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Planning your Accounting degree

Otago offers two main Accounting degree structures.  The standard BCom in Accounting, or BCom in Accounting that ensures you complete the correct papers that will allow you to progress to professional membership with either Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) or Certified Practising Accountants (CPA Australia)

Most students complete the second option because professional membership provides significantly more scope for career advancement, improved remuneration, and offers more variety in the kind of work they can complete after graduating and gaining appropriate experience.

BCom (Accounting) requirements (2017 start)

Recommended degree structure for BCom (Accounting) students who do not wish to seek CAANZ or CPA Australia accreditation requirements.
Note: This example is for a 3-year BCom, major in Accounting. If you intend to pursue a double degree, double major or to include a minor, this planner will not suit your needs. We recommend speaking with the Divisional Academic Manager or a Department Course Adviser.
Level S1 = Semester One, S2 = Semester Two Points
100 BSNS
111
S1 or S2
BSNS
114
S1 or S2

BSNS
115
S1 or S2

ACCT
102
S1 or S2
BSNS
112
S1 or S2
BSNS
113
S1 or S2
Other

S1 or S2
Other

S1 or S2
144
Recommended to complete all BSNS papers and ACCT102 in the first year. BSNS 115 (prerequisite for ACCT 102) should be completed in S1 and ACCT 102 in S2. Grade of at least C+ in BSNS 112, 114, 115 and ACCT 102 are needed in order to proceed to 200-level ACCT papers.
(It is recommended to take two papers that are relevant to a minor for “Other” papers)
200 ACCT
211
S1
ACCT
222
S1 or S2
ACCT
233
S1
54
ACCT 211, 222, and 233 are typically completed in year 2
300 ACCT
302 S1
or
ACCT
307 S2
ACCT
315 S1
or
ACCT
310 S2
ACCT
300
S1 or S2
ACCT 300, or
ACFI 300, or
FINC 300
S1 or S2


 
72
ACCT 302 or 307 and 310 or 315, plus one more 300 level ACCT paper, as well as one further 300 level ACCT, ACFI, or FINC paper is typically completed in year 3

200 or
300

Other Other Other 54
Any
level
Other Other 36
Total 360

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BCom (Accounting) requirements (started prior to 2017)

Recommended degree structure for BCom (Accounting) students who do not wish to seek CAANZ or CPA Australia accreditation requirements.
Note: This example is for a 3-year BCom, major in Accounting. If you intend to pursue a double degree, double major or to include a minor, this planner will not suit your needs. We recommend speaking with the Divisional Academic Manager or a Department Course Adviser.
Level S1 = Semester One, S2 = Semester Two Points
100 BSNS
108
S1 or S2
BSNS
102
S1 or S2

BSNS
107
S1 or S2

ACCT
102
S1 or S2
BSNS
103
S1 or S2
BSNS
104
S1 or S2
BSNS
105
S1 or S2
BSNS
106
S1 or S2
144
Recommended to complete all BSNS papers and ACCT102 in the first year. BSNS 107 (prerequisite for ACCT 102) should be completed in S1 and ACCT 102 in S2. Grade of at least C+ in BSNS 102, 108, 107 and ACCT 102 are needed in order to proceed to 200-level ACCT papers.
(It is recommended to take two papers that are relevant to a minor for “Other” papers)
200 ACCT
211
S1
ACCT
222
S1 or S2
ACCT
233
S1
54
ACCT 211, 222, and 233 are typically completed in year 2
300 ACCT
302 S1
or
ACCT
307 S2
ACCT
315 S1
or
ACCT
310 S2
ACCT
300
S1 or S2
ACCT 300, or
ACFI 300, or
FINC 300
S1 or S2


 
72
ACCT 302 or 307 and 310 or 315, plus one more 300 level ACCT paper, as well as one further 300 level ACCT, ACFI, or FINC paper is typically completed in year 3

200 or
300

Other Other Other 54
Any
level
Other Other 36
Total 360

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BCom (Accounting) - CAANZ & CPA Australia requirements (2017 start)

Recommended degree structure for BCom (Accounting) students looking to complete CAANZ or CPA Australia accreditation requirements.
Note: This example is for a 3-year BCom, major in Accounting. If you intend to pursue a double degree, double major or to include a minor, this planner will not suit your needs. We recommend speaking with the Divisional Academic Manager or a Department Course Adviser.
Level S1 = Semester One, S2 = Semester Two Points
100 BSNS
111
S1 or S2
BSNS
112
S1 or S2

BSNS
113
S1 or S2

BSNS
114
S1 or S2
BSNS
115
S1 or S2
ACCT
102
S1 or S2
Other

S1 or S2
Other

S1 or S2
144
Recommended to complete all BSNS papers and ACCT102 in the first year. BSNS 115 (prerequisite for ACCT 102) should be completed in S1 and ACCT 102 in S2. Grade of at least C+ in BSNS 112, 114, 115 and ACCT 102 are needed in order to proceed to 200-level ACCT papers.
200 ACCT
211
S1
ACCT
222
S1 or S2
ACCT
233
S1
54
ACCT 211, 222, and 233 are typically completed in year 2. (CAANZ and CPAAustralia will accept FINC206 as substitute for ACCT 233, however ACCT 233 is the required for paper for BCom in Accounting)
300 ACCT
302 S1
or
ACCT
307 S2
ACCT
315 S1
or
ACCT
310 S2
ACCT
300
S1 or S2
ACCT 300, or
ACFI 300, or
FINC 300
S1 or S2


 


 
72
ACCT 302 or 307 and 310 or 315, plus one more 300 level ACCT paper, as well as one further 300 level ACCT, ACFI, or FINC paper is typically completed in year 3
200 or BLAW
211
S1
BLAW
212
S2
ACTP
311
S1
ACTP
311
S2
72
300
BLAW papers are normally completed in year 2 and ACTP papers are normally completed in year 3
Any Level Other 18
Total 360

BCom (Accounting) - CAANZ & CPA Australia requirements (started prior to 2017)

Recommended degree structure for BCom (Accounting) students looking to complete CAANZ or CPA Australia accreditation requirements.
Note: This example is for a 3-year BCom, major in Accounting. If you intend to pursue a double degree, double major or to include a minor, this planner will not suit your needs. We recommend speaking with the Divisional Academic Manager or a Department Course Adviser.
Level S1 = Semester One, S2 = Semester Two Points
100 BSNS
108
S1 or S2
BSNS
102
S1 or S2

BSNS
107
S1 or S2

ACCT
102
S1 or S2
BSNS
103
S1 or S2
BSNS
104
S1 or S2
BSNS
105
S1 or S2
BSNS
106
S1 or S2
144
Recommended to complete all BSNS papers and ACCT102 in the first year. BSNS 107 (prerequisite for ACCT 102) should be completed in S1 and ACCT 102 in S2. Grade of at least C+ in BSNS 102, 108, 107 and ACCT 102 are needed in order to proceed to 200-level ACCT papers.
200 ACCT
211
S1
ACCT
222
S1 or S2
ACCT
233
S1

BLAW
211
S1

BLAW
212
S2
90
ACCT 211, 222, and 233 are typically completed in year 2. (CAANZ and CPAAustralia will accept FINC206 as substitute for ACCT 233, however ACCT 233 is the required for paper for BCom in Accounting)
300 ACCT
302 S1
or
ACCT
307 S2
ACCT
315 S1
or
ACCT
310 S2
ACCT
300
S1 or S2
ACCT 300, or
ACFI 300, or
FINC 300
S1 or S2
ACTP
311
S1
ACTP
312
S2

 
108
ACCT 302 or 307 and 310 or 315, plus one more 300 level ACCT paper, as well as one further 300 level ACCT, ACFI, or FINC paper is typically completed in year 3
Any Level Other 18
Total 360

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General advice for BCom (Accounting) students

Please note the following points:

    • You do not need to take all your 100-level BSNS papers in your first year. You may want to give yourself the choice of 200-level study in a second subject
    • Information about each Accounting paper and prerequisites can be found on this website and also on the University of Otago site. The Department requires prerequisite papers to be passed before attempting subsequent papers
    • Students are advised to complete the 100-level requirements for at least one other BCom major to provide more options for future study
    • Basic degree requirements for a BCom are 360 points, including 72 points minimum at 300-level. 180 points must be at 200-level or higher
    • If you started your BCom studies in 2012 or after, you need to achieve at least a C+ in BSNS 107 and ACCT 102 before moving onto ACCT 211 and ACCT 222. ACCT 233 requires the same prerequisites but also at least a C+ in BSNS 102 and BSNS 108. If you started your BCom in 2011 or earlier, this C+ requirement does not apply to you- any level of pass in the prerequisite papers is adequate.
    • Make sure you complete the degree requirements for the type of career you wish to have, as you don’t want to delay your graduation through poor paper choices!
    • Whether you are looking to study for a single major, double major – or even a double degree, staff within the department, or through the Business School's Dean's Office are available to help plan the course that best fits your personal requirements.

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