Study guide: Fourth Edition

The Contemporary Business Issues subject examines contemporary and emerging global issues in order to familiarise you with the business environment you are likely to be operating in as an accountant. It uses contemporary issues as a vehicle for advancing the development of professional skills, values, ethics and attitudes.

Contemporary Business Issues is designed to help you develop a future-focused perspective that:

  • understands the drivers of change affecting business and the accounting profession
  • responds positively to change
  • values lifelong learning to continually develop and improve technical, business, behavioural and leadership skills
  • recognises that accountants add value by providing strategic business advice and contributing to good decision making
  • acknowledges the importance of ethics, professional curiosity and enquiry as a means of avoiding imprudent decision making
  • welcomes divergent opinions and creative approaches to problem solving as a means of gaining insights into an increasingly complex and dynamic business world.

This subject will highlight the challenges and opportunities for the accounting profession in the contemporary business environment.

Contemporary Business Issues is an elective subject in the CPA program.

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Exam structure

The CBI exam generally consists of 100 per cent multiple-choice questions.

General objectives

On completion of this subject, you should be able to:

  • encourage an attitude of professional curiosity by challenging assumptions about contemporary and emerging global issues that are affecting the business environment, and how they should be addressed
  • critically evaluate current research and practice on the origins and effects of contemporary and emerging global issues
  • judge the effects that disclosure requirements will have on financial and non-financial reporting and consider the overall impact that a shift towards non-financial, sustainability and integrated reporting will have on enterprises and accounting functions.

Subject content

The ‘weighting’ column in the following table provides an indication of the emphasis placed on each module in the exam, while the ‘proportion of study time’ column is a guide for you to allocate your study time for each module.

Module Recommended proportion of study time (%) Weighting (%)
1. Future accounting skills 16 16
2. Contemporary innovation and technology 25 25
3. Contemporary business models and financing 16 16
4. Contemporary human resource management 10 10
5. Future of natural resource management 13 13
6. Contemporary stakeholder management 20 20
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For further information, please see the subject outline (PDF).