Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting

Course summary for local students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length 0.5 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016Not applicable
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$13,000 - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers
Tel 03 9244 6555
Email buslaw@deakin.edu.au

LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Deakin course code M506

M506 was previously titled Graduate Certificate of Accounting.

 

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Learn the principles of accounting and finance or take the first step towards becoming a qualified accountant.

Our Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting gives you the flexibility to choose units that are right for you. For example, if you’re just looking to add accounting skills to progress your career, learn units that interest you. If you’re hoping to apply for the CA program for Chartered Accountants Australia, you might undertake the units required for that pathway.

Once you complete this course, you can progress to the Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting, Master of Professional Accounting, Master of Commerce or Master of Accounting and International Finance.

Professional recognition

Students who wish to enter the:

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

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.

Fees and charges

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.

The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) indicative course fee shown in the table above is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

Full-fee paying place
A full-fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course. Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

The actual course fee charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load being undertaken. The annual fee above is based on four credit points (which equals 0.5 Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL). If your study load for the year is less than or more than four credit points, your fees will be adjusted accordingly. The credit point and EFTSL value of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search. To calculate the fee for each unit, take the applicable course fee above, divide it by four, then multiply it by the credit point of the unit you are studying.

Fee information for all domestic students
The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This information is provided as a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fee to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email enquire@deakin.edu.au for more information about 2016 fees.

Study load

Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year, which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL. If you are studying a graduate certificate which is normally four credit points, your total course EFTSL is 0.5. The annual fee displayed for this course is based on four credit points.

Fee payment assistance

Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or full-fee paying place, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

Course rules

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting, students must attain a total of 4 credit points of core units. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.

Course structure

Units

Select a minimum of 2 credit points of units from:

MAA703Accounting for Management 1, 2, 4

MAA716Financial Accounting 1, 2

MAA725Advanced Accounting Principles and Practice 1, 2, 4

MPA701Accounting 1, 2

MPT753/MPF753Finance 1, 2, 4 ^

Select a maximum of 2 credit points of units from:

MAA705Corporate Auditing 2, 3, 4

MLC703Principles of Income Tax Law 2, 3, 4

MLC707Commercial and Corporations Law 1, 2

MPT781/MPE781Economics for Managers 1, 2 ^

MPM701/MPM701ABusiness Process Management 1, 2*

Or any unit(s) not previously studied as listed in the Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting.

Other postgraduate units may be taken subject to the approval of the Course Team Chair.

^ MPT code denotes study tour version of the unit. These tour units are not available from trimester 2 2016

* 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 (CAANZ) 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.

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


Course Learning Outcomes

Graduate Learning Outcome Course Learning Outcome
Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities Demonstrate conceptual knowledge on basic accounting, and techniques in auditing and financial management including simplified applications to real world problems.
Communication Draft user-friendly reports that clarifies the merits of alternate solutions and makes simple recommendations.
Digital literacy Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award.
Critical thinking Identify potential alternative solutions and evaluate the financial costs and benefits of such solutions.
Problem solving Determine ways to resolve a firm’s financial constraints through appropriate match with the theoretical solutions.
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.

Entry requirements - general

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.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

Minimum entry requirements:

- Bachelor degree in any discipline

From Trimester 2 2016:

Minimum entry requirements:

- Bachelor degree in any discipline

or

- 5 years relevant work experience

Pathways

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

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

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

How to apply

Some courses are available in Trimester 2 and 3 2016. Check our Midyear entry and Trimester 3 pages to see if direct applications are open for this course.

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 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.

Further study

M696 Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting
M720 Master of Professional Accounting
D706 Master of Professional Accounting/Master of Commerce
M775 Master of Accounting Information Systems
M705 Master of Commerce


Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for prior learning into the Graduate Certificate 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.