ACCT2101 Industry Placement 1 - 2018

ACCT2101
Undergraduate
Semester 1
12 Units of Credit
On Campus
Accounting
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1. Course Details

Summary of Course

This course consists of two components: IT and the on-line/classroom component. Students and the sponsor negotiate the nature of the work undertaken as part of the industry Placement component. The students’ IT supervisor, therefore, is responsible for assigning work that addresses the objectives of both the sponsor and the Accounting and Business Management Coop Program. The Accounting and Business Management Co-op Program’s broad objectives for Industry Placement are:
  • Provide scholars with accounting knowledge and practical experience within the business environment that cannot be provided at university
  • Instil an appreciation of accounting processes and management while at the same time learning about company cultures and work ethics
  • Help develop the scholars’ professional skills. Specifically, scholars should develop the mix of skills that graduates require to function effectively in an increasingly complex and demanding business environment. These skills include intellectual, technical and functional, personal, interpersonal and communication and organizational and business management skills.
  • Provide sponsors with a stream of highly talented, motivated young professionals who are dynamic and add value to the company
The on-line and classroom components compliment IT by providing students with opportunities to place their IT in context of their academic learnings, to engage in guided reflection of their experiences and to share reflections on their IP experience.
Please refer to the "Student Guide" on Moodle for further information about teaching times and locations.

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 only available to UNSW’s Accounting & Business Management Co-op Scholars in the Business School. It is the first of three fully assessable Industry Placement courses. Co-op Scholars complete as part of their Bachelor of Commerce (Co-op) degree. This course allows scholars to apply the fundamental principles of accounting and business management to accounting practices in their sponsoring organization.

A key aim in this course is to develop students’ lifelong reflection skills. Per International Education Standard 4 (IAESB (IFAC 2014)), “reflective activity is the iterative process by which professional accountants, at all stages of their career, continue to develop their professional competence by reviewing their experiences (real or simulated) with a view to improving their future actions”. The most realistic experiences on which to reflect generally occur in the workplace. The documentation of reflective activity may include:

  • Records of learning
  • Reflective records
  • Personal development portfolios, or
  • Critical incident diaries

This course helps students develop reflective practices to prepare them for reflective activities in professional practice.

This course is designed:

  • to develop students’ professional skills that accounting students require for entry-level success in the accounting practice.
  • to develop the ability to ‘learn from experience’ through personal reflection and analysis of their IP1 experiences.
  • to develop the ability to learn through collaborative reflective learning (i.e., via peer exchange of IP experiences).

2. Staff Contact Details

Position Title Name Email Location Phone Consultation Times
Lecturer-in-chargeDrDiane MayorgaRoom 3070, Quadrangle Building - Ref E15+61 2 9385 5814By appointment

Communications with staff

E-mail communication is to be made from your University of New South Wales student e-mail account not from another provider (i.e., Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo, etc.). E-mails from other sources may not be answered. This rule is instituted to help protect the university email system from viruses.

Any email inquiry that can be answered by reading the course outline will not receive a reply email.

3. Learning and Teaching Activities

Approach to Learning and Teaching in the Course

The sponsor determines the scholar’s learning activities for the IT component of the course. Refer to UNSW Co-op Program IP Guidelines document.

For the on-line and classroom components, the learning and teaching activities focus on “reflective student learning”. Reflection involves exploration of our thoughts and actions to better understand the assumptions, values and ethical frameworks we may be using both consciously and (often more importantly) unconsciously. Reflection also describes the process of evaluating elements of the self, the task and the environment with regard to their impact on practice, with the aim of guiding effective decision-making and action.

Industry Placement environments are well suited to fostering reflective learning practices among students. In this course:

  • Each student will reflect and share his or her IT experiences.
  • A collaborative process (including peer exchanges informally and at workshop) rather than confined to introspection
  • Based in practice, going beyond an academic assessment and demonstrating reflection’s role in developing students’ professional competencies which are needed for entry-level successes in the accounting practice as well as for students’ long-term career opportunities.

The on-line and classroom components consist of independent and collaborative on-line learning activities on the Open Learning Platform, a site visit, a face to face workshop and final presentations. Students MUST complete all learning activities

Learning Activities and Teaching Strategies

Learning occurs on-line via the reflective learning activities on the Open Learning Platform, feedback from student’s IT supervisor and Diane at the site visit discussion, face-to-face at the evening workshop, presentations and outside the classroom through students’ IT experience.

5. Course Resources

The website for this course is on Moodle.

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. In this course, we will seek your feedback through end of semester myExperience responses and through informal feedback. Based on prior year's feedback, we have replaced many of the activities with collaborative learning activities on the OLP portal. We have also eliminated the Harvard Business Review Communication course and instead have created new communication modules on the OLP portal. We have also digitised many learning activities to reduce the number of times students need to come on campus for face to face instruction.

7. Course Schedule

Week 1: 26 Feb
Activity

Online activities

Topic

Goal Setting

Assessment/Other

OLP activities

See Student Guide for further information

Activity

Site Visits

Topic

Performance Evaluation from start of IT1 to present

Goal Setting

Assessment/Other

Organise and prepare for site visit

 

Week 2: 05 Mar
Activity

Online activites

Topic

Introducing Reflective Practices

Assessment/Other

OLP activities

See Student Guide for further information

Week 3: 12 Mar
Activity

Online activites

Topic

Developing your technical competence

Assessment/Other

OLP activities

See Student Guide for further information

Week 4: 19 Mar
Activity

Online activities

Topic

Self-Awareness of Professional Development

Assessment/Other

OLP activities

See Student Guide for further information

Week 5: 26 Mar
Activity

Online activities

Topic

Problem Solving

Assessment/Other

OLP activities

See Student Guide for further information

Activity

Workshop Presentation

Topic

Critical Incident Analysis

Assessment/Other

Date/Time of Workshop TBA

Students must attend

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

Online activities

Topic

Organizing & Managing Self

Assessment/Other

OLP activities

See Student Guide for further information

Week 7: 16 Apr
Activity

Online activities

Topic

Communication

Assessment/Other

OLP activities

See Student Guide for further information

Week 8: 23 Apr
Activity

Online activities

Topic

Teamwork

Assessment/Other

OLP activities

See Student Guide for further information

Week 9: 30 Apr
Activity

Online activities

Topic

Introducing the Professional Skills Growth Framework (Part 1)

Assessment/Other

OLP activities

See Student Guide for further information

Week 10: 07 May
Activity

Online Activities

Topic

Introducing the Professional Skills Growth Framework (Part 2)

Assessment/Other

OLP activities

See Student Guide for further information

Students to Schedule their End of IT1 Presentation for Week 13 - 28 May to 1 June

Week 11: 14 May
Activity

Online activities

Topic

Reflection on IT1 and ACCT2101

Assessment/Other

OLP activities

See Student Guide for further information

Week 12: 21 May
Activity

Online activities

Topic

Reflection on IT1 and ACCT2101

Assessment/Other

OLP activities

See Student Guide for further information

Prepare End of IT1 Presentation

Week 13: 28 May
Activity

Presentation

Topic

Wrap up of Reflection on IT1

Assessment/Other

LIC attends end of IT1 presentations for all scholars. Scholars to organise final IT1 presentation with LIC and sponsor.

Course officially ends at end of Week 1. IT1 presentations must be completed by 8th of June

Complete IT1 Sponsor Evaluation

Scholars End of IT1 Presentations

8. Policies

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

Program Learning Goals and Outcomes

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

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

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

Program Learning Outcomes

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

UNSW Graduate Capabilities

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

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

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

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

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

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

Plagiarism

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

Below are examples of plagiarism including self-plagiarism:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheating

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

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

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

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

Student Responsibilities and Conduct

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

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

Workload

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

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

View more information on expected workload

Attendance

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

View more information on attendance

General Conduct and Behaviour

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

View more information on student conduct

Health and Safety

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

View more information on Health and Safety

Keeping Informed

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

Special Consideration

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

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

Please note the following:

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

Business School Protocol on requests for Special Consideration

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

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

Special Consideration and the Final Exam in undergraduate and postgraduate courses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Protocol for Viewing Final Exam Scripts

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

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


Student Support and Resources

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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