ACCT1511 Accounting and Financial Management 1B - 2018

Semester 2
6 Units of Credit
On Campus
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

​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.

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

​This course is offered by the School of Accounting and is a core course for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce Major in Accounting (or Double-Major with Accounting and some other major). 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 the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA).

2. Staff Contact Details

Position Title Name Email Location Phone Consultation Times
Lecturer-in-chargeDrPer Christen TronnesRoom 3095, Quadrangle building - Ref E15--
LecturerDrVictoria CloutRoom 3091, Quadrangle building - Ref E15--
LecturerMrBrian BurfittRoom 3081, Quadrangle building - Ref E15--
LecturerDrHien HoangRoom 3100, Quadrangle building - Ref E15--

​The policies regarding staff contact are as follows:

  • The full-time staff will be available for consultation starting from Weeks 2 to 13 and STUVAC.
  • Consultation hours will be advised on Moodle in a consolidated timetable. Students are encouraged to consult with staff face-to-face. Consultation will not be provided via email or phone.
  • Content questions can ONLY be posted to the Discussion Board on Moodle. These questions will not be answered by email.
  • Consultation times during Week 13 and STUVAC will likely vary and be posted on Moodle later in the semester.

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 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 by 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 noncompliant.

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, 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. Lectures, tutorials, online videos, Moodle materials and textbook readings are designed to help you learn. The aim is provide you with a flexible but directed learning approach. The assessment items of team quizzes and exit quizzes will provide you with ongoing feedback on your performance in the course.

This course is comprised of two face-to-face classes, including a 2 hour lecture weekly, and a 2 hour tutorial every second week. Students are expected to attend both lectures and tutorials. In the tutorials students are highly encouraged to interact with their group peers as well as the tutor. Students who routinely miss lectures and tutorials and/or do not participate actively during the tutorials typically fail this course. Speak up during tutorials to obtain the maximum benefit. Behaviour during lectures and tutorials can be informal but must remain respectful to your fellow students and towards the lecturer and tutor.

Learning Activities and Teaching Strategies

​You are expected to attend one 2-hour lecture stream per week from Week 1 to Week 12 and one 2-hour tutorial every second week from Week 3 to Week 13.


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. Overcrowding is a hazard and will not be allowed, so you should attend the lecture stream you have enrolled in. If you arrive at lecture 15 minutes late you may be turned away due to lack of seats. Summary lecture materials (Handout document) will be available on Moodle to be downloaded before each week’s lecture. Each lecture includes a short workshop at the end in which the lecturer will go through a question selected from a past examination paper to give guidance on how to apply the knowledge introduced in that lecture to answer an examination question.


You are also expected to attend one 2-hour tutorial every second week starting Week 3 which will cover materials introduced in the lectures in the two weeks before. Prior to each tutorial you should have attended the lectures and watched the relevant course videos on Moodle. The course videos are a necessary online component of the course for preparation for each tutorial but are not a substitute for lecture and tutorial attendance. Complete the preparation questions as directed from section 7 of this course outline prior to tutorial, where these questions are from the textbook. During the tutorial there are questions that will be worked through as a group in order to complete the team quizzes and the individual exit quizzes. These tutorial questions will be posted together with the lecture material on the course Moodle site and must be printed and brought to tutorial each week. Each tutorial provides you with the opportunity to test your knowledge – the tutor may direct you to present some of your group’s answer from time to time. 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. As your group prepares an answer to a tutorial question the tutor will be providing feedback to the group as a whole and to individuals where needed. Students must take notes during the tutorials in order to obtain the full benefit of the tutorial. Notes should be made on paper where possible and templates for questions printed from Moodle and brought to the tutorials. 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 the Active Learning Platform (ALP) that can be accessed through Moodle, completed the preparation questions (listed in section 7 of this course outline and contained in the textbook) and printed out the tutorial questions from Moodle.

This course will use the smart student response system Socrative to (i) conduct team quizzes and (ii) individual exit quizzes in tutorials. It is important that all students have access to Socrative, therefore, students are encouraged to bring their web-enabled devices to lectures and tutorials (e.g. smart phones, tablets, and laptops). The Socrative app is available in Google Play and iTunes stores or login to from a browser on a wifi capable device. In the event that a web-enabled device is not available, students may be given traditional paper-based quizzes/feedback forms.

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

Staff Consultation: from week 2

Staff consultation times 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 a face-to-face 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 1B 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. The staff will be available during the STUVAC week for consultation prior to the final exam (details will be provided on Moodle).

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 a ACCT1511. The PASS classes are facilitated by a leader who is a student who has previously studied and successfully completed the course. 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 13. The timetables for the PASS classes will be made available on the course Moodle 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.

5. Course Resources

​The website for this course is on Moodle at:

The Prescribed Textbook is:
  • Trotman, K., Gibbins, M. and Carson, E. (2016) Financial Accounting: An Integrated Approach, 6th edition, Cengage Learning.

You should have a copy of the above textbook as it was used in 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 Moodle. The Supplement will not be made available by staff due to copyright restrictions.

Highly Recommended resources:
  • Trotman, Carson, and Gibbins (2016) 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)
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 Moodle then go to

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 based on this feedback. UNSW’s myExperience survey is one of the ways in which student evaluative feedback is gathered. Changes to this course will benefit subsequent cohorts of students.

The teaching team responsible for ACCT1511 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 blended-learning team-based learning approach is inspired by the feedback from previous students of this course. Notably, since semester 2, 2016 by popular demand of students we have re-introduced the lecture to this course.

7. Course Schedule

Week 1: 23 July



Assets part 1

1.1 Asset essential characteristics and recognition criteria

1.2 Depreciation of non-current assets

1.3 Non-current asset disposals



6.3; 10.1-10.5

All Topic 1 Preparation Questions:

P 6.12, 10.19, 10.21, 10.23, 10.24, 10.25 10.26; Case 9B

Tutorial questions provided on Moodle.

Week 2: 30 July



Assets part 2

1.4 Measurement methods for assets

1.5 Revaluation model

1.6 Impairment

1.7 Intangible assets and goodwill



6.4; 10.6-10.9

Week 3: 6 August



Liabilities part 1

2.1 Liabilities essential characteristics and recognition criteria

2.2 Bonds




All Topic 2 Preparation Questions:

PP A; P11.11, 11.12, 11.15,11.16, 11.20,11.21,11.22

Tutorial questions provided on Moodle

Week 4: 13 August



Liabilities part 2

2.3 Provisions

2.4 Contingent liabilities




Week 5: 20 August



Financial statements part 1

3.1 Share capital

3.2 Reserves

3.3 Retained profits and dividends

3.4 Bonus issues and share splits




All topic 3 preparation questions:

Ch 12 DQ 5, 6, 7, 9, 13, 14; P12.10, 12.11,12.15, Ch 13 PP A, B, C

Tutorial questions provided on Moodle.

Week 6: 27 August



Financial statements part 2

3.5 Revenue recognition

3.6 Expense recognition

3.7 Income statement

3.8 Statement of changes in equity

3.9 What if analysis




Week 7: 3 September



Cash Flow statements part 1

4.1 Cash flow components

4.2 Direct method estimation cash flow statement




All topic 4 preparation questions:

Ch 14 DQ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11; PP 14.1, 14.2, 14.3, 14.4, 14.6, 14.7, 14.8, 14.9, 14.10, 14.14, 14.15, 14.16; 14.17

Tutorial questions provided on Moodle.

Week 8: 10 September



Cash Flow statements part 2

4.3 Indirect method estimation cash flows in operating activities

4.4 Decision usefulness of cash flows

4.5 How to analyse cash flow information

4.6 Lifecycle of firms

4.7 Cash Flow ratios

4.8 Analysis of risk of bankruptcy




Week 9: 17 September



Accounting Policy Choice part 1:

5.1 Financial Statements background

5.2 Financial Statement Analysis




All topic 5 preparation questions:

Case 15B 15D; P16.6: Case 16D; P9.13

Tutorial questions provided on Moodle.

Mid-semester break: 24 September
Week 10: 1 October



Accounting Policy Choice part 2:

5.3 Accounting policy choices overview

5.4 Accounting policy choice effects on financial statements.




Week 11: 8 October



Management Accounting part 1:

6.1 Cost measurement and cost assignment

6.2 Job-order and process costing

6.3 Actual and normal costing

6.4 Normal costing – applied Overhead

6.5 Cost flow through the manufacturing cycle




This reading comes from the Management Accounting Supplement to the TGC textbook, where these chapters are accessible online as an e-book using your MAC card that came with the textbook, otherwise without the card you will need to purchase the e-chapters in addition to the TGC textbook.

All topic 6 preparation questions:

Ch M3* PP A*, B*; P M5.9*

Tutorial questions provided on Moodle.

Week 12: 15 October



Management Accounting part 2:

6.6 Budgeting in a manufacturing organisation

6.7 Behavioural Dimension of Budgeting




This reading comes from the Management Accounting Supplement to the TGC textbook, where these chapters are accessible online as an e-book using your MAC card that came with the textbook, otherwise without the card you will need to purchase the e-chapters in addition to the TGC textbook.

Week 13: 22 October

8. Policies

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 are linked to 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 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 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


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.

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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. Supplementary exams for Semester 2, 2018 will be held during the period 8 - 15 December, 2018. Students wishing to sit a supplementary exam will need to be available during this period.
    If a student lodges a special consideration application 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:

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.
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.
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.
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.
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

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.
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

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