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BSc (Hons) Management (Accounting and Finance)

Gain the skills required to become a dynamic manager and focus on accounting and finance from second year onwards.

Study core and specialist areas of business and management according to your personal or academic interests or career ambitions. Specialise in accounting and finance whilst still benefitting from a huge amount of choice across this flexible course.

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BSc Management (Accounting and Finance)

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Financial Analysis of Corporate Performance

Unit code BMAN31000
Credit rating 40
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Alliance Manchester Business School
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

This is a research-based course unit that allows you to develop important skills and to gain critical understanding of the financial performance of firms and industries. In the first semester you will work ideally in groups of five to analyse a set of firms in a specific industry, to understand the drivers of success, the context for strategic decision-making and the trajectory of performance. In the second semester you will build on the knowledge and skills you have developed to produce an individual project that considers corporate performance within a specific context. The course unit usually includes guest speakers from, or experts on, the industries studied.

Pre/co-requisites

Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Financial Reporting and Accountability BMAN21020 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Intermediate Management Accounting BMAN21040 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Financial Statement Analysis BMAN20081 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Foundations of Finance B BMAN23000B Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Core for BA Econ (Accounting specialists). Option for Mgt (A&F). For Mgt (A&F) must have the following pre-requisites: BMAN21020, BMAN21040, BMAN20081 & BMAN23000(B).

Pre-requisite course units have to be passed by 40% or above at the first attempt unless a higher percentage is indicated within this course outline. If the pre-requisite unit is defined as a compulsory course unit within your programme of study (Maths with Finance, IBFE, Accounting, BA Econ pathways for example) then progression onto the dependent unit is permitted as long as you have gained the appropriate amount of credit to progress on to the following year of your registered undergraduate programme.

BSc Management students specialising in Accounting and Finance can only take BMAN 31000 Financial Analysis of Corporate Performance if they have the following prerequisites: BMAN 21020 Financial Reporting and Accountability, BMAN21040 Intermediate Management Accounting, BMAN 20081 Financial Statement Analysis and BMAN 23000 (B) Foundations of Finance.

 

Aims

This course unit is designed to allow you to study a set of corporations and industrial sectors in detail. During the year you will get a taste of business analysis and be able to utilise what you have learnt about accounting and finance in studying real organisations and live industry issues. In particular, the various components of BMAN31000 are specifically designed to give you an opportunity to apply and develop practical, academic and transferable skills that will be useful on other course units and in your future working life.

Formally, BMAN31000 aims to allow students to: 

- work with other students to research, organise and present a group business analysis report and, subsequently, to work independently to produce an individual report studying a pre-selected research question;

- apply accounting and finance knowledge gained elsewhere on the degree programme and, with the material introduced in this course unit, to develop business analysis skills in order to appraise the performance of a particular industrial sector and set of firms, in wider business, market, regulatory and macro-economic contexts;

- use a variety of library-based and electronic research sources.

 

Learning outcomes

After successfully completing BMAN31000, students should be able to:

- analyse and evaluate corporate performance using financial and other contextual information regarding the operating environment of a specific business sector and have an appreciation of the limits of this analysis;

- apply knowledge of financial reporting, management accounting and finance to a particular industry and company context, and gain a better understanding of such issues as: the effects of accounting policies on the presentation and interpretation of financial statements; the allocation of resources and the control of costs within a corporation; and the financing of the company and the risks and rewards that arise from these financing decisions for investors and creditors;

- construct a reasoned argument, supported by evidence and present such material, both orally and in writing, in a professional and academically respected fashion;

- take responsibility for independent learning, including helping to define the scope of the tasks to be undertaken, planning and undertaking the research and writing up the results within a specified timetable;

- work effectively in groups, including planning, communicating and co-operating on tasks;

- find, use and interpret key primary and secondary sources to investigate corporations and industries and be able to use IT skills to organise and present such material.

Teaching and learning methods

Semester 1: 24 hrs (2 hrs per week for 12 weeks) a mixture of lectures, clinics and group presentation sessions.

Semester 2: 5 one hour tutorials (during weeks 1-5), and individual supervision.

Total study hours: 400 hours split between lectures, classes, group work, reading and research, and preparation for classes and coursework.

Informal Contact Methods
1. Office hours
2. Online learning activities (blogs, discussions)
3. Peer assisted study sessions (clinics)
4. Individual meetings with tutor in semester 2

 

Assessment methods

Group report (25%), group presentation (8%), and individual report (67%).

 

Feedback methods

- Informal advice and discussion during a lecture, seminar, workshop or lab.

- Responses to student emails and questions from a member of staff including feedback provided to a group via an online discussion forum.

- Specific course related feedback sessions.

- Written and/or verbal comments on assessed or non-assessed coursework.

- Written and/or verbal comments after students have given a group or individual presentation.

Recommended reading

References will be given out during the course.

 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 18
Project supervision 20
Tutorials 5
Independent study hours
Independent study 357

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Pamela Stapleton Unit coordinator
Christopher Humphrey Unit coordinator
Sofia Yasmin Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Length of course: 23 weeks


Semester 1 Course Coordinators - Sofia Yasmin and Chris Humphrey

Semester 2 Course Coordinator - Pamela Stapleton

Other Teaching Staff: to be advised

Pre-requisite course units have to be passed by 40% or above at the first attempt unless a higher percentage is indicated within this course outline. If the pre-requisite unit is defined as a compulsory course unit within your programme of study (Maths with Finance, IBFE, Accounting, BA Econ pathways for example) then progression onto the dependent unit is permitted as long as you have gained the appropriate amount of credit to progress on to the following year of your registered undergraduate programme.


BSc Management students specialising in Accounting and Finance can only take BMAN 31000 Financial Analysis of Corporate Performance if they have the following prerequisites: BMAN 21020 Financial Reporting and Accountability, BMAN21040 Intermediate Management Accounting, BMAN 20081 Financial Statement Analysis and BMAN 23000 (B) Foundations of Finance.

Co-requisites: None
Dependent course units: None

Programme Restrictions: This course unit is restricted to BA (Econ) Accounting, BA Econ Accounting and Finance, BA Econ Accounting and Economics and BSc Management students specialising in Accounting & Finance.

It  is compulsory for BA (Econ) students specialising in Accounting.

Joint BA (Econ) Accounting and Finance specialists may take BMAN30190 Empirical Finance instead of BMAN31000 Financial Analysis of Corporate Performance.

Timetable

https://ughandbook.portals.mbs.ac.uk/Myprogramme/Teachingtimetables.aspx

For Academic Year 2019/20

Updated: May 2019

Approved by: March UG Committee

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