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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedNot offered in 2010


Causes and effects of international differences in accounting, auditing and taxation rules and practices. The accounting and reporting needs and dilemmas of Australian companies operating overseas as well as of foreign multinationals operating in Australia. Accounting practices of the UK, USA, Europe, Japan and the so called Asian 'tiger' nations. Role of the IASB, the UN and the IOSCO.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. critically evaluate theories and relating to the comparative study of financial reporting practices in diverse countries
  2. compare and contrast the main international financial reporting systems and practices, and critically evaluate the need for harmonisation
  3. identify and explain the major contemporary international financial reporting issues and analyse their implications for comparative national reporting practices, harmonisation initiatives, and the activities of the International Accounting Standards Board
  4. apply critical thinking, problem solving and presentation skills to individual and/or group activities dealing with comparative international financial reporting.


Within semester assessment: 30%
Examination (3 hours): 70%

Contact hours

3 hours per week