Government Accounting

Base Knowledge


Students should know some basic concepts of accounting and  accounting standardization.

Teaching Methodologies

The teaching methodology will go through classes with interactive exposition, questioning and demonstration with resolution of corresponding exercises.

The flipped classroom and collaborative learning will also be promoted, where students will have the opportunity to expose topics and share experiences.

In this way, it is intended that students learn the syllabus and acquire the defined skills.

Learning Results

The main objective of this course is the understanding and application, by the student, of the main concepts of the Financial Accounting system, Budget Accounting and Management Accounting of public administrations.

In this sense, this course has the following specific objectives:

  • Provide training in public accounting, namely in financial accounting, budget accounting and management accounting;
  • Identify the accounting standardization process pursued in the Portuguese public sector and the content of the recommended conceptual structure;
  • Study some Public Accounting Standards inherent to the financial accounting system, NCP 26 – Accounting and Budget Reporting and NCP27 – Management Accounting;
  • Present the concept of Public Patrimony.

In terms of acquired skills and knowledge, at the end of the semester students should be able to:

  • Understand the general concepts and specific accounting designations of financial, budget and management accounting;
  • Interpret the Public Administration Accounting Standardization System;
  • Assimilate the notion of Public Patrimony;
  • Identify the main aspects of the analyzed public accounting standards and their impact on public accounting;
  • Interpret and apply the accounting treatment of the various matters covered;


I – Fundamental Notions in Public Accounting

     1.1 Portuguese public sector

      1.2 Budget and Budget Rules

       1.3 Public Revenues and Expenses

II – Standardization of Public Accounting in Portugal

      2.1 The Reform of State Financial Administration (RAFE)

       2.2 POCP and Sector Plans

       2.3 The SNC-AP


3.1 Budget Accounting

NCP 26- – Accounting and Budget Reporting Standard

3.2 Financial Accounting

3.2.1 Conceptual Structure

3.2.2 Investments Notion and classification of Public Patrimony Tangible Fixed Assets Intangible Assets Service Concession Agreements: Grantor

3.2.3 Income Income from Transactions with Consideration Income from Transactions without Consideration

3.2.4 Provisions, Contingent Liabilities and Contingent Assets

3.2.5 Inventories and Agricultural Activity

3.3 Management Accounting

IV – Accountability in Public Administration

V- Resolution of exercises on the subjects taught

Curricular Unit Teachers





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