Financial Accounting B

Module description

Financial accounting is a branch of accounting that focuses on producing information for external users of corporate financial reports, including shareholders and creditors. The accounting information system collects, processes and summarises financial data pertaining to a business entity, and presents it as information that is useful for decision making purposes.  Financial accounting therefore plays a crucial role in the efficient allocation of resources in an economy.   

This module follows on from, and is a continuation of, the BEA2019 Financial Accounting A module, study of which is a co-requisite for entry to this module.  Similar to BEA2019, this module will expose students to the recognition, measurement and disclosure issues relating to a wide variety of financial statement items such as: borrowing costs; government grants; impairment of assets; revenue recognition; earnings per share; cash flows reporting; and business combinations.  This module will also teach students how to analyse and interpret financial statements whilst being mindful of their limitations. Finally, the scope of reporting is extended to the non-financial aspects of a business entity so as to cover wider audiences and issues of concern to them.  This includes a study of the integrated reporting framework that addresses the information needs of various stakeholders. 

Full module specification

Module title:Financial Accounting B
Module code:BEA2020
Module level:2
Academic year:2020/1
Module lecturers:
  • Mr Richard Poole - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:



BEA1008 Introduction to Financial Accounting


BEA2019 Financial Accounting A

Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 2:


Module aims

This module aims to give you a solid foundation in the theory and practice of financial reporting.  You will be exposed to current issues within the financial reporting environment and will engage with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).  Use is also made of the published financial statements of listed companies as a practical illustration of the concepts taught.

The module will provide you with the knowledge and skills that you need to progress to further study of financial reporting.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Explain and discuss the issues surrounding the accounting of borrowing costs, government grants, impairment of assets, revenue recognition, construction contracts, cash flows and business combinations.
  • 2. Account for borrowing costs, government grants, assets impairment, revenue and construction contracts in corporate financial statements in accordance with relevant accounting standards.
  • 3. Compute and present basic and diluted earnings per share (including comparatives) and explain their importance to financial statements users.
  • 4. Prepare a statement of cash flows for a single entity in accordance with relevant accounting standards.
  • 5. Prepare basic consolidated financial statements (consolidated statement of comprehensive income, statement of financial position, and statement of changes in equity) for a simple group involving either subsidiary acquisitions or disposals.
  • 6. Analyse and interpret financial statements using contextual information and discuss the limitations of financial statements analysis.
  • 7. Discuss the International Integrated Reporting Framework and explain the Six Capitals of Integrated Reporting.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 8. Evaluate arguments and evidence
  • 9. Process information and draw reasoned conclusions concerning structured and unstructured financial accounting problems from a given set of data.
  • 10. Apply logical thinking and numeracy skills to problems by using appropriate accounting techniques and professional judgement.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 11. Use appropriate learning resources to manage own learning experience independently.
  • 12. Communicate effectively in writing

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 Activities22Lectures (weekly)
Scheduled learning and teaching activities10Tutorials (weekly)
Guided independent study118Directed reading and preparation for tutorials and assessments

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Weekly tutorials for discussion3 hours preparation by student 1 hour in class discussion1-12In class feedback Suggested solutions on ELE

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
Interim test201 hour1-12Suggested solutions on ELE
Final written exam802.5 hours1-12Suggested solutions on ELE

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Interim test (20%) and Final written exam (80%)2.5 hours written exam (100%)1-12August re-examination

Re-assessment notes

Students who fail the module overall will be reassessed by way of a 2.5 hour written examination in the summer of the respective academic year.

Syllabus plan

  • Impairment of assets
  • Borrowing costs and government grants
  • Revenue recognition (including construction contracts)
  • Earnings per share
  • Cash flows statements
  • Business combinations 1
  • Business combinations 2
  • Business combinations 3
  • Analysis and interpretation of financial statements
  • Integrated reporting

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Indicative reading:

  • Melville, A. (2019). International Financial Reporting: A Practical Guide (7th ed.). London: Pearson.
  • Maynard, J. (2017). Financial Accounting, Reporting and Analysis (2nd ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Additional journal/professional articles relevant to the module.


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