module specification

AC5062 - Financial Reporting (2021/22)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2021/22
Module title Financial Reporting
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 150
9 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
105 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 40%   Calculation and report of UK listed companies using ratio analysis 1000-words
Unseen Examination 60%   2-hour unseen exam
Running in 2021/22
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Thursday Morning
Autumn semester North Thursday Afternoon

Module summary

This module focuses on the preparation of financial statements for UK limited companies, the critical assessment of published accounts, with an understanding of the UK regulatory framework. Students will also be exposed to the need and sources of regulation, the purpose of accounting standards and worldwide use of IFRS.

This core module aims to enable students to:

1)   demonstrate ability to explain the basic principles of regulations.

2)   develop an interest in the need for International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)

3)   understand the role of the regulatory framework for corporate reporting;

4)   prepare financial statements for UK limited companies in a format suitable for  

5)   conduct a critical assessment of company performance.

The module also aims to help students in the development of the following skills:

.    academic writing;
.    researching
.    analysis and presentation of financial data;
.    communication, including oral presentations;
.    interpersonal, including effective team working;
.    self-assessment and reflection.


  • - Sources of regulation and the standard-setting process  LO1 and LO2
    - Legislation, Companies Act 2006 UK; stock exchange regulation
    - The GAAP, IFRS and Conceptual framework

    - Preparation of financial statements: LO3
    • statement of financial position
    • statement of comprehensive income
    • statement of changes in equity
    • statement of cash flows

    - Interpretation of accounts: using ratio analysis to assess companies’ performance  LO4

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Teaching will take the form of a 2-hour lecture and 1-hour seminar sessions.

The lecture will introduce the context and outline of each subject area using illustrated examples and scenarios, pre-distributed to the student.

The seminar session will focus on problem solving, discussion of the ethical reasons for presentation (where choice is possible) and current issues in financial reporting. Questions will be pre-distributed to allow students to attempt answers in advance of the seminar. Use will be made of actual published accounts wherever possible.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

LO1)   demonstrate an understanding of the need of regulations and sources of regulation

LO2)   demonstrate an understanding of the process of international standard setting and
      regulations for financial reporting;

LO3)   prepare financial statements for UK companies to comply with the legal and
      regulatory framework of financial reporting and prepare a range of supporting
      documentation to a professional standard.

LO4)   calculate, interpret and report on ratios for UK public companies.

Assessment strategy

Students will complete two kinds of assignments:

• Some assignments will contribute to overall mark and grades – summative assessment.
• Some assignments will not contribute to overall mark and grades but will be important to help you progress in your understanding of the subject – formative assessment.

Formal Assessment will comprise of individual coursework (40%) and written examination (60%).

The individual coursework will require a demonstration of ability to calculate and interpret relevant accounting ratios and a critical assessment of company performance.

The written examination will be a 2-hour closed book assessment that will require students to answer a mix of numerical and theoretical questions on financial reporting.



Core Textbook 

International Financial Reporting: A Practical Guide, Melville, A., 6th edition, 2017, published by Pearson Education, ISBN-: 9781292200743

Other Recommended textbooks

Financial Accounting, Reporting and Analysis, Maynard, J., 1st edition, 2013, published by Oxford University Press, ISBN-13: 9780199606054

Financial Accounting and Reporting, Elliott, B., and J. Elliott, 17th  edition, 2015, published by Pearson Education, ISBN-13: 9781292080505

Other sources

Accountancy Magazine –

ACCA Student Newsletter –
ICAEW online journal
CIMA Student  –

Financial Reporting Council –

International Accounting Standards Board Council –