ACCT1511 Accounting and Financial Management 1B - 2021

Subject Code
Study Level
Commencing Term
Term 2
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
Delivery Mode
On Campus and Online
Accounting Auditing & Tax
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1. Course Details

Summary of Course

Have you commenced studying a Commerce degree in 2021? Please note that this course is no longer a core course in Commerce degrees. Refer to the UNSW 2021 Student Handbook for the new program structure.

This course follows on from ACCT1501 by further introducing students to the process of financial statement preparation. It builds technical competence in recording economic events through an accounting system. This course complements and extends knowledge gained in the prior course, ACCT1501, in the following areas:

  • technical competence in recording economic events through accounting systems;
  • critical appreciation of important issues in accounting theory and practice; and
  • familiarity with institutional structures that affect the practice of accounting.

Topics covered in this course will include non-current assets, liabilities, revenues, expenses, preparation of the balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement, financial statement analysis, ratio analysis and management accounting topics of costing and budgeting.

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

ACCT1501 Accounting and Financial Management 1A and ACCT1511 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.

  • ACCT1501 is covered 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.
  • ACCT1511 builds on this introductory knowledge from ACCT1501 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 introduces the cash flow statement. It also considers the analysis of financial statements by users, the use of accounting information by the management within the entity. ACCT1511 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 – a pass grade or higher in 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-chargeDrMaria BalatbatOnline0293855808Thursdays 4:30-6:30PM (Week 1 to Week 10)
LecturerDrVictoria CloutOnline0290651776TBA

The policies regarding staff contact are as follows:

• All questions regarding course administration should be directed to the Lecture-in-charge.

• 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 Moodle page in a consolidated timetable.

• Students are encouraged to consult with staff during online consultation sessions. Consultation will not be provided via email or phone.

• Content questions can ONLY be posted to the Discussion Forum on the Moodle site. These questions will not be answered by email.

• Consultation times during STUVAC period will likely vary to the regular consultation during Term and be posted on the Moodle site 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 Staff. Emails from other addresses (such as Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo, 126, QQ, etc.) are not accepted and will not be 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. Please observe the UNSW Student Code of conduct and be respectful to your staff in emails sent.

• You must identify yourself by your full name, student ID and tutorial day and time in the email.

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

• Full-time teaching staff only answer emails during regular working hours of Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. Tutoring staff often have other jobs in addition to their tutoring and as a result require 48 hours within regular business office hours to reply to emails. Please be respectful and wait to hear a reply from a tutor. Please do not send emails chasing them or chasing the Lecturer-in-Charge because a tutor has not instantly responded. Tutors will only respond to your emails during their working hours. The tutors will get back to you, please be patient. This is normal business conduct that we operate office hours.

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 received 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 of this course structure is to provide you with a flexible but directed learning approach. The assessment items, such as  quizzes,  will provide you with ongoing feedback on your performance in the course.

This course is comprised of two classes, a weekly 2 hour online lecture (live streamed which will be recorded and made available on the course webpage), and a weekly 1.5 hour (live streamed or face-to-face) tutorial. Students are encouraged to attend both lectures and tutorials for this course, while the lecture is available as a recording 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 are conducted 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 typically fail this course. Students are encouraged to speak up during tutorials, via chat-box or microphone, in order to obtain the maximum benefit of feedback. Behaviours 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 lecture Zoom live streamed Lecture per week from Week 1-5;7-10 and one 2-hour tutorial every week from Week 2-5;7-10. Please note that no lecture will be held in Week 6 due to Flexibility Week.

1. Student Engagement

Learning occurs via lecture and tutorials where instructors explain and actively demonstrate accounting techniques and engaging with the materials during classes. Students who miss this instruction miss a crucial learning activity.

Students learn independently through undertaking course activities: reading the textbook, completing written answers to tutorial questions, engaging in course discussion with peers and reviewing course materials. Learning also occurs in self-study groups, and through consultation with teaching staff.

Students are expected to go over the learning materials, complete tutorial questions and participate in tutorials and online discussion forum. Discuss concepts and issues with staff and other students to assist your learning. Students should ask questions and/or raise issues during lectures/tutorials/staff consultation hours throughout the term in order to obtain feedback that is additional to feedback from assessment tasks.

2. Lectures

The purpose of the lecture in this course is to introduce and explain concepts that are critical to the core themes of the course. Summary lecture materials (handout document) will be available on course Moodle site and you are encouraged to download the materials prior to attending each week’s lecture. Students are encouraged to attend the live streamed lecture when it occurs, rather than watch the recordings because live streamed lectures provide you with an opportunity to ask questions of staff instantly at the time you are thinking about the topic. Ideally, lecture recordings should be used as a revision tool only.

3. Tutorials

Tutorials provide students with a regular small group forum to interact with teaching staff to discuss the issues encountered when attempting the tutorial questions. Tutors will work through the tutorial questions and may ask students questions when doing so. 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 tutorial. You 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 you need to come to the tutorial prepared – i.e. having attended lectures, watched the short-lecture videos on course Moodle site, completed the preparation questions  and homework questions indicated in the Handout document on the Moodle site.

In addition, Moodle will be used to facilitate online discussion forum, post videos, as well as general announcements. Students are responsible for checking Moodle on a regular basis.

Staff Consultation: from week 2

Staff Consultation sessions provide a friendly opportunity to meet with one of the full-time 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?” The full-time teaching staff of ACCT1511 are available for consultation whether you take 5 or 50 minutes. As such, you are wasting resources by NOT attending. However, note that during busy times staff will try to accommodate as many students as possible. Please check Moodle for staff consultation hours and access details.

The staff will also be available during the STUVAC week for consultation prior to the final exam (details will be provided on Moodle later in the semester).

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 Moodle site. 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 the 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:

  • Watch the short-lecture videos on that week’s topic.
  • Attend the live streamed lecture or watch the recorded video of the lecture.
  • Read the relevant chapter(s) of the text after going through the lecture slides.
  • Attempt tutorial questions for that tutorial prior to attending the tutorial for that week.
  • Write down any of your own questions that you have about that particular topic especially during the lecture, watching videos or doing the tutorial questions. You will have an opportunity to ask tutors your questions to receive feedback on your understanding of the materials of this course. This helps you to identify issues that need to be clarified or resolved as and when you need this feedback. You might also need to go back to the textbook or re-read the lecture slides for more clarification prior to the tutorial. Also be prepared to discuss with your tutor and class during tutorials your answers to tutorial questions.
  • Reflect after each tutorial if there are any questions that you still have not yet resolved during the tutorial. If yes, then post up your questions on the Discussion Forum on the Moodle site. Where you can see there is a question on the Discussion Forum you can answer you are encouraged to do so.
  • Participate in the Lectures and Tutorials by asking your questions to clarify your understanding of the course concepts.
  • Students are expected to spend at least nine to ten hours per week studying this course. This time should be made up of reading, research, working on exercises and problems, and attending classes. In periods where you need to 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 other activities.


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 self-study 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.

5. Course Resources

Student Resources

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 Accounting & Financial Management 1A previously. There are many second-hand copies available and we use textbook questions as preparation and PASS questions. The textbook is also available to purchase an e-book from Cengage.
Access to the Management Accounting Supplements for the 7th 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)
  • Value Pack combined with the Study Guide –
  • Digital version:

Course Website:

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 Moodle 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.

Feedback is regularly sought from students and continual improvements are made based on student experience. 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 ACCT1511 teaching team are 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 2020 we received feedback from students that tutorials should include more opportunities for interaction amongst fellow students. As a result we introduced team quizzes to stimulate discussion and debate of accounting concepts. We have also reviewed the content of lectures and tutorials to ensure that sufficient time is available to cover the materials. However, due to the on-line environment that we operate in these days there are sometimes downtime that cannot be avoided (e.g. internet issues either from UNSW or students on-line connection) so we ask your understanding if this occurs. Consultation Hours of full-time staff will supplement downtime experienced during the session.

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: 31 MayLecture

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
Week 2: 7 JuneLecture

Topic 2: Liabilities

Chapter 11

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



Topic 1: Assets



Week 3: 14 JuneLecture

Topic 3: Equity

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

Topics covered in quizzes: Topics 1 and 2

  • Exit Quizzes (In-Tutorial)


  • Team Quizzes (In-Tutorial)
Week 4: 21 JuneLecture

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

Topic 3: Equity

Week 5: 28 JuneLecture

Topic 5: Cash flows & analysis part 1

Reading: Chapter 14

  • 5.1 Cash flow components
  • 5.2 Direct method estimation cash flow statement

Topic 4: Revenues & Expenses

Topics covered in quizzes: Topics 3 and 4

  • Team Quizzes (In-Tutorial)
  • Exit Quizzes (In-Tutorial)
Week 6: 5 JulyFlexibility Week

No lectures or tutorials are scheduled during week 6.


Week 7: 12 JulyLecture

Topic 7: Cash flows & analysis part 2

Chapter 14

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


Cash Flows & Analysis Part 1






Week 8: 19 JulyLecture

Topic 7: Financial Statement Analysis

Chapter 15

7.1 Investment and relative return

7.2 Introduction to financial statement analysis

7.3 Financial statement ratio analysis

7.4 Integrative ratio analysis

7.5 What-if analysis including introduction to accounting policy choice


Topic 6: Cash flows & analysis part 2



  • Topics covered in quizzes: Topics 5 and 6

    Team Quizzes (In-Tutorial)

    Exit Quizzes (In-Tutorial)


Week 9: 26 JulyLecture

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: Financial Statement Analysis

Week 10: 2 AugustLecture

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

Topics covered in quizzes: Topics 7 and 8

  • Team Quizzes (In-Tutorial)

  • Exit Quizzes (In-Tutorial)


8. Policies and Support

Information about UNSW Business School program learning outcomes, academic integrity, student responsibilities and student support services. For information regarding special consideration and viewing final exam scripts, please go to the key policies and support page.

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.  For PG Research PLOs, including Master of Pre-Doctoral Business Studies, please refer to the UNSW HDR Learning Outcomes

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 Services team.

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

Attendance and Engagement

Your regular attendance and active engagement in all scheduled classes and online learning activities is expected in this course. Failure to attend / engage in assessment tasks that are integrated into learning activities (e.g. class discussion, presentations) will be reflected in the marks for these assessable activities. The Business School may 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.). If you are not able to regularly attend classes, you should consult the relevant Course Authority.

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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.

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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 Learning Support Tools
Business School provides support a wide range of free resources and services to help students in-class and out-of-class, as well as online. These include:

  • Academic Communication Essentials – A range of academic communication workshops, modules and resources to assist you in developing your academic communication skills.
  • Learning consultations – Meet learning consultants who have expertise in business studies, literacy, numeracy and statistics, writing, referencing, and researching at university level.
  • PASS classes – Study sessions facilitated by students who have previously and successfully completed the course.
  • Educational Resource Access Scheme – To support the inclusion and success of students from equity groups enrolled at UNSW Sydney in first year undergraduate Business programs.

The Nucleus - Business School Student Services team
The Nucleus Student Services team provides advice and direction on all aspects of enrolment and graduation. Level 2, Main Library, Kensington 02 8936 7005 /

Business School Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
The Business School Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee strives to ensure that every student is empowered to have equal access to education. The Business School provides a vibrant, safe, and equitable environment for education, research, and engagement that embraces diversity and treats all people with dignity and respect.

UNSW Academic Skills
Resources and support – including workshops, individual consultations and a range of online resources – to help you develop and refine your academic skills. See their website for details.

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 9065 9444

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

Support for Studying Online

The Business School and UNSW provide a wide range of tools, support and advice to help students achieve their online learning goals. 

The UNSW Guide to Online Study page provides guidance for students on how to make the most of online study.

We recognise that completing quizzes and exams online can be challenging for a number of reasons, including the possibility of technical glitches or lack of reliable internet. We recommend you review the Online Exam Preparation Checklist of things to prepare when sitting an online exam.