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BSc Hons Accounting, Finance and Computer Science (Industry)

Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Accounting and Finance
UCAS Code: NG45 Duration/Length: 4 Year(s)
QAA Subject Benchmark: Accounting Director of Studies: Dr JPO Gore
Total Credit Points: 390 Credit Points Year 2: 120
Credit Points Year 3: 30 Credit Points Year 4: 120

Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

  • PartI
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • PartII
  • The following modules may not be taken:
  • PartII (Year 2)
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • The student must take 1 modules from the following group:
  • The student must take 1 modules from the following group:
  • The student must take 1 modules from the following group:
  • PartII (Year 3)
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • PartII (Year 4)
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • The student must take 2 modules from the following group:
  • The student may complete their enrolment by selecting from the following list:

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Accounting is the study of providing financial information for a variety of business purposes, including making decisions, planning and controlling activities, performance measurement and meeting external reporting requirements. Finance is the study of financial decision-making, risk management and the organisation and behaviour of financial markets. Computer science involves the fundamental principles behind computing and communication systems, providing a comprehensive understanding of the technologies that those working in accounting and finance will encounter in their working lives.


    The overall aim of the programme is to produce graduates with the theoretical and practical skills needed to embark on a career in accounting and finance worldwide. The programme provides an understanding of the fundamental concepts required within the accountancy and finance disciplines, encourages critical reflection on these concepts as a basis for evaluating future changes in professional practice and places these in the context of an increasingly digital world.

    Accounting and Finance
    The main aims of this element of the programme are to:

    • Develop students’ knowledge of how accounting statements are compiled and used within organisations and by outsiders

    • Enable students to understand the tasks performed by the accounting profession and the methods employed

    • Develop students’ capacity to assess and respond to changes within the accounting profession

    • Develop students’ understanding of the operation of financial markets in the global context

    • Develop students’ understanding of methods for valuing financial securities, using economic principles, appropriate mathematics and accounting concepts

    • Enable students to gain an understanding of the legal framework within which businesses operate, especially in the UK

    Computer Science 

    The overall aim of this element of the programme is to provide students with the knowledge and skills required by a computing professional. In particular, the programme seeks to develop graduates equipped to work effectively in a professional software and systems development environment and at all stages of the product life cycle. 

    The objectives of the computer science element of the degree are therefore to:

    • Ensure students have knowledge of the fundamental principles underpinning the field of computing

    • Impart to students knowledge and experience of the most significant contemporary developments in practice and technology

    • Help students to develop the skills they will need in order to respond positively to the evolution of the discipline throughout the course of their career

    • Develop in students the critical, analytical and problem-solving skills needed by a practising computing professional

    • Enable students to develop the transferable skills necessary for working within team-based professional environments 

    The programme is geared to satisfying these objectives in a scheme of study that stresses the development and practical application of knowledge and skills.

    Across the programme as a whole, the broad educational aims are to give students the opportunity to study other subjects of their choice, consistent with the University’s commitment to a flexible degree structure, develop their desire for lifelong learning and thinking, and provide a sound basis for future professional development and additional qualifications.


Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Accounting and Finance

    Knowledge and understanding

    By the end of the programme students should have knowledge and understanding of:

    • The methods available for, and the rules governing, the production of financial reports to be used by those outside the company

    • The methods available for the production of reports to be used by those managing the company

    • The fundamental concepts of finance and risk management and their application in the global marketplace

    • Quantitative techniques and skills, with an appreciation of when and how they may be appropriately used

    • The tasks performed by the accounting profession, the methods employed in the workplace and the benefits they bring 

    Intellectual skills

    By the end of the programme students should be able to:

    • Reason analytically and critically

    • Apply accounting theory and finance theory to appropriate practical situations

    • Identify, analyse and suggest plausible solutions to problems encountered by accountants and financial managers

    • Create linkages between the material covered in the various modules of the programme 

    Practical skills

    By the end of the programme students should be able to:

    • Locate, analyse and assimilate company information and data from various sources, both in paper and electronic form

    • Plan, structure and conduct individual and group assignments in both written and computational forms

    • Undertake computations of varying levels of complexity in financial accounting, management accounting and finance

    • Apply the use of information technology to the above tasks

    Transferable skills

    By the end of the programme students should be able to:

    • Rapidly assimilate facts and draw valid inferences

    • Communicate ideas effectively, both orally and in writing

    • Manage their time, and produce work by required deadlines

    • Work productively in groups

    • Work independently without the requirement for direct supervision

    Computer Science:

    Knowledge and understanding

    By the end of the programme students should have knowledge and understanding of:

    • The practice of software development

    • The fundamentals of computer system and network architectures

    • The fundamentals of data and knowledge management, and associated techniques

    • Key professional issues

    Intellectual skills

    By the end of the programme students should be able to:

    • Apply good programming practice to the development of application and systems software solutions

    • Analyse, model and specify (solutions to) real-world problems

    • Design, validate and verify software solutions

    • Apply fundamental computing principles to the selection and application of appropriate programming paradigms, algorithms, data structures, data and knowledge management techniques

    • Apply knowledge of computer and network architectures to the selection and application of appropriate techniques and technologies to system-level design and development

    • Maintain an awareness of emerging technology and practice

    Practical and transferable skills

    By the end of the programme students should be able to:

    • ·         Apply good programming practice to the development of application and systems software solutions
    • ·         Design, validate and verify software solutions 
    • ·         Work effectively as part of a project team
    • ·         Communicate effectively through written, oral and other forms of technical presentation


Learning and Teaching Strategies and Methods: Knowledge, Understanding, Skills

  • Knowledge and understanding is developed through lectures, small group tutorials, workshops, seminars, use of case studies and practical exercises, especially in Computer Science. The core concepts of accountancy are taught in Years 1 and 2. Following students’ choice of modules, further understanding is developed in specialised areas during Year 4. Students are also introduced to contemporary materials which relate to the research and professional interests of academic members of staff.

    Cognitive skills are developed through tutorials, workshops, and within coursework assignments (CWAs) and examinations. Several modules have weekly workshops to develop the analytical and critical reasoning skills, and the ability to apply theoretical models to problems, in areas such as auditing, management control, the valuation of firms, the management of portfolios, the valuation of derivative securities and various aspects of programming and project implementation. Students are continually encouraged to link knowledge taught in one module to that encountered in others.

    Practical skills form an integral part of CWAs (especially for Computer Science), feedback, tutorials, workshops and seminars throughout the degree scheme. CWAs and tutorial assignments require students to use IT to capture and assimilate data, and, in some modules, to undertake statistical, accounting or financial computations. In certain modules there are weekly workshops which require the individual and group to plan and present. Guidance is provided by staff, with all staff having defined and notified office hours for student consultation. Practical skills are developed in depth through the placement where students apply their academic knowledge in a workplace setting.

    Transferable skills are taught through seminars and within tutorial groups and workshops, and obtained via experience of undertaking both the CWAs and non-assessed study. In the first year all students are required to produce a group project analysing company accounts, using the skills and knowledge they have developed throughout the year. Other modules also require the use of group working. Written work is an essential component of modules in all years of the degree, as are oral communication skills which are promoted through student presentations. The placement should provide students with a range of transferable skills, such as organisational and task-oriented skills, negotiation skills, the ability to work in teams, and report-writing. 

Assessment Strategy and Methods: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • All modules taught in Years 1, 2 and 4 are assessed by means of coursework and examination, with most using a combination of the two methods. Depending upon the module, the coursework component comprises essays, case studies, written tests and, especially for Computer Science modules, practical usage of theoretical knowledge.

    Practical skills are assessed through the coursework assignments (CWAs) set for the modules comprising the degree scheme. For Accounting and Finance modules, IT skills are not separately assessed, but are a necessary requirement for the completion of CWAs and tutorial tasks within the programme.  For Computer Science modules, the ability to implement in practical terms the theoretical knowledge acquired is important for assessment purposes.

    Transferable skills, other than those pertaining to programming and implementation, are not separately assessed but form an integral part of the CWAs undertaken throughout the programme.

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