AC4002A - Introduction to Accounting (Study Abroad) (2017/18)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2017/18|
|Module title||Introduction to Accounting (Study Abroad)|
|Module level||Certificate (04)|
|Credit rating for module||15|
|School||Guildhall School of Business and Law|
|Total study hours||150|
|Running in 2017/18||
This module focuses on the accounting requirements of business organisations for external reporting. It will examine the financial accounting techniques for sole traders and limited companies .
- to enable students to understand the underlying principles of the financial processes and to prepare/construct relevant accounting statements
- to enable students to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of accounting information systems and how they relate to the decision making uses of financial accounting statements
- to enable students to analyse and interpret the financial accounting statements of a limited company
- to enable students to understand the context of the professional accountancy framework.
The module also aims to develop students’ skills, in particular:
- academic writing skills;
- communication skills, including oral presentation skills;
- application of knowledge and presenting data
- numeracy/ quantitative
- commercial awareness.
1. cash budgets, the income statement, the statement of financial position, the statement of cash flows
2. accounting adjustments and double-entry bookkeeping, simple suspense and control accounts
3. company finance and company accounting statements
4. interpreting financial statements.
Learning and teaching
The learning and teaching strategy for the module is based upon key principles and techniques being introduced in a weekly 1 hour lecture which students then develop and practice using seminar examples. The week-by-week content of the module runs alongside the topics covered in the core textbook. Students will use the online resource centre accompanying the textbook which has additional practice questions and answers, flashcard glossaries of key terms, multiple choice questions, PowerPoint slides and a test bank.
Students will be responsible for attempting set questions in advance of seminar groups. Reflective learning will take place in the evaluation of the appropriateness of professional body frameworks which will be part of the coursework.
On completing the module students will be able to :
- construct a set of financial accounting statements for a sole trader and a limited company, highlight the decision making needs of external users of financial reports and understand and implement the underlying concepts and conventions
- understand and effectively use the double-entry system of bookkeeping including simple suspense and control accounts
- calculate, interpret and understand the limitations of a set of accounting ratios for a limited company
The assessment strategy for the module will comprise two elements. The in-class test will assess basic financial accounting techniques, the coursework will require students to prepare an individual report and construct final accounting statements for a limited company and a reflective essay on the professional accountancy framework.
Carey M., Knowles C. and Towers-Clark J. ( 2011 ) Accounting a smart approach Oxford University Press
Weetman, P. ( 2011 ) Financial and Management Accounting 5th edition FT Prentice Hall
Financial Reporting Council www.frc.org.uk
Accountancy Age www.accountancyage.com