ACCT1511 Accounting and Financial Management 1B - 2020

Term 3
6 Units of Credit
This course outline is for the current semester. To view outlines from other years and/or semesters, visit the archives

1. Course Details

Summary of Course

​Taken together, the accounting course in the compulsory core (ACCT1501) and this accounting course form an integrated study program designed to give students an understanding of the way in which financial information is generated and used, and to provide an appropriate platform for further study in accounting. On completion the first year accounting courses seek to develop students’: 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.

Topics covered in this course will include accounting for non-current assets and liabilities, revenues and expenses, balance sheet and income statement preparation, cash flow statements, ratio analysis, accounting policy choice and further detail on management accounting (including costing systems and budgeting).

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

​Accounting and Financial Management 1A and 1B are part of the integrated first-year accounting program designed to give students an understanding of the ways in which financial information is generated within the corporation, and the uses of this information.

  • AFM1A is concerned with the analysis and design of a financial accounting system which reflects the activities of an entity in the economic and legal environment, and attempts to meet the information needs of parties in the present institutional and regulatory environment. The assumptions and choices made in the design of such an accounting information system are explored.
  • AFM1B builds on this introductory knowledge from AFM1A by showing ways in which accounting information systems can accommodate more complex events and provide additional reports. It further develops the preparation of the Balance Sheet, Income Statement and Cash Flow Statement. It also considers the analysis of financial statements by users, the use of accounting information by the management within the entity. AFM1B prepares you for further accounting courses and contains the appropriate preparation for you in an accounting major.

This course is offered by the School of Accounting and is a core course for students enrolled in a Major in Accounting. To enrol in this course, the following pre-requisite must have been satisfied – ACCT1501: Accounting and Financial Management 1A. This course is also a part of the core curriculum studies required by CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (CAANZ).

Students who are not completing an Accounting major may choose to take ACCT1511 as a flexible core course.

2. Staff Contact Details

Position Title Name Email Location Phone Consultation Times
Lecturer-in-chargeDrHien HoangOnlineN/ATBA

​The policies regarding staff contact are as follows:

  • The full-time staff will be available for consultation starting from Weeks 2 to 10 and STUVAC period.
  • Consultation hours will be advised on the course webpage in a consolidated timetable. Students are encouraged to consult with staff during online Live Chat sessions. Consultation will not be provided via email or phone.
  • Content questions can ONLY be posted to the Discussion Board. These questions will not be answered by email. For the Discussion Board please post up your workings and show you have attempted to solve the answer to the questions. For example, it is NOT enough to say "What is the answer to Practice Question 1?" or "Show me why A is correct answer for MCQ 1!". Instead, you need to show that you have genuinely attempted the question, for example "I think B should be the correct answer because I did the calculation and it shows XXX (show workings), but the solution suggests that A is the correct one. Can you please explain why?" Only genuinely attempted questions will be replied to. This is because we are keen to see you attempting the questions. Show us your attempt and then you can get the most out of the learning experience. It makes it clearer as well where you are finding a difficulty.
  • Consultation times during STUVAC period will likely vary to the regular consultation during Term and be posted on the course webpage later in the Term.

While emails to staff should be a rare occurrence as noted above, in instances where it is warranted please make sure that:

  • You use your UNSW email address when corresponding with ACCT1511 (AFM1B) staff. Emails from other addresses are not accepted nor replied to.
  • You must use appropriate communication level with staff, emails and discussion board posts that use short hand and “Texting” language are not acceptable, and communication must be in English. If your email cannot be understood then staff will not reply.
  • You must identify yourself by your full name, student number and tutorial day and time.

Please be aware that Staff will not necessarily reply to students to inform them if their emails are non-compliant.

Complaints about this the assessment and other aspects of this course should be directed to the Lecturer-in-Charge in the first instance and if unsatisfied with the response should then be directed to the School of Accounting Grievance Officer:

3. Learning and Teaching Activities

Approach to Learning and Teaching in the Course

Successful study of ACCT1511 requires discipline, persistence and diligence, but most of all your engagement with the teaching and learning activities. At UNSW, the focus is on your self-directed search for knowledge. This course provides you with lectures, tutorials, online videos, other materials and textbook readings, these are all designed to help you learn the course. The aim is of this course structure is to provide you with a flexible but directed learning approach. The assessment items of team quizzes and team presentations will provide you with ongoing feedback on your performance in the course.

This course is comprised of two classes, a weekly 2 hour lecture (live streamed or play the video recording), and a weekly 1.5 hour live streamed tutorial. Students are expected to attend both lectures and tutorials for this course, while the lecture is available as a recording and tutorials will be recorded as a back-up for any technical problems experienced. During tutorials students are highly encouraged to interact with their lecture/tutor by asking questions using the chat-box or by voice with a microphone. Live tutorials in the course are in an interactive approach, this means you will work together with the tutor to solve questions and to volunteer to present your answers to tutorial questions. Also you will be tested on your knowledge during tutorials by answering a set of quiz questions. Based on past evidence for this course students who routinely miss lectures and tutorials and/or do not participate actively during the tutorials in this typically fail this course. Speak up during tutorials, via chat-box or microphone, in order to obtain the maximum benefit of feedback. Behaviour during lectures and tutorials can be informal but must remain respectful to your fellow students and towards the lecturer/tutor.

Learning Activities and Teaching Strategies

You are expected to attend one 2-hour live lecture stream per week (during Weeks 1-5; 7-10) and one weekly 1.5-hour live streamed tutorial (during Week 2-5; 7-10).


You are required to enrol into a lecture stream. The purpose of each lecture is to introduce and explain concepts that are critical to the core themes of the course. Arrive on time for the start of the lecture to avoid any technical problems, attend the lecture stream you have enrolled in and you will be able to get a spot. Summary lecture materials (Handout document) will be available on course webpage and you are encouraged to download the Handout prior to each week’s lecture. Students are encouraged to attend the live streamed lecture when it occurs, this is because the live streamed lectures will provide you with an opportunity to ask questions at the time. If you use the lecture recordings this should be as a revision tool. Being at the live streamed lecture allows you to discuss concepts with your peers and you can obtain live feedback as you can ask the lecturer a question. Note that in weeks where there is a public holiday that falls on the lecture day those students who have that lecture will be able to attend an alternative lecture stream and/or view the lecture recording that is on the course webpage.


Each student is required to register for a tutorial via myUNSW. Students are expected to attend their allocated weekly 1.5-hour live streamed tutorial starting in Week 2 and tutorials will be held during Weeks 2-5 and 7-10. The tutorials will cover the materials introduced in the lectures in the week preceding the tutorial. Prior to each tutorial you should have attended the live streamed lecture or watched the recording. Also we provide short videos for each topic on the course webpage that are good bite-sized introductions to the tutorial content. These short bite-sized videos are a highly useful online component of the course for preparation for each tutorial but are not a substitute for attendance of live streamed lectures (or watching the full recorded lecture) and neither are they intended to replace live streamed tutorial attendance. Prior to attending the live streamed tutorials students are encouraged to complete the preparation questions as directed from section 7 of this course outline prior to tutorial, where these questions are from the Trotman et al. textbook. Also prior to the tutorials you are required to complete the tutorial homework questions as directed in the Handout document on the course webpage. The homework questions are provided at the back of the Handout document, after the lecture slides. During each tutorial you will be able to discuss with your tutor any homework questions you found challenging or may unsure about the answers. The tutorial will include a set of class participation activities. Each tutorial provides you with the opportunity to test your knowledge via class participation activities. The tutor will provide feedback during the tutorial and also in-between discussions. Active participation during the tutorials is vital for you to get the most out of the tutorial.

In order to obtain feedback on content questions you should in the first instance ask your tutor during the live streamed tutorial. Students are encouraged to take notes during the tutorials in order to obtain the full benefit of the tutorial.  In order to be able to answer tutorial questions students need to come to the tutorial prepared – i.e. having attended lectures and watched the videos on course webpage, completed the preparation questions (listed in section 7 of this course outline and contained in the textbook) and have a copy of the tutorial questions from course webpage.

The course webpage will be used to facilitate online discussions, post videos, as well as general announcements. Students are responsible for checking course webpage on a regular basis.

Staff Office Hours: from week 2

Staff Office Hours provide a friendly opportunity to meet with one of the lecturing team in a different environment in which to address your general areas of difficulty in the course. This is an opportunity to have your questions answered. Specific questions are welcome. Staff consultation can also be used to ask general questions, like “I’m having real difficulty in applying the definition and recognition criteria of assets. Can you please help me?” However, note that during busy times staff will try to accommodate as many students as possible. You can follow the instructions on the course Moodle site to make an appointment with the staff during their weekly consultation hours. The staff will be available during the STUVAC week for consultation prior to the final exam (details will be provided on course webpage).

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS): from week 2

PASS offers free, weekly, out-of-class study sessions that are drop-in, drop-out to all students enrolled in ACCT1511. The PASS classes are facilitated by a leader who is a student who has previously studied and successfully completed the course and will be conducted online. Attending PASS regularly can help you to: deepen your understanding of the course content; develop skills for independent university study; make friends; and help you feel more confident in your studies. PASS sessions begin in week 2 and conclude in week 10. The timetables for the PASS classes will be made available on the course course webpage website. There is no need to register. You are recommended to attend the same PASS class regularly but there is no obligation. You can even attend more than one PASS class a week for the same course if you like. You can also choose to attend during some weeks but not other weeks. To get the most out of your PASS class you should: (i) be interactive; (ii) come along with questions and raise issues that you are having with the course content; and (iii) attend regularly.

General Strategy

An “ideal” weekly study strategy (on which the provision of course materials is based) might look like the following:

  1. Watch the short video on that topic.
  2. Attend the live streamed lecture or watch the recorded video of the lecture.
  3. Read the relevant chapter(s) of the text after going through the lecture slides.
  4. Attempt tutorial questions for that tutorial prior to attending the Live Streamed tutorial that week.
  5. Write down any questions that you have about that particular topic especially during the lecture, watching videos or doing the tutorial questions. Your tutor will direct you to complete class participation activities including you raising these questions during tutorial. This helps you to identify issues that need to be clarified or resolved. You might need to go back to the textbook or lecture slides for more clarification prior to the tutorial. Also prepare to discuss with your tutor and class during tutorials.
  6. Reflect after the tutorial and post any questions you still have on Discussion Board where you need feedback. Where you can see there is a question on the Discussion Board you can answer you are encouraged to do so. Participate in other online activities via the course webpage if desired.
  7. Participate in the Live Video Streamed Lectures and Tutorials by asking questions or answering tutorial questions and leading the discussion.


There is an expectation in this course that students will engage in self-study. This is a key element of this course. The course webpage provides preparation questions and PASS questions for students to undertake their own self-directed study outside of tutorial. We encourage students to engage with course materials outside of tutorials and attempt tutorial homework questions to approximately have 80% completed prior to attending tutorials.

Class attendance

We have observed a high correlation exists between and attending tutorials and passing this course. It important you are aware of this to increases your chances of passing this course compared to students who skip all tutorials come to tutorials. It is the university’s policy that students have a minimum 80% rate.

5. Course Resources

​​The website for this course is on Moodle at:

The Prescribed Textbook is:

Trotman, K., Carson, E. and Morgan, K. (2019) Financial Accounting: An Integrated Approach, 7th edition, Cengage Learning.

You should have a copy of the above textbook as it was used in ACCT1501 AFM1A previously. There are many second-hand copies available and we use textbook questions as preparation and PASS questions. The textbook is also available as an e-book from Cengage.

Access to the Management Accounting Supplements for the 6th edition is via the instructions provided with the textbook MAC card (not the other card that is about general resources). The supplementary chapters can be purchased individually using the details provided on the course website. The Supplement will not be made available by staff due to copyright restrictions.

Highly Recommended resources:

Trotman, Carson, and Morgan (2019) Financial Accounting Student Study Guide, Cengage, (copies available in the UNSW Library).

Australian Accounting Standards available at the AASB’s website (see lecture notes for relevant accounting standards)

The bookstore will have have stock of the textbook for those who require a copy:

Value Pack combined with the Study Guide –

Digital version:

Course Website:

This course has a Moodle site. You are required to have a student number and zpass to access this website at: In addition, you must be enrolled in the course to access the course Moodle site. The Moodle site will contain important announcements, tutorial questions and solutions, videos for each topic and preparation questions, and in addition to other material deemed suitable by the Lecturer-in-charge from time to time. If you need help getting started or using the course website then go to

6. Course Evaluation & Development

Feedback is regularly sought from students and continual improvements are made based on this feedback. At the end of this course, you will be asked to complete the myExperience survey, which provides a key source of student evaluative feedback. Your input into this quality enhancement process is extremely valuable in assisting us to meet the needs of our students and provide an effective and enriching learning experience. The results of all surveys are carefully considered and do lead to action towards enhancing educational quality.

​The 1B teaching team is dedicated to improving the learning resources available to students and seeks to offer insights into real world accounting issues. The current teaching format which encompasses lectures, online materials and videos, and a team-based learning approach are all inspired by the feedback from previous students of this course.  In 2019 we received feedback from students that tutorials should include more opportunities for interaction and feedback, as a result in 2020 we have introduced class participation activities and discussion. We continue to innovate on their course with the help of students like you, looking forward to future, better iterations of this course – to infinity and beyond!

7. Course Schedule

Note: for more information on the UNSW academic calendar and key dates including study period, exam, supplementary exam and result release, please visit:
Week Activity Topic Assessment/Other
Week 1: 14 SeptemberLecture

Topic 1: Assets

Chapter 10 (10.1-10.9, inclusive)

  • 1.1 Asset essential characteristics and recognition criteria
  • 1.2 Depreciation of non-current assets (Revision)
  • 1.3 Non-current asset disposals (Revision)
  • 1.4 Measurement methods for assets
  • 1.5 Revaluation model
  • 1.6 Impairment
  • 1.7 Intangible assets and goodwill

- Introduction to the course Quiz

Week 2: 21 SeptemberLecture

Topic 2: Liabilities

Chapter 11 (11.1-11.9 , inclusive)

  • 2.1 Liabilities essential characteristics and recognition criteria
  • 2.2 Bonds
  • 2.3 Provisions
  • 2.4 Contingent liabilities



Topic 1: Assets

  • Class participation activities


Ch 6: Problem 6.7 Ch 6: Problem 6.9 Ch 10: Problem 10.22

Week 3: 28 SeptemberLecture

Topic 3: Equity (12.1-12.8, inclusive)

Chapter 12

  • 3.1 Share capital
  • 3.2 Reserves
  • 3.3 Retained profits and dividends
  • 3.4 Bonus issues and shares splits



Topic 2: Liabilities

  • Class participation activities


Practice Problem A, Problem 11.9, 11.11, 11.12, 11.13, 11.7, 11.18, 11.19

Week 4: 5 OctoberLecture

Topic 4: Revenues & Expenses

Chapter 13 (13.1-13.6, inclusive)

  • 4.1 Revenue recognition
  • 4.2 Expense recognition
  • 4.3 Income statement
  • 4.4 Statement of changes in equity
  • 4.5 What if analysis

-Moodle Online Quiz 1


Topic 3: Equity


  • Class participation activities


Ch 12 DQs 5,6,7,9,13,14 P 12.11, 12.10, 12.11, 12.15

Week 5: 12 OctoberLecture

Topic 5: Financial Statement Analysis & Accounting Policy Choice

Chapters 15 & 16 (15.1-15.8 and 16.1-16.7, inclusive)

5.1 Investment and relative return 5.2 Introduction to financial statement analysis 5.3 Financial statement ratio analysis 5.4 Integrative ratio analysis 5.5 What-if analysis 5.6 Accounting policy choice



Topic 4: Revenues & Expenses

  • Class participation activities


Practice Problem A, B and C.

Week 6: 19 OctoberFlexibility Week

No lectures or tutorials are scheduled during week 6.


Week 7: 26 OctoberLecture

Topic 6: Cash flows & analysis part 1

Chapter 14 (14.1-14.3, inclusive)

6.1 Cash flow components 6.2 Direct method estimation cash flow statement





Topic 5: Financial Statement Analysis & Accounting Policy Choice



  • Class participation activities


Case 15A, Case 16D, Problem 9.11



Week 8: 5 NovemberLecture

Topic 7: Cash flows & analysis part 2

Chapter 14 (14.5-14.6, inclusive)

7.1 Indirect method estimation cash flows in operating activities 7.2 Decision usefulness of cash flows 7.3 How to analyse cash flow information 7.4 Lifecycle of firms 7.5 Cash Flow ratios 7.6 Analysis of risk of bankruptcy

-Moodle Online Quiz 2


Topic 6: Cash flows & analysis part 1



  • Class participation activities


Ch 14 DQ 1,4,6, P: 14.1, 14.3, 14.4, 14.5, 14.6, 14.7,14.8, 14.9, 14.10


Week 9: 12 NovemberLecture

Topic 8: Costing & Budgeting

Chapters M3 & M5

  • 8.1 Cost measurement and cost assignment
  • 8.2 Job-order and process costing
  • 8.3 Actual and normal costing
  • 8.4 Normal costing – applied Overhead
  • 8.5 Cost flow through the manufacturing cycle
  • 8.6 Budgeting in a manufacturing organisation
  • 8.7 Behavioural Dimension of Budgeting



Topic 7: Cash flows & analysis part 2

  • Class participation activities

Preparation questions

DQs 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, Problems 14.15, 14.17

Week 10: 19 NovemberLecture

Topic 9: Future of Accounting

  • 9.1 Accounting & Data Analytics
  • 9.2 Future directions for the accounting profession
  • 9.3 Accounting in context

Topic 8: Costing & Budgeting

  • Class participation activities


Chapter M3 - PP A, B, Problems M3.1, M3.2, M3.3, M3.4, M3.6.

Chapter M5 - Problems M5.1, M5.4.

8. Policies and Support

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

Program Learning Outcomes

The Business School places knowledge and capabilities at the core of its curriculum via seven Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs). These PLOs are systematically embedded and developed across the duration of all coursework programs in the Business School.

PLOs embody the knowledge, skills and capabilities that are taught, practised and assessed within each Business School program. They articulate what you should know and be able to do upon successful completion of your degree.

Upon graduation, you should have a high level of specialised business knowledge and capacity for responsible business thinking, underpinned by ethical professional practice. You should be able to harness, manage and communicate business information effectively and work collaboratively with others. You should be an experienced problem-solver and critical thinker, with a global perspective, cultural competence and the potential for innovative leadership.

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

PLO 1: Business knowledge

Students will make informed and effective selection and application of knowledge in a discipline or profession, in the contexts of local and global business.

PLO 2: Problem solving

Students will define and address business problems, and propose effective evidence-based solutions, through the application of rigorous analysis and critical thinking.

PLO 3: Business communication

Students will harness, manage and communicate business information effectively using multiple forms of communication across different channels.

PLO 4: Teamwork

Students will interact and collaborate effectively with others to achieve a common business purpose or fulfil a common business project, and reflect critically on the process and the outcomes.

PLO 5: Responsible business practice

Students will develop and be committed to responsible business thinking and approaches, which are underpinned by ethical professional practice and sustainability considerations.

PLO 6: Global and cultural competence

Students will be aware of business systems in the wider world and actively committed to recognise and respect the cultural norms, beliefs and values of others, and will apply this knowledge to interact, communicate and work effectively in diverse environments.

PLO 7: Leadership development

Students will develop the capacity to take initiative, encourage forward thinking and bring about innovation, while effectively influencing others to achieve desired results.

These PLOs relate to undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs.  Separate PLOs for honours and postgraduate research programs are included under 'Related Documents'.

Business School course outlines provide detailed information for students on how the course learning outcomes, learning activities, and assessment/s contribute to the development of Program Learning Outcomes.



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.
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 4: Teamwork
  • PLO 7: Leadership development

Entrepreneurial leaders capable of initiating and embracing innovation and change, as well as engaging and enabling others to contribute to change
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 4: Teamwork
  • PLO 6: Global and cultural competence
  • PLO 7: Leadership development

Professionals capable of ethical, self-directed practice and independent lifelong learning
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 5: Responsible business practice

Global citizens who are culturally adept and capable of respecting diversity and acting in a socially just and responsible way.
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 4: Teamwork
  • PLO 5: Responsible business practice
  • PLO 6: Global and cultural competence

While our programs are designed to provide coverage of all PLOs and graduate capabilities, they also provide you with a great deal of choice and flexibility.  The Business School strongly advises you to choose a range of courses that assist your development against the seven PLOs and four graduate capabilities, and to keep a record of your achievements as part of your portfolio. You can use a portfolio as evidence in employment applications as well as a reference 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.


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:


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:

For UNSW policies, penalties, and information to help you avoid plagiarism see: as well as the guidelines in the online ELISE tutorials for all new UNSW students: For information on student conduct see:

For information on how to acknowledge your sources and reference correctly, see: 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.


It is expected that you will spend at least ten to twelve hours per week studying for a course except for Summer Term courses which have a minimum weekly workload of twenty to twenty four 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


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.).

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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.

Student Support and Resources

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

Business School EQS Consultation Program
The Consultation Program offers academic writing, literacy and numeracy consultations, study skills, exam preparation for Business students. Services include workshops, online resources, individual and group consultations. 
Level 1, Room 1035, Quadrangle Building.
02 9385 4508

Communication Resources
The Business School Communication and Academic Support programs provide online modules, communication workshops and additional online resources to assist you in developing your academic writing.

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 & Careers Hub
The UNSW Learning & Careers Hub provides academic skills and careers support services—including workshops, individual consultations and a range of online resources—for all UNSW students. See their website for details.
Lower Ground Floor, North Wing Chancellery Building.
02 9385 2060

Student Support Advisors
Student 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.
John Goodsell Building, Ground Floor.
02 9385 4734

International Student Support
The International Student Experience Unit (ISEU) is the first point of contact for international students. ISEU staff are always here to help with personalised advice and information about all aspects of university life and life in Australia.
Advisors can support you with your student visa, health and wellbeing, making friends, accommodation and academic performance.
02 9385 4734

Equitable Learning Services
Equitable Learning Services (formerly Disability Support Services) is a free and confidential service that provides practical support to ensure that your health condition doesn't adversely affect your studies. Register with the service to receive educational adjustments.
Ground Floor, John Goodsell Building.
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.
02 9385 5418

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.
02 9385 3331

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

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