UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Master of Professional Accounting (coursework)

This course provides an opportunity for graduates to obtain a qualification that is recognised by the professional accounting bodies and wider business community.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleMaster of Professional Accounting (coursework)
Award abbreviationMPAcc
Course code40610
Course typemaster's degree by coursework only
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byUWA Business School
CRICOS code063104D
COURSE DETAILS
  
Intake periodsBeginning of year and mid-year
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration1.5 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 72 points of taught units and 24 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
Maximum course duration2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Professional accreditationMaster of Professional Accounting (coursework) is accredited by: Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants (CPA Australia), the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA) and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).
Time limit5 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typePostgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Professor Phil Hancock

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Students who have not completed the Bachelor of Commerce, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty, must complete relevant conversion units up to the value of 24 points from this group, as advised by the Faculty:

S1, S2ACCT5432Introductory Financial Accounting
S1, S2ECON5541Economics for Business: Applications and Policy
S1, S2MGMT5504Data Analysis and Decision Making
S1, S2MGMT5610Applied Professional Business Communications

Take all units (54 points):

S1, S2ACCT5501Contemporary Issues in Accounting
S1, S2ACCT5511Intermediate Corporate Financial Accounting
S1, S2ACCT5522Principles of Auditing
S1, S2ACCT5531Financial Accounting: Theory and Practice
S1, S2ACCT5633Accounting for Planning and Control
S1ACCT5637Principles of Taxation
S1, S2FINA5432Introduction to Finance
S2LAWS5508Commercial and Company Law
S1, S2MGMT5506Ethics and Sustainability Management

Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:

S1, S2ACCT4440Management Accounting: Issues and Perspectives
S1, S2ACCT5521Advanced Corporate Financial Accounting
NS, S1, S2BUSN5505Professional Development Practicum
S1, S2FINA5523Financial Statement Analysis and Business Valuation

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA1; and

(i) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent; or

(ii) a valid Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score of at least 5502; or

(iii) at least five years of relevant, documented professional experience considered by UWA to be sufficient to permit satisfactory completion of the course;

or

(b) (i) a UWA graduate certificate which articulates with this course; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent;

or

(c) (i) a graduate certificate, or an equivalent qualification from an accredited course from another institution, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 70 per cent.

1 Applicants who have a bachelor's degree with a major in Accounting, or an equivalent qualification, are not eligible for admission.

2 GMAT is valid for five years.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 40610 Master of Professional Accounting (96 points)
  • 41280 Graduate Certificate in Commerce (24 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Professional Accounting course before completing it, but after fulfilling the requirements of a lesser award in the above sequence, may apply for the relevant award.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which include conversion units to a value of 24 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

(3) Students who have completed a Bachelor of Commerce of this University or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) Students who make satisfactory progress are assigned a progress status of 'Good Standing' by the Faculty and are permitted to re-enrol.

(2) Unless the Faculty determines otherwise in exceptional circumstances, students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 are assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.

(3) Students seeking to re-enrol in the course after being assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' must submit, after a period of at least 12 months, sufficient reason to the Faculty, in writing, demonstrating why an improvement in performance could reasonably be expected.

(4) Students who have been assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' and are subsequently permitted by the Faculty to re-enrol are assigned a progress status of 'On Probation' and must meet any conditions determined by the Faculty.

(5) Students who meet the conditions determined by the Faculty under (4), are assigned a progress status of 'Good Standing' by the Faculty.

(6) Students who have been assigned a progress status of 'On Probation' and who fail to meet conditions determined by the Faculty are assigned a progress status of 'Excluded'.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules

Alternative exit award

13. A student who withdraws from the course before completing the course requirements but after completing units to the value of 48 points for the Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the relevant qualification