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ACC3300 Accounting Major Capstone

Semester 2, 2020 Online
Short Description: Accounting Major Capstone
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Commerce
Student contribution band : Band 3
ASCED code : 080101 - Accounting
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 11 July 2020


Examiner: Lynette Daff


Pre-requisite: ACC2113
Co-requisite: ACC3116 and ACC3118

Other requisites

It is anticipated that students will study this course in their final year.


One of the essential elements in the real world is the ability to solve unstructured, multi-disciplined accounting problems. This course helps ensure students are better prepared for the various situations they will face in their accounting career. The modern accounting professional must possess not only comprehensive technical skills, for example, knowledge, problem solving and analytical skills, but also additional skills. Graduates are expected to be able to work in a team, identify and use ethical decision-making tools for practical problems, as well as exercise judgement and the professional skills of self-management and reflective practice. Further, graduates need to be able to communicate effectively with various stakeholders using different media and use reflective practice to foster self-management.
The course will provide USQ graduates with an opportunity to achieve learning outcomes that will prepare them for their professional program studies or their career in business or practice.


This course provides students with an opportunity to apply their accounting knowledge to solve authentic business case studies. Students, working as individuals, or in collaborative teams, will use self-management and judgement skills to derive ethical solutions to current business and accounting scenarios and communicate resolutions to various stakeholders using different media. Students will research, gather information, form conclusions and write reports. This course integrates elements of the accountancy discipline to allow students to focus on developing graduate capabilities through case studies and their reflections.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. consolidate and apply knowledge and skills learned in the accounting major courses to explore and respond to situations and scenarios involving accounting issues;
  2. collaborate effectively with others to explore, discuss and solve accounting related problems;
  3. make evidence-based decisions and exercise critical judgement to solve relevant multi-disciplinary client related accounting problems;
  4. make use of current trends and issues in the professional accounting area to resolve problems;
  5. engage in reflective thinking and exercise responsibility for their own learning (self-management) in the context of a case study.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Career decisions, goals and employability 10.00
2. Reflective practice 10.00
3. Working in a team environment 20.00
4. Managing authentic accounting/business projects or case studies 30.00
5. Integrating and reporting impacts and outcomes 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required to be purchased for this course, all required resources are available through the StudyDesk.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Students will be guided to reference materials through the StudyDesk.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 36.00
Independent Study 129.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Case Study Pt A 100 30 24 Aug 2020
Case Study Pt B (Team Project) 100 50 12 Oct 2020
Reflective Journal 100 20 19 Oct 2020

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them, to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. This guide can be found at

Date printed 11 July 2020