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BBs (Hons) in Accounting and Finance

Course Code: LC224


Level

8

Duration

4 Years

Department

Business & Financial Services


CAO Points

300

Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO

Location

Limerick

This programme is structured to address many of the competence requirements of professional Accountancy bodies and to give students a range of learning experiences tailored to careers in Accounting and Finance. Its practical focus ensures that on completion you will be a work-ready graduate with employment opportunities in professional accounting practice, commerce, industry, government, the not-for-profit sector and secondary school teaching. Along with the development of your accountancy and finance knowledge, there is a strong focus on developing your management skills to ensure that when you graduate you have the high-level transferable skills that employers are seeking. This programme assumes no previous knowledge of
accounting, finance or economics.

The programme is recognised by leading professional accountancy bodies including: CAI, ACCA, CIMA and CPA. It has also been recognised by the Teaching Council as fulfilling its degree requirement for registration as a post-primary teacher, subject to the complete programme of study being undertaken at LIT (Moylish). As with any other degree, a teaching qualification such as the Professional Master of Education (PME) is also required.

 

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

A minimum of 2 H5 & 4 O6/H7 grades in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English or Irish.

Mature Applicants

Candidates applying as mature applicants may be required to attend an interview and may be requested to take an aptitude test to prove their suitability for a place on this programme.

Who can I contact?

View our CAO presentation and Q&A session

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What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

    Title: Business Computers and Communications

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is to engage students with the business application software most used in business. The module will provide an introduction to computing and the application of computing in a business context. Students will engage with verbal, non-verbal and written forms of communication and will be introduced to the communication process and the essentials of effective business communication.


    Title: Cost Accounting

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is to introduce learners to the basic concepts of cost accounting.


    Title: Economics

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is provide learners with business decision-making skills and an understanding of the economic environment. The module will develop learners’ analytical ability and critical thinking.


    Title: Entrepreneurship & Business Management

    Credits: 10

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    This module is designed to introduce students to Entrepreneurship. On completion of the Entrepreneurship section, it will examine Business Management.


    Title: Financial Accounting

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is to develop learner's ability to prepare financial accounts and be able to deal with all other routine business transactions involved in the preparation of accounts.  All issues are explored through practical examples in the form of question packs dealing with various situations that occur in the real accounting environment.


    Title: Quantitative Methods for Business

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is to introduce learners to Mathematics in a Business context. Learners will use maths to measure inflation, predict time series, examine capital investment decisions and deal with uncertainty in business.


  • Year 2

    Title: Financial Accounting 2

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is to allow learners develop and practice their skills in financial accounting so as to allow them prepare financial statements for a variety of entities successfully. 


    Title: IS/IT & Computerised Accounting

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is for learners to develop an understanding of the role and application of IS and IT in the management and control of organisations, particularly in the Accounting & Finance function.  Learners will also develop the ability to utilise all of the fundamental features of computerised accounts & payroll packages.


    Title: Law and Business

    Credits: 10

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    This course in law emphasises the legal issues inherent in Irish business and provides an understanding of the legal framework within which a business operates.


    Title: Management Accounting

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is to enable students understand how relevant management accounting techniques can be used to assist managers in decision-making and in planning and controlling the activities of their organisations. Students should be able understand and skilfully apply a number of calculative management accounting techniques and have an appreciation of their limitations in business situations.


    Title: Marketing

    Credits: 10

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    This module is designed to provide an introduction to the theoretical and practical aspects of Marketing in contemporary organisations. Learners will gain a knowledge of and an appreciation for marketing in the financial services sector. Students will be assessed on their communication skills, i.e. writing and presentation skills as well as the underlying marketing therory.  


    Title: Public Finance

    Credits: 10

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    The module is designed to address the main theories and practices of public finance in Ireland and other jurisdictions. In addition the module examines the economics of taxation and possible tax reforms.


  • Year 3

    Title: Auditing and Forensic Accounting

    Credits: 10

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    Auditing and Forensic accounting is an introduction to auditing techniques and strategies.


    Title: Company Law

    Credits: 10

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    The module aims to give students an understanding of Irish Company Law.


    Title: Financial Accounting 3

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is to develop the learner's ability to critically analyse and prepare financial accounts and be able to deal with non routine business transactions involved in the preparation of accounts. All issues are explored through practical examples in the form of question packs dealing with various situations that occur in the real accounting environment.


    Title: Management Accounting and Operations Research

    Credits: 10

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    Management Accounting and Operations Research is a study of management accounting methods and strategies. The module also includes resource planning and the principles of project management.


    Title: People Management Theory and Practice

    Credits: 10

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    This subject examines the theory, practice and skills involved in managing people at work and their contribution to organisational performance. It explores the conceptual frameworks and paradigms that underpin people management and critically assesses the contemporary and emerging debates in the field. It provides students with opportunities to develop and practice people management competencies and employability sub-skills and in the process to gain greater understanding, confidence and insight into the role of a people manager. 


    Title: Taxation

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is to introduce learners to the Irish Taxation System. It examines the four tax heads of Income Tax, Corporation Tax, Capital Gains Tax & VAT.  The objective of the module is to provide candidates with the skills necessary to attend to the compliance issues associated with the aforementioned taxes. An introduction to Capital Acquisitions Tax & Stamp Duty is also provided.


  • Year 4

    Title: Corporate Governence and Business Ethics

    Credits: 10

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    This module aims to demonstrate how an understanding of corporate governance and business ethics can aid managerial decision making, by providing a framework for analysing how different stakeholders influence the behaviour of key parties within a public listed company. The syllabus addresses a number of interconnected topics such as regulatory and legislative requirements, risk management, internal controls, corporate social responsibility and business ethics. Students are expected to attend lectures and tutorials and will be required to participate in and contribute towards group based activities.


    Title: European Business & Commercial Law

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is to provide learners with an in depth knowledge of Irish business and commercial law.


    Title: Financial Management

    Credits: 10

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    This module aims to provide students with a balance of financial management knowledge and skills and the ability to relate this knowledge and these skills (including analysis, problem solving and decision making) to the external contexts in which firms operate. Module delivery is amplified on the basis of the three major decisions underpinning modern corporate finance, the investment decision, the finance decision and the dividend decision.


    Title: Financial Reporting

    Credits: 10

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    This module will enable the learner to apply knowledge, skills, and exercise professional judgement in the application and evaluation of financial reporting principles and practices.


    Title: Strategic Management

    Credits: 10

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    This capstone module aims to enable learners to understand central issues, concepts and methods within the strategic management of firms.  This understanding is combined with prior learning and applied in analyses and discussions of company cases.


    Title: Tax Planning

    Credits: 10

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    A principal goal of the module is to teach students to identify, craft, and assess tax efficient business decisions. Problems and case studies will be used to illustrate how revenue law operates in practice. 


Are there opportunities for further study?

Successful graduates of this programme are eligible for Level 9 and 10 postgraduate programmes within the institute and/or elsewhere. Successful graduates of this programme who wish to continue their studies towards professional accountancy accreditation can benefit from ‘fast track’ agreements with one or more of the professional bodies.    

What are the career prospects?

Positions that graduates can work in include:                                    

  • Trainee Accountant in professional practice, industry and/or the public sector
  • Trainee Tax Advisor
  • Funds Analyst
  • General management opportunities across a range of sectors
  • Secondary School Teaching (subject to the pursuit a Professional Master of Education (PME) degree programme)
  • Leading employers include Deloitte, EY, PwC, Grant-Thornton, BDO, Mazars, BOI and Northern Trust"

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