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University of Queensland

Bachelor of Commerce
Guide

2015 Edition

FMAA (UQ) - Bachelor of Commerce Guide | 2015 Edition

Contents
About the FMAA .............................................................................. 4
2015 Executive................................................................................. 6
2015 Sponsors ................................................................................. 7
Acknowledgements ........................................................................... 8
Preface ......................................................................................... 9
COMPULSORY COURSES .................................................................. 10
ACCT1101 Accounting for Decision Making ............................................. 11
ACCT2101 Financial Reporting ........................................................... 12
ACCT2102 Principles of Management Accounting ...................................... 13
ECON1010 Introductory Microeconomics ............................................... 14
ECON1020 Introductory Macroeconomics .............................................. 15
ECON1310 Quantitative Economic & Business Analysis A .............................. 16
FINM2401 Financial Management ....................................................... 17
LAWS1100 Business Law ................................................................. 18
MGTS1201 Computer Based Information Systems ..................................... 19
MGTS1301 Introduction to Management................................................ 20
MKTG1501 Foundations of Marketing ................................................... 21
ACCOUNTING MAJOR ...................................................................... 22
ACCT3101 Auditing & Public Practice.................................................... 23
ACCT3102 External Reporting Issues .................................................... 24
ACCT3103 Accounting for Corporate Structures ........................................ 25
ACCT3104 Principles of Management Accounting ...................................... 26
ACCT3105 Advanced Management Accounting ........................................ 27
LAWS3100 Corporations Law ............................................................ 28
LAWS3101 Income Tax Law .............................................................. 29
FINANCE MAJOR ........................................................................... 30
ECON2300 Introductory Econometrics .................................................. 31
ECON3210 Financial Markets & Institutions ............................................. 32
FINM3401 Corporate Finance ............................................................ 33
FINM3402 Investments & Portfolio Management ...................................... 34
FINM3403 International Financial Management ........................................ 35
FINM3404 Banking & Lending Decisions ................................................ 36
FINM3405 Derivatives & Risk Management ............................................. 37
BIS MAJOR .................................................................................. 38

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ACCT3201 Business Information Systems ............................................... 39


INFS3222 Systems Analysis & Design ................................................... 40
MGTS2202 Data & Information Management .......................................... 41
MGTS3203 Database Management in Business ......................................... 42
MGTS3207 Managing the Virtual Organisation ......................................... 43
MGTS3208 Managing Information Systems & Services ................................ 44

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About the FMAA


The Financial Management Association of Australia was established in 1990 at The University of
Melbourne. With the continuing support of Gold and Founding Sponsor, the Macquarie Group,
the FMAA actively promotes the career awareness of students and facilitates involvement in
business-related activities.
Over the years, it has rapidly become one of the most dynamic and enthusiastically supported
student bodies, enjoying a strong reputation for energy and professionalism. The success of the
FMAA has seen it expand nationally to The University of Sydney in 1994, The University of
Queensland in 1995, The University of New South Wales in 2009 and Monash University in 2012.
The FMAA has over 4,500 student members nationally. The genuine value offered to members
underlies our continual growth and stamps the Association as the largest professionally focused
student organisation in Australia.
At UQ, The FMAA is an incorporated student society affiliated with the UQ union and runs a
number of events throughout the year including;

Down-to-Business Luncheon
Corporate Cocktails
Mid-tier Accounting Event
Professional Services Evening

International Students Career Forum


First year guidance events
And, firm-specific information events

We also facilitate competitions such as;


The UBS investment Banking Challenge
FMAA Management Consulting Competition
DCM Blue Lake Share Trading
The CFA Analyst Competition
For more information regarding the FMAA or our events & competitions, please refer to our website
or Facebook page.

facebook.com/fmaabrisbane

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2015 Executive
President

Kate Williams

kate.williams@fmaa.com.au

Daniel Claes

daniel.claes@fmaa.com.au

Treasurer

Hugo Visscher

hugo.visscher@fmaa.com.au

Secretary

Douglas Brown
Jackson Chen

douglas.brown@fmaa.com.au

Vice-President

Events Director
Marketing Director

jackson.chen@fmaa.com.au

Laura McKennariey

laura.mckennariey@fmaa.com.au

Publications/IT Director

Tom Trowse

Diversity Director

Caitlin Chan

tom.trowse@fmaa.com.au
caitlin.chan@fmaa.com.au

Kane Bennett

kane.bennett@fmaa.com.au

Samir Bhagat

samir.bhagat@fmaa.com.au

Dominic Leahy

dominic.leahy@fmaa.com.au

Isaac Scott-Young

isaacscott-young@fmaa.com.au

Jonathan Sklavos-Creevey

jonathan.sklavoscreevey@fmaa.com.au

Hugh Willis

hugh.willis@fmaa.com.au

Liam Duggan

liam.duggan@fmaa.com.au

Alexandra Hirst

alexandra.hirst@fmaa.com.au

Daniel Murray

daniel.murray@fmaa.com.au

Zeenat Omar

zeenat.omar@fmaa.com.au

Samuel Reiser

samuel.reiser@fmaa.com.au

Ben Walk

ben.walk@fmaa.com.au

Brianna Huang

brianna.huang@fmaa.com.au

Sponsorship Directors

Sub-Executive Committee

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2015 Sponsors

Financial Services

Professional Services

Management Consulting

Other Professional Services &


Organisations

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Acknowledgements
The FMAA would like thank all the people who contributed to the guide with special mention to the
following:
Cheng Yuan
Daniel Mouat
Douglas Brown
Harry Sullivan
Jack Panizza
James Doyle
James Duffy
Jon Lili
Kane Bennett
Kate Williams
Laura McKennariey
Matthew Meintjes
Melissa Chan
Rebecca Bennett
Samir Bhagat
Yuliya Redkina
Publications Team:
Ben Walk
Daniel Murray
Liam Duggan
Tom Trowse

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Preface
Welcome to the 2015 edition of the FMAA (UQ) Bachelor of Commerce Guide!
It is with great pleasure that the Financial Management Association of Australia (UQ) is again able to
provide commerce students at UQ with this invaluable learning resource. There is no doubt that the
UQ Bachelor of Commerce program can be a highly rewarding, albeit mentally challenging
experience. Weve all heard the horror stories around campus such as students not qualifying for
graduation or, tougher subjects getting the better of unknowing undergraduates. By publishing this
guide, the FMAA seeks to ensure students studying commerce have the best chance possible at
reaping all the benefits that the degree has to offer.
In creating this years guide, the FMAA (UQ) publications team outlined the following proposal:
The aim of the FMAA (UQ) Bachelor of Commerce Guide is to provide students at UQ
with highly relevant and practically beneficial commerce subject information, all from the
perspective of experienced students. In doing so, we hope that the challenges of course
selection, study & assessment are reduced, and that students are better equipped to
succeed in the UQ Bachelor of Commerce program.
What has been produced is a document packed full of useful techniques, information and tips that
can be used under various circumstances, by a range of students, throughout the 2015 academic
year. Semester offerings are all stated in the one convenient document, study tips are summarized
for each subject and industry advantages for each course are just a few of the many features to this
years guide.
Of course this all couldnt have been possible without the fantastic course reviews submitted by our
peers. Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out course surveys, by combining your
knowledge and experience we are all able to gain the most value from this guide.
Finally, thank you for reading this publication. We wish you the best of luck with your study and
career endeavors in 2015.

Tom Trowse
Director of Publications & IT

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COMPULSORY
COURSES

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ACCT1101
Accounting for Decision Making

Course Details
Semesters Offered: 1 & 2

Prerequisites: None.

Assessment
Project (25%)
Mid-Semester Exam (25%)
Final Exam (50%)

Overview
The first accounting subject in the commerce degree offers a basic
introduction to the accounting environment with reference to
financial statements, reporting conventions and financial analysis
for purposes of decision making in businesses.
Advantages
This course provides foundations for a large number of courses in
the commerce degree. All required resources were adequately
provided to students and the content was taught in a fairly
engaging manor. If you took accounting in high school you will find
this subject quite straightforward. Those pursuing either an
accounting or finance major have found the core theory taught in
this subject very useful.
This subject is a prerequisite for ACCT2101,

Contact Hours
2hr Lecture
2hr Tutorial

Disadvantages
At times, material in the lectures can get repetitive, particularly for
those with background in high school accounting. Tutorials were
useful however the level of engagement has been highly variable
across different tutors.

Course Coordinator:
Mr David Wood

Tips and Tricks


Ensure that you take this course seriously as a substantial amount
of theory in future courses is built around some basic content
taught. Workshops that are run a few times during the semester to
give a progressive summary of content covered are extremely
beneficial. Being a first year subject, ensure you get good team
members for the group assignment. Past exam papers are useful
for the final exam with content consistently similar to that of
previous years.

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ACCT2101
Financial Reporting
Course Details
Semesters Offered: 1 & 2

Prerequisites: ACCT1101.

Assessment
In Class Quiz (10%)
Mid-Semester Exam (35%)
Final Exam (55%)

Contact Hours
2hr Lecture
2hr Tutorial

Course Coordinator:
Dr Mark Russell

Overview
This course introduces students to the framework for preparing and
interpreting financial statements through the examination of
common business transactions. There is emphasis on how each of
the statements link together with both each other and journal
entries. Industry regulation for financial reporting is also
emphasised in this course.
Advantages
Similar to ACCT1101, this introductory accounting course provides
essential foundations for theory in future courses. Slides were very
useful and contained the majority of content for the course.
Tutorials are engaging and most theory can be explained well by
tutors. The week 4 quiz ensures you practice basic journal entries
before more complicated theory and is a relatively easy grade
boost. Assessable content for both the mid semester and final
exam was made clear.
This subject is a prerequisite for ACCT2102.
Disadvantages
Lecture content can be tedious at times. A large portion of the final
exam refers to cash flow statements; without practice in this area,
students may struggle. Practice can take time to set out templates
for the respective financial statements.
Tips and Tricks
Cash flow statements are generally considered the most
challenging component of the course - ensure that you practice
these before the final exam. Do not be lulled into a false sense of
security after the 10% quiz: the content is basic and will help later
on in the course, however future topics are far more complex.

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ACCT2102
Principles of Management Accounting
Course Details
Semesters Offered: 1 & 2

Prerequisites: ACCT2101.

Assessment:
Hand in Report (10%)
Mid-Semester Exam (35%)
Final Exam (55%)

Contact Hours:
2hr Lecture
2hr Tutorial

Course Coordinator:
Dr Robyn King (Sem 1)
Dr Michael Turner (Sem 2)

Overview
This course introduces students to the management side of
accountancy, looking at a more forward looking perspective to
financials of businesses. The first half of the course looks at various
cost accounting methods to present financial data including
variable costing, CVP analysis, ABC costing and job costing. The
second half of the course looks at master budgeting and
management control.
Advantages
Provides a fresh outlook on accountancy which may appeal to
students who get bored with the historical and repetitive nature of
financial accounting. Topics in this course are very well structured
which allow the large amount of content to be studied easily. The
majority of questions on the mid semester and final exams are
practical questions which only take a matter of time to practice
before they can be easily completed with only input variances.
Lecture questions are extremely similar to exam questions.
Disadvantages
There is a large amount of content in the course that needs to be
covered. In previous years students have been pushed for time to
answer all questions on the final exam. First half of course can be a
bit repetitive at times.
Tips and Tricks
Take time to understand the format of the different practical
questions and then simply apply this format to each question. Be
sure to answer what is required for the hand in report as it is easy
marks. Tutorials are beneficial however without an understanding
of the topic it is very hard to pick up on the processes.

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ECON1010
Introductory Microeconomics
Course Details
Semesters Offered: 1 & 2

Prerequisites: None.

Assessment:
Mid-Semester Exam (35%)
Final Exam (65%)

Contact Hours:
2hr Lecture
1hr Tutorial

Course Coordinator:
Dr Marco Faravelli (Sem 1)
Mr Carl Sherwood (Sem 2)

Overview
Introductory microeconomics, as the name suggests, introduces
students to the core economic principles that underlie why
individuals, companies and governments make the financial
decisions they do. Fundamental concepts include supply and
demand, types of markets, game theory and social economics.
Advantages
The course teaches vital microeconomic concepts that provide a
basis for theory learnt in other courses. Resources were both timely
and useful throughout the course, particularly the pass sessions
that were available. Although some topics can be slow for students
who have taken economics in high school, there is still plenty that
extends on from what you have learnt. Topics throughout the
course are well structured and make continuous study throughout
the semester easy.
Disadvantages
In recent years the course has changed slightly and as a result, past
exam papers are not entirely reflective of potential exam
structures. Some students have been surprised by the heavy maths
content in this subject. Without high school Maths B, aspects of the
course may be particularly challenging.
Tips and Tricks
PASS sessions are very helpful and engaging. Be sure to attend
PASS as solutions to questions are not provided outside these
sessions. The workload demanded throughout the semester is not
too strenuous and if completed, will set you up very well for the
final exam. Tutorials are the best indication of potential exam
content.

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ECON1020
Introductory Macroeconomics
Course Details
Semesters Offered: 1 & 2

Prerequisites: None.

Assessment:
Tutorial Mark (up to 3%
bonus mark)
Mid-Semester Exam
(45% or 30%)
Final Exam
(55% or 70%).
Assessment is weighted to
maximise overall
grade.

Contact Hours:
2hr Lecture
1hr Tutorial

Course Coordinator:
A/Prof KK Tang (Sem 1)
Dr Bruce Littleboy (Sem 2)

Overview
Introduces students to fundamental macroeconomic concepts by
looking at the functioning of the local economy and its interaction
with the international economy. Topics such as GDP,
unemployment & inflation, interest rates, investment government
expenditure, taxation policies & balance of payments are examined
through the use of varying macro theories & models.
Advantages
The course teaches vital macroeconomic concepts that provide a
basis for theory learnt in other courses. Content taught is highly
relatable to current economic news which makes lectures very
engaging. The flexible assessment scheme used in this course
allows students to maximise their overall grade based on which
exams they were more successful in. Assessable content that was
not included in lecture slides is made clear by the lecturer. In the
past, extra marks can be earned for tutorial discussion for doing
work outside of the course requirements (Semester 1 lecturer only).
Disadvantages
The course is quite heavy in content and it is expected that you
understand each of the topics in great detail. Short answer
responses are a large component of this course and some students
fail to learn topics in enough detail to provide a sufficient answer.
Supply and demand concepts are taken to be assumed knowledge
for some topics.
Tips and Tricks
To do well in this course, students are expected to understand in
depth theory of the topics and are required to write extensive
responses to exam questions. Ensure that you take the time to
practice responses to tutorial and past exam questions in
preparation for both the mid semester and final exam. Particular
reference to theory explained by diagrams in the lecture is
recommended.

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ECON1310
Quantitative Economic & Business Analysis A
Course Details
Semesters Offered: 1 & 2

Prerequisites: Math B or Math


C or Math 1040

Assessment:
Online CML Quizzes (20%)
Mid-Semester Exam (25%)
Final Exam (55%)

Contact Hours:
2hr Lecture
1.5hr Tutorial

Course Coordinator:
Mr Carl Sherwood

Overview
This course is an introduction to business statistics spanning
hypothesis testing via various methods, descriptive statistics and
important probability concepts.
Advantages
The course content is communicated well through the combination
of lectures, tutorials and PASS classes. Lectures, and their
recordings, cover all required theory as well as touching on the real
world application of each topic. Adding to this, plenty of
consultation sessions are provided in which helpful and
approachable tutors are available to answer any queries. For both
the mid-semester and final exams lots of past exams are provided
in order to assist in preparing for these major pieces of assessment.
The CML Quizzes are another advantage of the subject as, not only
is your worst score throughout the semester omitted from your
final grade but most of them allow for a second attempt if you are
unhappy with your original effort. Because of these elements, this
subject is a very useful way to boost your GPA as part of a
commerce degree.
This subject is a prerequisite for ECON1320.
Disadvantages
The primary disadvantage of this course is its repetitive nature
which can become monotonous at times throughout the semester.
However, this means that each topic is covered thoroughly and
students are able to understand the content comfortably.
Tips and Tricks
Having the textbook is not really necessary for this subject. Most of
the readings are extremely tedious and delve into far more detail
than required for this introductory course.
Take advantage of the PASS classes offered for this subject. These
sessions offer a clarification of information covered in lectures and
tutorials by PASS leaders who have themselves experienced the
subject. Working through the CML Quizzes with friends and fellow
students is beneficial for both achieving better results as well as
gaining a stronger understanding of course content.

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FINM2401
Financial Management
Course Details
Semesters Offered: 1 & 2

Prerequisites: ACCT1101.

Assessment:
Online Quizzes (10%)
Mid-Semester Exam (35%)
Final Exam (55%)

Contact Hours:
2hr Lecture
2hr Tutorial

Course Coordinator:
Dr D. Canavan

Overview
A good introduction to finance, especially for those interested in
pursuing a finance major. The course teaches a lot of useful skills
regarding the future and present values of cash flows and annuities
as well as looking at portfolio construction strategies. The course is
perhaps the most difficult compulsory course.
Advantages
This course is one of the more interesting compulsory commerce
subjects which is a very good introduction into a finance major. The
lectures throughout the semester are well structured and cover the
required content quite well. Adding to this, there is a large quantity
of tutorial questions available to assist in understanding each topic.
Both the mid semester and the final exams reflect well the content
taught throughout the semester. The tutorial questions provided
are a very useful resource to prepare students for each of these
exams. Finally, the Online Quizzes are a very good opportunity to
practice your understanding whilst achieving easy marks at the
same time.
Disadvantages
This course, whilst very interesting, is quite a difficult subject. The
lectures are quite fast paced and if students dont keep up it is easy
to fall well behind. Despite this, if students put in the time and
attend lectures and tutorials they will be able to keep up with this
content. Both exams are relatively difficult, especially if you are not
properly prepared.
Tips and Tricks
Get a group of friends and fellow students together throughout the
semester to complete the online quizzes. This will assist in getting
both better grades as well as gaining a deeper understanding. Find
a tutor who you like and that suits your method of learning. A good
tutor can make all the difference in a slightly difficult subject such
as this. Brush up on your mathematics because the subject is fairly
heavily mathematically based and exams are expected to be done
at a reasonable pace.

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LAWS1100
Business Law
Course Details
Semesters Offered: 1 & 2

Prerequisites: None.

Assessment:
Tutorial Participation (10%)
Mid-Semester Exam (30%)
Final Exam (60%)

Contact Hours:
2hr Lecture
1hr Tutorial

Course Coordinator:
Mrs S. Mendes

Overview
The course gives an overview of the law as it applies to business,
covering areas like the legal system, torts, contracts and the laws
associated with running, opening and closing a business.
Advantages
The course is made up of quite interesting and straightforward
content. The lectures are very organised and cover all required
knowledge. The tutorials are very useful and participating in all
tutorial work is very beneficial towards your final grade. Because of
the broad nature of the subject, the more interesting aspects of
Business Law are taught whilst the drier elements are left out.
Disadvantages
A high value placed on tutorial participation can be challenging for
more timid students. However, preparation before each tutorial will
ensure top marks for this assessment.
Tips and Tricks
Complete the tutorial work to the best of your ability each week.
This will hold you in good stead for each of the exams. You are able
to take notes into the final exam and lots of the questions are
directly related to similar ones worked through in the tutorials.
Attending all lectures and tutorials and doing the prescribed
readings and tutorial work will ensure that this subject can be used
as a boost to your GPA.

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MGTS1201
Computer Based Information Systems
Course Details
Semesters Offered: 1 & 2

Prerequisites: None.

Assessment:
Tutorial Attendance (10%)
Mid-Semester Exam (20%)
Assignment (20%)
Final Exam (50%)

Contact Hours:
2hr Lecture
2hr Tutorial

Course Coordinator:
Dr Peter Clutterbuck

Overview
Students learn how businesses rely on different aspects of
information systems to function and interact with their clients. The
course content is split into three components: basic management
theory, information system theory and Excel-based skills. Microsoft
Excel is used heavily, with students able to gain an understanding
of some of its more advanced functions.
Advantages
The course is relatively well structured and all the required content
is taught throughout the semester. Plenty of resources are
provided to students which is helpful in preparation for the
different assessment. The assignment is split up into two parts
which you complete with a partner and is extremely
straightforward. It is very useful in practising your skills as well
because there is a lot of overlap from the tasks in the assignment
and the questions on the final exam. Finally, 10% of the subjects
grade comes from simply attending the tutorials; you dont have to
answer questions at all.
Disadvantages
This subject is very theory-based and places significant weight on
memorising definitions. However, the most interesting and
beneficial part of the subject is the excel work which, despite being
quite easy, will be useful throughout the rest of your studies and
into your working life. The final exam focuses on very specific
elements of the course content which makes it a difficult to achieve
a top mark but 5s and 6s are very realistic in this subject.
Tips and Tricks
Take the time in the tutorials to learn all of the required excel
functions, once you know how to use them this part of the course
becomes easy marks. Use the lecture slides as your primary source
of information and it is not integral that you buy the textbook. The
assignment is almost done for you in particular lectures so make
sure to keep an eye out for those solutions as it will make the job
significantly easier. At the same time though understand what you
are doing as the assignment is one of the best study tools for the
exam.

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MGTS1301
Introduction to Management
Course Details
Semesters Offered: 1 & 2

Prerequisites: None.

Assessment:
Simulation (10%)
Assignment (25%)
Tutorial Exercise (15%)
Final Exam (50%)

Contact Hours:
2hr Lecture
1hr Tutorial

Course Coordinator:
Mr G. Greenfield

Overview
A basic introduction to management theory is given in this course,
ranging across ethics, rationality, strategic frameworks,
organisational change and innovation.
Advantages
As an introductory course the theory is rather basic yet interesting.
The subject is very well structured and all required content is clearly
communicated. Lectures are heavily theoretical; however draw
from case studies and other real world examples. Tutorials are very
discussion based and a lot of work is completed in small groups. All
assessment is outlined obviously and as a result high grades are
easily achievable.
Disadvantages
Tutorial exercises are assessed so as a result, attendance is required
in particular weeks. Adding to this, it is required to stay up with
lecture content in order to be able to answer the tutors questions.
Tips and Tricks
The textbook is an effective tool in this subject as it goes into more
detail than the lectures whilst at the same time clarifying concepts
that are covered in the lectures.
The subject has a high amount of group assessment so it is
important that you find a good group at the beginning of the
semester. If you have some friends doing the subject coordinate so
you are in the same tutorial.

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MKTG1501
Foundations of Marketing
Course Details
Semesters Offered: 1 & 2

Prerequisites: None.

Assessment:
Group Assignment (30%)
Group Presentation (20%)
Final Exam (50%)

Contact Hours:
2hr Lecture
1hr Tutorial

Course Coordinator:
Mr Owen Seamons

Overview
The course examines very basic marketing and consumer behaviour
theories. This course has a lot of overlap with other courses in
terms of theory like Porters five forces.
Advantages
The course is theory heavy, it entails a large amount of
memorization and repetition which although can be monotonous,
provides for easy marks if you put the time in. Attendance of the
lectures is not vital as it is mostly just reading off the lecture slides.
Therefore, as long as you do the reading required in this subject,
high marks are very achievable.
Disadvantages
The course requires heavy memorisation, which can be a struggle
for some students. Adding to this, lectures and tutorials are
disjointed at times and some tutorials, which are not spent working
on group assessment, can seem pointless. Despite this, all the
required knowledge is taught and high marks are attainable.
Tips and Tricks
Half of the assessment in this course is group work meaning it is
integral to find yourself a good group at the beginning of the
semester. If you have friends doing the same subject coordinate
and sign on for the same tutorial group. The textbook is very dense
and covers a far broader scope than required. Focus on knowing the
lecture content week by week and avoid cramming before the final
due to the nature of the material taught.

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ACCOUNTING
MAJOR

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ACCT3101
Auditing & Public Practice
Course Details
Semesters Offered: 1 & 2

Prerequisites: ACCT3102

Overview
Provides an in-depth and intertwined introduction to auditing
environment and methodology. Specifically, this course covers the
legal framework within which auditing is undertaken; the
professional and ethical responsibilities of the auditor; the
processes undertaken for an audit, and other requirements in
relation to the preparation of audit reports.
Advantages

Assessment:
Assignment 105%)
Mid-Semester Exam (35%)
Final Exam (55%)

Contact Hours:
2hr Lecture
1hr Tutorial

The auditing content and skills learnt provide a strong


knowledge base in the field of accounting and are very useful
for completing other accounting major electives. Assessment
largely reflects course content. In the past, the lecturer has been
kind enough to tell students what topics the questions would be on
beforehand. Tutorials were engaging in comparison to the lectures.
Disadvantages

The majority of content is assessable in which case, to do


well, students must prepare for a wide range of potential
questions.
Tips and Tricks

Course Coordinator:
Dr G. Hsu (Sem 1)
Mr Paul Woollard (Sem 2)

Lectures were not overly engaging but the tutorials were.


Completing all tutorial questions is very useful when studying for
the final exam. The textbook is perhaps the most useful
resource. It has been recommended by the university that you
complete LAWS3100 before enrolling in this course.

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ACCT3102
External Reporting Issues
Overview
Course Details
Semesters Offered: 1 & 2

Prerequisites: ACCT2101.

Assessment:
Case Study (25%)
Mid-Semester Exam (30%)
Final Exam (45%)

Contact Hours:
2hr Lecture
2hr Tutorial

Course Coordinator:
Dr Jac Birt

This course is focused on advanced financial reporting issues by


continuing on from the content covered in ACCT2101. It is mainly
concerned with the examination and implementation of accounting
procedures and concepts required by Australian Accounting
Standards and other accounting regulations.
Advantages
The course is a good overview of all accounting aspects that are
faced in the industry and is useful in the Accounting profession. In
the past, the lecture slides were the most useful resource of all.
Slideshow in lectures made up of 70+ slides; that are primarily
constituted of example problems and possible variations of topic
content. This provided a step-by-step breakdown of the process for
each accounting treatment. Tutorial questions helped to build on
these problems for practice, but a large portion of learning came
solely from the lecture slides. The final exam seemed fairly
predictable and reasonable for the preparation content provided.
This subject is a prerequisite for ACCT3101.
Disadvantages
The tutorials were very heavy and unless you prepared for them it
was really easy to fall behind. In the past, assessment for the course
has been dubious. The content of the mid-semester exam was
different to expected and some students were confused by the
marking rubric of the Case Study assignment. The case study is
very time consuming, especially for accounting students who rarely
write assignments.
Tips and Tricks
The mid-semester has been known to be just as, if not more,
challenging than the final exam. The lecturer puts a lot of weight on
journal entry narrations unlike other accounting subjects. Do not
forget the content that you studied for the mid-semester exam by
the time the final rolls around, a lot of that content will be covered
again in different ways and built upon. Make use of the A4 sheet
and try to compartmentalize your notes accordingly.

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ACCT3103
Accounting for Corporate Structures
Course Details
Semesters Offered: 1 & 2

Prerequisites: ACCT3102.

Assessment:
Group Presentation (15%)
Mid-Semester Exam (40%)
Final Exam (45%)

Contact Hours:
2hr Lecture
2hr Tutorial
4x 2hr Optional Workshops

Course Coordinator:
Mr Danny Burton

Overview
This course is concerned with advanced accounting issues in
financial reporting by public companies. The focus of the course is
on accounting for corporate structures, namely business
combinations such as groups, joint arrangements and associates.
Students learn about the consolidation process for groups, starting
from the separate books of account to the final reported accounts.
Students were also taught about operating segments, liquidation
and foreign currency issues.
Advantages
Lectures provided valuable commentary to complement the lecture
slide examples, and were essential in developing an understanding
of what was happening in each. This is a useful subject for students
pursuing a career in corporate accounting. The lecture slides of the
course were very extensive and provided extremely detailed
examples of accounting processes. Tutorials were aligned with
lectures. In the past, assessment accurately reflected course
content, and it is easy to prepare for the mid-semester and final
exams.
Disadvantages
Course content is renowned as one of the more difficult subjects.
Links between topics can be vague at times. Lecture concepts were
difficult to grasp during a lecture without prior reading and required
practice questions to help understand the processes involved.
Tutorials were less helpful due to the long practice questions. The
course is based heavily on practical questions that require steps to
be followed, which meant long lecture slides with comprehensive
examples were necessary.
Tips and Tricks
The case study is easy to do to well in, also take the quizzes
seriously. Buy the textbook, and practice questions until it is easier
to understand why certain steps are occurring. This accounting
topic is renowned for being difficult, and is most likely due to the
fact that a lot of the processes are challenging to understand.
Ensure that you are efficient in mid-semester exam questions, as
the test itself is known to be a time crunch.
UQ recommends that you complete LAWS3100 before doing this
course.

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ACCT3104
Principles of Management Accounting
Course Details
Semesters Offered: 1 & 2

Prerequisites: ACCT2102.

Assessment:
Online Quiz (10%)
Mid-Semester Exam (35%)
Final Exam (55%)

Contact Hours:
2hr Lecture
2hr Tutorial

Course Coordinator:
Dr Hermann Frick

Overview
This is the second management accounting course you will use to
extend your knowledge of the management accounting terms,
concepts and techniques developed in ACCT2102 and apply it to a
range of business decisions. Key topics include relevant
information, pricing, performance evaluation, variance analysis and
organisational structures.
Advantages
Adequate resources and learning assistance is made available in
this course to give students the best chance possible to pass
assessment. The tutors are very helpful and approachable. The
textbook from ACCT2102 can be used for this course. Tutorials Q's
provided students with a very wide and thorough variety of possible
accounting scenario's/issues that could occur. While not all
scenario's will be tested, it is very practical information that is
learnt. Previously, the final exam has been 3 hours long; hence
students will not be pushed for time.
Disadvantages
This is an extension on from ACCT2102 and being an elective,
theory is much harder than the core management accounting
principles required to graduate with an accounting major.
Previously the final exam has been 3 hours long.
Tips and Tricks
Take this course on the back of completing ACCT2102 all of the
content from it will be revisited and extended upon in ACCT3104.
With management accounting there are numerous ways of arriving
at the correct answer. The course coordinator will not have any
specific preference; meaning that you have the freedom to work
through a question using a method that makes sense for you.

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ACCT3105
Advanced Management Accounting
Course Details
Semesters Offered: 1

Prerequisites: ACCT3104.

Assessment:
Unavailable.

Contact Hours:
Unavailable.

NOTE: This course was not available in 2014; accurate course


reviews could not be obtained.
Overview
This course looks at accounting information relevant for
planning, control & performance evaluation decisions by
management in business and non-business organisations.
Core topics include the application of quantitative methods to
managerial accounting problems and the use of accounting
data as inputs to managerial decision models.
Advantages
The course provides in-depth theory for those interested in
management accountancy.
Disadvantages
This course may have been changed since it was last made
available to students (Semester 1 2014).

Course Coordinator:
Professor Donald Anderson

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LAWS3100
Corporations Law
Course Details
Semesters Offered: 1 & 2

Prerequisites: None.

Assessment:
Tutorial Participation (10%)
Mid-Semester Exam (40%)
Final Exam (50%)

Contact Hours:
2hr Lecture
2hr Tutorial

Course Coordinator:
Dr Paul Harpur (Sem 1)
Mrs Susan Mendes (Sem 2)

Overview
This course offers an in-depth analysis of the regulation of
Australian companies and partnerships. This includes the nature of
corporate bodies, corporate personality and limited liability,
formation of a company, structure of and relationship between
company organs, management and governance, directors duties,
shareholder rights, corporate finance and external administration.
Advantages
The course is very engaging as students are able to gain a strong
practical knowledge through the various topics. For example, how
to conduct AGMs in the correct manner or, when you are being
oppressed as a minority shareholder and the consequences you
face when the company you are in partnership with, becomes
insolvent. It is a great course if you are wishing to become a
member and/or executive on a board. The tutorials were an
extremely helpful resource. The mid semester exam was open
book.
Disadvantages
Exams in this course tend to be difficult to finish in the given time.
Final exam is perceived as daunting; people have felt like they have
not prepared adequately enough.
Final exam is no longer a take home exam (Dr Paul Harpur), it has
changed to a normal exam (Under Mrs Susan Mendes).
Tips and Tricks
Tutorials were useful if you took in your laptop and typed fast
everything on the PowerPoint. Lecture material was never fully
covered; instead be prepared for a practical coverage of key topics.
Practice writing answers to tutorial questions to improve your time
management skills fin preparation for the final exam. In the past,
the course content was clearly reflected in the assessment pieces,
however the final exam caught many students off guard due to the
sheer amount of content.

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LAWS3101
Income Tax Law
Course Details
Semesters Offered: 1 & 2

Prerequisites: LAWS1100.

Assessment:
Tutorial Exercise (10%)
Mid Semester (30%)
Final exam (60%)

Contact Hours:
2hr Lecture
2hr Tutorial

Course Coordinator:
Mr Ross Kirkwood

Overview
This course provides an analysis of taxation including analysis of
concepts of income, assessable income, allowable deductions,
capital gains, and calculations of tax payable.
Advantages
Income Tax Law is an extremely relevant and useful subject. Whilst
there is substantial content to read, the applicability of the theory
for both professional and personal lives of a student makes it an
interesting subject.. The course resources were extremely well
structured, engaging, and timely and lecture notes were a summary
of textbook
Assessment was predictable and easy to prepare for.
Disadvantages
The course has relaxed marking guidelines therefore students are
forced to stay up to date with the course. Answers are marked to
criteria instead of a marking guide. This means it is vital to provide
thorough responses as it will not a course that you can ride off half
marks. Not all topics were covered in exams, yet it is necessary to
do substantial further study to be prepared for assessment.
Tips and Tricks
By far the most important thing is to learn the process for each
question calculation exceptionally well (to the point you do not
need to stop and think about it). The final exam is open book;
however it is the time constraint that will challenge you, not the
content. Make a concise summary of the relevant topics as you
complete them - this can then be brought into the exam. Record
the legislation references in the order they are used in a question.
Ensure you get all the marks for the tutorials. The course is a lot
more mathematical than other law courses. Exam questions were
challenging but not beyond that of tutorial questions or provided
exam preparation materials.

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FINANCE MAJOR

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ECON2300
Introductory Econometrics
Course Details
Semesters Offered: 1 & 2

Prerequisites: ECON1310.

Overview
Introductory Econometrics is generally considered to be one of the
most practically applicable statistics courses offered in the Bachelor
of Commerce program. The content is best viewed as 'Statistics C' it continues on very much from Statistics A (ECON1310) and
Statistics B (ECON1320). Topics include; linear regression &
models, hypothesis testing, specification testing, dummy variables,
models with endogenous regressors, panel data models, simple
dynamic models and simple cointegration models.

Assessment:
Online Assignment 1 (10%)
Online Assignment 2 (15%)
Mid-Semester Exam (30%)
Final Exam (40%)

Advantages
The content is engaging, and is, surprisingly, presented in such a
way that you can to an extent see how it would be used in the real
world. The assessment style follows closely to what is completed in
tutorials. A deep understanding of the content is certainly required
to do well in exams.

Contact Hours:
2hr Lecture
2hr Tutorial

Disadvantages
The lectures can drag out with repeated content, however the
lecturer was passionate and an effective teacher. In previous years
tough multiple-choice questions have been overvalued on the final
exam, given the time allocation for other parts of the exam.

Course Coordinator:
A/Prof A. Rambaldi (Sem 1)
Prof C. O'Donnell (Sem 2)

Tips and Tricks


Lecture slides are generally helpful, however students would be
well advised to listen to the lecture simultaneously with the slides
as more than half of the content in the slides consists of practical
examples which make little sense without an accompanying verbal
explanation.
The statistical software Eviews is used constantly throughout the
course. You will not be able to pass this subject without an
understanding of Eviews. It is used in lectures, tutorials,
assignments, and exams. Eviews 'outputs' are provided for every
exam question, and without an understanding of how to read those
outputs, the questions cannot be completed.
Recommended pre-requisites are ECON1010, ECON1020 and
ECON1050.

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ECON3210
Financial Markets & Institutions
Course Details
Semesters Offered: 2

Prerequisites: ECON1010 &


FINM2401 or ECON2200

Assessment:
Online Tests (20%)
Mid-Semester Exam (30%)
Final Exam (50%)

Contact Hours:
2hr Lecture
1hr Tutorial

Course Coordinator:
Dr F. Bracoud

Overview
The course provides a comprehensive understanding of financial
markets, looking at how they are affected by interest rate risks,
expectations and the flow of funds. Financial institutions are
examined through the evaluation of equity markets, debt markets,
derivatives markets and exchange rates. The course makes use of
relevant contemporary events such as the Federal Reserves
quantitative easing, financial market regulations and bank capital
standards.
Advantages
The course is well structured and ideal for streamline learning:
theory is taught through lectures, practice problems with answers
are studied in tutorials and examinable content is consolidated
through past papers. Class hand-outs and the textbook are used in
preparation for answering essay questions. The lecturer was also
extremely enthusiastic and approachable, explaining the relevance
of content( i.e. Investment banks use these techniques) and
providing examinable questions that were highly reflective of
course material.
Disadvantages
Tutorial questions were released behind schedule due to
overlapping of the similar course ECON2200. A high volume of
assessable reading was also provided each week.
Tips and Tricks
Practice makes perfect! Be confident in your ability to answer
problem solving, essay and MCQ questions. Stay on top of reading
to develop a thorough understanding of course content. Do not
practice quizzes using previous answers from practice exams as the
lecturer is known to change these dramatically.
ECON3210 is recommended to be completed simultaneously with
ECON3550.

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FINM3401
Corporate Finance
Course Details
Semesters Offered: 2

Prerequisites: FINM240

Assessment:
Mid-Semester Exam (35%)
Final Exam (65%)

Contact Hours:
2hr Lecture
2hr Tutorial

Course Coordinator:
Dr C. Chen

Overview
The course provides an in-depth analysis of the financial issues
confronting most companies with a strong focus on application and
practical relevance. Topics include valuation and project analysis,
real option valuation, capital raising, financing and dividend policy,
risk management and corporate strategy.
Advantages
The course is considered to be quite challenging, however the
content is interesting and highly relevant to anyone pursuing a
career in corporate finance. Techniques learned in the course will
be particularly helpful for job interviews. Expectations of both the
mid-semester and final exams difficultly were made clear, allowing
students to allocate the required extra revision time well in
advance. Exams contained no surprises and provided a reasonable
reflection of the course material.
Disadvantages
Due to the complex nature of the topics in this course, lectures
often fell short of discussing all necessary theory and methods to
complete tutorial questions. It was therefore essential to spend
additional time reading the textbook and other resources provided
on Blackboard. Grades were provided very soon after the midsemester exam and an exam viewing session was scheduled,
however the lecturer did not provide any significant assistance or
guidance to help students learn from mistakes.
Tips and Tricks
Tutorials are the most important learning tool to reinforce concepts
covered in lectures and the textbook. Particular focus should be
aimed at practising the Extra Problems provided in each tutorial as
they are often taken from past exam papers. This course requires a
deep understanding of the content so attending classes and
keeping up with the work is highly recommended. Simply trying to
learn content from past exams will not be enough and extensive
practise is required.

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FINM3402
Investments & Portfolio Management
Course Details
Semesters Offered: 1 & 2

Prerequisites: FINM2401

Assessment:
Mid-Semester Exam (35%)
Final Exam (65%)

Contact Hours:
2hr Lecture
2hr Tutorial

Course Coordinator:
Dr C. Chen (Sem 1)
TBA (Sem 2)

Overview
The course follows on from FINM2401 in examining techniques to
evaluate investments and provides a sound understanding of
portfolio management relevant to bonds and shares. Portfolio
theory forms a key part of this unit and as such an understanding of
the statistical concepts of variance and standard deviation is
essential. Other topics covered include debt and equity
investments, financial statement analysis and markets &
instruments.
Advantages
Tutorial questions with answers were released at the beginning of
the semester and were highly reflective of exam material. Lecture
slides were also clear and relevant, helping to answer tutorial
questions. The final exam covered content that was to be expected
from textbook material.
Disadvantages
Lecture material tended to progress at a slow pace, often skipping
topics to keep on schedule. A discord between content of tutorials
and lecture slides existed, creating the illusion that topics werent
as complex and detailed as described.
Mid-semester exam viewing is often difficult, generally with only 20
hours notice given and no alternative times provided. The exam
also surprised many students by covering material that had not
been emphasized in lectures. A mock exam was prepared instead
of actual past exams, allowing the exams material to be different
to what was expected. Grades for the final exam were never
released.
Tips and Tricks
Attend different tutorials to find the best tutor. Do supplementary
questions for each tutorial; despite the name, they are as equally
assessable as the standard questions.
The mid-semester exam has been extremely challenging and
students are encouraged to be familiar with even minor concepts
mentioned in the weeks leading up to the exam.

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FINM3403
International Financial Management
Course Details
Semesters Offered: 1 & 2

Prerequisites: FINM2401.

Assessment:
Mid-Semester Exam (35%)
Final Exam (65%)

Contact Hours:
2hr Lecture
2hr Tutorial

Course Coordinator:
Dr K. Tan

Overview
This subject focuses on the international nature of finance, covering
currency trading, arbitrage activities, international hedging and
parity conditions. The course also provides an introduction to
benefits of international portfolio diversification and options.
Advantages
The lecture slides were comprehensive and useful, providing
efficient information for theoretical understanding and detailed
examples to guide students through the steps of solving practical
questions. Tutorial questions were extensive and helped to clarify
important information for developing an understanding of the
concepts, and provided answers for each topic. The tutorials also
provided a lot of guidance on how to apply the content and solve
problems, which was very worthwhile.
Disadvantages
While many tutorial questions were labelled past exam, a proper
past exam was not released which made predicting the layout and
general emphasis of content extremely challenging. It also meant
that some content on the final exam was unexpected. Many lecture
examples were outdated leaving their relevance and ability to
reinforce learning reduced.
Tips and Tricks
The textbook was very useful, if not essential. Tutorial questions
required a large amount of practice as there were many difficult
concepts and which could not be learnt at the last minute. The
course may be best studied earlier in the finance major as it
introduces financial concepts that will occur in later finance courses
at a more basic level. Focus heavily on lecture slides and content, as
this covers basically everything required for the course. Tutorial
questions provide appropriate guidance and preparation, and cover
a wide range of questions to allow students to prepare for different
types of questions they may face in the final exam. Lectures and
tutorials provide a very strong and comprehensive base of
knowledge, but use of the textbook will allow for the extra marks in
the exam.

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FINM3404
Banking & Lending Decisions
Course Details
Semesters Offered: 1

Prerequisites: FINM2401

Overview
This course considers credit risk assessment, risk management and
principles of lending within banks. The impact of the Global
Financial Crisis is used to shed light on developments in bank
regulation, profitability and the international banking system. At
the end of this course, you will understand the risk assessment of
various types of loans, the mechanisms for predicting financial
distress, the principles of asset liability management, securitization
and bank profitability analysis.

Assessment:
Mid-Semester Exam (40%)
Final Exam (60%)

Advantages
Tutorials contained weekly summary sheets for each topic,
providing useful consolidation of examinable content given the
speed and large amount of lecture material. The lecturer also did an
effective job of linking consecutive topics together.

Contact Hours:
2hr Lecture
2hr Tutorial

Disadvantages
The course has not been updated in a number of years given the
relevance of some of the learning activities. The content was
reasonably thorough, however was not applied to real-world
scenarios as well as it could have been. Past exam papers were not
provided; only sample papers were offered with questions clearly
not indicative. The marking guide was quite particular and in one
case referred to a single slide for the answer.

Course Coordinator:
Dr M.Haq

Tips and Tricks


The course is quite content heavy with very basic practical application, so
sufficient time should be allocated when revising for each exam. Very few tips will
be given by the course coordinator so you will need to cover all ground. However,
the course has changed little over the past few years so you may find that some
sample exam questions or tutorial questions end up on your final or
mid-semester exam. Consequently, it's important to be able to
explain concepts in terms used throughout the course, rather than
what seems intuitive. There seemed to be a substantial difference
in difficulty between the 'mock' exams provided and the actual
exams, so be careful.

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FINM3405
Derivatives & Risk Management
Course Details
Semesters Offered: 2

Overview
The course focuses on methods of hedging and arbitrage strategies
utilising an array of different derivative securities. This includes the
use of forwards, futures and options, and the different methods to
value each derivative. The content is largely focused on completing
calculations, so a heavy emphasis on strong math skills is expected.

Prerequisites: FINM2401

Assessment:
Mid-Semester Exam (30%)
Final Exam (70%)

Contact Hours:
2hr Lecture
2hr Tutorial

Course Coordinator:
Prof K. Fong Chan

Advantages
The lectures were engaging and enthusiastic, covering all key topics
in a transparent and simple to understand manner. Lectures were
also well structured and provided corresponding learning guides for
each section explaining theoretical concepts in more depth.
Tutorials were extremely helpful, going into more detail than the
lectures while still being relevant. The assessment directly
reflected the content: Tutorial questions directly related to
examinable content. The expectations were made clear - the
lecturer indicated what topics would be on the exam and their
respective levels of difficulty. Grades were made available very
quickly.
Disadvantages
The concept of futures and forward contracts can take time to get
your head around. Ensure you understand this before moving on
from early topics.

Tips and Tricks


In this course it was most important to build confidence in
completing all tutorial and practice exam questions. Examinable
content often reflected practice questions with different numbers,
so a sound understanding of what would be expected is a great
method of study. However, understanding the processes, rather
than memorising each question, is still essential. Also keeping on
top of the course content will provide the best results as each
weeks topic builds on the last.

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BIS MAJOR

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ACCT3201
Business Information Systems
Course Details
Semesters Offered: 1

Prerequisites: ACCT2101

Assessment:
Mid-Semester Exam (20%)
Project (20%)
Final Exam (60%)

Contact Hours:
2hr Lecture
2hr Tutorial

Course Coordinator:
Dr A. Robb

Overview
In this course students learn about the nature & functions of
computer based information systems used by businesses and are
taught this theory in a highly practical sense. Students learn and
apply Business Process Management Notion in order to design and
notate business processes. The course also offers theoretical case
studies based on real world information systems used to drive
decision making in practice. Further, students are taught how to
use MYOB accounting software.
Advantages
The lecturer is down to earth and structures the course very well.
The tutorials are very useful, especially with regards to the
developing MYOB skills for use in the assignment. The assignment
is straightforward and provides a solid contribution to your overall
grade.

Disadvantages
There was some level of disconnection between lectures and
tutorials. BPMN diagrams can be a difficult topic for some to
understand and have been heavily assessed previously.
Tips and Tricks
MYOB skills are very useful when it comes to the assignment. Stay
on top of the work from lectures because tutes dont emphasise on
mid-semester and final exam content.

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INFS3222
Systems Analysis & Design
Course Details
Semester Offered: 1

Prerequisites: MGTS1201

Assessment:
Mid-Semester Exam (20%)
Individual Project (10%)
Group Project (20%)
Final Exam (50%)

Contact Hours:
3hr Lecture
1hr Tutorial

Course Coordinator:
Dr Sophie Cockcroft

Overview
This course exposes students to structured analysis and design
techniques for information systems and technology in businesses.
Skills developed include diagramming skills such as Enterprise
Architect, VISO and SAS as well as project management
methodologies.
Advantages
Lecture slides are comprehensible and include all relevant material
from the prescribed textbook. Course resources were timely and
contact with the lecturer was notably good. There was time left at
the conclusion of tutorials to work on the major assignment. There
were no surprises on either the mid semester or final exams.
Examinable content was made clear by the lecturer with the
structure of the exam and potential question also discussed.
Disadvantages
There is an above average expectation of self-teaching for some
topics in this course. There are significant overlaps for content
taught in other IT or systems analysis courses and students with a
background in this area may find the course boring at times, but
should be able to achieve good marks as a result.
Tips and Tricks
Tutorials are extremely helpful for assessment pieces. Knowledge
of BPMN, ERD and DFD diagrams developed in this course are
helpful in MGTS3203 and MGTS3207. If your software skill level
permits you to do so, finish the first assignment quickly to allow
more time to work on the major assignment.

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MGTS2202
Data & Information Management
Course Details
Semester Offered: 2

Prerequisites: None.

Assessment:
Group Assignment (20%)
Mid-Semester Exam (20%)
Final Exam (60%)

Contact Hours:
2hr Lecture
2hr Tutorial

Course Coordinator:
Dr Sophie Cockcroft

Overview
Data and Information Management is a follow on from Computer
Information Systems (MGTS1201). The course introduces students
to data & information as organisational resources and how they can
be utilised in industry. Topics include management & integrity of
data, information and knowledge, data mining and, management
issues of security, privacy and ethics. Students are involved in a
major group project that involves the collection, exploration,
cleaning, analysis and presentation of data.
Advantages
The content of this course is not particularly challenging however
there is a significant amount. Study throughout the semester will
ensure a high level of achievement; assessment is not marked
particularly hard. This is made easier with the availability of full
tutorial materials at the beginning of the semester. The course also
provides chances to connect to the industry with big 4 guest
lectures and an SAS intern placement program.
This subject is a prerequisite for MGTS3208 & MGTS3207
Disadvantages
The tutorials have little in common with the exam as the group
assignment is a core focus during class. The assignment itself can
present challenges in data sourcing due to the requirement of
original data.
Tips and Tricks
Take advantage of the go at your own pace tutorial structure to
get ahead on the workload for the semester. Be sure to read exam
questions carefully as straightforward questions have previously
been phrased in ways that can cause confusion. Knowledge and
theory within this course is very important for MGTS3207 and
MGTS3208; be sure to take sufficient notes.

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MGTS3203
Database Management in Business
Course Details
Semester Offered: 2

Prerequisites: None.

Assessment:
Group Assignment (20%)
Mid-Semester Exam (20%)
Final Exam (50%)

Contact Hours:
2hr Lecture
2hr Tutorial

Course Coordinator:
Dr Sophie Cockcroft

Overview
Data and Information Management is a follow on from Computer
Information Systems (MGTS1201). The course introduces students
to data & information as organisational resources and how they can
be utilised in industry. Topics include management & integrity of
data, information and knowledge, data mining and, management
issues of security, privacy and ethics. Students are involved in a
major group project that involves the collection, exploration,
cleaning, analysis and presentation of data.
Advantages
The content of this course is not particularly challenging however
there is a significant amount. Study throughout the semester will
ensure a high level of achievement; assessment is not marked
particularly hard. This is made easier with the availability of full
tutorial materials at the beginning of the semester. The course also
provides chances to connect to the industry with big 4 guest
lectures and an SAS intern placement program.
This subject is a prerequisite for MGTS3208 & MGTS3207
Disadvantages
The tutorials have little in common with the exam as the group
assignment is a core focus during class. The assignment itself can
present challenges in data sourcing due to the requirement of
original data.
Tips and Tricks
Take advantage of the go at your own pace tutorial structure to
get ahead on the workload for the semester. Be sure to read exam
questions carefully as straightforward questions have previously
been phrased in ways that can cause confusion. Knowledge and
theory within this course is very important for MGTS3207 and
MGTS3208; be sure to take sufficient notes.

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MGTS3207
Managing the Virtual Organisation
Course Details
Semester Offered: 2

Prerequisites: MGTS2202 or
INFS2244

Assessment:
Group Assignment (25%)
Mid-Semester Exam (25%)
Final Exam (50%)

Contact Hours:
2hr Lecture
2hr Tutorial

Course Coordinator:
Mr D. Lewis

Overview
This course provides an in-depth understanding of the processes,
practices, features and issues arising from operating in a virtual
(online) corporate environment, from the perspective of
management. It is a useful subject for learning about team theory
of virtual businesses. It looks at traditional organisational structures
and compares them to advancing online business models. The
course also involved a project that covers a virtualisation business
case and encourages students ability to write business cases.
Business process management is also reiterated allowing students
to further their skills.
Advantages
Managing the Virtual Organisation is similar to an introductory
course in that the topics covered are not particularly advanced, but
are useful when studying further detail in later courses. The lecturer
also takes tutorials which encouraged meaningful discussion within
both classes. Exams are fairly straightforward with a significant
portion of definition type questions and basic theory. Materials
provided were notably timely and were all very extensive.
Disadvantages
Full tutorial answers are not released on blackboard. The large
group assignment (5-6 group members) is considered to be the
most challenging part of the course, due in part to variance in group
member contributions.
Tips and Tricks
Do readings before tutorials in order to be able to engage and get
the most out of the classes. As only part tutorial answers are
released it is best to attend all tutorials. Get a good group for the
assignment as its quite large. There are optional feedback
submissions throughout the assignment period which it is strongly
recommended that students take advantage of.
INFS3222 knowledge is useful for this subject.

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MGTS3208
Managing Information Systems & Services
Course Details
Semester Offered: 1 & 2

Prerequisites: MGTS2202 or
INFS2244

Assessment:
Group Report (20%)
3x In-Class Quiz (10%)
Final Exam (50%)

Contact Hours:
2hr Lecture
1hr Practical

Course Coordinator:
TBA

Overview
Managing information Systems & Services is concerned with
organising and leading the information systems within an
organisation, from a management perspective. This course covers a
large variety of topics from IT security and cyber defence, data
analytics to IT strategy and governance. Students take the role of a
CIO (Chief Information Officer) and have to write a brief board
paper. The subject is perhaps the broadest theory based course
covered in the BIS major.

Advantages
In previous years lecture slides have been based on the generic slide
decks from the textbook meaning you could get by without
purchasing the textbook. This content was well supplemented by
additional links and articles. Lectures were filled with anecdotes,
commentary and often deviated from the content in the slides.
Tutorials were interesting and interactive with information
applicable in a professional sense but not necessarily required for
success in the course. There are regular small assessment pieces in
the form of quizzes which allow students to keep up with topics and
ease pressure on their overall grade.

Disadvantages
Lectures could be longwinded due to the large amount of content
covered each week. Tutorials do little to build on course content.
The questions can be long which makes it difficult to cover all of the
questions in the tutorial time.
Tips and Tricks
Reading over all notes and integrating topics provides a solid
foundation for the course. In depth knowledge of each topic is not
entirely necessary due to the large amount of content covered.
Read current materials to clarify your knowledge such as CIO or
BRW.

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