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ACCG 399 – Accounting in Context

ACCG 399 Reflection Learning Log and Essay
This reflection learning log and essay guide is a helpful learning tool for you to access when you are completing your learning log and also your reflection essay. It provides you with an introduction to the purpose for setting a reflective piece of work and the benefits this produces for you. It provides activities to help you along the way (see separate guide “ACCG 399 Developing a Reflective Capacity Guidance”) and clearly sets out the requirements that are expected of you, including what you will need to hand in at the end of the semester.

This unit seeks to enable you to develop essential skills and knowledge to support your future work either as an accountant or manager in the business world. There are four components to such an aim in this unit (see the diagram below). These four components require the development of reflective practice. The latter underpins all learning on this module.

Reflective practice is the basis for all professional work. Professionals are expected to continue to develop themselves as effective service providers. This requires more than just technical updates. It requires the development of a reflective stance so that one also learns from experience. In this unit you will be expected to keep a learning log. The log will create conditions that support the development of a reflective capacity: time, space and an opportunity to reflect on your learning.

Illustrative examples that have been taken from recent accounting employment opportunities and professional body websites are provided below for you to take a minute and reflect on: * “A focused individual who has and is able to demonstrate highly tuned people skills, ability to be taught, a thirst for knowledge and in turn produce outcomes for the firm.” (Deloitte) * “Whilst you will be mentored and trained, the incumbent must have the ability to learn, focus and take on board the required skills to produce an outcome.” (PwC) * “The client seeks ability, personality, determination, outcome driven and the drive and ambition to take on board and deliver.” (ATO) * “As the accounting profession is constantly and rapidly changing as a result of enhanced application of technology, client-centered demands and the globalised business environment accountants entering the profession are required to have developed critical judgment, research skills, strategic thinking, problem-solving ability, time management, leadership ability, self-confidence and trustworthiness.” (CPA Australia). * “To succeed in tomorrow’s accounting, finance and audit environments, council [Financial Leadership Council] members said professionals need a wider range of skills than at any time in recent memory. Well-developed financial and technology abilities remain essential, but strong interpersonal and analytical skills are increasingly crucial for success ...” (Robert Half International Inc).

We regard this as a very important unit within the degree. Accordingly, this is a compulsory unit on the Bachelor of Commerce – Professional Accounting and Bachelor of Commerce with a Major in Accounting. This unit involves you drawing on knowledge and skills developed elsewhere in your studies in a critical and reflective manner. We (and the accounting profession!) value such skill development so much that we have placed such practice as a key, learning outcome of this course – “to develop the skills required to engage in the accounting profession, acquire an appreciation for critical reflection and professional development” (learning outcome number 6 in your course outline). Reflection means looking back on an experience and making sense of it to identify what to do in the future. Reflection will assist you to: reinforce your learning, learn concepts and principles and identify, while in a decisive situation, the best action to take.

What’s in it for me, anyway?
* Ability...
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