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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2022-2023 (archived)

Module ACCT1147: Business and Technology

Department: Accounting

ACCT1147: Business and Technology

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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  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • To introduce knowledge and understanding of the business and its environment, and the influence this has on how organisations are structured, and on the role of the accounting and other key business functions in contributing to the efficient, effective management and development of an organisation and its people and their interaction with technology, data and information systems.


  • The business organisation, its stakeholders and the external environment
  • Business organisational structure, functions and governance
  • Accounting and reporting systems, compliance, control, technology and security
  • Leading and managing individuals and teams
  • Personal effectiveness and communication

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • On completion of this module students should:
  • Understand the purpose and types of businesses and how they interact with key stakeholders and the external environment;
  • Understand business organisation structure, functions, and the role of corporate governance;
  • Recognise the functions, systems, and new technologies in accountancy and audit in communicating, reporting, and assuring financial information, including the effective compliance, internal control, and security of financial and other data;
  • Recognise the principles of authority and leadership, and how teams and individuals are recruited, managed, motivated, and developed;
  • Understand the importance of personal effectiveness as the basis for effective team and organisational behaviour.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • On completion of this module students should be able to:
  • 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 takes place through attendance at, preparation for and participation in workshops, and independent study.
  • Formative assessment is by means of contributions to a discussion forum.
  • Summative assessment is by means of a written assignment.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Workshops 10 1 per week 2 hours 20
Preparation, Reading and Independent Study 80
Total 100

Summative Assessment

Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written assignment 2500 words 100% same

Formative Assessment:

Contributions to a discussion forum

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