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Graduate Diploma of Accounting

Course Description

Learn to critically analyse financial and economic data, plan fiscal activity and enjoy the benefits of a stable career that is always in demand.
Accounting is a vital function within all organisations, and provides the key financial information that enables private and public sector organisations to take economic decisions and plan their activities effectively.
Our postgraduate accounting courses provide training in the key areas of accounting and finance, while the addition of subjects such as business law and economics arms you with the expertise required for a modern accounting career.
Subjects successfully completed can be credited towards the Master of Professional Accounting.

Course learning outcomes

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.
In the context of a JCU graduate, on successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Accounting students will be able to:
*Critically analyse accounting-related knowledge and practice from both historical and recent perspectives
*Consolidate the application of differing accounting performance reporting and monitoring methods
*Synthesise sustainable economic, social and environmental practices and value systems
*Integrate theoretical and technical accounting knowledge which includes a selection of auditing and assurance, finance, economics, quantitative methods, information systems, commercial law, corporation law and taxation law
*Apply established concepts to provide solutions to complex business and professional practice problems
*Critically analyse contemporary business issues using appropriate models and make reasoned recommendations
*Present complex information appropriately to both accountants and non-accountants using:
*Effective oral presentation skills
*Clear and fluent written communication
*Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively and effectively in achieving common goals
*Adapt sustainable accounting constructs and skills to theoretical or practical situations
*Exercise independent judgment to solve routine accounting problems in diverse contexts using social, ethical, economic, regulatory and global perspectives
*Seek and reflect on performance feedback to identify and action learning opportunities and self-improvements.

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Course articulation

Students who complete the requirements for the Graduate Diploma of Accounting are eligible for entry to the Master of Professional Accounting, and may be granted advanced standing for all subjects completed under the Graduate Diploma.
JCU awards used for articulation as outlined above will be required to be surrendered before the higher level award is conferred.

Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 1 - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 6.0 (no component lower than 5.5), OR
*TOEFL – 550 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 4.0), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 79 (minimum writing score of 19), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 57

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Why JCU?

James Cook University professional programs are internationally recognised and teaching staff are often research leaders in their fields.
In an effort to offer you flexibility, the School’s accounting programs are offered after hours in Cairns and Townsville with intensive weekend workshops.

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)

Visit the Graduate Diploma of Accounting page on the James Cook University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in any discipline, bachelor from this or another university; or Other qualifications or practical experience recognised by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies as equivalent to the above.

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