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ACCT42010: Accounting and Finance (Online)

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Type Tied
Level 4
Credits 10
Availability Available in 2023/24
Module Cap None.
Location Durham
Department Accounting


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Excluded Combinations of Modules

  • Accounting and Finance (Taught)


  • To contribute to the overall aims of the programme by developing students' understanding of the financial management of organisations.
  • To provide students with a critical appreciation of the financial tools of accounting and finance the techniques of financial statement analysis and investment appraisal.
  • To provide students with a critical understanding of the factors affecting the financial planning and risk assessment of a firm and of the financing and capital structure decisions, giving insight into topical issues.
  • To develop links with the Business School's research strategy by incorporating current research in the areas of financial management, reporting and disclosure


  • Fundamental Concepts of Accounting
  • Evaluating Financial Performance
  • Working Capital Evaluation
  • Financial Planning Techniques
  • Long Term Investment Decisions
  • Capital Structure decisions
  • Financial Risk Management

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:

  • Upon successful completion of the module, the students will be able to:
  • identify the key financial statements;
  • identify issues relating to working capital management;
  • interpret short-term ratios and relevant analysis
  • analyse the factors affecting the capital structure and financing needs of a firm;
  • the fundamentals of financial markets in which firms operate;
  • apply the tools and techniques used in managing financial risks;

Subject-specific Skills:

  • implement key techniques for interpreting financial statements;
  • implement key techniques of investment appraisal;
  • implement techniques of cash budgeting and working capital management;
  • evaluate the methods by which financial risks can be managed, and the extent to whichsuch methods should be used

Key Skills:

  • Written communication;
  • Planning, organising and time management;
  • Problem solving and analysis; using relevant digital tools and techniques;

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The module is delivered via online learning, divided up into study weeks with specially produced resources within each week. Resources vary according to the learning outcomes but normally include: video content, directed reading, reflective activities, and opportunities for self-assessment.
  • The formative assessment serves to encourage students to study regularly and to monitor their learning progress. Tutors provide feedback on formative work and are available for individual consultation as necessary (usually by email and virtual meetings).
  • The summative assessment of the module, by an individual written assignment, will test students' acquisition and articulation of knowledge and their ability to apply key techniques of financial planning and analysis.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Video content, tutor-facilitated discussion, directed reading, reflective activities and guidance for further independent study.100Yes

Summative Assessment

Component: Written AssignmentComponent Weighting: 100%
ElementLength / DurationElement WeightingResit Opportunity
Individual written assignment3000 words max100same

Formative Assessment

Regular exercises involving economic analysis and interpretation

More information

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