Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Accounting and Finance: Analysis and Application
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Group business game presentation  (20 minutes)  10%
Semester Assessment Individual case study report  (3,000 words)  30%
Semester Assessment Individual business game report and reflections commentary  (3,000 words)  40%
Semester Assessment Small group case study presentation  20%
Supplementary Assessment Individual case study presentation  20%
Supplementary Assessment Individual business game presentation review  10%
Supplementary Assessment Individual case study report  (3,000 words)  30%
Supplementary Assessment Individual business game report and reflections commentary  (3,000 words)  40%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Explain the linkages between financial accounting, management accounting, finance and general management.

2. Demonstrate an ability to select appropriate techniques, apply them and interpret the outcomes.

3. Identify the broader context in which business decisions are made.

4. Demonstrate decision-making and team-working skills.

5. Demonstrate report-writing and presentation skills on an individual basis.

Brief description

Using high-level business analysis, a topical case study develops and offers opportunities to apply analytical and presentation skills. In the interactive written group case study game, participants act as directors running a company making regular decisions. The board is required to react to events on a weekly basis over the duration of the game. The module consolidates technical knowledge by requiring participants to make key decisions after performing appropriate analyses of detailed information about their company and its environment.


Report writing and presentation skills

Analysis and interpretation of financial accounts, using:

- Cross-sectional analysis

- Time series analysis

- Forecasting earnings and cash flows

- Forecast accuracy

- Integrated appreciation, assessment and management of risk (business, operational, financial or reputational)

Current and topical accounting/business case study

Interactive Written Case Study: running a company; decision-making based on appropriate analyses of detailed information about the company and its environment

Personal and inter-personal skills:

- co-ordination

- delegation

- leadership and motivation

- listening skills

- responsibility

- self-motivation

- persuasion

- reflection

- focus

- analyses

- prioritising

- perceptiveness

- communication

- personality types

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Develop an easy familiarity with numerical data sources and numerical data from the annual financial statements published Apply numerical data to problem solving and decision making with care and accuracy Assess the reasonableness of and interpret numerical solutions Support assertions/arguments with appropriately developed and presented numerical data Calculate and use descriptive statistics
Communication Develop confidence and clarity of oral communication via group work and the assessed presentation both in a group and individual setting Develop clarity and focus of written communication Develop and use appropriate subject-specific vocabulary in oral and written communication
Improving own Learning and Performance Identify and distil the key issues covered by group meetings and yearly financial results Identify and use a range of learning resources Investigate benefits of small group working on self study Structure study to accommodate intensive learning
Information Technology Use a variety of electronic web- and library-based resources to review available information and retrieve pertinent information
Personal Development and Career planning Develop skills in financial analysis and decision making which are essential to the aspiring general manager in the real world Develop knowledge and skills of interpretation of financial statement other public financial information which is useful/essential in a number of different occupations. Identify a variety of potential career routes within the financial and professional services sector
Problem solving Identify the purpose of the case studies and what needs to be achieved Assess which data is pertinent to the problem Recognize that alternative solution/ methods might be available Interpret case material, describe and explain the problems, issues and their impact Select and apply appropriate methods for solving the problem Assess the reasonableness of problem solutions and interpret those solutions
Research skills Develop basic information accessing and researching skills Properly reference/attribute information sources Select the most pertinent information for retrieval Retrieve information Re-assess the pertinence and assess the credibility of retrieved information
Subject Specific Skills Develop competence in understanding and appropriately applying investment/financial mathematics, accounting and general management Understand, analyze, interpret and synthesize between financial accounting, management accounting and market-based financial information Make well-based financial recommendations and decisions Bring financial analysis and decision making skills to the service of the business – in strategizing, marketing, operating, etc.
Team work Students are assigned into groups for the practical element of the business game Develop experience of team work and develop team working skills via small group working and decision making


This module is at CQFW Level 6