Being able to monitor and manage financial transactions is a sought-after skill in today’s rapidly evolving business environment. Accountants with a broad business understanding, strong communication skills and who can work with others are in demand because they can contribute to an organisation’s strategic development.
The Accounting major in the Bachelor of Business (BBus) degree helps you develop the skills for a career in accountancy. You explore how businesses operate, and develop a solid grounding in core business disciplines and how they impact on each other. Your accounting papers give you an understanding of how accounting can support decision-making in business, international accounting regulations and practices, financial and management accounting, accounting information systems and tax legislation.
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:
This is the final part to the Bachelor of Business degree and takes a full semester of study. You have the opportunity to apply what you have learnt in your major(s) to the real world in a business, not-for profit organisation, or entrepreneurial venture. You choose 1 of the 3 following papers:
1) Co-operative Education
A supervised industry placement related to your major in an organisation of your choice. Placements can be done either in New Zealand or overseas. Recent placements included KPMG, Grant Thornton, Audit NZ, PwC and Ernst & Young.
2) Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)
You work as part of a team and create and manage a project to benefit a group within a New Zealand community.
3) Applied Project (normally by invitation only)You do a supervised individual or group project based within an academic department in the AUT Business School. This option is primarily aimed at those students interested in continuing on to postgraduate study.
367810 International Accounting
367901 Current Issues in Financial Accounting
367902 Advanced Management Accounting
367904 Advanced Auditing
367909 Advanced Accounting Information Systems
367910 Managerial Finance
367911 Taxation for Accounting Studies
397001 International Corporate Finance
AUT accounting programmes are accredited by the following professional bodies who support and endorse our qualifications. NZICA 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:
New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA)
From 2013 if you wish to become a chartered accountant and gain admission into the NZICA you only need to complete a 3-year programme of academic study.
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 on the NZICA, CPA and ACCA pathway options.