Financial literacy is an important skill in the business world. It helps you to understand how you can support the mission of any organisation and how you can add (or destroy) value. Whether you are an employee, a small business owner or in management of a larger business, understanding the principles of accounting helps you to understand the financial operations of the organisation.
The module incorporates Colour Accounting™, a new way of presenting financial information using colour and diagrams. At the heart of the system is a diagram called the BaSIS Framework™ that is a holistic and graphical view of a balance sheet and income statement. It is highly creative and involves colour, movement, language, visualisation and breathtaking simplicity.
We examine the principles of accounting and financial statements and explore how to understand them.
Full module specification
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 2: |
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the fundamentals of financial accounting with the purpose of enabling you to understand financial statements. You will be introduced to the recording of transactions, the content of financial reports, and the interpretation financial information.
The focus of the module is from the perspective of a user of financial information.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. explain and discuss the nature of accounting and accounting information;
- 2. analyse and process a broad range of typical business transactions;
- 3. explain and process electuary transactions relating to recognition and measurement of items on a statement of financial position;
- 4. explain and process elementary transactions relating to recognition and measurement of items on a statement of profit or loss;
- 5. prepare a set of basic financial statements
- 6. describe the forms of business organisation; explain and process elementary transactions relating to financing of a business;
- 7. analyse and interpret financial statements.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 8. use accounting concepts and conventions to apply accounting principles in practical situations.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 9. demonstrate basic written communication skills and numerical skills;
- 10. demonstrate basic problem solving skills.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||20||Lectures, seminars and workshops|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||1||Revision session|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||10||Tutorials|
|Guided independent Study||59||Preparation for taught sessions|
|Guided independent Study||69||Reading, reviewing of material and revision|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Weekly tutorials||3-4 hours preparations by student / 1 hour in-class discussion||1-10||Discussion in tutorial and suggested solutions on ELE|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|ICT 1 (MCQ)||10||30 minutes||1-2 & 8-10||Tutorial discussion|
|ICT 2 (MCQ)||20||45 minutes||1- 5 & 8-10||Tutorial Discussion|
|End of module examination - written component||56||1 hour; 40 minutes||1-10||Indicative answers posted on line|
|End of module exam MCQ component||14||30 minutes||1-10||Indicative answers posted on line|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|ICT 1 (MCQ) (10%)||MCQ 30 min (10%)||1-2 & 8-10||As soon as possible after the test|
|ICT 2 (MCQ) (20%)||MCQ 45 min (20%)||1-5 & 8-10||As soon as possible after the test|
|End of module examination written component (56%)||Examination written component 1 hr; 40 min (56%)||1-10||August|
|End of module examination MCQ component (14%)||Examination MCQ component 30 mins (14%)||1-10||August|
The written and MCQ components of the end of module exam are one assessment and are not separable.
- Introduction; Funding butterfly and BaSIS framework
- Analysing transactions on the BaSIS Board: Part 1
- Analysing transactions on the BaSIS Board: Part 2
- Statement of financial position
- Statement of profit or loss: Part 1
- Statement of profit or loss: Part 2
- Business organisations and funding of a business
- Ratio analysis: Part 1
- Ratio analysis: Part 2
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Scott, P. (2019) Introduction to Financial Accounting, 3rd Edition, Oxford University Press
Colour Accounting pack (provided to all BSc Business students registered for this module)
Other recommended texts
Kolitz, DL. (2019) A Concepts-Based Introduction to Financial Accounting, 6th edition, Juta.
Weetman, P. Financial Accounting: An introduction, Pearson
Module has an active ELE page?
Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
Indicative learning resources - Other resources
Other resources: as provided and recommended during classes and via ELE
Last revision date