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Managing Finance – Interpreting Accounts

Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.

Available Dates:

This course is currently not being offered in the academic year 2015 - 2016.

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To provide a basic understanding of interpreting pre-existing accounts and their limitations. To understand how businesses are financed. The financial world is in a state of turmoil both locally and globally. Does financial jargon leave you confused? How do bulls, stags and bears come within the arena of `black holes’? If you would you like to make some sense of the chaos then this is the course for you.

Who is this course for?

The course is open to all with an interest in the world of finance.

Learning and Teaching

The course includes: types of business organisation and the business environment; business finance: share capital; loan capital and other sources; summary of main accounting documents: profit and loss/balance sheets and cash flow statements; analysing accounts: ratio analysis I & II; the limitations of published accounts; social accounting; accounting scandals; break even analysis; capital investment appraisal.

The course will be taught weekly and there will be 20 contact hours.

Coursework and Assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved.

Assessment for this course is: one piece of written work around 2000 words

Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student. The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning.

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Library and Computing Facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on

(029) 2087 0000.

Accessibility of Courses

Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.

Further Information

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