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ACCG8303 – CPA - Global Strategy and Leadership

2021 – Session 2, Special circumstance

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.

This is due to the extension of the lockdown orders and to provide certainty around arrangements for the remainder of Session 2. We hope to return to campus beyond Session 2 as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

Some classes/teaching activities cannot be moved online and must be taught on campus. You should already know if you are in one of these classes/teaching activities and your unit convenor will provide you with more information via iLearn. If you want to confirm, see the list of units with mandatory on-campus classes/teaching activities.

Visit the MQ COVID-19 information page for more detail.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Convenor
Melanie Seifert
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Monday 10-11am
Moderator
Rahat Munir
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Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
(ACCG907 or ACCG8307) and (ACCG908 or ACCG8308) and (ACCG913 or ACCG8313)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit provides extended formal academic support to students concurrently enrolled in the Global Strategy and Leadership unit of the CPA program. Specifically, this unit provides students with a framework and the necessary analytical tools in order to develop and implement strategy. The unit covers a number of modules which predominantly follow a rational, or traditional analytical approach to the strategic management cycle – analysis, choice, and implementation. A number of approaches available to leaders will be examined.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Apply understanding of strategy and leadership concepts to business case scenarios
  • ULO2: Apply concepts of a) remote environment, b) industry analysis, c) competitor and key customer analysis, d) capability analysis, e) stakeholder analysis and performance measurement to implement strategies for leadership functions
  • ULO3: Analyse the role of leaders in developing and implementing strategy and be able to apply the strategy and leadership concepts learned to case scenarios
  • ULO4: Develop professional skills and capabilities in strategic thinking
  • ULO5: Develop communication and presentation skills relating to strategy and strategic leadership

General Assessment Information

IMPORTANT NOTES:

Where students do not attain at least 32/70 marks for the Macquarie University Assessment (Class Test 1, Class Test 2 and Class Participation), an overall Fail grade will apply.

The CPA exam is a hurdle exam. Students must pass the CPA exam to pass the overall unit.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Class Participation 15% No All weeks
Class test 1 20% No Sat 14.08.21
Class Test 2 35% No Sat 11.09.21
CPA External Exam 30% No Exam period commences Thurs 23.09.21

Class Participation

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 13.5 hours
Due: All weeks
Weighting: 15%

 

Students are required to prepare and submit weekly homework submissions which are graded, and attend and actively participate in online class. Class participation is designed to encourage and help students achieve the learning outcomes of this unit.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply understanding of strategy and leadership concepts to business case scenarios
  • Apply concepts of a) remote environment, b) industry analysis, c) competitor and key customer analysis, d) capability analysis, e) stakeholder analysis and performance measurement to implement strategies for leadership functions
  • Analyse the role of leaders in developing and implementing strategy and be able to apply the strategy and leadership concepts learned to case scenarios
  • Develop professional skills and capabilities in strategic thinking
  • Develop communication and presentation skills relating to strategy and strategic leadership

Class test 1

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: Sat 14.08.21
Weighting: 20%

 

An online class test comprising of multiple choice questions and written response questions will be conducted during class time. This test is designed to provide feedback to students on their level of understanding of key topics and concepts covered and to identify any learning challenges or areas of difficulties.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply understanding of strategy and leadership concepts to business case scenarios
  • Apply concepts of a) remote environment, b) industry analysis, c) competitor and key customer analysis, d) capability analysis, e) stakeholder analysis and performance measurement to implement strategies for leadership functions
  • Develop professional skills and capabilities in strategic thinking

Class Test 2

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30 hours
Due: Sat 11.09.21
Weighting: 35%

 

An online computer exam, mirroring the CPA exam conditions and length, will be conducted on line at home. This test is designed to provide feedback to students on their level of understanding of key topics and concepts covered and to identify any learning challenges or areas of difficulties.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply understanding of strategy and leadership concepts to business case scenarios
  • Apply concepts of a) remote environment, b) industry analysis, c) competitor and key customer analysis, d) capability analysis, e) stakeholder analysis and performance measurement to implement strategies for leadership functions
  • Develop professional skills and capabilities in strategic thinking

CPA External Exam

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Exam period commences Thurs 23.09.21
Weighting: 30%

 

Examination administered by CPA Australia. CPA Australia will advice on the format and topics included in the final exam. Students need to achieve at least a PASS mark in this CPA external examination. If students do not pass this CPA examination, students will not pass this unit.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply understanding of strategy and leadership concepts to business case scenarios
  • Apply concepts of a) remote environment, b) industry analysis, c) competitor and key customer analysis, d) capability analysis, e) stakeholder analysis and performance measurement to implement strategies for leadership functions
  • Develop professional skills and capabilities in strategic 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

Required Text:

Prescribed Text:

CPA Handbook Global Strategy and Leadership (2021) CPA Australia

Unit Web Page:

Course material is available on the learning management system (iLearn). The web page for this unit can be found at http://ilearn.mq.edu.au. Ensure that you have regular access to technology that has reliable connectivity to the internet.

  • The Webpage will contain important unit materials including:
  • Course details—an outline of the unit
  • Announcements—notices updating students on important matters regarding the unit
  • Lecture slides
  • Homework requirements
  • Results for Class Test 1 and Class Test 2
  • Practice opportunities 
Technology Used and Required: Students must have access to iLearn
Delivery Format and Other Details:

Classes

This unit is structured around attendance at one 3 hour class per week. A link to the timetable can be found here : http://timetables.mq.edu.au

Class attendance is compulsory.

Recommended Readings:

Johnson G., Scholes, K., Whittington R. (2008), Exploring Corporate Strategy: Texts and Cases 8th ed, Prentice Hall, Harlow, Essex.

Hubbard, G., Rice, I., Beamish, P (2008), Strategic Management: Thinking, Analysis, Action 3rd ed, Pearson Education Australia, Frenchs Forest.

Students can also access additional materials via CPA Online learning. Details regarding this can be obtained within the CPA program guide made available to students upon enrolment with CPA. Students are encouraged to utilise this material.

There is generally a large amount of published literature available concerning strategic management. Students are therefore also encouraged to perform their own research (eg library, internet) during the semester to further explore the content covered within the prescribed and suggested reference texts, and, in class discussion.

Other Course Materials:  All materials required are referenced on iLearn

Teaching and Learning Activities

The unit is structured around a 3 hour session.

Lectures will provide students with the main concepts and techniques and these will cover the most significant parts of the content from the CPA Material. Students are expected to work through the material independently and to read the relevant module prior to lecture attendance. Some class discussion/activity will also be undertaken to consolidate the student’s knowledge of the material covered within each week’s lecture.

For each module, PowerPoint lecture notes will be placed on iLearn before the class. They are NOT intended to, nor do they stand alone nor do they in any way replace compulsory lecture attendance and FULL READING OF THE CPA Modules. They are provided for your convenience.

Students are required to ensure that they meet the requirements of the participation assessment to receive class participation marks. Activities will be undertaken that will require students to complete tasks prior to, during and post class attendance.

You are not entitled to rely on notes provided by the lecturer for full study purposes nor most importantly can they be taken as being a defined indicator of CPA exam content.

Active participation in class is expected of every student. This helps clarify ideas, understanding and problem areas with the material, as well as enhancing your communication skills.

 Ways to enhance your chance of success in this unit:

During 2007 the Master of Accounting program engaged in a significant research project that was designed to investigate and find ways to enhance student participation in the classroom.

Students who were interviewed during the research project stated that participating in classroom discussions, answering lecturer’s questions and engaging in meaningful discussion with colleagues when directed by the lecturer:

1.    assists them in retaining information and maintaining interest and concentration

2.    allows them to clarify or check their understanding

3.    provides opportunities to enhance and reinforce knowledge and learn from other students

4.    improves their English proficiency

5.    supports their development of communication skills develops skills needed in professional practice.

Lecturers expect students to participate in class as it:

1.    provides opportunities for students to review or clarify lecture content and benefit from the experience of other students

2.    assists students to think about concepts and test whether their understanding is correct

3.    develops confidence in speaking

4.    provides opportunities to think in a different way

The research concluded that the benefits of participation include:

  •  enhancing the learning process
  • meeting lecturers’ expectations of students
  • helping to increase communication skills.

Unit Schedule

Unit Schedule

UNIT DIARY   ACCG8303 CPA – Global Strategy and Leadership – Session 2 2021

Week

Class/Date

Topic

Module

Other information

W1

Class 1

19.07.21

An Introduction to Strategy & Leadership

Module 1

Introduction

Review of Unit Guide

W2

Class 2

26.07.21

Understanding the External Environment

Module 2

 

W3

Class 3

02.08.21 

Understanding the Internal Environment

Module 3

 

W4

Class 4

09.08.21

Product, Service and Market Development

Module 4

 

 

W5

Class 5

Sat 14.08.21

 

Class Test 1

iLearn quiz with a window for completion between 3:30 – 6:30pm

Class Test 1

 In Class Test 1 (20%) 

Class Test 1 will cover modules 1,2,3 and 4 and will be 90 minutes duration.

W6

Class 6

16.08.21

Strategy Development

Module 5

 

W7

Class 7

23.08.21

Strategy Implementation

 

Module 6

 

 

W8

Class 8

30.08.21

Strategy and Leadership for Emerging Business Models

Module 7

 

W9

Class 9

06.09.21

Mock Exam #1 and Revision

All modules

 

W10

Class 10

Sat 11.9.21

Class Test 2

iLearn quiz with a window for completion between 2:00 – 8:00pm

Class Test 2

In Class Test 2 (35%) 

Class Test 2 will cover ALL modules and will be 180 minutes duration.

W11

Class 11

13.09.21

Class Test review and exam techniques discussion.

Class test 2 review

 

W12

Class 12

20.09.21 

An opportunity for students to have additional practice and support for the upcoming CPA exam.

 

 

W13

 

W14

No Classes

 

Final (CPA Australia) Exam

CPA Exam period commences Thurs 23.09.21 – 10.10.21

 

 

CPA Australia exam

30% of total marks

You must personally check ALL exam details with CPA Australia

 

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Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to help you improve your marks and take control of your study.

The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources. 

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

If you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

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