ACCT341-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022

Public Accounting and Finance

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 July 2022
End Date: Sunday, 13 November 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 31 July 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 2 October 2022


What does the NZ Government do with your $100 billion? Indeed, what does any national or local government do with the trillions of dollars in taxes they collect? Students will consider these and related questions, examining the roles and practices of accounting and finance among political, official and professional persons involved in governmental organisations in such domains as education, health and welfare, conservation, security, and institutional, material, economic and social infrastructure.

The money public bodies spend has consequences for us all in our daily lives, just as the taxes they collect on sales, income and even profits and property do. This course examines many aspects of these, in Christchurch, Te Waipounamu, Aotearoa New Zealand and further afield, be it in the Pacific or Atlantic hemispheres, and right now, heightened as they are the pandemic and the challenges of a changing world climate. We look at governments, public policies, and particular public services and the various types of public and private organisations involved in them. We also consider public finance and accounting from the perspectives of the political, official and professional people they involve, and the publics for whom governments and their activities have social, cultural, political, environmental and economic consequences.

Learning Outcomes

Having engaged in learning you’ll be able to exemplify and discuss with some critical awareness, particularly in NZ and other Pacific jurisdictions, the following:

Outcome 1: exemplify and discuss, with some critical awareness, constitutional bases for, and roles of legislatures and executive branches of government in, control of the public purse, including how the legislative and regulatory environment for financial reporting in New Zealand, other Anglosphere countries and other countries is reflected in this control.

Outcome 2: exemplify and discuss, with some critical awareness, resource attraction and allocation processes, and related accounting and financial ideas. This is in the context of the microeconomic, macroeconomic, and socio-political actions of those involved in and/or affected by government, public bodies and social enterprises and who work within frameworks of public, political, managerial and professional accountability.

Outcome 3: exemplify and discuss, with some critical awareness, selected concepts, ideas and techniques associated with public financial management, management control and policy/strategy implementation and audit; and theoretical frameworks underpinning them, particularly as related to organising and recording transactions, holding assets, incurring liabilities and maintaining social, financial, political, constitutional and other capitals, and to interpreting oral and written reports of governments and governmental organisations (e.g., ministries, state-owned enterprises, local council enterprises, supranational organisations)

Outcome 4: exemplify and discuss, with some critical awareness, skills inherent in group working and group project outcomes, and questioning and evaluating the work of individuals and groups, as would carry across to the governmental or public body workplace.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Engaged with the community

Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Any 45 points at 200-level or above.


ACIS341, AFIS341

Equivalent Courses


Course Coordinator

Keith Dixon


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Team Assessment 26% Focuses on governmental accounting and finance concepts
Learning Blog Contributions 30%
Learning Reflection after the final class 8%
Final Exam 36%

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Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $845.00

International fee $3,975.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Department of Accounting and Information Systems .

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