Graduate Diploma of Accounting

Courses and Study Australian courses Graduate Diploma of Accounting

Accounting is a fundamental function within all organisations, providing key financial information to enable effective financial planning and economic strategies. You will learn vital concepts and skills in accounting and finance in this flexible program, preparing you for a modern accounting career. You can choose to further your qualifications with a Master of Professional Accounting, gaining full credit for your completed subjects.

Campus
Townsville; Cairns; Brisbane
Start dates
February
Duration
1 year full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus

Career opportunities

JCU’s Graduate Diploma of Accounting has full accreditation with the Australian professional accounting bodies, Certified Practising Accountants Australia (CPA), Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), which is the global body for professional accountants. ACCA qualifications are recognised worldwide.

Course highlights

James Cook University professional programs are internationally recognised and teaching staff are often research leaders in their fields.

In an effort to offer you flexibility, the School’s accounting programs are offered after hours in Cairns and Townsville with intensive weekend workshops.

Course overview

Accounting is a vital function within all organisations, and provides the key financial information that enables private and public sector organisations to take economic decisions and plan their activities effectively.

Our postgraduate accounting courses provide training in the key areas of accounting and finance, while the addition of subjects such as business law and economics arms you with the expertise required for a modern accounting career.

Subjects successfully completed can be credited towards the Master of Professional Accounting.

Only International students may study in Brisbane.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – three semesters per year. View academic calendars.

Subjects

Course Structure

OPTIONS

Select 24 credit points of specified level 5 subjects from List 1

List 1

CO5103:03 Management Accounting

CO5109:03 Corporate Finance

CO5117:03 Introduction to Accounting

CO5118:03 Auditing and Assurance Services

CO5119:03 Business Law

CO5120:03 Taxation Law

CO5121:03 Law of Business Organisations

CO5122:03 Accounting for Corporations

CO5123:03 Advanced Issues in Accounting

CO5124:03 Data Analysis and Decision Modelling

LB5229:03 Economics for a Sustainable World

Pathway into course

Please consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.

Handbook

Graduate Diploma of Accounting

Course code

23506

Course type

Graduate Diploma (AQF level 8)

Division

Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in any discipline, bachelor from this or another university; or

Other qualifications or practical experience recognised by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies as equivalent to the above.

Minimum English language poficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points

Course learning outcomes

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

In the context of a JCU graduate, on successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Accounting students will be able to:

  • Critically analyse accounting-related knowledge and practice from both historical and recent perspectives

  • Consolidate the application of differing accounting performance reporting and monitoring methods

  • Synthesise sustainable economic, social and environmental practices and value systems

  • Integrate theoretical and technical accounting knowledge which includes a selection of auditing and assurance, finance, economics, quantitative methods, information systems, commercial law, corporation law and taxation law

  • Apply established concepts to provide solutions to complex business and professional practice problems

  • Critically analyse contemporary business issues using appropriate models and make reasoned recommendations

  • Present complex information appropriately to both accountants and non-accountants using:

  • Effective oral presentation skills

  • Clear and fluent written communication

  • Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively and effectively in achieving common goals

  • Adapt sustainable accounting constructs and skills to theoretical or practical situations

  • Exercise independent judgment to solve routine accounting problems in diverse contexts using social, ethical, economic, regulatory and global perspectives

  • Seek and reflect on performance feedback to identify and action learning opportunities and self-improvements.

Course Structure

OPTIONS

Select 24 credit points of specified level 5 subjects from List 1

List 1

CO5103:03 Management Accounting

CO5109:03 Corporate Finance

CO5117:03 Introduction to Accounting

CO5118:03 Auditing and Assurance Services

CO5119:03 Business Law

CO5120:03 Taxation Law

CO5121:03 Law of Business Organisations

CO5122:03 Accounting for Corporations

CO5123:03 Advanced Issues in Accounting

CO5124:03 Data Analysis and Decision Modelling

LB5229:03 Economics for a Sustainable World

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Brisbane

 

Cairns

 

Singapore

Exit only

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

4 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Professional
accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

A student who has failed a single subject towards the award in their final teaching period and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject. However if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by that accreditation will apply.

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

12 credit points

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 6 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 10 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

No advanced standing will be granted for work experience.

Award Details

Award title

GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF ACCOUNTING

Approved Abbreviation

GDipAcc

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion and have completed the required number of credit points and appropriate subjects may be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate of Accounting.

Course articulation

Students who complete the requirements for the Graduate Diploma of Accounting are eligible for entry to the Master of Professional Accounting, and may be granted advanced standing for all subjects completed under the Graduate Diploma.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.