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ACCT71-303: Advanced Financial Accounting and Reporting May 2022 [Standard]

General information

This subject focuses on advanced issues pertaining to the preparation of financial statements by reporting entities.  The subject also provides a critical examination of the theories underpinning accounting practice and its professional standards. The aim is to develop a high level understanding of the rationale underlying accounting principles and standards. The integration of advanced theoretical and technical knowledge related to contemporary practices regarding accounting standards and their application is emphasised.


Academic unit:Bond Business School
Subject code:ACCT71-303
Subject title:Advanced Financial Accounting and Reporting
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:May 2022
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Seminar: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Seminar 1
  • Seminar: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Seminar 2
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 72) - Recommended study time & reviewing materials
Attendance and learning activities: Attendance at all class sessions is expected. Students are expected to notify the instructor of any absences with as much advance notice as possible.


Prescribed resources:
  • Deegan, C. (2020). Financial Accounting. 9th Ed, Australia: McGraw-Hill, Sydney
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Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):

Restrictions: ? This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students

Assurance of learning

Assurance of Learning means that universities take responsibility for creating, monitoring and updating curriculum, teaching and assessment so that students graduate with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need for employability and/or further study.

At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Evaluate International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) or other relevant standards in the preparation of complex transactions.
  2. Demonstrate professional judgment in the application of accounting policies used in the preparation of general-purpose financial statements in multifaceted scenarios.
  3. Apply an integrated understanding of theoretical principles underlying accounting practice to complex accounting situations.
  4. Critically evaluate current national and international developments relevant to standard setting and regulation related to external financial reporting.
  5. Synthesise complex data from a variety of sources and perspectives through research, integration, and analysis to make professional recommendations related to a contemporary accounting and reporting.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to provide comprehensive and relevant feedback to peers and reflect and adapt to feedback from peers regarding the performance of an advanced accounting task.
  7. Communicate advanced accounting concepts and principles in a clear, concise writing style tailored to a professional audience.
  8. Articulate complex accounting information to a diverse professional audience using appropriate visual aids.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Project Report Professional Development Assignment Select, research, evaluate and report on a contemporary accounting issue provided by your instructor 35% Week 11 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7.
Computer-Aided Examination (Open) Comprehensive Final Exam 30% Final Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 7.
Presentation Leading a class discussion of an assigned research topic. 10% Class stream dependent 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8.
Exercise Providing professional feedback on other students’ assessed presentations. 15% Class stream dependent 1, 4, 6, 7.
Written Report Written report on an assigned research topic (due one week after presentation). 10% Class stream dependent 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Additional subject information

This is a compulsory subject for eligibility requirements for Certified Practising Accountants Australia (CPA Australia) and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ). As part of the requirements for Business School quality accreditation, the Bond Business School employs an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Subject curriculum

An introduction to accounting theory and its relevance to financial reporting.

An overview of the objectives and use of normative accounting theory as a guide for professional standards of practice. Also examines the information characteristics and measurement of supporting evidence.

An overview of positive accounting theory in general, and specifically, Positive Accounting Theory (PAT), used to explain and predict accounting practice. What are the main elements of agency theory, contracting cost theory and how do they help us as accounting professionals.

Explores contemporary issues related to the application of Fair Value measure in the accounting standard context. Applies the accounting standard to identify, recognise and measure a range of intangible assets. Consider normative and agency theories relating to the accounting treatment for fair value measurement and intangible assets.

Applies the accounting standard to identify an impaired asset, measure the recoverable amount, recognise and measure an impairment loss. Applies normative and agency theories in recognising and accounting for impairment of assets.

Applies the accounting standard to recognise and measure a range of short-term, long-term employee benefits, and share-based payments. Applies normative and agency theories in recognising and accounting for employee benefits and share payments.

Focus is on accounting research, related theories and methodology and its relevance to financial reporting.

Examines contemporary matters and various accounting standards related to financial reporting and disclosure. Applies normative and agency theories in recognising and accounting for disclosures.

Applies the accounting standards related to the financial reporting of financial assets and financial liabilities. Applies normative and agency theories to the recognition and accounting for financial instruments.

Applies the accounting standard for accounting for transactions and balances in foreign currencies, and translation of results and financial position into a presentation currency. Applies normative and agency theories in recognising and accounting for foreign operations and currency issues.

Approved on: Jun 20, 2022. Edition: 7.4