|07220036||Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences||Department: Accounting|
|Minimum duration of study: 1 year||Total credits: 160||NQF level: 08|
This full-time diploma is the specialised qualification for candidates who are preparing for the relevant qualifying examinations of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors. Entrance requirements for the various modules are detailed in the departmental brochure.
Plan-specific admission requirements:
All final-year modules must have been passed in the same year, directly preceding the postgraduate enrolment year
Please note that the Department of Accounting reserves the right to limit the number of students admitted to the PGDip and CTA programmes, taking cognisance of available capacity in respect of teaching infrastructure and human resources.
Only selected candidates will be allowed to register for the PGDip.
If there is overlap in the course content of the degree for which the student wishes to enrol, or is enrolled and a degree already conferred, the Dean will not acknowledge any modules that form part of the degree already conferred.
In calculating marks, General Academic Regulation G26.3 applies.
Subject to the provisions of G26, a head of a department determines, in consultation with the Dean when the PGDip examinations in his/her department will take place, provided that:
NB: Full details are published in each department's postgraduate information brochure, which is available on the departmental website.
Subject to the provisions of G26, the subminimum required in subdivisions of modules is published in the study guides, which is available from the head of department concerned.
Minimum credits: 160
This module will be principle based and a lot of attention will be given to ensuring students have grasped and can apply the core principles, with emphasis on developing lifelong learners. Our aim is to equip students with sufficient base knowledge about tax to further upskill themselves as tax legislation changes or as they move into a tax specialist role in future.
Provisions from the following Acts are included in the syllabus:
This module covers two subject areas – financial management and management accounting.
Financial management learning areas
Analysis and interpretation of the annual report and sustainability report of an entity; working capital management; financing covering the sources of financing including the capital, debt and money markets, export financing, off-balance-sheet financing structures, and an evaluation of the feasibility of the different financing instruments; cost of capital incorporating the calculation of the weighted average and weighted marginal cost of financing; capital structure theory; dividend theory; valuations incorporating the valuation of preference shares, debentures or bonds, selected financial instruments on a cash flow basis (swaps, options and forward rate agreements), the valuation of equity instruments (using the following models: intrinsic, dividend yield and dividend growth models, earnings yield and price-earnings, free cash flow or discounted cash flow) and the valuation of intellectual capital; mergers and acquisitions; and risk management, in particular managing currency and interest rate risk.
Management accounting learning areas
Costing in both manufacturing and service environments; decision making incorporating short-term decisions (incorporating cost-volume-profit analysis, relevant costing issues and linear programming), long-term decisions (incorporating different techniques for evaluating long-term decisions) and risk and uncertainty into the decision-making process; transfer pricing; performance measurement and management; planning incorporating budgeting, forecasting techniques, learning curves and human behavioural aspects of planning; standard costing and variance analysis; and trends in management accounting (developments in the subject area).
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