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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS3650 Critical Cases in Accounting and Finance

20 creditsClass Size: 175

Module manager: John Smith

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25


LUBS2205Corporate Finance
LUBS2290Intermediate Financial Accounting
LUBS2295Intermediate Mgt Accounting

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Critical Cases in Accounting and Finance is designed to develop your higher level technical and professional skills in presenting rounded advice to clients. The module works through a series of increasingly complex case study scenarios designed to reproduce a typical situation in which a professional in the accounting and finance field might find themselves. You will be required to analyse and synthesise complex and unstructured information in order to provide professional level advice and recommendations. The case study scenario will replicate a complex commercial scenario and could relate to a business plan or a corporate transaction such as a merger or acquisition for example. Using this information, and your own research and analysis, you will be expected to provide appropriate professional advice to a specified client on the issue in the form of a written report. Pre-requisites modules are: LUBS2205 Corporate Finance, LUBS2290 Intermediate Financial Accounting and LUBS2295 Intermediate Management Accounting.


The aim of this module is to provide students’ higher level technical and professional appropriate for presenting rounded advice to clients in complex commercial contexts. The module presents students with an unstructured complex current business case study scenario in which they exercise appropriate professional and ethical judgement to formulate professional advice in the form of reasoned conclusions and recommendations.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Interpret and outline complex business issues to a professional commercial level and relate them to accounting and finance
- Analyse current commercial issues and evaluate alternative solutions

Skills outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Identify problems and define alternative feasible solutions and justifiable conclusions from complex unstructured scenarios and data
- Apply numerical and statistical skills to manipulate and interrogate financial and other numerical data using current communication and information technology
- Apply intelligent scepticism in independently locating, extracting, analysing and critically evaluating arguments, data and information from multiple sources
- Structure and communicate quantitative and qualitative information, analysis, advice and recommendations in the form of a professional quality business report

Subject specific
- Identify issues which raise professional responsibilities and consequences of unethical behaviour and formulate appropriate professional recommendations
- Deploy technical, analytical, evaluative and integrative skills appropriate to a professional in the accounting and finance discipline


Indicative content:
Students will be shown how to analyse a complex case study. However, as the issues raised in the case study scenarios will be topical, it is not possible to specify the detail of the remaining content. The following are the broad headings under which the syllabus content will be delivered: current issues in financial accounting, management accounting and corporate finance.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours165.00
Total Contact hours35.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

This could include a variety of activities, such as reading, watching videos, question practice and exam preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative feedback will be available through seminar activities and group discussions.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)3 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by 3 hour examination.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2024 16:16:21


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