ACCTING 1002 - Introductory Accounting I

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

The objective of the course is to provide an introductory knowledge of accounting to first-year students from a wide range of disciplines. While a general overview of accounting principles relating to the preparation of financial and managerial reports will be presented, the primary focus is to illuminate how accounting information is utilised by a variety of stakeholders in planning, controlling and investing decisions. Topics included: accounting information in its decision making context; record of accounting transactions; external financial reports; financial statement analysis; cost behaviour, determination of product costs, cost-volume-profit analysis; performance management; and budgeting.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ACCTING 1002
    Course Introductory Accounting I
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3.5 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible ACCTING 1011
    Quota Quota applies for Semester 1
    Assessment Exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Tony McMurtrie

    Academic Staff
    Dr Mahmud Masum
    Office: Room 9, Level 13, Nexus 10
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Introductory Accounting has 2 X 1 hour lectures per week per student.

    In addition the course also contains one weekly 1.5 hour tutorial per student. Tutorials begin in the second week of the semester and finish one week after formal lectures finish.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Knowledge of accounting is a vital skill for everyone. Basic financial literacy is essential in managing one’s own private finances but is also extremely important in any organisation. Many people feel that because they are planning to pursue a career in something other than accounting, the study of that subject is not relevant to them. However, the great majority of decisions in any type of organisation (whether ‘for profit’ or ‘not-for-profit’) have financial implications. For example, someone in the Human Resources section of an organisation will need strong ‘people’ skills but will also have responsibility for the financial budget for the HR section (at a minimum, controlling the costs of that section).

    This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of, and competency in, the language and process of accounting so that you can discuss intelligently the financial implications of your future decisions. The course will also emphasise the use of accounting in basic organisational decision making. The overall aims of this course include the following:

    • Provide a broad introduction to accounting.
    • Introduce the role of accounting and how accounting captures information about the economics of an entity.
    • Develop an understanding of the ‘language’ of accounting.
    • Develop the skills to read and understand company Annual Reports
    • Develop the skills to identify and record accounting transactions
    • Develop the skills to prepare basic financial statements including the Statement of Financial Position, Statement of Comprehensive Income, and Statement of Changes in Equity.
    • Enable students to understand the ‘story’ told by financial statements and the implications for the story when different choices are made.
    • Develop skills in financial statement analysis
    • Explore the use of accounting in internal decision making
    • Introduce management accounting concepts including cost behaviour, cost-volume-profit analysis, product costing, budgeting and performance management.
    • Develop skills in applying management accounting techniques to assist in decision making

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

    1. explain the concepts that underlie the preparation of general purpose financial reports;
    2. analyse financial statements;
    3. explain the information needs of management;
    4. identify and explain the various components of budgets; and
    5. apply various management accounting techniques to analyse decisions faced by management.

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    This course will utilise the following two textbooks (which are bundled in a package):

    Tyler, J, Godwin, N and Alderman, CW, ACCT2
    2nd Asia-Pacific Edition, Cengage Learning,

    Sivabalan, P, Sawyers, R, Jackson, S and Jenkins, G,
    ACCT2 Managerial,
    2nd Asia-Pacific Edition, Cengage Learning,

    The Cengage publisher offers a 10% discount for the textbook. The discount code is:

    You may visit
    for the print bundle.

    The eBook bundle can be viewed at

    The textbook is also available at the Co-op bookshop at Adelaide Uni (Hub Central, near Bar Smith Library).
    Online Learning
    This course makes substantial use of the MyUni website. Information that will be available through MyUni include:
    · PowerPoint lecture slides
    · MyMedia lecture recordings
    · Readings
    · Assignment information and feedback
    · Messages for students
    · Other facilities within MyUni will be activated from time-to-time as needed.

    You must ensure that you check the MyUni site several times each week for any announcements or new information. It is your responsibility to remain informed about changes in the course and you will be deemed to know of any new information added to the MyUni site.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course contains two main avenues for learning (apart from assessment). These are:

    1. Delivery of 2 X 1 hour lectures per week for each student. These are the primary source of information on a topic. Students should read the relevant section of the textbook to support and expand on the knowledge gained in these lectures.

    2. There is a weekly 1.5 hour tutorial. The aims of the tutorials are threefold; to develop a conceptual understanding of key accounting principles, to review and refine the technical competencies required to perform accounting calculations, and to gain an insight into the implications flowing from accounting information including the financial statements.
    During the Tutorials students are free to ask any questions or issues about the topic under consideration. The objective here is to provide a more personalised approach to any problems which students have.
    It is expected that each student will actively involve him/herself in the discussion during each tutorial. In general, a good participant will, among other things:
    · Take the initiative and lead the discussion on a question; and
    · Be prepared to work cooperatively and productively in small groups;

    It is not expected that you will always have the “right” answer and, indeed, it should be recognised and understood that valid alternative points of view might well exist on an issue. This does not mean that “anything will do” when trying to find a solution to controversial topics – rather a “good” answer will be one that is grounded in, among other things, references to relevant and valid accounting concepts.

    Preparation prior to attending your workshop is vital to your successful completion of this course and if you have not prepared beforehand you will have significant difficulties in understanding what is going on in the tutorial.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The University expects full-time students (i.e., those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. This means that you are expected to commit approximately 9 hours of private study outside of your regular classes.

    Students in this course are required to attend all lectures and Tutorials throughout the semester, tutorial preparation and participation will form part of the overall assessment as outlined in the assessment section below.
    Learning Activities Summary

    • Introduction to Financial Accounting
    • Financial Statements
    • Recording accounting transactions
    • Financial Statement analysis
    • Introduction to Management Accounting
    • Nature of Costs and product cost
    • Performance Management
    • Budgeting
    • Course Review/Revision
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The Small Group Discovery Experience strategy of the University is not utilised by this course at present.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    The assessment tasks are:
    Assessment Task Weighting Learning Outcome
    Week 4 Class Test 5%
    Workshop Activities 10%
    Group Assignment 15%
    Mid-Semester Exam 20%
    Final Exam 50%
    Total 100%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    1. To pass the course students must achieve 50% of the overall course assessment. In addition there is requirement to achieve at least 45% in the final exam. Students who achieve an overall course result of 50% or greater but achieve less than 45% in the final exam will be recorded with 49% and be awarded an additional assessment (ie an academic supplementary exam).
    2. All assessment tasks are compulsory and none are redeemable.
    3. Students are not permitted to submit or use assessment from any previous or other course towards the assessment in this course.
    4. Legible hand-writing and the quality of English expression are considered to be integral parts of the assessment process. Marks may be deducted in the final examination because of poor hand-writing.
    5. Students are permitted to take any calculator into any of the invigilated assessments, including the final exam.
    6. The final exam is a closed book exam and no materials are permitted to be taken into the exam except for a calculator referred above.
    Assessment Detail


    Students must only attend the workshop they enrolled in.

    Students with a workshop falling on a public holiday may attend any other workshop that week, but must return to their allocated workshop in the next week.

    ASSIGNMENTS -- 20%

    The Assignment will involve a small group work. The Assignment will be submitted electronically through MyUni. Further details of the submission process will be advised in due course.


    The exam will cover Topics 1-4. More details will be provided in due course. No materials are permitted except for a calculator.

    FINAL EXAM -- 50%

    There will be a three (3) hour exam. This will be a closed book exam and no materials are permitted except for a calculator.
    The Assignments will be submitted electronically through MyUni.  Further details will be provided in due course.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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  • Policies & Guidelines
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