Government Accounting and Finance

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Government Accounting and Finance

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Accounting, Finance

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    15 200-level ACCY pts

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The theoretical basis of government accounting; budgetary theory; the budgetary system of New Zealand government, accounting for local authorities and public enterprise.

    Course Learning Objectives
    By the end of this course, students should be able to:
    1. Understand the public sector environment in New Zealand and how the country is governed.
    2. Understand accounting, financial management and auditing in the public sector.
    3. Understand the integrated management cycle ? strategic planning; budgeting & resource allocation; operations and budget implementation; and monitoring and reporting as it applies to public sector organisations.
    4. Analyse whether, and how, public sector financial management in New Zealand addresses the following four questions regarding the operations of the government:
    - Is it managing its financial affairs prudently? [the money thing]
    - Is it achieving what it set out to achieve? [efficiency vs. effectiveness]
    - Is it looking after its assets (people, infrastructure, intellectual capital); so it can deliver results (outcomes and outputs) in the future? [capability & risk management]
    - Is it carrying out its activities in accordance with the law and expected standards of conduct and probity? [authority & probity]
    5. Analyse particular public sector accounting and reporting issues and practices.

    Project 30%
    Essay 30%
    Final Exam (2 hour closed) 40%

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