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Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2022-2023 (archived)

Module ACCT1097: Skills for the Professional Accountant

Department: Accounting

ACCT1097: Skills for the Professional Accountant

Type Tied Level 1 Credits 10 Availability Available in 2022/23 Module Cap None. Location Durham
Tied to N408
Tied to N409


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Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • To introduce students to those skills that employers would like to see developed in future accounting graduates;
  • To provide students with various opportunities to acquire, develop and apply these skills;
  • To allow students to get know one another in the cohort and promote an accounting community for the future.


  • Team work
  • Communication
  • Commercial acumen
  • Networking
  • Scepticism
  • Problem solving
  • Presentation skills

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • On completion of this module students should be able to:
  • Understand the key skills expected of a professional accountant in today's business environment.
  • Apply these skills accordingly to different simulated business situations.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • On completion of this module students should have the ability to:
  • work as part of a team;
  • communicate effectively using different methods;
  • present with confidence;
  • understand how industries and businesses operate successfully;
  • develop professional networks;
  • probe, question and challenge;
  • explore alternatives, evaluate options and propose solutions.
Key Skills:
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Commercial acumen

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

  • Learning takes place through attendance at workshops and preparation for and participation in workshops, and independent study.
  • Formative assessment is a group presentation.
  • Summative assessment will include a group written report of 2000 words and a group presentation totalling 15 minutes.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Workshops 10 Weekly 2 hours 20
Preparation, Reading and Independent Study 80
Total 100

Summative Assessment

Component: Case Study Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Group report 2000 words 50% individual report
Group presentation 15 mins 50% individual presentation

Formative Assessment:

Group presentation

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