module specification

AC4003 - Professional Skills for Accounting (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Professional Skills for Accounting
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 30
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 300
81 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
219 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 30%   One hour test on numeracy and mathematics and reflective task
Group Presentation 40%   Reflective portfolio and group viva
In-Course Test 30%   Quantitative Methods Test
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year (Spring and Summer) City Monday Afternoon
Year City Tuesday Afternoon

Module summary

The module aims to prepare learners for the accounting profession. This will be achieved by teaching relevant academic and practical skills which will enable the learner to succeed academically and to begin to develop key workplace skills including numeracy. It will also emphasise the need for personal development and the importance of a professional approach to learning.

Module aims

The module aims to prepare students for academic study. This will include for example: numeracy, how to gather information, to write properly referenced essays and reports, to collect and present data, to work individually and in groups, to manage time effectively and to develop critical thinking skills. The module will specifically develop the cognitive abilities and generic skills identified by the subject benchmark available at:


• Knowledge of the importance of data and its development into relevant information.
• Use of Microsoft Excel and Word for reporting.
• A basic skills set for numeracy leading to the ability to deal with more abstract mathematical concepts.
• An introduction to descriptive statistics and their application.
• How to learn and study.
• How to read and research, including competence at academic referencing.
• How to learn creatively and to develop critical thinking skills.
• The importance of regular professional development.
• How to work in groups with confidence.
• How to write and present assignments.
• The importance of reflective learning in university and at the workplace.

Learning and teaching

The module will consist of one hour lectures to introduce new topics and themes and relate to the accounting profession. Tutorials will be computer and class based and will require students to practice what has been learned in the lectures. As an overall assessment of the module students will be required to collate a portfolio on a regular basis of their personal development over the course of the module. Learning will be supported by a developed Weblearn site, which students will be required to access on a frequent basis to prepare for tutorials.


Learning outcomes

On completing the module students will be able to
• Use Microsoft Excel for presenting financial data to potential users.
• Develop cognitive, numerical and generic skills relevant to the accounting profession.
• Develop key academic skills to enable them to approach learning and assessment in a professional manner.
• Become aware of the need for personal development at university and in the work place.
• Have a working knowledge of descriptive statistics.
• Develop key skills in numeracy, mathematics for accounting and quantitative statistical methods that will lead successfully to level 5 modules.

Assessment strategy

The module will have three assignments, consisting of: 1) an in-class test to assess knowledge of numeracy and mathematics plus a reflective essay; 2) a report in Excel to assess knowledge of descriptive statistics and their relevance to the accounting profession; 3) a quantitative methods test. 


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