BSc Accounting and Finance with Computer Science

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Aberystwyth University’s Accounting & Finance with Computer Science Degree (N4G4) is an interdisciplinary scheme combining the expertise of two leading departments renowned for their teaching and research. The Accounting & Finance with Computer Science Degree will provide you with a thorough grounding in the key areas of business finance and accountancy, counterbalanced by practical training in programming, operating systems, web development and database applications. The Accounting & Finance with Computer Science Degree is accredited by a number of UK accounting bodies, and on graduation you will receive exemptions towards professional qualifications. In studying for the Accounting & Finance with Computer Science Degree you will gain the essential transferable skills that are highly sought after by employers.

Top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Accounting and Finance (NSS 2016)

School of Management and Business: 90% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

96% of undergraduates from the School of Management and Business who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

Department of Computer Science: 91% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

93% of undergraduates from the Department of Computer Science who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

Overview

The Accounting & Finance with Computer Science Degree is a major/minor scheme meaning that you will spend two-thirds of your time studying Accounting & Finance in the School of Management and Business and one-third studying Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science.

Why study Accounting & Finance with Computer Science at Aberystwyth?

Our Accounting and Finance programmes are accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA). This means that, on successful completion of your Accounting & Finance with Computer Science degree, you will be able to gain exemption from certain examinations and achieve professional qualifications at an earlier stage.

The School of Management and Business has an excellent reputation for the quality of its courses and for the success of its graduates across a wide variety of careers and contexts. Teaching in the School of Management and Business is underpinned by research. Our academic staff publish their work in leading academic journals and regularly act as consultants to a range of organizations.

As well as being active researchers, our lecturers have a professional accounting background, so that by applying their real-world knowledge to theoretical concepts, your learning experience is firmly located in the context of proper professional practice. We also believe strongly in a teaching model which requires active student involvement rather than passive information-gathering, ensuring that you can meet the demands of potential employers on graduation. Our programmes are supported by visiting speakers who also bring their professional experience to the classroom.

The School of Management and Business has arrangements with many partner universities overseas to deliver short academic programmes (2 weeks) to small groups of management and business students (on a self-funding basis), to enable you to experience the impact of the cultural environment when conducting business abroad. We currently have partner universities in India, China, Russia, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and Brazil and our portfolio of countries is rapidly expanding.

The Department of Computer Science at Aberystwyth is the best Computer Science research department in Wales and one of the premier departments for Computer Science in the UK, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2014), in which 100% of research impact assessed was rated as being world-leading or internationally excellent.

The Department of Computer Science is also designated a Centre of Excellence by the Welsh Assembly Government’s Department of Enterprise, Innovation and Networks.

Many of our Computer Science staff are working at the frontiers of their disciplines and have significant experience in industry, often working in co-operation with major international companies, so you can be confident that you will be learning the very latest concepts and working with cutting-edge technologies. As you would expect from a major research department, the facilities available to you are excellent. As well as teaching laboratories equipped with high-performance multimedia workstations supported by powerful central servers and a Digital Systems laboratory, the Department has an extensive range of equipment used primarily for research, which is available to final year students who choose to undertake projects in these research areas. These include industrial robots, experimental mobile robots, a number of vision and motion tracking systems and many pieces of specialist software such as virtual reality environments.

Our Staff

Students at the Aberystwyth University School of Management and Business are taught by lecturers and other teaching staff who are active researchers and expert practitioners in their chosen subject area.

Over 75% of full time members of teaching staff are qualified to PhD level. Most are currently research active, meaning that students benefit from being taught ‘new’ knowledge in their chosen field of study as well as recognized literature. The School also employs part-time and full time staff devoted purely to teaching. Many part-time staff combine teaching duties with consultancy and business activities, ensuring that students have access not only to up to date research but the latest applied knowledge.

Almost all of the Department of Computer Science Lecturers and Teaching Fellows are qualified to PhD level, and those who are not have considerable research or industrial experience. All new Lecturers and Teaching Fellows are required to obtain the PGCTHE, and hence are Senior Fellows or Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. The department also employs a number of part time demonstrators and tutors and some student demonstrators, who are selected from our undergraduate and postgraduate students. Research fellows and research assistants (mostly PhD qualified) may also be involved in delivering occasional teaching when it is appropriate.

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Year 1 Core (60 Credits) You must pass 100 credits overall to proceed to Part 2

Semester 1

Introduction To Management Accounting AC10510

Financial Accounting 1 AC11000

Quantitative Skills And Methods AC12200

Semester 2

Introduction To Financial Management AC10710

Financial Accounting 1 AC11020

Quantitative Skills And Methods AC12220

Year 1 Core (40 Credits) Computer Science Minor core

Semester 1

Introduction To Computer Infrastructure CS10220

Semester 2

Web Development Tools CS15020

Year 1 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Business Environment MM11200

Cyflwyniad I'r Amgylchedd Busnes MR10600

Semester 2

Business Environment MM11220

Cyflwyniad I'r Amgylchedd Busnes MR10620

Year 2 Core (80 Credits) You must take. You must pass a minimum of 100 credits to proceed to year 3.

Semester 1

Corporate Finance And Financial Markets AC30500

Financial Accounting 2 AC32900

Management Accounting 2 AC33100

Business Law LA30700

Semester 2

Corporate Finance And Financial Markets AC30520

Financial Accounting 2 AC32920

Management Accounting 2 AC33120

Business Law LA30720

Year 2 Options Students must take 40 credits from the list below:

Final Year Core (60 Credits) You must take

Semester 1

Management Accounting 3 AC30300

Investments And Financial Instruments AC30400

Financial Accounting 3 AC30900

Semester 2

Management Accounting 3 AC30320

Investments And Financial Instruments AC30420

Financial Accounting 3 AC30920

Final Year Options Students must take 40 credits from the list below:

Semester 1

E-commerce: Implementation, Management And Security CS37420

Open Source Development Issues CS38110

Business Systems Analysis IL33010

Semester 2

Further Issues In System And Network Services Administration CS35810

Minor Project CS39620

Final Year Electives You must take 20 elective A&F credits

Employability

Career prospects

A degree in Accounting & Finance with Computer Science will prepare you for a specialist career as a Chartered accountant, Chartered certified accountant, Chartered management accountant, Chartered public finance accountant or Accounting technician. Other career pathways include tax adviser, auditor, investment analyst, financial trader, retail banker, economist and actuary. Your Computer Science minor offers alternative employment options in software design, communications and networking, computer applications, web development, IT consultancy and management, systems analysis and development, and computer sales.

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in Accounting & Finance with Computer Science will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:

• research and data analysis skills
• enhanced mathematical and computational skills
• effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills
• a thorough grounding in information technology skills
• the ability to work independently
• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
• self-motivation and self-reliance
• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement

Year in Employment scheme (YES)
The University operates a Year in Employment Scheme (YES), which offers you a fantastic opportunity to take a year out between your second and third year to work in an organisation in the UK or overseas. YES provides a very rewarding and worthwhile experience, both personally and professionally, and can help you to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market. The University’s Career Service will help you to explore your options and secure a suitable work placement.

GO Wales
GO Wales is administered by the University’s Career Service, working with local businesses to create paid work placements of a few weeks’ duration for students. It gives you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience which will enhance your CV and make you more attractive to potential employers.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

What will I learn?

In the first year you will lay the foundations for your future studies through the three key areas of Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, and Financial Management. You will be introduced to quantitative techniques and the use of specialist statistical computer software, and to the key concepts and issues associated with the business environment. In Computer Science you will be introduced to computer hardware and operating systems including Unix, and to the core technologies and architectures of web design and databases.

In the second year you will further build upon the key areas of accounting and financial management, and will look at investment analysis, portfolio selection, risk management and the legal issues relevant to the business environment. In Computer Science you will be able to develop your own study programme through a selection of elective modules covering such topics as: graphics programming and interactive web content; effective user interface design; the construction of commercial database systems; business processes for web developers; management and administration of computer and network based systems and services; and web programming.

In the third year you will further develop your competencies in management accounting and financial accounting, and will additionally focus on corporate finance. You will have a choice of elective modules in Computer Science, allowing for further specialisation in areas such as e-commerce; open source computing; business systems analysis; and system and network services administration. You will have the option to undertake an independent project under the guidance of a supervisor, which will typically involve developing a piece of software through specification and design stages, to successful implementation and testing. This will allow you to really demonstrate your knowledge and capabilities in this field to future employers.

How will I be taught?

Core material is delivered through lectures, and reinforced by small-group seminars, tutorials and practical classes. These will help you to deepen your understanding of the subject matter and develop a range of essential, transferable skills, such as team-working and communication skills.

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including examinations, reports, practicals, projects, workshops and presentations.

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

Student Views

I love studying accounting because it gives me a totally different perspective on the world of business. Accounting is so much more than most people think it is; it's not just people sitting around doing book-keeping. It has allowed me to break down companies and given me a much better understanding of their intricacies as well as their potential. Emma Louise Taberner

Computer Science is a very engaging and diverse subject with emphasis on a wide range of subjects for example: software engineering, web development, networking and career planning. The course is very enjoyable and can be tailored to anyone's preferences and abilities. Oliver Roe

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Key Facts

UCAS Code: N4G4

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Tariff Required: 300

Entry Requirements: GCSE: Grade C in English or Welsh. Grade C in Mathematics.

Course Length: 3 Years

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