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MN20485: Accounting for managers in an international context

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2013/4
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: School of Management
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: CW 25%, EX 75%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take MN10476 or take MN10331 or take MN10248 and in taking this unit you cannot take MN20018 or take MN20019
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The unit aims to enable students to:
* understand financial statements and their place in decision-making;
* use basic techniques of financial statement analysis;
* understand the various roles that accounting information plays within organisations;
* evaluate the role of good governance and sustainability issues within organisations;
* identify relevant information for decision-making purpose;
* Explain the role of budgets and standard costing within organisations;
* Prepare and interpret budgets, standard costs and variance statements.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of this module students should be able to:
* discuss the demand and supply forces underlying the provision of company financial information according to international financial reporting standards and evaluate the usefulness of published sources of financial information
* carry out financial statement analysis and evaluate its usefulness
* discuss the accounting information needs of managers and the use of budgeting within an organisation
* identify relevant information for internal decision-making and prepare basic budgets
* understand the principles of working capital management and discuss the relative merits of various financing structures
* appreciate the international context in which businesses are operating
* improve technical, analytical and information research skills.

Financial data manipulation and interpretation
Analytical and communication skills in relation to financial information
Accreditation for some professional exams
Use appropriate financial analysis and computational techniques to compute financial information which is useful in a management accounting context
Identifying financial information and analytical techniques relevant to a particular purpose
Interpreting the results of analysis in a manner pertinent to a specified problem/objective
Construction of relevant costing, financial analysis and budget statements in a format suitable for general readership
Transferable/Key Skills
Applying a range of quantitative analysis techniques in a variety of business environments
Critical skills in the application of techniques and the interpretation of results

(a) Financial planning and control
Analysis and practical applications of a variety of management accounting and financial planning techniques, including:
* Marginal costing and absorption costing
* Relevant costs and decision making
* Activity based costing
* Modern manufacturing environment + other developments in costing
* Standard costing
* Budgeting
Investment appraisal techniques
(b) Reporting results in financial terms
* Preparation of Income Statements, Balance Sheets, and Statements of Cash Flows in statutory form.
* The role and process of the regulatory framework in accounting.
* The development of international standards.
* Evaluation of the mechanisms of internal control and corporate governance.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

MN20485 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UXXX-AYB05 : BSc (hons) International Management and Modern Languages (French) (Full-time with Year Abroad) - Year 2
  • UXXX-AYB04 : BSc (hons) International Management and Modern Languages (German) (Full-time with Year Abroad) - Year 2
  • UXXX-AYB06 : BSc (hons) International Management and Modern Languages (Spanish) (Full-time with Year Abroad) - Year 2

MN20485 is Optional on the following programmes:

School of Management
  • UMMN-ANB01 : BSc (hons) Business Administration (Full-time with Thin Sandwich Placements) - Year 2

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2013/4 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2014/15 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2013/14.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.