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AC.F150: Professional Skills

Department: Accounting and Finance NCF Level: FHEQ/QCF/NQF4//RQF4
Study Level: Part I Credit Points: 0.0
Start Date: 09-10-2017 End Date: 31-05-2018
Available for Online Enrolment?: N Enrolment Restriction: Fully available to all students
Module Convenor: Dr SL Noble

Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

Curriculum Design: Outline Syllabus

  • The first year module will cover what is currently being covered on AcF350a: 


    • One hour lecture session by LUMS Careers Advisor (1 hour) - Students will be introduced to their first AcF150 assessment; Assignment 1 - Develop a professional level CV using the Abintegro CV builder software. To submit first draft by end of Michalemas term and final draft by Summer Term. Stduents will recieve feedback at both stages within 4 weeks. 


    • One hour lecture session by LUMS Careers Advisor (1 hour) -Advice on completing Application forms and general feedback on first draft CV's will be provided.


    • One hour lecture session by SAGE Expert (1 hour) 
    • Two* 2 hour computer lab sessions - Summer Term (weeks 23&24) (4 hours) 
    1. Introduce SAGE accounting software and principles of VAT.
    2. Learn some of the basic features of SAGE
    3. IIlustrate accounting principles for small businesses
    4. To create a bank account, and to enter some transactions
    5. To learn how  to set up supplier account records in SAGE
    6. To record purchase invoices from suppliers (including VAT) and payments to suppliers
    7. To learn how to set up customer account records in SAGE
    8. To record sales invoices to customers (including VAT) and receipts from customers
    9. To set up a petty cash account and record transactions in it
    10. To reconcile a bank statement in SAGE
    11. To use the VAT option in SAGE, and to make the VAT journal entry
    12. To make the closing stock journal entry
    • Post-exams- a three-day intensive training programme designed to equip students with the core knowledge and skills necessary to engage with the career planning process. This component designed to equip students with the core skills and knowledge required for effective career planning, and to develop key skills relating to team work, business analysis and presentations. The workshop will include a careers fair with opportunities to discuss graduate training with top employers in accounting and finance, business simulation game and group presentations. 

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

  • 100% Portfolio

Assessment: Details of Assessment

  • Portfolio will include CV submission (30%),  attendance at computer workshop sessions (10%), business game ranking (10%), business game presentation (50%). 


    This module will only result in a Pass or Fail outcome, with the possibility for students to have a resit if they fail. Pass threshold is 40%.

Educational Aims: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • On successful completion of this module students will be able to..

    Graduate recruiters are looking for graduates who can articulate and provide evidence of skills, achievements and attributes, drawing on both academic and extra-curricular experience. It is increasingly important for students to have the technical skills but also the softer skills to perform effectively in the workplace. This module is designed to help students develop skills in communications, team working and relationship building. The aim is to help students be better prepared when looking for jobs, to sell themselves to prospective employers and to convince employers they are able to be effective employees. The interactive sessions will provide the framework to help students plan their future and be more successful in achieving their goals. The module will form a basis from which students will develop their skills throughout their particular program of study and upon which skills in all other modules will build. It will help students to find and sustain a career when they graduate.

    Students will also develeop:

    • Critical and analytical thinking, reflection and the ability to summarise business issues & models.
    • Develop a broad appreciation of using a computerised accounting.
    • Making the most of corporate engagement and networking opportunities.


    The module will provide students with the opportunity to undertake a personal skills audit as part of the CV assignment. This will enable students to identify their current skills level and begin to collect evidence of their skills acquisition. It will cover a detailed analysis of the individual in terms of personality, skills, goals, interests and career ideas, and self-development. It would include organisation recruitment processes, including consideration of what organisations are looking for, the nature of ‘transferable skills’ and how these can be developed, and how organisations can select and train people.

Educational Aims: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • The modules will also help students to develop questioning and listening techniques as well as improving their written, verbal and virtual communication skills. This module will allow students to develop soft skills and increase their ability to get a point across. The module ensures the content is directly relevant to life in practice by delivering the key competencies employers demand. In addition it will support personal/career development as a Business professional. Demonstrate the ability to work both collectively and independently

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • On successful completion of this module students will be able to...

    • a greater awareness of the importance of career planning in Accounting and Finance;
    • a greater awareness of the timescales involved in job hunting in Accounting and Finance;
    • extended their reflective approach to learning and development into career planning;
    • discussed career interests and opportunities with relevant employers;
    • learned how to construct an effective CV, complete application forms, prepare for on-line tests, and prepare for assessment centres;
    • had the opportunity to practice employability skills in a class room environment;
    • developed core soft skills in areas such as teamwork, leadership and delivering effective presentations, 
    • developed the practical skills sought after by graduate employers in accounting through practical computerised accounting workshops. 

Learning Outcomes: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • On successful completion of this module students will be able to...

     understand the graduate labour market and start to engage with career management processes. 

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