A Perfect score – ACU Accounting courses reaccredited
Published: Wednesday 21st February 2018
The Business School accounting courses have been re-accredited for the maximum of term allowed (2022 end of academic year) with Certified Practicing Accountants of Australia (CPAA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand (ICAA).
The successful reaccreditation comes on the back of innovations in teaching and learning.
Not only do our students enjoy the deeper learning benefits of flipped classrooms, they also benefit from the development of ‘story telling’ skills to build important public speaking, persuasion and presentation skills. The philosophy is that accounting careers are enhanced with the emphasis on 'soft' skills - which are often the 'hard' skills - encouraging the development of great managers, leaders and creators.
The importance of storytelling is emphasised by exposing students to the practices of the world’s best presenters such as the late Steve Jobs of Apple. Accounting students are encouraged to be unorthodox and deliver presentations that are emotionally engaging to connect with the audience. Overcoming any language barriers, students are coached in storytelling, role-play, and other skills so they can engage with the subject matter and present ideas successfully. Students learn through their explorations and viewpoints of the character they are articulating.
Adopting acting techniques and delivering presentations in teams, students learn not only how to form narratives around accounting, but to deal with nerves, engage an audience, and successfully pitch and present ideas.
Other examples of learning include adversarial debates, real-life business meetings, illustrations or even situation comedies. Students supplement these formats with technology such as storyboards, YouTube, videos, on-line voting systems and so on.
These skills, combined with our innovative, newly re-accredited accounting degree means ACU accounting students are work ready and highly employable.