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ACC1012 : Professional Skills for Accounting and Finance

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Philip Morey
  • Lecturer: Dr Habiba Al-Shaer, Ms Gillian Holmes, Dr Andrew Holden
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To introduce N400 students to a range of key skills that are vital for success as an Accounting and Finance professional. To introduce the mathematical and statistical techniques and concepts necessary in the field of Accounting and Finance.

Outline Of Syllabus

The key skills element and the mathematics/ statistical element will be taught concurrently.
•       Introduction: Time management, study skills and the Business game (2 hours)
•       Team working task (2 hours)
•       Behavioural aspects of the successful professional (2 hours)
•       Presentation skills (2 hours)
•       Business Game application (2 hours)
•       Presentation (2 hours)
•       Key Skills (2 hours)
•       Basics of linear and non-linear equations (2 lecture sessions for non-A-Level students ONLY)
•       Linear equations and non-linear equations (2 lecture sessions)
•       Differentiation, partial differentiation and optimisation (4 lecture sessions)
•       Descriptive statistics (3 lecture sessions)
•       Basic probability and distribution (3 lecture sessions)
•       Estimation and hypothesis testing (3 lecture sessions)
•       Regression analysis (3 lecture sessions)
•       Revision (2 lecture session)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion601:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00Mathematical and statistical element taught with NN14 students
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture72:0014:00Professional skills sessions
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading501:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops31:003:00IT clusters
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study501:0050:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
ACC1053Introductory Quantitative Methods and Principles of Taxation
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Key skills sessions will be interactive sessions, taught in two hour blocks by both academic staff and representatives from professional bodies and professional firms. Mathematics and statistics (for both N400 and NN14 students) will be taught by formal lectures to introduce concepts and techniques, supported by workshop sessions (classroom and computer based) where students have the opportunity to practise and obtain feedback on their attempts at the questions set.

The maths element is jointly taught across ACC1012 and ACC1053

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A50N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
2Maths paper of ACC1053 is paired with maths paper of ACC1012
LAC1012Professional Skills for Accounting and Finance2N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1M30Group Presentation and Report
Prof skill assessmnt1M20Data Analysis Report (including case study and computer based assessments)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises1MStudents can sit practice mode CBAs for a week before the assessment period
Prob solv exercises2MStudents can sit practice mode CBAs for a week before the assessment period
Prob solv exercises1MSeminar questions are provided
Prob solv exercises2MSeminar questions are provided
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The formal examination and individual assignment will test the mathematics and statistical concepts and techniques introduced in the module.

The key professional skills will be assessed via a group report and presentation, relating to a business game. In this assessment students will therefore need to demonstrate team working, planning and organisation skills, as well as business awareness, numeracy and data interpretation/ analysis skills.

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