Accounting for International Managers

Module description


Business managers are ultimately responsible for organisation performance, position, and health. All decisions and activities have financial consequences. Questions are always being asked by a wide range of stakeholders: How successful is the business? Is it profitable? Is it stable? Is it growing? How is it financed? Is it the best? Should you invest in it? Work for it? Buy from it? Sell to it? Lend to it?    Financial accounting information enables stakeholders to make decisions regarding their relationship with an organisation. It is useful to be able to understand and evaluate the accounting information businesses provide to make decisions.

Managers are also constantly making decisions: How much to charge for X? How much does Y cost to make? How much profit could be made if…? Should the business launch a new product? Enter a new market? Invest in a new venture or project? Management accounting provides information to support business decisions such as these.  The module recognises that managers need to be able to appreciate and use a variety of accounting information and techniques in business decision-making. More importantly, good managers need to be able to understand and interpret accounting results, but also know the limitations of the methods used, and incorporate other considerations.

BEAM045 prepares non-accounting students to be able to add value to their business decision-making through the appreciation and application of financial and management accounting information. The module is taught and assessed to also develop and practice skills in research, financial analysis and evaluation, and to be able to effectively communicate advice to other stakeholders in consideration of the complexity of decision-making with limited / imperfect information, the usefulness and limitations of accounting tools and the relevance of non-financial information.

Additional Information:


  • The concepts and techniques explored in this module have global application.
  • International considerations for businesses are acknowledged within each topic. Learning material and tutorial questions are based upon global/multi-national organisations.
  • Students are encouraged to share their knowledge of contexts, applications, and variations from their own and other countries.

Ethics and Corporate Responsibility:

  • These are embedded within all topics studied: concepts and techniques are taught to reflect that it is the responsibility of all organisations to make ethical financial decisions and actions and to provide financial information so that stakeholders can make their own informed decisions.


  • The module is taught and assessed to develop awareness, understanding, and active appreciation of how to use accounting as part of business decision-making and performance evaluation. It aims to facilitate intelligent verbal and written conversations, both with accountants and other managers.
  • A wide range of common accounting tools and concepts are introduced and used.
  • Group discussion and information-sharing in study is actively encouraged.  Assessment requires written professional communication and recommendations based upon accounting outcomes, plus other decision-making considerations.
  • Report writing skills are developed throughout, with assessment on an evaluation of one or more active organisations, based upon a wide range of publicly available information to advise and enable decision-making by a range of stakeholders as the their future association with that/those organisation(s).
  • The module content is linked with accreditation to CMI (Chartered Management Institute) and ICAEW (Institute or Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) professional bodies examinations.


  • Resources for this module are available on the ELE (Exeter Learning Environment). Topic documents are provided in Word (.doc) format for students to adapt and use electronically for their own study purposes.

Full module specification

Module title:Accounting for International Managers
Module code:BEAM045
Module level:M
Academic year:2020/1
Module lecturers:
  • Ms Joanne Abraham - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:






Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 1:


Module aims

In line with the FT Masters in Management programme rankings, this module is aimed at students who are studying MSc International Management in general management.

This module provides an active introduction to a range of basic accounting and financial concepts/techniques for managerial planning, control and decision-making. It is not intended to turn students into accountants.  It is taught from a manager perspective and aims to provide a broad and useful appreciation of how managers can benefit from understanding accounting information and tools as part of decision-making.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Use and appraise a wide range of quantitative and qualitative information and accounting outcomes as part of management decision-making.
  • 2. Communicate recommendations based upon financial and management accounting analysis, and advise on further considerations in the wider decision and business context.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. Discuss the nature and purpose of accounting, the regulations and basic principles behind the accounting process, and how/why financial information is presented.
  • 4. Interpret, evaluate, and advise on the range of information contained in financial statements and other sources for stakeholder decision-making.
  • 5. Advise on cash management, working capital, and financing
  • 6. Apply management accounting techniques for both short-term and long-term management decision-making
  • 7. Demonstrate and evaluate management accounting techniques for costing and pricing decisions
  • 8. Understand the construction of a financial plan
  • 9. Evaluate organisation performance based on using a range of financial tools
  • 10. Explain and appraise the roles of budgeting in organisations.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 11. Practice listening, note-taking, and information synthesis.
  • 12. Manage own learning experience individually and in developing time-management skills
  • 13. Develop self-awareness of own learning and effort needs to meet performance expectations.
  • 14. Use a range of resources to obtain information, discuss issues and perspectives, and make recommendations
  • 15. Demonstrate a range of professional written communication skills.
  • 16. Organise work individually and collaboratively in learning and outcomes.
  • 17. Evaluate outcomes and provide recommendations within a number of business contexts

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 Teaching22Lectures/Podcasts/Topic Documents
Scheduled Learning and Teaching10Tutorials/Drop-In workshops
Guided independent study 118Pre-Reading; Weekly Self-study packs (reading activities, web-based resources, practice questions; formative assessment opportunities)

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Weekly pre-lecture/lecture exercises1-5 minutes each 1-10In lecture
Basic and advanced-level weekly practice questions4-8 hours per week1-17Suggested answers within self study resources provided
Weekly tutorial problems for discussion1-2 hours preparation / review, 1 hour in-class discussion1-17Solutions provided and discussions in tutorials
Timed written task20 minutes1,2,5,11-17Peer review marking & feedback using feedback form

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
Group Written Report301,000 words1-5, 11-17Mark and feedback form
Written examination702 hours1,2,5-17Indicative solutions and feedback on ELE

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Group Written Report /Written examinationExamination (2 hours) (100%)1-17August Examination Period

Re-assessment notes

Overall module referral = exam in the August reassessment period (100%)

Deferred coursework = Individual assignment (30%)

Deferred written exam = Exam in the August re-assessment period (70%)

Syllabus plan

  •  Introduction to accounting and international financial reporting
  •  Main financial statements: Income, Financial position, and Cash flows.
  •  Analysis and interpretation of financial statements
  •  Cash management and Financing
  •  Pricing and Costing
  •  Short-run decision making
  •  Long-run decision making
  •  Budgeting

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

A suggested text to supplement core understanding (and for which guidance for study is provided in the weekly self-study packs):

Dyson, J. and Franklin, E. (2017) Accounting for non-accounting students, 9th ed., Harlow: Pearson

However, the common topics, concepts and tools considered in the module can be found in all accounting texts and in many articles and online resources.

Students are expected to supplement the module topic documents with their own reading from texts and articles as well as practitioner and real-world examples.

Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Further resources are advised within the weekly self-study packs and include:

  • Articles, Text extracts, Internet media
  • News articles, Annual reports and Case studies. 

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

The weekly self-study packs provide reading, and questions for both core understanding and assessment preparation.  Additional sources should also be identified and accessed by students as part of their own self-study.


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