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ACC4051 : Contemporary Issues in Business, Accounting and Finance

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jane Gibbon
  • Lecturer: Mrs Helen Currie, Dr Claudia Gabbioneta, Mr Ben Dickson-Green, Dr Rob Jones, Mrs Deborah Jones, Mrs Amy Thompson
  • 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


The module aims to develop students’ skills of analysis and evaluation in the context of contemporary issues in business accounting and finance.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students will be required to complete an 8,000 word project in which the student will be address a contemporary issue relevant to business, accounting and finance. The project will be an in depth study of a specific issue or topic and thus will focus on depth of analysis rather than broad subject coverage.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1183:00183:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials111:0011:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision61:006:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will be used to provide a framework and to set out the parameters of the study. The seminar sessions will assist students with developing a project proposal. Students will receive feedback on their proposal. A project supervisor will be appointed for each student who will provide guidance and support to the student.

Due to the rather prescriptive aspects of some of the professionally orientated modules in years 2 and 3 of this degree programme, it is envisaged that students will need some extra support in understanding and adapting to the more open-ended, discursive and analytical nature of what will be required for the project. The contact time will be directed towards providing that support. Much of the student learning will take place through reading and analysing issues and researching for the assessment.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation2M804000 words
Essay1M20Literature Review 2000 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Research proposal1MFeedback provided on research proposal and presentation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The lectures and seminars will be front loaded so as to take place before the placement. During and after the placement, students will research and write their project, supported by a project supervisor.

Completion of a 4,000 word project will allow students to explore an issue relevant to their overall programme of study. The project will also allow/require students to develop their skills and abilities to:
•       research the subject area
•       apply depth of analysis and discussion
•       analyse the linkage between the literature and practice

Reading Lists