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Deakin MBA MAA310 – Accounting and Society

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 MAA310 – Accounting and Society

Trimester 3, 2018

Assessment 2 – Self Reflection

DUE DATE AND TIME: Monday 16th January 2017 by 8pm AEST


LENGTH: Max. 1800 written words or equivalent video (10-15 minutes)

Assessment Feedback:

Students who submit their work by the due date will receive their marks and feedback on CloudDeakin by 6th February 2017 (15 working days from the date of submission).



MAA310 Accounting and Society contributes to your understanding of accounting by examining some of its practical, conceptual and theoretical underpinnings and considering the role of accounting within society.

This task asks you to reflect on some of the issues that are discussed in the unit. You are required to provide a thoughtful response to the following three prompts. Your responses should be concise but include examples to support your position and references to materials you have read where appropriate. Each of the prompts is equally weighted. Please refer to the marking rubric for more detail.

Prompt 1

Political and business news reports and the academic accounting literature are increasingly highlighting concerns about environmental sustainability. The narrow capitalist argument is that companies should focus on maximizing shareholder value (usually interpreted as profits) and not be concerned with environmental issues. What are your beliefs about the role of accountants in promoting environmental accounting in the organisations in which they work? Justify your response, using supporting evidence from your reading and experience/examples. Page 2 of 3

Prompt 2

The theories that are the focus of this unit provide a way of thinking about real-world issues. They act as a lens to understand accounting choices in practice and approaches to regulation. However, they offer very different, sometimes conflicting perspectives.

  •  Which of the theories you have studied resonates most strongly with you? 
  •  Explain carefully why it does and how you would apply it to the issue of what is an appropriate approach to flexible work practices and family support (e.g. provision of childcare facilities) by large companies. 
  •  Explain how learning about one theory that you disagree with is helpful for your professional development. 

Prompt 3

Reflect on the topics you have learned about in your accounting major so far. You will have studied practical, technical aspects of accounting, ethical issues and theories among many other things. Use examples from job advertisements and research on the accounting profession to support your reflection on:

  •  How what you have learned will prepare you for starting a career as an accountant. 
  •  What topics do you think you will need to learn about as you progress in your career. 

A tip:

It is expected that you will use ‘I’ and refer to yourself in the 1st person because this is a reflective assignment.

Submission Instructions

Your response can be recorded in written or video format. A word count must be included in written submissions. Students exceeding the word limit by more than 10% will incur a mark penalty. An abstract

Videos must be uploaded in DeakinAir and submitted as a link in a Word document. Videos longer than 15 minutes will be penalized.

You must keep a backup copy of every assignment you submit, until the marked assignment has been returned to you. In the unlikely event that one of your assignments is misplaced, you will need to submit your backup copy.

Any work you submit may be checked by electronic or other means for the purposes of detecting collusion and/or plagiarism.

You are required to submit an assignment through your CloudDeakin unit site. You will receive an email to your Deakin email address confirming that it has been submitted. You should check that you can see your assignment in the Submissions view of the Assignment dropbox folder after upload, and check for, and keep, the email receipt for the submission. Page 3 of 3


  • Penalties for late submission: The following marking penalties will apply if you submit an assessment task after the due date without an approved extension: 5% will be deducted from available marks for each day up to five days, and work that is submitted more than five days after the due date will not be marked. You will receive 0% for the task. 'Day' means working day for paper submissions and calendar day for electronic submissions. The Unit Chair may refuse to accept a late submission where it is unreasonable or impracticable to assess the task after the due date. 
  •  For more information about academic misconduct, special consideration, extensions, and assessment feedback, please refer to the document Your rights and responsibilities as a student in this Unit in the first folder next to the Unit Guide of the Resources area in the CloudDeakin unit site. 
  • Building evidence of your experiences, skills and knowledge (Portfolio) - Building a portfolio that evidences your skills, knowledge and experience will provide you with a valuable tool to help you prepare for interviews and to showcase to potential employers. There are a number of tools that you can use to build a portfolio. You are provided with cloud space through OneDrive, or through the Portfolio tool in the Cloud Unit Site, but you can use any storage repository system that you like. Remember that a Portfolio is YOUR tool. You should be able to store your assessment work, reflections, achievements and artefacts in YOUR Portfolio. Once you have completed this assessment piece, add it to your personal Portfolio to use and showcase your learning later, when applying for jobs, or further studies. Curate your work by adding meaningful tags to your artefacts that describe what the artefact represents. 
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