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1 BSc (Hons) Accounting Penny Clarke – Programme Director Original Thinking Applied

2 2 Presentation Structure Programme Aims Programme Structure 1 st Year Course Choices Progression Rules Prizes Attendance Important Contacts and Sources of Help Student Reps

3 Congratulations

4 Now the hard work starts

5 … the hard work will be worth it in the end

6 Who are Undergraduate Services? Professional Support Services; Undergraduate Office – D20 Assessment & Student Support Office – D14 Admissions Office – via D20 v

7 The Basics

8 Your Arrival Pack Welcome Week Timetable; Teaching Timetables – lectures and Academic Advisor seminars; Seminars via the student system; Student Peer Mentor information; Personal development plan documents; Health & Safety course information. v

9 Timetable Your timetable will be different each week. You are responsible for checking your personal timetable on the Student System and making sure that you are in the right place at the right time. v

10 Where to find information My Manchester Student System (Campus Solutions) Online Undergraduate Handbook Blackboard v

11 Role of Blackboard All courses have a space in the Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard) –You must frequently consult the Blackboard space for all of your courses –The resources on Blackboard are not a substitute for attending teaching sessions.

12 IT Information IT Account Register via the Student System Note your University of Manchester email address Storage – p-drive 200mb of space Printing PC labs Student Group Study Room – C11 Wifi – eduroam IT Support – v

13 Communication from Undergraduate Services e-Bulletin every fortnight emails Facebook Twitter Texts Online Undergraduate Student Handbook Blackboard Notice boards Plasma screens v

14 If you’ve got any questions on what we’ve covered so far, please come and ask Take a break

15 The Programme

16 Programme Aims What do you think? sprogrammestructures/Programmespecifications.aspx sprogrammestructures/Programmespecifications.aspx. 16

17 17 Programme Aims The BSc Accounting programme aims to: Meet the needs of students who are seeking a career in accounting, business or related areas Provide a thorough grounding in the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary for such careers Offer substantial exemptions from professional accountancy examinations and the opportunity for students to undertake relevant experience via an internship year that will give a head-start towards obtaining full professional qualification

18 18 Programme Aims The BSc Accounting programme aims to: Provide students with knowledge and understanding of the conceptual and applied aspects of accounting as an academic discipline Provide a varied and challenging mixture of teaching and learning experiences Encourage and enable students to acquire practices of independent thinking and learning, developing students’ powers of critical thinking, enquiry and logical expression Develop core skills: computer literacy, numeracy, problem-solving, written and oral communication, teamwork, project management, and report writing Place accounting in its broader economic, organisational, social and political contexts

19 19 Structure of Programme 3 / 4 year programme, two semesters each academic year Each year involves 120 credits of study, this consists of taking course units (normally 10 credits or 20 credits) You will normally take 60 credits in each semester Optional internship year comes after your second year of study

20 20 1 st year – compulsory courses

21 Need extra help with maths? There are extra drop in maths surgeries each semester for students who want more help. Look out for details in the e-Bulletin

22 22 1 st year course choices You have 20 credits of optional courses to select These can be chosen from the courses listed on the next slide although you should have completed and returned your course choice form to Viv

23 23 1 st year – optional courses

24 24 Economics Courses If you have A-Level Economics or equivalent qualifications, then you will be enrolled for: ECON10081 UK Economy – Microeconomics & ECON10082 UK Economy – Macroeconomics If you have not got A-Level Economics, then you will be enrolled for: ECON10041 Microeconomic Principles & ECON10042 Macroeconomic Principles At the end of this talk, there will be an Economics course list that you can check to see which Economics courses you will be studying If we have been unable to assess your level of Economics, a letter will be in your arrival pack telling you that it is essential that you attend the Economics course registration session on Tuesday 16 September 2014, between 1:00pm – 2:30pm in room B8 MBS East Building to see an Economics tutor to ensure you are enrolled on the correct courses.

25 25 2 nd year – compulsory courses

26 26 Internship year The internship year is optional It will take place between your second and final years of study You will start to apply for a placement during the summer after your first year on the programme You will be given further information about the internship year as part of the Auditing & Professional Accounting module

27 27 Final year – compulsory courses

28 Assessment and Progression

29 Assessment: What to Expect Semester 1 exams take place in January Semester 2 exams take place in May/ June Some courses are assessed by exam only, some by coursework and exams and some by coursework only. It is your responsibility to check your coursework deadlines and your exam dates, times and venues.

30 Progression Year 1 Receive a mark below 40% in more than 40 credits = compensation and REASSESSMENT Year 2 Pass everything (40%+ in 120 credits) Pass 40%+ in at least 80 credits and a “compensatable mark” (30-39%) in a maximum of 40 credits If you fail any course below 30% = REASSESSMENT You can be reassessed in courses up to a maximum of 80 credits

31 Resits Resits take place in August in Manchester Resits are for progression only. They are not a second chance to get a better mark If you fail resits you may be allowed to take additional courses in your second year, may have to retake exams and wait a year to join the second year, or be excluded from the university

32 Degree weightings First year – need to pass to proceed to second year –Marks do not count towards degree classification, but do appear on a transcript of marks. –Marks may be important when applying for internships/ work experience Second year – worth one third of your degree mark Final year – worth two thirds of your degree mark

33 33 Prizes There are several prizes for high performing students at the end of each year Final year prizes for top student overall and best project

34 In coming to MBS, you have not bought a degree….just the opportunity to earn one 34

35 Approaches to teaching and learning University teaching is different from school/ college –Some very large lectures –Some small group seminars/ workshops –A range of teaching styles –Lecturers, senior lecturers, professors, graduate teaching assistants (GTAs), seminar leaders You are expected to be an independent learner You are responsible for your own learning

36 Attendance and Engagement You are expected to attend all scheduled teaching session (lectures, seminars, workshops etc) You are expected to engage in all scheduled teaching session (lectures, seminars, workshops etc) You are expected to avoid any behaviour that would interfere with the learning and engagement of others. Seminar attendance will be monitored, and spot checks may be conducted in lectures.

37 37 Work and Attendance Monitoring Attendance at all seminars, tutorials, labs and workshops is compulsory and will be monitored If you are unable to attend a class because of illness or other good reason, you need to complete an ‘absence from class form’ and submit it to the undergraduate office. Forms are available from the UG office (D20) or can be downloaded from the MBS UG intranet. If a student misses 3 or more consecutive seminars, tutorials, labs or workshops this will be followed up by the Assessment and Student Support Centre. We have a duty to make sure students attend classes and do not have any serious problems that are the cause of non- attendance.

38 38 Feedback You will receive feedback on your work in various forms: –Non-assessed coursework may be marked and returned to you –On-line quizzes on Blackboard –Comments on group or individual presentations –Generic feedback on examinations The objective is to help you monitor your progress and improve your performance Further information in the MBS Undergraduate Welcome Guide

39 39 Support in your Studies Academic Advisors – academic contact throughout your degree programme –More on this in your Auditing and Professional Accounting Practice class next week Course Co-ordinators – academic lead for individual modules –First point of contact for any problems arising with your modules Other lecturers / workshop leaders – office hours appointments to answer your queries

40 Office hours Office hours are times when academic staff are available to meet students Academic staff should display their office hours on their door.

41 41 Medical / Personal Problems In case of medical, personal or other problems of a serious nature which have (or are likely to have) an adverse effect on your studies, ideally students should seek help from their academic adviser, the Assessment and Student Support Centre (ASSC) at D14 (Absence, Illness, Forms) and the Programme Administrators. NOTE: It is important that the School is informed about issues affecting your study

42 42 Student Representatives We need volunteers for the role! Student reps will sit on the Programme Committee and attend the MBS UG Staff Student Liaison Committee All interested (including self nominations) students should go to the undergraduate office (D20) for a nomination form by Friday 3 October

43 43 Peer Mentors Peer mentoring is designed to provide pastoral support to first year students. All of the mentors are trained second or third year MBS undergraduate students You will meet with your mentors during Welcome week, details of these meetings is included in your arrival pack.

44 44 BSc Accounting Welcome Reception You are invited to attend the Welcome Reception event immediately after the ICAEW event on Wednesday 17 September (1pm) Please come along to the reception area of Crawford House on the mezzanine floor Good luck for the forthcoming year!

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