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BSc Accounting

Academic Year 2019/20

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Programme Title BSc Accounting Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Programme Code ACC-BSC-S UCAS Code N400 HECoS Code 100105
ATAS Clearance Required No
Mode of Study Full Time
Type of Programme Single Honours Length of Programme 3 Academic Year(s) Total Credits for Programme 360
Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Queen's Management School

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
www.qaa.ac.uk

Level 6

QAA Benchmark Group
www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Accounting (2016)

Accreditations (PSRB)

Chartered Accountants Ireland

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit 29-08-16

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit 15-05-13

Association of Certified Chartered Accountants

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit 19-02-16

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit 13-02-19

CIPFA

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit 16-11-17

Association of International Accountants

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit 12-07-16

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

None

Programme Specific Regulations

Stage 1
Students are required to pass ALL modules in Stage 1 before being allowed to progress into Stage 2

Stage 2
Students are only permitted to undertake one optional placement or study abroad year at the end of stage 2. Students must have the written permission of the Programme Director to intermit their studies.

Stage 3
The University General Regulations apply.

Students with protected characteristics

None

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

To provide effective systems of learning, academic guidance and pastoral support to encourage the academic, intellectual and personal development of our students.

To provide students with the opportunity to pursue appropriately demanding programmes of study focused on Accounting and its cognate disciplines of Economics, Finance and Law, at a breadth and depth appropriate to a first degree qualification.

To provide students who wish to pursue postgraduate studies in Accounting or cognate subjects with the necessary study skills and subject knowledge.

To place accounting in its broader economic, organisational, social and political contexts.

To develop students' knowledge and skills base in ways which inter alia will enhance their employment opportunities.

To satisfy appropriate professional accreditation standards at the undergraduate level.

To develop the intellectual, personal, team and professional skills necessary for lifelong learning, professional development and service to society

To maintain a supportive working environment in which there is respect for social and cultural differences and openness, fairness, and equality of opportunity in relation to selection, learning, assessment and support.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Critically evaluate arguments and evidence from a variety of sources

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed across modules and between stages. A combination of teaching methods are used to develop and enhance cognitive skills. These include traditional lecture settings, small group tutorials, weekly workshops, guest presentations from industry experts, and interactive learning sessions.

Methods of Assessment

A combination of assessment methods including weekly workshops; tutorial portfolio system; group presentations; case studies, both structured and unstructured; group assignments; individual assignments and end of semester examinations are used to test the learning experience

Analyse and draw reasoned conclusions concerning structured and unstructured problems from a given set of data and from data which must be acquired by the student

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed across modules and between stages. A combination of teaching methods are used to develop and enhance cognitive skills. These include traditional lecture settings, small group tutorials, weekly workshops, guest presentations from industry experts, and interactive learning sessions.

Methods of Assessment

A combination of assessment methods including weekly workshops; tutorial portfolio system; group presentations; case studies, both structured and unstructured; group assignments; individual assignments and end of semester examinations are used to test the learning experience

Relate theory to practice

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed across modules and between stages. A combination of teaching methods are used to develop and enhance cognitive skills. These include traditional lecture settings, small group tutorials, weekly workshops, guest presentations from industry experts, and interactive learning sessions.

Methods of Assessment

A combination of assessment methods including weekly workshops; tutorial portfolio system; group presentations; case studies, both structured and unstructured; group assignments; individual assignments and end of semester examinations are used to test the learning experience

Gain insights into the complexity of ‘real world’ situations

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed across modules and between stages. A combination of teaching methods are used to develop and enhance cognitive skills. These include traditional lecture settings, small group tutorials, weekly workshops, guest presentations from industry experts, and interactive learning sessions.

Methods of Assessment

A combination of assessment methods including weekly workshops; tutorial portfolio system; group presentations; case studies, both structured and unstructured; group assignments; individual assignments and end of semester examinations are used to test the learning experience

Improve judgment skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed across modules and between stages. A combination of teaching methods are used to develop and enhance cognitive skills. These include traditional lecture settings, small group tutorials, weekly workshops, guest presentations from industry experts, and interactive learning sessions.

Methods of Assessment

A combination of assessment methods including weekly workshops; tutorial portfolio system; group presentations; case studies, both structured and unstructured; group assignments; individual assignments and end of semester examinations are used to test the learning experience

Be able to deal with situations of uncertainty and ambiguity

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed across modules and between stages. A combination of teaching methods are used to develop and enhance cognitive skills. These include traditional lecture settings, small group tutorials, weekly workshops, guest presentations from industry experts, and interactive learning sessions.

Methods of Assessment

A combination of assessment methods including weekly workshops; tutorial portfolio system; group presentations; case studies, both structured and unstructured; group assignments; individual assignments and end of semester examinations are used to test the learning experience

Ability to think conceptually and consider multiple perspectives and solutions to accounting problems

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed across modules and between stages. A combination of teaching methods are used to develop and enhance cognitive skills. These include traditional lecture settings, small group tutorials, weekly workshops, guest presentations from industry experts, and interactive learning sessions.

Methods of Assessment

A combination of assessment methods including weekly workshops; tutorial portfolio system; group presentations; case studies, both structured and unstructured; group assignments; individual assignments and end of semester examinations are used to test the learning experience

Enhance understanding of the environment within which management problems exist

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed across modules and between stages. A combination of teaching methods are used to develop and enhance cognitive skills. These include traditional lecture settings, small group tutorials, weekly workshops, guest presentations from industry experts, and interactive learning sessions.

Methods of Assessment

A combination of assessment methods including weekly workshops; tutorial portfolio system; group presentations; case studies, both structured and unstructured; group assignments; individual assignments and end of semester examinations are used to test the learning experience

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Locate, extract and analyse data from multiple sources, including the acknowledgement and referencing of sources

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching is via traditional lecture settings, interactive workshops, smaller tutorial class sessions, problem solving, worked class examples and independent reading and practice and application of key concepts.
Where appropriate, guest speakers from industry are used to enhance the learning experience

Methods of Assessment

Transferable skills development permeates the teaching and learning on the BSc Accounting degree. Students are given deadlines which they are expected to meet thereby requiring them to prioritise their work and enhance their time management skills. In addition students are required to give group presentations and prepare written materials, both as groups and individuals, at stages 1, 2 and 3. This involves effective teamwork which aids the development of transferable skills. Summarising skills are practiced and evaluated in a range of ways using group and individual assessments and tutorial portfolios.

Demonstrate transferable skills such as independent learning, communication, and self-management

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching is via traditional lecture settings, interactive workshops, smaller tutorial class sessions, problem solving, worked class examples and independent reading and practice and application of key concepts.
Where appropriate, guest speakers from industry are used to enhance the learning experience

Methods of Assessment

Transferable skills development permeates the teaching and learning on the BSc Accounting degree. Students are given deadlines which they are expected to meet thereby requiring them to prioritise their work and enhance their time management skills. In addition students are required to give group presentations and prepare written materials, both as groups and individuals, at stages 1, 2 and 3. This involves effective teamwork which aids the development of transferable skills. Summarising skills are practiced and evaluated in a range of ways using group and individual assessments and tutorial portfolios.

Work in groups, and other inter-personal skills, including oral as well as written presentation skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching is via traditional lecture settings, interactive workshops, smaller tutorial class sessions, problem solving, worked class examples and independent reading and practice and application of key concepts.
Where appropriate, guest speakers from industry are used to enhance the learning experience

Methods of Assessment

Transferable skills development permeates the teaching and learning on the BSc Accounting degree. Students are given deadlines which they are expected to meet thereby requiring them to prioritise their work and enhance their time management skills. In addition students are required to give group presentations and prepare written materials, both as groups and individuals, at stages 1, 2 and 3. This involves effective teamwork which aids the development of transferable skills. Summarising skills are practiced and evaluated in a range of ways using group and individual assessments and tutorial portfolios.

Incorporate the use of information and computing technology (ICT) skills in acquiring, analysing and communicating information, including the use of spreadsheets and word processing software, the world-wide web and e-mail

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching is via traditional lecture settings, interactive workshops, smaller tutorial class sessions, problem solving, worked class examples and independent reading and practice and application of key concepts.
Where appropriate, guest speakers from industry are used to enhance the learning experience

Methods of Assessment

Transferable skills development permeates the teaching and learning on the BSc Accounting degree. Students are given deadlines which they are expected to meet thereby requiring them to prioritise their work and enhance their time management skills. In addition students are required to give group presentations and prepare written materials, both as groups and individuals, at stages 1, 2 and 3. This involves effective teamwork which aids the development of transferable skills. Summarising skills are practiced and evaluated in a range of ways using group and individual assessments and tutorial portfolios.

Use communication skills, including the ability to present quantitative and qualitative information together with analysis, argument and commentary in a form appropriate to different intended audiences

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching is via traditional lecture settings, interactive workshops, smaller tutorial class sessions, problem solving, worked class examples and independent reading and practice and application of key concepts.
Where appropriate, guest speakers from industry are used to enhance the learning experience

Methods of Assessment

Transferable skills development permeates the teaching and learning on the BSc Accounting degree. Students are given deadlines which they are expected to meet thereby requiring them to prioritise their work and enhance their time management skills. In addition students are required to give group presentations and prepare written materials, both as groups and individuals, at stages 1, 2 and 3. This involves effective teamwork which aids the development of transferable skills. Summarising skills are practiced and evaluated in a range of ways using group and individual assessments and tutorial portfolios.

Apply numeracy skills, including the ability to manipulate financial and other numerical data and to appreciate statistical concepts at an appropriate level

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching is via traditional lecture settings, interactive workshops, smaller tutorial class sessions, problem solving, worked class examples and independent reading and practice and application of key concepts.
Where appropriate, guest speakers from industry are used to enhance the learning experience

Methods of Assessment

Transferable skills development permeates the teaching and learning on the BSc Accounting degree. Students are given deadlines which they are expected to meet thereby requiring them to prioritise their work and enhance their time management skills. In addition students are required to give group presentations and prepare written materials, both as groups and individuals, at stages 1, 2 and 3. This involves effective teamwork which aids the development of transferable skills. Summarising skills are practiced and evaluated in a range of ways using group and individual assessments and tutorial portfolios.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Understand:
the conceptual and applied aspects of accounting as an academic discipline, at a breadth and depth appropriate to a first degree meeting the requirements of the Accounting Benchmark Statement

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The BSc Accounting programme follows a structured curriculum which progresses from first year to final year. A combination of teaching and assessment methods are used to enhance knowledge and understanding including: traditional lectures; interactive small group tutorials; weekly workshops

Methods of Assessment

A combination of assessment methods are used to enhance knowledge and understanding including: weekly workshops with related assessed work; tutorial portfolio systems where students are required to submit work on a weekly basis; group presentations; case studies, both structured and unstructured; group assignments; individual assignments; class tests and end of semester examinations.

Evaluate:
the main current technical language and practices of accounting in the areas of recognition, measurement and disclosure in financial statements; managerial accounting; auditing; taxation
the alternative theories of income measurement and associated recognition rules and valuation bases, the international context of accounting regulation and alternative managerial accounting approaches to planning, control and decision-making

the theories and empirical evidence related to the core aspects of accounting, including a familiarity with the latest research developments and issues

issues around ethical awareness in accounting

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The BSc Accounting programme follows a structured curriculum which progresses from first year to final year. A combination of teaching and assessment methods are used to enhance knowledge and understanding including: traditional lectures; interactive small group tutorials; weekly workshops

Methods of Assessment

A combination of assessment methods are used to enhance knowledge and understanding including: weekly workshops with related assessed work; tutorial portfolio systems where students are required to submit work on a weekly basis; group presentations; case studies, both structured and unstructured; group assignments; individual assignments; class tests and end of semester examinations.

Understand:
the alternative theories of income measurement and associated recognition rules and valuation bases, the international context of accounting regulation and alternative managerial accounting approaches to planning, control and decision-making

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The BSc Accounting programme follows a structured curriculum which progresses from first year to final year. A combination of teaching and assessment methods are used to enhance knowledge and understanding including: traditional lectures; interactive small group tutorials; weekly workshops

Methods of Assessment

A combination of assessment methods are used to enhance knowledge and understanding including: weekly workshops with related assessed work; tutorial portfolio systems where students are required to submit work on a weekly basis; group presentations; case studies, both structured and unstructured; group assignments; individual assignments; class tests and end of semester examinations.

Discuss:
the theories and empirical evidence related to the core aspects of accounting, including a familiarity with the latest research developments and issues

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The BSc Accounting programme follows a structured curriculum which progresses from first year to final year. A combination of teaching and assessment methods are used to enhance knowledge and understanding including: traditional lectures; interactive small group tutorials; weekly workshops

Methods of Assessment

A combination of assessment methods are used to enhance knowledge and understanding including: weekly workshops with related assessed work; tutorial portfolio systems where students are required to submit work on a weekly basis; group presentations; case studies, both structured and unstructured; group assignments; individual assignments; class tests and end of semester examinations.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

understand how accounting informs and is informed by the organisational, economic, social and political contexts in which it operates

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

A combination of teaching and learning methods are used to enhance subject-specific skills. These include: traditional lectures; interactive small group tutorials; weekly workshops;

Methods of Assessment

A combination of assessment methods are used to enhance subject-specific skills. These include: weekly workshops; tutorial portfolio system; group presentations; case studies, both structured and unstructured; group assignments; individual assignments; class tests and end of semester examinations.

record and summarise transactions and other economic events

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

A combination of teaching and learning methods are used to enhance subject-specific skills. These include: traditional lectures; interactive small group tutorials; weekly workshops;

Methods of Assessment

A combination of assessment methods are used to enhance subject-specific skills. These include: weekly workshops; tutorial portfolio system; group presentations; case studies, both structured and unstructured; group assignments; individual assignments; class tests and end of semester examinations.

prepare financial statements for incorporated and un-incorporated entities

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

A combination of teaching and learning methods are used to enhance subject-specific skills. These include: traditional lectures; interactive small group tutorials; weekly workshops;

Methods of Assessment

A combination of assessment methods are used to enhance subject-specific skills. These include: weekly workshops; tutorial portfolio system; group presentations; case studies, both structured and unstructured; group assignments; individual assignments; class tests and end of semester examinations.

analyse the operations of business in the areas of decision analysis, performance measurement and management control

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

A combination of teaching and learning methods are used to enhance subject-specific skills. These include: traditional lectures; interactive small group tutorials; weekly workshops;

Methods of Assessment

A combination of assessment methods are used to enhance subject-specific skills. These include: weekly workshops; tutorial portfolio system; group presentations; case studies, both structured and unstructured; group assignments; individual assignments; class tests and end of semester examinations

prepare financial analyses and projections, for example, analysis of financial ratios, discounted cash flow analysis, budgeting and the assessment of financial risks

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

A combination of teaching and learning methods are used to enhance subject-specific skills. These include: traditional lectures; interactive small group tutorials; weekly workshops;

Methods of Assessment

A combination of assessment methods are used to enhance subject-specific skills. These include: weekly workshops; tutorial portfolio system; group presentations; case studies, both structured and unstructured; group assignments; individual assignments; class tests and end of semester examinations.

read and critically evaluate accounting and related literature (for example, accounting and accountability; sustainability reporting; and management control systems)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

A combination of teaching and learning methods are used to enhance subject-specific skills. These include: traditional lectures; interactive small group tutorials; weekly workshops;

Methods of Assessment

A combination of assessment methods are used to enhance subject-specific skills. These include: weekly workshops; tutorial portfolio system; group presentations; case studies, both structured and unstructured; group assignments; individual assignments; class tests and end of semester examinations.

MODULE INFORMATION

Stages and Modules

Module Title Module Code Level/ stage Credits

Availability

Duration Pre-requisite

Assessment

S1 S2 Core Option Coursework % Practical % Examination %
Introductory Financial Accounting ACC1001 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 25% 0% 75%
Introductory Management Accounting ACC1003 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 25% 0% 75%
Accounting Information Systems ACC1004 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 30% 0% 70%
Introduction to Legal Study and Basic Contract Law ACC1005 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 25% 0% 75%
Quantitative Methods ECO1009 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 0% 0% 100%
Economy, Society, and Public Policy 1 ECO1015 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 30% 0% 70%
Financial Accounting ACC2004 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 25% 0% 75%
Financial Decision Making FIN2006 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 25% 0% 75%
Management Accounting ACC2005 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 25% 0% 75%
Financial Market Theory FIN2008 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 25% 0% 75%
Managerial Behaviour MGT2008 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 40% 0% 60%
Data Analysis and Optimisation ECO2023 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 90% 10% 0%
Financial Modelling ACC2010 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Advanced Financial Accounting ACC3010 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 25% 0% 75%
Advanced Management Accounting ACC3011 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 25% 0% 75%
Taxation ACC3012 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 25% 0% 75%
Auditing and Accountability ACC3009 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 25% 0% 75%
Supply Chain Management MGT3013 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Business Ethics MGT3012 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 60% 40% 0%
Law of Business Organisations ACC3024 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 25% 0% 75%
Issues in not-for-profit and public sector accounting ACC3014 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 25% 0% 75%

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