ACC275 Professional Practice in Accounting (8)


In this subject students will 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.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
OnlineBathurst Campus
Session 2
OnlineBathurst Campus
On CampusCSU Study Centre Melbourne
On CampusCSU Study Centre Sydney
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ACC275
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionSY/USSchool of Accounting and Finance

Assumed Knowledge

Students should have an understanding of concepts in ACC100 Accounting 1, ACC110 Accounting 2 and ACC200 Accounting Systems.

Enrolment restrictions

Not available to students who have completed BUS210 or BUS220
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
BUS210 BUS220 BUS220 The subject is similar in content but ACC275 is tailored to suit accounting students' needs
BUS210 The subject is similar in content but ACC275 is tailored to suit accounting students' needs

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify relevant work opportunities, prepare effective job applications, and set career goals;
  • be able to communicate effectively in the workplace;
  • be able to explain obligations to employers;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the obligations of a professional accountant; and
  • be able to apply the knowledge gained through university study to work environments.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Workplace communications;
  • Work ethic, time management and other workplace skills;
  • Preparing and giving presentations;
  • Professionalism and ethics;
  • Teamwork, collaboration and the work environment;
  • Negotation and assertiveness in the workplace;
  • Choosing a position;
  • Marketing yourself;
  • The interview: preparation, presentation, and feedback;
  • Mapping career development needs;
  • Career mentors; and
  • Linking theory and practice in the work environment.

Work Place Learning

This subject contains a Compulsory Workplace Learning component of 15 days duration. Students are given the opportunity to develop their employability skills through 100 hours of activity completed as a work placement with a new host organisation, a new project or higher duties undertaken with a current employer; or structured learning activities.

Specialised Resources

Travel may be required to attend a work placement with a host organisation.


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 23 February 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.