BFA723 Unit Outline Public Sector Resource Management

BFA723  Unit Outline Public Sector Resource Management
School of Accounting and Corporate Governance
Faculty of Business
Public Sector Resource Management
Semester Two 2011
Unit Outline
Belinda Williams
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Contact details
Unit Coordinator:
Unit Coordinator:
Belinda Williams
[email protected]
(03) 63243661
(03) 63243711
Postal Address:
School of Accounting & Corporate Governance
University of Tasmania
Locked Bag 1314
TAS 7250
Consultation hours:
Anytime via email. By appointement in
Launceston or via email with a maximum
48 hour turn around during business hours
(Monday – Friday, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm)
© The University of Tasmania 2011
Unit Description ....................................................................................................................... 1
Learning Resources Required ................................................................................................ 3
Changes to the Unit as a Result of Student Feedback .......................................................... 6
Details of Teaching Arrangements ......................................................................................... 6
Learning Expectations and Teaching Strategies/Approaches ............................................. 6
Specific Attendance/Performance Requirements ................................................................. 7
Assessment ................................................................................................................................ 7
How Your Final Result is Determined ................................................................................. 10
Submission of Assignments and Capstone Assignment ...................................................... 11
Requests for extensions.......................................................................................................... 11
Review of Results and Appeals ............................................................................................. 11
Penalties .................................................................................................................................. 12
SETLs ...................................................................................................................................... 13
Academic Misconduct............................................................................................................ 14
Further Information and Assistance .................................................................................... 15
Unit Schedule.......................................................................................................................... 17
Unit Description
The unit provides an insight into the theory and practice of financial management, accounting
and accountability in public sector agencies; examines the regulatory framework and the
social and environmental pressures for financial reform; and considers aspects of budgeting,
control and auditing relevant to government agencies.
Learning Outcomes / Generic Graduate Attributes
Follows on next page:
Learning Outcomes
Assessment Criteria – In assessing this learning outcome we will
consider your ability to:
Discuss and explain how government in Australia is structured.
Knowledge of theory
and practice of
financial management,
accounting and
accountability in the
public sector.
MyLO discussion
MyLO discussion
Explain how public sector activity is funded.
Analyse, compare and contrast different aspects of accountability in the
public sector.
MyLO discussion
Assignment 1 & 2
Analyse and evaluate approaches to planning, reporting and measuring
performance in public sector organisations.
MyLO discussion
Assignment 1
MyLO discussion
Assignment 2
Knowledge of
regulatory framework
and pressures for
financial reform.
Evaluate and explain the pressures for change and approach to public
sector reform.
Analyse governance issues in public sector agencies.
MyLO discussion
Knowledge of
budgeting, control and
auditing in the public
Explain and evaluate public sector budgetary issues.
MyLO discussion
Assignment 1
Identify, analyse and discuss valuation issues that can exist with public
sector assets.
MyLO discussion
Assignment 2
The assessments in this unit have been
designed to develop the following graduate
attributes in students:
Knowledge - The ability to transfer
knowledge to complex and ambiguous
accounting and related situations and
transmit that knowledge to professional peers
for critical discussion
Communication Skills - Oratory and thinking
skills that enable participation in critical
discussions and the ability to defend a
position held both individually and as part of
a group.
Problem-Solving Skills - The ability to apply
relevant theoretical knowledge and
integrated strategies learnt and employed
over time to problem resolution.
MyLO discussion
Participate and present information in online discussions.
knowledge in an
academic style.
Graduate Attribute Outcomes
Write in a scholastic style.
MyLO Discussion
Assignment 1 & 2
Undertake scholarly research, acknowledge sources of information and
reference according to the Harvard conventions.
MyLO Discussion
Assignment 1 & 2
Social Responsibility - An awareness and
understanding of the social responsibilities of
accounting and governance practices and
the ability to make decisions that consider
sustainability and the public interest.
Learning Resources Required
Requisite Texts
There is no requisite text for this unit. Extensive course materials will be provided through an
interactive CD and on MyLO, the University’s online service which is described in more
detail below.
No formal face-to-face meetings are scheduled for this unit, but students are strongly
encouraged to maintain contact with the Unit Coordinator through MyLO, e-mail, and
telephone, and with the Unit Coordinator and other students through the MyLO chat room.
Students that are geographically close are encouraged to form local work groups.
As this unit is offered on a completely flexible basis, communication is of utmost importance.
Recommended Reading
Whilst there are few texts suitable for a unit such as this, there are several that will provide
useful background information. The following contain information useful to some of the
individual topics discussed. This is, however, by no means an exhaustive list, and many other
useful references will be found in the university’s library.
Bevir, M. (2007). Public Governance. London, Sage.
Christensen, T. & Lægreid, P. (2007). Transcending New Public Management: The
Transformation of Public Sector Reforms. Aldershot, Ashgate
Rainey, H.G. (2003). Understanding and Managing Public Organizations. San Francisco,
Parkin, A., Summers, B.A., Woodward, D. (2002). Government, Politics, Power and Policy
in Australia. Frenchs Forest, NSW.
Other Reading
Students are encouraged to read widely, and share information with their colleagues in the
group. Some of the accounting journals held on the University library website via the
E-journals web page that deal with environmental and social accountability issues include:
Accounting, Auditing & Accountability
Australian Journal of Public Administration
Accounting Forum
Accounting, Organisations & Society
Australian Accounting Review
MyLO is an internet service that has been adopted by the University and will be used in this
unit. MyLO may be accessed on computers in computing laboratories at the University or on
your computer at home or at work.
Information about accessing and using this service, about required computer specifications
and frequently asked questions, and about how to get help if you experience difficulties, is
available at the following University website: You
are strongly advised to visit this site and become familiar with the features of MyLO,
especially if you have not used it before. You will probably be using it in other units that you
are studying as well.
Here are some important points about accessing our web site:
Access to MyLO
You can access your MyLO course from the Student Page on the University’s web site:
Quick Links MyLO or go directly to the web address noted above:
Enter your email POP account “Username” (for example, dsmith) and your
“Password”. These are identical to the pop account/email username and password
that you are given with your enrolment confirmation form. If you forget your pop
account username, contact the Help Desk (see below under ‘getting assistance with
MyLO). Both MyLO and e-mail passwords must remain the same. If you are going to
change your password, change your e-mail password first.
When you enter your user name and password, click on OK and choose “BFA207”
from the list of units (subjects) in which you are enrolled. [NOTE: Another box may
periodically appear when using the University network which asks you to verify your
user name & password, this is simply a security device – enter your password when
asked & click OK].
o MyLO will automatically check that your browser is properly configured. If
the MyLO ‘browser checker’ window appears – scroll down to make sure you
have a tick in each area shown – then close the window.
From the Unit’s homepage click on the area you wish to access e.g. “Unit
Information”. A table of contents will appear on the left hand side of your screen.
Scroll through the list until you find what you want & click the underlined topic.
Computer Hardware & Software
To access MyLO from your own computer you will need the appropriate software, and
hardware to run that software. See Learning Online at: for the
computer software you will need.
Note: Older computers may not have the hardware to run some of the required software
applications. Contact your local IT support person or the Service Desk on 1818 if you
experience difficulties.
See MyLO: Information for Students for further information about accessing MyLO.
MyLO Facilities Used for this Unit
MyLO facilities used for this unit include:
Announcements - MyLO offers an “Announcements” facility, which the Unit Coordinator
will use in connection with this Unit to make announcements to you from time to time. Only
the Unit Coordinator can use the “Announcements” facility. However, you will see below
that there is a “Discussions” area with allocated “Topics” that you can use for personal
communication, either with the Unit Coordinator or, with other students, and you should
make use of these.
Discussions - This area is provided for on-line Discussion between the Unit Coordinator and
you and between you and other students. Discussion is arranged under a list of “Topics”,
which are as follows.
Assessable Discussion - Assessable Discussions are a part of this Unit (see later in this
Outline). The Unit Coordinator has opened six (6) Assessable Discussion Topics that
create discussion areas for six of the eight modules.
General Discussion - The Unit Coordinator has opened General Discussion Topics that
create general discussion areas for each of the eight modules. These are for NonAssessable Discussion ONLY.
Assignments (1&2) - The Unit Coordinator has opened a Topic in which you can make
postings in relation to the either of the two Assignments. For example, you may have
queries that you wish to raise with the Unit Coordinator and can use this Topic for that
Capstone Assignment - This Topic has been opened to allow you to ask questions of the
Unit Coordinator in relation to the Capstone Assignment.
Café - The Unit Coordinator has opened this Topic so that you can communicate with
other students with a view to getting to know everyone in the Unit.
Other Discussion Topics may be opened by the Unit Coordinator as particular needs are
identified throughout the Semester. If you think that a special Discussion Topic area is
needed you should let the Unit Coordinator know.
Mail - MyLO offers a “Mail” facility, which the Unit Coordinator will use in connection with
this Unit to send emails to you from time to time and to advise marks awarded for
Assignments. If you wish to communicate with the Unit Coordinator privately, please use the
MyLO Mail facility.
You should NOT use MyLO Mail to send files to the Unit Coordinator containing your
assignment (see later in this Outline) and/or capstone assignment (see later in this Outline).
You MUST send these files to the Unit Coordinator through TURNITIN provided in MyLO.
If you have difficulty in gaining access to or using MyLO you can contact the Service Desk
Tel: (03) 62 26 1818 (1300 304 903 Free call – Tasmanian Land Lines only) or send an email message detailing your problem to: [email protected] (you can use the on-line
form to request help).
Changes to the Unit as a Result of Student Feedback
Where appropriate, alterations have been made to this unit as a result of student feedback.
Details of Teaching Arrangements
This Unit is offered by flexible delivery and is planned to enable you work at your own pace.
It is important, however, to work consistently through the materials. If there is any area of
work that you do not understand, please contact the Unit Coordinator, and make sure that you
do not progress to the next stage without a thorough understanding of the previous one. Each
part of the unit develops themes from, and assumes an understanding of, the previous parts,
so it is important that areas are not skipped.
Encouraging you to study and learn independently is an important goal of university study. It
is a feature of a reflective approach to learning in which you reflect on what it is you are
learning and how you plan your learning strategy. It is not the aim of flexible delivery that
students feel they must work through problems alone. Throughout the unit, topics are
provided for discussion with other students via the discussion facility of MyLO, and the
exchange of information and ideas is a very important part of your learning development.
You will gain most benefit by staying in close contact with other students and with your Unit
This is a very full unit that may introduce you to many new concepts. All aspects of your
work are expected to be of a high standard, both in academic content and quality of
presentation. It is important to contact your Unit Coordinator immediately should you
experience any difficulties. The Unit Coordinator will seek to respond to any query by
5.00PM of the next business day following receipt of your query.
Do not be reluctant to ask questions or contribute ideas, even if only partly formed, as these
can often form a basis for very constructive interaction. Remember that the MyLO
discussions will be as interesting and useful as you make them.
Learning Expectations and Teaching Strategies/Approaches
No Formal Classes/Meetings
As stated above, no formal face-to-face classes or meetings are scheduled for this Unit. It is a
fully flexible on-line unit. You are required to undertake the Unit by complying with the
requirements of this Outline and you are also required to meet the University and School
expectations of students.
The School of Accounting & Corporate Governance is committed to high standards of
professional conduct in all activities, and holds its commitment and responsibilities to its
students as being of paramount importance. Likewise, it holds expectations about the
responsibilities that students have as they pursue their studies. The University’s ‘Code of
Conduct for Teaching and Learning’ states: Students are expected to participate actively and
positively in the teaching/learning environment. They must strive to maintain steady progress
within the subject or unit framework, comply with workload expectations, and submit
required work on time.
To undertake this flexible on-line unit you must strive to meet the expectations of the School
and the University as stated.
Specific Attendance/Performance Requirements
You must achieve an overall mark of at least 50% AND have completed and submitted each
item of assessment to pass the unit.
Assessment schedule
Assessment task
Date Due:
Assessment task 1
Discussion on MyLO
Module 1:
Closes Midnight, Thursday,
21 July 2011
20 %
Module 2:
Closes Midnight, Thursday,
4 August 2011
Module 4:
Closes Midnight, Thursday,
25 August 2011
Module 5:
Closes Midnight, Thursday,
15 September 2011
Module 6:
Closes Midnight, Thursday,
29 September 2011
Module 7:
Closes Midnight, Thursday,
13 October 2011
Assessment task 2
Assignment 1
Midnight, Sunday
14 August 2011
Assessment task 3
Assignment 2
Midnight, Sunday
25 September 2011
Assessment task 4
Capstone assignment
Must be submitted by Midnight,
Thursday 27 October 2011
All tasks are due by midnight Eastern Standard Time on the due dates.
Assessment Task 1 – 20%
Participation in MyLO Assessable Discussions
Task Description
The task involves six (6) assessable discussion activities and you are expected to engage in
the discussion on each question. The discussion questions will be made available on MyLO
in Week 1. You will be assessed on the quality of your contribution to THREE of these tasks,
but any discussion in which you do not actively participate will incur a penalty of 6.66%.
The Unit Coordinator will monitor the Assessable Discussion/s regularly, but will not
interfere, except to correct misconceptions and errors and to remove any postings that are
determined to be harmful to other students and/or the Unit Coordinator (e.g. determined to be
insulting, disparaging, defamatory, etc). It is the Assessable Discussion for you to explore in
whatever directions and dimensions that you wish provided they are at least tangentially
related to the Question/s and the Module/Topic content.
The purpose of the on-line discussions is to generate a lively debate. To this purpose,
endeavour to maintain a “conversational” tone: Reference where appropriate, but keep your
submissions sharp and to the point. Multiple postings are preferred to one long one, so try to
develop your discussions with others. Your first posting will generally be your longest.
The mark allocated to assessable discussions will depend on the manner and extent to which
you comply with the ‘Assessment Criteria’ (Section 8.2.4).
Statement on periodic feedback
Students will be provided with individual feedback following their Module 1 discussion
postings after Thursday 21 July. This will provide an opportunity for students to gauge
progress and the appropriate level of academic content.
Task Length
There is no overall word limit for this activity however there is a limit of 400 words for each
post on the discussion board. The discussion has been limited to ensure you keep to the point.
Any part of a submission beyond 400 words will NOT be assessed.
Link to Units Learning Outcomes
Refer to table on page 2.
Assessment Criteria
Refer to table on page 2.
Date Due
Refer assessment schedule for individual module closing dates.
Assessment Task 2 – 20%
Task Description
This assignment will focus on budget allocations within the public sector.
Task Length
2,500 words (maximum)
Link to Units Learning Outcomes
Refer to table on page 2.
Assessment Criteria
Refer to table on page 2.
8.3.5 Date Due
Submitted by Turnitin on MyLO, Midnight Sunday, 14 August 2011
Assessment Task 3 – 20%
Task Description
This assignment will focus on asset management issues and public sector accountability to
Task Length
2,500 words (maximum)
Link to Units Learning Outcomes
Refer to table on page 2.
Assessment Criteria
Refer to table on page 2.
8.4.5 Date Due
Submitted by Turnitin on MyLO, Midnight Sunday, 25 September 2011
Assessment Task 4 – 40%
8.5.1 Task Description and Conditions
The Capstone Assignment will require interpretation of material covered in any or all
Modules. The objectives of the capstone assignment are to test you and afford you an
opportunity to demonstrate your breadth of knowledge and understanding of public sector
resource management.
When you have worked completely through the Unit materials, completed all MyLO on-line
discussion activities, submitted the two assignments, and are ready to do the Capstone
Assignment, send an email request to your Unit Coordinator, and the Capstone Assignment
will be sent to you. The Capstone Assignment will be emailed to you by 5.00PM on the next
business day following receipt of your email request.
The University has a closing date for submission of final results. The capstone assignment will
be sent to all students (that have successfully completed all requirements of the unit) via MyLO
email (except those who have already requested it) by 5.00pm Friday, 14 October 2011.
Task Length
2,600 words (maximum)
Link to Units Learning Outcomes
Refer to table on page 2.
Assessment Criteria
Refer to table on page 2.
8.5.5 Date Due
Submitted by Turnitin on MyLO, Midnight Thursday, 27 October 2011
How Your Final Result is Determined
To be able to pass this unit, you MUST undertake EACH of the six (6) Assessable
Discussions, submit EACH of the two Assignments AND submit the Capstone Assignment
by the due dates.
The marks for each of the four Assessment Tasks are combined to determine your final result.
You must achieve an overall mark of at least 50% to pass the unit.
To be eligible to undertake the Capstone Assignment you MUST satisfactorily complete all
of the Assessable Discussions and submit each of the two Assignments (see ‘Final
Submission Date for Assignment and Assessable Discussion’ below).
Submission of Assignments and Capstone Assignment
How to submit your Assignments and the Capstone Assignment
The two written assignments and capstone assignment MUST be submitted via Turnitin on
MyLO. A MS Word file containing your completed Assignment MUST be attached to your
submission. The file name for the assignment should be as follows:
Student Surname; Initials; Assignment Detail
e.g. Student I M Capstone Assignment
Requirements for Assignments and the Capstone Assignment
The submitted Assignments 1 and 2 and the completed Capstone Assignment are to be
presented in accordance with the Guide for Students issued by the Faculty of Business. You
should look under: ‘Presentation and Submission of Assignments’. You can find a copy of
the Guide at:
Your attention is drawn particularly to the revised UTAS rules on Plagiarism (see Part 14
below). Whilst you will understand from previous comments that you are very much
encouraged to work with other students and exchange information in this unit, submitted
Assignments and the Capstone Assignment must be entirely your own work. Assignments
and Capstone Assignment scripts containing any plagiarised information will be referred to
the Head of School and will be subject to the disciplinary processes of the University.
The submitted Assignments (1 and 2) will be marked as quickly as possible after submission.
Requests for extensions
Consistent with the Faculty’s policy on assessment submission, students with special
circumstances may apply for an extension.
‘Special circumstances’ include medical or compassionate grounds but will not include work
or other commitments. Requests for extensions should be made in writing to the Unit
Coordinator on or before the due date. Students will need to provide independent
supporting documentation to substantiate their claims.
Medical certificates or other evidence must be attached and must contain sufficient detail for
the Unit Coordinator to make an informed decision. A statement or certificate from a doctor,
counsellor, health professional or independent member of the community should state:
• The date the medical condition or other circumstance affected the student
• How the condition or circumstance affected the student’s ability to complete the
assessment task.
10.4 Review of Results and Appeals
You may request a formal remark of your original submission (in accordance with Rule of
Academic Assessment 2, Clause 22.1). Under the Rule of Academic Assessment 2, clause
23, you may also request a review of your final result in a unit. For further information
Assessment Submission Policy
In this Policy
a. ‘day’ or ‘days’ includes all calendar days, including weekends and public holidays;
b. ‘late’ means after the due date and time; and
c. ‘coursework’ includes all internal non-examination based forms of assessment
This Policy applies to all students enrolled in Faculty of Business Units at whatever
Campus or geographical location.
Students are expected to submit coursework on or before the due date and time
specified in the relevant Unit Outline. The onus is on the student to prove the date and
time of submission.
Students with special circumstances may apply for an extension. Requests for
extensions should, where possible, be made in writing to the Unit Coordinator on or
before the due date. Students will need to provide independent supporting
documentation to substantiate their claims.
Late submission of coursework will incur a penalty of 10% of the total marks possible
for that piece of assessment for each day the coursework is late unless an extension
had been granted on or before the relevant due date.
Coursework submitted more than five (5) days late will not be accepted.
Academic staff do NOT have the discretion to waive a late penalty, subject to clause 4
Over-length Work
The word limits given for each Assignment are the maximum. If you believe you can
communicate your message as effectively using fewer words, you may do so.
Assignments will be marked only up to the maximum word count. Students should take care
not to exceed the word limits for the Research and Capstone Assignments because it could
mean that valuable marks for communication of conclusions or recommendations are not
Word limits are particularly important for this Unit because communication of risk
management concepts must be particularly concise in order to:
Communicate essential information to busy executives and/or bureaucrats who do not
have time to read lengthy documents. They will want to decide quickly whether the
costs of adopting ideas in your work are in appropriate balance with the potential
benefits; and
Counter resistance from readers whose personal risk profiles are intolerant. Some
people do not want to know about risks, so your message must be powerful enough to
attract their attention whilst avoiding information overload. The aim in this instance is
to encourage the reader to be more receptive to the process and ideas in future.
In either case above, if you take too long to make your point, the reader will lose interest.
Title pages, headings, tables, figures, reference lists and appendices are not included in word
counts. Note that appendices are for background/supporting/supplementary information only,
and do not constitute an extension to your word limit: Unless specifically stated otherwise,
appendices will be referred to, but will not be marked per se.
Final Submission Date for Assignments and Assessable Discussion
If ALL of the Assessable Discussions have not been undertaken AND both Assignments have
not been submitted on or before Midnight on Thursday 13 October 2011 students will be
awarded the grade of NN for the Unit.
11.4 Failure to Submit the Capstone Assignment by the Due Date
If the Capstone Assignment is not submitted by Midnight on Thursday 27 October 2011
students will be awarded the grade of NN for the Unit.
SETL is the University’s Student Evaluation of Teaching and Learning program. SETL is a
system for feedback from students to academic teaching staff to help in the formulation and
development of unit organisation and teaching. This program serves as the main systematic
way for students to tell the University what they think of units they study and the teaching
they receive. For further information about SETL see the University Web site
SETL questionnaires will be posted to you towards the end of Semester 2 and they are asked
to kindly complete and return them in the reply paid envelope provided.
Academic Referencing
In your written work you will need to support your ideas by referring to scholarly literature,
works of art and/or inventions. It is important that you understand how to correctly refer to
the work of others and maintain academic integrity.
Failure to appropriately acknowledge the ideas of others constitutes academic dishonesty
(plagiarism), a matter considered by UTAS as a serious offence (see below).
The appropriate referencing style for this unit is the Harvard referencing method and is
explained in the Guide for Students issued by the Faculty of Business. For information on
presentation of assignments, including referencing styles see:
In addition to the Faculty Guide for Students, you are encouraged to read Fleet, W, Summers,
J & Smith, B 2006, Communication Skills Handbook for Accounting, Wiley, which provides
detailed information about using the Harvard referencing system.
Academic Misconduct
Academic misconduct includes cheating, plagiarism, allowing another student to copy work
for an assignment or an examination and any other conduct by which a student:
seeks to gain, for themselves or for any other person, any academic advantage
or advancement to which they or that other person are not entitled; or
improperly disadvantages any other student.
Students engaging in any form of academic misconduct may be dealt with under the
Ordinance of Student Discipline, and this can include imposition of penalties that range from
a deduction/cancellation of marks to exclusion from a unit or the University. Details of
penalties that can be imposed are available in the Ordinance of Student Discipline – Part 3
Academic Misconduct, see
Plagiarism is a form of cheating. It is taking and using someone else's thoughts,
writings or inventions and representing them as your own; for example, using an
author's words without putting them in quotation marks and citing the source, using an
author's ideas without proper acknowledgment and citation, copying another student's
work. If you have any doubts about how to refer to the work of others in your
assignments, please consult your Unit Coordinator for relevant referencing guidelines,
and the academic integrity resources on the web
The intentional copying of someone else’s work as one’s own is a serious offence
punishable by penalties that may range from a fine or deduction/cancellation of marks
and, in the most serious of cases, to exclusion from a unit, a course or the University.
The University and any persons authorised by the University may submit your
assessable works to a plagiarism checking service, to obtain a report on
possible instances of plagiarism. Assessable works may also be included in a
reference database. It is a condition of this arrangement that the original
author’s permission is required before a work within the database can be
For further information on this statement and general referencing guidelines,
see or follow the link under ‘Policy, Procedures and
Feedback’ on the Current Students homepage.
Further Information and Assistance
If you are experiencing difficulties with your studies or assignments, have personal or lifeplanning issues, disability or illness which may affect your course of study, you are advised
to raise these with your Unit Coordinator in the first instance.
There is a range of University-wide support services available to you including Teaching &
Learning, Student Services, International Services. Please refer to the Current Students
homepage at:
Should you require assistance in accessing the Library visit their website for more
information at
If you have a problem;
In the first instance you should discuss the matter with your unit coordinator, lecturer or tutor.
However, if you do not feel comfortable approaching one of these people, or if you have a
discussion and are not satisfied with the outcome, then you are encouraged to contact the
major coordinator:
Corporate Governance:
David Kronenberg
(03) 6226 2714
[email protected]
Discussions with the major coordinator will be kept in the strictest confidence.
You are always welcome to raise issues with the Head of School, Sue Hrasky, who you can
email for an appointment ([email protected]).
If you are on the Launceston or the Cradle Coast campus and the coordinator is not located
on that campus, you may consult Trevor Wilmshurst
(Launceston, [email protected]) or Steve Allen (Cradle
Coast, [email protected] ) with whom you can also have confidential discussions.
If you wish to pursue the matter further, a student advocate may be able to assist you.
Information about the advocates is available at:
The University also has formal policies, and the following link gives you advice about the
procedures that you can follow:
Student Services
In Hobart and Launceston, Student Services staff are available to assist you if you are
experiencing difficulties with your study program, or if you have personal or life planning
issues, disability or illness which may affect your course of study. You can discuss these
issues with the Learning Skills Adviser, the Student Counsellor, the Careers Adviser and/or
the Disability Adviser.
Students with Disabilities - University and Faculty Equity Plans
Goal 1 of the University of Tasmania Equity Plan provides for: An inclusive teaching and
learning environment that values diversity, supports the pursuit of academic excellence and
produces high quality education and employment results for all students and staff.
The Faculty of Business Equity Plan facilitates the University Plan at an operational level and
has developed an ‘Action Plan’. The Action Plan for Goal 1 lays down procedures to ensure
that students have equal access to lecture and course materials. The School of Accounting &
Corporate Governance complies with these procedures.
Unit Schedule
The following Schedule sets out the Modules and Topics that make up this Unit. A suggested
completion date is set out in the third column for those who wish to complete the course
progressively throughout the semester. The Prescribed Readings for each Topic are indicated
in the Course Materials on the Unit CD.
Suggested Completion
Thursday, Week 1,
14 July 2011
Budgeting in the Public Sector
Thursday Week 3,
28 July 2011
Controlling Public Sector Resources
Thursday Week 5,
11 August 2011
Assignment 1 Due – Midnight Sunday 14 August 2011
Cost behaviour, cost measurement and cost control
Mid Semester Break – 29 August – 4 September 2011
Thursday Week 6,
18 August 2011
Asset Management and Valuation
Thursday Week 8,
8 September 2011
Management of Information and Documentary Resources
Assignment 2 Due – Midnight Sunday 25 September
Thursday Week 10,
22 September 2011
Financial Reporting and Audit
Thursday Week 12,
6 October 2011
International Influences and the Future
Thursday Week 13,
13 October 2011
UTAS Study Period/BFA723 Capstone Period
Capstone Assignment Due:
Midnight Thursday 27 October 2011
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