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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 06/04/2022 13:28:08

Title of Module: Accountant in Business

Code: ACCT07002 SCQF Level: 7
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Angela  Dunlop

Summary of Module

This module, which has no prerequisites, provides you with an understanding of the role of accountancy within its context at the centre of the business function, as well as an appreciation of the wider social, political, legal, economic and technological environment factors which impact on the organisation.  It also introduces you to the non accountancy specific skills and attributes needed to operate successfully as an accountant in business.

The lecturing staff's professional background, areas of interest and scholarship, provides helpful insight into this module.

Organisational concepts, organisational culture, effective information systems, role of IT; ethics, governance; macro environmental factors, PEST, micro environmental factors, Porter;  the principal business financial/accounting systems, control, security and audit systems; management theory, management and supervision, leadership skills and styles, individuals, groups and teams, motivation, developing personal effectiveness; recruitment and selection.

This module is suitable for delivery overseas.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Demonstrate knowledge of business organisational structures

L2. Identify the key environmental influences and constraints on business and accounting;

L3. Describe the specific functions of accounting and internal financial control;

L4. Explain the role of the manager in leading and managing individuals and teams;

L5. Explain the role of the manager in recruiting and developing effective employees

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 7.

Business organisational structure, governance and management (broad knowledge); management theories ( appreciation of evolving theories);

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 7.

Identifying appropriate motivational and reward systems (basic /routine)

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 7.

Presenting and evaluating arguments re different leadership and management styles

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 7.

Using a range of communication methods and information technology

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 7.

Group work and independently study; carrying out independent research and information gathering.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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Learning and Teaching
This module uses a series of lectures to provide you with information on The Accountant as Manager and is delivered by members of the Management teaching team within the Business school. The second part of the lecture series, The Role of the Accountant within the Business, is taught by members of the accounting teaching team within the Business School.
Some case studies and real life examples are used in lectures and tutorials to build up knowledge and understanding of the theoretical aspects of the module. Tutorials are designed to help you apply the theory to examination style questions to increase understanding and enhance exam technique. In addition you are expected to search for relevant information to enhance your autonomy, information gathering skills and communication skills.
Assessment of this module is by the submission of an individual typed coursework which requires you to investigate and organise resources to demonstrate knowledge of business organizational structures.
Formal examination used to assess knowledge and understanding.

Support for this is provided by the provision of a dedicated website (within the University’s Virtual Learning Environment), Powerpoint slides, class discussions and a printed text which is available from a range of Professional publishing houses (often in a slightly different format).
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery24
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity24
Independent Study152
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

ACCA Study Text: Paper F1 Accountant in Business (current edition) London BPP Learning Media Ltd

ACCA Study Text: Paper F1 Accountant in Business (current edition) London Kaplan Publishing Foulks Lynch

Griffin, R. W. and Moorhead, G. Organizational Behaviour (current ed) Boston, Houghton Mifflin

Mullins, L.J., Management and Organisational Behaviour (current ed), Harlow, Pearson Education

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardAccounting, Finance and Law
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelAccounting, Finance & Law
ModeratorSharon McGoldrick
External ExaminerL McCann
Accreditation DetailsThis module contributes to the exemptions from various professional examinations attributable to the Bachelor of Accounting programme. Contact School for current details.
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Written assignment - note that the pass mark for this element is 40% but where the overall module mark is 40% or more a mark of 35% or over will be counted as a pass.
Examination - note that the pass mark for this element is 40% but where the overall module mark is 40% or more a mark of 35% or over will be counted as a pass.
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Report of practical/ field/ clinical workcheck markcheck mark   300

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 2 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
To complete this module successfully, access to appropriate ICT facilities will be required to enable you to engage with VLE (Moodle) for lecture notes, tutorial questions, additional study materials, as well as complete a typed coursework (approx 1500 words).

In addition, you would normally be required to undertake a two hour, closed book, hand written exam. Where identified, appropriate arrangements will be made additional assessment time and facilities.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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