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Accounting for Management and Economics (AME)

Module titleAccounting for Management and Economics (AME)
Module codeINT1011
Academic year2021/2
Module staff

Corinne Tuck (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module is intended for non-accounting students who need an introduction to the role of financial and management accounting from the perspective of the modern manager. 

The internationalisation of accounting standards and management accounting practices is emphasised in the teaching of the module. This allows students not only to get an understanding of working abroad in accounting and general business departments, but also to consider the development and future prospects of related developments.

Since students will be taught current national and international corporate accounting practices, they will acquire an understanding of basic accounting knowledge that is necessary for working in accounting or general business departments in the UK or abroad. They will also be able to develop their transferable skills in basic writing, problem solving, numeracy, communication and time management.

This module is equivalent to BEA1013 

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module aims to give students the confidence to analyse, interpret and use financial information provided in both internal reports and externally published financial reports.

Through this module, students will gain a broad understanding of the fundamentals of recording transactions, the content of financial statements and the scope of financial reporting in the UK.

The module also introduces management accounting and shows how accounting information can be provided to support an organisation’s management in decision-making and control. It includes consideration of recent developments in social and environmental accounting.

The overall aim is therefore to give an introduction to accounting from a wider user perspective.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Explain and apply the accounting concepts which underpin the IASB accounting framework
  • 2. Construct simple statements of financial performance and position and understand the key accounting adjustments made to these statements
  • 3. Understand fundamentals of ratio analysis
  • 4. Demonstrate an awareness of different sources of finance available to an organisation in the short term and long term
  • 5. Identify different costing systems
  • 6. Apply management accounting information for short-run decision making
  • 7. Apply management accounting information for long-run decision making employing basic investment appraisal techniques
  • 8. Explain the role of budgeting in financial planning and control

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 9. Use accounting concepts and conventions to apply accounting principles in practical situations
  • 10. Analyse how accounting data is used by diverse stakeholder groups
  • 11. With guidance identify, synthesise, analyse and present appropriate information to assist management in controlling the business and taking financial decisions

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 12. Demonstrate basic problem solving skills

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

  • Introduction to accounting and its relevance and usefulness for managers


Financial statements and analysis

  • The Statement of Financial Position
  • The Income Statement and adjustments for accruals, prepayments, bad debts and depreciation 
  • The Cash Flow statement
  • Interpretation of financial statements using ratio analysis

Company structure and financing

  • An introduction to the financial statements for different business structures
  • Sources of finance available to limited companies and sole traders
  • Corporate governance
  • Internal and external stakeholder interests


Decision making

  • Short term decision making: cost volume profit; breakeven analysis; marginal costing; relevant costs
  • Long term decision making; capital investment appraisal


  • Cost classification and costing situations
  • Absorption and marginal costing compared




Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities (synchronous)20Lecture and workshop activities
Scheduled learning and teaching activities (synchronous)20Seminars – these will be teacher led. You should prepare for each seminar based on the related lecture.
Formative assessed activities (asynchronous)20Working on case studies, problem solving activities, short essays
Guided independant study20On-line learning (MyAccountingLab)
Guided independant study35Practice of techniques
Guided independant study20Reading and researching
Guided independent study15Working in groups for coursework


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Online assessment and problem solving questions1-2 hours per week1-12Answers online and in seminars

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Coursework (small group)402,000 words3, 4, 10-12Written Report
Written Examination (open book)602 Hours1, 2, 4-12Performance outcome


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Written Examination (open book)Written Examination (open book), 2 hours1-12Next assessment opportunity

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for reasons judged legitimate by the Mitigation Committee, the applicable assessment will normally be deferred. See ‘Details of reassessment’ for the form that assessment usually takes. When deferral occurs there is ordinarily no change to the overall weighting of that assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to take a re-sit exam. Only your performance in this exam will count towards your final module grade. A grade of 40% will be awarded if the examination is passed.


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:


Atrill and McLaney (2019) Accounting and Finance for Non-Specialists 11th Edition Pearson Education

ISBN 978-0-273-77803-5


Other Useful Resources

Scott P. (2016) Accounting for Business 2nd Ed. Oxford University Press  ISBN 9780198821779

In-house designed progressive workbook with spreadsheet solutions.


ELE – 





Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Pearson Myaccountinglab:


Module has an active ELE page

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

In-house designed progressive workbook with spreadsheet solutions.


Key words search

Introductory accounting, basic accounting, business accounting, accounting

Credit value15
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