Studying online

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Unit Overview


This capstone unit requires students to build on and integrate existing technical knowledge, critical thinking and professional skills to provide business advice. Students will embed an ethical approach in the application of these skills and communicate insights effectively to meet the needs of a variety of audiences. The integration of technical knowledge and professional skills is crucial for Chartered Accountants, and this unit focuses on providing opportunities for students to provide business advice across multi-disciplines in a variety of formal and informal contexts. Through the application of these skills, areas for continuing professional development can also be identified. The interactive workshop activities where students work together on activities and complete a group presentation are a key component of this subject. The unit also includes the submission of the reflective portfolio which involves students thinking deeply on their own learnings and experiences.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) integrate technical knowledge, critical thinking and professional skills to provide business advice; (2) demonstrate effective communication and collaboration skills in a variety of formal and informal business contexts; (3) demonstrate an embedded ethical approach in the application of technical knowledge and professional skills; and (4) reflect on how the key areas of Chartered Accounting practice contribute to professional practice, decision-making and accountability and identify areas for continuing professional development.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online assessments; (2) workshop contribution and presentation; (3) exam; and (4) reflective portfolio. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the reflective portfolio component.

This unit is assessed on an ungraded pass/ungraded failed basis. All assessment items must be successfully completed.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Glen Hutchings
Unit rules
ACCT5701 Audit and Assurance (ID 7383)
and ACCT5702 Taxation Australia (ID 7384)
and ACCT5703 Management Accounting and Applied Finance (ID 7385)
and ACCT5704 Financial Accounting and Reporting (ID 7386)
and ACCT5706 Ethics, Risk and Technology (ID 7946) and for students in the Master of Professional Accounting a WAM of 65%
ACCT5501 Contemporary Issues in Accounting
Contact hours
workshops: up to 3 hours per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.