Bachelor of Business - Accounting major

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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.

  • 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.

More information about the Bachelor of Business

Structure and content

Part 1

Papers 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 2

Over 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 3

Co-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:
  • KPMG
  • Grant Thornton
  • Audit NZ
  • PwC
  • Ernst & Young

Accounting major papers (105 points)

Level Five:

BSYS501 Business Information Systems

Level Six:

ACCT601 Accounting Practice and Systems
ACCT602 Financial Accounting for Companies
ACCT603 Management Accounting

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 programmes

Please visit our AUT Postgraduate Business Qualifications page to view our range of postgraduate programmes.

Career opportunities

  • Chartered accountant
  • Chief financial officer
  • Corporate accountant
  • Internal auditor
  • Management accountant
  • Taxation consultant

Graduates and students of business

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:

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
Graduates are eligible to register for ACCA membership. Bachelor of Business graduates may be exempt from up to 9 of the 14 ACCA examinations.

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).

CPA Australia
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.

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Last updated: 28-Jan-2016 10.33am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.