University Handbook 2017

Master of Professional Accounting

Course code/s: LMPAC Melbourne

Course Details
Location Bundoora
Course Coordinator Ms Biserka Siladi
Course Code LMPAC
Available to International students Yes
CRICOS 079547A
Course duration Cognate Students - 1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent. Non-cognate students - 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Credit Points 240
Exchange opportunity No
Leave of absence available Yes, for a maximum of 12 months
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

Course Description

The Master of Professional Accounting is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of accounting concepts as they are applied to diverse business environments. It is an ideal course for those students seeking employment within the accounting profession and provides a pathway for those graduates who wish to gain entry into the professional accounting associations.

Course Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate, in their disciplinary context, an ability to:

  • Develop advanced knowledge in accounting principles through education and research which is innovative, responsible and engaged, and can be applied in a range of professional and scholarly contexts.
  • Convey focused and sustained arguments supported by literature appropriate for both professional and academic contexts.
  • Present complex ideas in a persuasive, authoritative and professional voice.
  • Effectively formulate their own opinions and integrate the opinions of others into cogent arguments.
  • Critically reflect upon and analyse complex disciplinary problems.
  • Apply theoretical frameworks to interpret academic research in order to develop insights which are verifiable and scholarly.
  • Use complex problem-solving techniques to critically review business problems from a range of stakeholder perspectives.
  • Exercise effective teamwork skills to develop solutions to complex business problems.
  • Gather, critically review and use information to meet outcomes and to generate new information.
  • Critically formulate a considered position, employing a range of frameworks, which addresses societal, economic, political, cultural or global concerns.

Admission Requirements

Minimum entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is successful completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or its equivalent). Prior learning developed through relevant work experience or professional accreditation, where it is deemed to be at least equivalent to that obtained through a Bachelor degree, may be considered. In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors to determine whether an applicant has demonstrated the capacity to work at a Masters level, including academic record, English proficiency, and/or employment experience.

Minimum advanced standing requirements

Applicants with demonstrated prior learning in the form of an Australian Bachelor's degree in a business-related field or an approved equivalent qualification will be eligible to apply for advanced standing for the four subjects of the first semester of the course. Applicants without an undergraduate degree but with a demonstrated minimum of at least five years relevant and cognate business experience will be eligible to apply for advanced standing for the four subjects of the first semester of the course. In making an offer of advanced standing to an applicant, the University may give consideration to a range of factors including English proficiency, academic record and employment experience.

Course Requirements

  • Students must complete 16 compulsory subjects (240 credit points).
  • All subjects are worth 15 credit points.
  • The subjects are listed in the preferred order of study. Students must complete all prerequisite subjects prior to enrolling in a core or elective subject.
  • This degree is designed to be completed in 1.5 years of full-time study for cognate students or 2 years for non-cognate students.
  • The course can be commenced in semester 1, semester 2 or the summer semester.
  • Subjects denoted with an * are foundation subjects. If a student wishes to commence the course in the Summer semester, they must complete the full two years of the course with no Advanced Standing (credit) for the four foundation subjects.
  • LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Course Structure

First year

Sustainable Management & Marketing * Introduction to Accounting & Finance * Principles of Economics * Statistics for Business and Finance *
Accounting for Managers Financial Management Financial Accounting Information Systems Foundations of Company and Commercial Law

Second year

Management and Cost Reporting Corporate Reporting Advanced Auditing and Assurance Services Advanced Accounting Issues
School of Business level 5 elective subject** (15 cps) School of Business level 5 elective subject** (15 cps) School of Business level 5 elective subject** (15 cps) School of Business level 5 elective subject** (15 cps)

Taxation ACC5TAX is highly recommended in particular if you are seeking to pursue further accreditation.

Taxation (ACC5TAX) is no longer part of the membership requirements for CPA Australia, although it is required for membership of CAANZ. Students who do not complete the taxation subject as part of their degree will be admitted to membership of CPA Australia, but will be required to complete studies in taxation as part of their CPA Program.

**For a listing of all elective subjects offered by the La Trobe Business School, please refer to La Trobe Business School postgraduate electives.

Students must not exceed more than 60 credit points per semester.


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