Contemporary Accounting Issues module (BU52004)

This module will give you an awareness of current and emerging global accountancy issues to help you in your career.

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With the dynamic nature of the accounting environment and the changing informational needs of stakeholders, you will learn about new issues published in recent accounting literature.

Understanding the current and future issues in the accountancy world will help you determine the needs of different stakeholders. As it evolves you will need to have the skills to adapt to these changes by collating and analysing information before sharing with other parties to aid decision making.

What you will learn

In this module, you will:

  • learn theoretical and practical aspects underpinning the preparation of published financial statements
  • learn contemporary accounting issues through a study of financial accounting and reporting in an international context
  • learn contemporary accounting and financial reporting concerns and issues to be facilitated by immersion in current topics.

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • understand contemporary accounting topics from an international perspective
  • critically evaluate research in international accounting
  • understand how international accounting problems impact each other
  • apply theory to real-world international accounting practices
  • appreciate the difficulties involved in applying academic theories to real-world international accounting situations
  • analyse and interpret financial information

Assignments / assessment

Essay (20%)

  • 1,000 words in length (excluding references, appendices and footnotes)

Final Exam (80%)

Teaching methods / timetable

You will learn by taking a hands-on approach:

  • each week you will have hybrid lectures which will be recorded to assist you with your revision
  • you will also take part in tutorials to allow you to apply what you have learnt in the lectures
  • learning material is provided through videos, review notes, examples, and tutorial questions


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