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ACC1012 : Professional Skills for Accounting and Finance

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Philip Morey
  • Lecturer: Ms Gillian Holmes, Dr Andrew Holden, Dr Habiba Al-Shaer
  • 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
•       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
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials62:0012:00Professional skills lecture sessions.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials122:0024:00Maths lecture sessions.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Maths assessment preparation and completion
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00Professional skills assessment preparation and completion.
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities61:006:00Professional Skills activities.
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities121:0012:00Maths activities.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00Maths small groups.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00Professional skills small groups
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops31:003:00Maths workshops
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study177:0077:00Maths independent study
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 will discuss and obtain feedback on their work on case studies designed to put into practice the material taught in lectures and have an opportunity to practice and obtain feedback on their attempts at in-class computer-based assignments. Students will also be set weekly practice questions with solutions that develop their ability to apply the key concepts of the module.

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 scenario. 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. Individuals within each group will receive the group mark adjusted according to the group members' assessment of each others' contributions to the report and the presentation. Each team is to keep a log of its meetings, which should be handed in as an appendix to the group report. The module leader retains the right to adjust individual marks where it is deemed necessary in the interests of fairness, including the award of a zero mark for individual students who fail to participate and contribute effectively to their group.

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