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BSc Accounting and Finance

Year 3

(Award available for year: Bachelor of Science)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:

- Apply current technical standards, language and practices of accounting in a variety of commercial contexts
- Interpret financial and non-financial information and data to provide a professional insight into the operations of a complex business for the purpose of decision analysis, performance measurement and management control
- Research, summarise and critically evaluate some key contemporary theories and relevant empirical research evidence in the field of accounting, corporate finance, risk and the operation of capital markets
- Explain the implications and relevance of the current knowledge boundaries in the discipline
- Identify some activities which raise professional responsibilities and challenges for practitioners in accounting and finance
- Articulate the consequences of unethical behaviour and formulate professional recommendations
- Recognise some of alternative national and cultural contexts in which accounting and finance can be seen as operating
- Critically evaluate some the alternative technical languages and practices of the discipline.

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:

- Apply their numerical and statistical skills to manipulate and interrogate financial and other numerical data using current communication and information technology at a professional level
- Identify problems, extract relevant information and define alternative feasible solutions and justifiable conclusions from complex structured and unstructured scenarios and data
- Apply intelligent scepticism in independently locating, extracting, analysing and critically evaluating arguments, data and information from multiple sources, including the academic literature
- Acknowledge and reference appropriate research sources
- Structure and communicate quantitative and qualitative information, ideas, analysis, argument and commentary in the form of academic essays and professional quality business reports and presentations
- Confidently articulate their own and others group working skills in a professional context.


Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:

- demonstrating the ability to apply a broad range of aspects of the discipline;
- work that draws on a wide variety of material;
- the ability to evaluate and criticise received opinion;
- evidence of an ability to conduct independent, in depth enquiry within the discipline; and
- work that is typically both evaluative and analytical.


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