• Class Number 2564
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Lijuan Zhang
    • Dr Lijuan Zhang
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

This course is designed as an introductory accounting course for graduate students, and provides an introduction to the concepts underlying external financial reporting. The unit utilises a transaction-effect approach to the preparation of financial statements. The course examines the main financial statements produced by an accounting system and the process by which these statements are prepared. The course covers fundamental issues relevant to the use of accounting information as a decision aid. Contents include accounting concepts, double entry and accrual systems of accounting, financial statements preparation and analysis. There are no prerequisites that need to be satisfied. The course assumes no previous knowledge of accounting. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. explain the accounting assumptions and principles underlying the financial information;
  2. identify the main users of financial accounting reports, and the main purpose for which information is used;
  3. understand the concepts of assets, liabilities, equity, income and expense;
  4. apply accounting principles to the preparation and recording of accounting entries;
  5. develop the knowledge and ability to prepare financial statements for organisations characterised by moderately complex financial transactions;
  6. analyse and interpret financial statements with regard to key aspects of performance;
  7. develop analytical and communication skills.

Required Resources

Nobles, Mattison, Matsumura, Best, Fraser, Tan and Willett (2016) Horngren’s Accounting (8th Edition). Publisher: Pearson Australia.

Students are expected to have access to a copy of the prescribed book for the duration of the semester. The book can be purchased from the on campus bookshop, with a small number of copies also available for 2 hour loan in the reserve loan section of the Chifley Library.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups and individuals

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information


As a further academic integrity control, students may be selected for a 15 minute individual oral examination of their written assessment submissions.

Any student identified, either during the current semester or in retrospect, as having used ghost writing services will be investigated under the University’s Academic Misconduct Rule.




Email and Forums on the Wattle Course Website

Email and the Wattle course website are the preferred ways of communication. Student forums are set up on Wattle for each topic and can be viewed by all enrolled students and teaching staff. Students are encouraged to post any questions they have in the appropriate forum.

If necessary, the lecturer and tutors for this course will contact students on their official ANU student email address. Students should use this email address when contacting staff as spam filters used by ANU may not allow other email addresses to be received. Information about your enrolment and fees from the Registrar and Student Services' office will also be sent to this email address.



Students are expected to check the Wattle site for announcements about this course, e.g. changes to timetables or notifications of cancellations. Notifications of emergency cancellations of lectures or tutorials will be posted on the door of the relevant room.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction: Accounting, business structures & regulations
2 Recording business transaction
3 The adjusting process In-Tutorial Quiz 1
4 Completing the accounting cycle Academic Integrity and Referencing Exercise (Due 4pm 22nd March)
5 Accounting for receivables and payables In-Tutorial Quiz 2
6 Accounting for non-current liabilities & Financial statement analysis
7 Accounting for inventory
8 Internal control and cash In-Tutorial Quiz 3
9 Accounting for non-current assets MYOB assignment
10 Cash flow statement
11 Accounting for partnership In-Tutorial Quiz 4
12 Accounting for companies

Tutorial Registration

Please see Wattle for tutors' information.

If you have tutorials, please copy the following:

“Tutorial signup for this course will be done via the Wattle website. Detailed information about signup times will be provided on Wattle. When tutorials are available for enrolment, follow these steps:

1. Log on to Wattle, and go to the course site.

2. Click on the link “Tutorial enrolment”

3. On the right of the screen, click on the tab “Become Member of ……” for the tutorial class you wish to enter.

4. Confirm your choice

If you need to change your enrolment, you will be able to do so by clicking on the tab “Leave group…” and then re-enrol in another group. You will not be able to enrol in groups that have reached their maximum number. Please note that enrolment in ISIS must be finalised for you to have access to Wattle.”

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Academic Integrity and Referencing Workshop and exercise 5 % 22/03/2019 18/04/2019 7
In-Tutorial Quizzes 6 % 12/03/2019 31/05/2019 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Homework exercises and tutorial preparation 4 % 12/03/2019 07/06/2019 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
MYOB Group Assignment 15 % 09/05/2019 28/05/2019 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Final Examination 70 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 22/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 18/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 7

Academic Integrity and Referencing Workshop and exercise

  • Students must attend the Academic Integrity and Referencing Workshop (conducted by the Academic Skills and Learning Centre) prior to submitting this assessment. Attendance at the Academic Integrity and Referencing Workshop is compulsory.
  • This is an individual assessment. The writing exercise examines your ability to appropriately reference scholarly research in preparation for your project.
  • Assessment criteria: Clear, coherent and cohesive expression and presentation with correct referencing.

Value: 5%

Hurdle Assessment requirements: Attending the Academic Integrity and Referencing Workshop and submitting this assignment is compulsory. 

Assessment Task 2

Value: 6 %
Due Date: 12/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 31/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

In-Tutorial Quizzes

  • Students will be required to sit 4 in-tutorial quizzes throughout the semester.
  • These quizzes will be run according to the schedule on class structure and content (unless otherwise stated by the lecturer).
  • The quizzes will be 10 – 20 minutes in duration, and will be held any time during the tutorial (students need to be present for the entire tutorial).
  • The three best quizzes will be taken for the final mark for ‘in-tutorial quizzes’.
  • Students MUST sit the quiz in the tutorial they are enrolled in; otherwise the quiz will not count.

Value: 6% (2% each)

Estimated return date: Each quiz will be returned in the following tutorial after the quiz

Assessment Task 3

Value: 4 %
Due Date: 12/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 07/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Homework exercises and tutorial preparation

  • Four (4) random homework collections in the registered tutorial classes
  • A student’s tutorial performance is assessed on their effort put into their learning throughout the semester. Students are expected to come to the tutorial class with the assigned homework exercises and tutorial questions completed with sufficient effort.
  • The homework will be marked based on the extent of completion and effort (not accuracy). Homework questions must be completed before class. Each class’s tutorial homework may take up to 2 hours to thoroughly prepare. Submitting your work in a tutorial class that you are not registered with will not be considered.
  • The questions required will be made available on Wattle as the course progresses. Suggested solutions will be posted on Wattle by the end of the week. Since tutorial questions are sourced from the prescribed textbook, it is important to have access to it as soon as possible.
  • Due date: Four (4) random collection from Week 3 to Week 12
  • A mark of zero for late or no submission will be strictly enforced. In case you cannot attend your tutorial class due to misadventure, illness or other extenuating circumstances and unforeseen events, please notify your tutor as soon as possible with supporting evidence (such as medical certificates). If you were excused for absence, unless for illnesses, please email the scans/photos of your homework to your tutor before your class begins in order to have your homework considered for marking.

Value: 4% (1% each)

Assessment Task 4

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 09/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

MYOB Group Assignment

This is a group assignment. A group can be either three or four students only. Group members can be any students enrolled in BUSN7008. It is advisable to start looking for –and choose wisely– your group members as soon as possible. Please note conflicts among group members shall be expected. The successful handling of conflicts also forms part of the assessment.

The assignment will be released on Wattle in Week 6. Students are expected to self-learn MYOB and complete an MYOB practice set which is due by Week 9. Through completing an accounting cycle with the MYOB software in a realistic commercial scenario and writing up a business analysis report, students will gain the technical skills, practical experience and develop analytical and communication skills.

Please be aware of the time investment in learning a new accounting software could be substantial; it is advisable to set (and stick to) a plan to self-learn the software and complete this exercise well before the assignment due date. 

Value: 15%

Assessment Task 5

Value: 70 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Final Examination

The final examination will involve a 3 hour paper, plus 15 minutes reading time. The examination will be based on all topics covered by this course. The examination will be closed book, with no formula sheet provided.

Value: 70%

?Centrally administered examinations through Examinations, Graduations & Prizes will be timetabled prior to the examination period. The due date listed in the assessment summary is the earliest possible date. Please check ANU Timetabling for further information. Exam scripts will not be returned. Students may review their exam scripts by appointment during scheduled sessions at the RSA School Office.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

Academic Integrity and Referencing Exercise is submitted using Turnitin in the Academic Integrity and Referencing Wattle site. Group assignment is submitted using Turnitin in BUSN7008 Wattle site. You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education).

Besides using Turnitin to submit the group assignment, students are also required to submit a copy of the group assignment in the slot under the counter of the RSA office by 4pm on the due date. All assignments are cleared, sorted and date-stamped at 4pm on due date. Do not hand your assignment to the lecturer or tutor. If you intend to submit the assignment prior to the due date, you must advise the office staff in advance of your intention to do so. Hard copy assignment submission must include the RSA cover sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

During teaching periods assignments will be returned during tutorials. All assessments must be collected by students. All uncollected assessments will be securely destroyed

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Resubmission of assignments is not accepted. 

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

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