Financial and Corporate Accounting

Unit code: BAO5525 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
VU Sydney
BAO5543 - Accounting Systems and Processes
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit of study extends understanding of accounting concepts and their application to the corporate form of ownership. This unit takes a critical approach to accepted corporate reporting practices and current developments in accounting and financial regulation for corporations and further develops professional practice through concepts such as accounting for the issue and reorganisation of share capital; inter-company investments; specific corporate financial accounting practices, including accounting for company income tax; impairment and revaluation of assets; intangible assets. The unit also explores current financial reporting issues as relevant to contemporary multinational businesses.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Analyse accounting problems by interrogating a range of data including analysing and interpreting financial and business data;
  2. Evaluate the impact of Information technology on organisations’ decision making, systems, processes, data security and integrity;
  3. Critically review and assess the impact of financial reporting changes in Australian and International contexts;
  4. Evaluate the relationships between a parent company and its subsidiary(ies), and recommend accounting treatment; and
  5. Critically analyse and explain the application of accounting standards.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 15%
Case study on contemporary accounting issues
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 35%
Group report on specific accounting issues and the application of information and communication
Assessment type: Examination
Grade: 50%
Final examination

Required reading

Financial accounting
Deegan, C. (2020),| McGraw-Hill.

As part of a course

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