BSc Accounting

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Auditing & Professional Accounting Practice I

Unit code BMAN10760
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Alliance Manchester Business School
Available as a free choice unit? No


This course is divided into three main sections;

- Introduction to business, the role of accounting, and professional practice
- Assurance and auditing practice
- Professional and Academic skills development

Manchester Careers Service will jointly run some of the sessions throughout the two semesters using elements from their established careers' skills course.

There will also be weekly personal or virtual academic adviser contact and development of students' PDPs.


BMAN10760 is core for BSc Accounting.


This course aims to provide students with an introduction to the nature of businesses, the environment in which they operate, the role of accounting in professional practice, and to provide students with the academic and research skills necessary for the collection, analysis and interpretation of business and accounting data.

It aims to introduce students to the fundamental principles of audit and assurance, and develop their understanding of the audit process.

It also aims to develop key skills needed to succeed in a career in accounting practice. This includes developing a capacity to make convincing presentations to potential clients and the ability to write essays and reports.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. discuss in an informed way current issues in accounting and auditing practice;
  2. demonstrate a commercial understanding and awareness of current business issues;
  3. use research skills to prepare a submission for an audit tender;
  4. demonstrate the ability to put into practice transferable skills  for employability and further study
  5. explain the purpose of assurance, the nature of a statutory audit and the key stages in the audit process;
  6. understand the assurance process and fundamental principles of ethics, and are able to contribute to the assessment of internal controls and gathering of evidence on an assurance engagement 

Teaching and learning methods

Lecture hours:40 hours of lectures
Workshops: 30 hours of workshops
Seminars: 10 hours of academic advisor sessions
Private study: 120 hours
Total study hours 200 hours

Total study hours: 200 hours split between lectures, classes, self study and preparation for classes, coursework and examinations.

Class exercises and various case studies will be used for the audit workshops.

Blackboard and other web-based resources will be used.

Some sessions will be delivered by external professional advisors.

Employability skills

This module has been specifically designed with the aim to enhance your exposure to professional practice. Many aspects of the module are tailored specifically to support your ability to apply for a job in Accounting. Much of the workshop time is devoted to understanding and developing the skills required by employers (e.g. team working, commercial awareness, time management, communication skills, etc.). The methods of assessment engaged in this course will also enhance your employability skills e.g. group presentation and writing exercises.

Assessment methods

The course will be assessed by means of a group presentation and report on a topical audit issue and an unseen report examination.

The group project will count for 30% of the course evaluation.

The examination will be a 2 hour paper which will count for 70 % of the course evaluation.


Feedback methods

- Informal advice and discussion during a lecture, seminar, workshop or lab.

- Online exercises and quizzes delivered through the Blackboard course space.

- Responses to student emails and questions from a member of staff including feedback provided to a group via an online discussion forum.

- Written and/or verbal comments after students have given a group or individual presentation.

Recommended reading

Core textbooks:

Millichamp A., and Taylor J.R., (2018), Auditing, 11th Ed., Cengage Learning EMEA ISBN 1473749301

Supplementary textbooks:

Arers, Elders & Beasley: ’Auditing & Assurance Services: An Integrated Approach’ (2007)13th Ed, Pearson Higher Education.

Phil Race ’How to get a Good Degree’ (Open University Press 1999)

Developing Essential Study Skills, (2000), E. Payne and L. Whittaker, Pearson Education Limited, 2000.

Allen, Rebecca, A wider perspective and more options: instigating the longer term employability of humanities graduates, Higher Education Academy (2006)

Hawkins, P., The Art of Building Windmills: Career Tactics for the 21st Century, (1999)

Hawkins, P., Skills for Graduates in the 21st century (1995) Association of Graduate Recruiters

Financial Press


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 2
Lectures 40
Practical classes & workshops 30
Seminars 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 118

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Wendy Wild Unit coordinator
Jennifer Rose Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Other staff involved:  Jenni Rose, Wendy Wild. Several potential employers provide guest lectures.

Pre-requisites: None

Co-requisites: None

Dependent courses: BMAN20881 Professional Accounting Practice and BMAN20812 Business Strategy

Programme Restrictions: Compulsory for BSc Accounting students. Not offered to other students.

For Academic Year 2021/22

Updated: March 2021

Approved by: March UG Committee

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