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Integrating Professional Skills Into an Accounting Curriculum: Some Early Feedback from Curtin Business School


Kate Hutcheson

School of Accounting, Curtin University of Technology, Perth Western Australia

The integration and implementation of professional skills into the total curriculum at Curtin Business School has been a very large task. The School of Accounting at Curtin has introduced the seven professional skills across the curriculum in an attempt to ensure that all students completing a degree will have been exposed to the various skills and satisfactorily performed tasks in order to gain proficiency in the skills. The professional skills introduced are Computer Literacy, Information Literacy, Team Working, Decision Making, and Communication Skills (which are further broken down into Writing, Speaking Out and Presenting). The students are required to undertake individual oral presentations, library searches for journal articles, which they then must precis; complete group reports and complete computer assignments using software packages. The skills were introduced in 1999, and some early feedback is discussed in this paper.
  Presentation Format: 45 min. paper

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000