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					                         A Guide to Your Course 2011/12

                    BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance




Course Leader: Robin Lowbridge
Tel: 01902 323664
Email: R.Lowbridge@wlv.ac.uk
Table of Content


About this guide ...................................................................................................... 1
Welcome .................................................................................................................. 2
Attendance .............................................................................................................. 3
The Wolverhampton Graduate ............................................................................... 3
   Digitally Literate ..................................................................................................... 3
   Knowledgeable and Enterprising ........................................................................... 3
   Global Citizens ...................................................................................................... 3
About the Course .................................................................................................... 4
   The Educational Aims ............................................................................................ 4
   Learning Outcomes ............................................................................................... 4
   Learning Activities.................................................................................................. 4
   Employment and further training opportunities ....................................................... 5
   Distinctive Features of the course .......................................................................... 5
   Accreditation .......................................................................................................... 5
Academic Regulations ............................................................................................ 6
Course Information ................................................................................................. 6
Course Structure BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance ......................................... 7
Please note: C = Core Module, O = Option Module............................................... 7
Module Information ................................................................................................. 8
   Level 4 ................................................................................................................... 8
   Level 5 ................................................................................................................... 9
   Level 6 ................................................................................................................. 10
Reading lists .......................................................................................................... 12
Feedback ............................................................................................................... 12
Indicative Assessment Matrix. ............................................................................. 13
Academic Calendar 2011 - 2012 ........................................................................... 15
Course Management & Staff involved with the Course ...................................... 16
Where to get help with your course ..................................................................... 18
   Student Support................................................................................................... 18
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) ................................................................... 19
   How to Solve Your Problems ............................................................................... 21
Employability & Your Personal Development Portfolio (PDP) ........................... 22
Career Opportunities and Progression for Further Study .................................. 24
UWBS Charter for Students .................................................................................. 24
Policy On Tackling Academic Misconduct .......................................................... 25
About this guide
This Course Guide will help you plan your course. It tells you which modules you must study
and pass and lists the optional ones which contribute to your award. The Guide also offers
you brief descriptions of each module, including general information about assessment
tasks, and an overview of how the Course can be used for future career choices.
You should read this Course Guide in conjunction with the Undergraduate Student Guide;
the University‟s Policies and Regulations. These documents should provide you with all the
basic information that we think you will need for your period of study here.
You are encouraged to read this Guide through now. It will be a considerable advantage to
you to be familiar from the outset with the various aspects of your studies that are described.
It may be that the relevance of some of the sections will not be immediately obvious. Keep it
somewhere accessible, so that you can refer to it as needed. The answers to many of the
questions that you will want to ask are contained in it.
Obviously even in a document like this we have not covered every query and problem that
you might have about the course. If you find that there is something you need to know,
please subscribe to: UWBS Undergraduate Administration 2011 – 12. You can also consult
the University‟s Student Services Gateway as appropriate. We are pleased to hear your
views and welcome suggestions for ways of improving the operation of the course.




       Please enter the contact details for your ---------------------------------------
       Personal Tutor for your future reference:
                                                 (The name of your Personal Tutor will be
                                                 given to you at the beginning of the
                                                 course and can be checked via e:Vision)


       You local Student Office                     MI Building City Campus South
       (Here 2 Help) is:




       Your School Office is:                       MN018 City Campus North




Please note that in order to develop and improve the Course, it may be necessary on
occasions to amend or revise the details given in this Course Guide.




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Welcome
On behalf of the Course Management Team I should like to extend to you a very warm
welcome and we would like to take this opportunity to wish you every success in your
studies at the University of Wolverhampton, and trust that your time at the University of
Wolverhampton will prove to be enjoyable, stimulating and rewarding.


BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance course is one of many run by the University of
Wolverhampton Business School which has itself established an excellent reputation for the
quality of its courses, for an innovative approach to teaching and learning, and for the
friendliness of its staff.


We believe it is important that you are encouraged to make your own contribution to the
effective operation and development of your chosen course. We are, therefore, keen to hear
your views and would welcome any suggestions that you may have about ways of improving
any aspect of your course and/or the student experience here at the University. In practice,
you will have the opportunity to do this through our student voice processes.


Remember that the outcome of your studies could affect the whole of your future career and
therefore study should certainly be your first priority. In resolving to work hard however, do
not forget to have time for recreation and social activities. Do take full advantage of the
University facilities at your disposal.


Robin Lowbridge, Course Leader




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Attendance
The University recognises that you have made a significant investment in both time and
money in choosing to study for an undergraduate degree. Staff are committed to helping
you fulfil your potential. Your attendance at, and participation, in classes is a key factor in
ensuring that you do so.


Attendance will help you to:
      Understand the subject area you are studying
      Acquire and develop the skills and knowledge needed to ensure success
      Prepare for and undertake assessments
      Learn from and with your fellow students
      Receive feedback from teaching
      Participate in practical and group work
      Develop your communication skills


If you are unable to attend a class please let your tutor know that you are unable to do so.
He/she will then be able to give you advice on what was covered in class, and what you
need to do to catch up. Please do remember how important attendance is to your success.
The University considers this to be so important that it reserves the right to review the
position of students who fail to attend.


The Wolverhampton Graduate
By the end of your course, the university expects you to be a Wolverhampton Graduate who
is knowledgeable and enterprising, digitally literate and a global citizen.

       Digitally Literate
Our graduates will be confident users of advanced technologies; they will lead others,
challenging convention by exploiting the rich sources of connectivity digital working allows.

       Knowledgeable and Enterprising
Our graduates will know how to critique, analyse and then apply knowledge they acquire in
an enterprising way.

       Global Citizens
Our graduates will bring informed understandings of their place and ethical responsibilities in
the world.


Further information can be found on the University student webpage for Graduate Attributes.




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About the Course
        The Educational Aims
This award has been designed to give you an excellent start as an accountant, financier,
banker or a financially literate business person. You will gain not only a wide-range of
accounting based skills which will be attractive to employers, both inside and outside the
accountancy profession but will also develop your personal skills through academic
challenge. This programme has been designed specifically to provide a significant amount
of exemptions from accounting professional body examinations. It will also provide training
in the use of accounting software, development of research skills, academic and report
writing, and further academic and business skills which will enable you to better adapt to the
rapidly changing environment of work and social life.


This award is not only suitable for those who wish to become accountants but also provides
enhanced exposure to accounting, finance and business knowledge and skills which are
relevant in the fields of banking, finance, financial services and business management. The
degree can also be used as the basis for postgraduate study in the area of finance and
general business management, for example the Business School has an MSc in Finance
and Accounting which builds on the knowledge and skills obtained on this programme.

        Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course the student will be able to:
      Construct, using digital and other methods, a range of accounting and financial
       information useful to the management of organisations
      Critically analyse financial accounting and business information from a range of
       national and international sources.
      Critically discuss current financial accounting and business issues.
      Provide solutions to financial and accounting issues and problems
      Critically discuss the role of accounting in the management of organisations.

        Learning Activities
Students will have the opportunity to develop a range of employability skills and gain detailed
knowledge of accounting and financial business through the curriculum. Work related
learning in which learning is contextualised and applied to real-life scenarios will ensure that
students are encouraged to apply their skills and enhance their employability or career
potential.
In terms of the three graduate attributes, these will be addressed through the delivery of
specific modules. Each of the graduate attributes is considered below:
1. Digitally literate
This is addressed through the adoption of the blended learning entitlements identified in
Section 11 below, as applied to modules forming the course structure and summarised in
Section 15. A number of core modules use the PebblePad tool as part of learning and
teaching:
   ePDP development: 4AC003, 5AC004, 5AC001,
   The award will also enable students to use and understand the Sage accounting
software, one of the leading accounting software packages (4AC002)


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A number of modules use the WOLF Forum (Course Café) for interactive on-line discussion
involving staff and students:
   WOLF discussion: 4AC003, 4AC002, 5AC004, 5AC001, 6AC003,
A number of modules will also require extensive use of databases such as Hemscott
Company Guru as well financial websites such as Yahoo Finance, FT.com, and other
financial web-sites (5AC002).
2. Knowledgeable and enterprising
All of the modules contribute to the acquisition and enhancement of knowledge, allowing
students to meet the course learning outcomes. Fundamentals of Financial accounting
(4AC003) is specifically designed to develop in students a set of study skills which facilitate
business and entrepreneurial learning styles.
3. Global citizens
Accounting and finance is inherently global in nature, the standardisation and globalisation
of accounting standards and the twenty-four trading in the financial sector have made the
accounting and finance business world truly international in focus. This focus can most
clearly be seen in the specifically financial accounting and finance modules (5AC006,
5AC002, 6AC005, 6AC001)

       Employment and further training opportunities
This award provides enhanced employment opportunities in the financial sector. Specifically
through its exemptions from the CIMA and ACCA qualifications it provides a fast route to
gaining professional accountancy qualification. These accountancy qualifications are
internationally recognised and so a career in accountancy will enable successful students to
broaden their careers onto the international stage. The BA(hons) Accounting and Finance
award will also enhance the opportunities of successful students in the fields of banking,
finance, financial services and business management, by providing an enhanced exposure
to accounting, finance and business knowledge and skills.
The degree can also be used as the basis for postgraduate study in the area of finance and
general business management for example the Business School has a MSc in Finance and
Accounting which dovetails in with the knowledge and skills obtained on this programme. .

       Distinctive Features of the course
This course is designed to obtain a high level of exemption from professional body
examinations, and therefore give you a fast track towards becoming a professional
accountant. The course is also designed to make you attractive to prospective employers as
you will already have achieved a substantial part of the required knowledge and skills
required by ACCA and CIMA accountants as well as practical skills such as knowledge and
use of Sagesoft accounting package, the ability to problem solve, work in groups, research
and use research methods and work independently. This is a dedicated award which has
modules which are designed purely with your needs as a student of accounting and finance
in mind as a consequence many (but not all) of the modules are populated by Accounting
and finance students alone.

       Accreditation
This course has been designed not only to provide an excellent academic experience but
also to provide skills, knowledge and abilities which are recognised by the professional
accountancy bodies. Specifically this course will apply to obtain exemption for its graduates
from all 9 ACA fundamental papers (the maximum available for exemption) and 5 certificated
level papers plus 1 professional paper of the CIMA accountancy qualification.

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Academic Regulations

This course adheres to the University‟s academic regulations. A full version of these
regulations can be found on the University web page for Policies and Regulations. These
regulations govern your course and will be binding on you. It is, therefore important that you
read and become familiar with them.


Course Information


Students will study:
Standard Full-time: modules worth 120 credits each academic year, taught over two
semesters.


Part-time: normally modules worth no more than 80 credits each academic year.




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Course Structure BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance

Level 4 (1)

Semester 1                                           Semester 2

C                     4AC009 Economics for Accounting and Finance (Year Long)                      20

C                                      4AC007 Costing (Year Long)                                  20

       4AC003 Fundamentals of                                 4AC002 Financial Accounting          20
C                                           20         C
       Financial Accounting                                   Techniques

       4AC008 Principles of Business                          4BU005 Analytical Skills for         20
C                                           20         C
       Management                                             Business



Level 5 (2)

Semester 1                                           Semester 2

C                               5AC002 Finance Principles (Year Long)                              20

C                               5AC006 Financial Reporting (Year Long)                             20

       5AC003 Management Accounting:                          5AC001 Budgeting & Financial         20
C                                           20         C
       Decision Making Techniques                             control

       5LW003 Principles of Business                                                               20
C                                           20         C      5AC004 Taxation of individuals
       and Corporate Law



O                                 5BU005 Supervised Work Experience                                40

Level 6 (3)

Semester 1                                           Semester 2

C                                      6AC002 Auditing (Year Long)                                 20

C                 6BU001 Researching Business & Management Issues (Year Long)                      20

       6AC006 Corporate Financial                             6AC001 Advanced Financial            20
C                                           20         C
       Management                                             Reporting

                                                              6AC004 Strategic Management          20
C      6AC003 Business Taxation             20         C
                                                              Accounting & Control




Please note: C = Core Module, O = Option Module



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Module Information

The following descriptions are intended to give a brief flavour of the core modules you will be
studying during your course; you can find more detailed information in the module guides.
Your course is divided into three levels of study;
      Level 4 is the introductory level which will give an insight into the subject and aims to
       equip students with the basic building blocks required for degree level study and to
       facilitate the acquisition of knowledge and skills within a structured setting.

      Level 5 is developmental building upon the framework laid in the introductory year to
       broaden the students‟ subject knowledge and skill set by the application of theoretical
       modules and conceptual frameworks to review consolidate and extend
       understanding.

      Level 6 is advanced concentrating on critical evaluation of ideas, models, theories
       and arguments in complex and undefined situations.

The learning, teaching and assessment approaches reflect this progression from the
analysis of structured situations with an emphasis on tutor guided learning at level 4 to
greater independent learning, research and evaluation of unstructured business problems
and cases at level 6.

       Level 4


4AC002
This module further develops techniques (e.g. double entry, production of P&L accounts,
balance sheets) introduced in fundamentals of financial accounting module through the use
of computerised accounting package (Sagesoft) and the introduction of additional financial
accounting techniques. The module will also discuss the regulatory framework within which
financial accounting operates.


4AC003
This module seeks to develop the conceptual and practical aspects of financial accounting.
In this module you will be exposed to the underpinning accounting theory and basic rules of
financial accounting, as well as practical methods of book-keeping. You will also enhance
your skills and knowledge of concept of learning, personal development planning and the
use of self-reflection to improve both study and employability skills.


4AC007
This module is designed to give you a basic introduction to cost and management
accounting techniques. In this module you will learn different techniques of accounting for
costs and how to use this information to analyse different financial situations and produce
information that will help decision-making.




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4AC008
This module aims to provide students with an introduction to the general environment in
which businesses operate. Students studying this module will develop an understanding of
the contemporary debates on the nature and management of modern enterprise as well as
knowledge on the use of management tools to solve business problems. The module will
also provide students with an overview of issues relating to corporate and social
responsibility and ethics that are prevalent in contemporary enterprises.


4AC009
This module develops knowledge and understanding of the workings of the market
economy, as well as the role of government within the system. The economic environment
within which business organisations operate will be explored and those economic factors
that influence the behaviour and performance of firms and industries identified. This will
include: a microeconomic perspective, which deals with firms, markets and customers; and a
macroeconomic perspective, which considers the impact of changes in the national and
international economies on business organisations and their stakeholders.


4BU005
With the emergence of knowledge economy, data is becoming more important to people,
especially to those engaged in business functional management, such as finance and
accounting, marketing, and operation.


The module aims to introduce students to a set of concepts, tools and techniques in relation
to numerical and statistical analyses and to enable students to understand, analyse and
interpret data. Additionally, through learning this module, students will be able to select,
apply and evaluate key quantitative tools and theories to develop solutions to a range of
business issues.

       Level 5


5AC001
This module focuses on the theme of Budgeting and Financial Control. Developing from the
basic budgeting covered in level 1, this module will introduce students to Revenue and
Capital budgeting. It also introduces techniques of budget monitoring and standard costing
and discusses their use as a form of financial control. The module will then critique
budgeting practices and discuss possible alternatives.


5AC002
This module aims to provide students with an introduction to the principles of finance. This
will provide students with the primary theoretical and conceptual frameworks of finance to
enable students to study finance at a higher level. The module will show how to use and
discuss the major financial models and how to use a wide variety of databases and financial
web-sites.




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5AC003
This module seeks to develop the skills and abilities developed in the costing module.
Specifically it seeks to analyse and conclude from different financial situations using
advanced costing and management techniques. These techniques will include break even
analysis, investment appraisal and the incorporation of risk into decision-making.


5AC004
This module provides a solid framework of the principles of UK taxes affecting individuals –
covering income tax and capital gains tax. It also introduces basic tax planning techniques to
assist in decision making and strategic planning. In this module you will learn how to
calculate individual and sole trader tax liabilities, as well as start to understand some of the
principles underpinning tax planning. It is therefore a very practical module designed to give
students a working knowledge of UK tax.


5AC006
This module follows on from Fundamentals of Financial Accounting at level four, in its focus
on financial accounts. The module continues to develop the themes of conceptual and
practical aspects of financial accounting, focusing in more detail upon specific, significant
accounting rules and regulations. Students will study some key financial accounting
standards and concepts learning the different methods of application. This module will also
further develop the discussion of corporate governance and ethics started in Fundamentals
of Financial Accounting at level 4.


5LW003
The purpose of this module is to provide students with proficiency to analyse interpret and
comprehend legal rules and principles relevant especially to areas of business and corporate
law. Students will be become familiar with aspects of the English Legal System, the role of
the law of contract, tort and criminal law in the context of the business world. An
understanding of business organisations and more specifically an understanding of the
corporate entity. The course content of the module will encourage students to identify,
collate and organise data. Students will be encouraged to communicate effectively to
demonstrate knowledge of legal rules and principles.


       Level 6


6AC001
This module continues the development in Financial Accounting from level 5 and Financial
Accounting Fundamentals from level 4. The module continues the mix of conceptual and
practical accounting issues. This module will focus on the techniques for accounting for
groups of companies and acquisitions and mergers. The module will continue to investigate
the theories and principles underpinning modern accounting. The module will also
investigate and evaluate possible alternative techniques and practices which are proposed
as solutions to current accounting problems.




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6AC002
This module will give you the knowledge and skills to analyse and conclude from given
business situations. Specifically this module discusses the auditing processes which are
used to assess and analyse business data. This module will involve discussions around
case studies, applying techniques to plan auditing assignments as well as investigations and
discussions on the ethical issues concerning audit work.


6AC003
This module provides a solid framework of the principles of UK taxes affecting companies–
covering Corporation Tax, Chargeable gains and VAT. This is an essentially practical
module which focuses on the calculation of the tax liabilities generated by corporate
decisions and corporate activities as well as introducing basic tax planning techniques to
assist in corporate decision making and strategic planning.


6AC004
This module locates management accounting within the wider organisational context. It
requires evaluation of the role of management accounting within the strategic decision
making process and evaluation of the role of management accounting within management
control systems. It will show how the use of a range of strategic management accounting
techniques can enhance the operational and strategic processes within organisations.


6AC006
This module will build upon the level 5 finance principles and the level 5 business finance
modules and provide students with a more advanced knowledge of the finance subject. It will
allow students to build upon the basic theories and models at level 5 and enable them to
attain a greater appreciation of the integrative nature of the subject. The module will help
students be apply the financial techniques to given scenarios as well as be able to critically
assess strategic financial options and decisions. The module will also discuss and evaluate
new developments in the field of finance.


6BU001
This final year module requires the completion of an original research project. This will result
from individual, independent research and will demonstrate knowledge and skills developed
from formal study of any area of business studies. It will build upon taught modules and the
techniques and ideas included in earlier research methods orientated modules in the
curriculum. The focus for this module is a research project, which can be linked to a specific
organization or organizations for which the student has access (many students work whilst
they study and this experience can be invaluable). Areas of investigation may take the form
of a competitor analysis, an investigation of procedures, a customer satisfaction survey, the
computerisation of a system, a training needs analysis, the development of a policy
statement, employment relations etc… This list is by no means conclusive as there are many
business related areas, which can be investigated. The principle aim however is
independence in terms of research and analysis of a business related topic be that
organization based or secondary in nature.




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Reading lists
Each module has a set of reference texts and journals identified which underpin the themes
and content of the module. These texts are listed in full on the module guide and are also
available electronically on WOLF and via the Learning Centres on the TALIS system. You
can access the TALIS system on the following link:


http://134.220.21.5:8080/talislist/index.jsp


To locate the reading list for your module type the module code into the search box and
press „go‟. Reading lists are divided into key and recommended texts. Key texts are those
which have been identified as essential reading and students are strongly advised to
purchase these, recommended texts are useful background reading.


Feedback
Feedback will usually be available for collection from your Tutor during a scheduled class
session three working weeks after the submission date, your Tutor will advise you of the
exact date. If you do not collect your feedback during this session you will need to ask your
Tutor where it will be left for you to collect. Students are strongly advised to collect feedback
as it is a useful indicator of your progress. Please note feedback is not normally available for
examinations, however if you wish to discuss your examination please contact your Module
Tutor directly.

The purposes and uses of feedback on all types of assessment
Purposes
You are given feedback to:
              Help you to clarify what a good or better performance is by clarifying the
               goals, criteria and expected standards of the assessment;
              Encourage you to participate actively in your learning by having a dialogue
               with your lecturer and reflecting on that dialogue;
              Help you to assess your own performance more accurately;
              Suggest to you ways in which you might “close the gap” between your current
               level of performance and the level you want to achieve.
Uses
If you are to get the most out of your assessment and the feedback you receive, you should
consider the following:
              Read all of the comments written on your assessment, which maybe on the
               assessment itself and/or on a feedback sheet.
              Check that you understand all of the comments. Make a note of any that you
               do not understand.
              Write responses to each of the comments so that you can discuss the points
               with your lecturer or other students taking the module.
              For future reference, list all the areas in which you have done well and those
               which need further attention.
              Re-read the assessment criteria to see how your performance (your grade)
               relates to these criteria. One way of doing this is to list all the criteria for your
               grade that you have met and those you have not achieved.


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Indicative Assessment Matrix.
Please note this matrix only gives details of core module assessments, core options are not included. Feedback will usually be available for collection
from your Tutor during a scheduled class session three weeks after the submission date; your Tutor will advise you of the exact date. If you do not
collect your feedback during this session then you should contact your Tutor for advice on where you can collect it. For course work due to be
submitted at the end of semester your Tutor will advise you when your feedback will be available. Students are strongly advised to collect feedback
as it is a useful indicator of your progress and how you can improve your performance. Please note feedback is not normally available for
examinations, however if you wish to discuss your examination please contact your Module Tutor directly.

Level 4

Module        Type of Assessment

              Case Study    Coursework       Examination    In class test   Portfolio    Presentation    Project   Report    Work plan      Group work

4AC009                                       60%                                                                                            40%
4AC007                                       50%                                                                                            50%
4AC003                                       50%                            50%
4AC008                                       50%                                                                   50%
4AC002                                       50%            50%
4BU005                      50%              50%




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Level 5

Module    Type of Assessment

          Case Study   Coursework   Examination   In class test   Portfolio   Presentation   Project   Report/   Work plan   Group work
                                                                                                       Essay
5AC002                                                            67%                                  33%
5AC006                              50%           50%
5AC003                              100%
5LW003                              100%
5AC001    100%
5AC004                              100%
Level 6

Module    Type of Assessment

          Case Study   Coursework   Examination   In class test   Portfolio   Presentation   Project   Report/   Work plan   Group work
                                                                                                       Essay
6BU001                                                            40%                        60%
6AC001                 30%          70%
6AC003                              100%
6AC006                 30%          70%
6AC004                              100%
6AC002                              70%                                                                                      30%




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            Academic Calendar 2011 - 2012
Semester-long Modules                                          Year-long Modules
University                                          Teaching   University                                          Teaching
            Week Commencing                                                Week Commencing
Week                                                Week       Week                                                Week
                              2010/11                                                        2010/11
1         29/08/2011                                           1         29/08/2011
                              Graduations                                                    Graduations
                              2010/11                                                        2010/11
2         05/09/2011                                           2         05/09/2011
                              Graduations                                                    Graduations
3         12/09/2011          Welcome Week                     3         12/09/2011          Welcome Week
4         19/09/2011                                S1 1       4         19/09/2011                                Y1
5         26/09/2011                                S1 2       5         26/09/2011                                Y2
6         03/10/2011                                S1 3       6         03/10/2011                                Y3
7         10/10/2011                                S1 4       7         10/10/2011                                Y4
8         17/10/2011                                S1 5       8         17/10/2011                                Y5
9         24/10/2011                                S1 6       9         24/10/2011                                Y6
10        31/10/2011                                S1 7       10        31/10/2011                                Y7
11        07/11/2011                                S1 8       11        07/11/2011                                Y8
12        14/11/2011                                S1 9       12        14/11/2011                                Y9
13        21/11/2011                                S1 10      13        21/11/2011                                Y 10
14        28/11/2011                                S1 11      14        28/11/2011                                Y 11
15        05/12/2011                                S1 12      15        05/12/2011                                Y 12
16        12/12/2011          Assessment            S1 13      16        12/12/2011
17        19/12/2011          Christmas Holiday                17        19/12/2011          Christmas Holiday
18        26/12/2011          Christmas Holiday                18        26/12/2011          Christmas Holiday
19        02/01/2011          Christmas Holiday                19        02/01/2011          Christmas Holiday
20        09/01/2012                                           20        09/01/2012          Assessment            Y 13
                              Welcome    Week
21        16/01/2012          (Sem2)                S1 14      21        16/01/2012                                Y 14 1
                              Feedback (Sem1)
22        23/01/2012                                S2 1       22        23/01/2012                                Y 15   2
23        30/01/2012                                S2 2       23        30/01/2012                                Y 16   3
24        06/02/2012                                S2 3       24        06/02/2012                                Y 17   4
25        13/02/2012                                S2 4       25        13/02/2012                                Y 18   5
26        20/02/2012                                S2 5       26        20/02/2012                                Y 19   6
27        27/02/2012                                S2 6       27        27/02/2012                                Y 20   7
28        05/03/2012                                S2 7       28        05/03/2012                                Y 21   8
29        12/03/2012                                S2 8       29        12/03/2012                                Y 22   9
30        19/03/2012                                S2 9       30        19/03/2012                                Y 23   10
31        26/03/2012                                S2 10      31        26/03/2012                                Y 24   11
                              Graduation/                                                    Graduation/
32        02/04/2012                                           32        02/04/2012
                              Easter Holiday                                                 Easter Holiday
33        09/04/2012          Easter Holiday                   33        09/04/2012          Easter Holiday
34        16/04/2012                                S2 11      34        16/04/2012                                Y 25 12
35        23/04/2012                                           35        23/04/2012          Assessment            Y 26 13
36        30/04/2012                                S2 12      36        30/04/2012
37        07/05/2012          Assessment            S2 13      37        07/05/2012
38        14/05/2012                                           38        14/05/2012
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                              Assessment                                                     Assessment
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                              Boards                                                         Boards
                              Assessment                                                     Assessment
41        04/06/2012                                           41        04/06/2012
                              Boards                                                         Boards
                              Publication      of                                            Publication      of
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                              Results                                                        Results
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44        25/06/2012          Revision Week         S2 14      44        25/06/2012          Revision Week         Y 27 14
45        02/07/2012          Resit Assessment                 45        02/07/2012          Resit Assessment
46        09/07/2012                                           46        09/07/2012
47        16/07/2012          Resit Boards                     47        16/07/2012          Resit Boards
                              Publication      of                                            Publication      of
48        23/07/2012                                           48        23/07/2012
                              Results                                                        Results
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50        06/08/2012                                           50        06/08/2012
51        13/08/2012                                           51        13/08/2012
52        20/08/2021                                           52        20/08/2021




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Course Management & Staff involved with the Course
The following members of the team will be pleased to help with any concern you may
encounter during your term of study at UWBS. It is important you note the following contact
details. If dialling from outside the university please precede the extension number with
01902 32****

       Role/              Name                  Ext           Email
       Responsible

       Course Leader      Robin Lowbridge       3664          R.Lowbridge@wlv.ac.uk

       UWBS School UWBS Team                    1789
       Administration

       Placement          Charlotte Poole       1785          Charlotte.poole@wlv.ac.uk
       Co-ordinator

       Special   Needs Richard Williams         3777          R.Williams4@wlv.ac.uk
       Tutor

       Student     Office Student Office Team   1516
       Support



Course Leader
For any general academic related queries your Course Leader should be your first port of
call. The role of the Course Leader is to advise you on aspects relating to your course of
study and progression requirements. However if your query relates to a specific module, you
should firstly discuss the matter with the relevant module leader. If your problems are
personal, you may also wish to discuss them with your personal tutor.

Personal Tutor
Each student will be allocated a personal tutor. The personal tutor assists students in their
personal and academic development, planning and progression. Tutors will maintain regular
communication (virtual and/or face-to-face) with each of their designated tutees at least 3
times a year (e.g. once per term for full time undergraduate study) and at each significant
phase for all other modes of study (including part time, postgraduate and work based
learning). Tutors will follow up students who are not making satisfactory progress or who are
at risk of withdrawal.


In order for personal tutoring to be beneficial and meaningful students will be expected to
undertake the following:
       Maintain regular communication with their personal tutor
       Prepare for and engage in any personal tutoring related activities
       Contact personal tutors if there are any issues that may impact on their academic
        performance or pose any risk to their progression or withdrawal
       Act on any recommendations and advice offered by personal tutors


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Module Leaders
Module Leaders are responsible for the running of individual modules. They co-ordinate the
setting and marking of assessments, any query about grades on an assessment should
initially be addressed to the module leader. Contact information is available via Module
Guides, which are issued at the start of each module you study.

UWBS School Administrator
Please contact the UWBS School Administrator for general queries, and for making
appointments with the Course Leader.

UWBS Support Assistant
To contact Module Tutors or Module Leaders, please contact the Support Assistant. If the
member of staff is not on site, or you email the member of staff, and do not receive a
response within three working days, then please notify the Support Assistant/UWBS School
Administrator.

Student Office
Registry staff are based in Student Offices and are your first port of call with any queries
relating to your course. They have responsibility for maintaining your records/student files on
the University‟s Student Management System known as SITS, as well as providing general
programme advice including extenuating circumstances and extensions. The Student office
will also make appointments for you to see your Personal Tutor and UWBS Student Advisors
as required.

What is a Student Rep?
Student Reps represent students in their school at school level by:
      Attending School Quality Committees (SQEC)
      Meeting with the relevant Student Liaison Officer
      Course Committee meetings
They represent students in their school at Students' Union level by:
      Attending the Student Representative Council.
      Attending the Advice and Support Committee.


The Role and Function of a Student Rep
      Student Reps are the voice of students in their school. They represent the needs
       and concerns of students to the university and the Students‟ Union (SU). Their
       responsibilities include:
      Identifying students‟ issues and opinions
      Voicing these concerns at school/subject committees or the equivalent
      Report back to students with news and developments in the representative‟s defined
       area
      Keeping informed about current issues in the school and university
      Liaising with other school, subject, site, level (etc) reps and the Academic Affairs
       Officer of the Students‟ Union




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You are not expected to deal with individual student academic problems. Academic Affairs
in the Student Union can provide specialist advice and support, and the Student Gateway in
MB Building on City Campus is also there to provide support.


School Reps represent students in their school at school level by:
       Attending School Quality Committees (SQEC)
       Meeting with the relevant Student Liaison Officer


Where to get help with your course
        Student Support
If you encounter any issues (personal or academic) the following diagram directs you to the
appropriate department or staff member.




                                         Academic & Programme
                                            related queries:

                                              Course Leader
                      Study Issues                                   General Queries:

                     Student Services                               Course Administrator




                                                                                Module Related queries:
           Careers
                                             Who to Contact
                                                At UoW                                  Module Tutor
       Student Services




                     Personal Issues:

                     Personal Tutor or
                     Student Services

                                             Special Needs

                                             Student Services




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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What are the opening hours of the UWBS School Office?
Term time and Vacation: 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday
2. What should I do if I can’t make an assignment deadline?
Contact the Student Office to seek an extension. The Student Office can approve a one
week extension. Alternatively, where your illness or personal difficulty is so serious that you
consider your performance in one or more modules has been affected, or you are unable to
attend a formal examination, you should seek extenuating circumstances. If your claim is
accepted you will normally be offered the opportunity to take assessment as if for the first
time (with no grade penalty) within the current year. However, please note the assessment
task may have changed. Extenuating circumstances forms are available online via e:Vision.
3. If I am unable to attend a class session, whom should I notify in order to obtain any
handouts?
All module materials can be accessed via WOLF.
4. What happens if I need a leave of absence (LOA)?
   You may request a LOA of up to four semesters. LOA forms are available online via
   e:Vision. Please indicate when you are returning.
5. If I withdraw from the programme am I entitled to a refund?
Semester 1:
Withdrawal up to 30th November – Credit in full – no fees due
Withdrawal on or after 1st December – No credit – all fees due
Semester 2:
Withdrawal up to 31st March – Credit in full – no fees due
Withdrawal on or after 1st April – No credit – all fees due
6. What must I do if I change my name or address?
               A student can change their address and telephone contact numbers through
               their e-Vision record. However, documentary proof is required for a change of
               name.

7. When and how do I get my results?
At the end of each semester you will not be sent a results letter, you will need to check
your results on e:Vision.
               Please do not telephone in for your results - we do not release them over the
               telephone.




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8. What happens if I fail a module with an E grade?
If you fail a module with an E grade you will have the right to attempt the failed
assessment(s) once, within the current academic year. If successful, you are limited to a
maximum grade of D for the assessment(s) you resit, regardless of your actual performance.
The overall grade for the module will be calculated on the basis of grades achieved in
assessment(s) passed at the first attempt and the bare pass awarded for assessment(s) you
resit. Where the resit is coursework it will normally be undertaken in June and submitted in
July. Where this is an examination, it will normally take place during the resit examination
week in July. Please check the University exam timetable for resit examination dates and
times.
               In some cases, where modules run in both semester one and semester two,
               you may be able to resit a failed assessment from semester one during
               semester two. Please check with the appropriate module leader to determine
               if this is possible.

9. How do I access resit coursework?
Information is available via www.wlv.ac.uk/wolf. Then for resit specific information please
subscribe to topic:
                                  UWBS Resits July 2012
Within the topic there is an undergraduate folder containing resit information for all modules.




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       How to Solve Your Problems
This section is designed to save time for both you and staff. Listed below are the initial
points of contact for the different questions and problems that you might encounter.


    Question or Problem                          Contact
    Timetable                                    Distributed at induction
                                                 Course Leader/ Campus Student
    Regulations
                                                 Office
    Examinations: timetable/rooms                e:Vision
    Enrolment                                    e:Vision
    Module Registration and Amendment            e:Vision
                                                 Course        Leader/Careers       and
    Careers
                                                 Employment Service
    Problems relating to a specific Module       Module Tutor/Module Leader
    More general aspects of the course or Course              Leader/UWBS         School
    study                                        Administrator
                                                 Dissertation       Co-ordinator      or
                                                 Wolverhampton       Online    Learning
    Dissertation
                                                 Framework                      (WOLF)
                                                 www.wlv.ac.uk/wolf
    Personal records/transcripts                 e:Vision
    Initial     discussion     of      academic
    performance/personal        or     domestic Course Leader
    problems
    Signing      module     registration    and Course Leader/ UWBS School
    amendment forms                              Administrator/
    Assessment/content of specific module        Module Tutor/Module Leader
    Initial discussion of requests for transfer, Course     Leader/Campus        Student
    leave of absence                             Office
    Approval of transfer to other schemes or
                                                 Course Leader
    courses
    Permission for leave of absence              Course Leader
                                                 Course     Leader/Campus        Student
    Matters relating to appeals
                                                 Office
    Assessment feedback return                   UWBS School Administrator
    Further explanation of          assessment
                                                 Module Tutor/Module Leader
    feedback given




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Employability & Your Personal Development Portfolio (PDP)
What is ‘Employability’?


„Employability‟ is concerned with the development of skills aimed at enhancing your
employment prospects throughout your time here at the University of Wolverhampton.
Developing specialist subject and academic knowledge is important for employers but they
also want to employ individuals who are able to:
      Communicate effectively,
      Work in a team and have good interpersonal skills.
      Solve problems
      Work on their own using their own initiative and are able to adapt to changing
       situations
      Be self-confident

How Will You Develop Your Employment Skills?


At UWBS we aim to provide you with the opportunity to develop these through the modules
you will be studying. The assessments you do for your modules are designed to help you
develop Subject specific skills through the research you undertake for the assignments. In
addition, they are also designed to help you develop other key skills such as your written
communication skills. Where you have formal presentations, this will build your self-
confidence in addition to helping you develop your skills of verbal communication. Working
as part of a team will develop vital group-work skills. Attending your classes regularly will
further ensure that you have the opportunity to develop other skills.


Throughout your time at the University, you will develop and be able to demonstrate a
number of skills, some of which are listed below:


      Working as part of a group
      Demonstrating teamwork skills and leadership skills
      Effective communication
      Written (via reports etc.)
      Oral (through formal presentations)
      Problem-solving
      IT skills (which include use of basic packages for word processing, spreadsheets,
       use of email etc.)
      Time management – attending classes, handing in of assignments, planning study
       time
You may also be working part-time. The experience you gain within a work environment is a
very worthwhile one and also helps you to develop transferable skills which are valued by
employers.




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Personal Development Portfolio (PDP)
To help you build, reflect and improve your skills we recommend that you compile a
Personal Development Portfolio. A PDP provides you with the opportunity to reflect on
your learning and on the development of your skills. Your PDP will help you to identify your
strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats and will allow you to produce an action
plan to help you to improve on any weaknesses or gaps as you progress on your course.

Industrial Placement
Information regarding Industrial placements can be found within the Employability and
Placement Unit, (EPU) a dedicated support unit which provides placement information and
employability advice, workshops and activities for students within the Business School.
UWBS strongly recommends that students pursue a placement as employers are
increasingly looking for graduates who have work experience in addition to their degree. A
placement is an opportunity to put theory into practice, develops existing skills, provides
additional skills and valuable experience for you to reflect upon in your studies, future
applications and interviews. The EPU advertises many placements from a range of
employers, Barclays Bosch, Carillion, HSBC, Halfords, John Lewis, Lidl management trainee
programme, NHS Primary Care Trust, Nickelodeon, Toy-r-us, Volvo UK, Westfield and many
more.
As a result of successfully completing a placement year UWBS students have the
opportunity to gain a supplementary qualification, additional to your degree - City & Guilds
Licentiateship Senior Award, The Licentiateship (LCGI) is a nationally recognised award
which has been developed for students on courses which incorporates structured work
experience which you could add to you CV and enhance you graduate employability. It
assesses the seven key skills that employers are looking for in graduates:


      Self-management and development
      Managing tasks
      Communicating clearly and effectively
      Working with and relating to others
      Applying knowledge
      Applying initiative in work problems
      Reflecting on own learning


The Licentiateship is used in a variety of professional spheres, including companies such as
Lloyds TSB and Waitrose who use it to accredit management development and graduate
training programmes, and military institutions such as the Royal Academy Sandhurst and the
Royal Military College of Science. In total, 17 universities across the UK use this award to
accredit sandwich placements.


Students who complete the BA Accounting and Finance Degree with a one year placement
will also have the opportunity of membership of the Association of Accounting Technicians(
AAT) if they complete the necessary documentation during their placement year. Details of
this opportunity will be given to students before they start the placement.




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Career Opportunities and Progression for Further Study
On completing the course the students will be equipped with the background for a wide
variety of positions in business. The students will have developed skills and background
knowledge needed for a wide variety of business areas, and learn the fundamentals of the
various functional areas of business, including management, marketing, human resources,
finance, and operations and management systems While many of these careers are open to
graduates in any subject, some employers may specify, or give preference to, graduates in
business-related subjects. A career in business is varied and can involve the functions such
as management and marketing and there is an increasing need for business management
skills in government, international commerce, health care, and non-profit organisations.
Careers as entry-level manager, Human Resources specialist, Assistant Product Manager,
Business Analyst, Market Researcher are some of the possibilities.
Students may decide to continue their studies at Master‟s level. The University offers a
number of different Master‟s courses including MBA, Masters in Management and Masters in
International Business


UWBS Charter for Students
Students of the University of Wolverhampton Business School are entitled to have high
expectations. Studying at the University offers you the opportunity to develop new
knowledge, skills and attitudes which will improve your career opportunities.
In order to help you achieve your objectives with us we will provide:
      Stimulating and well-planned learning opportunities
      Up-to-date resources including books and computers
      Well-defined and appropriate programmes of study
      Opportunities to plan and review progress
      Access to learning support
      Access to confidential counselling, careers advice and financial advice
      A welcoming environment with quiet places to study
      Qualified, experienced and professional lecturers
      Friendly, helpful staff

We will ensure that:
      Feedback will be provided on all assessments within 3 working weeks
      You have a personal tutor
      Your tutor‟s availability will be clearly advertised
      There are opportunities for you to comment on and influence your University
       experience, e.g. via student-staff liaison meetings, module questionnaires and
       student representation on course committees
      You will have access to the information you need to progress on the course, e.g.
       through module guides

We expect you to:
      Attend regularly and punctually
      Show courtesy and respect to staff and other students
      Ensure you understand the requirements of your award/pathway
      Ensure you understand the requirements of each module you are studying (sessions
       to attend, assessment procedures, exam procedures)


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      Respect and abide by the University Regulations, e.g. Equal Opportunities Policy, ID
       Cards, quiet areas
      Bring all necessary equipment to classes/workshops
      Hand in assessments on time (or they will not be marked)
      Switch off mobile phones when in class
      Behave considerately in lectures and participated in class activities
      Keep your tutor informed if you have personal problems that affect your work; if these
       problems make it necessary to seek extensions, to do so before the deadline
      Use the advertised time (or make an appointment by e-mail) to seek advice from your
       tutors/lecturers
      Seek approval for and record any change of programme within the deadlines
      Inform the Student Office if your address or other contact details change


Policy On Tackling Academic Misconduct
The University considers seriously all acts of academic misconduct, which by definition are
dishonest and in direct opposition to the values of a learning community. Academic
misconduct, if not challenged, will ultimately devalue academic standards and honest effort
on the part of students.

Defining Academic Misconduct
Cheating
Cheating is defined as any attempt to gain unfair advantage in an assessment by dishonest
means, and includes, for example, all breaches of examination room rules, impersonating
another student, falsifying data, and obtaining an examination paper in advance of its
authorised release.
This is not an exhaustive list and other common examples of cheating would include –
      Being in possession of “crib notes” during an examination
      Copying from the work of another student
      Prohibited communication during an examination
      Acts of plagiarism or collusion as defined below
Collusion
Collusion is when two or more people combine to produce a piece of work for assessment
that is passed off as the work of one student alone. The work may be so alike in content,
wording and structure that the similarity goes beyond what might have been coincidence.
For example – where one student has copied the work of another, or where a joint effort has
taken place in producing what should have been an individual effort.
Collusion should not be confused with the normal situation in which students learn from one
another, sharing ideas and group work to complete assignments (where this is specifically
authorised).
Plagiarism
Plagiarism is the act of taking someone else‟s work and passing it off as your own. This
includes incorporating either unattributed direct quotation(s) or substantial paraphrasing from
the work of another/others. It is important to cite all sources whose work has been drawn on
and reference them fully in accordance with the referencing standard used in each academic
school.




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The most common forms of plagiarism are –
        Cut or copied and pasted materials from websites
        Copying the work of another student (past or present) including essays available
         through “essay bank” websites – or other data.
        Copying material from a text book or journal
        Self-Plagiarism (Self-plagiarism occurs when a student reuses entire or parts of
         his/her own work that was previously assessed for academic credit and submits it as
         part of another work without providing proper acknowledgement of this fact.)
Students may go to great lengths to disguise the source reference they have been
consulting in contributing to an assignment – without understanding that with proper
referencing this is entirely acceptable.
Support for Students:
A variety of support mechanisms are in place to help students succeed and avoid academic
misconduct.
       Visit our study skills support website at www.wlv.ac.uk/skills
       Book an appointment to see a study skills advisor- through the Learning Centres.
       Speak to your personal tutor or module leader.
       There is help available if you need it. The University caught and prosecuted over 600
        cases of Academic Misconduct last year - it is better to do the work than think you can
        get away with cheating - the penalties are severe...
Penalties:
Where an offence is admitted, or a panel decides that cheating, plagiarism or collusion has
occurred, a penalty will be imposed. The severity of the penalty will vary according to the
nature of the offence and the level of study. Penalties will range from failure of the
assignment under investigation to a restriction of the award a student may ultimately achieve
or a requirement to leave the University.
Full details about the University's policy on Academic Misconduct and regulations and
procedures for the investigation of academic misconduct are available at our website:
www.wlv.ac.uk/polsregs
Detecting Plagiarism:
Students are required, where appropriate, to make a declaration as to the authenticity and
originality of any submitted piece of work. This declaration also authorises the University to
request and require students to provide an electronic version of any submitted assessment
for checking. In concert with the skills and experiences of academic staff the University will
utilise electronic tools such as Turnitin to detect plagiarism.
At Undergraduate level the University will require that all final year projects and dissertations
are submitted to Turnitin for analysis. At postgraduate level the University will require that all
dissertations (or similar) are submitted to Turnitin for analysis. It will be the responsibility of
each Academic School to ensure that this requirement is communicated to students in the
relevant module guidance and acted upon.
Students may further be required to submit an electronic copy of their work for checking via
Turnitin where plagiarism is suspected.




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