Module code: MAN1061

Module Overview

The module introduces students to Financial Accounting by covering fundamental accounting concepts and their application in the maintenance of the ledgers and preparation of financial statements.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 106

Tutorial Hours: 44

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  •  The framework of accounting and accounting concepts and characteristics

  •  Ledger accounts and double-entry bookkeeping

  •  Accounting adjustments including deprecation, bad and doubtful debts, accruals and prepayments

  •  Preparation of final financial statements for sole traders

  •  Bank reconciliations

  •  Control and suspense accounts

  •  Methods used to detect and correct errors in accounts

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
School-timetabled exam/test 50 MINUTE CLASS TEST (CLOSED BOOK) 30
Examination 2 HOUR EXAM (CLOSED BOOK) 70

Alternative Assessment

Not applicable

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of both the theoretical concepts and their practical application.

The summative assessment for this module consists of:

A 50 minutes class-test (30%) scheduled during the semester

A two hour closed-book final exam (70%) during the examination period

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative feedback will be given on a continuous manner during the course of the module.  Numerous questions are set for completion in tutorials and drop-ins, and additional questions given for homework. In doing these, students are not only gaining invaluable practice in preparation for the formal assessments but are also given an opportunity to show their workings and receive additional explanation and help from tutors where needed. It provides an opportunity for tutors to assess individual ability and performance and target those students who would benefit from extra help, which is provided during the drop-ins or on a one to one basis during office hours.

In the week following the class test students are given an opportunity to review their papers and receive feedback or additional support on a group or one to one basis if required.

Module aims

  • Provide a solid grounding in fundamental accounting concepts
  • Apply these concepts in the maintenance of the ledgers
  • Prepare and produce the financial statements for a sole trader

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Record the framework of accounting and prepare accounting entries using double entry bookkeeping KP
002 Explain and distinguish between capital and revenue expenditure, cash and profit, income and expenditure, assets and liabilities K
003 Calculate depreciation for presentation in the financial statements and complete the accounting entries required on disposal of Non-current assets K
004 Record accounting entries relating to irrecoverable debts and accruals & prepayments and explain how and why accounting concepts are applied (e.g. accruals, prudence, matching, duality) KCPT
005 Prepare the income statement and statement of financial position for a sole-trader, from a trial balance with relevant adjustments and detect and correct any errors in the books of account. KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to give students the opportunity to gain knowledge of the relevant theory and business practices and problems pertinent to the topics covered in the module, in addition to gaining the skills necessary to apply that knowledge in practice.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Weekly 2 hour tutorial and I hour drop-in to illustrate the principles and practice the application of principles

  • Support of lecture/tutorial material by directed reading and exercises in the required text

  • Surrey-Learn will be used as an information portal and will contain lecture notes, practical exercises, solutions to practical exercises, past exam papers & model answers and relevant reading

  • On-going feedback in class on an individual and group basis

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Accounting and Finance (SII DUFE) BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Accounting and Finance (Dual degree with SII-DUFE ) BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Accounting and Finance BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.