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BCS - Accounting as a major

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Studying accounting is your pathway to working with clients to help them make their businesses more profitable and successful, and reduce their exposure to financial risk. With accounting you'll gain the skills you need to become a trusted business adviser and make strategic financial decisions for organisations. A qualification in accounting can lead you into all kinds of industries, such as agribusiness, manufacturing or entertainment.

Key information

Years: 3.0
Points: 360
Study Locations: Hamilton
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $6,462 (approx) per year
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Fees (International): $27,165 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
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Career opportunities

  • Auditor
  • Business consultant
  • Chief financial officer
  • Company accountant
  • Financial accountant/controller
  • Management accountant
  • Tax accountant

Accounting is known as the common language of business. Accountants use their skills to analyse and explain financial information to their clients, such as profit margins and cash flow. They also help senior managers make important business decisions, and can advise on taxation, contracts and assets. The academic requirements of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ), CPA Australia or ACCA accountancy professional institutions can be satisfied with an appropriate selection of papers.

Accounting is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Business Analysis and the Bachelor of Management Studies with (Honours). Accounting may also be included as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to the approval of the Faculty in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Accounting as a single major for the BBus, BBA or BMS(Hons), students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Accounting, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete ACCTN101, ACCTN102, ACCTN202, ACCTN203, ACCTN204 or ACCTN304, ACCTN301 and ACCTN308, and 30 points from ACCTN302, ACCTN303, ACCTN305, ACCTN306, ACCTN309, and MNMGT201 or MNMGT301. BBus students may count one of MNMGT495, MNMGT496 or MNMGT499 in place of 15 points from the 30 point option list.

To complete Accounting as part of a double major for the BBus, BBA, BMS(Hons) or other undergraduate degree, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Accounting, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete ACCTN101, ACCTN102, ACCTN202, ACCTN203, ACCTN204 or ACCTN304, ACCTN301 and ACCTN308, and 15 points from ACCTN302, ACCTN303, ACCTN305, ACCTN306, ACCTN309, and MNGT201 or MNGT301.

To complete a minor in Accounting, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Accounting major, including at least 30 points above 100 level, and including ACCTN101.

100 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ACCTN101Accounting for Management18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online) & 18B (Hamilton)
This paper explains that accounting is an important social practice; an integral aspect of organisational management and covers both the technical aspects of the provision and use of accounting information.
ACCTN102Introductory Financial Accounting18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18S (Hamilton)
An introductory computer based accounting paper examining the preparation of accounting records. This paper provides opportunity to learn the language of accounting through addressing practical problems.

200 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ACCTN202Intermediate Financial Accounting18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18S (Hamilton)
This paper deals with the practices, principles and regulations of Financial Reporting in New Zealand with emphasis on financial reporting in partnerships and companies.
ACCTN203Management Accounting: Accounting for Organisational Control18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
This paper examine the skills involved in everyday practice of management accounting; covers the organisational and behavioural aspects of accounting practices, and considers the ethical environment within which accountants operate.
ACCTN204Accounting Information Systems18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper focuses on the practical application of technology in an Accounting context. Students experience a hands-on approach to the use of spreadsheets, relational databases, and dedicated accounting software through practical exercises.

300 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ACCT301Capstone in Accounting18A (Hamilton), 18A (Tauranga) & 18T (Hamilton)
No description available.
ACCT302Financial Accounting18B (Hamilton), 18B (Tauranga), 18S (Hamilton) & 18S (Tauranga)
A study of the principles and practices of company accounting.
ACCT313Accounting Information Technology and Systems18B (Hamilton), 18B (Tauranga), 18XB (Hamilton) & 18XB (Tauranga)
The design, acquisition, operation, management, and control of accounting information systems with prime focus on computerised accounting information systems, accounting packages, spreadsheets and databases.
ACCT321Commercial Law18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
A study of selected areas of the law regulating commercial and domestic consumer contracts. A review of statutory and common law developments in the general law of contract and agency, an introduction to trust law.
ACCT322Law of Business Enterprises18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
A study of the law relevant to the establishment, activities and control of business enterprises. Also, an examination of current legal issues that impact on decision making within business organisations.
ACCT324Legal Issues in Business and E-Commerce18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
This paper is intended to provide students with an appreciation of the legal issues arising from electronic commerce; the students should develop the ability to identify the problems which they may face in the area, thereby assisting them in arriving at a solution.
ACCT331Management Accounting18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
A study of concepts, techniques and practices relevant to the provision of accounting and related data for management planning, control and decision-making.
ACCT332Financial Management18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper develops understanding of important issues with regards to financial management and decision making and how crucial this area is with regards to the impact that financial decisions will have on the creation of financial value of organisations.
ACCT341Auditing18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
A study of the theory and practice of auditing including computer based systems and the nature, scope and purpose of financial audits.
ACCT351Taxation18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
A study of the concepts, law and practice of the main direct, indirect and wealth taxes.
ACCT390Directed Study18B (Hamilton)
This paper is available only to Waikato Management School students with the approval of the Chairperson. Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
ACCT399Applied Project in Accounting18F (Hamilton), 18F (Tauranga), 18H (Hamilton) & 18H (Tauranga)
An applied research project investigating an accounting related issue in an organisational context.
MSYS319Industry Experience 218C (Online)
This paper requires a period of four to thirteen weeks work experience in an appropriate and approved host organisation with relevance to the student's degree and major. Investigation of three research topics supports the academic component of the paper.

400 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ACCT401Capstone in Accounting Advanced18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
No description available.
ACCT407Accounting for Sustainability18B (Hamilton)
A study of how business organisations might integrate sustainable development into their decision making and performance evaluation. Emphasis is placed on understanding the wider environments in which the organisation exists.
ACCT412Organisations and Society18A (Hamilton)
This paper involves the study of change in organisations and society. It considers the accountability of organisations to their stakeholders. The role of education in developing good citizens is explored. Critical thinking is encouraged.
ACCT422Law of Business Enterprises18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
A study of the law relevant to the establishment, activities and control of business enterprises, and an examination of current legal issues that have an impact on decision making within business organisations.
ACCT431Management Accounting18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
A study of concepts, techniques and practices relevant to the provision of accounting and related data for management planning, control and decision-making. Students are required to examine developments in one management accounting topic in depth.
ACCT480Accounting for SMEs: Understanding the ContextThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
ACCT490Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18A (Tauranga), 18B (Hamilton), 18B (Tauranga), 18C (Hamilton), 18C (Tauranga), 18S (Hamilton), 18S (Tauranga), 18Y (Hamilton) & 18Y (Tauranga)
This paper is available only to Waikato Management School students with the approval of the Chairperson of Department. Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
ACCT495Industry Experience 418C (Online)
A period of four to thirteen weeks internship is spent in a host organisation with relevance to the student's major, located in New Zealand or overseas. Students find their own host organisation, which is then approved by the departmental co-ordinator. In addition to the time spent in the host organisation, Weekly small group elect...
ACCT499Report of an Investigation18D (Hamilton), 18D (Tauranga), 18F (Hamilton), 18F (Tauranga), 18J (Hamilton), 18J (Tauranga), 18M (Hamilton) & 18M (Tauranga)
Directed investigation of an approved topic, available only to students enrolled in the BMS degree.

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At Waikato, you'll get hands-on experience with specialised accounting software such as MYOB and Xero.

You'll analyse real-life case studies of accounting situations, and learn about the business environment and how managerial decisions are made.

You'll also learn about contracts and trusts, evaluate the impact of taxes, and gain skills in auditing, investment, financing and asset management. You could also undertake an industry internship in an accounting workplace.

If you're new to Hamilton, there'll be plenty of opportunities for you to make new friends with similar interests. You could get involved with Beta Alpha Psi, a student accounting club that runs regular workshops and employer visits.

Accounting as a single major for the BBus

If you wish to take Accounting as a single major for the Bachelor of Business (BBus), you'll need to pass 135 points (9 papers) in this subject area, including 105 points above 100 level and 60 points above 200 level.

The specific requirements for a single major in Accounting are that you must take the following 9 papers:

  • ACCTN101 Accounting for Management
  • ACCTN102 Introductory Financial Accounting
  • ACCTN202 Intermediate Financial Accounting
  • ACCTN203 Management Accounting: Accounting for Organisational Control
  • ACCTN204/304 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCTN301 Capstone in Accounting
  • ACCTN308 Performance Reporting
  • Choose ONE of the following:
    • ACCTN302 Financial Accounting
    • ACCTN303 Management Accounting
    • ACCTN305 Auditing
    • ACCTN306 Taxation
    • ACCTN309 Law of Business Enterprise
  • MNMGT495/496/499 Business Experience paper

Accounting as a single major for the BBA or BMS(Hons)

If you wish to take Accounting as a single major for the Bachelor of Business Analysis (BBA) or Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours (BMS(Hons)), you'll need to pass 135 points (9 papers) in this subject area, including 105 points above 100 level and 60 points above 200 level.

The specific requirements for a single major in Accounting are that you must take the following 9 papers:

  • ACCTN101 Accounting for Management
  • ACCTN102 Introductory Financial Accounting
  • ACCTN202 Intermediate Financial Accounting
  • ACCTN203 Management Accounting: Accounting for Organisational Control
  • ACCTN204/304 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCTN301 Capstone in Accounting
  • ACCTN308 Performance Reporting
  • Choose TWO of the following:
    • ACCTN302 Financial Accounting
    • ACCTN303 Management Accounting
    • ACCTN305 Auditing
    • ACCTN306 Taxation
    • ACCTN309 Law of Business Enterprise

Accounting as part of a double major for any bachelor's degree

If you are enrolled in a bachelor's degree that doesn't list Accounting, you can normally still take it as a 2nd Major subject. You'll need to pass 120 points (8 papers) in this subject area, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level.

The specific requirements for a 2nd Major in Accounting are that you must include the following papers:

  • ACCTN101 Accounting for Management
  • ACCTN102 Introductory Financial Accounting
  • ACCTN202 Intermediate Financial Accounting
  • ACCTN203 Management Accounting: Accounting for Organisational Control
  • ACCTN204/304 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCTN301 Capstone in Accounting
  • ACCTN308 Performance Reporting
  • Choose ONE of the following:
    • ACCTN302 Financial Accounting
    • ACCTN303 Management Accounting
    • ACCTN305 Auditing
    • ACCTN306 Taxation
    • ACCTN309 Law of Business Enterprise

Accounting as a Minor for any bachelor's degree

If you wish to take Accounting as a Minor subject for any bachelor's degree at the University of Waikato, you'll need to pass 60 points (4 papers) in this subject area, including at least 30 points (2 papers) above 100 level.

The specific requirements for a Minor in Accounting are that you must include:

  • ACCTN101 Accounting for Management

And choose any three papers from the following:

  • ACCTN102 Introductory Financial Accounting
  • ACCTN202 Intermediate Financial Accounting
  • ACCTN203 Management Accounting: Accounting for Organisational Control
  • ACCTN204/304 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCTN301 Capstone in Accounting
  • ACCTN308 Performance Reporting
  • ACCTN302 Advanced Financial Accounting
  • ACCTN303 Advanced Management Accounting
  • ACCTN305 Auditing\
  • ACCTN306 Taxation\
  • ACCTN309 Law of Business Enterprise
  • MNMGT201/301 Business Law and the Legal Environment

Graduate Certificate (GradCert)

To complete the requirements for a Graduate Certificate in Accounting, you must pass 60 points at 100-level or above and include at least 40 points at 300-level or above. At least 40 points must be from one subject area.

The specific requirements for the Graduate Certificate are described in the Waikato Mangement School Student Handbook.

Graduate Diploma (GradDip)

To complete the requirements for a Graduate Diploma in Accounting, you must pass 120 points at 100-level or above and include at least 80 points at 300-level or above, and pass the Writing Competency Module.

You can choose to take up to 40 points from other Graduate Diploma subjects with the permission of the department's Graduate Convenor.

The specific requirements for the Graduate Diploma are described in the Waikato Mangement School Student Handbook.

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)

To complete the requirements for a Postgraduate Certificate in Accounting, you must pass 60 points at 500-level from one subject area and meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject.

The specific requirements for Accounting are that you must meet with the department's Graduate Convenor to discuss an appropriate personal programme of study.

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)

To complete the requirements for a Postgraduate Diploma, you must pass 120 points at 500-level and submit a Portfolio of Achievement (see the Postgraduate Diploma qualification information for further details). You must also meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject. You can choose to take up to 30 points from other graduate subjects with the permission of the department's Graduate Convenor.

The specific requirements for Accounting are that you must meet with the Department's Graduate Convenor to discuss an appropriate personal programme of study.

Master of Management Studies (MMS)

The completion requirements for the Master of Management Studies are dependent upon your admission criteria; please see the MMS qualification information for further details. However you'll need to:

  • Meet with the department's Graduate Convenor to discuss an appropriate personal programme of study and to ensure any specific subject requirements are met.
  • Take MNGT501 Research Methods in Management Studies (unless passed previously)
  • Take a dissertation (591/592) or thesis (593/594) in your subject area
  • Submit a Portfolio of Achievement (see MMS information for further details).
  • Meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject

Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcct)

To complete the requirements for the Master of Professional Accounting, you must pass 220 points at 500-level and submit a portfolio of achievement (see qualification information for further details).

You'll need to include:

Stage one: core knowledge and skills

  • ACCT570 Fundamental Accounting for Decision Making
  • ACCT571 Financial Accounting
  • ACCT576 Commercial and Corporate Law
  • ACCT577 Financial Management
  • ACCT578 Accounting Information Systems
  • ECON506 Economics for Business
  • ECON507 Quantitative Skills for Finance and Economics
  • MNGT504 Organisational Behaviour

Stage two: advanced professional knowledge

  • ACCT572 Advanced Auditing
  • ACCT573 Advanced Management Accounting
  • ACCT574 Advanced Financial Accounting
  • ACCT575 Advanced Taxation

Stage three: professional development capstone

  • ACCT581 Professional Development Capstone and
  • ACCT582 Research Project or ACCT583 Professional Internship

Please note: If you fail a paper or papers (no more than 30 points), then you may repeat the paper once, or take an alternative paper. If you fail more than 30 points you will not be permitted to proceed with the degree.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Please contact the department's Graduate Convenor.

To meet the academic requirements to join either Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ), CPA Australia or ACCA once you graduate from your bachelor's degree, you need to take Accounting as a 1st Major and follow a specific programme of study.

This means it's not possible to take a 2nd Major (8 papers) in another subject without having to complete 4-5 extra papers, depending on your degree. However, you may still have the option of taking a Minor (4 papers) in another subject.

These 16 papers are as follows:

  • ACCTN101/201 Accounting for Management
  • ACCTN102/222 Introductory Financial Accounting
  • ACCTN202 Intermediate Financial Accounting
  • ACCTN203 Management Accounting: Accounting for Organisational Control
  • ACCTN204/304 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCTN301 Capstone in Accounting
  • ACCTN302 Advanced Financial Accounting
  • ACCTN303 Advanced Management Accounting
  • ACCTN305 Auditing
  • ACCTN306 Taxation
  • ACCTN308 Performance Reporting
  • ACCT309 Law of Business Enterprise
  • ECONS101 Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy
  • ECONS205 Data Analytics with Business Applications
  • FINAN101 Introduction to Finance
  • MNMGT201/301 Business Law and the Legal Environment

Contacts

Management Student Centre (MSC)

Location: MSB.1.50, Waikato Management School, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton
Phone: +64 838 4303
Email: msc@waikato.ac.nz
Website: www.management.ac.nz/msc
Opening hours: 8.45am - 4.45pm Monday to Friday

One of the best times to pop into MSC is Open Advice Day, held every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm.

Undergraduate/Postgraduate Convenors in Accounting

Dr Mary Low
Email:mary.low@waikato.ac.nz

Associate Professor Martin Kelly
Email: martin.kelly@waikato.ac.nz

Dr Vida Botes - Master of Professional Accounting
Email: vida.botes@waikato.ac.nz