Please describe the efforts you have undertaken so far to obtain information on your study options in Australia
In recent months, I looked for information about my study plan through the Internet. I also contacted some colleagues who have became awardees and consulted with them. I compared several universities that offer similar programs. I happened to have two friends who also graduated from the university that I am interested in, so I could dig the information deeper about the situation of the lecture. I seek to know about the assessments, the tasks, and also lecturers' profile. Furthermore, I also did a comparison with another universities with majors alike. I seek to know the advantages and disadvantages of each department at the university.
I also searched information about the city where the university is located. The environment, cost of living, accommodation availability, schools for children, jobs available, and so forth.
I also discussed my study plan with my manager. He gave me a very significant input about the company's problem. He suggested some relevant majors so that i can directly apply it in our company.
How did you choose your proposed course and institutions?
ABC is a subdiary of the biggest Indonesian State-Owned Enterprise. ABC is engaged in managing the upstream oil and gas production through a more manageable exploration and exploitation activities. As a State-Owned Enterprise, ABC make an audited annual report. As a Cooperation Contract Contractors/ Kontraktor Kontrak Kerjasama/ KKKS), ABC make a Frequently Quarterly Report (FQR) as a financial accountability to Indonesian Government. Those end-to-end financial process supported by SAP ERP system application.
Both statements had an impact to the recording of transactions in the company. Annual report refers to GAAP. FQR refers to PSC Accounting. But the problem is, the recording system in SAP is designed based on GAAP. It makes the information becomes irrelevant if it is used for FQR report purposes. Many adjustment journals are needed to convert the existing data. And as a result, the obtained data is not real-time, and prone to human error.
Referring to the above, I want to strengthen my capability not only in accounting but also in the field of business information systems in order to provide the required financial statements of the company. This is in line with my previous Bachelor Degree background. Based on the research, I figured out University of New South Wales provides the Master of Accounting and Business Information Systems. It consists of some comprehensive Accounting courses. In addition, it also provides Enterprise System courses that will highlight the SAP ERP system in a company. The other added value subject is the International Corporate Governance which aims to provide students with a practical and in-depth understanding of the way corporations are monitored, governed and controlled.
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