Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting

COURSE (INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS)

Overview

Accountants are finance and information specialists, and the major decision-makers in a wide range of organisations. This course offers the opportunity to complement your overall management knowledge and expertise, or to establish a pathway to further studies towards membership of CPA Australia or entry into the CA Program.

Complex global markets and reporting requirements mean that never before has accounting been a more dynamic and exciting profession. Accountants are finance and information specialists who inform business decision making within a wide range of organisations.

This course provides pathways to professional accounting qualifications for graduates of any discipline. You’ll get the skills, technical knowledge and understanding required in accounting and finance, and their application within the broader world of business.

Among the areas covered are topics such as cost concepts and cost-volume-profit relationships, financial performance analysis, and contemporary approaches to measuring performance. You’ll gain an understanding of the regulatory and conceptual frameworks that underpin accounting for corporate entities and of the logic behind existing accounting rules.

You’ll explore complex areas of financial accounting, including accounting for income tax, impairments of assets, various assets and expenses, and foreign currency issues. In addition to the more technical areas of accounting, the fundamentals of accounting theory and of accounting for corporate social responsibility are introduced.

Deakin Business School's Work Integrated Learning program gives you the opportunity to enhance your job prospects with real world experience. In the finance unit you’ll have the opportunity to engage with business within the workplace and in doing so develop practical and analytical finance skills by participating in real-world projects.

You’ll develop analytical skills for making key financial management decisions, including time-value-of money and risk-return analytics. The unit will offer useful 'take-home' skills and knowledge relevant both if you are running (or are planning to run) your own business or for roles in managerial positions within large companies.

As an accounting graduate you may find employment in major international accounting firms, investment banks and virtually every area of business and government.

 

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Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Duration

1 year full time or part time equivalent

Campuses

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne) Cloud (online)

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 3

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus

M696 was previously titled Graduate Diploma of Accounting.

 

Key information

Award granted

Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting

Year

2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

Deakin code

M696

CRICOS code

073434C

Level

Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)

Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Entry requirements

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record. The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an approved university or other educational institution or successful completion of other equivalent qualifications gained by examination, or approved professional or industrial experience. International students must also meet the postgraduate English language requirements.

Minimum entry requirements

  • Bachelor degree in any discipline with a minimum weighted average mark (WAM) of 60% and 3 years relevant work experience

OR

  • Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline with a minimum WAM of 60%

OR

  • Graduate Certificate in a related discipline

OR

  • Masters Qualifying Program (MQP) and 3 years relevant work experience

 

From Trimester 3 2017:

  • Bachelor Degree, major or other qualification at a higher AQF level in a related discipline, with a minimum WAM of 60%,

OR

  • Bachelor Degree in any discipline with a minimum WAM of 60%, PLUS three years relevant work experience,

OR

  • Successful completion of Masters Qualifying Program (or Masters Qualifying Program Extended) (with a minimum overall average of 60 in the discipline units), PLUS three years relevant work experience.

 

IELTS / English language requirements

Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses.

Cloud studies

Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

However, international students living in Australia must, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students are not permitted to do more than 25% of their total course via Cloud (online) learning. Best practice is to enrol in mostly Campus located units in each compulsory trimester.

In a non-compulsory trimester (Trimester 3), international students may study Cloud (online) units only.

Professional Recognition

The Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting may provide eligibility to join in the programs of CPA Australia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, the Institute of Public Accountants and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Completion of the Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting and selecting the correct combination of units in one of our professionally accredited courses, provides the opportunity for students to be eligible to apply for admission to the:

CA Program of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ)
Associate membership for the CPA Program, CPA Australia
IPA Program for the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) and
Exemptions may apply for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Students should carefully note the trimesters when units are offered to ensure that all required units can be completed in the appropriate time frame.

Students who wish to enter the CA, CPA programs or exemptions to the ACCA program are advised that it is their responsibility to ensure that they take the appropriate units required for entry.

Students who have completed prior undergraduate or graduate units in accounting or other core knowledge areas are advised to have their qualifications assessed by their preferred professional organisation to ensure they complete the correct units.

Please note: The eligibility of students for membership of any of the accounting accrediting bodies is subject to meeting the requirements of that body and that Deakin makes no representations that individuals will meet those requirements.

Course learning outcomes

Graduate Learning Outcome Course Learning Outcome
Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities Demonstrate conceptual knowledge of advanced accounting and techniques in auditing and financial management including applications to complex real-world problems.
Communication Draft and present user- friendly reports that clarifies the merits and weaknesses of alternate solutions and makes defensible recommendations.
Digital literacy Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award.
Critical thinking Identify potential alternative accounting and financial solutions and evaluate both financial and non-financial costs and benefits of such solutions.
Problem solving Determine ways to resolve a firm’s financial and non-financial constraints through appropriate match with the theoretical solutions and develop a structured implementation plan.
Self-management Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award.
Teamwork Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award.
Global citizenship Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award.
   

 

Course Structure

To complete the Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting, students must attain a total of 8 credit points, consisting of 6 credit points of core units and 2 credit points of elective units. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.

6

Core units

2

Elective units

8

Total units

Core units

  • Accounting for Management MAA703 1, 2, 4
  • Financial Accounting MAA716 1, 2
  • Advanced Accounting Principles and Practice MAA725 1, 2
  • Commercial and Corporations Law MLC707 1, 2
  • Accounting MPA701 1, 2
  • Finance MPF753 1, 2, 4
  • Notes:
    1 Required by CPA Australia for Associate (foundation level) Membership.
    2 Required by the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand for entry to the CA Program.
    3 For candidates who have completed an accredited degree in Australia, this unit may be taken as part of the CPA program. Other students must complete the unit before becoming an Associate Member of CPA Australia.
    4 For candidates who would like to obtain exemptions to the ACCA program.

    Elective units

    Select 2 credit points of units from:

  • Corporate Auditing MAA705 2, 3, 4
  • Principles of Income Tax Law MLC703 2, 3, 4
  • Economics for Managers MPE781 1, 2
  • MPM701/MPM701ABusiness Process Management 1, 2^
  • or units from the Master of Professional Accounting, Master of International Finance and the Master of Financial Planning. Other postgraduate units may be taken subject to the approval of the Course Director.

    ^MPM701A is a Start Anytime unit.

    Notes:
    1 Required by CPA Australia for Associate (foundation level) Membership.
    2 Required by the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand for entry to the CA Program.
    3 For candidates who have completed an accredited degree in Australia, this unit may be taken as part of the CPA program. Other students must complete the unit before becoming an Associate Member of CPA Australia.
    4 For candidates who would like to obtain exemptions to the ACCA program.

    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    PDF Application form - 306 KB

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Course pathways

    Upon completing the Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting you can progress to the Master of Professional Accounting, Master of Commerce, or Master of Professional Accounting/Master of Commerce.

    Further study options

    M720 Master of Professional Accounting

    M755 Master of Commerce

    Credit for Prior Learning

    Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
    Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Workload

    As a student in the Faculty of Business and Law, you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Fee information

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Additional course information

    Credit for prior learning into the Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting may be granted to students who have successfully completed appropriate postgraduate studies.  There are negotiated credit for prior learning arrangements in place for CPA members.

    Offered campuses

    Burwood

    Just 30 minutes from the city centre, the Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin's thriving metropolitan campus.


    Study online at Cloud Campus

    Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

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