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ACCG8142 – Strategic Business Reporting

2021 – Session 1, Special circumstances

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group activities on campus, and most will keep an online version available to those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

To check the availability of face-to-face and online activities for your unit, please go to timetable viewer. To check detailed information on unit assessments visit your unit's iLearn space or consult your unit convenor.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Convenor & lecturer
Mark Abraham
Contact via email and iLearn
Room 223 Building 4ER (knock)
16:00 - 17:00 Mondays
Moderator
Parmod Chand
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
ACCG926 or ACCG8126
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

The aim of this unit is to discuss, apply and evaluate the concepts, principles and practices underpinning the preparation and interpretation of corporate reports. It looks into the assessment of managements’ stewardship and ethics and considers the needs of the wider group of stakeholders. The content examines the financial reporting framework within which accountants operate. The detailed financial reporting requirements for entities are examined, leading to the preparation of group financial reports in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards. The unit deals with the nature of reporting for specialised entities including small to medium sized enterprises. The unit explores and demonstrates the role of the accountant as both a financial analyst and an adviser, through assessment of the financial performance and position of reporting entities. The accountant’s role is examined, in assessing and advising on the implications of accounting regulations on financial reporting.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Apply fundamental ethical and professional principles to situations and discuss the effects of unethical behaviour.
  • ULO2: Evaluate the financial reporting framework and discuss developments in accounting regulations.
  • ULO4: Prepare consolidated financial statements and all accompanying information, in accordance with the regulatory requirements and group financial statements where significant activities had been discontinued.
  • ULO3: Apply professional judgement in reporting the financial performance of entities.
  • ULO5: Analyse financial statements to evaluate and assess the financial performance and financial position of the reporting entity.
  • ULO6: Discuss the effects of changes to accounting regulation on financial reporting.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Final Exam 55% No formal exam period
Research assignment 25% No Week 7
Take Home Test 20% No Week 9

Final Exam

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 35 hours
Due: formal exam period
Weighting: 55%

 

A two-hour online final examination for this unit will be held. The exam is a summative assessment designed to demonstrate knowledge and understanding attained during the session and may cover any of the topics taught. The exam questions and form will require medium- and long-form answers and the exam will adopt the structure, form and substance of the equivalent ACCA professional exam.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply fundamental ethical and professional principles to situations and discuss the effects of unethical behaviour.
  • Evaluate the financial reporting framework and discuss developments in accounting regulations.
  • Prepare consolidated financial statements and all accompanying information, in accordance with the regulatory requirements and group financial statements where significant activities had been discontinued.
  • Apply professional judgement in reporting the financial performance of entities.
  • Analyse financial statements to evaluate and assess the financial performance and financial position of the reporting entity.
  • Discuss the effects of changes to accounting regulation on financial reporting.

Research assignment

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30 hours
Due: Week 7
Weighting: 25%

 

Students are required to undertake research into and prepare a report on contemporary or emerging issues in accounting and/or financial reporting. The report is a maximum 2,500 words and will require some original thought and opinion. Marks will be awarded for relevance, completeness, form, substance and originality.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Evaluate the financial reporting framework and discuss developments in accounting regulations.
  • Analyse financial statements to evaluate and assess the financial performance and financial position of the reporting entity.

Take Home Test

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 25 hours
Due: Week 9
Weighting: 20%

 

This assessment is a diagnostic summative assessment designed to demonstrate the knowledge and understanding attained in the first six lectures. This is a take-home test that must be completed by students individually. Questions require medium- and long-form answers and may include numeric components.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply fundamental ethical and professional principles to situations and discuss the effects of unethical behaviour.
  • Evaluate the financial reporting framework and discuss developments in accounting regulations.
  • Prepare consolidated financial statements and all accompanying information, in accordance with the regulatory requirements and group financial statements where significant activities had been discontinued.
  • Apply professional judgement in reporting the financial performance of entities.
  • Analyse financial statements to evaluate and assess the financial performance and financial position of the reporting entity.
  • Discuss the effects of changes to accounting regulation on financial reporting.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Students are required to attend 13 x 3 hour on-line seminars or 13 X 3 hour on-campus seminars.

The seminars comprise a 2 hour lecture and 1 hour for reviewing exercises and revising coursework.

Required Text Books Students are to acquire two texts published by BPP Learning Media:

• ACCA Strategic Business Reporting (International) Workbook Sept 2020 to June 2021 ISBN 9781509784394

• ACCA Strategic Business Reporting (International) Practice & Revision Kit Sept 2020 to June 2021 ISBN 9781509783953

Unit Schedule

Wk 1 Ch. 1 The financial reporting framework & Ch. 2 The professional and ethical duties of accountants
Wk 2 Ch. 3 Revenue & Ch. 4 Non-current assets
Wk 3 Ch. 4 Non-current assets continued
Wk 4 Ch. 6 Provisions, contingencies & post balance events & Ch. 9 Leases
Wk 5 Ch. 14 Non-current assets held for sale & Ch. 7 Income taxes & Ch. 10 Share-based payments
Wk 6 Ch. 5 Employee benefits & Ch. 18 Interpreting financial statements
Wk 7 Ch. 8 Financial instruments
Wk 8 Ch. 11 Group accounting - basic groups & Ch. 15 Joint arrangements
Wk 9 Ch. 12 Changes in group structure - step acquisition & Ch. 13 Disposals and reorganisations
Wk 10 Ch. 17 Group statement of cash flows
Wk 11 Ch. 16 Foreign transactions & entities & Ch. 19 Reporting for SMEs & Ch. 20 Effects of changes to accounting regulation
Wk 12 Revision and additional practice questions
Wk 13 Revision and additional practice questions

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