Course Overview

The Master of Accounting programme’s aim is to further develop your conceptual base and knowledge and skills as an honours accounting graduate seeking a career in this area. The programme combines the advanced study of accounting as a basis for a professional career with the development of your academic and intellectual capabilities. 

Chartered Accountants Ireland Exemptions

This programme has been developed with reference to the Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI) syllabus. Therefore, significant exemptions from the CAI examinations are available. Graduates of the M.Acc. are granted full exemption from CAI’s CAP2 examinations, provided that they have full exemption from CAI’s CAP1 examinations before taking the M.Acc..

MAcc. graduates’ success in recent professional examinations 

Our graduates consistently achieve very high places in the Final Admitting Examination of Chartered Accountants Ireland and in the final examination of the Irish Tax Institute (AITI). In the recent professional exams, our graduates Aisling Curtin and Sarah Finnegan obtained second and third place respectively in CAI’s Final Admitting Examination and Nora Cosgrove was placed second in the final examinations of the Irish Taxation Institute.

KPMG-led Analytics Summer School

NEW FOR 2017-2018! The M.Acc. programme now includes summer school on “Audit and Accounting in the 21st Century: Data & Analytics, Artificial Intelligence and Related Technological Tools”.

 KPMG 30% Event3

 The class are pictured with Laurence May (KPMG Director), Darina Barrett (KPMG Financial Services Partner)  and Prof Breeda Sweeney at a 30% Club event that took place on campus which was sponsored by KPMG.

KPMG Guest Speaker

 Mr. Damien Flanagan, Director R&D Incentives and Capital Allowances Practice KPMG delivering seminar to Masters of Accounting students “Research in Practice: The KPMG Innovation Monitor”.

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Applications and Selections

The programme starts in early September each year. Applications are made online to the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) (www.pac.ie). The PAC application code is GYC00.

 

Who Teaches this Course

The following staff from the Accountancy and Finance Discipline at NUI Galway are involved in teaching the MAcc program:

In addition, staff from the Discipline of Management and the Discipline of Business Information Systems each contribute a module to the program.

Visiting lecturers from the accounting profession, industry, and academia also contribute to the program. 

Requirements and Assessment

Semester One exams: December.
Semester Two exams: April/May.


A range of assessment methods are integrated and assessed throughout the programme. These include projects, reports, presentations, case studies and debates.

Summer schools: May and June.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a 2.1 honours degree in Business or Commerce, with a significant specialisation in Accounting. Students are normally required to have full exemptions from the CAI’s CAP1 examinations before embarking on the MAcc programme.

Additional Requirements

Duration

1 year, full-time

Next start date

September 2018

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

35

Closing Date

Offers are made on a rolling basis.

Next start date

September 2018

NFQ level

Mode of study

Taught

ECTS weighting

90

Award

CAO

PAC code

GYC00

Course Outline

The programme includes modules in:
• Financial Reporting
• Management Accounting and Control
• Taxation
• Auditing
• Finance
• Skills for Accounting Research and Practice
• Management Information Systems
• Strategic Management

In addition students complete EITHER two summer schools OR a research dissertation. Recent and forthcoming summer schools include:
• Advanced Taxation.

• Management Control Systems and Innovation.
• Audit and Accounting in the 21st Century: Data & Analytics, Artificial Intelligence and Related Technological Tools

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Module
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.

Year 1 (90 Credits)

Required AY5103: Management Accounting


Semester 1 | Credits: 5

The objectives of this module are to facilitate students in developing and applying a comprehensive understanding of the role of management accounting information in business decision-making, especially the analysis of complex and unstructured decision situations in a strategic context. The module explores the role of management accounting information in supporting the strategic management processes in an organisation, including strategic cost management and strategic pricing. The module also addresses the design and application of costing systems (both traditional and innovative) in ways which recognise context-specific considerations of a technical, managerial, and cost-benefit nature. Detailed consideration is also given to the use of planning and operational variances, key performance indicators, and other approaches to measuring actual performance against goals.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Analyse structured and unstructured business decision situations in a strategic context.
  2. Understand and apply strategic approaches to pricing and cost management.
  3. Critically evaluate the usefulness of cost management systems (both strategic and innovative) in business decision-making.
  4. Apply, and critically evaluate the role of, advanced variance analysis and other approaches to performance measurement.
Assessments
  • Written Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module AY5103: "Management Accounting" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required AY5104: Investment and Financing Decisions


Semester 1 | Credits: 5

The objectives of this module are to facilitate students in developing and applying a comprehensive understanding of the role of corporate finance in investment and financing decision-making, especially the analysis of complex structured and unstructured decision situations in a strategic context. The module explores the role of finance theory and corporate finance tools and techniques in supporting the strategic capital investment and financing decision-making processes in an organisation.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Analyse current and proposed, structured and unstructured capital investment, working capital, and financing situations in a strategic context and offer corporate financial decision recommendations to senior management teams to facilitate the realisation of corporate strategic goals.
  2. Understand and apply a range of corporate finance tools and techniques to assist in making investment and financing decisions.
  3. Critically evaluate the usefulness, relevance and limitations of corporate finance theory in supporting investment and financing business decision-making.
  4. Apply, and critically evaluate the relevance of financial and non-financial information in a range of investment and financing decision-making situations.
Assessments
  • Written Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module AY5104: "Investment and Financing Decisions" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required AY5116: Auditing I


Semester 1 | Credits: 5

The objective of this course is to give students a professional understanding of the role and function of the External Auditor, the principles that underpin modern auditing and the fundamental core processes involved in the audit of the Financial Statements of a corporate entity.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the purpose of the audit report and the scope of the core audit opinion
  2. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the audit process (from planning the audit to issuing the audit report) and the practical application of ‘Auditing Standards’.
  3. Formulate an appropriate audit strategy and planned audit procedures for differing audit objectives and differing organisations.
  4. Critically assess differing auditing environments and suggest appropriate auditor responses in terms client acceptances and continuance, audit planning & processes, and appropriateness and relevance of audit evidence.
Assessments
  • Written Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module AY5116: "Auditing I" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required AY5118: Advanced Financial Reporting I


Semester 1 | Credits: 5

The objective of this course is to develop in students the ability to prepare, present and interpret complex financial statements. To facilitate this objective, students will develop the ability to read and understand relevant company’s legislation and International Financial Reporting Standards and apply these, in the context of appropriate ethical standards, to the preparation of group financial statements
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand the regulatory, legal and ethical context in which group financial reporting takes place in Ireland and internationally.
  2. Read understand and apply legal and professional regulations relating to complex financial reports
  3. Prepare a comprehensive set of financial statements for a group of companies
  4. Prepare a comprehensive analysis of group financial statements and prepare reports for a variety of users.
Assessments
  • Written Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module AY5118: "Advanced Financial Reporting I " and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required AY5100: Taxation I


Semester 1 | Credits: 5

The objective of this module is to provide an insight into and appreciation of the impact of Capital Gains Tax on business and business decisions. It will assist students to understand and apply the legislation, procedure and practices governing Capital Gains Tax. It will provide an understanding of the principal international aspects of taxation. It will develop in the students a capability to communicate tax related material in a concise, professional manner and enable them to have an understanding of some challenges of working on cross border tax teams. It will also provide an understanding of the theoretical basis for taxation and address ethical and aspects of taxation.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Be able to apply the general principles of capital gains tax to prepare a computation for both individuals and companies and identify the timing and manner of payments required.
  2. Understand the rules relating to various reliefs and exemptions to capital gains tax computations, and in particular apply the rules and reliefs relating to development land, retirement relief, transfer of a business to a company and acquisition by a company of its own shares.
  3. Understand the rules which apply to share transactions and calculate gains arising on shares acquired by direct purchase, under a rights issue, a bonus issue or a scrip issue and employee share option schemes.
  4. Understand the philosophy of taxation and appreciate its implications for social policy, development and governance.
  5. Have an overview of tax policy, design and legislation and understand ethical perspectives on taxation.
  6. Have an overview and understanding of tax risk management principles and practice
  7. Have an overview of key international tax principles
  8. Communicate tax related material in a concise, professional manner and have an understanding of some challenges of working on cross border tax teams
Assessments
  • Written Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module AY5100: "Taxation I" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required AY5117: Auditing II


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

This module will build on the module ‘AY5116 Auditing I’ which is a prerequisite to this module. The module will take two broad perspectives: i) The social, legal & Regulatory context of auditing, and ii) complex and contemporary issues in auditing and reporting. (i) This element will extend students understanding of approaches to auditing addressing complex areas such as ‘Going Concern’ and post audit obligations and challenges. Further, this element will address the preparation of complex and qualified audit reports, and the auditor’s responsibilities to report to relevant bodies other than the organisation’s members especially in cases of fraud. Finally approaches to auditing in IT settings and approaches to sampling in an auditing context will be covered. (ii) This element will focus on the role of Auditing in a business and societal context and will introduce students to the domestic and European legal and regulatory auditing environment and the challenges for auditing in the modern era.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Prepare a standard audit report. Be capable of assessing the implications for the audit report of circumstances that may impinge on the opinions expressed in the report and whether and what qualification or other amendment would be appropriate.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the auditor’s responsibilities in assessing going concern, for fraud detection and for the consideration of laws and regulations relevant to the auditee.
  3. Understand the role of sampling in the audit process and the appropriateness of differing sampling techniques.
  4. Appreciate contemporary issues in the auditing profession and environment and their implications.
  5. Display a comprehensive understanding of the audit environment including the ethical and regulatory framework and legal environments.
  6. Have an understanding of the nature of auditing in the context of constantly evolving user expectations and appreciate the challenges for the auditor in the context of a globally constructed reporting environment.
Assessments
  • Written Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module AY5117: "Auditing II" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required AY5105: Corporate Finance


Semester 2 | Credits: 5

The objectives of this module are to facilitate students in developing and applying a comprehensive understanding of the role of corporate finance in strategic financial decision-making contexts in particular in financing and valuation decisions giving detailed consideration to risk. The module focuses on decision-making under conditions of uncertainty and requires consideration of theoretical and real world conditions in financial decision-making in a strategic context. The module explores the role of finance theory and corporate finance tools and techniques in supporting the strategic investment, financing and related decision-making processes in an organisation.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Analyse current and proposed, structured and unstructured investment, financing and risk management situations in a strategic context and offer corporate financial decision recommendations to senior management teams to facilitate the realisation of corporate strategic goals.
  2. Understand and apply a range of corporate finance tools and techniques to assist in making valuation, financial and strategic decisions under conditions of uncertainty
  3. Critically evaluate the usefulness, relevance and limitations of corporate finance theory in supporting corporate investment, valuation, risk management and financing decision-making.
  4. Apply, and critically evaluate the relevance of financial and non-financial information in a range of corporate finance decision-making situations.
Assessments
  • Written Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module AY5105: "Corporate Finance" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required AY5101: Taxation II


Semester 2 | Credits: 5

The objective of this course is to provide an insight into and appreciation of the impact of taxation on business and business decisions. It will assist students to understand and apply the legislation, procedure and practices governing Corporation Tax, Capital Acquisitions Tax and Stamp Duty and the interaction of these taxes with Capital Gains Tax. It will further develop in the students a capability to communicate tax related material in a concise, professional manner and enable them to have an understanding of some challenges of working on tax matters as part of a team.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Be able to apply the general principles of corporation tax to prepare a computation and identify the timing and manner of payments required.
  2. Understand the rules relating to corporation tax loss relief and how to calculate and utilise losses
  3. Be able to identify groups for tax purposes and manage group reliefs including loss and payments relief.
  4. Understand the implications of close company rules and their consequences for both the company and for participators/directors.
  5. Understand how foreign taxes may be relieved for companies and be able to advise on the taxation of non-resident companies.
  6. Be able to apply the general principles of capital acquisitions tax to prepare a computation and identify the timing and manner of payments required in relation to gifts and inheritances.
  7. Understand the territorial scope of capital acquisitions tax and identify the circumstances in which gifts and inheritances will be taxable.
  8. Understand the circumstances in which various reliefs and exemptions apply and in particular to be able to apply the rules and reliefs relating to agricultural and business property.
  9. Understand and apply the general principles of stamp duty to prepare a computation and identify the timing and manner of payments required.
  10. Understand the circumstances in which various stamp duty reliefs and exemptions apply and be able to apply the rules in particular in relation to associated parties and the transfer of a business.
  11. Understand how Capital Gains Tax interacts with Capital Acquisitions Tax
  12. Communicate tax related material in a concise, professional manner and have an understanding of some challenges of working on tax matters as part of a team
Assessments
  • Written Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module AY5101: "Taxation II" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required AY5102: Management Control Systems


Semester 2 | Credits: 5

The objectives of this module are to facilitate students in developing an ability to critically evaluate the conceptual and practical issues in the design of managerial control systems, including: distinctive budgetary and non-budgetary mechanisms, divisional performance evaluation, and strategic performance management.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically evaluate budgetary control systems and the alternatives to budgetary control
  2. Design and critically evaluate control mechanisms for use in divisionalised organisations, including alternative transfer pricing mechanisms.
  3. Design control mechanisms which make effective use of both financial and nonfinancial measures of control.
  4. Design and evaluate control systems for strategic performance management
Assessments
  • Written Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module AY5102: "Management Control Systems" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required AY5119: Advanced Financial Reporting II


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

The objective of this course is to develop in students the ability to prepare, present and interpret complex financial statements. To facilitate this objective, students will develop the ability to read and understand relevant company’s legislation and International Financial Reporting Standards and apply these, in the context of appropriate ethical standards, to the preparation of financial statements
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand the regulatory, legal and ethical context in which company financial reporting takes place in Ireland and internationally.
  2. Read understand and apply legal and professional regulations relating to company financial reporting
  3. Prepare a comprehensive set of financial statements for a company
  4. Prepare a comprehensive analysis of financial statements and prepare reports for a variety of users for a company.
Assessments
  • Written Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module AY5119: "Advanced Financial Reporting II " and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required AY537: Skills for Accounting Research and Practice


Semester 2 | Credits: 5

This module aims to engage students with accounting research. The course will provide students with a general overview of different types of accounting research and introduce the range of methodologies used by accounting researchers. In addition students will develop effective presentation skills.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. • Develop skills to prepare and deliver effective individual and group presentations
  2. • Understand the nature and purpose of accounting research
  3. • Gain familiarity with accounting research literature
  4. • Develop an understanding of the research process
  5. • Identify and critically evaluate previous published scholarly research on given topics
  6. • Develop an understanding of the main methods available for conducting quantitative research
  7. • Develop an understanding of the main methods available for conducting qualitative research
  8. • Adopt the writing and referencing standards appropriate for academic research
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module AY537: "Skills for Accounting Research and Practice" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required AY518: Research Project


12 months long | Credits: 20

Assessments
  • Research (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module AY518: "Research Project" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional MG571: Strategic Management


Semester 1 | Credits: 5


(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate a mastery of the concepts, techniques and theories of strategic management
  2. Formulate and design strategies, strategic planning systems and strategic implementation activities
  3. Develop an understanding of the complexities of strategic issues in a real world context
  4. Demonstrate evaluative and critical strategic thinking by assessing the strategic profiles of firms at business and industry levels
  5. Apply strategic principles, concepts, theories and frameworks to a wide range of businesses and industry settings
  6. Develop presenation skills, critical analysis, decision-making and working in a team based environment to solve problems in a strategic setting.
Assessments
  • Written Assessment (60%)
  • Continuous Assessment (40%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module MG571: "Strategic Management" and is valid from 2015 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional MS5104: Decision Theory & Analysis


Semester 1 | Credits: 5

The objective of this course is to introduce students to the different aspects of decision theory and analysis and specifically how these apply to business.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand the components of decision making and different decision making processes
  2. Explain the benefits and issues with respect to models used in decision making
  3. Explain the relative advantages and limitations of data driven decisions
  4. Understand the importance of data/information visualistion
  5. Understand the different decision making styles
  6. Understand different decision making theories – for example prospect theory
  7. Understand Information Overload and its impact on decision making
  8. Understand the issues with decision making under risk and uncertainty and how to manage these
  9. Understand the possible biases involved in decision making
  10. Understand the methods of group decision making
Assessments
  • Written Assessment (50%)
  • Continuous Assessment (50%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module MS5104: "Decision Theory & Analysis" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Further Education

Exemptions:

Graduates of the MAcc are granted full exemption from CAI’s CAP2 examinations, provided they have full exemption from CAI’s CAP1 examination before taking the MAcc.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

A wide range of career choices are open to graduates, in particular in the accounting and tax consultancy professions. Most participants on the programme are sponsored (and subsequently employed) by major accounting firms, such as KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte and Ernst & Young 

Chartered Accountants Ireland Exemptions

This programme has been developed with reference to the Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI) syllabus. Therefore, significant exemptions from the CAI examinations are available. Graduates of the M.Acc. are granted full exemption from CAI’s CAP2 examinations, provided that they have full exemption from CAI’s CAP1 examinations before taking the M.Acc..

MAcc. graduates’ success in recent professional examinations 

Our graduates consistently achieve very high places in the Final Admitting Examination of Chartered Accountants Ireland and in the final examination of the Irish Tax Institute (AITI). In the recent professional exams, our graduates Aisling Curtin and Sarah Finnegan obtained second and third place respectively in CAI’s Final Admitting Examination and Nora Cosgrove was placed second in the final examinations of the Irish Taxation Institute.

KPMG-led Analytics Summer School

NEW FOR 2017-2018! The M.Acc. program now includes summer school on “Audit and Accounting in the 21st Century: Data & Analytics, Artificial Intelligence and Related Technological Tools”.

 

 

Who’s Suited to This Course

The MAcc programme could be for you if you hold (or expect to graduate shortly with) at least a 2.1 honours primary degree with a significant specialisation in accounting and expect to have full (or nearly full exemptions) from the CAP1 examinations of CAI. The majority of students on the program are sponsored by accounting firms who intended to employ them to train as chartered accountants upon graduation from the M.Acc.

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,300 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€7,076 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€14,250 p.a. 2018/19

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.

Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.

Find out More

Ms Emma Brinton
T +353 91 492 308
E emma.brinton@nuigalway.ie


What our Employers Say

Colm

Colm Gorman |   Head of KPMG

Since its inception, KPMG has sponsored students on the Master of Accounting programme in NUI Galway. We are delighted with the results. In its graduates, KPMG looks for rounded individuals with well-developed thinking and interpersonal skills. We really notice these skills in those who have completed the Master of Accounting in NUI Galway. It is the combined focus on technical skills development and personal development that we believe prepares students well for a career in business

What our Students and Graduates Say

Zhang

Zhang Xiaolin |   CURRENT MASTER OF ACCOUNTING STUDENT

The subjects in this Master of Accounting programme are very appropriate for your future career. You get to develop and practice your presentation and research skills through various assignments. From the programme, you will not only acquire knowledge but you will also develop an ability to solve real world problems. There is a good mix of international and national students in the class. The group work on various courses allowed me to experience working on problems with students from different cultural backgrounds. Staff are all very professional and friendly. The staff know that as an international student you live far away from your family and friends and they try to help and encourage you.
Alphonsa

Alphonsa Cherukodath |   CURRENT MASTER OF ACCOUNTING STUDENT

This programme has helped me to gain practical knowledge through problem solving in the various accounting and finance modules. It has made me more professionally competent as a result of the presentations, case study analysis and debates that are all part of the programme. The teaching faculty of the programme are very professional and all have industry experience which helps me to understand the topics more easily. Galway is a diversified city with very good infrastructural facilities and people are very friendly. The weather in the city was a completely new experience, but I have adjusted!"
Hanhuz

Hanhuz Wang |   CURRENT MASTER OF ACCOUNTING STUDENT

Courses arranged in this programme are essential and helpful for my future career in accountancy. I like that this study year is a challenge for me. I believe the year will help me develop my professional knowledge and skills and will greatly improve my job prospects. All staff teaching on this programme have excellent professional knowledge and teaching skills. They are nice, enthusiastic and helpful to me. I enjoy being here and am having a really good time in Galway. I regard Galway as my second hometown.
Ciarán

Ciarán O’Donnell |   Associate, Ernst & Young

“I would certainly recommend studying the Master of Accounting degree at NUI Galway. My experience and time at Galway was without a doubt a positive and very enjoyable one. The facilities at the J.E Cairnes Business School are top class and are entirely conducive to an effective study environment. The programme lecturers are very much approachable, friendly, and hardworking. Furthermore the course offers a great platform for developing those skills necessary in progressing in the workplace and also with the professional exams. Lastly it needs to be mentioned that Galway City itself is a fantastic location to study in and the contacts you develop during the program are, in my opinion, invaluable.”
Marie

Marie Joyce |   Chief Financial Officer, NTR plc

The finance function is a key driver of analytics and plays a leadership role rather than a supporting role.

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