Financial Accounting 1
Run by Bangor Business School
10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr Sara Closs-Davies
Overall aims and purpose
NOTE: If you are registered for BA/BSc Accounting and Finance, you must achieve a grade of at least 40% in this module in order to proceed to Year 3.
To provide advanced coverage of financial accounting and financial reporting, by examining the objectives and contents of selected key international accounting and financial reporting standards. The focus will be on the presentation of financial statements for publication, consolidated financial statements for groups of companies, equity accounting for associated companies, and tangible and intangible non-current and current assets. In each case current international accounting standards will be critically examined in the context of the range of accounting methods available.
Presentation of financial statements under international accounting standards; accounting for inventory; property, plant & equipment, including investment property; government grants; borrowing costs; intangible assets; impairment of assets; legal requirements of group accounting and preparation of financial statements for groups; accounting for associated companies.
D- to D+ Basic techniques of accounting or financial statement preparation are shown but significant errors are made in accounting or in the final financial statements. Conceptual issues are covered in a superficial way with only limited additional material shown beyond the lecture content.
B- to B+ Techniques used in accounting and financial statement preparation are fully shown but with some errors made in the detail of the computation. Final accounts and financial statements are substantially correct, but may contain a few errors. Conceptual awareness is shown beyond the basic level with evidence of some reading and development of ideas outside lecture material, but still with some misunderstanding not of a fundamental nature.
A- to A* Accounting and financial statement preparation shows full competence at the technical level, with correct or substantially correct accounts, disclosures and financial statements. There is demonstration of reading and thorough understanding at the conceptual level, with very few examples of misunderstanding.
C- to C+
C- to C+ A sound grasp of the techniques of accounting or financial statement preparation are shown but some errors are made in accounting or in the final financial statements. Conceptual issues are covered well, but with some misunderstanding, with use of additional material shown beyond the lecture content.
Apply a critical and analytical approach to accounting and the development of accounting and financial reporting standards.
Understand the objective, development and application of international accounting and financial reporting standards in relation to the presentation of financial statements, non-current assets, and inventory.
Prepare consolidated financial statements, including associates, in accordance with international accounting and financial reporting standards.
Understand the different types of relationships that can exist when a company invests in another company, including associates and subsidiaries, and apply the appropriate accounting methods.
|EXAM||S1 Examination 1.5hrs||
End of semester exam which assesses knowledge and skills: in the preparation of group accounts; accounting standards, concepts and conventions; and the preparation of additional notes to the financial statements.
|CLASS TEST||Class Test||
Mid-semester class test which assesses knowledge and skills in: accounting standards, concepts and conventions; and the calculation and preparation of key parts to financial statements.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Computational workshops, using pre-set examples.
Self-study, to include: - reading; - preparation towards lectures and tutorials; - practising and working on lecture and tutorial material; - practising and answering additional questions, including past exam papers and class tests, textbooks etc.; and - preparation towards the exam and class test.
Classroom lectures, including the use of worked examples to demonstrate accounting computations.
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
Subject specific skills
- knowledge of some of the contexts in which accounting can be seen as operating (examples of contexts include the legal, ethical, social and natural environment; the accountancy profession; the business entity; the capital markets; the public sector)
- knowledge of the main current technical language and practices of accounting (for example, recognition, measurement and disclosure in financial statements; managerial accounting; auditing; taxation) in a specified socio-economic domain
- knowledge of some of the alternative technical languages and practices of accounting (for example, alternative recognition rules and valuation bases, accounting rules followed in other socio-economic domains, alternative managerial accounting approaches to control and decision-making)
- skills in recording and summarising transactions and other economic events; preparation of financial statements; analysis of the operations of business (for example, decision analysis, performance measurement and management control); financial analysis and projections (for example, analysis of financial ratios, discounted cash flow analysis, budgeting, financial risks)
- knowledge of contemporary theories and empirical evidence concerning accounting in at least one of its contexts (for example, accounting and capital markets; accounting and the firm; accounting and the public sector; accounting and society; accounting and sustainability) and the ability to critically evaluate such theories and evidence age
- An ability to understand financial statements, and a basic appreciation of the limitations of financial reporting practices and procedures (eg financial statement analysis; the relation between cash flow accounting and accrual accounting; discretionary accounting practices).
- Ability to work with people from a range of cultures.
- Self-management: a readiness to accept responsibility and flexibility, to be resilient, self-starting and appropriately assertive, to plan, organise and manage time.
- Self reflection: self-analysis and an awareness/sensitivity to diversity in terms of people and cultures. This includes a continuing appetite for development.
Resource implications for students
Students are advised to purchase the core textbook for the course.
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/asb-2515.html
Core textbook: Elliott, B. & Elliott, J. 2017. Financial Accounting and Reporting. 18th Edition, Pearson.
Pre- and Co-requisite Modules
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- N400: BA Accounting and Finance year 2 (BA/AF)
- N401: BA Accounting & Finance (with International Experience) year 2 (BA/AFIE)
- NR43: BA Accounting/Italian year 2 (BA/AIT)
- NR44: BA Accounting/Spanish year 2 (BA/ASP)
- NR41: BA French/Accounting year 2 (BA/FRA)
- NR42: BA German/Accounting year 2 (BA/GA)
- N2N4: BA Management with Accounting year 2 (BA/MAF)
- NN44: BSc Accounting and Banking with International Experience year 2 (BSC/ABIE)
- NN43: BSc Accounting and Banking year 2 (BSC/ACCB)
- NN46: BSc Accounting and Banking (4 year with Incorp Found) year 2 (BSC/ACCB1)
- NL41: BSc Accounting and Economics year 2 (BSC/ACCEC)
- NL4B: BSc Accounting and Economics (4 year with Incorp Foundation) year 2 (BSC/ACCEC1)
- NN4J: BSc Accounting and Finance (4 year with Incorp Found) year 2 (BSC/ACCF1)
- NN4H: BSc Accounting and Finance year 2 (BSC/ACCFIN)
- N402: BSc Accounting & Finance (with International Experience) year 2 (BSC/ACCFINIE)
- NL42: BSc Accounting and Economics with International Experience year 2 (BSC/AEIE)
- N406: BSc Accounting and Finance (Bangor International College) year 2 (BSC/BICAF)
- NN24: BSc Management with Account (Bangor International College) year 2 (BSC/BICMNA)
- N2NK: BSc Management with Accounting year 2 (BSC/MWACC)
- N2NL: BSc Management with Accounting (4 year with Incorp Found) year 2 (BSC/MWACC1)
- M1N4: LLB Law with Acc and Finance year 2 (LLB/LAF)
- M1NB: LLB Law with Accounting & Finance (4yr with Incorp Found) year 2 (LLB/LAF1)
- M103: LLB Law with Accounting & Finance (Intl Exp) year 2 (LLB/LIA)
Optional in courses:
- N1R1: BA Bus Stud with French year 2 (BA/BSFR)
- N1R2: BA Business Studies with German year 2 (BA/BSGER)
- N1R3: BA Business Studies with Italian year 2 (BA/BSIT)
- N1R4: BA Business Studies with Spanish year 2 (BA/BSSP)
- NM11: BA Business and Law year 2 (BA/BUSALAW)
- NM1B: BA Business and Law (4 year with Incorporated Foundation) year 2 (BA/BUSLAW1)
- L190: BSc Business Economics year 2 (BSC/BEC)
- L19B: BSc Business Economics (4 year with Incorporated Foundation) year 2 (BSC/BEC1)
- L191: BSc Business Economics with International Experience year 2 (BSC/BECIE)
- L192: BSc Business Economics (Bangor International College) year 2 (BSC/BICBE)
- N106: BSc Business Stud & Finance (Bangor International College) year 2 (BSC/BICBSF)
- NN1H: BSc Business Studies and Finance year 2 (BSC/BSFIN)
- NN1J: BSc Business Studies and Finance (4 year with Incorp Found) year 2 (BSC/BSFIN1)
- NNM1: BSc Business Studies & Marketing with Intl Experience year 2 (BSC/BSMIE)
- NN1M: BSc Business Studies and Marketing year 2 (BSC/BSMKT)
- NN1K: BSc Business Studies & Marketing (4 year with Incorp Found) year 2 (BSC/BSMKT1)