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Accounting and Finance

* This course is in the teach out phase. It is not available to new students for enrolment. Existing students are in the process of completing the course.

Introduction

The BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance (Top-Up) programme aims to provide students with a high level of technical ability, knowledge and conceptual understanding in the field of Accounting and Finance. It also provides a range of contexts and enable students to appreciate the importance of political, ethical, legal and social environment for the accounting profession, business entity, capital markets and the public sector. The main focus of the course are the areas of accounting, auditing, economics, finance, IT and business.

Learning Outcomes

Students will develop a wide range of intellectual and analytical abilities relevant to business and management including the ability to think critically and independently.

Students will gain a range of opportunities to develop the attitudes, skills and abilities necessary to work in an international business environment and to develop an awareness and appreciation of different ethical values

Students will also develop the transferable skills necessary for students' personal development as life-long independent learners and for their ability to respond positively to change during their careers in business and management.

Students may apply for exemptions from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants on successfully completing the course.

Duration

36 months (Full-time)
48 months (Part-time)

Delivery Method

Classroom face-to-face lectures and tutorials.

Assessment

Assessment is via a mix of examination, coursework and essays, plus other oral and activity-based assignments. Coursework includes problem solving activities, consultancy projects, presentations and individual and group reports.

Exemptions

Students with relevant Diploma or equivalent qualifications will be exempt from academic year 1 and year 2 and part of academic year 3 depending on their qualifications and subject to approval from the examination board.

Fees*

S/N Option Title List Fee
1 Year 3 only Anglia Ruskin University: BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance (Top-Up) S$ 20,000

*Fees are inclusive of prevailing GST & subject to exchange rate fluctuations. FTMSGlobal reserves the right to amend published course fees without notice.

Course Modules*

ACADEMIC YEAR 1
  • Academic Skills
  • Accounting for Business
  • Analysis of Business
  • Economics for Business and Management
  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance
  • Introduction to Business Law
  • Introduction to People, Organisations and Management
ACADEMIC YEAR 2
  • Accounting for Control and Performance Management
  • Auditing
  • Business Research Methods
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • Financial Tools for Planning and Decision Making
  • International Business
ACADEMIC YEAR 3
  • Advanced Financial Reporting
  • Business Financing
  • Singapore Tax
  • Strategic Financial Management
  • Sustainable Management Futures
  • Undergraduate Major Project

* FTMSGlobal reserves the right to change the modules as and when it deems fit. ** Foundation course may be applicable should the student not meet the entry requirements of the programme.

Course Modules and Synopses

YEAR 1

Academic Skills
This module aims to equip the student to function effectively as an independent self-learner within the higher education learning environment, with specific reference to the area of business management. Students will be introduced to the learning context and the responsibilities of the individual learner within the higher education. They will be encouraged to develop both practical skills and academic skills central to undergraduate business degree programmes.

Accounting for Business
The module aims to build on the knowledge of financial reporting (contexts, purposes, regulatory framework), covered in the pre-requisite module, towards a proficiency in the recording of business transactions. The module introduces the principal concepts of financial accounting, and the way in which the individual transactions can be analysed to provide appropriate information for stakeholders. The preparation of principal financial statements will also be explored.

Analysis of Business
This module builds on the introduction to spreadsheet packages previously encountered within the core Learning and Skills Development in Business module or its equivalent. Students will be helped to develop further their hands-on skills in using such packages in computer workshops. Careful attention will also be paid throughout the module to the interpretation and application of the various quantitative methods and techniques to the solution of real-world business problems.

Economics for Business and Management
The first part of this module focuses mainly on the internal environment of the individual business and the ways in which this can influence its operations. The business and economic principles which underpin the determination of price and output, of size and location of business activity and other business decisions are outlined in this module. Wherever possible business examples and up-to-date case study materials will be used to illustrate the application of these principles to real-world business decision making.

Introduction to Accounting and Finance
The module firstly aims to give students a sound grasp of the basics of financial reporting (context, purposes, regulatory framework). It introduces the principal concepts of financial accounting. The preparation of principal financial statements will also be explored. This module is also designed to introduce students to key management accounting skills.

Introduction to Business Law
This module will provide students with an appreciation of the various ways in which law impacts on the domestic and international business environment. The module is designed to provide a foundation across a broad range of legal issues which students will then have the opportunity to develop further by undertaking specialised law modules, should they wish to do so, in their subsequent studies. The module will focus on the nature and sources of business law in England; on contract law with regard to both goods and services, on the law of tort, in particular, negligence and vicarious liability. There will also be a brief focus on the role of contract, with regards to the employment law.

Introduction to People, Organisations and Management
The organisational context: This module allows students to explore the organisational context and will furnish students with tools to analyse the organisational environment and the degree of dynamism and complexity in which organisations operate. Students will be encouraged to examine organisational responses to environmental turbulence. The development and impact of organisational culture will also be assessed.

YEAR 2

Accounting for Control and Performance Management
Accounting information for purposes of control and measuring performance is essential if an organisation is to reach its short term targets and long term objectives. Regular information is required to inform managers of progress or difficulties, so that they can take action if required. The traditional approach to control and performance measurement is to compare actual results to a pre-set target.

Auditing
The module examines the nature, purpose and scope of assurance engagements, including the statutory audit, its regulatory environment, and introduces professional ethics relating to audit and assurance. The importance of auditing theory underpinning practice is also emphasised. Internal audit will be covered, including the scope of internal audit as well as the differences between internal audit and external audit. The module then covers a range of areas relating to an audit of financial statements.

Business Research Methods
This module will introduce you to business research methods. This module will cover a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods. It provides a guide to understanding the tacit and explicit processes whereby you are socialised into the field of business and management research. It is a practical module informed by theory and real-life examples, which helps you explore the philosophical debates and underlying business and management research and considers how they relate to our understanding of knowledge and business practice.

Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Management
This module will provide an introduction to the behaviours, skills and knowledge surrounding entrepreneurship. The core to this module will involve developing an understanding of the key elements of designing and running the entrepreneurial organisation, such as managing people and other stakeholders, raising finance and managing money, creating profile and generating awareness, selling, and taking either products or services to market.

Financial Reporting
This module develops basic accounting concepts, covered in the pre-requisite modules. The module aims to develop the knowledge and skills required to understand and apply International Accounting Standards in the preparation of financial statements of entities. The module will commence with a consideration of conceptual frameworks for financial reporting. The required accounting treatment for key items appearing in financial statements will follow. The preparation of cash flow statements will be covered. Analysis and interpretation of financial statements concludes the module.

Financial Tools for Planning and Decision Making
Looking forward and planning for the future is essential in any organisation. As organisations develop they must always have an eye on the future and make decisions that will make their desired future a reality. Planning and decision making is a core aspect of business strategy and this module will look at the accounting and finance information that is used in planning and in support of the decision making process.

International Business
The module introduces students to the important area of international business. It begins by identifying some important patterns and trends in international business activity. The factors influencing the firm's decision as to the degree of internationalisation and the methods adopted are considered, as is the theoretical and institutional framework within which international business must operate. External challenges to the international firm are examined, such as those in the economic, political, cultural, ethical and legal fields. Possible internal responses to these challenges are evaluated, including strategic, human resource, marketing, accounting and logistical responses.

YEAR 3

Advanced Financial Reporting
This module assumes a strong knowledge of financial accounting fundamentals gained from previous financial accounting modules. The module will develop students ability to exercise judgement in a corporate reporting environment.Corporations can operate in exceedingly complex markets. Clear financial reporting requires the ability to interpret complex transactions by applying accounting principles and regulations. This module will include areas of financial reporting difficulty such as business combinations, substance, deferred tax and financial instruments.

Business Financing
This module looks at the financial options available to businesses. The main focus will be upon ways in which to generate capital financing from the capital markets though shares, debentures and loans building upon the core learning co-delivered through the financial management modules. Students are introduced to the wider financial markets operations, including derivatives and hedging. At the centre of the module will be on-going tracking of a portfolio of market investments where students will be expected to consider alternative methods for corporate valuations and evaluate changes in market valuations.

Singapore Tax
This module is designed to understand the scope of income tax on Singapore tax residents. The module introduces students to the subject of taxation and provides the core knowledge of underlying principles and major technical areas of taxation, as these affect the activities of individuals and businesses. In this module, students are introduced to the rationale behind and functions of the tax system. The module then considers the separate taxes that an accountant would need to have a detailed knowledge of, such as income tax from self-employment, employment and investments; the corporate tax liability of individual companies and group companies; and the goods and services tax liability of business.

Strategic Financial Management
This module encourages students to reflect on financial decision making at a strategic level within an organisation. The module aims to equip students with the computation skills necessary to assess potential investment opportunities available to an organisation. Students will also be encouraged to critically appraise the theoretical perspectives that inform much of our understanding of how capital and money markets operate.

Sustainable Management Futures
This module takes a futures perspective on management, organisations and the changing nature of business and enterprise modules. It is it a forward looking and integrative module that aims to bring together our students understanding of the evolving context of sustainable management. The module takes a dimensions based view of the notion of sustainable management futures by introducing the 'people, planet and profit lenses' for understanding sustainable management.

Undergraduate Major Project
The Major Project module allows students to engage in a substantial piece of individual research and/or product development work on a selected topic within the broad business and management field, as appropriate to their interests and background. The project topic will be assessed for suitability to ensure sufficient academic challenge and satisfactory supervision by an academic member of staff. The chosen topic will require the student to identify /formulate problems and issues, conduct literature reviews, evaluate information, investigate and adopt suitable development methodologies, determine solutions, develop hardware, software and/or media artefacts as appropriate, process data, critically appraise and present their finding using a variety of media.

Graduation Requirement

Upon successful completion of the course

Award

Upon successful completion, students will be awarded the BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance by Anglia Ruskin University.

Associated Careers

A degree in Accounting and Finance traditionally forms the basis for a career as a Chartered Accountant, a Chartered Certified Accountant, Chartered Public Finance Accountant or a Chartered Management Accountant. However, this course would also provide an excellent foundation for entry into the fields of commerce, business management or banking and finance. The range of course options allows students to focus on areas of particular interest.

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