Accounting is a central function in every business. It involves analysing and using financial information to understand and to evaluate the financial position of an organisation. It can involve anything from basic book-keeping to more complicated management of balance sheets and income statements.
A professional accounting qualification is not just for people who want to become accountants. It equips individuals for a broad spectrum of successful careers in small and large businesses, financial services, not-for-profit organizations and the government sector, all of which require an ability to understand and interpret financial information for use in decision making.
Completing the Accounting major in the Bachelor of Business (BBus) degree is an excellent way to prepare for a business career. Accounting knowledge and learned skills help to enter into a wide variety of business. Every field of business relates in some way to accounting.
Our study focuses on practical applications and provide students with a degree that helps prepare them for a dynamic and changing workplace.
An integral part of our accounting major is workplace integrated learning: Co-operative Education. This involves a placement in the workplace for students to gain workplace experience at the end of their study where students get an opportunity to apply their theory and skills learnt on the degree in the workplace. This promotes the development of professional skills, to reflect critically on the relationship between theory and practice, apply relevant theories in the workplace, identify gaps in learning and plan future learning and career development.
We have established close connections with a range of organisations in both the public and private sectors. Getting into contact with potential employers provides our students a great entry into a professional career.
In addition to the 5 core papers, to major in accounting you need to complete the elective paper Business Information Systems (15 points) and choose 1 elective paper from the list below, or from elsewhere in the university:
ACCT701 Advanced Accounting Information Systems
ACCT702 Current Issues in Financial Accounting
ACCT703 Advanced Management Accounting
ACCT704 Advanced Auditing
ACCT705 International Accounting
ACCT706 Managerial Finance
ACCT707 Taxation for Accounting Studies
FINA701 International Corporate Finance
You can work in any role, from strategic planning to risk analysis. Wherever there is a need for someone with astute accounting knowledge, sharp business skills and ability to communicate, you will be in demand. Some roles include:
AUT accounting programmes are accredited by the following professional bodies who support and endorse our qualifications. CA ANZ and CPA Australia hold regular information sessions and networking events on campus for AUT Bachelor of Business students who are looking to further their accounting career opportunities. You are advised to check out their websites for membership information and opportunities:
Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ)
From 2013 if you wish to become a chartered accountant and gain admission into CA ANZ you only need to complete a 3-year programme of academic study.
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
Graduates majoring in accounting will have an accelerated route (exemption from 12 CIMA exams) to the CIMA Professional Qualification and the global professional designation of Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).
Graduates of the Bachelor of Business will be eligible to apply for CPA Australia (Certified Practising Accountants) membership provided core curriculum subjects are completed to meet academic requirements.
Students should seek advice from the professional bodies on membership and the above pathway options.
Last updated: 26-May-2017 8.04am
The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.