DBAC - Bachelor of Accounting
- Career outcomes
- Recommended study pattern
- Degree structure
- Degree requirements
- Credit for previous study
- Procedures for gaining degree
- Recent updates
- Further information
Accounting is a fundamental organisational tool for business planning and control. Proficiency in this specialised field can create a range of career opportunities both in government and in business, management and finance across a multitude of industries.
The Bachelor of Accounting is accredited by the two major Australian accounting professional bodies, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA) and Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA) Australia. For more information about the accreditation of individual units, please visit the CPA Australia Course Accreditation webpage and the ICAA Tertiary Course Accreditation webpage.
Through a combination of required units and electives, students will gain knowledge and skills in many areas of Accounting and related fields. As students develop an understanding of accounting principles and practices, they explore the relationship between accounting, finance and economics, the law, management and marketing. Students will study in detail, specialised areas including Financial Accounting, Corporate Reporting, Taxation Law, Auditing, Management Accounting and Communications.
Students also have the opportunity to select elective units, so as to tailor the degree to individual needs.
This broad-based business degree will enable students to primarily develop expertise in accounting information systems. Coupled with a dedicated industry focus and an extensive range of unit choices, the degree will produce highly employable graduates with a strong and diverse skill base.
To get the most out of this program students are recommended to follow these steps:
- Study SSK10 if new to university study (counts as elective study).
- Start with the first level core units.
- Study second level units and/or electives.
- Finish with third level units and/or electives.
First Level - 8 units
- ACG10 - Communication and Information Systems in Business
- ACG11 - Accounting for Business
- ACG12 - Financial Accounting 1
- BLW16 - Foundations of Business Law
- BMS11 - Business Mathematics and Statistics
- MAN11 - Introduction to Management
- ECO11 - Principles of Economics
- MAR11 - Marketing Theory and Practice
Second Level - 5 units
- ACG27 - Financial Accounting 2
- ACG24 - Management Accounting
- BLW21 - Company Law
- BLW22 - Taxation Law
- MGM21 - Communication and Organisational Practices
Third Level - 5 units
- ACG31 - Auditing Theory and Practice
- ACG32 - Finance and Investment
- ACG33 - Global Issues for Accounting
- ACG35 - Issues in Accounting Theory
- ACG36 - Financial Accounting 3
Electives - 6 units
Students must complete six elective units. These can be taken from any discipline area however their content should not be comparable to the core units. There isn't a list, but students can choose the electives by looking through the OUA website or Handbook. Students may choose to use the electives as a block.
Students may also wish to select the following units:
- ACG25 - Cost Management Systems
- ACG26 - Government and Not for Profit Accounting
- MAN15 - Issues in Small Business Management
Please visit the OUA website for more information about the Bachelor of Accounting.
There is no requirement for students to register for the degree. To qualify for the Bachelor of Accounting from UniSA, students must achieve the following requirements:
- A student must complete 24 units.
- A student must complete 18 set units.
- A student must complete six elective units.
- A student must complete at least eight units through University of South Australia.
Students may get credit for previous studies conducted at other institutions. Please contact UniSA to get further information prior to registering through Open Universities Australia. It is recommended that credit applications are submitted at least six weeks prior to registering in program units.
For further information, please refer to the Ask OUA @ UniSA FAQs on Credit and exemption.
Subject to degree requirements, the University of South Australia will award students with a formal qualification upon successful completion of the appropriate Open Universities Australia units.
For more information, please refer to the Ask OUA @ UniSA FAQs on Graduation.
- In 2011, the following unit names changed. ACG10 Managing the Digital Organisation now Communication and Information Systems in Business. ECO11 Microeconomics 1 now Principles of Economics.
- In 2010, the following unit names changed. BLW16 Introduction to Law now BLW16 Foundations of Business Law. ACG11 Accounting Decisions and Accountability now ACG11 Accounting for Business. MGM21 Management Communication and Negotiation now MGM21 Communication and Organisational Practices.
- In 2010, BUGE ruled change. It is no longer a requirement of the Bachelor of Accounting degree for students to complete two BUGE units, students now complete a total of six electives.
- In 2006, ACG10 replaced BIS11 as a core Level 1 unit. Students who undertook BIS11 prior to 2006 will still have this unit credited towards their degree. However, students will not be granted credit for both BIS11 and ACG10 in relation to the Bachelor of Accounting.
- In 2005, ACG27 replaced ACG21. Students who undertook the unit ACG21 prior to 2005 will have this unit credited towards their degree and should undertake ACG34 as their third level core unit (not ACG36).
- In 2005, ACG36 replaced ACG34 as a core third level unit. Students will need to undertake ACG36 if they have studied ACG27.
Any student uncertain about the transition arrangements in relation to these unit changes should contact the OUA UniSA Student Advisers.
- If you have any queries or require further information please contact an OUA UniSA Student Advisers.