an appropriate professional environment.
  • Appreciate the need for corporate social responsibility and ethical thinking

Final Exam

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 40 hours
Due: Exam period
Weighting: 30%

 

A 2 hour closed book exam will be held during the University Examination Period. The final exam is designed to allow you to demonstrate knowledge and skills attained in the previous assessments.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an advanced level of theoretical accounting knowledge, including knowledge in financial and management accounting and corporate governance, and critically apply knowledge in a range of contexts.
  • Evaluate relevant quantitative research methods and principles applicable to accounting.
  • Conduct independent research to recommend appropriate solutions to complex business problems.
  • Appreciate the need for corporate social responsibility and ethical thinking

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

There is no prescribed text for this course as we will use case studies and material that link to current and unfolding accounting and corporate governance issues. However, students can refer to the current edition of Rankin M., Ferlauto K., McGowan S. and Stanton P. (2018) Contemporary Issues In Accounting (Second Edition) John Wiley and Sons, Milton, Qld. ISBN9780730343530. Please do not use the first edition as there have been substantial updates.

Unit Schedule

Unit Schedule

 

Session 1 - Introduction

Video Lecture: Introduction and Critical Thinking

Workshop: Critical Thinking in Action

Review of Assessments and How to Write a Critical Reflection

Paper 1

Session 2 - Accounting Theory I

Video Lecture: Accounting Theory I

Paper 2

Session 3 - Accounting Theory II

Video Lecture: Accounting Theory II

Workshop: Review Critical Reflections (Accounting Theory I)

Paper 3

Session 4 - Corporate Reporting in Australia

Video Lecture: Corporate Reporting in Australia

Workshop: Review Critical Reflections (Accounting Theory II)

Paper 4

Session 5 - Corporate Governance in Australia

Video Lecture: Corporate Governance in Australia

Workshop: Review Critical Reflections (Corporate Reporting in Australia)

Paper 5

Session 6 - Quantitative Research Methods I

Video Lectures: LinkedIn Learning Statistics Foundations 1 & 2

Learning Certificates Due by 5pm on Friday 3rd of September 2021 for Quantitative Research Methods I

Session 7 - Quiz

Video Lecture: Review for Quiz

Quiz

Session 8 - Quantitative Research Methods II

Video Lectures: LinkedIn Learning Statistics Foundations 3 and Excel Statistics Essential Training: 1

Student Learning Certificates Due by 5pm on Friday 1st of October 2021 for Quantitative Research Methods II

Session 9 - Climate Change and Financial Risk

Video Lecture: Climate Change and Financial Risk

Workshop: Group Presentations on Climate Change and Financial Risk

Session 10 - Sustainability Accounting and Reporting

Video Lecture: Sustainability Accounting and Reporting

Workshop: Group Presentations on Sustainability Accounting and Reporting

Session 11 - Integrated Reporting

Video Lecture: Integrated Reporting

Workshop: Group Presentations on Integrated Reporting

Session 12 – Final Presentations

Video Lecture: Final Presentations

Workshop: Final Group Presentations

Session 13 - Topic Review and Exam Discussion

Video Lecture: Topic Review and Exam Discussion

Workshop: Exam Review

Individual Student Essays Due by 5pm on Friday 5th of November 2021

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