Rigorous Curriculum

Hard Knowledge Skills - Rigorous Curriculum

The SMU BAcc degree offers a rigorous curriculum that delivers the right balance of technical skills and broad-based education for our students. 

To complete the SMU BAcc programme, students need to complete 36 modules consisting of Accounting Core, Accounting Options, Business Subjects, Foundation Courses and our broad-based group of courses (SMU University Core, Modes of Thinking, Globalisation, Asian Studies, General Education, Technology Studies and Entrepreneurship). In addition, students are required to complete a minimum of 10 weeks internship, a minimum of 80 hours community service and the Finishing Touch Programme. The Finishing Touch Programme is one of SMU’s distinguishing factors in honing its graduates throughout the duration of their studies towards career management and success through compulsory and optional workshops.  .

The technical component of the BAcc curriculum consists of 9 Accounting Core and 3 Accounting Options modules. The Accounting Core provides students with all the required technical knowledge to function as a professional accountant. Students who are interested in specialised areas and new emerging issues can select from a range of Accounting Options courses, giving them the flexibility to pursue deeper knowledge in their preferred accounting area or broaden their accounting skill sets. Students can also opt to specialise in one of the four Accounting Tracks by completing a specific set of courses under Accounting Options.
 

The following course structure is effective from AY2017/18 intake onwards:

FOUNDATION COURSES (3 COURSES)

The Foundation Courses provide students with a basic competency in academic writing, mathematics and economics, which lay the groundwork for subsequent subjects in the curriculum.
1) Calculus
2) Introductory Economics
3) Programme in Writing and Reasoning
 

UNIVERSITY CORE (4 COURSES)

The University Core courses equip students with the intellectual and analytical skills, and socially responsible perspectives needed to operate creatively in dynamic and challenging environments.
1) Business, Government and Society
2) Ethics and Social Responsibility
3) Leadership and Team Building
4) Management Communication
 

MODES OF THINKING (1 COURSE)

The Modes of Thinking courses develops in students to practice and apply different modes of thinking to tackle real life issues under changing and uncertain environment. Students are required to read one course.
1) Analytical Skills  & Creative Thinking
2) Critical Thinking in the Real World
3) Managing in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous Context 
 
 
The list of courses provided above is not exhaustive and may vary from term to term. Please refer to the Course Catalogue for more information.
 

ACCOUNTING CORE (9 COURSES)

The Accounting Core courses equip students with the necessary professional competencies and skills in a knowledge-based economy.
1) Accounting Information Systems
2) Accounting Thought and Practice
3) Advanced Financial Accounting
4) Audit and Assurance
5) Financial Accounting
6) Financial Reporting and Analysis
7) Intermediate Financial Accounting
8) Management Accounting
9) Taxation
 

ACCOUNTING OPTIONS (3 COURSES)

Accounting Options allow students to pursue a broader understanding of accounting in different areas of specialisation. Students can specialise in one of the four Accounting Tracks by completing a specific set of courses under Accounting Options.
1) Accounting Analytics
2) Accounting Analytics Practicum
3) Advanced Taxation
4) Auditing for the Public Sector
5) Corporate Advisory
6) Corporate Financial Management
7) Goods and Services Tax
8) Governance and Risk Management
9) Internal Audit
10) MNC Business Models and Tax in Asia Pacific
11) Strategic Management Accounting
12) Tax Treaties
13) Valuation
 
Courses offered may vary from term to term.
Please refer to the Course Catalogue for more information.
 

BUSINESS SUBJECTS (8 COURSES)

 
Business Subjects ground students in the theories, concepts and working tools that are essential in a modern business environment. These subjects also lay the groundwork for a better understanding of the role that accounting plays.
 
1) Business Law
 
2) Company Law
 
3) Decision Analysis  
4) Finance  
5) Financial Instruments, Institutions and Markets  
6) Introductory Statistics or Introduction to Statistical Theory  
7) Management of People at Work  
8) Strategy
 
   

GLOBALISATION (1 COURSE)

 
The Globalisation courses enhance the students' understanding and knowledge of globalisation issues from the perspectives of various disciplines. Students are required to read one course.
 
1) Global Financial Risk Management  
2) Corporate Responsibility in the Global Era  
3) International Business  
4) Global Mega-Trends  
5) Global Social Challenges  
   
The list of courses provided above is not exhaustive and may vary from term to term. Please refer to the Course Catalogue for more information.  
   

ASIAN STUDIES (1 COURSE)

 
Asian Studies enable students to gain an understanding of the contemporary issues and challenges facing the Asian countries and/or cultures due to their inter-relationships and linkages. Students are required to read one course.
 
1) Accounting Study Mission  
2) Asia Pacific Business  
3) Capital Markets in China  
4) Contemporary South Asian Societies  
5) Exploring Asian Identities  
   
The list of courses provided above is not exhaustive and may vary from term to term. Please refer to the Course Catalogue for more information.  
   
 

GENERAL EDUCATION (4 COURSES)

 
The General Education courses enhance the knowledge and widen the perspectives of students across other disciplines independent of accountancy. Students are required to read a total of four courses from the General Education list.
 
1) Computer as an Analysis Tool (A compulsory course under General Education or Technology Studies)  
2) Dance: East and West  
3) Drama and Scriptwriting  
4) Music: East and West  
5) Post Modern Theatre Studies  
6) Biological Models for Business Applications  
7) Biotechnology and Bioentrepreneurship  
8) Environment Science  
9) Introduction to Physical Science  
10) Introduction to Psychology  
   
The list of courses provided above is not exhaustive and may vary from term to term. Please refer to the Course Catalogue for more information.  
   

TECHNOLOGY STUDIES (1 COURSE)

The Technology Studies enable students to gain an appreciation of the impact and challenges of development trends on technology. Students are required to read one course.
1) Computing Technology For Finance
2) Governing, Managing and Protecting Knowledge in Organisations
3) Technology and World Change
 
The list of courses provided above is not exhaustive and may vary from term to term. Please refer to the Course Catalogue for more information.
 

ENTREPRENEURSHIP (1 COURSE)

The Entrepreneurship courses enable students to gain an appreciation of the social dimensions and the psychological aspects being an entrepreneur drawing on various disciplines such as business, sociology, history and psychology. Students are required to read one course.
1) Corporate Entrepreneurship
2) Design Thinking and Innovation
3) Social Entrepreneurship
 
The list of courses provided above is not exhaustive and may vary from term to term. Please refer to the Course Catalogue for more information.
 

FINISHING TOUCH PROGRAMME

The Finishing Touch course has a variety of workshops on etiquette, presentable image, and interview skills among others, to groom our graduates into confident bright young minds prepared for the professional world.
 

INTERNSHIP (10 + 2 WEEKS)

The internship programme at SMU requires students to complete a minimum of 12 weeks, of which two weeks must be spent in a voluntary welfare organisation.

 

Last updated on 28 Apr 2017 .