ACCT1501 Accounting and Financial Management 1A - 2018

ACCT1501
Undergraduate
Semester 1
6 Units of Credit
On Campus
Accounting

1. Course Details

Summary of Course

ACCT1501 is one of the first year core units in the undergraduate business program. It is the first course in a sequence of courses dealing with the profession and practice of accounting. It illustrates the analysis and design of a financial accounting system which processes financial data and produces financial reports geared to the information needs of interested parties, including stakeholders and so on.

It starts with the introduction of the financial statements, and then details the working of the full accounting cycle, the contents of annual reports and concludes with a brief introduction to management accounting and cost volume profit (CVP) analysis. Additionally, more specific topics such as cash holdings and receivables, inventory, and non-current assets are discussed. It introduces students to the design of accounting systems based on double-entry book-keeping and incorporating other internal controls, and the problems of accounting for cash, debtors, inventories and property, plant and equipment. It also provides a critical introduction to the ideas underlying accounting practice and to issues associated with the uses and limitations of traditional financial reports. The course examines the differences between financial accounting and management accounting and focuses on the use of management accounting information and CVP analysis.

Teaching Times and Locations

Please note that teaching times and locations are subject to change. Students are strongly advised to refer to the Class Timetable website for the most up-to-date teaching times and locations.

View course timetable

Course Policies & Support

Course Aims and Relationship to Other Courses

The primary aim of Accounting and Financial Management 1A is to provide students with an introduction to the process and function of financial reporting. Whilst a large proportion of the course is aimed at understanding accounting as a process and taking a preparer’s perspective, we will also seek to develop an understanding of the importance of the role of accounting in today’s society by discussing relevant cases and issues reported in the media.

This course is offered by the School of Accounting and may form part of an accounting major, double major or disciplinary minor within the Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Economics degrees. This course also constitutes part of the core curriculum of studies required by professional accounting bodies, namely CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia+New Zealand and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).

Accounting and Financial Management 1A forms an integrated study program designed to give students an understanding of the way in which financial information is generated and used. Many students undertaking this course will study accounting as a major and will undertake Accounting and Financial Management 1B.

Accounting and Financial Management 1A

(ACCT1501) is concerned with the design and analysis of accounting information systems. The assumptions and choices made in the design of an accounting system are explored with particular attention given to financial reporting to external stakeholders and management accounting which revolves around reporting to internal stakeholders of the business.

Accounting and Financial Management 1B

(ACCT1511) introduces cash flow statements and considers issues such as recognition and disclosure of financial statement elements, professional ethics, and accounting policy. In addition to the preparer’s perspective, it also considers the perspective of a user of financial information with an introduction to financial statement analysis and managerial decision making.

Taken together, the first year accounting courses seek to develop technical competence in recording economic events in the accounting system; a critical understanding of key technical terms and concepts so as to interpret accounting information and reports in the financial press; an ability to argue a reasoned position on key questions of accounting theory and practice; and familiarity with institutional structures that affect the practice of accounting.

2. Staff Contact Details

Position Title Name Email Location Phone Consultation Times
Lecturer-in-chargeDrYoungdeok LimRoom 3069, Quadrangle building - Ref E15+61 2 9385 6081TBA
LecturerDrChuan YuRoom 3101, Quadrangle Building - Ref E15+61 2 9385 5840TBA
Lecturer DrConor CluneRoom 3090, Quadrangle Building - Ref E15+61 2 9385 6609TBA

Communications with staff

All questions or queries to do with course administration, homework or course content which are of a general nature i.e. that would benefit other students MUST be posted on the Discussion Boards on Moodle (the electronic course management tool).

We strongly encourage you to use the Moodle discussion boards to ask and answer questions. Students are encouraged to assist each other. Learning from and teaching each other is a great way to consolidate your own knowledge. A member of the teaching team will oversee your responses and ensure the information provided is accurate and appropriate, but we encourage you to actively assist each other to learn.

For other questions of a personal nature please send your correspondence to the ACCT1501 course email box address: acct1501@unsw.edu.au and for any general communication with staff on this course.

For face-to-face communication, each member of full-time staff will be available for up to two hours per week for you to consult with on a drop-in basis. You are encouraged to seek help during these consultation times at whichever of those times is convenient to you from any ACCT1501 staff member during their regular consultation hours. ACCT1501 tutors will also provide consultation for the mid-session test and final examination.

In special circumstances, an appointment may be made outside regular consultation hours. The staff consultation timetable is posted on staff office doors and on Moodle. Please check the timetable for room locations and note that individual consultation hours may vary occasionally.

During consultation times, attention to students will be prioritised as follows: first preference is given to students attending the staff member’s office; second preference is given to phone calls made during staff members’ nominated consultation time, followed by email inquiries (of administrative nature only). Any email inquiry that can be answered by reading the course outline or an announcement made on Moodle will not be responded to. Staff will not conduct any consultations by e-mail. It is also not possible for staff to respond to students who drop-in outside of their regular consultation hours or a previously arranged appointment.

Please note that appropriate written etiquette must be observed when conducting any written communication with both staff and students on both Moodle and UNSW’s email system. When sending an email to a staff member, you must use your UNSW student email and identify yourself clearly using both your student ID and your full name. Communications that use short hand and “SMS” language are not acceptable, and you must communicate using English.

Please be aware that you will not receive a reply to inform you if your email is non-compliant.

3. Learning and Teaching Activities

Approach to Learning and Teaching in the Course

At university, the focus is on your self-directed search for knowledge. The teaching team will provide lectures, tutorials and other resources in order to help your learning experience. It is up to you to choose how much work you do in each part of the course: preparing for classes; completing assignments; studying for exams; and seeking assistance or extra work to extend and clarify your understanding. You must choose an approach that best suits your learning style and the goals you set for yourself in this course. Preparation, tutorial and additional self-study questions are provided to guide your learning process. Furthermore we offer this key advice:

  • Understand rather than memorise
  • Take responsibility for learning rather than blaming others for failure
  • Explore and test ideas rather than limit yourself to facts
  • Work collaboratively with others rather than compete with peers

The teaching team has put a great deal of thought into the development and presentation of the teaching materials and assessments so that students may experience a flexible but directed introduction to accounting. The team is here to provide the support to enable you to succeed but you are in control of your own learning experience and as such, your destiny.

Learning Activities and Teaching Strategies

The course consists of lectures and tutorials. Students are required to attend one 2-hour lecture each week (weeks 1-12), and one 1-hour tutorial each week (weeks 2-13).

Lectures

Each student is required to register for a lecture time via the NSS system, accessed through the myUNSW portal. There are two hours of lectures per week, which are held in two hour blocks commencing week 1 until week 12. In consideration to other students please: arrive on time, turn off your mobile phones, attend your registered lecture and refrain from distracting or disruptive behaviour when the lecturer is presenting. You will also be expected to participate in the activities in the lecture which have been carefully designed to enhance your learning and understanding of the subject material.

The purpose of lectures is to introduce and explain concepts that are critical to the core themes of the course. In order to maximise the benefits of attending lectures, students are expected to read the relevant study materials thoroughly before attending lectures. Copies of the lecture notes will be available before the lecture for you to download and bring to class. Students are expected to take notes during the lecture. Additional lecture notes or slides (i.e. additional to the content on Moodle) will not be provided after the lecture. Lecturers will provide in-class worked examples of exam type problems and engage students in class discussion. The model of teaching in lectures is an interactive one, so ensure you attend lectures prepared to contribute and participate in small group discussion and seek clarification if you don’t understand something. We will also use in-class real-time quizzes.

We will also provide a podcast of the lecture material which will be made available to you after the week’s lectures. However, we suggest this is not an effective substitute for the face-to-face interaction in a real-time lecture setting and we recommend you use it as an additional study resource. Other than the podcast resource the school provides, lectures may not be recorded or reproduced without the written consent of the lecturer.

Tutorials

Each student is required to register for a tutorial via myUNSW. Tutorials are one hour per week and will be held each week from weeks 2 to 13. Students must attend the tutorial they have been formally allocated. The tutorials constitute the core learning experience of this course. During tutorials, students will be encouraged to discuss and critique accounting concepts and problems in a team learning environment, and to discuss and present their findings to the rest of the class.

It is essential that, prior to a tutorial, you read the relevant course materials and prepare written responses to all questions assigned. In ACCT1501, we set two types of questions: preparation questions and tutorial questions (all questions must be attempted before your tutorial session). All students are expected to complete the preparation questions and check their solutions prior to attending tutorials. The solutions to the preparation questions will be posted on Moodle by the end of the week prior to the tutorial being held. If you have any queries or problems with the preparation questions and the solutions provided you should raise this in your tutorial or see your tutor in consultation time. Tutorial questions should also be attempted prior to your tutorial session and will be discussed in the tutorial time. You are expected to prepare for the tutorial questions, including the case studies. Lack of preparation is one of the most common reasons why students fail this course and it will impact your overall success in this course as 10% of the total marks for the course are dependent on your tutorial preparation and contribution in class. The solutions to the tutorial questions will be posted on Moodle at the end of the week after they have been discussed in class.

Self-Study

Self-study is a key element of the learning design of this course. From time to time, self-study materials will be posted on Moodle to facilitate deeper learning of core elements of the course. The aim of these self-study questions is to encourage students to assume responsibility in their learning process, and to make the tutorials more effective. Thus, the onus is on students to review and complete these materials. The teaching team will be available in consultation hours to assist with difficulties experienced with self-study materials.

5. Course Resources

Student Resources

There are two required resources for ACCT1501.

The required textbook for first-year courses in Accounting (ACCT1501 and ACCT1511) is:

  1. Trotman, K. Gibbins, M. & Carson, E., 2016 Financial Accounting: An Integrated Approach 6th edition + Management Accounting Supplement 6th edition, Melbourne: Thomson Nelson ITP. This is the most recent edition and any previous editions must not be used as a substitute.
    The management supplement can be purchased independently online and will be available through Cengage Brain website for $19.95.
  2. You are required to access the course material that will be posted on Moodle which will cover lecture topics, additional assigned tutorial questions and solutions and additional reading materials.

We also highly recommend the following Study Guide to assist your learning (you are not required to purchase this book; it is an optional additional resource):

Study Guide to Financial Accounting: An Integrated Approach 6th Edition by Ken Trotman and Elizabeth Carson, 2016

Course Website

A course website will be maintained within the Moodle environment. You are required to have a student number and zPass to access this website. You must be enrolled in the course to access the website at Moodle. The website will contain important announcements, copies of lecture notes, the solutions to the weekly preparation and tutorial questions and other material deemed suitable by the Lecturer-in-charge from time to time. We cannot place any material on the website that involves the use of student IDs or that which raises issues with respect to privacy. If you need help getting started or using Moodle then go to eLearning at UNSW.

6. Course Evaluation & Development

Each year feedback is sought from students and other stakeholders about the courses offered in the School and continual improvements are made to courses based on this feedback. UNSW's myExperience survey is one of the ways in which student evaluative feedback is gathered. In this course, we will seek your feedback through end of semester myExperience responses. Consequently, significant changes to courses and programs within the School are communicated to subsequent cohorts of students.

We will ask students to complete evaluations online to provide overall feedback about the course in general and make constructive comments concerning how we could improve the course. An example of previous feedback requested is more timely feedback and assessments on how students are progressing through the course.

7. Course Schedule

Week 1: 26 Feb
Activity

Lecture

Topic

Topic 1: Introduction to Financial Accounting

Lecturer: Youngdeok

Assessment/Other

Ch 1

Week 2: 05 Mar
Activity

Lecture

Topic

Topic 2: Measuring & Evaluating Financial Position & Financial Performance

Lecturer: Youngdeok

Assessment/Other

Ch 2

Activity

Tutorial

Topic

Topic 1

Week 3: 12 Mar
Activity

Lecture

Topic

Topic 3: The Double Entry System

Lecturer: Youngdeok

Assessment/Other

Ch 3

Activity

Tutorial

Topic

Topic 2

Week 4: 19 Mar
Activity

Lecture

Topic

Topic 4: Record-Keeping

Lecturer: Youngdeok

Assessment/Other

Ch 4

Activity

Tutorial

Topic

Topic 3

Week 5: 26 Mar
Activity

Lecture

Topic

Topic 5: Accrual Accounting Adjustments

Lecturer: Chuan

Assessment/Other

Ch 5

Activity

Tutorial

Topic

Topic 4

Mid Semester Break: 02 Apr
Week 6: 09 Apr
Activity

Lecture

Topic

Topic 6: Financial Reporting Principles, Accounting Standards and Auditing

Lecturer: Chuan

Assessment/Other

Ch 6

Activity

Tutorial

Topic

Topic 5

Week 7: 16 Apr
Activity

Lecture

Topic

Topic 7: Internal control and Cash

Lecturer: Chuan

 

Assessment/Other

Ch 7

Activity

Tutorial

Topic

Topic 6

Week 8: 23 Apr
Activity

Lecture

Topic

Topic 8: Accounts Receivable and further record-keeping

Lecturer: Chuan

 

Assessment/Other

Ch 8

Activity

Tutorial

Topic

Topic 7

Week 9: 30 Apr
Activity

Lecture

Topic

Topic 9: Introduction to Inventory and Non-Current Assets

Lecturer: Conor

Assessment/Other

Ch 9 & 10

Activity

Tutorial

Topic

Topic 8

Week 10: 07 May
Activity

Lecture

Topic

Topic 10: Financial Statement Analysis – Basic

Lecturer: Conor

Assessment/Other

Ch 15

Activity

Tutorial

Topic

Topic 9

Week 11: 14 May
Activity

Lecture

Topic

Topic 11: Management Accounting: Introduction and Cost Concepts

Lecturer: Conor

Assessment/Other

Management Accounting Supplement M1

Activity

Tutorial

Topic

Topic 10

Week 12: 21 May
Activity

Lecture

Topic

Topic 12: Management Accounting: CVP Analysis

Lecturer: Conor

Assessment/Other

Management Accounting Supplement M2

Activity

Tutorial

Topic

Topic 11

Week 13: 28 May
Activity

Tutorial

Topic

Topic 12

8. Policies

Information about UNSW Business School protocols, University policies, student responsibilities and education quality and support.

Program Learning Goals and Outcomes

The Business School Program Learning Goals reflect what we want all students to BE or HAVE by the time they successfully complete their degree, regardless of their individual majors or specialisations. For example, we want all our graduates to HAVE a high level of business knowledge and a sound awareness of ethical, social, cultural and environmental implications of business. As well, we want all our graduates to BE effective problem-solvers, communicators and team participants.

You can demonstrate your achievement of these goals by the specific outcomes you achieve by the end of your degree (i.e. Program Learning Outcomes—henceforth PLOs). These PLOs articulate what you need to know and be able to do as a result of engaging in learning. They embody the knowledge, skills and capabilities that are identified, mapped, taught, practised and assessed within each Business School program.

All UNSW programs and courses are designed to assess the attainment of program and/or course level learning outcomes, as outlined in the UNSW Assessment Design Procedure. It is therefore important that you become familiar with the Business School PLOs, as they constitute the framework which informs and shapes the course components and assessments of the courses within your program of study.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate Coursework
Knowledge You should be able to identify and apply disciplinary knowledge to business situations in a local and global environment.
Critical thinking and problem solving You should be able to identify and research issues in business situations, analyse the issues, and propose appropriate and well-justified solutions.
Written communication You should be able to prepare written documents that are clear, concise and coherent, using appropriate style and presentation for the intended audience, purpose and context.
Oral communication You should be able to prepare and deliver oral presentations that are clear, focussed, well-structured, and delivered in a professional manner.
Teamwork You should be able to participate collaboratively and responsibly in teams, and reflect on your own teamwork, and on the team’s processes and ability to achieve outcomes.
Ethical, social and environmental responsibility
  1. You should be able to identify and assess ethical, environmental and/or sustainability considerations in business decision-making and practice.
  2. You should be able to identify social and cultural implications of business.
Workplace skills (Co-op programs only) You should be able to conduct yourself in a professional manner in the work environment, communicate effectively in diverse workplace situations and be able to apply discipline knowledge and understanding to real business problems with initiative and self-direction.
Related PLO Documents View the Undergraduate Honours PLOs (pdf)
Knowledge You should be able to identify and apply current knowledge of disciplinary or interdisciplinary theory and professional practice to business in local and global environments.
Critical thinking and problem solving You should be able to identify, research and analyse complex issues and problems in business and/or management, and propose appropriate and well-justified solutions.
Written communication You should be able to produce written documents that communicate complex disciplinary ideas and information effectively for the intended audience and purpose.
Oral communication You should be able to produce oral presentations that communicate complex disciplinary ideas and information effectively for the intended audience and purpose.
Teamwork You should be able to participate collaboratively and responsibly in teams, and reflect on your own teamwork, and on the team’s processes and ability to achieve outcomes.
Ethical, social and environmental responsibility
  1. You should be able to identify and assess ethical, environmental and/or sustainability considerations in business decision-making and practice.
  2. You should be able to identify social and cultural implications of business.
Related PLO Documents View the Master of Philosophy PLOs (pdf)
View the Doctor of Philosophy PLOs (pdf)

UNSW Graduate Capabilities

The Business School PLOs also incorporate UNSW graduate capabilities, a set of generic abilities and skills that all students are expected to achieve by graduation. These capabilities articulate the University’s institutional values, as well as future employer expectations.

UNSW Graduate CapabilitiesBusiness School PLOs
Scholars capable of independent and collaborative enquiry, rigorous in their analysis, critique and reflection, and able to innovate by applying their knowledge and skills to the solution of novel as well as routine problems.
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Knowledge
  • Oral communication
  • Research capability
  • Teamwork
  • Workplace skills
  • Written communication
Entrepreneurial leaders capable of initiating and embracing innovation and change, as well as engaging and enabling others to contribute to change
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Knowledge
  • Oral communication
  • Workplace skills
  • Written communication
Professionals capable of ethical, self- directed practice and independent lifelong learning
  • Ethical, social and environmental responsibility
  • Workplace skills
Global citizens who are culturally adept and capable of respecting diversity and acting in a socially just and responsible way.
  • Ethical, social and environmental responsibility
  • Oral communication
  • Written communication

The Business School strongly advises you to choose a range of courses that assist your development against these PLOs and graduate capabilities, and to keep a record of your achievements as part of your portfolio. You could use these records for work or further study. For support with selecting your courses contact the UNSW Business School Student Centre.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Academic Integrity is honest and responsible scholarship. This form of ethical scholarship is highly valued at UNSW. Terms like Academic Integrity, misconduct, referencing, conventions, plagiarism, academic practices, citations and evidence based learning are all considered basic concepts that successful university students understand. Learning how to communicate original ideas, refer sources, work independently, and report results accurately and honestly are skills that you will be able to carry beyond your studies.

The definition of academic misconduct is broad. It covers practices such as cheating, copying and using another person’s work without appropriate acknowledgement. Incidents of academic misconduct may have serious consequences for students.

Plagiarism

UNSW regards plagiarism as a form of academic misconduct. UNSW has very strict rules regarding plagiarism. Plagiarism at UNSW is using the words or ideas of others and passing them off as your own. All Schools in the Business School have a Student Ethics Officer who will investigate incidents of plagiarism and may result in a student’s name being placed on the Plagiarism and Student Misconduct Registers.

Below are examples of plagiarism including self-plagiarism:

Copying: Using the same or very similar words to the original text or idea without acknowledging the source or using quotation marks. This includes copying materials, ideas or concepts from a book, article, report or other written document, presentation, composition, artwork, design, drawing, circuitry, computer program or software, website, internet, other electronic resource, or another person's assignment, without appropriate acknowledgement of authorship.

Inappropriate Paraphrasing: Changing a few words and phrases while mostly retaining the original structure and/or progression of ideas of the original, and information without acknowledgement. This also applies in presentations where someone paraphrases another’s ideas or words without credit and to piecing together quotes and paraphrases into a new whole, without appropriate referencing.

Collusion: Presenting work as independent work when it has been produced in whole or part in collusion with other people. Collusion includes:

  • Students providing their work to another student before the due date, or for the purpose of them plagiarising at any time
  • Paying another person to perform an academic task and passing it off as your own
  • Stealing or acquiring another person’s academic work and copying it
  • Offering to complete another person’s work or seeking payment for completing academic work

Collusion should not be confused with academic collaboration (i.e., shared contribution towards a group task).

Inappropriate Citation: Citing sources which have not been read, without acknowledging the 'secondary' source from which knowledge of them has been obtained.

Self-Plagiarism: ‘Self-plagiarism’ occurs where an author republishes their own previously written work and presents it as new findings without referencing the earlier work, either in its entirety or partially. Self-plagiarism is also referred to as 'recycling', 'duplication', or 'multiple submissions of research findings' without disclosure. In the student context, self-plagiarism includes re-using parts of, or all of, a body of work that has already been submitted for assessment without proper citation.

To see if you understand plagiarism, do this short quiz: https://student.unsw.edu.au/plagiarism-quiz

Cheating

The University also regards cheating as a form of academic misconduct. Cheating is knowingly submitting the work of others as their own and includes contract cheating (work produced by an external agent or third party that is submitted under the pretences of being a student’s original piece of work). Cheating is not acceptable at UNSW.

If you need to revise or clarify any terms associated with academic integrity you should explore the 'Working with Academic Integrity' self-paced lessons available at: https://student.unsw.edu.au/aim.

For UNSW policies, penalties, and information to help you avoid plagiarism see: https://student.unsw.edu.au/plagiarism as well as the guidelines in the online ELISE tutorials for all new UNSW students: http://subjectguides.library.unsw.edu.au/elise. For information on student conduct see: https://student.unsw.edu.au/conduct.

For information on how to acknowledge your sources and reference correctly, see: https://student.unsw.edu.au/referencing. If you are unsure what referencing style to use in this course, you should ask the lecturer in charge.

Student Responsibilities and Conduct

Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to university policies in relation to class attendance and general conduct and behaviour, including maintaining a safe, respectful environment; and to understand their obligations in relation to workload, assessment and keeping informed.

Information and policies on these topics can be found on the 'Managing your Program' website

Workload

It is expected that you will spend at least nine to ten hours per week studying for a course except for Summer Term courses which have a minimum weekly workload of eighteen to twenty hours. This time should be made up of reading, research, working on exercises and problems, online activities and attending classes. In periods where you need to complete assignments or prepare for examinations, the workload may be greater. Over-commitment has been a cause of failure for many students. You should take the required workload into account when planning how to balance study with employment and other activities.

We strongly encourage you to connect with your Moodle course websites in the first week of semester. Local and international research indicates that students who engage early and often with their course website are more likely to pass their course.

View more information on expected workload

Attendance

Your regular and punctual attendance at lectures and seminars or in online learning activities is expected in this course. The Business School reserves the right to refuse final assessment to those students who attend less than 80% of scheduled classes where attendance and participation is required as part of the learning process (e.g., tutorials, flipped classroom sessions, seminars, labs, etc.).

View more information on attendance

General Conduct and Behaviour

You are expected to conduct yourself with consideration and respect for the needs of your fellow students and teaching staff. Conduct which unduly disrupts or interferes with a class, such as ringing or talking on mobile phones, is not acceptable and students may be asked to leave the class.

View more information on student conduct

Health and Safety

UNSW Policy requires each person to work safely and responsibly, in order to avoid personal injury and to protect the safety of others.

View more information on Health and Safety

Keeping Informed

You should take note of all announcements made in lectures, tutorials or on the course web site. From time to time, the University will send important announcements to your university e-mail address without providing you with a paper copy. You will be deemed to have received this information. It is also your responsibility to keep the University informed of all changes to your contact details.

Special Consideration

You must submit all assignments and attend all examinations scheduled for your course. You can apply for special consideration when illness or other circumstances beyond your control, interfere with your performance in a specific assessment task or tasks. Special Consideration is primarily intended to provide you with an extra opportunity to demonstrate the level of performance of which you are capable.

General information on special consideration for undergraduate and postgraduate courses can be found in the Assessment Implementation Procedure and the Current Students page.

Please note the following:

  1. Applications will not be accepted by teaching staff. The lecturer-in-charge will be automatically notified when you lodge an online application for special consideration
  2. Decisions and recommendations are only made by lecturers-in-charge (or by the Faculty Panel in the case of final exam special considerations), not by tutors
  3. Applying for special consideration does not automatically mean that you will be granted a supplementary exam or other concession
  4. Special consideration requests do not allow lecturers-in-charge to award students additional marks

Business School Protocol on requests for Special Consideration

The lecturer-in-charge will need to be satisfied on each of the following before supporting a request for special consideration:

  1. Does the medical certificate contain all relevant information? For a medical certificate to be accepted, the degree of illness and its impact on the student must be stated by the medical practitioner (severe, moderate, mild). A certificate without this will not be valid. Students should also note that only medical certificates issued after physically visiting a registered medical practitioner will be accepted. Medical certificates submitted for Special Consideration should always be requested from a registered medical practitioner that you have seen at a medical practice. Certificates obtained online or via social media may be fraudulent and if relied upon could result in a breach of the UNSW Student Code.
  2. Has the student performed satisfactorily in the other assessment items? To understand what Satisfactory Performance means in this course, please refer to the 'Formal Requirements' section in Part A of your Course Outline

Special Consideration and the Final Exam in undergraduate and postgraduate courses

Applications for special consideration in relation to the final exam are considered by a Business School Faculty panel to which lecturers-in-charge provide their recommendations for each request. If the Faculty panel grants a special consideration request, this will entitle the student to sit a supplementary examination. No other form of consideration will be granted. The following procedures will apply:

  1. Supplementary exams will be scheduled centrally and will be held approximately two weeks after the formal examination period.

    Supplementary exams for Semester 1, 2018 will be held during the period 14 - 21 July, 2018. Students wishing to sit a supplementary exam will need to be available during this period.

    The date for all Business School supplementary exams for Summer Term 2017/2018 is Wednesday, 21 February, 2018. If a student lodges a special consideration for the final exam, they are stating they will be available on this date. Supplementary exams will not be held at any other time.

  2. Where a student is granted a supplementary examination as a result of a request for special consideration, the student’s original exam (if completed) will be ignored and only the mark achieved in the supplementary examination will count towards the final grade. Absence from a supplementary exam without prior notification does not entitle the student to have the original exam paper marked, and may result in a zero mark for the final exam.

The Supplementary Exam Protocol for Business School students is available at: http://www.business.unsw.edu.au/suppexamprotocol

For special consideration for assessments other than the final exam refer to the ‘Assessment Section’ in your course outline.

Protocol for Viewing Final Exam Scripts

The UNSW Business School has set a protocol under which students may view their final exam script. Please check the protocol here.

Given individual schools within the Faculty may set up a local process for viewing final exam scripts, it is important that you check with your School whether they have any additional information on this process. Please note that this information might also be included in your course outline.


Student Support and Resources

The University and the Business School provide a wide range of support services and resources for students, including:

Business School Education Quality and support Unit (EQS)
The EQS offers academic writing, study skills and maths support specifically for Business students. Services include workshops, online resources, and individual consultations.
Level 1, Room 1033, Quadrangle Building.
bschoolconsults@unsw.edu.au
02 9385 7577 or 02 9385 4508

Business School Student Centre
The Business School Student Centre provides advice and direction on all aspects of admission, enrolment and graduation.
Level 1, Room 1028 in the Quadrangle Building
02 9385 3189

UNSW Learning Centre
The UNSW Learning Centre provides academic skills support services, including workshops and resources, for all UNSW students. See their website for details.
Lower Ground Floor, North Wing Chancellery Building.
learningcentre@unsw.edu.au
02 9385 2060

Educational Support Service
Educational Support Advisors work with all students to promote the development of skills needed to succeed at university, whilst also providing personal support throughout the process. Check their website to request an appointment or to register in the Academic Success Program.
John Goodsell Building, Ground Floor.
advisors@unsw.edu.au
02 9385 4734

Library services and facilities for students
The UNSW Library offers a range of collections, services and facilities both on-campus and online.
Main Library, F21.
02 9385 2650

Moodle eLearning Support
Moodle is the University’s learning management system. You should ensure that you log into Moodle regularly.
externalteltsupport@unsw.edu.au
02 9385 3331

UNSW IT
UNSW IT provides support and services for students such as password access, email services, wireless services and technical support.
UNSW Library Annexe (Ground floor).
itservicecentre@unsw.edu.au
02 9385 1333

Disability Support Services
UNSW Disability Support Services provides assistance to students who are trying to manage the demands of university as well as a health condition, learning disability or who have personal circumstances that are having an impact on their studies. Disability Advisers can arrange to put in place services and educational adjustments to make things more manageable so that students are able to complete their course requirements. To receive educational adjustments for disability support, students must first register with Disability Services.
Ground Floor, John Goodsell Building.
disabilities@unsw.edu.au
02 9385 4734

UNSW Counselling and Psychological Services
Provides support and services if you need help with your personal life, getting your academic life back on track or just want to know how to stay safe, including free, confidential counselling.
Level 2, East Wing, Quadrangle Building.
counselling@unsw.edu.au
02 9385 5418


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