ACG511 Interpreting and Communicating Accounting (8)

This subject introduces students to the accounting discipline in an integrated manner using accounting concepts and underlying accounting policies and principles to develop and apply critical thinking, information technology and communication skills to business decision making. The subject provides the basis for an iterative and spiral approach to accounting, exposing students to the key areas of accounting which support an organisations business and enhance decision-making capacity. Students will gain a foundation understanding of accounting as an information system, professional ethics, computer applications, business communication and report writing, through the preparation and elementary analysis of financial and management accounting reports.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
CSU Study Centre Brisbane
CSU Study Centre Melbourne
CSU Study Centre Sydney
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ACG511. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Accounting and Finance

Enrolment Restrictions

Postgraduate students only and not available to students who have completed ACC566 and ACC539

Subject Relationships

ACC566 Overlapping Content

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply conceptual and technical aspects of accounting and prepare relevant business financial statements;
  • be able to discuss the historical development of accounting and explain the role of accounting in business sustainability;
  • be able to appraise the use of information technology including spreadsheet software in accounting problem solving, and evaluate the Internet as a professional resource;
  • be able to demonstrate relevant business communication skills including report writing;
  • be able to contextualise and evaluate accounting information for ethical decision making purposes; and
  • be able to explain the importance of ethics in accounting and the accounting profession.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Accounting and accountability
  • Role of profession of accounting in ethical decision-making
  • Sustainability
  • Budgeting
  • CVP
  • Recording transactions
  • Preparation and analysis of financial statements
  • Cash control
  • Accounting software and excel

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.