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					Welcome to New Students

As Dean of the Cardiff School of Management, I’m looking forward to welcoming you to UWIC and to
the School’s brand new, state of the art home on the Llandaff campus in Cardiff.

Chances are that you are going to be exposed to many new things when you arrive. It can be quite
confusing. Once you’re here, we’ll take you through the details. So please make sure to join us during
our induction week. Take note of the following schedule:
Monday, 20 September, 10.00 start
Cyncoed Campus, National Indoor Athletic Centre (NIAC)
Week One Welcome
      This is a UWIC-wide event where you’ll get the chance to rub shoulders with other incoming
      students at the university. There will be no need to come to our Llandaff campus on Monday.
Tuesday, 21 September, 9.30 start
Llandaff Campus
Cardiff School of Management Induction
        These events are specifically designed for your programme. We have activities planned for
        the entire week, which include enrolling onto the programme, getting to know the staff, and
        introducing you to life in academia. We’ll give you a more detailed schedule when you arrive,
        but please plan to spend the whole week with us.

Again, I want to welcome you to what will be an important time in your life.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices at 029 2041 7147 or 029 2041 6408 and they can
direct you to the appropriate people.

David Pritchard
Dean, Cardiff School of Management
Date: As Postmark
Telephone: 029 2041 6372

Dear Student


Year 1 Induction Programme
Monday 20 September – Friday 24 September 2010

A very warm welcome to UWIC from all the staff of the Cardiff School of Management. We hope that you will
find the time you spend here both enjoyable and rewarding, and a springboard into a successful career.

The busy Year 1 Induction Programme starts on the morning of Monday 20th September at 10am at the
National Indoor Athletics Centre (NIAC) on the Cyncoed Campus with an address from the Vice Chancellor,
and runs throughout the week. The “Freshers' Fayre” follows the address and provides students with the
opportunity to find out about and sign up with the various clubs and societies within UWIC. In addition,
businesses providing a range of services which you may be interested in will be present.

The Induction Programme will cover all the essential aspects of student life as well as introducing you to your
specific programme of study. Whilst some of this information is now posted on the UWIC website, attendance at
the Induction Programme remains compulsory.

During the course of the week you will meet your Programme Director and other members of staff, as well, of
course, as meeting all the other new students on the BA Accounting and BA Accounting & Finance programmes.
A number of sessions will be scheduled to provide information about your programme of study, to issue various
important documents, to explain the modules you will be studying and to issue your timetable. You will also
formally enrol at the university.

All students must attend at the Llandaff Campus at 9.30am on Tuesday 21st September for the
commencement of the programme-specific induction. Please refer to to find
out where you need to go for the programme-specific induction. You will be given your enrolment details at
induction, so again it is imperative that you attend.

If exceptional circumstances prevent you from attending this important week, please inform the Programmes
Administrator – Belinda Hubbard as soon as possible on 029 2041 5670 or

We look forward to meeting you

Yours faithfully

Malcolm James
Programme Director
BA Accounting and BA Accounting & Finance
The purpose of this documentation is to give you information relevant to your attendance on the programme.
Please read this carefully.


The UWIC Academic Year consists of three terms:

AUTUMN TERM:                Monday 20th September 2010 – Friday 17th December 2010 (13 Weeks)

SPRING TERM:                Monday 17th January 2011 – Friday 25th March 2011 (10 Weeks)

SUMMER TERM:                Tuesday 3rd May 2011 – Friday 24th June 2011 (8 Weeks)


During the week commencing Monday 20th September 2010 there will be an Induction Programme for all new
students. This will include:

1) An address from the Vice Chancellor – Professor Anthony Chapman.

2) Meetings with your Programme Director and other members of staff.

3) Your formal enrolment with the University.

4) Library registration and an introduction to the Library and Information Technology Services.

5) Introductions to your programme of study and academic and administrative support staff.

6) An introduction to Student Services (careers, health and financial advice etc).

7) Presentations from the Students Union.

8) The “Freshers' Fayre” – an opportunity to consider joining the various University clubs, teams and societies.

9) Social activities with other students.


The central aims of the Programmes are to:

        develop within students a body of essential knowledge, understanding and skills which will enable them
         to begin careers as accountants or in the area of finance;
        develop in students a critical appreciation of the roles undertaken in the areas of accounting and/or
         finance in the business world;
        lay the foundation for future and professional development and/or post graduate study.

During the Induction Programme you will be issued with details of how to access the on-line Student Handbook.
This important document includes detailed information relating to University, School and Programme Procedures
and Regulations that you will need to refer to throughout your time at UWIC.


The two programmes are normally of three years duration, although it is possible to take a year’s work placement
between the second and third years. Students on the BA Accounting & Finance may take this work placement as
an elective module.

6.      MODULES

Over the study period, you are required to successfully complete 360 credits (120 each year) to qualify for the
BA (Honours) Degree. In order to achieve this you will study a number of 10 and 20 credit modules at each of
the levels. Central to the course is a backbone of compulsory modules, which represent an appropriate level of
knowledge and skills required to work in the accounting and/or finance.

By choosing optional modules which interest you, you are able to tailor your course to meet your own specific
interests, however, due to the demands of the programme, there are very few options on the BA Accounting.
Modules are assigned to a particular level. Level 1 concentrates on the basic aspects of a subject, laying the
foundation upon which later modules are based. Modules at Levels 2 and 3 add greater academic depth to the
subject and are more applied, practical, investigative or analytical in nature.

At Level 1, both modular programmes comprise the following modules. All modules are compulsory.

Financial Accounting
Management Accounting
Academic Skills for Business
Business in Context
Management Theory & Practice
Business Applications
Financial Services Environment

Students who wish to transfer between programmes may do so at the end of the first year and should seek advice
from the programme director.

Students who complete the BA Accounting programme will obtain exemption from the entire Fundamentals stage
of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants’ (ACCA) examinations and the content and assessment of
this programme has therefore been designed in order to comply with the exemption requirements of the ACCA.
Students on the BA Accounting & Finance will not be able to obtain exemption from the Fundamentals stages,
but will obtain exemption from papers F1 to F4 and may obtain exemption from some of the remaining papers by
taking the appropriate ACCA-accredited module at level 3. You can find full details of exemptions at .

Exemptions from examinations of other professional organisations, e.g. Chartered Institute of Management
Accountants (CIMA) may be available on a paper-by-paper basis.


Delivery of course material is by a blend of lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and case studies.

Lectures are the main method of conveying information; the proportion of contact time accounted for by lectures
is greatest in Level 1 and lowest in Level 3.

Tutorials are meetings of small groups of students with a member of staff. They can be used to expand on
material covered in lectures, discuss subject areas, provide remedial support, and academic and pastoral

Seminars involve a student or students presenting previously prepared work to their peers and a member of staff.
Seminars give students valuable experience in communication and student-centred learning.

Workshops involve group discussions of topics or demonstrations and are interactive problem solving exercises.

Case Studies are real or simulated complex problems which students analyse and present their own solutions.

Most modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination. The balance will be 30%
coursework and 70% examination in modules which have been accredited by the ACCA and certain other core
modules. Otherwise the balance will generally be 50/50. Where examinations are considered inappropriate by
module tutors, assessment is by coursework alone. You will be issued with an assessment schedule detailing the
dates of issue and completion of coursework assignments and examination dates.


One of the advantages of modular schemes is that they allow considerable flexibility in the choice of programme.
However, the complexities of student choice offered in modular schemes require increased academic counselling.
You are likely to require guidance to ensure your choice of modules is appropriate, that your course is balanced
and coherent, that your choice is suitable for a particular award and that it reflects an award suitable for your
ultimate academic and vocational goals. Guidance will be provided in three ways:

i)       Through a modular handbook listing all the available fields of study, modular regulations and brief
         details of all modules;
ii)      Prior to the commencement of the course, during the induction period, you will be advised of the names
         of staff that are able to provide academic counselling to assist you in your choice of modules throughout
         the programme of study.
iii)     Through a Personal Tutor
10.     TEXT BOOKS

We appreciate the financial constraints on students in Higher Education, however the purchase of certain
textbooks will be compulsory and a number of these may be used at more than one level of study. All textbooks
which you are expected to purchase will be available from the Blackwells’ bookshop on the campus.


During induction week you will have the opportunity to learn of the support available to you through UWIC’s
Student Services. UWIC has a Disability Adviser who is able to provide advice on disability issues. The
School’s modules have been audited to identify issues relating to various disabilities. Should you experience
problems relating to specific modules as you progress through the course, please let us know so we can deal with


The course team are willing and able to help with any queries that your may have about the programme.
However, other departments within UWIC may be more ideally suited to answer your queries. Listed below are a
number of people who may be able to help.

Admissions Queries (All UCAS enquiries)               029 2041 6010   
Accommodation Enquiries                               029 2041 6188   
Courses Administrator: Belinda Hubbard                029 2041 5670   
Programme Director: Malcolm James                     029 2041 6372   
Matriculation enquiries: Academic Registry            029 2041 6400

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