Bachelor of Business - Accounting major
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.
- Learn through a mix of theory and practice, with interactive classes.
- Gain real business experience through either an applied business project or a work placement (recent placements included KPMG, Grant Thornton, Audit NZ, PwC, Ernst & Young).
- Take advantage of networking opportunities through campus events by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and CPA Australia.
- Go on a student exchange to the US, Europe or Asia.
- Pursue a professional accounting qualification following your degree - our Accounting major is accredited by CPA Australia (Certified Practising Accountants Australia), CA ANZ (Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand), ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants).
- Be assured of quality - the AUT Business School is among an elite group of 5% of business schools worldwide accredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
The outcomes for graduates of this major are outlined in the Graduate Profile.
Structure and content
Part 1Papers in part 1 provide you with an introduction to the roles of business and fundamental concepts in business disciplines. You complete 5 core papers in part 1 which are:
- Business in Context (30 points)
- Management and Organisation (15 points)
- Accounting for Decision Making (15 points)
- Quantitative Methods for Business (15 points)
- Economic Principles I (15 points)
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:
- Economic Principles 2 (15 points)
- Introduction to Finance (15 points)
- Fundamentals of Marketing, Advertising, Retailing and Sales (MARS) (15 points)
- Design Thinking (15 points)
- Introduction to Tourism (15 points)
- Leadership for Sustainable Enterprise (15 points)
- Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation (15 points)
- Law in Our Contemporary World (15 points)
Part 2Over the next 2 years, you will gain an understanding of international regulations and practices, learn how accounting can support management decision-making, design systems around accounting controls, recognise the importance of finance, and analyse and evaluate tax legislation.
Part 3Co-operative Education is the final part of the BBus and takes a full semester of study. This is a supervised work placement related to your major(s) in an organisation of your choice. You have the opportunity to apply what you have learnt in your major(s) in a business, not-for-profit organisation, entrepreneurial venture or an applied project. Placements can be done either in New Zealand or overseas. Recent placements included:
- Grant Thornton
- Audit NZ
- Ernst & Young
Accounting major papers (105 points)
Level Seven (select three):
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
Related programmesPlease visit our AUT Postgraduate Business Qualifications page to view our range of postgraduate programmes.
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:
- Chartered accountant
- Chief financial officer
- Corporate accountant
- Internal auditor
- Management accountant
- Taxation consultant
Professional accounting qualifications
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: 28-Jul-2016 9.25am
The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.