Accounting and Finance BA (Hons)

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Key Details

  • 3 Years
  • 96 Typical UCAS Tariff
  • N400 Course Code
  • Full Time
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Overview

The BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance programme aims to:

  • Enable you to undertake a rigorous study of the theories and techniques related to accounting and financial management
  • Acquire and develop the practical skills essential within an accounting and financial environment
  • Develop and enhance transferable skills relevant to a range of employment opportunities in both private and public sector organisations including the third sector
  • Enable you to develop competence in accounting and finance, alongside wisdom in its application sufficient for you to enhance your employability and possibly progress to postgraduate study

Why study this course?

  • The BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree at Newman provides you with the skills, knowledge and resources relevant for a wide range of enterprises in the private and public sectors.
  • We focus on student-centred learning, and the development of the whole individual which will help you to develop into a successful accounting and financial professional with the capacity and vitality to make a difference.
  • Accounting and Finance at Newman is taught in smaller class sizes than many UK universities which enables discussion and debate to embed learning and view problems from a variety of perspectives, a vital skill for accountants. In this course you will study accounting and finance in a way that addresses values and ethics in a way not always achieved in other institutions.
  • Over the three year course a variety of modules are covered to equip you with the knowledge to go on to be successful. Some of the types of modules you can expect include financial accounting, management accounting and decision making, personal and business taxation, auditing and assurance, corporate financial management, financial analysis and financial reporting.
  • Newman provides excellent academic and individual support. Teaching is much more than just lectures, you will have the support of seminars, tutorials, group activities, study skills and fieldwork. Taught modules are assessed through a variety of different forms of coursework, such as reports, presentations, analysis tasks and reflective logs. Members of the department are always happy to give individual tutorials and advice on research and writing assignments.

What does the course cover?

The solid foundation for future study will be laid in the first year of this course. You will study the basic elements of Accounting and Finance and develop spreadsheet and numerical skills, research, referencing and academic writing skills. You will also learn more about the role of the accountant in business and the fundamental aspects of Business and Corporate Law.

Your second year will further develop the core area of Accounting and Finance. This level will use the concepts and skill-based tools from Level 4 for more applied learning activities. The range of learning activities will increase to facilitate different learning styles. For example, you will take on specialist modules to map onto a chosen career pathway which may lead to some exemptions from the professional bodies. This part will examine personal and business taxation, corporate financial management, financial reporting, and management accounting.

During the second year as part of your course you will take part in a work placement. Newman has connections with internationally known businesses where previous students have undertaken work placements. Alternatively there is the opportunity to complete your work placement abroad if you wish to do so. Students from university programmes have travelled to the EU, Hong Kong, the USA and South Korea on work placements in the past.

In the final year of study you will be involved in using the conceptual tools and experience developed in the first two years.  Final year modules may lead you towards partial exemptions being granted by the professional bodies. You will cover some core areas such as advanced management accounting, financial analysis, advanced financial reporting and audit and assurance. These modules in particular will help to develop skills of critical analysis and synthesis which will help you to reflect on your career aspirations.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via a combination of options including coursework, class tests, and formal examinations.

What careers can I consider?

  • Financial accountant
  • Management accountant
  • Financial analyst
  • Investment banker
  • Tax consultants
  • Internal/External auditor

The skills, knowledge and resources you develop on the programme will be relevant for a wide range of organisations and industries in the private and public sectors. The department’s previous graduates from other business programmes have gained management roles in a broad range of areas.

The programme will give you the skills and knowledge that you need to be able succeed in the future. Graduates in Accounting and Finance are highly sought after and are able to use their skills and knowledge in a wide range of different areas. Graduates of Accountancy and Professional Services are regularly recruited by the `Big Four’ accounting firms – Ernst and Young, KPMG, Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers, as well as other graduate level employers. As a graduate in Accounting and Finance, there are opportunities to work in both local government and central government departments such as the National Audit Office, FSA, HMRC, and HM Treasury.

At Newman, the Careers service also organises fairs and events throughout the year to give you a chance to meet graduate recruiters and ask your questions; These include the `Graduate Recruitment fair’, `The Finance, Business and Management Fair’ and the `Postgraduate Study fair’.

Depending on the course units that you have chosen during your degree you may be eligible for exemptions for professional examinations. For further information, you can find more information about the exemptions that could be obtained from:

The Institute of Chartered Accountants (ACA)

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Please note that if you have a conviction for fraud the above professional bodies may not agree to exempt you.

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Entry Requirements

September 2019 Entry Requirements

You must achieve at least 96 UCAS points including a minimum of CC at A level or equivalent (e.g.MM at BTEC Diploma; MPP at BTEC Extended Diploma) towards the total tariff.

Access Students can achieve the requirements with the following combination of Distinction, Merit and/ or Pass grades at level 3 achieved from a completed Access course. 96 UCAS Points: D21-M3-P21; D18-M9-P18; D15-M15-P15; D12-M21-P12; D9-M27-P9; D6-M33-P6; D3-M39-P3; D0-M45-P0.

Five GCSEs at grade 4 (or C) or above (or recognised equivalents), including English Language and Mathematics, are also required.

Applicants may be invited to attend an interview.

Course Fees

Fees per academic year:
Full-time Home/EU students: £9,250 *

*Fees shown are for 2019/20 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, on enrolment and in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Additional costs:

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is not required for entry into this programme, although it is in many cases required by employers before students can begin their Year 2 (level 5) work placement.  Find out more about completing the DBS application form and the related additional costs.

Additional Information

General Academic Regulations: Terms and Conditions for students attending our courses.

 

  1. SELF-LEADERSHIP AND ACADEMIC SKILLS
    (Compulsory) beu401
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    Students will be introduced to theories of academic writing and presentation skills, learning and reflective practice, contextualised within a management and leadership business setting.  The following key transferable skills – leadership, communication, problem solving, working with others and improving own learning – will be introduced, practiced and applied to work-based tasks, as will the range of activities associated with information skills. Students will audit their own skills, identify aspects that require enhancement and produce action plans for self-development in those areas.   One of the key components of this module is the provision of a experiential outdoor activity self-leadership day.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : 48.00 Independent : 152.00 Placement : 0.00 Total :  200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module will provide the students with: 

    • Appropriate study skills strategies
    • A critical ability to write and present work at NQF Level 4
    • Critical ability to identify personal development in line with academic and professional management and leadership aspirations
    • Insight and experience into how to plan, set and meet personal and work related objectives

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

    • Write a reflective piece of work that demonstrates an understanding of the importance reflective practice and planning play in the pursuit of their academic and workplace aspirations
    • Analyse and evaluate their personal, academic and professional strengths and areas of development and produce a Personal Development Plan based upon their findings
    • Recognise the different leadership approaches and continuum of skills, qualities and ethical behaviours required of a junior to middle manager
    • Write and present work that demonstrates an understanding of academic writing and referencing conventions, within their scholarly work

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Portfolio (4000 word equivalent)

  2. FUNDAMENTALS OF FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING
    (Compulsory) afu404
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module aims to give students a thorough grasp of the basics of financial reporting (context, purposes, regulatory framework) and build towards a proficiency in the recording of business transactions, and the preparation and interpretation of the primary financial statements (income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement). It also aims to build proficiency in the use of accounting computer software. This module, together with the level 5 module Financial Reporting, and the level 6 module Advanced Financial Reporting, provides a strong basis for further study and should equip students with up-to-date knowledge of use in employment.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module will provide the students with:

     

    • The skills to apply numerical data to problem solving with care and accuracy
    • Ability to assess the reasonableness of and interpret numerical solutions support
    • Competence in applying numerical data to problem solving with care and accuracy
    • Ability to develop confidence in and clarity of oral communication
    • Competency in producing a simple set of accounts.
    • Ability to use, apply and understand double-entry book-keeping.
    • Competence in producing a set of accounting books from source data manually and also through the use of computerised accounting software

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Describe and explain the conventions which underpin financial accounting
    • Describe, compare and contrast the different forms of UK business organisations
    • Explain, apply and illustrate rules by which assets, liabilities, income and expense are determined for insertion into financial accounts
    • Describe and evaluate the financial recording procedures followed by organisations
    • Interpret a trial balance and thence prepare a set of accounting statements
    • Prepare partnership accounts
    • Describe, explain, apply, interpret and criticise the common simple methods of financial statement analysis
    • Use accounting computer software to record business transactions

     

    Indicative content

     

    • Context and purpose of financial reporting in the UK and internationally
    • Recording business transaction data
    • Preparation of financial statements
    • Partnership accounting
    • Interpretation and analysis of financial statements
    • Computerised accounting software

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 60% Exam (Closed Book - 2 1/2 hours)

    Component 2 - 20% Group Assignment (1000 Words Equivalent)

    Component 3 - 20% Multiple Choice Questions (On-line examination)

  3. FUNDAMENTALS OF MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING
    (Compulsory) afu406
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module aims to provide students with the basic knowledge of cost and management accounting practices and concepts and their applications within an organization. This involves the provision and interpretation of information to assist managers in planning, controlling, making decisions and appraising performance. It explores the underlying concepts and techniques of management accounting and serves as a prerequisite for the pathway of management accounting in the following two years. The module will cover theory and practice in the key areas of costing, budgeting and accounting for decision making. The module is anticipated to contribute to the achievement of accreditation from professional accountancy bodies.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Develop the basic appreciation and understanding of Management Accounting in appraising concepts
    • Demonstrate a range of professional and transferable skills including numeric and written communication skills including the ability to present quantitative and qualitative information together with analysis, argument and commentary in an appropriate form

     

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

    • Describe, explain and illustrate the context, importance, purposes, techniques and processes of management accounting, budgeting and working capital management
    • List, describe, explain, illustrate, compare and contrast alternative approaches to accounting, costing, profit determination and budgeting
    • Cite, explain, select and apply appropriate theory and models to solve related questions and numerical problems

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 20% Multiple Choice Questions

    Component 2 - 20% Class Test (1 hour Closed Book)

    Component 3 - 60% Examination (2 hour Closed Book).

  4. INTRODUCTION TO FINANCE
    (Compulsory) afu403
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module introduces core concepts in finance. It is designed to give students sufficient discipline based knowledge to undertake more advanced finance modules. This module will allow the students to use a range of financial mathematical methods and appreciate their uses in both academic and applied contexts related to accounting and finance. The concepts and techniques of compound interest and discounting are fundamental to financial mathematics. As such topics covered will include: Time value of money; Financial market instruments and their functions; Discounted cash flow approaches to decision making; Evaluation of different sources of finance; Cost of capital and elementary financial management; Impact of dividend and capital structure policies.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 24.00 Independent   : 76.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 100.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

    • Develop the basic appreciation and understanding of finance to critically appraise concepts
    • Develop competence in principle of financial management necessary to further financial study
    • Develop competence in understanding and calculating time value of money
    • Develop numerical and mathematical skills useful in a number of different occupations and in personal financial planning and management

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

    • Identify and apply the principles underlying the time value of money;
    • Explain the goals of financial management, how financial markets work and the main financial instruments found in them;
    • Evaluate investment decisions using discounted cash flow methods including incorporating traditional approaches to risk;
    • Show the different ways in which a company can raise capital and its valuation;
    • Explain how dividend and capital structure policies may affect a firm’s value;
    • Calculate simple and compound interest, equivalent rates of compound interest, and present and future values.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 70% 2-Hour Closed Book Examination

    Component 2 - 30% Class Test, 1000 words equivalent.

  5. INTRODUCTION TO WORK RELATED LEARNING
    (Compulsory) plu404
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module aims to equip students with the knowledge and self-management skills to make informed choices in preparing for work placement and the transition to employment or further study on graduation.  

    Learners will be provided with the opportunities to develop awareness of the workplace, identify different career and study options, recognise and articulate their own experience, accomplishments and talents and plan and implement career management strategies for the short and long term.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 12.00 Independent   : 88.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 100.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

    • Support students in developing informed choices about the career pathways available to them, in relation to their subject choices.
    • Prepare students for work-based learning and the application / exploration of subject knowledge in the workplace.

    • Encourage students to make connections between their learning, placement choice, future job aspirations and contribution to society.

    • Enable students to build confidence in securing work placements and future employment.

    • Support students in reflecting upon their preparation for their work placement and future employment.  

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have had the opportunity to:

    1. Examine how their experiences, accomplishments, and abilities relate to employer expectations.

    2. Demonstrate engagement with, and an understanding of, graduate employment pathways and employability issues relating to their own career aspirations.

    3. Research organisations for the purposes of securing a work placement.

    4. Reflect upon their learning and development.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Reflective Essay and Appendix, 2000 words

  6. BUSINESS ECONOMICS AND STATISTICS
    (Compulsory) afu405
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    The module will provide a theoretical and practical introduction to students regarding the nature and characteristics of business behaviour under conditions of certainty and uncertainty. Students will also explore how decisions affecting prices, production constraints, and output, wages and market forces are made, and will be introduced to fundamental elements of management accounting. While Business modelling and analytical techniques form the backbone of the module, the central aspects of quantitative techniques and the use of statistical computer software are introduced as they impact on decision-making and strategy formulation. The importance of quantitative methods in informing analysis and good decision making and in the effective running of organizations cannot be underestimated. The module provides the opportunity for all to build and improve numerical, mathematical and statistical skills, and apply these to practical problems in the context of finance.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to achieve the following objectives: 

      • To enable students to evaluate the causes and consequences of macroeconomics phenomena and the policies necessary to achieve macroeconomics objectives
      • To equip students with understanding of a range of legal business structuresDevelop the basic appreciation and understanding of Quantitative Methods to critically appraise concepts
      • Develop competence in numerical, mathematical and statistical skills necessary to further study
      • Develop competence in statistical software
      • Develop numerical, mathematical and statistical skills useful in a number of different occupations and in personal financial planning and management

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to be able to do the following tasks: 

    • To identify, analyse, and offer solutions to given microeconomic problems

    • Be able to contrast and compare the application of different approaches to given microeconomic problems, and to justify a specific approach to a given case study

    • To evaluate the microeconomic management of a selected business organisation over a given timescale

    • Apply mathematical and algebraic methods to solve problems

    • Identify the nature and position of turning points for simple polynomial functions

    • Analyse and interpret appropriate statistical and mathematical computer output which arises from the solution of certain planning decision

    • Carry out and interpret the results of basic statistical tests

    • Calculate and interpret correlations and autocorrelations

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 50% Class Test, 2000 word equivalent

    Component 2 - 50% Class Test, 2000 word equivalent.

  7. CORPORATE AND BUSINESS LAW
    (Compulsory) afu408
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    The module will provide a general overview of law relevant to students working in business and finance, and develop knowledge and skills in the understanding of the general legal framework. It will also identify the essential elements of different legal systems including the main source of law, and apply the appropriate legal rules relating to the law of obligations. Students will gain an appreciation and understanding of the workings of the legal system, the law of tort, contract law, the law of agency, employment law and other areas of law that effect businesses.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to achieve the following objectives: 

    • To enable students understand how the law of Contract and Tort may affect the commercial world

    • To understand the overlap between Contract and Tort law

    • To enable students use relevant legal materials including case law and statutes

    • To enable students to understand and demonstrate knowledge of the legal systems in the UK and the principle features of business law

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to be able to do the following tasks: 

    • Identify the essential elements of the legal system, including the main sources of law

    • Recognise and apply the appropriate legal rules relating to the law of obligations

    • Explain and apply the law relating to employment relationships

    • Distinguish between alternative forms and constitutions of business organisations

    • Recognise and compare types of capital and the financing of companies

    • Describe and explain how companies are managed, administered and regulated

    • Recognise the legal implications relating to insolvency law

    • Demonstrate an understanding of corporate fraudulent and criminal behaviour

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    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 30% Essay, 1500 words

    Component 2 - 70% 2-Hour Closed book Examination

  1. RESEARCH METHODS
    (Compulsory) beu500
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    The module is the first of two modules which prepare students for the Level 6 final project. In this module students will be introduced to the aims, methodologies, research strategies and methods used in qualitative and quantitative research in Business and Management including practice based research methods.  Students will consider ethical guidelines in research and their importance. This module will enable students to develop understanding, skills and knowledge to aid progression into research at undergraduate dissertation level as they will be introduced to the knowledge and understanding necessary for the design of a research proposal.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 24.00 Independent   : 76.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 100.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • Equip students with the skills and competences necessary for the presentation of a small scale individual research proposal;
    • Enable students to understand the difference between different methodological approaches in business and management research;
    • Introduce students to different research methods and discuss their relative merits and suitability for identified research problems in order to improve skills of data analysis and self-reflection;
    • Equip students with the understanding of how to conduct a management research proposal ethically;
    • Introduce students to suitable approaches to the presentation and sharing of research outcomes.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

    • Identify appropriate approaches for business and management research and ways of accessing evidence related to business and management research;
    • Demonstrate knowledge on the use of different approaches to business management research design, methods and the use of appropriate research questions
    • Understand what research ethics are and how to ensure that ethical considerations are in place when conducting research;
    • Plan and present a research proposal through an appropriate medium e.g. presentation or on-line medium.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 20% Individual Oral Presentation (10 minutes)

    Component 2 - 80% Research Methodology (1500 words)

  2. FINANCIAL REPORTING
    (Compulsory) afu503
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module builds on the foundations provided at Level 4 and develops the capacity to conceptualise problems and create reasoned value judgments and opinions and to solve practical problems. Critical reasoning and rational analysis is developed throughout this module. It will develop technical accounting knowledge whilst contextualising it within a broader regulatory framework. It will provide knowledge on the role of financial reporting and its use to stakeholders and the application of accounting standards in the preparation of financial statements. It will enable students to calculate, present and interpret accounting reports with regard to current regulatory requirements and apply current and relevant accounting standards in the preparation of financial statements.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to provide students with:

    • Critical understanding of interpreting accounting disclosure and financial reporting standards
    • Critical appreciation of policies in financial reporting
    • The ability to prepare accounting statements in compliance with IFRS

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Learning Opportunities:
    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Develop an ability to critically analyse and interpret the accounting disclosure requirements of the Companies Acts and relevant Financial Reporting Standards
    • Critically discuss the theoretical justification of the policies advocated in financial reporting standards and to identify and appreciate alternative approaches
    • Demonstrate the ability to prepare accounting statements in compliance with international financial reporting standards

     

    Indicative content:

    • The legal basis and financial structure of limited liability companies
    • The disclosure requirements of published financial reports and statements for limited liability companies. The preparation of published accounts
    • The role of the external auditor
    • The development of the conceptual framework including the IASB Framework 
    • Appraisal of accounting information for different user groups and their needs, together with a consideration of social and ethical reporting 
    • The Regulatory Framework of Accounting in the UK, including the work of the ASB, IASB, and, where relevant, FASB

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 30% Coursework (2000 words)

    Component 2 - 70% Closed Book Examination (2 1/2 hours)

  3. PERSONAL AND BUSINESS TAXATION
    (Compulsory) afu505
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    The module will provide students with an understanding of the operation of the UK tax system. Students will develop technical skills to produce income and corporation tax computations. The module will also help to develop the technical skills needed to produce tax computations for companies and individuals. During the module, students will study systems for self-assessment, payment of tax and penalties and overseas aspects such as operating abroad, taxation of foreign income, transfer pricing provisions and double tax relief.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to:

     

    • Critically understand the nature of the tax relating to individuals and businesses, whether unincorporated or incorporated, in the context of the UK tax system

    • Analyse critically the nature of tax planning, through an overview of the relevant case law

    • Appreciate the basis of taxation for unincorporated businesses, including an understanding of the basis of taxation in the opening and closing years of a business

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Learning Opportunities:

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Demonstrate critically an understanding of the nature of a personal tax computation including employment income

    • Calculate the taxation and National Insurance costs of different forms of remuneration for directors and employees

    • Demonstrate critically an understanding of the basis of taxation of companies

    • Appreciate the basis of taxation in the opening and closing years of a business

       

      Indicative content:

       

    • Corporation tax computations

    • Personal income tax, and computations including employment income

    • Business tax computations, including adjusted profit computations, capital allowances, self-assessment, losses and partnerships

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 70% Closed Book Exam (2.5-hour)

    Component 2 - 15% Essay (1000 Word Equivalent)

    Component 3 - 15% Test (1 Hour)

  4. APPLICATIONS OF RESEARCH
    (Compulsory) beu520
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module will enable students to develop understanding, skills and knowledge to aid progression into research at undergraduate dissertation level which will be focused on their development of a specific topic within the Business and Management discipline.  Students will be introduced to the knowledge and understanding necessary for the design of a written research proposal and further develop skills appropriate for the development of a research proposal including proposal focus, aims and objectives, literature evaluation, research planning and academic writing.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 24.00 Independent   : 76.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 100.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to help students: 

    • Develop a research proposal in terms of focus, aims and objectives, literature evaluation and academic writing.
    • Appreciate the importance and purpose of a critical literature review to a management research project.
    • Understand how to conduct a management research proposal ethically.
    • Develop their analytical and reflective skills.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students should, by the end of the module, be able to: 

    • Understand how to develop a management research proposal using tools such as a context theory matrix to determine dissertation topic choice.
    • Determine the suitability of their dissertation topic choice.
    • Critically review literature sources.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 20% Individual Oral Presentation (10 minutes)

    Component 2 - 80% Literature Review (1500 words)

  5. MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING AND DECISION MAKING
    (Compulsory) afu504
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    The module enables students’ gain more understanding of advanced costing techniques using Activity Based Costing to make informed decisions focused on financial resources.  Students will be required to analyse budgets to inform management decision making, and identify the variances in the budgets. Students will be required to analyse working capital management for effective strategic management decision. 

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to provide students with:

    • Critical understanding of the language of finance and analysis of financial accounting statements
    • Critical appreciation of budgeting and costing techniques
    • Critical appreciation of how to select suppliers ethically and manage subsequent relationships

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

     Learning Opportunities:


    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the role of the component parts of a financial statement and analyse sustainable performance 
    • Conduct comparative evaluation of budgeting and costing techniques
    • Demonstrate knowledge of key financial legislation that applies to the first-line or middle management role
    • Critically evaluate approaches to select suppliers ethically and equitably and recommend a strategy to sustain the subsequent relationship

     

    Indicative Content:

     

    • Introduction to Activity Based Costing and Managerial Costing
    • Short-term decision making
    • Investment appraisal
    • Budgets Planning and variance analysis
    • Working capital management

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 70% Closed Book Exam, 3 hours

    Component 2 - 15% Class Test, 1 hour

    Component 3 - 15% Essay, 1000 words

  6. CORPORATE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
    (Compulsory) afu506
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module is designed to give students a deeper knowledge of theory and practice in the key aspects of corporate finance, and allows them to explore how various aspects of corporate finance are inter-related. Students will assess the impact of financial decisions with respect to investments, financing and the management of risk and develop skills in critical analysis and evaluation.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to:

     

    • Identify the various sources of  finance for an organisation

    • Understand the key introductory considerations and range of techniques that need to be utilised to achieve affective financial management within an organisation

    • Distinguish between the most appropriate source of finance

    • Understand the techniques used in appraising capital investment

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Critically demonstrate an understanding of the key introductory considerations and range of techniques that need to be utilised to achieve effective financial management within an organisation

    • Demonstrate critically the ability to evaluate the effect of different sources of finance on an organisation

    • Demonstrate critically the ability to evaluate and critique potential capital investment and working capital policies by applying a variety of appropriate techniques.

       

          Indicative content:

    • The role and purpose of the financial management function

    • Alternative sources of business finance

    • Basic investment appraisal techniques

    • Working capital management techniques

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 70% Closed Book Examination (3 hours)

    Component 2 - 30% Coursework (2000 Words Equivalent)

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  1. ADVANCED FINANCIAL REPORTING
    (Compulsory) afu602
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    The module aims to develop from previous studies a comprehensive understanding of theory and best current practice of financial reporting, with particular emphasis on current and controversial issues in financial reporting. It will also develop a capacity for critical reasoning and rational analysis, the ability to conceptualise problems, create reasoned value judgments and opinions and the ability to solve practical problems.  

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to deal with professional complexity, whereby a more holistic approach to leadership is required; one that draws together paradigms that are notionally treated theoretically as separate into an interrelated network of approaches that aids graduates to innovatively deal with the wide ranging complexity and uncertainty they will be faced with once they leave university. 

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the advanced aspects of generally accepted international accounting principles and techniques and supporting theory

    • Evaluate and challenge current and accepted accounting theory

    • Critically evaluate contemporary accounting issues and their effect on the further development of financial reporting

    • Demonstrate critically the ability to prepare accounting statements in compliance with international financial reporting standards, discussion documents and exposure drafts

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 30% Coursework (2000 words)

    Component 2 - 70% Closed Book Examination (3 hours)

  2. PRINCIPLES OF AUDIT AND ASSURANCE
    (Compulsory) afu604
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    During this module students will learn about the role of the auditor and develop an understanding of modern audit from both an internal and external perspective. They will be introduced to forensic accounting as a discipline, studying the role and procedures of forensic accounting and the impact of auditing standards on those who undertake assurance engagements.The module willdevelop understanding of current issues relating to the provision of audit and assurance services to enable the identification of the work required for, and the evaluation of the findings of audit and assurance engagements.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to:

     

    • Identify and evaluate the nature and purpose of audit and its regulatory framework

    • Critically evaluate the source of evidence for audit reports

    • Evaluate the appropriateness of the internal control system of an organisation 

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Develop an in-depth understanding of the nature and purpose of the audit process, and its regulatory framework

    • Create a sophisticated awareness of practical aspects of audit and assurance services

    • Identify risks, evaluate internal control systems and design appropriate audit programmes

    • Explain and critically evaluate sources of evidence, so as to prepare appropriate audit reports

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 30% Coursework (2000 Words)

    Component 2 - 70% Closed Book Examination (2 1/2 hours)

  3. FINANCIAL ANALYSIS
    (Compulsory) afu603
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module aims to equip the students with the knowledge and skills expected of the financial manager in relation to investment, financing and dividend policy decisions. It will provide students with the necessary managerial tools and techniques required in order to undertake a strategic analysis and review of their organisational environment and develop a suitable plan to lead the organisation into the future. 

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to:

     

    • Identify the various techniques to be utilised in business and asset valuations

    • Understand the key introductory considerations and range of techniques that need to be utilised to achieve effective financial management within an organisation

    • Understand the techniques used in appraising capital investment

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the key considerations and range of techniques that need to be utilised to achieve effective financial management within an organisation

    • Evaluate critically the relevance of a range of methods to establish business and asset valuations and the significance of the cost of capital

    • Evaluate critically the impact of different sources of finance on the cost of capital using suitable calculations and to compute business and asset valuations using a range of methods

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    • Investment appraisal involving inflation, taxation, risk and uncertainty

    • The cost of capital and the factors which affect it

    • Risk management techniques in business

    • Principles of business and asset valuation

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 70% Closed Book Examination (3 hours)

    Component 2 - 30% Report (2000 Words Equivalent)

  4. ADVANCED MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING
    (Compulsory) afu605
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module will give students a deeper and more integrated understanding of how management accounting theory and practice can help management teams make decisions of strategic importance. Students will critique the role of traditional management accounting techniques and evaluate the use of strategic management accounting models. They will also develop critical analysis skills and learn how management accounting information can contribute to the development and implementation of effective strategic decisions.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to develop further students’ management accounting understanding and competence so that they acquire the ability to critically appraise the management accounting techniques used in modern business.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the concepts, techniques and approaches used in management accounting

    • Evaluate critically current and emerging developments in performance measurement

    • Critically appraise modern approaches to cost management and pricing strategy

    • Demonstrate the application of problem solving, analytical skills and presentation and use of reports.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 70% Closed Book Examination (3 hours)

    Component 2 - 30% Essay (2000 Words Equivalent)

  5. FINAL BUSINESS PROJECT AND CRITICAL EVALUATION
    (Optional) beu601
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    The final project and critical evaluation will be structured to assess the knowledge and understanding by means appropriate to individual students, though all approaches will lead to the production of a significant piece of work that involves the demonstration of advanced practice in business management and/or original small research. All approaches will be accompanied by a critical self- evaluation of the outcomes achieved.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : 12.00 Independent : 388.00 Placement : 0.00 Total :  400.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • Provide and integrative structure to enable student’s ability to identify, analyse and critically evaluate research evidence related to a selected area of business management
    • Provide students with a critical awareness of appropriate and ethically sound research methods in relation to identified research or operational purposes and justify their use
    • Embed a perceptive ability to work constructively with an advisory tutor, recognizing that the content and execution of the project belongs to the student
    • Provide an opportunity to further enhance the ability of the student to discover, analyse, evaluate, synthesise and present a solution to a business management problem or enquiry.

     

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

    • Formulate clearly a research question and/or an issue of advanced practice
    • Critically and rigorously interrogate the literature available to them around their focal problem and identify current key concepts and knowledge
    • Apply existing knowledge to a contextualized problem and identify gaps in current knowledge pertaining to that problem
    • Critically and rigorously interrogate the literature on potentially successful approaches to elicit knowledge comprising these gaps
    • Execute effectively and efficiently a chosen approach to data elicitation
    • Analyse and evaluate appropriately situated knowledge contained in outcomes of data elicitation
    • Propose further action to implement advanced practice supported by the outcomes of the enquiry, including consideration of risk involved and approaches to its management.
    • Reflect upon the learning process embedded in the completion of their final project and identify a strategy for further personal development and lifelong learning.

     

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 90% Dissertation, 10,000 words

    Component 2 - 10% Viva-Voce examination, 15 minutes

  6. NEGOTIATED WORK-BASED RESEARCH PROJECT
    (Optional) plu601
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module offers students the opportunity to build on their level 5 work placement through the more developed application of a negotiated work-based research project. Students will agree with their placement tutor and workplace mentor a brief for a project which addresses a need within the organisation. Learners should complete a minimum of 100 hours in the work place. It is in the spirit of this module that wherever possible, the focus will be on social or community / sustainable development.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 24.00 Independent   : 276.00 Placement   : 100.00 Total   : 400.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Enable students to take responsibility for initiating, directing and managing a negotiated work-based research project

    • Encourage students to use appropriate work-based research methods

    • Enable students to work collaboratively in a work setting, establishing continuity from their previous work placement and offering tangible evidence of building on this prior experience, where possible

    • Generate confidence and security in students’ employability on graduation

     

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Secure, negotiate and design a work-based research project

    • Develop an understanding of, and apply, research methods that are appropriate to work-based contexts

    • Interpret gathered information

    • Make a clear and productive contribution to the organization through the development of recommendations arising from the work-based research project

    • Present a creatively engaging argument

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% NEGOTIATED WORK-BASED RESEARCH PROJECT (8000 WORDS)