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Intermediate Financial Accounting - ATAX0015

School:  Aus School of Tax and Bus Law
Course Outline: See below
Campus: ATAX Campus
Career: Undergraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 0
Enrolment Requirements:
Prerequisite: ATAX0005, ATAX0010
Excluded: ATAX0115
CSS Contribution Charge:Band 3 (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


This course is concerned with external financial reporting and, in particular, the accounting and reporting practices of listed companies. It is an issues based course, where more complicated business transactions and events are considered, as well as accounting problems in certain specific areas. The regulatory requirements for preparation of a set of company financial statements, together with the continuous disclosure requirements and voluntary disclosures made by companies, are examined. Alternative accounting practices and issues, and the choice of technique by different preparers of accounts are also examined. Emphasis is placed on the understanding of the theory of accounting and its development.

Recommended Prior Knowledge

ATAX0005 Accounting 1 and ATAX0010 Accounting 2 are prerequisites for this course.

Course Objectives

Having completed this course you should be able to:
  • Understand economic, political, legal, commercial and business issues (such as measurement problems in accountancy)
  • Apply fundamental theories (such as positive accounting theory) and concepts (such as those embodied in the conceptual framework of accounting) in diverse and unpredictable environments
  • Critically analyse the underlying theories, concepts, assumptions and arguments concerning the regulation of accounting
  • Communicate effectively and to a professional standard in verbal, written and group contexts
  • Lead and participate in teams (including members from diverse cultural backgrounds) and demonstrate an ability to manage, persuade and influence others
  • Apply specialist technical skills which are recognised by professional associations

Main Topics

  • The Australian financial reporting environment
  • Accounting theory
  • Accounting for assets
  • Accounting for liabilities
  • Accounting for leases
  • Accounting for income tax
  • Accounting for equity


2 assignments
3 online multiple choice quizzes
1 exam

Course Texts

Information regarding the Atax Textbook Lists for Semester 1 will be available on the UNSW Bookshop website from 1 February.

Information regarding the Atax Textbook Lists for Semester 2 will be available on the UNSW Bookshop website from 1 July.

Refer to Course Profile supplied by Lecturer.

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