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Professional Practice in Accounting

explore a range of employability skills which will enhance their future transition to professional life and assist in career planning. Students will, in conjunction with the subject co-ordinator, select one of three streams of work-related activity: a structured learning experience to further develop employment skills; a new project at their usual place of employment; or a work placement at a host organisation. These streams will provide opportunities for students to consider the professional skills needed within a work environment and to develop the employability skills needed for future career progression.
• Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, you should
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o be able to identify relevant work opportunities, prepare effective job applications, and set career goals;
o be able to communicate effectively in the workplace;
o be able to explain obligations to employers;
o be able to demonstrate an undedrstanding of the obligations of a professional accountant; and
o be able to apply the knowledge gained through university study to work environments.
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Reflective Report
Write a reflective essay about your workplace learning experience. In particular, address the following:

Overall
• How useful did you expect a work placement subject to be? Did ACC275 meet your expectations? Why or why not?
• At the start of session, how much thought had you put into what you wanted to gain from this subject?
• At the end of session, what value could you see in studying ACC275?
• What barriers prevented you from completing streams 1 or 2? Are these barriers that can be overcome?
• Briefly explain what role you think this subject will play in your degree?
Responsibilities
• What are your obligations and responsibilities to any employer?
• What are your obligations and responsibilities to clients?
• Do professionals have stronger obligations to others than do non-professionals?
Attitudes
• What is your attitude to paid work?
• What is your attitude to unpaid work?
• What is your attitude to your university work (study obligations)?
• What might a prospective employer learn about you by examining your attitudes to work and study?
• What would be appropriate dress for a typical accounting job?
Work readiness
• Has this subject assisted you to develop skills that will help you find work in your chosen field?
• What are your strengths? (Include skills that you have mastered that are needed to be an accountant and other relevant strengths e.g. ability to get on with others)
• What are your weaknesses? (Include skills needed to be an accountant that you are lacking, and other relevant weaknesses)
• How will your strengths assist you in securing an accounting position?
• How will your weaknesses hinder you?
• What do you need to do to ensure that you have the requisite skills (personal, general, technical) to be successful in your career?
Duties/Roles
• What duties are you expecting to perform as a graduate accountant?
• What roles are available for qualified accountants?
• What sort of role would you like (Comment on your first graduate accounting job, and upon where you would finally like to be)
Communication
• With whom do accountants typically communicate?
• What will those people need to communicate about?
• What forms of communication do you expect will be used in day to day accounting activities
Networks
• What professional networks are available to you?
• How will you find these networks and then become a part of them?
• How could these potential networks help you into the future?
Technology
• What kind of technology and/or software do accountants use?
• Are you familiar with this technology and/or software?
• What new technology and/or software might you expect to learn?
Learning approach
• How do you learn? (e.g.Observation? Taking notes? Undertaking a project? Shadowing a manager? Some other way?)
• Are you comfortable asking for help when you need it?
Potential issues
• What issues could arise at your workplace? (e.g. Young children at home? Personality clashes? Boring work? Ethical issues)
• What can you do about each of these?
• Who could you discuss them with?
Learning
• What are you expecting to learn that has not been covered here?
• Do you have any other concerns that are not covered here?
Rationale
This task will assist you in your career planning. It will also test the following learning objectives:
• ability to identify relevant work opportunities, prepare effective job applications, and set career goals;
• ability to communicate effectively in the workplace;
• ability to explain obligations to employers;
• ability to demonstrate an undedrstanding of the obligations of a professional accountant; and
• ability to apply the knowledge gained through university study to work environments.
Marking criteria
High Distinction Distinction Credit Pass Fail
85-100 75-84.5 65-74.5 50-64.5 0-49.5
CommunicationPresentation of the work including: structure, grammar and format Free of grammatical errors, Structure and format were clear, logical and consistent, Sentences were well constructed, Language was concise, Exceptional use of diagrams, images and tables (if appropriate) Free of grammatical errors, Structure and format were clear, Sentences were well constructed, Language was concise, Excellent use of diagrams, images and tables (if appropriate) Minor grammatical errors, sentences were clear and complete, structure and format were used to aid the reader. Diagrams, tables and images (if appropriate) used to aid understanding. Some grammatical errors, sentences were clear and complete, clear structure and formatting. Headings used effectively. Poor grammar, spelling, punctuation, concepts were not clear, no paragraphing or formatting
ContentAnswering, describing and evaluating your expectations re work as an accountant Clear answers, descriptions and discussion of all answers in each category with relevant and well-applied examples. Accurate appraisal of an accountant’s role. Clear answers and descriptions of questions in each category with useful examples. Attempt to appraise an accountant’s role. Relevant answers to all questions in each category with some examples. Some understanding of role. Some questions were not answered leaving categories incomplete. Minimal attempt to provide descriptions with few examples to explain. Limited understanding of an accountant’s role. Categories not answered, described or evaluated, mainly listed without explanation. Limited to no understanding of student role.
Analysis, insight & engagementDemonstrating deep thinking about the work place, the subject and the students future role Analysis, which is highly insightful. Perceptive comparisons, evaluations and conclusions. Clear and deliberate engagement with the subject objectives. The concept and potential value of work placement has been thoughtfully explored with the purpose well understood. Analysis of concepts with clear evaluations and conclusions. Clear engagement with the subject objectives. The concept and potential value of work placement has been thoughtfully explored. Some evidence of analysis and thought and engagement with the subject objectives. The concept and potential value of work placement has been moderately explored. There is limited analysis with an attempt to engage with the subject objectives. The concept and potential value of work placement has received shallow treatment. There is very limited or no analysis. No attempt
to engage with the subject objectives. The concept and potential value of work placement has not been considered.
Referencing (if applicable)Application of APA referencing Both the in text and end reference list are consistent in terms of style and application of APA The style is consistent throughout the text and end reference list. Application is still inconsistent with some points remaining unreferenced. There is consistent style, but application is not consistent, with some errors There is an attempt to apply referencing, but style and application are inconsistent There is limited or no attempt at in text or end of text referencing
Accounts for 25% – Grade SY/US
Presentation
Your assignment should consist of the following report elements:
• Title page;
• Table of contents;
• Introduction;
• Body of the report addressing the issues listed above;
• Conclusion; and
• References

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