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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2022-2023 (archived)

Module ACCT1051: Business Environment and Functions

Department: Accounting

ACCT1051: Business Environment and Functions

Type Tied Level 1 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2022/23 Module Cap None. Location Durham
Tied to NN42
Tied to N204
Tied to N206
Tied to NN43
Tied to N302
Tied to N304
Tied to N305
Tied to N306
Tied to N307


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • People, Management and Organisations BUSI1141


  • To appreciate the modern organisation operating in a global context and how accounting and finance functions support organisations in achieving their objectives.


  • Business objectives and strategy
  • Organisation structure and governance
  • An overview of the work of the various business functions to include human resources, marketing, operations management, and finance and accounting
  • The role of technology and information systems in supporting organisations
  • Corporate social responsibility, sustainability and ethics

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • At the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Appreciate the impact of the external environment on organisations
  • Understand the roles of the various functions in the success of the organisation
  • Appreciate (and apply) theories, models, frameworks and basic research methods to examine issues related specifically to the business environment and the functions of an organisation
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Apply theories, models, frameworks, and basic research methods to examine issues related to the business environment and the functions of an organisation
Key Skills:
  • Problem solving
  • Team working
  • Written communication
  • Self-management

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Learning will take place through preparation for, and attendance at, workshops as well as through independent study. Students are required to prepare by reading around a particular topic and preparing answers to set questions and case studies with discussion of these in class.
  • Summative assessment is by means of a portfolio of written work.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Workshops 20 Weekly 2 hours 40
Preparation, Reading and Independent Study 160
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Written Portfolio Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Portfolio 3000 words 100% Same

Formative Assessment:

Online multiple choice tests

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University