Accounting and Finance
(BSc) Accounting and Finance
Entry for 2011
This course is set at Level 6 in the national Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.
The new Single Honours Business degree programmes are aimed at undergraduate students who wish to gain a contemporary and forward-looking perspective on business and management studies. Managers need a skill-set to enable them to react to the changing world and a vision to interpret the next step for their organisation. In preparing for these challenges, this programme provides a foundation in business and management studies, alongside specialist studies in innovation and entrepreneurship - key elemenets of modern management and areas of experitse at Sussex.
The newly propsed Single Honours programme in Business (Finance) further complement this general foundation by providing a comprehensive introduction to the subject area of Finance.
Course Learning Outcomes
At the end of the programme, the successful student will be able to:
Problem Recognition: .
Recognise business and management problems using appropriate academic underpinning from a selected set of management disciplines
A knowledge of the major theoretical tools and theories of finance
An ability to interpret finanical data
Classify organisations in a wide range of different contexts, such as public, private and not-for-profit, and describe their interaction with the external environment
Recognise and explain different business and management models and frameworks in overcoming problems in the working environment
Problem Analysis and Problem Solving Skills:
Identify an appropriate range of analytical tools to address business and management problems, and report such analyses into a credible business plan or a convincing critique of a specific business development
Examine, compare and contrast assumptions and statements within problem analysis from written and verbal descriptions
An understanding of empirical testing in finance
An understanding of the factos influencing the investment behaviour of firms
An understanding of risk
Using visual and written media, observe and describe recent and current developments in particular organisations and industries
Evaluate the implications for business and management under conditions of significant change to both the internal and external environment
Distinguish and synthesise research from a variety of business and research sources
Conceptualise and synthesise ideas in a research context
Analytical Skills (Data Collection and Analysis):
Effectively apply quantitative tools, methodologies and techniques to business and management problems, under varying conditions
Perfom independent information acquisition and management using the scientific and social science literatures and data sources
Presentation and Writing Skills:
Draft technical reports and a dissertation (if selected) on business and management issues, to a professional standard
Effectively communicate by oral, written and visual means to a professional standard
Use IT skills effectively; to include Word, Excel, PowerPoint and basic database packages
Written and Oral Communication Skills:
Prepare and present seminars to a professional standard, and be able to answer questions on information presented in those seminars
Personal and Professional Development Skills:
Perform independent and efficient time management
Work effectively as an individual and as a member of a team
Define, assess and progressively modify their career development plans
Deploy decision-making skills in complex and unpredictable situations
Recognise, appreciate and describe the distinctive nature of contemporary business issues that arise from the international environment
Select and apply appropriate conceptual tools from a range of disciplines in the analysis and resolution of problems that arise in international business
Apply critical thinking skills to the strategies, practices and issues arising in international business
Demonstrate the capability to locate, and use with discerment, data from a range of research sources appropriate to the study of international business
Develop cultural awareness and appreciation together with a sensitivity to diversity in order to work effectively with others from different backgrounds
Full-time course composition
Please note that the University will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver courses and modules in accordance with the descriptions set out here. However, the University keeps its courses and modules under review with the aim of enhancing quality. Some changes may therefore be made to the form or content of courses or modules shown as part of the normal process of curriculum management.
The University reserves the right to make changes to the contents or methods of delivery of, or to discontinue, merge or combine modules, if such action is reasonably considered necessary by the University. If there are not sufficient student numbers to make a module viable, the University reserves the right to cancel such a module. If the University withdraws or discontinues a module, it will use its reasonable endeavours to provide a suitable alternative module.