Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting _PGDPA_

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					      Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting
     (One-year Part-time or *3-month Intensive Full-time                      student registration requirements of the CPA QP before
                                                                              applying for admission to this PGDPA programme.
     or *Half-year Regular Full-time)                                      2. Expecting bachelor’s degree holders who will acquire the
     Dr. Daniel H. K. HO, Programme Director,                                 requisite academic qualification before the programme
     PgD in Professional Accounting                                           commencement may also apply for admission.
                                                                           3. Both business and non-business degree holders must
                                                                              satisfy the pre-core programme requirements prior to
                                                                              their completion of the PGDPA programme. The pre-core
     Learning Goals                                                           programme includes courses in Accounting, Economics,
     The learning goals of the PGDPA programme:                               Information Systems, Management and Statistics.
     (a) Students will have the contemporary knowledge of                     Participants with deficiencies in any of these courses must
         accounting.                                                          take, at their extra cost, the prescribed pre-core courses
     (b) Students will be analytical and critical thinkers able to solve      (which are no credit-unit courses with pass/fail option)
         business problems.                                                   to satisfy the competency requirements for admission
     (c) Students will have the fundamental knowledge in                      to the CPA QP. The offering of pre-core courses by the
         professional ethics and law.                                         Department is subject to the demand of admissions.
                                                                           4. Proof of English proficiency is required for all applicants
     Admission Requirements                                                   whose bachelor’s degrees were obtained from non-English
     Applicants should possess:                                               medium institutions. These applicants must meet the
     (a) a bachelor’s degree in business or a related discipline from         following requirements for English proficiency:
         a recognized tertiary institution; or                                a) a minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 213
     (b) a bachelor’s degree in a non-business discipline from a                  (computer-based) in TOEFL; or
         recognized tertiary institution; or                                  b) a minimum score of 6.0 in IELTS.
     (c) a bachelor’s degree from a tertiary institution in mainland
         China provided that they could arrange their own entry            Structure of the Programme
         visas to Hong Kong (subject to the programme intake               This is a taught postgraduate programme leading to the
         quota); or                                                        award of Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting.
     (d) applicants with equivalent qualifications and experience          The programme is accredited by the Hong Kong Institute of
         will be considered on a case-by-case basis (non-degree            Certified Public Accountants as equivalent to a conversion
         holder may not qualify for admission to the CPA QP).              programme for CPA QP admission purposes. Subject to the
                                                                           demand of admissions, the programme will be delivered in one
     Selection will be primarily judged on the basis of official           or more of the following modes: full-time intensive mode* (to
     academic transcripts and supporting documents. For                    be completed in about 3 months in summer period), full-time
     exceptional cases, interviews will be arranged to assess the          regular mode* (to be completed in about 6 months), and part-
     applicants’ qualifications.                                           time regular mode (to be completed in about 11 months). In
                                                                           order to graduate, students must complete 18 units spread
     Notes for Applicants                                                  over six core courses. In general, course exemption will
     1. Applicants bear the responsibility to confirm with HKICPA          not be granted unless the student has taken a course with
        that their bachelor’s degrees are recognized in meeting the        similar content and standard. Exemption application will be
                                                                           considered on a case-by-case basis. Each student can be

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granted exemption for no more than two courses. Courses            Students who have completed and passed all the 6 core
that are exempted will not count in Grade Point Average (GPA)      courses with a total of 18 units, satisfied the pre-core
calculations and will appear on transcripts only as the total      programme requirements and obtained a cumulative GPA of
number of units recognized for transfer. In no case will the       2.50 or above will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in
student’s period of study be shortened and no tuition fee will     Professional Accounting. To be awarded Distinction for the
be waived irrespective of the number of courses exempted           programme, students should attain a cumulative GPA of 3.70
under this policy.                                                 or above, with no course grade below B- and no repeated
                                                                   courses. Students achieving a cumulative GPA between 3.40
The six core courses include course work and activity-based        and 3.69 will be awarded Merit.
learning. All courses are conducted through a variety of
pedagogy: lecturing, class participation and discussion, library   Scholarships
research, and case studies.                                        Scholarships are available to students with outstanding
                                                                   academic performance.
Requirements of the programme are as follows:                      a) One course scholarship will be awarded to the student
                                                                      who has obtained the highest overall mark in each core
Advanced Financial Accounting                          3 units        course. The scholarship is $5,000 per core course.
Auditing                                               3 units     b) In addition, a certificate will be awarded to the scholarship
Business & Company Law                                 3 units        recipient.
Cost & Management Accounting                           3 units
Financial Management                                   3 units     *   Please note that no full-time class will be offered in 2011-
Taxation                                               3 units         12.
                                                      18 units

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