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LUBS5072M Critical Skills for the Finance Professional

15 creditsClass Size: 200

Module manager: Jessica Johnson

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

Module replaces

LUBS 5099M

This module is not approved as an Elective


The aim of the module is to provide students with opportunities to develop professional skills which are essential for success in both study and work, including: oral communication skills; presentation skills; team-working skills; commercial awareness; and awareness of global and cultural issues in business. Students will analyse a series of business issues and case studies; through these scenarios and case studies students will have the opportunity to identify and define problems, analyse financial and non-financial data, develop their commercial awareness, exercise appropriate professional and ethical judgement and develop reasoned conclusions and recommendations. Students will also be exposed to a number of different experiences designed to provide opportunities for students to practise and develop their skills.

Learning outcomes
Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to critically assess:
- Commercial awareness and how it can be developed and improved;
- What makes an effective presenter and what makes a successful presentation;
- Ethical issues that might be encountered by a finance professional, and how these might be managed in practice;
- Global/cultural issues that might be encountered in a business environment.
Skills outcomes
Transferable Skills
On completion of this module students will be able to:
- work effectively as a team member in order to achieve a common team goal
- communicate clearly and effectively in writing to an advanced academic level
- present coherently to an audience
- critically analyse and reflect
Subject-specific Skills
On completion of this module students will be able to:
- identify and debate international perspectives and different national and cultural contexts;
- summarise and explain different ethical issues and ethical perspectives.

Skills outcomes
Global and cultural awareness
Oral communication
Ethical awareness
Group work


Indicative content:

- Commercial awareness
- Business issues discussion and analysis
- Group work and group presentations
- Portfolio preparation
- Case study analysis
- Poster presentations
- Professional experience

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours81.00
Total Contact hours69.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Research, group work, skills development activities

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Opportunities for feedback available during seminars, office hours and appointments.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignment3000 word assignment70.00
PresentationIndividual presentation10.00
Group ProjectPoster10.00
Poster PresentationAttendance at presentation5.00
PracticalAttendance at Professional Experience Week events/activities5.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by 3000 word course work.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 12/12/2018 10:48:53


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