Module details for Financial and Management Accounting


This module provides the student with the opportunity to understand the roles of financial and management accounting in a business environment.


The aim of this module is to introduce the student to techniques used in financial and management accounting.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Account for material and labour costs and understand basics of pricing, budgeting and taxation.

2.  Record financial transactions in a double-entry bookkeeping system, extract a trial balance and prepare income statement and balance sheet.

Indicative Content

1 Basic Financial Accounting

Double-entry bookkeeping. Internal Control: errors ¿ their prevention, detection and correction; accounting ledger systems, trial balance, suspense accounts and journals.

2 Incomplete Records

Preparation of final accounts of a limited company from incomplete records, and prepare bank reconciliation statement.

3 Accounting for Costs

Accounting for material: FIFO, LIFO, Weighted Average. Accounting for labour: labour costs, idle time, incentives and labour turnover.

4 Pricing methods and pricing decisions

Cost plus, target costing, price skimming, penetration pricing

5 Budgeting

The context of budgets. Approaches to budgeting. Interpreting and acting on budgets. Preparation of functional budgets from given data. Budgeting and performance analysis in not-for-profit organisations and the public sector

6 Taxation

The impact of taxation on companies, calculating corporation tax.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

For session 2020/21 the expectation is that the teaching and learning hours stated in this descriptor will form a mix of synchronous and asynchronous student/staff activity, with the majority of this being online. The exact pattern of this activity is likely to vary from the standard face-to-face hours listed below but the overall student effort remains the same. Up-to-date information on the delivery of the module can be found on the relevant module MLS site and on your student timetable.

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 36
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 60
Independent 104
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2020/21 , and may be subject to change for future years.