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AC.F351a: Career Skills in Accounting and Finance 1


Department: Accounting and Finance NCF Level: FHEQ/QCF/NQF6//RQF6
Study Level: Part II (any yr) Credit Points: 3.0
Start Date: 09-10-2017 End Date: 22-06-2018
Available for Online Enrolment?: Y Enrolment Restriction: Only available to students where listed in programme syllabus rules
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Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

Curriculum Design: Outline Syllabus

  • This 2.25-credit compulsory module will be the first of three compulsory modules, with timing as follows:

    • Workshop and Assessment: summer term, 1st year, post-exams

     I.e. although AC.F350 will be a third year module, part of its delivery and the associated work (see below) will occur after the summer exams in both years 1 (AC.F350a) and 2 (AC.F350b).  The marks allocated for the first  components are intended to ensure active student engagement in what is an important aspect of their career planning.

     The 'early stage' input, i.e. Component1 will consist of the following:

    Year

    Title

    Delivery

    Content

    1

    Career Options

     

    By CAER staff in sessions over the period of a week, i.e. allowing preparation, self-study and reflection time within the week.

    Researching job roles, sectors and organisations;   self-awareness (MBTI); developing relevant experience; On line applications;   CVs; Psychometric Testing; Interviews, assessment centres; next steps.  I.e. making students aware of, and preparing them for, applying for internships (and eventually jobs).

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

Curriculum Design: Single, Combined or Consortial Schemes to which the Module Contributes

  • Compulsory for:

    • BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance
    • BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance (Industry)
    • BSc (Hons) Finance
    • BSc (Hons) Finance (Industry)
    • BSc (Hons) Accounting and Management Studies
    • BSc (Hons) Accounting and Management Studies (Industry)
    • BSc (Hons) Finance and Management Studies
    • BSc (Hons) Finance and Management Studies (Industry)
    • BSc (Hons) Accounting and Economics
    • BSc (Hons) Accounting and Economics (Industry)
    • BSc (Hons) Finance and Economics
    • BSc (Hons) Finance and Economics (Industry)
    • BSc (Hons) Accounting, Finance and Mathematics
    • BSc (Hons) Accounting, Finance and Mathematics (Industry)
    • BSc (Hons) Financial Mathematics
    • BSc (Hons) Financial Mathematics (Industry)
    • BSc (Hons) Accounting, Finance and Computer Science
    • BSc (Hons) Accounting, Finance and Computer Science (Industry)

    Not available for:

    • BSc (Hons) Accounting, Auditing and Finance (the EY degree)

     

  • 100% Portfolio

Assessment: Details of Assessment

  • The portfolios resulting from Components 1 and 2 will be marked as on a timely basis so that feedback is available before students leave Lancaster for the Summer vacation. 

    The dissertation in third year will have to be second marked as it is worth over 50% of the total module mark.

Educational Aims: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • The aim of this module is to increase the awareness of AcF students of the importance of career planning, provide training in a number of the skills needed to succeed in the job market, and to emphasise the timescale within which these skills must be deployed.

Educational Aims: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • This module is split into three components, the first two being taught after the exams in the summer terms of years 1 and 2, the final component being a project to be completed during the Michaelmas term of the third year.

    The first component consists of basic employability / job hunting skills such as researching job roles, sectors and organisations; self-awareness (MBTI); developing relevant experience; on-line applications; CVs; Psychometric Testing; Interviews, assessment centres; next steps.

    The second component consists of further employability skills such as applying for graduate jobs or postgraduate study; a 'refresh' of the application process; signposting to extra support, constructing a Personal Career Plan, plus an introduction to and preparation for the third component (below)

    The third component consists of a project utilising basic skills required by most employers, e.g. report writing, presentations, IT skills, etc. within the context of a topic related to the student's  probably employment sector target, e.g. finance, auditing, accounting, etc.. 

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • On successful completion of this module students will:

    • have a greater awareness of the importance of career planning in Accounting and Finance;
    • have a greater awareness of the timescales involved in job hunting in Accounting and Finance;
    • have been made aware of a number of the skills necessary in finding a job in Accounting and Finance; and
    • have had the opportunity to practice employability skills in a class room environment prior to utilising them in actually seeking employment in Accounting or Finance.

Learning Outcomes: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • On successful completion of this module students will:

    • have a greater awareness of the importance of career planning in Accounting and Finance;
    • have a greater awareness of the timescales involved in job hunting in Accounting and Finance
    • extend their reflective approach to learning and development into career planning
    • develop the skills required for effective self-evaluation and use, for example, SMART goals in learning and skills acquisition.

     

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